Continuing Education

Center for Success and Independence is an approved provider of continuing education for certification, re-certification, and licensure of addiction professionals, professional counselors, and social workers in the state of Texas by the Texas Certification Board of Addiction Professionals,  the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors, the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners, respectively.

Center for Success and Independence
TCBAP # 1986-16  Valid through September 2017
TSBEPC #2773 Valid through September 2017
TSBSWE #7144 Valid through October 2017

Past Continuing Education (CE) Courses

From Prescription to Addiction - October 12, 2016

CE Credit: One (1) general hour for substance abuse and addiction professionals and professional counselors

Registration and Breakfast - 7:00 a.m.
Program - 7:45 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

Weights + Measures
2808 Caroline Street, Houston
Fee: $75 including breakfast
Seating is limited


Prescription drug abuse among teenagers has become a national health concern, placing our youth at an alarming risk of addiction, dependence on more dangerous drugs like heroin, and potential overdose.
Today, opioids, sedatives, stimulants and tranquilizers are gateways to drug overuse and addiction. For many teens, the road to addiction starts with medications prescribed by their dentist or doctor for legitimate health concerns, or with prescription drugs belonging to family members. When the drugs are inappropriately or over used, it can lead to dependency, triggering extreme and illegal behaviors to replenish their supply. In some cases, their addiction may lead to the use of less expensive and more readily available illegal drugs such as heroin.
Protecting our youth starts with improving our understanding of the causes and challenges of prescription drug abuse. Amid today’s growing volume of data on the topic, two key findings reflect our experience here at the Center: the vast majority of substance-use disorders develop before age 18; and traumatic childhood experiences, mental illness and economic insecurity are significant predictors of future substance abuse.
Annette B. Santamaria, PhD, MPH, DABT, will present an overview of this critical topic and the public health concerns associated with prescription drug abuse, particularly among teens.


Upon completion of this course the participant will be able to:

  1. explain how prescription drugs such as opioids, sedatives, stimulants and tranquilizers become gateways to drug overuse and addiction,
  2. assess the knowledge of adult and teen groups on the risks of opioids, sedatives, stimulants and tranquilizer use, and
  3. identify treatment programs for teens with an addiction to opioids, sedatives, stimulants, tranquilizers, and other substances.

Participants seeking CE credit must attend the full presentation and complete a brief evaluation.


Better than her dreams

Before The Center, I was a kid lost in a cold and dangerous world, with no hope, no direction -- only dreams of becoming something important. Now I’m a young lady whose reality is finally better than her dreams.

~ 16 year old girl at time of treatment