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Cenikor Corpus Christi (Formerly charlie's place)

Addiction is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit. Cenikor (formerly Charlie’s Place Recovery Center) operates on the belief that a person can successfully maintain recovery when all three aspects of addiction have been healed. We use research and experience to design the best rehabilitation center possible. We know the power of compassion and understanding.

What We Treat

Alcohol Abuse

Until 2016, alcohol was the primary substance used by patients. It is the reason Charlie’s Place Recovery Center opened its doors in 1965. Nationwide, roughly 15 million people seek treatment for alcoholism. The prevalence of alcohol makes recovery from this addiction challenging, and at Charlie’s Place, we provide the education and tools you need to be successful.

Prescription Drug Abuse

A new age in prescription pain killers has produced a high number of addictions to prescribed medications. Many medications on the market today produce similar effects to illegal drugs. Once the prescription runs out, patients are left struggling with an addiction, and Charlie’s Place is here to offer the support and treatment needed for recovery.

Heroin & Other Substances

In 2016, heroin became the primary substance used by patients seen at Charlie’s Place. The epidemic is nationwide. Many patients started on prescription drugs, and when the prescription ran out, turned to heroin. Charlie’s Place understands how to rehabilitate from this addiction, and many other substances such as crack/cocaine and methamphetamine using medical care, counseling, and education.

Our Services


Designed to safely eliminate the body of chemical dependency. This program is medically supervised, giving patients the comfort of a skilled team to guide them to a substance free body.


Cenikor’s Adult Short-Term Residential (STR) programs provide non-emergency care and treatment for people with substance use and related behavioral health disorders. Beginning with a thorough assessment, our evidence-based treatment is comprehensive and individualized.


Cenikor’s Adult Long-Term Residential (LTR) treatment programs are designed for people who are physically ready, mentally capable and willing to participate in all aspects of the recovery process. Education and workforce development are essential elements, unique to our program, that help clients achieve independence. Our therapeutic community model uses peer influence and professional clinical counseling to help clients change the attitudes, behaviors and perceptions associated with substance use disorders.

Outpatient SERVICES

Patients have the opportunity to attend evening groups twice weekly focused on gaining knowledge and insight into the disease of addiction, and the recovery process.

Recovery Support

Provides graduates with long-term accountability, advocacy, and encouragement.

Our mission is to inspire recovery from addiction by providing quality services and support.

Throughout our 52 year history, we have grown to the largest non-profit residential treatment center in South Texas. We are licensed to serve males and females 18 and older who have a diagnosis of substance use disorder. Our peaceful and private haven is located on several acres in a former hotel renovated ideally for the personal care and services.

From humble beginnings in 1965 as the first “24 hour” club in Corpus Christi to a modern medical facility today, Charlie’s Place remains committed to our original mission of helping those who need help and have nowhere else to turn.

The agency moved from a single location on 13th street to North Country Club and finally to the corner of Interstate 37 and McBride, each time growing to accommodate more patients on a daily basis. We have treated almost 60,000 people in need, helping them find a new way to live and thrive. Over the years the name has changed, but the agency has always been “known” as Charlie’s Place.

In 2012, we officially changed our name to Charlie’s Place Recovery Center to honor our history and founder. We continue to provide services to those who cannot afford to pay; in addition, we are now available to serve the entire community as treatment services are very limited in Texas.

Charlie Acklen, Bob Beck, Hank Stence and Ben Cannon are recognized as the moving forces behind our early beginnings along with a number of other individuals interested in helping those seeking sobriety and recovery.

Charlie Acklen was an amazing cook who had difficulty keeping a job. However, after being offered the responsibility of keeping peace and cooking in the original house, he thrived in the position and passed away in 1996 as Executive Director Emeritus, with 30 years sober. He was well known for his generosity and passion for helping those seeking recovery. He was recognized nationally for his work here in Corpus Christi, but his primary reward was watching people attain and retain sobriety.

Bob Beck worked in the refineries and spent over 40 years of his life dedicated to the mission of Charlie’s Place. He remained on the board until the month before he passed away in 2008 with over 43 years sober. He and his wife helped countless people as they quit drinking. In the very early years, Mrs. Beck used her nursing abilities to help those who were “detoxing” do so as comfortably as possible.

Hank Stence was a retired Commander US Navy and then returned to the base in a civilian role until his full retirement. He was a decorated Navy pilot, but what truly mattered to him was helping the next person find a better way to live. He loved to fish and in the early days caught fish daily to provide dinner to the men staying in the first halfway house. He passed away in 2001 with over 38 years of sobriety.

Ben Cannon was a community leader who “never had a drink in his life” and served this community for over 100 years! Mr. Cannon remained an active member of the board of Charlie’s Place until after his 100th birthday and passed away in 2003 at just over 101 years old. While he never experienced addiction personally, he had a heart and a passion to ensure that those who did were provided assistance.

Charlie’s Place Recovery Center is committed to working with, encouraging, and developing those who have a passion to create a community where addiction is accepted as a treatable disease, services are readily accessible, lives are rebuilt, families are reunited and society is enriched by each individual achieving recovery. From direct care staff to licensed professionals, our team treats patients with the dignity and respect they deserve because we know the power of compassion in reaching success.

  • Medical director
  • Nursing staff
  • Licensed counselors
  • Licensed marriage and family counselor
  • Licensed social worker
  • Certified recovery coaches
  • COSPD Caseworkers

Cenikor Corpus Christi
5501 IH 37 (@ McBride Lane)
Corpus Christi, TX 78408

Location Services

addiction help

Most major insurance and medicaid accepted.
Payment options available.

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