George Joseph took over the reins of The Right Step in 1994, when the company had one location- a residential treatment program in Houston. His vision and passion is evidenced by the fact that The Right Step is now the largest provider of drug and alcohol treatment services in the Southwest, serving over 3500 individuals last year. He remains successful in his mission of maintaining high quality and affordable services for adolescents, adults, and their families seeking a life without the devastation of active addiction. With 25 years of experience in the field of recovery and treatment, George's insight, knowledge, and leadership is well regarded within the field as well as among The Right Step organization.
Using his own struggles in his youth as a springboard to help others, George began his career in the chemical dependency field in 1983. He worked at Parkside Lodge for 5 years prior to The Right Step. In addition to his unwavering commitment to clients and creating a caring organization, the years of hard work were recognized during 1999 and 2000 when George won the triple crown of counseling. In 1999, he captured honors as the Houston and State of Texas Counselor of the Year presented by the Texas Association of Addiction Professionals. In 2000, he won the highest honor given to a counselor in our nation, the 2000 Lora Roe Memorial Counselor of the Year, awarded by the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC). George does not limit his outreach just to The Right Step, but is involved on both the local and state levels of counseling professional organizations, serves on school boards, is appointed on advisory councils for spiritually based organizations, and sponsors various sober recreation groups.
Prior to joining The Right Step in 2006, Dr. Powers served as an attending physician at Memorial Hermann Prevention and Recovery Center and as an assistant professor in the department of family and community medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. Previously, he operated an outpatient primary care and addiction & recovery medical practice and a private medical practice in Houston. He also worked as an associate physician, specializing in addiction & recovery and family medicine for the Contemporary Medicine Associates in Houston, Texas. Dr. Powers received his medical degree from Texas Tech University Health Science Center. While in school, he was the recipient of several academic scholarships including the Kellogg Foundation Academics Scholarship and the Student Senate Endowed Academic Scholarship. Dr. Jason Powers is an Addictionologist (M.D.) and voted as one of Houston's "Top 50 Doctors" for two years running. Dr. Powers serves as the local expert and as a steering committee member for the Partnership for a Drug Free America.