David and Ivory Ministries in Houston, Texas is an organization named after its founder’s parents, a husband and wife with deep faith in Christ, who did outreach for their community. Established in 1999 by Manuel Fields, a Lieutenant with the Texas Department of Corrections, DIM offers co-ed residential substance abuse treatment for adults 18 and over. The facility has outpatient treatment options which include an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), basic outpatient services and Day/Night treatment. DIM also provides correctional treatment services for the Harris County Community Supervision and Correction Department.
Accommodations and Food
DIM houses four to 15 people in an apartment complex. Each apartment is self-sufficient and has its own kitchen, bathroom and storage space. Clients may get an apartment to themselves or share with one other person. Clients are not permitted to leave the complex for the first 10 days, unless it is for a medical appointment. Past that point—as DIM housing is designed for individuals that are employed—clients may leave the grounds for work and AA/NA meetings. Clients also do their own cooking of three meals a day, in their own space, with ingredients provided by DIM. A nightly curfew of 10 pm is observed and laundry is done for clients.
Treatment and Staff
At DIM group sessions take place in the evening, between 6 and 8 pm, while individual appointments take place during the day. Treatment is offered six days a week, except for Sundays. Every other Saturday, relatives may join clients at DIM for an hour of family therapy. Modalities employed include rational emotive therapy as well as CBT.
Basic outpatient treatment at DIM consists of group for a duration of 12-16 weeks. Clients also get drug education and relapse prevention planning. The DIM IOP includes a minimum of one individual, group or family session every two weeks and offers 12 to 24 weeks of weekly group sessions. Day/Night treatment at DIM is more intensive but non-residential. Clients attend consecutive hours of treatment activities, at a minimum of four days a week, over a month’s time. Each client undertakes a minimum of six combined hours a week of individual, group or family counseling.
Finally, DIM transitional care is offered at a 21-unit apartment complex (at 9100 Dodson Street, Houston, TX) called the Lieutenant’s House. A stay may last six months to a year. Clients’ focus is on learning independent living skills while attending IOP a minimum of one AA/NA or CA meeting per week.
DIM also offers domestic violence counseling and anger management and education.
For those who qualify, DIM also offers TAIP: Treatment Alternative to In-Prison, a medium intensity residential or outpatient program for selected offenders.
A typical David and Ivory Ministries client usually gets to treatment through a referral from the state’s DARS program or incarceration. That is not to say that DIM is exclusively for those directed there by the state. Likewise, despite Christian roots DIM opens its doors to all who need help regardless of religious faith. For those looking for an affordable treatment facility in Houston with a variety of programs, this is a great choice.
David and Ivory Ministries Location
4726 Gunter St
Houston, TX 77020
David and Ivory Ministries Cost
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