DoorWay Recovery at Open Door Mission in Houston is a men’s only residential treatment facility that uses evidence and faith-based treatment approaches to address addiction and co-occurring disorders. The substance abuse programs began in 1993 and cater to clients who are homeless, battling long-term addiction or disabled. The DoorWay Recovery program offers a safe place for men to get clean and receive medical care and vocational training.
Accommodations and Food
The facility can accommodate up to 148 men in dorm-style bedrooms with shared bathrooms and showers, some of which were recently renovated thanks to a generous donation.
The campus includes a garden, chapel, offices and a medical facility, referred to as the convalescent program, where clients who have sustained injuries from being homeless are able to heal in a safe place before continuing on to treatment. The commercial-sized kitchen churns out 300 to 600 meals a day, prepared by on-site chefs and help from some of the residents. Meals are always healthy and balanced, high in protein and low in sugar and carbohydrates. Clients all dine together in the large, shared dining room that is equipped with a TV, which can be enjoyed during free time.
There are two workout areas on campus, one indoor and one outdoor. These include machines and free weights, and there is a half court available for playing basketball. Suggested exercises are posted for the clients to do while they are in certain phases of the program.
Treatment and Staff
The seven-month programs offer structured schedules that consist of daily group counseling, 12-step work, classes and individual therapy. Programs are broken into phases, with the intensity and personal freedoms limited in the initial stages.
The first phase, Genesis 1, is a 72-hour period in which clients are observed and their vitals checked regularly. The next phase, White Badge, lasts about a month wherein clients are not allowed to leave campus as they are engaged in an intensive schedule of daily exercise, group therapy and classes. Phase three, Green Badge, lasts approximately three months and consists of performing tasks around the facility during the morning hours and attending treatment and vocational training in the evening. At this stage, if the client appears to be moving through the program smoothly, they can request a pass to leave campus at the discretion of their counselor. The final stage, Yellow Badge, focuses on transitioning out of treatment and returning to the work force. During the day, clients are required to be off campus volunteering or looking for work or interviewing.
By the completion of the program, clients are required to have procured employment in order to graduate. Additionally, during all of phases, there are daily AA or Celebrate Recovery meetings that clients are required to attend. Medication management is also available to clients with a dual diagnosis.
There is a 16-bed transitional care facility available to graduates of the program for up to six months.
DoorWay Recovery provides a safe place for those who have struggled and lived on the streets. Not only does this program provide treatment but it fosters a path for men to rebuild their lives in recovery.
DoorWay Recovery Center
Houston, TX 77011
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