Grace House in Memphis, Tennessee is a women’s residential treatment program for substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. The facility was founded in 1976 by Pat Stokes, a local resident who was in recovery from substance abuse herself. Grace House offers a social and non-medical detox, sober living, an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and outpatient programs. Adult women over 18 can be admitted to Grace House regardless of their ability to pay, though priority is given to those who are pregnant, IV drug users and those with co-occurring disorders.
Accommodations and Food
Grace House’s program lasts for three to six months and has room for 13 women at a time. Admission is based on availability and determined on a case-by-case basis. The house is a two-story brick structure in a safe and quiet residential neighborhood. It has an enclosed front porch that allows for private, outdoor socializing in good weather, and the backyard is fenced in and permits smoking. Bedrooms are mostly double-occupancy, with one single-occupancy room for whichever resident has seniority. All rooms have desks, storage space and plenty of natural light. The house furnishings and decorations have a feminine theme, with comfortable plush couches and chairs in the living room and TV with cable.
The dining room has room for all residents to eat together and a corner set aside for a house computer with Wi-Fi. The kitchen features modern appliances and plenty of counter space for food preparation—house members must share cooking duties (as well as the house chores). Grace House has two full bathrooms with shower and tub and one half bathroom on the main floor. The dining room also serves as a gathering space for weekly house meetings.
Treatment and Staff
Admittance to Grace House is based on assessment and evaluations offered Monday through Friday from 8 am to 6 pm. The first phase of residency is a social detox and wellness program that usually takes three to seven days but can last up to two weeks. Unlike a medical detox, this is more of a probationary period to make certain newcomers are emotionally and socially ready to participate in a group treatment program and are committed to their recovery. This phase also ensures new clients are compatible with other housemates. New residents participate as full members of the household with all its duties and obligations, though no- on or off-site visitation or communications with the outside world are allowed.
With help and guidance from counselors, each resident develops an individualized treatment plan. Grace House’s program includes group, individual and family therapy. There are also educational classes on assertiveness, relationships, abuse awareness, 12-step concepts, communication skills, wellness and effective living. Because treatment is gender-specific, all therapy is process and feelings-oriented. Other topics covered include spirituality, co-dependency and boundary setting.
The staff at Grace House consists of licensed clinical social workers, Master’s-level social workers and licensed professional clinicians. Appointments for medical doctors, psychiatrists and psychologists are made off-site. The staff-to-client ratio is one-to-three.
The sober living program has eight beds and usually runs three months to a year. IOP lasts 12 to 24 weeks while outpatient offers flexible scheduling and variable lengths of treatment.
Grace House also offers aftercare, family support services, life skills training, basic computer and job readiness education, housing assistance, extended case management and referrals to community resources. The facility also hosts events that allow those in the program to connect with the community.
Grace House has been treating women with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders in a home-like setting since 1976. Their gender-specific residency program has helped many women to live a happier, healthier, self-sufficient life.
329 N Bellevue Blvd
Memphis, TN 38105
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