Gratitude House of Dallas, Texas is a men’s only sober living home— a transitional living situation for individuals between an inpatient treatment facility and returning to their communities. Gratitude House offers a variety of services including 12-step support, individual and group therapy, and real life recovery planning. Gratitude House is owned and operated by Derek Atkins who integrates spirituality and addiction programming along with mentoring and education.
Accommodations and Amenities
The clients reside in a one-story house in a quiet residential neighborhood in a Dallas suburb that’s close to transportation and employment opportunities. The spacious, three bedroom, two bathroom home offers shared bedrooms, ample outdoor space and upscale amenities. All food is included with each client’s stay, though individuals prepare their own meals. The house has hardwood floors throughout, and new appliances. There is a den with couches and television connected to a breakfast bar space. There are also walk in closets in each bedrooms and laundry facilities on site.
Becoming more independent is a staple of this program, so clients are encouraged to have recreational experiences and social outings. At first there is a curfew, but as the stay extends clients can stay out later and even request overnight passes.
Rules and Regulations
Clients entering into Gratitude House have to commit upfront to at least 90 days stay, though it’s typical for the stay to extend up to a year if needed. All incoming clientele have to be sober and mentally stable at the time of entry, be able to self administer medication, and be able to function with limited supervision.
Within two weeks clients have to have full time employment and turnover 30 percent of their wages to the program for living expenses. There are weekly individual therapy sessions provided through DDA Counseling, an outpatient facility that works with Gratitude Houses clients, which are optional but highly encouraged. The program is based in Christian faith and there are regular Bible study sessions and discipleship opportunities, however these are not a requirement for staying at the house.
Regular independent living skills like budgeting, managing money, time management, learning how to cook and maintaining the residence with daily chores are included. There are also several recovery talks within a group setting several times a week that offers independent living and coping skills like accountability, setting healthy boundaries for themselves, and HIV/AIDS education. There are regular, random drug screenings as well that clients have to submit to.
If there is a desire to return to school there are several educational establishments close to the facility that are accessible with public transportation. There are also 12-step meetings that clients have to attend on a weekly basis, and they have to get a sponsor right away.
There is a 24-hour house resident on duty that is available for assistance at any time.
Family participation is highly encouraged at Gratitude House, and includes them getting family counseling at DDA Counseling, and getting acquainted with the Al-Anon community. If the family members aren’t local, staff tries to coordinate regular phone sessions.
Gratitude House bases their success on their clients learning how to live on their own while maintaining sobriety by adhering to a structured schedule and Christian values. Gratitude House provides comfortable accommodations in a nice part of Dallas and treats each client as a valuable member of society.
7530 Kaywood Dr
Dallas, TX 75209
Gratitude House Cost: $2,500 (30 days). Reach Gratitude House by phone at (214) 451-7130.
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