Gyst House provides residential substance abuse treatment for adult men and women seeking recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. Located in Little Rock, Arkansas, Gyst is a long-term treatment facility and has been operating in Polaski County for over 40 years.
Accommodations and Food
Situated in a mixed commercial/residential neighborhood in the hub of Little Rock, Gyst House has two institutional-style buildings; one for men and one for women. While the programs are gender-specific, men and women dine together in a communal dining room.
Gyst is a 75-bed facility (48 for men and 27 for women) with dorm-style accommodations typically sleeping eight to 10 clients per room. Furnishings are basic with twin beds, nightstands, a shared dresser and a closet.
Each building has rooms for group and individual therapy along with a communal TV room, with the counseling offices, kitchen and dining hall all located in the women’s building. Food is prepared by staff and served cafeteria style. Meals have the basic food groups and while special dietary requests are limited, there is a salad bar option at dinner. Snacks are provided between 8 and 10 pm.
Treatment and Staff
The Gyst program is anywhere from six months to one year in duration. Residents wake up at 6:30 am and meet for breakfast at 7 am. Groups and meetings run throughout the day and topics include relapse prevention, addiction studies, self esteem, family dynamics, financial management, conflict resolution, anger management—and if appropriate—parenting classes. There are also on-site AA/NA meetings during evening hours. After 30 days, residents are encouraged to find jobs. Through case management, Gyst assists with employment and job training.
After six months, clients are eligible to transfer to the “OP House,” a 30-bed co-ed outpatient home also located in Little Rock. This facility is set up to provide residents additional independence in a more relaxed environment. Men and women live on separate floors in double occupancy bedrooms with dorm-style bathrooms on each floor. Common areas include a comfortable living room, stocked kitchen and dining area.
By the time clients reach this second phase of recovery and move to the OP House, they must be fully employed and open a checking account to establish financial responsibility and credibility. There is a mandatory curfew of 10 pm (unless a resident is working a night shift). OP clients must attend three 12-step meetings per week, two group sessions at Gyst House and have AA/NA sponsors. Residents can eat dinner with their fellows in recovery at Gyst House, but are responsible for their own breakfast and lunch. Laundry facilities are also available.
Staff consists of CADCs, case managers and treatment technicians who are in recovery. The client-to-staff ratio is eight-to-one—counselors are on duty Monday through Friday from 8 am until 6 pm with treatment techs on duty 24 hours per day.
With an eye towards the future lives of their clients in recovery, Gyst House organizes recreational outings and activities such as sober baseball, basketball and bowling teams as well as arts and crafts, bingo and sober community barbecues. Involvement in social gatherings fosters a sense of community and belonging among the fellowship.
Gyst House provides affordable long term, no-frills substance abuse treatment at an affordable price. With two phases of recovery—inpatient and outpatient residential—and case management services for employment assistance, Gyst is a great option for those in need of addiction treatment who lack job skills and are without resources.
8101 Frenchmans Ln
Little Rock, AR 72209
Gyst House cost: $850 (first 30 days), $600 per month thereafter. OP House: $600 (30 days). Reach Gyst House by phone at (501) 568-1682. Find Gyst House on Facebook
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