In 1989 Isaiah Robertson, a former NFL linebacker, founded House of Isaiah about an hour southwest of Dallas in Mabank, Texas. Robertson’s own experience with cocaine addiction and recovery inspired him to help other men. House of Isaiah offers a six-month program that includes residential, extended care and sober living. Treatment is based on Robertson’s seven step recovery program, which incorporates Christian faith-based teachings and the 12-step philosophy. It also includes education, life skills and evidence-based practices and limited dual diagnosis support, if necessary.
Accommodations and Food
House of Isaiah can accommodate 20 men in semi-private bedrooms shared among two or three residents. Rooms come furnished with twin beds, closets, bedding and linens with adjoining bathrooms. The facility has an outdoor basketball court and smoking is allowed in designated areas.
All meals are prepared on site by a chef and served at set times in the dining room. Dietary restrictions can usually be accommodated upon request.
Treatment and Staff
The House of Isaiah program lasts 24 weeks. The seven steps work as components that rotate daily, building upon one another. The men begin with an intensive period of Bible study in conjunction with a two-week technology blackout. After this initial phase, residents are allowed to use the house phone for a limited amount of time each day. Other aspects of the program include building life skills through workshops on anger management, parenting and goal setting, as well as mandatory participation in AA/NA meetings. The men must get a sponsor, work the steps and learn to be of service.
During the first phase of treatment, clients attend group therapy daily and individual sessions several times a week. Treatment employs the evidence-based practices of DBT, CBT and Motivational Interviewing (MI). Specialized tracks for trauma and sex addiction are also available. Relapse prevention and life skills training are incorporated to prepare clients for more independent living. Clients are also provided with transportation to and from the gym three times a week.
Extended care typically begins around 60 to 90 days following primary care. Clients continue to live in the house and participate in rigorous daily treatment, including at least five group and individual sessions a week, but with an emphasis on completing their education by participating in on-site GED or SAT prep classes. During this phase, residents also begin to shop for their own groceries and cook their own meals.
The sober living phase of treatment takes place at the same location for an additional 30 to 60 days after extended care. Clients are encouraged to apply for work and school during this period, in addition to creating a plan of action for aftercare—like finding outpatient therapy.
Clients with co-occurring disorders are offered additional psychological support but is should be noted that there is no medical staff. All clients are responsible for their own medication needs, which includes purchasing, ordering, administering and safekeeping. All residents are issued a locker and encouraged to lock up their medication and other valuables.
House of Isaiah clients have access to an off-site gym that has cardio machines, weights and opportunities for fitness classes.
Aftercare plans can include referrals to an outpatient facility in the client’s home community or locally.
House of Isaiah offers a structured and supportive environment for men based on Christian and 12-step principles. It provides a place for men to begin recovery with the security of extended care options where clients can benefit from long-term support. While the faith-based approach may not appeal to everyone, this is a great choice for men looking for affordable residential treatment in Dallas.
House of Isaiah
13706 FM 90
Mabank, TX 75147
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