The Powerhouse Recovery Center is a men-only substance abuse treatment facility in Houston, Texas. Powerhouse provides residents with peer-oriented, 12-step-based treatment and a comfortable environment to begin recovery. The facility opened in in 2009 by attorney Kenneth J. Laney, who is in recovery.
Accommodations and Food
There are two structures on Powerhouse’s property, which is located in an industrial part of town. They include the main house and a large warehouse that contains general meeting rooms and individual loft-style apartments. Overall, it’s over 8,000 square feet of space.
There are three “tiers” of rooms at Powerhouse. Residents begin their stay in one of two triple-occupancy rooms. After an initial trial period, they move on to a four-man dorm-style room. After that, clients may move up to a loft style, single-person room. Moving up to better accommodations is based on meeting different recovery goals and benchmarks as well as adhering to house rules.
Residents prepare a group meal every evening, on a volunteer basis. Those who make the meals are given a “discount” on the price of their stay at the facility for those days. The menu consists of potatoes, hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken and other hearty fare.
Treatment and Staff
Powerhouse is a non-therapeutic, non-clinical residential facility, so it doesn’t offer psychological counseling or medical detox. Residents who need those services will be referred to local providers. What Powerhouse provides a structured environment where a staff of recovery coaches guides residents through 12-step work, including weekly on-site AA meetings. Powerhouse stresses the spiritual side of recovery and encourages participation in recovery-oriented church programs like Celebrate Recovery, but Powerhouse is not necessarily a Christian program.
A typical day at Powerhouse begins with morning meditation at 6:30 am and then a 12-step meeting at 8. At noon, Powerhouse provides discussions that might involve guest speakers or broadcasts from recovery-oriented Internet radio stations. The day ends with a 7 pm discussion group and a nightly wrap-up. Weekly events include Life Skills education from Powerhouse alumni, a weekly “Back to Basics” AA meeting that strives to do AA as it was done in the 1940s and a residents meeting with Powerhouse Director Dwayne Wiltz.
Powerhouse has a philosophy of not letting recovery get between a man and his job, relationships or family, so attending meetings is not mandatory, especially if clients have other commitments during those times.
The onsite staff totals six people: Three assistants, a house manager, a general manager and a recovery program coordinator. Powerhouse doesn’t take insurance. Its rate is affordable, though: It’s only $150 a week for room and board.
Powerhouse offers residents a lot of opportunities for fellowship, like barbecues, a softball team, trips to 12-step conventions and various recovery-oriented guest lectures. There is a weight set and a basketball hoop for those who want to work out, as well. Residents can also spend downtime playing video games and watching Netflix or cable in a comfortable common room.
Powerhouse is a recovery program that believes in the 12-steps, but is also big on TLC, and the caring staff will help nurture clients through the growing pains of early recovery. The program’s affordability make it a smart choice for men in Houston who need quality recovery on a budget.
Powerhouse Recovery Center
1713 Runyan Ave
Houston, TX 77039
Powerhouse Recovery Center Cost: $600 (30 days). Reach Powerhouse Recovery Center by phone at (281) 442-1919 or by email at [email protected]. Find Powerhouse Recovery Center on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+
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