In 2010, Stonegate Center opened its doors as a 90-day faith-based residential treatment program for men battling addiction. Stonegate was founded by Austin Davis, an LPC who received his Master’s in Counseling from The Church of God Theological Seminary in Dallas. Stonegate Center sits on eighteen rural acres in Azle, Texas—a small city sixteen miles northwest of Fort Worth.
Accommodations and Food
Stonegate can accommodate up to 32 men, with an average occupancy of 25. The facility’s campus includes one residential building and a treatment building a short walk away. The residence houses men two to five per room, each room with its own bathroom. Common areas include a media room with TV and a modern, fully-equipped kitchen with stainless steel appliances. Clients have access to a house phone for calling family as well as a well-appointed gym facility.
Stonegate’s treatment philosophy emphasizes cultivating physical health. To that end, residents participate in nutrition education, though a certified nutritionist plans all meals. Residents have a chore schedule that rotates weekly which includes working on the meal-preparation team, ensuring that each resident has ample experience in the kitchen during their 90-day stay. The staff performs all food shopping.
Treatment and Staff
The 90-day treatment program has three phases, each corresponding to one month of treatment. In phase one, residents are closely supervised and receive staff support during all treatment and social activities. In this initial stage staff also formulates a treatment plan and establishes recovery goals with the resident. In phase two, clients take on additional responsibilities in Stonegate’s therapeutic community and develop a greater sense of personal responsibility and accountability. Phase three helps clients craft a post-treatment action plan and set educational and professional goals. Counselors help to plan housing, develop a support network and strategize how to continue treatment once the residential stage is complete.
Residents attend group therapy each morning and afternoon and have individual therapy and counseling sessions as-needed. Groups usually contain 10 to 12 participants and are led by Master’s-level therapists and addiction counselors including LPCs, Licensed MFTs and LCDCs.
Peer support meetings are also an important component of treatment at Stonegate. Residents are required to attend daily meetings—either 12-step or Celebrate Recovery. Meetings are hosted on-site and residents are also transported to a community meeting, depending on the day of the week.
Stonegate is equipped to treat residents with co-occurring disorders as long as substance abuse is their primary diagnosis. The resident medical director can help fulfill and administer medication, but there is no psychiatrist on staff to prescribe medication, as such, medication management is not available. If a resident’s mental health declines while in treatment, they are transferred to a nearby behavioral health hospital (which also provides pre-treatment detox services for Stonegate’s clients). At least one staff-member, many of whom are alumni of Stonegate, stays overnight at the residence to supervise and help as-needed.
As a faith-based treatment program, residents participate in Christian-oriented recovery activities such as a morning and evening devotional and Bible-based Big Book Studies. All residents must attend church on Sundays, but Stonegate does not pressure residents to accept a religious orientation they’re not comfortable with. Stonegate reports great success treating clients from non-Christian faiths and those who choose not accept a religious path.
Residents are also taken on weekly recreational trips, with recent activities including playing paint ball and racing go-carts. Families are encouraged to take an active role in their loved one’s recovery and are invited to a weekly Tuesday night family therapy group and a once-a-month family weekend workshop.
For over five years, Stonegate Center has helped men arrest their addictions and create stable and productive lives in sobriety. Its 90-day program heavily emphasizes developing life skills and an optimistic spiritual relationship with oneself and one’s community. Clients leave treatment having learned how to regulate their behavior and be of service to themselves and others. Stonegate is ideal for men seeking a faith-based program that helps them develop a recovery community to support their long-term sobriety.
7510 FM 1886
Azle, TX 76020
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