Turtle Creek Recovery Center was founded in 1968 to fill a need in the north Dallas area for substance abuse rehabilitation services. Located in an old southern mansion, it offers a 14-day intensive inpatient program, an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and aftercare. Dual diagnosis support is provided. Approximately 80 percent of Turtle Creek Recovery Center’s clients are homeless and unemployed. Besides offering recovery, it also helps residents find employment and permanent housing.
Accommodations and Food
The house has a 32-bed capacity. Men and women live on different floors and there are three residents to a room. Furnishings are minimal—besides the beds, each resident has a dresser. Every floor has three bathrooms.
For meals, Turtle Creek Recovery Center employs private cooks and, according to a staff member anyway, the food is quite good. As long as the meals follow certain nutritional guidelines, anything goes. The cooks are happy to oblige vegetarians with a veggie burger or tofu meatloaf.
Potential residents are screened for admission on a first-come, first-served basis from 7 am to 11 am, Monday through Friday. They must have both a co-occurring disorder and substance abuse to be admitted to the inpatient program.
Each resident in the program receives an individualized treatment plan. Weekly treatment includes group therapy, individual therapy and attendance at on-site AA/NA and dual recovery meetings. Topics such as relapse prevention, co-occurring disorders, behavior modification and recovery are discussed during therapy. Treatment also includes educational sessions, with lecture topics including drug and alcohol education, life skills training, healthy living and medication education and management. There is a “Dealing with Issues of Shame and Guilt” class, as well as a lecture on relationships.
Turtle Creek Recovery Center assigns a daily housekeeping and/or cooking chore to every resident to teach the concept of responsibility and promote camaraderie among residents.
In keeping with the rehab’s belief that a resident must have time “with themselves,” cell phones are not allowed and pay phone privileges are limited. Self-reflection and a personal desire to get sober are crucial to recovery.
The IOP is evidence-based treatment, with groups meeting two to three times per week, Monday through Friday, from 9 am to noon or from 1 to 4 pm. Turtle Creek Recovery Center’s cooks provide ample food for IOP clients, too. Between sessions, clients can enjoy breakfast, a light lunch, coffee and snacks. For residents who have graduated from the inpatient program, the IOP, which lasts between four to six weeks, offers continuity in their recovery. After the IOP is completed, clients can continue in aftercare with the supportive outpatient program. For those who have transportation challenges, Turtle Creek Recovery Center offers bus passes.
The rehab sets a sliding fee scale for clients. Medicare, state-financed insurance (other than Medicaid) and Access to Recovery are accepted. For private clients, the daily cost of residential treatment is $175. The IOP costs $65-$75 per week for those paying out of pocket.
For those looking for a longer-term residential stay, Turtle Creek Recovery Center probably won’t suit their needs. However, for those who are financially challenged and need assistance in other areas besides recovery, this rehab has plenty to offer, including southern hospitality.
Turtle Creek Recovery Center
2707 Routh St
Dallas, TX 75201
Turtle Creek Recovery Center Cost: $2,450 (14 days). Reach Turtle Creek Recovery Center by phone at (214) 871-2483 or by email at [email protected].
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