Two hours north of Dallas is the small town of Valliant, Oklahoma, home to Valliant House, a long-term residential treatment for women, with outpatient services available for men. The key components of treatment at Valliant House are honesty and accountability. Clients are guided toward these principles using therapy and the fundamentals of the 12 steps.
Accommodations and Food
There are just over 300 households in town and Valliant House is one of them, a 48-bed facility with a white picket fence and an American flag out front. The building looks like a long, white farmhouse or a nice dormitory for farm workers. Clients share rooms and bathrooms and common areas.
Residents also share chores, including planning, preparing and cleaning up meals. All 48 clients eat in the dining hall together so any food restrictions need to be discussed and planned for.
The property borders the city park and its amenities. It’s also 500 yards from the fire station, police station and post office, so it’s safe. And convenient. This town is small.
Treatment and Staff
Valliant House gives top priority to certain populations when admitting residents, including drug users, pregnant women, those with HIV/AIDS or Hepatitis C and minorities. Clients can stay for as little as 30 days, but most stay more than three months and many stay up to nine months or a year. Valliant House believes that self-destructive thinking plays into relapse as instrumentally as the disease of addiction itself; with long-term rehabilitation, clients can not only learn new ways of thinking but also put them into practice.
Valliant House uses CBT and the biopsychosocial model to help residents process emotions and learn how to handle life without using. Twelve-step meetings are an integral part of recovery here. Clients are encouraged to attend open, on-site meetings on Tuesdays and Fridays, to get a sponsor and to work the steps. Detox is not offered on site but referrals can be made for both detox and co-occurring disorders.
Valliant House employs eight counselors who work directly with clients every day. Some specialize in addiction while others specialize in recovery from unhealthy relationships and domestic violence.
Valliant House uses the Change Program in its therapeutic approach to recovery. It is a unique form of equine therapy with horses that have been abused, abandoned and neglected. In 2013, Valliant House also started a 5K race in the local park, called the Recovery in Motion Color Run.
For such a small town, Valliant House is a big operation. Its recovering addicts aren’t isolated from the community because, well, they’re in the center of town and they remain that way for an extended period of time. This could be both a plus and a minus in 12-step meetings; people get really well acquainted, but they can’t choose who it is they’re getting acquainted with. But this is a program that puts a lot of emphasis on changing old patterns of thinking and behavior, giving clients time to put their new tools to use in relative safety.
300 Dalton Ave
Valliant, OK 74764
Valliant House Cost: Sliding scale. Reach Valliant House by phone at (580) 933-7031. Find Valliant House on Facebook
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