Residents start every day with group meditation and chores. Our day staff arrives every morning to support residents throughout their day and get them off to work or to Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). Our Phase 1 residents are enrolled in IOP through Origins Counseling Dallas. After IOP, residents come home and have lunch, free time, and the option of going to the gym. New residents get assistance from staff with daily tasks, such as opening bank accounts, refilling medications, job searching, or school enrollment. Residents that are on Phase 2 and above are either working, going to school, or volunteering during the day.
As the afternoon progresses, residents typically return home to fix dinner in our fully-stocked kitchen. Most evenings, the community goes to a 12-Step meeting together. Once a week, an accountability group takes place at the house, and on Monday nights, a counselor led process group is held for the residents. ‘Older’ residents use their time and experience to give back by carrying the message of recovery to other recovery and treatment centers.
“Family Night” is a bright spot in many residents’ week as the community spends intentional time together playing games, watching movies, and having fun on the infamous Windhaven karaoke machine.
As residents wind down for the night, our full-time house manager is onsite to spend time with everyone and provide any late-night support that may be needed. House members will get together at the end of the day to do “nightlies”, wherein they reflect on themselves and share together about their days. They can then take any necessary corrective measures.
Weekends bring some extra free time for everyone, and residents like to relax and spend time going to the movies, playing games, or visiting a nearby park. Because service is a huge part of recovery, staff and residents plan regular opportunities with the local homeless shelter to give back to the community. Occasionally, the whole house is treated to an outing just for fun, when our director takes everyone to Six Flags, bowling, or maybe a haunted house in the fall!