Healing Open Personalized Environment

Mission Statement: HOPE House’s mission is to serve a limited number of adult men and women who are suffering with substance related issues in a Christ centered atmosphere. Helping them to heal body, mind, and soul using counseling, building relationships, and increasing knowledge.

Philosophy: HOPE House’s philosophy of substance abuse treatment is based on the belief that people struggling with substance related disorders are ultimately experiencing a spiritual crisis and are using substances to fill a spiritual void in there lives. We believe that if given the necessary knowledge, skills, and support, these people can find the hope to grow into whole human beings and fulfill their purpose as children of God demonstrating care for themselves, their families, and their communities. We believe a house shelter from a storm, and as such, HOPE House is a program designed to provide shelter from the storms of humanity that individuals have to weather.

Program Objectives

To free the individuals and families from the use of mind altering substances (Past).
To help individuals and families transition to healthy and productive living (Present).
To teach individuals and families to be accountable to God, self, family, and the community (Future).
Program Staff:

Program Director: Rev. Dave Smith
Vol Clinical Dir: Dr. R. Henriksen, and Intern Counselors for LPC.

Program Outline

This program is a residential program of nine (9) months duration.
This program is based on a biopsychosocial theory of substance dependence treatment.

Phase 1 (takes place one day or over 2 weeks):
Detoxification and/or Medical Evaluation(by an MD when necessary)
Screening Procedure, Not appropriate for a Court Ordered Program
SASSI or DAST instruments to asses levels of addictions
Good Shepherd Mission Lodging Application
H.O.P.E. House Screening Form
Intake Procedure & Orientation

Phase 2:
Month 1:
Program Orientation
All clients admitted to the H.O.P.E. House program will receive a Recovery Bible.

H.O.P.E. House Program Conditions
Good Shepherd Mission House Rules
H.O.P.E. House Program Overview
Withdrawal management
Individual counseling Once per week
Group Meetings (HOPE House) Three – five times per week
Substance abuse education – two days per week
AA/NA Daily – Or the In House Christ Centered 12 Step Group
During the first 90 days the client is to have exhausted all possibilities to helping pay for the program with the goal of funding at minimum, 10% of their program cost.

Month 2:
Family Contact (Family Group)
Like skills training
Financial management (budgeting)
Group activity off campus, supervised

Month 3:
Revisiting Legal Issues (case management)
Family Issues/Codependency (education and possibly family counseling)
Seek and Gain employment
Can spend one night away with program approval.
Helps with group projects in community involvement.
Group activity off campus, supervised

Month 4:
Childhood Issues (counseling)
Implement Personal Budget
During the first 90 days the client is to have exhausted all possibilities to helping pay for the program with the goal of funding a minimum of 10% of their program cost.
The second 90 days the client will hopefully be employed with these:
20% of Salary to GSM
40% Savings to get used to budgeting for life/household needs
20%more to Savings for Deposits of Rent and Utilities
20% to Food and Personal items
Group activity off campus, supervised

Month 5:
Can spend one night away with program approval.
All life is essential in God’s Kingdom
Group activity off campus, supervised

Month 6:
Anger Management
Weekend away with program approval
Group activity off campus, supervised
Community Service Activity

Month 7:
How to live life and have fun
Enjoying God’s creation is good.
Group activity off campus, supervised

Month 8:
Relapse Prevention Plan
Group activity off campus, supervised

Month 9:
Preparation for graduation and discharge

Phase 3 Graduations and Discharge:
Participants receive a token that represents their completion of the H.O.P.E. House program.

Phase 4 Follow-up (Giving Back):
Lead 12-step groups
Lead small group discussions and Bible Study
Give YOUR story to church and school groups orally
Intervention Involvement
Financial Support

NOTE: Case management will provide feed back as to your individual standing in your progress of recovery. Special Group and Individual Counseling will be provided as needed. Restoration of relationships for family and friends will be a priority, but will happen as your recovery allows. You are here to develop a trust with people who want you to succeed and live life soberly.

This program is utilizing a collaborative effort with Sam Houston State University’s Education/Counseling Department. Doctoral and Master level students and interns will be utilized for mutual goals of success. Local professionals are also volunteering, including Dr. Carl Mahaffey, Melissa Mahaffey, LPC, ACS, and Dr. D. Wells. This program is offered to the residence of Walker County and their immediate family members. Intakes are currently available.

For more information please contact Good Shepherd Mission, Rev. Dave Smith, Exec. Dir. at 936-291-8156; 1005 M.L.K., here in Huntsville, TX .


Special thanks goes out to:

AT&T for the Innovative Technology Grant,

Dr. Richard Henriksen, Jr., Ph.D., LPC, ACS (Professor at SHSU),

Empire Truss for Building Start

Monte Robinson, Project Coordinator