My Father’s House originally opened its doors in 1998 as a Halfway House for women at risk. Due to limited resources MFH did not have enough space to accommodate requests. It was decided that to continue caring for the substance abuser and addict in an Outpatient setting would offer the best situation. Consequently, in November, 2000 our first outpatient male client entered our doors. Today we accommodate men, women and the adolescent and elderly population. We treat entire family systems since addiction effects the whole family.
Although the doors of My Father’s House welcomes everyone, most people struggling with substance abuse and/or addiction only come after there is a significant problem in their life that they must face. The denial syndrome is the hardest to break, that is facing the fact that “maybe” one has a problem. Usually only after something horrible, painful or traumatizing has happened, does one begin to face the fact that their use of alcohol and/or drugs is disrupting their lives and the lives of those around them. Most of our clients, unfortunately, are mandated here due to driving while under the influence charges, possession of a controlled substance such as pot or other CDS’s, as well as family problems. Companies send their employees here due to failing drug testing at their place of employment.
Upon entering our program a thorough assessment is made on all levels. Most of our clients are eligible for funding since they live below the poverty guidelines. Poverty breeds all kinds of social ills. Most of My Father’s House clients are poor, not only in basic needs, but poor and broken in spirit. My Father’s House is not only here as a counselor and a friend, but we are here to walk with them on their journey of rehabilitation and freedom from alcohol and drugs, into a purpose filled life.
Those who do pay, pay according to our sliding scale. And for those who have insurance we are now in the process of attaining third party billing so the services of My Father’s House will be open to all. The poor are everywhere. Just because someone can pay for their treatment here does not mean they are not poor. The brokenness and emotional destruction that accompanies addiction is devastating. But with helping hands and hearts the healing can begin. So we here at My Father’s House are open to all people in need of care and suffering from this disease.