Frequently Asked Questions
☞ What is Directions?
DirectionsCampus is a dignified place where recovered volunteers help others achieve sobriety based on the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.
☞ What makes your approach successful?
Ours is a back-to-the-future approach, back to what worked when Alcoholics Anonymous achieved historically high recovery rates. In 1955, sobriety rates of at least 75% were common. Today, while those rates are hard to pin down, it's generally agreed they are somewhere in the 5-10% range. We want to get back to what worked.
☞ How will you do that?
We introduce our residents to people who have strong recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction as the result of the 12 Steps. These recovered volunteers will carry the message to new people, which is exactly what AA did to achieve the historically high sobriety rates.
☞ Is Directions a non-profit entity?
Yes. The IRS designated Directions a 501(c)3 organization in May 2012.
☞ What will it cost to attend Directions?
That's another big plus. A four-week stay will cost about $4,000. Standard treatment centers usually run from $10,000-$45,000 per month. Directions will fill a need because Dallas is short of facilities suited for the middle market. Today, the Dallas area offers care for homeless and indigent populations, as well as several high-dollar options. Directions will deliver a new and needed option. Additionally, the creation of a Scholarship Fund is part of our business plan.
☞ Why wouldn’t people just go straight to AA? Why Directions Campus?
Some people need a prolonged “time out” from their current life to get sober and change their life style. Directions Campus provides a serene oasis in a quiet, urban campus environment where they can connect with both of the key elements of AA…the program and the fellowship.
☞ Don't most treatment centers teach the 12 Steps?
Most discuss the Steps, but also rely on other approaches, including various forms of therapy. They also rely on paid staff – some in recovery, some not – to work directly with patients. Residents at Directions will work with recovered volunteers whose only goal is to teach the Steps to the new person.
☞ Has this approach ever been tried?
Yes, and with solid success. Directions will be the first residential recovery campus in Texas modeled after The Retreat in Wayzata, Minnesota. The Retreat was founded 16 yrs ago by two men. Dr. George Mann is one of the early pioneers of the Minnestoa model and Founder of St. Mary’s Treatment Center in Minneapolis. John Curtiss is a former Hazelden executive who oversaw the foundation's national continuum of services. The Retreat is highly regarded for its remarkable success rates.
☞ When will you open?
We are on track to open the doors to our first residential clients by the end of 2017. Our Learning Center will begin offering studies in the fall of 2016.
☞ What kind of people will Directions serve?
Directions will serve women and men over 18 years of age who are serious about their recovery. We will qualify all potential residents to determine whether they are willing to follow directions and work the Twelve Steps. Using data from The Retreat, we expect our average guest to be less than 40 years old and have an average income of about $50,000. We can serve up to 24 men and 19 women at any given time, their respective residences being in separate wings of the main building.
☞ Do you accept drug addicts?
While we serve people that are alcohol or drug dependent, AA is our primary fellowship and our program is based on the spiritual principles found in the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.
☞ What do people in the neighborhood think of Directions?
They are among our biggest supporters. The Ferguson Road Initiative (FRI) is a respected, award-winning organization that represents approximately 35 neighborhood associations in East Dallas. FRI voted unanimously to fully endorse Directions, and wrote a letter of unqualified support for our plans.
Link to FRI proclamation
☞ How did you select the facility in east Dallas?
The main building is perfect for our plans. It includes separate rooms with bathrooms, adequate meeting space, and is designed to operate a kitchen. One of our earliest partners, the esteemed HKS architectural firm, confirmed that the building is well constructed and can be readily remodeled to meet our residents' needs. Additionally, we are acquiring four houses adjacent to the property. One will serve as our Learning Center and will be in service in September of 2016. The other three will be available for clients who need affordable transitional housing after completing the four-week residential program The campus will have a residential feel while offering access to nearby businesses and public transportation. Located just a half mile from a major freeway, It will be convenient for our volunteers, as well.
☞ How are you going to schedule all the volunteers you will need?
We will employ a trained Volunteer Coordinator whose responsibility will be to contact, train, schedule and coordinate all volunteer activities. This person will work closely with established, successful AA groups that carry the message to newcomers. Although our volunteers already will have experience working with others, they will complete an orientation program before serving our residents.
☞ Will Directions be licensed by the state or federal governments?
No. We are not a detoxification facility, and we don't prescribe or administer drugs. We don't provide therapy or traditional counseling. We will not accept insurance provided by individuals or the government. In short, we are not a medical facility. No license requirements apply to Directions.
☞ Will Directions be accepted by the existing 12 Step community in the Dallas area?
Absolutely. Recovered people routinely look for places where they can carry the message - to where they can teach the 12 Steps to newcomers. As is often said in AA, “You can’t keep it unless you give it away.” Directions will serve as a community focal point to bring recovered volunteers together with people who want to get well. We also plan to host AA meetings on campus.
☞ Are you selling the AA 12 Steps?
No. We recommend the 12 Steps of AA as a pathway to recovery, and we honor and closely follow the AA Traditions. We are a non-profit organization. Resident fees will cover the cost of housing, food and related items. Our work with the 12 Steps will be delivered on a purely volunteer basis.
☞ You mentioned a four-week stay for residents. Will other options be provided?
Yes. In time, we will offer a 90-day follow-up residential program on campus. Participants will be stay in separate male and female living quarters. We will also offer a family program, host various seminars, and sponsor research in the field of addiction.