November 1, 2014
I like organizations that are led by men of character. Robert Shryoc is one of those men and the Stonegate Center is one of those organizations. It’s a Christian drug and alcohol rehab center for men located west of Fort Worth in the country. Robert founded the center some years ago and continues as its CEO. I had lunch with him a few weeks ago and was impressed with his world view and his attitudes toward treatment.
He says that addiction is about impaired choosing. The addict is a broken person who sees things in a distorted way and makes bad choices that make his condition worse. Robert likes the Twelve Steps because they help a person gain (1) peace with God, (2) peace with themselves, (3) peace with others and (4) and enduring peace that comes from a transformed life from the inside out.
The program itself works on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual issues that pertain to addiction and recovery. A typical day there is structured from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM but includes time to relax and reflect. Robert says that real change happens in the context of real relationship, so community is very important at Stonegate. I find that to be true in the personal counseling that I do as well. Robert practices this with his organization as well, referring to specialists in the community and accepting referrals from other professionals in the community.
Another thing I like about the program is that it focuses on how to live a full and meaningful life beyond simply not doing the harmful thing. In other words, let’s evaluate progress by the presence of good, not just the absence of bad. It reminds me of the passage in Colossians 3:1-17 that uses clothing as a metaphor. “. . . rid yourselves of . . . and clothe yourselves with . . . “.
Perhaps these are some of the reasons the program has a 70% success rate. I hope you don’t have a need for a recovery center, but if you do, consider Stonegate. It’s a quality program run by a quality person of high character.
May 8, 2012
Good counseling costs a lot of money. But not always, thanks to Dr. Michael Leach. He has opened Richland Oaks Counseling Center right in the middle of a multicultural area and commits to providing services that are
and culturally responsive for all who participate.
Right across the street from Richland College near Abrams Road and Walnut St., “ROCC” provides easy access.
How does he do it? First, he focuses on social justice rather than making a lot of money for himself. That’s the kind of guy he is. A highly trained and skilled therapist and educator himself, he opts to supervise doctoral students and master’s level students from Argosy University and other graduate schools in the Dallas area.
He holds to a vision of a community in which staff, clients and various community organizations join in supporting persons with mental health needs so that all persons have the opportunity, including the necessary services and supports, to participate, with dignity, in the life of the community, with its freedoms, responsibilities, rewards, and consequences.
So, here’s a good man doing a good thing in the community. How can you benefit from this service? Give them a call at 469-619-7622. Check out their Facebook page by clicking here . Then, give them a try. Some cynics say about counseling, “What you want, you can’t afford and what you can afford, you don’t want.” Here’s a refreshing exception.
November 19, 2011
Truly righteous people respond to the needs of the vulnerable members of our society to meet their needs and to restore them to a place of dignity and effective coping. They often do so with remarkable compassion and great sacrifice to themselves. We have two such people in our community. Two professors from Dallas Baptist University, Doctor Shannon Wolf and Doctor Dana Wicker, presented their work to our local CAPS (Dallas/Fort Worth) chapter. They specialize in helping young girls (ages 10-19) find deliverance from their entrapment in sex trafficking.
As many as 300,000 young girls are forced into sexual slavery in the US every year.
One out of every three children who are homeless are sold into sexual slavery within 48 hours.
More hotline calls come from Texas than any other state in the country!
Praise God for Doctors Wolf and Wickern who explained the effects of trauma on young girls, how to assess their wounds, how to set treatment objectives and how to make appropriate clinical interventions.
I also met Alisa Jordheim, the Safe-house Development Director of “Traffic 911,” a two-year-old organization in Fort Worth to help fight human trafficking. The human trafficking hotline number to report abuse is 1-888-373-7888.
“. . . what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8).
We have seen an example of what this looks like in this community. Thanks Dr. Wolf (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr. Wicker (email@example.com). If you’d like to receive a file copy of the handouts for this workshop, drop an e-mail request to either of them.
Click here for Animoto video of the meeting.