ED Magedson – Founder
Gratitude House7530 Kaywood Dallas, Texas USA
Gratitude House Gratitude House transitional living,sober home. Derek Atkins dallas sober living Misleading with a self-righteous director who bullies clients into staying in his overspriced "TRANSITIONAL Living" Dallas Texas
The following paragraphs written below are not nescasarily to attack Gratitude House and It's staff but rather to provide some insight into what in actuality takes place in this so called "sober living" enviornment. As well as to provide individuals as well as families of loved ones recovering from drug and alcohol addiction a accurate depiction of what their hard earned money will go to in regards to the "aftercare and transitional living enviorment" Gratitude House provides.
I first came into contact with Gratitude House while rounding out a 90 day stint in a inpatient rehab, my couselor had suggested that sober living was most likely the best route to go rather than returning me to the enviornment that contributed to me being in rehab in the first place. Having spoke with Derek Atkins the "clinical director" as well as owner of Gratitude House my family and I elected to have this sober living enviornment be the next step on my road to recovery. During my first few months my family and I were very pleased with Derek and his sober home, I had gotten a sponsor, job and was provided couseling atleast once a week as well as group couseling multiple times a week and felt very confident that myself as well as my family had made a good choice to for me to come to gratitude house. However soon thereafter my mindset began to change. The weekly individual meetings and group couseling soon came to a screaching halt due to the fact (This was not brought to my attention until weeks after coseling stopped) that Mr.Atkins received a call from a state run agency inquiring about his couseling reason being for this is he had failed to register his transitional living home with the state thus legally could not practice any kind of couseling or therapy in his home. When I asked Mr.Atkins about that his response was "I'm not paying the state a dime" (the reason I share this is it had relavence in regards to the priorities Mr.Atkins and his wife displayed later on in my stay). I also want to point out any legitimate business would have a besiness license as well as a state deemed level of maximum ocuppancy. (to be more "cost effective" Mr.Atkins puts anywhere from 2-4 residents in bedrooms intented for one individual)
Furthermore I began to notice a trend with other residents and their families in regards to the "needed duration of stay". I will say it's obvious Mr.Atkins has been in this business quite some time his ability to manipulate and be subtly dishonest while maintaining relationships with individuals is astounding it reminds me much of myself when I was using and drinking. Mr.Atkins would build great rapore with ones parents or more accurately whomever was paying the bill and when the time came when a individual felt he had saturated the posotives of his home and decided it was time to move on he would insist to the person paying the bill they were not ready and 90% of the time the parent or guardian would listen. And why should'nt they they're trusting a substance abuse proffessional who seems completely on the up and up but the sad truth is it is much like the cliche "once labeled crazy or a liar the more you try to plead and profess your stability the more guilty you look no matter how true". Needless to say it seems somewhat apparent one of the if not the top priority of Gratitude House is money and it should be your running a business but when desires for financial gain override the responsibilty and duty entrusted to you by individuals and families recovering from substance abuse thats when we have a serious issue. The desire for financial gain was apparent on other occasions such as groceries now keep in mind the rent for one to live here is $3000 a month, part of the services provided is obviously food for the residents to eat however on multiple occasions the contents of the refrigerator were slim to none and when confronted about this Mr. and Mrs.Atkins response was "impress me maybe you'll get some food" now call me crazy but for $3000 a month I should not feel obligated to impress the owner of a less than mediocre halfway house in order to be fed this is'nt Oliver Twist here.
Also something I would like to point out in the time I spent at Gratitude House the "staff positions" were like a revolving door. But before I get to that let me explain there are currently 2 homes Mr.Atkins runs and for each home there is what is called a house manger these individuals are responible for seeing that things go smoothly at the house performing drug tests on clients and reporting back to Mr.Atkins each night each residents day. So during my year at gratitude house I saw 8 house managers come and go. Mostly due to being unable to tolerate the bizarre and unprofessional practices of Mr. and Mrs.Atkins. Also one of the HM named Scott xxxxxxx on a almost nightly basis would return drunk to the home and had wrecked his vehicle 3 times during his time there and would keep McCormicks Vodka in his room. What a great rolemodel for a bunch of addicts and alcoholics and it was only when clients began reporting this behavior to their parents did Mr.Atkins ask him to leave due to the fact they needed that position filled so badly.
I could continue however I feel i've painted a clear picture as to what the reality of gratitude house is.
In Sum:Overpriced, illegally run sober home with no structure and very little actual recovery going on run by owners primarily driven by financial gain.
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 08/05/2013 07:33 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Gratitude-House-/Dallas-Texas-75209/Gratitude-House-Gratitude-House-transitional-livingsober-home-Derek-Atkins-dallas-sobe-1073337. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.
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