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The Open Door Mission
Current and Developing Ministry Projects
Open Door Mission is a faith-based recovery and rehabilitation facility dedicated to transforming the lives of the addicted, destitute, homeless or disabled.
The Alan and Ann Craft DoorWay Alcohol and Drug Recovery Program is an intensive, 9-month, recovery/rehabilitation program including 20 hours/week curriculum of self-discovery, life skills and spiritual renewal, plus mentoring, family reunification and EEG OC Biofeedback. Educational/Vocational Center offers free GED classes in English and Spanish open to the community 14 hours a day, Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Also, for our residents: adult literacy classes, Microsoft Certification and grants our residents access to local and online colleges and trade schools. We also provide career assessment testing and job readiness skills such as resume writing and interviewing techniques. Russell M. Scott, Jr., M.D. Convalescent Care Center (RMSCCC) is a clean, secure place where men can recover from accidents, illnesses or surgery and offers assistance in accessing a multitude of social services: ID, legal aid, Veterans and SSI benefits, low-income housing, physical therapy, mental health counseling, Harris County Hospital District Gold Card, vision and hearing correction, dental work, vocational rehabilitation, job search assistance, educational opportunities and more. The RMSCCC has prestigious collaborative arrangements with several major state universities. The Community Service Program helps the men build self-esteem through volunteer work. While performing services to nonprofits and community projects, the Mission’s residents are awakened to a sense of self worth and to the joy of giving to others; they learn they have value and can contribute to society by paying back what was so freely given to them. Disciple Partners is an individualized transitional program that prepares DoorWay graduates for independent living. Also offers low-income, transitional living for men with no addiction problem, but who are going through a rough patch and for parolees enrolled in the Prisoner Entrepreneur Program, an innovative program with less than 10% recidivism. Alumni Association is an ongoing program that supports the graduatesÂ’ efforts to maintain their new independent lifestyle and keeps them connected to the Mission and each other. They hold regular family-friendly gatherings, such as softball games and dinner and dancing banquets and produce their own newsletter. We are proud of our active Alumni Association.
Organizational Statement of Faith
The PURPOSES OF THE MISSION is religious and charitable, to wit: To be an inner-city, Christian emergency relief and rehabilitation facility serving the homeless, addicted and destitute in Houston, Texas; providing "clients" with shelter, clothing, meals & spiritual encouragement; empowering men with opportunities for education and recovery from addictions; promoting uplifting contacts with church and community volunteers who join with the Mission to reach out to the homeless and addicted; and, being a positive force in the neighborhood around the Mission. * To teach and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. * To strengthen ties with area churches and the community by providing physical (food, housing and clothing), spiritual and emotional help. * To develop spiritual maturity in staff and clients. * To prepare clients to return to societal living and become self-sufficient. * To meet the needs of needy in our community. * To co-operate whenever possible with other organizations and agencies to alleviate hunger, homelessness and related issues. Everything that we do at the Rescue Mission has as its purpose to follow the will of God and honor the name of Jesus Christ. We pray for one another and our specific area of ministry. We pray for other missions worldwide. The Lord provides for our needs, and the habit of beginning the workday with prayer encourages us to look to the Lord for direction on a daily basis.
Center for Power Filled Living (CPFL) largest commitment to date was to assume operations and development of the Open Door Mission neurofeedback lab from October 2007 to April 2013 from Southwest Health Technologies. The Mission had initially committed to maintain the highest professional standards of the field, but the sudden constrictions of funds forced a lesser reality on their lab. The lab was developed to give neurofeedback training sessions of up to fifty men a day when Center for Power Filled Living (CPFL) is fully staffed. The professional standards require performing a comprehensive electrical assessment called a quantitative analysis of the quantitative electroencephalogram (QEEG) periodically of each participant’s brain (at a cost of $650 per assessment) was prohibitive to the shrinking Mission budget. Center for Power Filled Living (CPFL) made their own machines available to the Mission but the cost of processing these assessments remained unresolved. As a stop-gap measure Center for Power Filled Living (CPFL) implemented the use of a self-reporting questionnaire to ferret out the brain issues as the individual perceives them to be and reference those responses to various, specific brain regions. One of the National Institutes of Health position statements on addictions is that they are primarily a neurological issue. The critical issue here is that the addict’s drug of choice has been directly tied to specific brain abnormalities. The safest, most non-intrusive, and accurate way to identify these abnormalities is a quantitative electroencephalogram (QEEG). Once these are determined, the assessment device becomes the vehicle of intervention as a biofeedback tool. Electrodes are positioned over the identified regions of interest and the participant’s electrical signal is compared to what is normal from the data in the training software. The software generates a visual or auditory reward when the brain activity approaches the norms contained in the database. Over time the brain becomes more normal in function removing the pressure to use and minimizing the pleasurable effects of the drug.
Center for Power Filled Living (CPFL) provided a minimum of 30 sessions to each program participant at the Mission at a fifth of the cost for neurofeedback in the community. Center for Power Filled Living (CPFL) provided 10 hours of class as introduction to the neurofeedback process for all newcomers for free. We also maintained records of responses to questionnaires as well as individuals history of use for future correlation and research.
This technology can be used to determine if the individual is likely to relapse with alcohol, marijuana, or cocaine use. It is our goal to be able to intervene with these individuals before they leave the program by monitoring abnormal levels of 19-39 Hz in the frontal lobes shown to be the indicator of relapse.
Center for Power Filled Living (CPFL) was unsuccessful in recruiting partners and donors to make these assessments available to Mission residents.
How Neurofeedback and Center for Power Filled Living (CPFL) magnified the Mission’s effectiveness
- One well researched problem is getting a participant to stay for a long enough period of time to make the changes necessary for success. The longer the stay in treatment – the more likely the recovery. When Center for Power Filled Living (CPFL) became involved with the Mission, the average length of stay in this 9 month program was less than 60 days. Center for Power Filled Living (CPFL) suggested the implementation of neurofeedback be moved to the first full week of a resident’s admission. After this had been put into action for several months, the average stay was over 140 days.
- One of the more universal aspects of substance use is the destruction of the sleep cycle. Over 80% of the participants report deeper, longer, and more restful sleep after neurofeedback.
- Another common consequence of that lifestyle is a loss of memory function and ability to focus. This is important to the success of the classroom training they receive at the Mission. The Mission has had several studies done around the issues concerning substance use and the men that come there. One study found that at any given moment 65% -75% of the men at the Mission have ADD/ADHD. This finding provoked Southwest Health Technologies to partner with the Houston Independent School District in a pilot effort to provide neurofeedback training to 3rd grade students at Helms Elementary School. This raised a failing school’s performance to one above the national average immediately. Just as with those 3rd graders, the use of neurofeedback at the Mission markedly increased academic performance in the Education Department as well as the classroom work of the Doorway program.
- PTSD is the culprit of many functioning problems especially substance use. Research in the 1980’s at the Ft Lyons VA in Colorado and later at the University of North Texas in Denton showed that the specialized form of neurofeedback used by their respective programs gave far superior results resolving PTSD than any other intervention. This unprecedented success reate was investigated by the then head of Texas Commission for Alcohol and Drug Abuse and was promoted by the agency during those years. Implementation at the Mission by the predecessors of Center for Power Filled Living (CPFL) of this form of neurofeedback – called alpha/theta training- has been studied and results published in peer reviewed literature. Scans show how the brains of PTSD victims get stuck in dysfunctional ways and thereby contribute to the substance abuse because they try to self-medicate their condition. Research has shown that most alcohol, marijuana, and cocaine users have abnormally high amounts of high frequency EEG on the outer layers of their brain. Neurofeedback can rather straight forwardly address that by enabling the participant to control their EEG more beneficially.
- Another problem in implementing neurofeedback into large client bases found in rescue missions, military bases, schools, shelters, assisted living centers, nursing homes, and other such agencies; is that there is an economy of scale preventing a classical 1 practitioner- to- 1 client - for 1 hour approach. The nature of neurofeedback is that most of the time necessary for the process is between the client and the machine once the assessments and a skilled practitioner have yeilded a set of training configurations called protocols (much like a physical trainer at a gym). The practitioner need only to monitor the training from a trainer's readout that can be broadcast to the practitioner's location via a network or internet. Much like air-traffic controllers, one skilled practitioner can monitor a large number of sessions from a bank of monitors. With the help of aids to escort clients to the training area, attach and remove electrodes, and maintain the training areas; CPFL staff could train 55 sessions daily.
Our goal is to provide training and the resources for facilities to deliver neurofeedback to their populations in a cost effective manner that will satisfy the quality of care accepted by the community of neurofeedback providers. If you wish to join us in the development of the resources, please forward your tax deductable gift.