OUR MISSION

Our mission is to promote a sturdy foundation of recovery from alcohol, drugs and other related behaviors. We do this by providing an environment that fosters safety, accountability, community and trust at an affordable price.

RECOVERY FOR LIFE

To live life, you need recovery.

OUR PHILOSOPHY / DIFFERENCE

Our mission is to promote a foundation in recovery from alcohol, drugs and other related behaviors by providing a safe and structured environment. Our independent sober living emphasizes honesty, trust, and respect. Our goal is that our clients may heal with the help of a nurturing 12-step based home where coping and communication skills are encouraged. This process allows a safe way to obtain the ability to live and function upon discharging from a higher level of care, residential treatment, or a home that was not conducive to a sober way of living.

Our focus is to provide a peaceful and structured sober community in which residents are proactive in their recovery while learning to address their needs and problems in a mature manner. We are supporters of the continuum care model of recovery. It is important to us that our clients attend our Partial Hospitalization (PHP) and/or Intensive Outpatient (IOP) programs. We feel that it is important imperative to have a strong clinical foundation as well as having a quality of living that is supportive of one’s sobriety and personal growth It will enable confidence and self-worth while learning how to build on their strengths and utilize the tools provided by our compassionate staff as well a 12-step program.

Our structured sober living is instrumental in building a new way of living. It will not feel normal in early recovery, but this allows each person to help each other remain disciplined with the day to day things that are essential to maintaining a strong foundation for long-term sobriety. All residents are committed to helping each other regain a worthy life and are encouraged to grow both emotionally and spiritually. We insist on having fun and making this new chapter in our client’s lives as pleasant and comfortable as possible. Living with untreated substance use disorder has been challenging enough. It is just the beginning of a new found freedom and happiness. You will be amazed at what choices lay ahead for you and the opportunities you will have by being sober.

THE STAGES OF RECOVERY AFTERCARE PROGRAM

Stages of Recovery, Inc. has been providing Sober Living services to the Lubbock community for over eight years. This has given us a very unique look into the availability of services; not only to our community but more importantly to the clients we serve. Since 2007, it has been our mission to provide all levels of services to our clients, while still giving them an opportunity to learn and grow, all at a reasonable price. We are excited to introduce the next level of care for our clients.

In late 2015, we began providing clinical intensive outpatient services in addition to adding the LIMITLESS Recovery Coaching to our Sober Living Community Program. Our main objective is to provide our clients with services that will allow them to learn more about their afflictions and how to conquer them on a daily basis from both the clinical and 12-step perspectives. Our Intensive Outpatient Program in adjunction with The Door Sober Living and LIMITLESS Recovery Coaching will provide you or your loved one the highest level of aftercare programming offered in West Texas at the most affordable price.

OUR CORE CONCEPTS

Safety

Safety is our number one core concept. We foster an atmosphere of safety that encourages staff members to respond swiftly to relapse and other issues. This swift response creates a community-wide awareness that encourages a high level of trust and communication between the staff members and clients. As trust and communication grows, we find that our clients ask for more help from the staff and their peers more often, which leads to less relapse and a greater feeling of community in general.

Community

In addition to safety, we value community so highly that everything else we do just doesn’t work without it. We believe that community has the ability to transform the lives of those in recovery. Everything we do sets up the culture of peer support that can be seen from the minute you walk in the sober living environments.

Accountability

We believe in giving the individual the autonomy to live their lives as they see fit. This means less restriction while living with us, but not less support. We hold our clients accountable to the attainable daily lives that we think are necessary for recovery, as well as their own defined goals to achieve maximum success. As a result, we have clients who are ready to transition to their own living environments in three months and some that stay for as long as two years, with consistent success. By holding our clients accountable for their goals, actions and behaviors will give them the tools they need to crate change in their lives in the most positive way possible.

Affordability

We continue to provide the highest level of care at the most cost-effective price. We feel that our pricing strategy is well within reach of most families. While our pricing might not be the highest, we are committed to the highest level of professionalism, accreditation, and practices. We are simply a group of individuals who care about the recovery process, the welfare of our clients and producing highly effective members of society.

Education

This has always been an important value of our system of care. Up until the addition of our IOP program in Lubbock, most of the education we have given to our clients has been informal. We have partnered with the client to give him/her experience, strength, and hope. By combining continuing education about our experience with the disease of addiction, life skills development, and the accountability we are famous for, we are changing the way addicts recover from a life of substance abuse.

We are also excited to add our new formal portion of education through clinical treatment services in the form of an Intensive Outpatient Program in Lubbock, TX. By adding this component to our continuum of care, we believe that we can have an even more dramatic impact on battling addiction in our region.

OUR STAFF

Executive

Stephen “Medley”

CEO and Business Development Director
Stephen “Medley” is the founding owner of Stages of Recovery, Inc. and The Door Sober Living Community. A visionary with a passion for those in recovery, he saw a need in the community and decided to take matters into his own hands. He has over 18 years of recovery time, getting clean at the age of 19, and showing many of our younger clients that it is still possible to have fun in recovery. Medley graduated from Texas Tech University as a member of the Collegiate Recovery Community at the Center for the Study of Addiction and Recovery with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Medley is the leader of the company and an inspiration to all staff members. Medley understands the power of knowing why; why we made poor decisions and the importance knowing and remembering why we don’t want to make them again.

“I’m passionate about helping individuals realize and reach their dreams by focusing on their WHY.”

Cole Watts

CFO and Stages of Recovery, Inc. Program Director
Cole and Medley founded The Door Sober Living Community together. Cole is the details behind the program. As Program Director, he conceived and implemented The Door concept and has written multiple grants for the program and others. He is talented at blending the nature of business practices into the field of social services. Cole was born and raised in Lubbock and has been in recovery for over 10 years, proving that you can get clean in the same town you live in. He is a proud graduate of the Lubbock Country Drug Court program and advocates that Drug Courts Work. He holds a Bachelor Degree in social work and is currently attending graduate school at Texas Tech University. Cole has an inspirational wife, Veronica, a beautiful four-year-old daughter, Eliana, and a 1-year-old son, Wyatt.  His focus in the company is to make sure that the activities stay true to the spirit of recovery and the mission and vision of the company.

“I’m passionate about guiding people out of their mental sense of lack and into freedom.”

Stephen O’Dell

COO and Director of Sober Living
Stephen was one of the very first clients at The Door Sober Living Community. Stephen has been in recovery for five years, all at The Door, and showed incredible commitment in the beginning by walking 5 miles to work EVERY DAY. Stephen is originally from Bandera, Texas, and graduated from Starlite Recovery Center. He is currently attending South Plains College, en route to Texas Tech University, to pursue dual degrees in business and finance. Stephen handles all of the day-to-day operations of the company, including financial transactions and admissions. He is the go-to person at “game time.”

Anthony McClain

Chief Client Relations Officer, Transitional Living Operations 
A Pennsylvania native, Anthony left home in active addiction at 21 years old because he thought he had it all figured out. Anthony moved around a bit, from Wyoming to Montana to Colorado. His disease progressed, causing Anthony to neglect priorities such as relationships, rent and job opportunities. Finally, when he had enough, he was homeless as well as broken spiritually, emotionally and physically. Anthony researched a treatment center in the Dallas area that was able to fly him down to Texas. He was a client there for 57 days. While at treatment, Anthony heard of The Door Sober Living and the recovery that Lubbock had to offer. Anthony took a greyhound to Lubbock. In 2012, Anthony stayed at The Door for 6 months and moved in with other residents in their own apartment. Without accountability and the structure that was offered at The Door, Anthony fell into old behavior for several months until he reached out to those he knew in the 12-step fellowship he had been a part of. Anthony then checked into the Ranch at Dove Tree, where he stayed for 30 days. Upon successful completion, Anthony returned to The Door Sober Living on May 19, 2013. This time, Anthony signed a one-year agreement and expressed great willingness to maintain his clean time. As the previous house manager moved in with his fiancé, Anthony was asked to step up and take on the duties. Anthony has been the Client Relations House Manager since July 2014.

Clinical

Howard Monsour, LCDC, LPC- Intern

Counselor and Compliance Director

Howard Monsour III, is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor as well. He hols a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health from the College of Education at Texas Tech University, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Community, Family, Addiction, Services from the College of Human Sciences at Texas Tech University. Howard has nearly 10 years of experience within the field of addiction. He worked at Manage Care Center, where he was a House Manager, Howard held clients accountable and ran the 12 step groups. He has also worked at The Ranch of Dove Tree, as a Mental Health Technician, where he helped the clients be accountable and ran the 12 step groups, as well was a Counselor for the Inpatient and Intensive Outpatient Programs. Howard has also worked at the Collegiate Recovery Community at Texas Tech University, where he was a Research Administrator, he helped the students in recovery, ran seminars, and helped with the replication process for other universities. Howard has worked for Stages of Recovery for almost a year, where he is a Counselor and the Compliance Director. Howard has been in recovery for almost 10 years, once he found a solution to his problems he wanted to help others find a solution to their problems.

Lynn Whitfield, LPC

Lynn has been an LPC for about eight years. By volunteering at the Greater Dallas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, she became interested in addiction and recovery. Her practicum in graduate school included working with veterans and women in recovery, using art therapy techniques. Lynn is a member of the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors and the West Texas Counseling Association. Along with her marriage and family master’s degree, she holds a master’s degree in art therapy. Lynn is a former classroom teacher with a lifetime Provisional Certification, grades one through eight. She also had Standard Certifications as a classroom teacher in all level art and counseling. Lynn has a big heart for animals which are more intelligent than we give them credit for. When I can, I create my own art and visit galleries and museums.
“Imagination Rules the World”….Napoleon.”

Melissa Silva, LCDC-Intern

Administrative Director

Melissa Silva currently works as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor-Intern and as the Administrative Director at Stages of Recovery, Inc. She received her bachelor’s degree in Community Family Addiction Sciences at Texas Tech University and is currently a masters student in the Couple, Marriage, and Family Therapy program at Tech; Melissa is also a member of The Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities. Melissa has worked in this field since 2015, her focus is substance use disorder and helping families recover. She decided to start working with addiction because her academic, professional, and community involvement, as well as her own personal experiences, evolved deeper into the field of addiction and recovery simultaneously exposing her true heart and love for the betterment of other’s lives.

“It takes one person to believe in you.”

Paul Loveless, LCDC, LPC

Therapist and Group Facilitator

Paul Loveless, LPC and LCDC graduated from Texas Tech University in 2009 with a BA in Psychology and then in 2012 with a Masters of Education in Community Counseling. Paul works within addiction and recovery because it is a personal passion of his to help addicts on their path to recovery while also providing mental health devices and spiritual guidance. Paul has been working with addictions and recovery for ten years now and has also worked with adults and collegiates in a dual diagnosis treatment center for over 6 years. Paul holds extensive knowledge of the addiction and recovery process, behavioral addictions and substance addiction issues. Paul enjoys camping and playing basketball, he has a wonderful 9 year old daughter and a labradoodle named Lincoln.
“Spiritual growth, the only Serious thing .” 

Ashley Pruitt, LMSW

Counselor

Ashley Pruitt, Licensed Master Social Worker, earned her Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Social Work and Spanish from Texas Tech University in 2014; she then proceeded to obtain a Master of Social Work from Our Lady of the Lake University in 2017. Ashley is currently taking courses at Texas Tech University to acquire a master’s Certificate in Mental Health Counseling and plans to enroll in the Ph.D. program in Addiction Disorders and Recovery Studies at Texas Tech in Fall of 2020. She has been a licensed and practicing LMSW since 2014 and has worked in many private and non-profit sectors including administrative roles, Hospice, sexual assault counseling, sex-trafficking rescue/counseling, and mental health. She began her career as a Correctional Mental Health Social Worker at Montford State Psychiatric Prison/Hospital in Lubbock, TX in 2014. She has been employed part-time with Stages of Recovery since February 2019 as a Mental Health Counselor co-leading Early Recovery groups and taking on individual clients. Ashley works full-time at Texas Tech University as the Administrator of Institutional Assessment with the primary responsibility of working on institutional assessment and outreach and engagement. Ashley has two daughters, Harper (5) and Sawyer (2) and a cat named Stephanie. Ashley enjoys traveling, yoga, serving others, baking, and adventure.

“The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves—say rather, loved in spite of ourselves.”

Averie Holder

Lead Recovery Advocate                                                                                              

Averie graduated from Texas Tech University in 2018 with a Bachelors in Social Work, she is now pursuing a Masters degree in Social Work. Averie has been working within the area of addiction and recovery since August 2018, when she started her BSW field practicum with Stages of Recovery. Averie decided to work with addiction and recovery because of her passion for seeing people better themselves, she believes everyone has the capacity to change and shows a clear love for being apart of the process and empowering individuals along the way. Averie has been in recovery herself since October of 2017. She has two adorable dogs, Rockie and Chewie; in Averie’s free time you can catch her spending time with her partner of two years or reading about pop culture or politics.

“I love to get in the trenches with the people that I work with; fight for them and their change-because I believe anyone, no matter what they have been through- has the ability to overcome their circumstances.” 

Miles Walker, LCDC-Intern

Counselor 

Miles Walker is currently working as an LCDC-Intern and Counselor at Stages of Recovery, Inc. Miles graduated from Texas Tech University in 2016 with his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and is currently pursuing his Master’s degree at Texas Tech University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Miles is an active member of the recovery community and a member of the Collegiate Recovery Community at Texas Tech University. Miles enjoys camping and hiking in the mountains of New Mexico whenever he has the opportunity.

Recovery Coaches

Stephen “Medley”

Recovery Coach
Steve is the founding owner of Stages of Recovery, Inc. and The Door Sober Living Community. A visionary with a passion for those in recovery, Steve saw a need in the community and decided to take matters into his own hands. Steve has 16 years of recovery time, getting clean at the age of 19, and showing many of our younger clients that it is still possible to have fun in recovery. Steve graduated from Texas Tech University as a member of the Collegiate Recovery Community at the Center for the Study of Addiction and Recovery with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Steve is the leader of the company and an inspiration to all staff members.

Stephen O’Dell

Recovery Coach, PRS
Stephen was one of the very first clients at The Door Sober Living Community. Stephen has been in recovery for five years, all at The Door, and showed incredible commitment in the beginning by walking 5 miles to work EVERY DAY. Stephen is originally from Bandera, Texas, and graduated from Starlite Recovery Center. He is currently attending South Plains College, en route to Texas Tech University, to pursue dual degrees in business and finance. Stephen handles all of the day-to-day operations of the company, including financial transactions and admissions. He is the go-to person at “game time.”

House Managers

Michael A. Daniels, LCDC

Lead House Manager, Men’s Program

Mike Daniels is a second year Masters level Marriage and Family Therapist. He is a Native Texan from El Paso. His special interest is working with adolescents, teens, young adults and their families in the area of mental health and addiction. Michael is a licensed chemical dependency counselor and is currently is attached to the Sober living facility at Stages of Recovery.  Michael has 2 years experience in this field and will be seeking his License Marriage Family Therapist Associate licensure (LMFTA) by the end of 2019.

THE STAGES DIFFERENCE

Stages of Recovery, Inc. has been providing Sober Living services to the Lubbock community for over eight years. This has given us a very unique look into the availability of services; not only to our community, but more importantly to the clients we serve. Since 2007, it has been our mission to provide all levels of services to our clients, while still giving them an opportunity to learn and grow, all at a reasonable price. We are excited to introduce the next level of care for our clients.

INTENSIVE OUTPATIENT

Services

THE DOOR

Sober Living Program

LIMITLESS

Recovery Coaching Program

Are you ready to take the next step on the road to recovery?