The Chapter House team consists not only of the Sober Living House and the Counseling Center, but it also involves the local community of experts in the areas of medical, psychiatric, nutrition, fitness, education, and vocational services. This team, along with the local 12-step community, creates a comprehensive recovery oriented system of care.
Director of operationsDouglas Beard was born in Daytona FL, and as a young man Doug was very active in martial arts and skateboarding before discovering drugs and alcohol at the age of fifteen. Douglas did enlist in the US Army where he excelled as a Airborne infantry soldier before discharging to do EMS and paramedic services.
A car accident during those years would eventually lead to a hard to break dependence on pain killers which brought Doug to Texas to seek treatment. Douglass finally found the gift of a 12 step manner of living in April of 2016 and has become an integral and valued part of the Chapterhouse community. When not working, Doug enjoys playing a round of golf, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and playing guitar.
Director of Programming
I was born and raised in Dallas, Tx. I discovered Drugs and Alcohol at the age of 12 and they were instantly the love of my life. My addiction would go on for the next 16 years. There were many attempts at changing my life, followed by still worse failures. I just did drugs – it was all I knew how to do. I spent years of my life revolving in and out of treatment centers and incarceration, I lost my parental rights to my children, and I spent time homeless in Dallas. I lost literally everything, including my self respect and dignity. I discharged the criminal justice system for the last time in September of 2018. I remember at the time of discharge, thinking that I was going to get high again. More importantly, I remember thinking that I didn’t want to get high again, and knowing that wouldn’t matter. I discharged into The Dallas 24-Hour Club, where I was presented with a solution of recovery. This solution still works to this Day. I built a relationship with God, and he did for me what I had repeatedly failed to do for myself. I have never looked back, and more importantly I have found a purpose in life. That purpose is to pass on what was so freely given to me and to strive towards practicing spiritual principles in all of my affairs. I bring that purpose to work with me everyday, and consider it a privilege to get to watch God work in the lives of our residents. I have since regained the rights to my children and helped many men, like myself, stand up and walk again. I have watched the things in my life which used to haunt me, become my greatest assets, and for that, I am eternally grateful.
Director of Client Services
Ryan struggled with addiction to opiates and benzodiazepines for over 10 years and after immense consequences in his personal and professional life as well as massive legal consequences, Ryan sought help in the form of treatment. Ryan has been sober since December of 2014 through working the 12 steps. Ryan started working in recovery since he was 6 months sober as an assistant house manager in sober living. Over the years Ryan has worked his way through practically every position in extended treatment sober livings. Ryan has achieved multiple certifications as a recovery coach and recovery specialist. As the Director of Client Services Ryan works with our residents to handle their legal problems, assess educational needs / goals and, most importantly, helping clients identify their passions and purpose in life.
Stage 2 Manager
Marty was born in Bedford TX and has lived in the DFW area all his life. He found drugs and alcohol at the age of 15, dropped out of school in the 7th grade and got his GED in 2003. The next 15 years consisted of lots of jail time and 17 treatment centers. In May of 2018, He left a detox center for the last time and entered a sober living home. Through working a 12 step program and dedicating his time to helping others, he has remained sober. He has regained all the personal relationships that he had lost and has custody of my daughter. He views his lifelong experience of addiction as a gift he was given to be able to help the Chapter House residents achieve their goals and be successful. In his spare time he enjoys playing with his dog and spending time with his family.
National Outreach Coordinator
I was born in Arkansas and started using drugs and alcohol during high school. I was able to manage my use until the age of 24, when I found opiates. Opiates really brought me to my knees and opened the gates for all avenues of dependence. For years I was always under the influence of one or more substances. I went to inpatient treatment a total of 7 times from the age of 24 to 28. Every second of my life revolved around using and I had completely lost hope.
When I was 28 years old my mom found Chapter House. Although I was already convinced that nothing was going to work, I decided to go because it beat the alternative which was homelessness. While at Chapter House something happened that can only be described as a miracle. I’ve been sober ever since.
Today I am able to help spread the word about Chapter House and answer any questions that prospective families or guys might have. I also have a beautiful family with a 1 year old son, and get to enjoy life and each moment completely sober.