Empowering Women to Overcome Addiction

Programs & Services


Grace House of Memphis has a long-held reputation for providing quality, comprehensive services that address the problem of substance abuse in women. We also provide treatment and recovery support services to women with co-occurring mental conditions. We offer treatment and support for women coming from the criminal justice system.

Admission is available to women aged 18 and over REGARDLESS OF HER ABILTY TO PAY.


Our program is a gender specific, long-term residential substance abuse treatment program for adult women. It addresses alcohol and illicit drug use, co-occurring mental health conditions, trauma, family issues, and other barriers to healthy living. Each woman is treated individually and holistically using an integrated care model involving an array of treatments and community partnerships. Our goal is to help each woman move toward self-sufficiency and increased spiritual, physical, emotional, social, and occupational functioning.

We offer knowledge, support, and tools needed to begin the lifelong process of recovery. Our safe, “home-like” service environment offers the women the opportunity to participate in the day-to-day functioning of a home and learn self-care. We provide 24 hours a day, 7 days a week service by specialized master level providers trained support staff.

Treatment & Care

Gender-Specific Treatment

A substantial amount of research supports the need for gender-specific treatment. There are physical differences in the way that alcohol and other drugs metabolize between the sexes. Women have very different underlying social and psychology issues. Women process information differently. Men tend to be more “end result” oriented while women are often “process” and “feelings”oriented. It is imperative that treatment planning, intensity, environment, length of stay and other factors be specifically tailored to women to give her the best opportunity to heal her mind body and spirit.​​

Integrated Treatment

Grace House is a Co-Occurring capable agency. We offer services to women with a substance abuse disorder and one or more diagnosed mental health conditions. Grace House is proud of our holistic approach to treatment. By partnering with other agencies, we provide a wide array of wraparound services including medical, vision, dental, legal, financial and job readiness. We work hard to provide the tools and services so that women can reclaim their lives, regardless of her ability to pay.

Individualized Care

Treatment is intended to return each woman to a desirable level of physical, emotional, spiritual, social, and occupational functioning. Each plan is unique, developed alongside the client and emphasizing her own individual strengths, needs, and goals.

Continuum Of Care Services for Substance Abuse and Certain Co-occurring Mental Health Conditions

Addiction Evaluations and Assessments
Social Setting Detoxification
Long Term Residential Rehabilitation
(3-6 months)

Halfway House Program
(3 months – 1 year)

Intensive Outpatient Program
(12-24 weeks)

Outpatient Services
Aftercare Program
Family Support Services
Life Skills
Basic Computer and Job Readiness
Pastoral/Spiritual Support
Relapse Prevention
Recovery Skills

Housing Assistance
(for qualifying women, as resources are available)

Case management and referral services are provided to connect each woman to vital community resources that further move her toward a happier, healthier, self-sufficient life.

Trauma Informed Care

The National Council for Behavioral Health asserts that trauma is a nearly ubiquitous occurrence among individuals grappling with behavioral health issues and substance abuse. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health, a substantial 55% to 99% of women undergoing substance use treatment, and 85% to 95% of those within the public mental health system, disclose a history of trauma. Not surprisingly, most occurred in childhood. The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kaiser Permanente, stands as one of the most extensive inquiries into the links between childhood maltreatment and later-life health and well-being. Nearly two-thirds of the study participants reported at least one adverse childhood experience, encompassing physical or sexual abuse, neglect, or family dysfunction. Additionally, more than one in five participants reported encountering three or more such experiences.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) >

A survey was conducted at Grace House of the clients who were enrolled in the program on May 15, 2016.  Below is the outcome of that survey, along with a comparison to statewide survey results.   The study also shows that 90% of Grace House clients had at least 1 Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE), while 63% had 4 or more Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).  These results reflect the importance of not just offering trauma therapy, but offering a trauma informed culture within the agency that is responsive to those issues in all that we do.

Three Most Prevalent ACES for Grace House:

  1. Household Substance Abuse-79%
  2. Emotional Neglect-79%
  3. Depression or Mental Illness in Household-63%

Three Most Prevalent ACES for Tennessee:

  1. Parents Separated or Divorced-29.1%
  2. Household Substance Abuse-28.3%
  3. Verbal Abuse-19.2%

A Comparison of Adults Reporting ACEs of Kaiser, Tennessee, Shelby Co., Grace House


Screening and Admission

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Screening and Admission
Admission is available to any adult woman aged 18 and over whose life has been negatively impacted by alcohol or other drugs. She may have certain co-occurring mental health conditions but no severe medical complications. Our non-discrimination policy strictly prohibits any discrimination based on race, color, creed, economic or social circumstances, sexual orientation, or national origin. We are not a medical facility. If Medical detox is required, we will direct you to these services before admission is possible. We take women regardless of her ability to pay.

If you would like to learn more, please call
Grace House of Memphis

If you have decided Grace House is for you, we are thrilled. Please fill out the pre-screening questionnaire below and we will begin the interview process to make sure our services fit your needs. If you have not heard back from us within 48 hours, please call 901-722-8460.

Pre-screening Questionnaire
What To Bring

If you are accepted into the Grace House program you already have this information, but we are putting it here again as an easy reminder.

Please bring a birth certificate, picture ID, Insurance and prescription card, (if you have it not required) and proof of Tennessee residency. If you are missing some of these forms, we will direct you where to find them.
Items Allowed
Five days change of clothes
Hygiene items
Two towels and a washcloth
A Minimum of one month of prescription medications with refills
Unopened Cigarettes packs if you smoke
Hard candy
Non-caffeinated sodas in cans

Items Not Allowed
Drugs or Alcohol
Knife or Pocketknife
Cellphones or other electronic devices
Loose tobacco, rolling papers, or e-cigarettes
Clothing with negative messages
No chocolate or caffeine allowed


Is this an emergency? Call 911 NOW

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Is this an emergency? Call 911 NOW if someone has:

Lost consciousness after taking drugs
Became unconscious after drinking alcohol, especially if five or more drinks were consumed in a short period of time
Had a seizure
Has been drinking and is seriously considering suicide
Has a history of heavy drinking and has severe withdrawal symptoms, such as confusion and severe trembling. Severe withdrawal symptoms, such as delirium tremens (DTs), can cause death.
Mental Health Screening Link

Memphis Area Intergroup Association, Inc/Meetings

West Tennessee Narcotics Anonymous

Al Anon

The Tennessee Redline

Mobile Crisis Services

Gracette Stories and testimonials

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In 1994 I came to Memphis from Jacksonville, Florida. After being incarcerated due my drug and alcohol use I never thought my life would change.

I started working and eventually regain custody of my children. 14 years passed and I never thought drugs and alcohol would become a priority again. You see I was just a dry drunk. For several years I would work job after job and think I had arrived successfully. I was a bitter and lonely person. I couldn’t get my life right no matter how successful I thought I was. I became addicted to people. In other words I was always people pleasing. I never knew who I was. I only knew that I had to keep up a image of being happy and making sure everyone around me was happy. I was always angry. I always expected people to give to me the way I was giving to them. I held on to people no matter how bad they treated me. I was full and shame and guilt. I owed everything to my family, how could I fail. But it continued to happen year after year. Drugs and alcohol became the only life I knew. I went to Caaps for 6 months and again I felt I knew what I needed to do. Always taking charge. Little did I know that being in charge meant giving everything up that you think you know and allowing someone else to teach you a better way of living. I didn’t mention I was also addicted to control. In 2017 two judges ordered me to treatment in exchange for prison time. I elected to come to Grace House hating the required 3-6 months. I still had reservations to continue my road to destruction. I thought everyone that knew me was done with my way of living. Honestly they were, however, they also understood unconditional love. I took a lot of letting go of my false pride, beaten down ego and becoming humble to receive what Grace House had in store for me. I had to get off the pity pot of all my abandonment issues, excuses and reasons on why I use drugs. I had to become more willing to go through temporary pain for a life-long solution. Grace House helped me to face my fears. I didn’t have to pretend anymore. I could admit that I was homeless, jobless and afraid of just the next day. How could a woman of my age be in a situation like this? It’s very easy if you never get to the core issues. Life has its ups and downs, but that doesn’t mean that you have to find a solution in alcohol, drugs or people. Self-examination and believing in something Bigger than yourself has helped me to Recover one day at a time. I used drugs and alcohol for most of my adult years. Having a long time Recover House is the best solution for any long term drug abuser like myself. I live with 4 other woman and I’m so very Grateful that Grace House has allowed me to become a part of their program. I’m very active in the recovery community throughout Memphis and I try very hard to uphold all the high standards that Grace House has afforded me.


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