Responsibility House
The beginning of a sober life.
 
About Us
 
Responsibility House is a New Orleans area agency that assists people who are ready to make the journey to sobriety, stability, and health.  Our programs are listed on the left bar of this page.
 
You can reach us through our Contact Us page.
 
 
 
History
 
After years of struggling to live as a junkie, Mike Martyn took the step that he knew deep down he had to take if he wanted to live at all.  It was that first step to pursue treatment that placed Mike on the path to recovery from addiction.  Realizing how treatment had saved him from destruction, Mike committed himself to helping those with a true need for recovery.
 
Mike then set out to fulfill his dream of operating and managing a substance abuse treatment facility that would meet the recovery needs of the overlooked addicts in the Greater New Orleans community.  In 1994, Mike incorporated Responsibility House and began offering a Residential Treatment Program for men.  Now he could give back to those who, like himself, needed support in a time of crisis and motivation once they'd made the decision to seek treatment.

Recognizing that the people in the community needed support at an earlier stage of recovery, Mike opened the Social Detoxification Program.  Running a social detox program allowed Responsibility House to provide an alternative to the inpatient medical detox setting for people without high medical needs.
 
After running Responsibility House for almost seven years, Mike resolved to address the connection between homelessness and substance abuse -- how one leads to the other.  In 2001, Responsibility House began offering the Supportive Housing Program, which houses the homeless and provides intensive supportive services.  This program allowed us to engage some of the most neglected people in our community.
 
All along, Mike and his staff understood that, like homelessness, mental illness often contributed to substance abuse -- having two disorders can make them both worse.  We now offer a treatment model that addresses all of each client's disorders at once.  It's called integrated treatment, and we now even provide training and education in how to provide treatment that takes into account the whole client.
 
With this knowledge and experience, Responsibility House recently began offering outpatient programs to fill another gap in the different levels of service available to people in the community.  By offering outpatient programs, we can reach people who are coming into treatment and those maintaining recovery -- and we can connect them all so that they can motivate each other to succeed.
 
Today we are coming out of one of the worst economic climates in decades, but Responsibility House will emerge from this downturn still capable of meeting the needs of the people of the New Orleans area.
 
 
 
How it became "Responsibility House"
 
Back in 1994 when Mike was filing the paperwork to set up a substance abuse treatment agency, he ran into a road block -- he was so focused on running the organization that he hadn't really thought about a name.  So he made a list of names, each with "House" as the second word, like "Recovery House."
 
He called up the Secretary of State to see which names weren't already claimed and to choose one.  Well, as he ran down the list, each and every name that he'd wanted was taken. 
 
When he reached the bottom of the list and ran out of names, he realized that he had no more ideas and sighed and said, "OK, I'll take responsibility." 
 
What Mike meant was that he'd own up to the fact that he didn't have any more names for his organization.  What Mike heard was, "OK, you can have 'Responsibility House.'  No one has that name."
 
Mike hadn't thought of "Responsibility House" as a name for his agency, but it represented his philosophy so well that it just came right out of his mouth on accident, so he kept it. 
 
And "Responsibility House" stuck.   For 21 years now, we've been Responsibility House, and we will be Responsibility House for at least another 21 years.
 
 
   1799 Stumpf Blvd., Bldg. 7, Ste. 4  |  Terrytown, LA 70056 Ph: (504) 367-4426 | Fax: (504) 367-4486