Our History

In the 1980s a group of four recovered women realized a vital need: there was nowhere in North Texas for an alcoholic woman with no money and no insurance to go. As fate would have it, one of these women had just learned about a place in Houston that was providing a safe place for women to detox from alcohol at no cost. In March of 1987, this group drove to Houston to visit and realized they could better serve alcoholic women and their families by providing a similar experience in North Texas. Within months, The Magdalen House was born.
The original house on Lovers Lane opened in June 1987, thanks to the efforts of four female alcoholics who saw the need for a women-only facility. Now in its 32nd year, The Magdalen House continues to be the only facility in North Texas to offer no-cost (free) services to women who want to recover from alcoholism. What was once the dream of our founders has become the reality; a flourishing community of recovered women and their families.
With a 41% increase in Social Detox Program admissions and 8,242 visits to our Peer Recovery Program classes, meetings, and educational workshops in 2018, our volunteers, donors, and staff are dedicated to growing the impact that our founders began in 1987.

Today, our current facility, located in the Little Forest Hills neighborhood in East Dallas, is the first, and continues to be the only one of its kind in the area to provide these critical services to alcoholic women in need.

Our Lovers Lane Home


An estimated 251,364 alcoholic women are located in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

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Why The Magdalen House?

Women Only


Peer Implemented Programming

Comprehensive Programming


Our Alcohol Detox Program Serves as a non-clinical, mutual help approach to the problem of alcohol dependency for women.

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