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About the founder

Demetra was born in Baytown, Texas and grew up in Barrett Station. She graduated from Crosby High School in 1985 and attended Prairie View A&M University for two years.

Demetra began to experiment with drugs and alcohol in her early teen years, which lead her life out of control. She has served time with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice three times due to her extensive drug use. On July 20, 2001, Demetra surrendered her life over to her Lord and Savior Christ Jesus and has never looked back.

Once released from prison on April 14, 2002, Demetra continued her quest for knowledge and a deeper relationship with God at the College of Biblical Studies. On July 13, 2013, she was ordained by the Crisis Chaplaincy of America (formerly Crisis Chaplaincy of Harris County) where she was grandfathered in for life.

In December 2013 she attended the International Christian Institute, where she graduated as a Certified Christian Counselor. She is an active member of the International Christian Chaplain Association (CCC 100-11404). Demetra is also a Certified Volunteer Chaplain Assistant for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, where she began volunteering in 2007 and where she and her husband conduct worship service. She is the founder of In His Care Ministries, Choices Recovery Group, and Mentors Matters which are being utilized in TDCJ Facilities.

Demetra is a firm believer that if you change the mind, you can change the man. She definitely agrees with Jesus on meeting people where they are concerning their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs. She embraces the value of every soul that God allows her to encounter, knowing that it is an opportunity to sow a seed of change in their life.

Demetra is a faithful member of Tabernacle of Praise under the leadership of Pastor John Pyles Sr. in Houston, Texas. She is married to Rev. Rodney Durst , together they have 14 children and 15 grandchildren.

Demetra has valuable ties to her community, who partners with her to assist with meeting the needs of individuals that God has assigned to her life.

About Strategic Recovery Solutions

Strategic Recovery Solutions is Houston's Leading Source of Peer Specialist Training 

We envision a community that exposes stigma and understands addiction as an illness not a person.  Therefore those in recovery from substance use and mental health challenges can strategically reach their full potential being free from stigma. 

Our  team of Peer Specialist are experiencing an enhanced quality of life, which contributes to a combination of 50 years plus of living free from a substance use disorder.  We chose to serve, support, mentor, and advocate for others whose journey of recovery has yet to begin.  We come from all walks of life and have chosen different paths of recovery.  We focus on the long-term benefits of having someone who has lived experience to join us on this journey of recovery. 

We know that individuals are the expert of their own lives so we strategically work with them as partners on a wellness plan and assist them with removing barriers to accomplish their goals on a holistic approach because recovery is individualized.  We are advocates of respect, hope, and providing a person-driven and trauma-free approach.  Our role is to do no harm and walk with them along the way. 

This is the foundation that champions are built on to reach their full potential. 

Our Mission

Our mission is quite simple: to educate, empower and equip every individual about addiction and mental health recovery and provide a peer based recovery support system.

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Foundational Pillars


Having a stable and safe place to live. 


Overcoming or managing one’s disease(s) or symptoms and making informed, healthy choices that support physical and emotional well-being. 


Having relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love, and hope 


Conducting meaningful daily activities and having the independence, income, and resources to participate in society. 

10 Guiding Principles

  • Recovery emerges from hope 

  • Recovery is person driven

  • Recovery occurs via many pathways 

  • Recovery is holistic 

  • Recovery is supported by peers and allies

  • Recovery is supported through relationships and social network 

  • Recovery is culturally-based and influenced

  • Recovery is supported by addressing trauma 

  • Recovery involves individual, family and community strengths and responsibility 

  • Recovery is based on respect

Our Values


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Our Foundation: Evidence-Based

Peer support trainers are individuals who have been successful in the recovery process who help others experiencing similar situations. Through shared understanding, respect, and mutual empowerment, peer support trainers also help individuals become and stay engaged in the recovery process and reduce the likelihood of recurrence of use.  Peer support services can effectively extend the reach of treatment beyond the clinical setting into the everyday environment for those seeking a successful, sustained recovery process.

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