Addiction Treatment Services in Traverse City, MI

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415 Cass Street, Suite 2A
Traverse City MI 49684

Addiction Treatment Services Philosophy

ATS is dedicated to supporting people who are struggling with chemical dependency issues. The drug and alcohol treatment center doesn’t focus on addiction as an illness, but instead regards each individual as a person with the strength, courage, and will to overcome their addiction and grow as a result. Residential treatment and sober living isn’t easy to live through, but ATS is committed to showing its clients that the rewards outweigh the obstacles.

Areas of Specialization

  • Individual Therapy
    This term describes one-on-one therapy, in which a patient and trained counselor, social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist meets privately with a patient to discuss challenges related to lifestyle, work, family and romantic relationships that may have contributed to the development of an addiction.

  • Residential Treatment
    Residential treatment programs provide housing (food and meals) in addition to treatment for substance abuse. Some facilities offer only short-term residential treatment, some offer only long-term treatment and others offer both, ranging from a few days to many months, based on patient needs.

Facility Highlights

Anger Management

Addiction Education

Moral Reconation Therapy

Meet the Staff

Christopher Hindbaugh

Executive Director

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Hindbaugh has a vision that ATS can and should be the most innovative and creative substance abuse agency in the state. Since taking the helm at ATS, Hindbaugh has helped foster a culture of professionalism and an expectation of high quality services that is all too often lacking in the substance abuse field.

Mark Baranski

Board President

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Baranski's interest in addiction stems from a healthcare standpoint and he strives to raise awareness to the physical toll substance abuse can have on the human body. He also demonstrates knowledge and interest in the economic and financial aspects of addiction and how politics will affect addicts and employees working with addiction in the future. Editorial Review

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Addiction Treatment Services (ATS) is located in Traverse City, Mich., a quaint resort town on the shores of Lake Michigan. ATS offers a variety of programs for men and women struggling with substance abuse, including medical detox, gender-specific residential services, outpatient, and drug testing services. In addition, ATS owns and operates four sober living homes for men and one for women, all located in Traverse City.


Addiction Treatment Services does not focus on addiction as an illness, but rather on a holistic approach of empowering clients to lead fulfilling lives. The facility’s website notes that all levels of treatment are trauma-informed and evidence-based.

Although the length of treatment is determined by each client’s individual needs, residents typically stay at the facility for 28 days. The residential program includes a blend of individual counseling, group therapy, skill-building groups, and experiential activities. The rehab’s proximity to shopping, coffee shops, and churches is designed to encourage community reintegration as a part of recovery.

The outpatient program offers individual, group, and family counseling, plus groups on anger management, co-occurring disorders, Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT), relapse prevention, and more. Gambling addiction counseling is available as an outpatient option. If further support is necessary, clients can live in one of ATS’ gender-specific sober residences.


According to the facility’s website, the treatment team includes doctors, therapists, nurses, care coordinators, and social workers. There’s also a nurse practitioner on staff.


Phoenix Hall, the women’s residence, accommodates up to 12 women and is located within walking distance to Grand Traverse Bay, while Dakoske House, the men’s facility, has 28 beds. Most rooms sleep two people. Both residences are suburban homes on tree-lined streets, with large front porches.


Currently, there are no alumni reviews to, however, the facility’s Facebook page, which it has the ability to manage, includes 20 reviews with an average rating of 4.5 out of five stars.[1] “This place changed my life. Thank you all for your support and assistance,” an alum named G.J. wrote on Facebook in September 2016.


Two loved ones surveyed by at the time of this writing gave positive reviews with four and five out of five stars for treatment effectiveness, though both added that aftercare was insufficient. “They could do a little better at checking up on people who have left the program. Overall, they were very great and helped my sister get clean and stay clean,” one anonymous loved one wrote. Both reviewers gave at least four out of five star ratings in most categories, but one loved one gave only three stars for holistic options and treatment for co-occurring disorders.


The six staff members surveyed by at the time of this writing gave mixed reviews. Half of these staff members wrote to to express concerns about this facility, citing shame-based, coercive, and outdated treatment methods. Two counseling staff members reviewed gave one out of five star ratings for the leadership’s willingness to put client’s interests first and indicated they had concerns about the standard of care. “Bootcamp mentality. Very discouraging,” B.H., wrote, but added, “Very loyal and caring support staff.” “Prison-like atmosphere,” Pamela wrote.

However, two additional treatment team members surveyed by gave five out of five stars for the experience of addiction, mental health, and medical staff at this facility. In addition, they gave four and five out of five star ratings for the overall quality of care. “ATS is an excellent treatment facility regardless of the level of care needed. The utilize evidence based practices and management is very active and knowledgeable in all areas of client care,” K.B. wrote.


In January 2016, Addiction Treatment Services was selected out of a thousand nominees to receive the Champions of Excellence Award from the National Council of Behavioral Health.

At the time of this review, residential programs were priced at $211/night, making the traditional 28-day program $5,908. Detox has a flat fee of $1352 for the typical four- to five-day treatment stay. ATS works with Medicaid and Priority Health Insurance for detox and outpatient services.

Updated January 2017


Published on January 2017

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The have good group programs. They really don't help you transition back to normal when you get out. They helped my brother get clean and show him there is a better way to live.

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They do a really good job supporting their patients and helping them get clean. They could do a little better at checking up on people who have left the program. Overall, they were very great and helped my sister get clean and stay clean.

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I work in detox, not residential, so my experience is limited. However, I know they enact forward thinking. A downfall is that the facility consists of old houses.

A strength of the facility our caring for people-- our "Slogan," if you will is "HOPE HAPPENS HERE." However, there is not enough space... so many helpless people and we are trying so diligently to accommodate more people. It's an EXCEPTIONAL place for the clients AND the employees.

The food, auxiliary staff and the volunteers were positive aspects of the facility. However, I believe that they are entrenched in coercive treatment methods, Prison-like atmosphere, refusal to keep up with contemporary models ... forced AA participation (forced to acknowledge Christian beliefs), withholds modern medical interventions. Based on contemporary evidence, older Tx models can make people worse. Punitive models can make people worse; client centered, strength based, and motivational models are more effective. I think they would do better with private out-patient treatment or general counseling. ... This reputation is well-known in the local counseling community. ...

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We were told in an All Staff meeting that if our clients were able to think for themselves, they would not be here... Bootcamp mentality. Very discouraging. Counterproductive, based on recent studies in effectiveness. Very loyal and caring support staff: nurses, treatment assistants, volunteers, cooks,

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ATS is an excellent treatment facility regardless of the level of care needed. The utilize evidence based practices and management is very active and knowledgeable in all areas of client care. As an employee, however, one feels drained and hung out to dry with minimal financial support and few benefits. Innovation and involvement of the community in providing support for the hard work that clients are doing; community education; family and support system involvement.

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Uses out-dated treatment models. Very coercive. Many of staff are grandfathered in ex-users, (not MA licensed). High staff turnover. High relapse rate. Heavy handed and threatening. Puts on a good front, threatens those that whistle-blow. Read William L White's book about the organizational family. That fits ATS to a "T".

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