Akeela Inc. Philosophy
Akeela House provides a wide away of treatment services for alcohol abuse, drug abuse, and mental health disorders. The Anchorage-based facility offers a comprehensive continuum of care that includes individual assessments, residential care, transitional housing, case management, outpatient services, and family programs. Dedicated to giving the community a responsive, unified, and innovative option for treatment, Akeela House prides itself on offering quality care that’s accessible to anyone seeking recovery.
Areas of Specialization
Intensive Out Patient (IOP)
Patients who undergo intensive outpatient treatment continue to live at home and sometimes go to school or work while participating in a highly structured treatment protocol that is focused on ending substance abuse. Programs vary in terms of how much treatment patients receive, how often and for how long. Some facilities design individualized intensive outpatient treatment programs.
Research shows that the odds of successful, sustained recovery from addiction are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction often have genetic roots, whether related to substance abuse, mental illness or both. Family dynamics also play a role and, often, family members are the first to realize a loved one has developed an addiction. Also, it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.
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ABOUT AKEELA, INC.
Since it was founded by recovering drug users in the early 1970s, nonprofit Akeela, Inc. has expanded to provide numerous prevention, residential, and outpatient behavioral health centers in Alaska. Residential and outpatient services are available in Anchorage and Ketchikan only.
The center’s offerings in Anchorage consist of residential, outpatient, and sober-living facilities for individuals struggling with substance use disorder, dual diagnosis, and other mental and behavioral health disorders.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The organization’s primary residential facility, Akeela House Recovery Center, is a co-ed residential therapeutic community that primarily serves individuals struggling with dual diagnosis.
There’s also a dedicated long-term residential program for dually diagnosed women with children. The Stepping Stones Residential Program offers 15 apartments in total; children may remain with their mothers, and daycare services are provided for them during the daytimes.
Outpatient services in Anchorage consist of general outpatient and intensive outpatient (IOP) services for men and women, comprising individual and group counseling with a focus on relapse prevention. Clients generally remain in outpatient treatment for 12 to 18 weeks.
Akeela also offers 29 beds in 14 sober-living apartments in Anchorage, which are supervised by a case manager who ensures that residents remain clean and sober as well as coordinating other services.
The organization also offers outpatient mental health services and case management services for families in danger of being separated as a result of substance abuse.
Akeela employs 145 staff members, including physicians, psychology and counseling professionals, social workers, and case managers. The single alum polled by Rehabs.com to date on the staff’s level of training and experience gave it two out of five stars.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
There are 48 beds at the Akeela House Recovery Center. The single alum polled to date on Akeela’s cleanliness and accommodations gave the facility three out of five stars in each category.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Of the two alumni reviews submitted to Rehabs.com to date, one was positive and one mixed. “I am Clean with no controlled substances in my life… I thank you with ally heart that today I know that It Works, It really works if you work it,” Michael A. wrote. The other anonymous reviewer gave the center four out of five stars for its overall effectiveness, but indicated that they would not recommend treatment at the center, and gave Akeela just two out of five stars for its holistic and counseling options and its treatment for co-occurring disorders. “I liked the location but there was a Lack of strong leaders The facility was nice but the employees were not organized nor did I feel like they were professional,” the anonymous reviewer wrote.
At the time of this writing, Akeela had a 4.6-star average rating based on nine reviews on Facebook, where the organization manages its own page, and two one-star reviews on HealthGrove.  The positive reviewers on these secondary sites frequently wrote that they had learned a lot at Akeela, and that treatment had improved their lives. “I am very grateful for the Stepping Stones program! not only was i able to have my daughter there with me, but it helped me learn about myself and my disease of addiction,” Missy wrote in a representative review on Facebook. There was little overlap between the negative reviews posted: reviewers variously complained of staff being distracted during counseling sessions, a lack of appropriate counseling, and an alleged theft of personal items while a client was receiving treatment.
WHAT STAFF SAY
The single staffer polled by Rehabs.com to date indicated that they had some concerns about the care provided at Akeela, but were unwilling to disclose what those concerns were. They gave the center five out of five stars for its overall treatment and four out of five stars for both its leadership and its willingness to put clients’ interests first. They praised the center’s cultural diversity and full spectrum of services, but wrote: “Weaknesses included some of the staff.”
Almost half of the center’s residential beds are funded by the state and other agencies. The center also accepts Medicaid and private insurance. The single individual polled to date on the center’s affordability gave it three out of five stars.
Updated December 2016
Published on January 2017
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