Fellowship Hall Philosophy
Located in a serene and tranquil setting in Greensboro, North Carolina, Fellowship Hall is an alcohol and drug addiction treatment center based on the 12-Step model of recovery. Compassionate, cost-effective care is coupled with individualized treatment plans to give each client the opportunity to create a program of recovery that’s sustainable and fulfilling. The facility offers a wide range of services, including inpatient detoxification and rehabilitation, residential treatment, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, family programming, extended treatment and transitional living.
Areas of Specialization
Facilities that offer “holistic therapy” see and treat patients in the context of their entire lives and health status. They treat the “whole person,” not just the addiction.
Drugs and alcohol have widespread effects throughout your body, including but not limited to the addiction and/or physical/psychological dependence that develops with substance abuse over time. Many organ systems are affected by addiction and will react to withdrawal. The term “medical detoxification” means that there is a trained and licensed medical professional onsite to monitor your vital signs and protect your physical and emotional health as your body goes through withdrawal.
Meet the Staff
Mike Yow began his career in substance abuse treatment in 1988 at the Crawford Center in Greensboro, NC. Mike brings a broad range of experience in inpatient, outpatient, and extended treatment services. He has been certified by the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board since 1993 and licensed since 1998. He holds a BA from Greensboro College and a Masters from UNC Greensboro. Mike joined Fellowship Hall in 1993 and has served as Assistant Clinical Director since 2001. He helped implement Fellowship Hall’s Extended Treatment Program in 2011 and has facilitated the program for the past 5 years.
Mike Washo, MD
Dr. Washo arrived as Medical Director at Fellowship Hall from RJ Blackley Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Center in Butner, NC, where he served as staff psychiatrist.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Duke University and completed medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and holds a second Board Certification from the American Board of Addiction Medicine. Through Fellowship Hall’s teaching relationship with Duke University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, Dr. Washo was no stranger to Fellowship Hall as he completed a clinical rotation here in the mid-2000s as part of his psychiatric residency at Duke.
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ABOUT FELLOWSHIP HALL
Located on 120 acres of land northeast of Greensboro, N.C., Fellowship Hall is a private, not-for-profit treatment center for individuals struggling with addiction to drugs and alcohol. The center provides detox, residential, and outpatient services, and on-campus sober-living facilities.
Though the facility can accommodate and treat individuals struggling with depression and anxiety, it will work to find a more appropriate facility for individuals whose psychiatric disorders interfere with their ability to complete the program.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Treatment is based on the 12-Steps, and aims for abstinence.
Upon admission, new clients are assessed by the medical team, to establish any detox needs. Detox typically lasts between one and five days, and is available only as part of an extended rehab program. In fact, therapeutic rehab services begin during the detox process.
Residential treatment is gender-separate and typically lasts three to six weeks. The program includes individual counseling (at a minimum rate of two sessions per week); group therapy, including a grief group; psychoeducational lectures; and sessions on building the necessary skills for long-term recovery. Extracurricular activities include recreational therapy and yoga classes. Families are encouraged to attend a four-day family program, and for women, there’s a special emphasis on trauma-informed care.
There are dedicated treatment tracks for young adults and licensed professionals, as well as an extended-treatment program open to all residents, which takes treatment up to eight or ten weeks. This program includes eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), yoga three times a week, daily group therapy, and individual counseling.
Outpatient options include an intensive outpatient program (IOP) that meets for nine hours a week in the daytime or the evening, as well as general outpatient care.
The center provides alcohol and drug addiction training to Duke University’s psychiatric residency program. Staff includes a board-certified psychiatrist, nurses, a licensed clinical social worker, and addiction counselors. The 11 individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the staff’s level of training and experience gave it an average rating of 3.36 stars.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
This is a 100-bed facility, with 24 of those beds in a newly constructed lodge specifically for women. The main building is an attractive, traditional Southern-style mansion, with a lake, woodland, and 12 manicured gardens, each corresponding to a step in recovery. Inside, the facility is modern and somewhat clinical, with a basketball court and a fitness room. Families are invited to visit on Sundays. The 11 individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the center’s cleanliness gave it an average rating of 3.91 stars.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Alumni reviews submitted to Rehabs.com at the time of this writing were mostly positive: of the 19 alumni asked whether they would recommend the facility, 15 said yes, three said no, and one remained neutral. Even so, the seven alumni polled on the facility’s offerings in a variety of treatment metrics gave it average ratings of 3.71 stars, 2.86 stars, and 2.14 stars respectively for its family participation, holistic offerings, and counseling options, indicating a somewhat no-frills program.
The reviewers repeatedly described the staff as kind and caring, and were comforted that several staff members were in recovery themselves. Some also praised the physical facility, in particular the meditation and walking trails; in the most glowing reviews; several alumni credited the facility with saving their lives or helping them to achieve lasting sobriety. “The tools that you need for recovery are explained and laid at your feet. With the encouragement of the ENTIRE staff from the CEO down to the maintenance workers I was able to pick up those tools and am now living a sober life happy, joyous and free!” S.J. wrote in a representative review.
The main source of contention was the facility’s use of the 12-step program: while some alumni pinpointed the program as the source of their sobriety, others felt restricted by the lack of alternatives: “Only had 12-step programs that do not work for everyone and it was very old fashioned,” B.S.M. wrote in a representative review. Indeed, Jonathon wrote that he “left feeling worse.” Other reviewers repeatedly cited the program’s cost as a weakness — though on the whole, alumni comments were positive.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Reviews from loved ones were also mostly positive: all 10 of the reviewers polled by Rehabs.com to date on whether they would recommend this facility wrote that they would. All three of the reviewers polled on the facility’s offerings in a variety of treatment metrics gave it five stars for its treatment effectiveness and four stars for its counseling options.
Reviewers repeatedly cited the cost of treatment as a weakness and the staff as a strength. Numerous reviewers also praised the center for the way it involved families in treatment: “Fellowship Hall offers a Family Week that was highly recommended. We participated in this week and were very glad we did! It gave us an opportunity to learn more about alcoholism from a parent's perspective,” S.T. wrote in a representative review.
Treatment costs $18,000 per month and $34,500 for 90 days. Fellowship Hall accepts private insurance on an out-of-network basis, and has a relationship with third-party medical loans company My Treatment Lender. The 11 individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the center’s affordability gave it an average rating of three stars.
Updated March 2017
Published on April 2017
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