Tara Treatment Center in Franklin, IN

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(3.9 of 5)
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6231 South US 31
Franklin IN 46131

Tara Treatment Center Philosophy

Tara Treatment Center provides a holistic approach to substance abuse treatment, promoting mental, physical and spiritual health. Combining 12-Step programs with evidence-based therapy, Tara offers treatment services such as detoxification, residential programs, outpatient care, anger management, individual and group counseling, and relapse prevention and coping strategies to encourage lifelong recovery.

Areas of Specialization

  • Aftercare Support
    Addiction recovery does not end with discharge after completing a rehab program. Facilities that offer aftercare planning and/or support work with patients to ensure sustainable recovery by helping to plan and make arrangements for transitional or sober living, help with housing, vocational counseling, etc.

  • Intensive Outpatient (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.

Facility Highlights

Yoga

Experiential Therapy

Equine-Assisted Therapy

Meet the Staff

James D. Kozarek, M.D.

Medical Director

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Dr. Kozarek has been Tara’s Medical Director since June 1996. He is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin Medical School. Licensure and Certification: Dr. Kozarek is a Board-Certified Family Physician. Professional Affiliations: Dr. Kozarek is a member of the Indiana Medical Association, American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Board of Family Practice. Dr. Kozarek is affiliated with the Johnson Memorial Hospital, Franklin, Indiana and the Columbus Regional Hospital, Columbus, Indiana.

Brian K. Nichelson, PH.D., HSPP, LCAC

Clinical Director

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Dr. Nichelson has been Tara’s Clinical Director since 1995. He received his Ph.D. from Indiana State University in 1991. Licensure and Certification: He obtained a Certificate of Proficiency in the treatment of alcohol and psychoactive substance use disorders in December 1997 from the American Psychological Association, and is a Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor. Dr. Nichelson is endorsed as a Health Service Provider in Psychology and is licensed as a Psychologist by the Board of Examiners in Psychology by the State of Indiana Health Professions Bureau. Professional Affiliations: Dr. Nichelson is a member of the American Psychological Association, Indiana Psychological Association and the Allied Health Staff at Johnson Memorial Hospital, Franklin, Indiana.

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ABOUT TARA TREATMENT CENTER

Situated on 13 acres of idyllic countryside just south of Indianapolis, Ind. since its founding in 1985, Tara Treatment Center offers 12-step treatment for adults struggling with addiction. This nonprofit facility offers a variety of services including on-site detox, gender-specific residential treatment, transitional residential treatment, standard outpatient treatment, intensive outpatient care, partial hospitalization, and aftercare. There is also a free service designed for friends and family members seeking a better understanding of addiction and recovery.

TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT

According to the facility’s website, Tara adopts a spiritually-based, holistic approach to treatment. In addition to individual therapy, psychoeducation, and group counseling, Tara offers its clients recovery-specific yoga classes, experiential therapy, relapse prevention education, and equine-assisted therapy.

Most residential clients remain on-site for four to six weeks. During that time, guests can receive mail and watch TV during designated periods. No outside reading material is permitted. Phone privileges are granted on a tiered system, and visitation is allowed every other Saturday (guests must attend the family education program before visiting a loved one).

Transitional residential treatment is available for residential clients who require further stabilization and support before returning home. Individuals who are better matched to outpatient care may choose from standard outpatient treatment, intensive outpatient treatment, and partial hospitalization. Aftercare groups meet once a week.

STAFF CREDENTIALS

According to the facility’s website, Tara offers a staff-to-client ratio of 1:5. The center’s multidisciplinary staff is comprised of medical doctors, psychologists, licensed social workers, addiction counselors, and several licensed, master’s level counselors. The clinical director has a Ph.D.

ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES

Tara Treatment Center’s online photo gallery displays fully-furnished sitting rooms and libraries, cheerful eat-in kitchens, and sun-drenched outdoor spaces dotted with gazebos and picnic tables. Sleeping quarters are shared.

WHAT ALUMNI SAY

Of eight alumni polled by Rehabs.com to date, all offered mostly praise for Tara Treatment Center. The staff’s level of training and expertise received five-star ratings from five alumni and an average four stars from three other alumni, and alumni characterized staff as “supportive” and “caring.” Alum A.P. wrote: “Great place, everyone who works there loves their jobs!”

The connectivity and visitor policy received four- and five-star ratings from five alumni and an average 3.3 stars from three other alumni as well. Yet a few alumni wrote that the facility’s highly advertised holistic treatments were lacking and that there was not enough individual counseling.

Alumni appreciated the family programming (receiving a 4.7-star average from three alumni), but one respondent felt that visitation was too limited (a concern echoed by some loved ones polled by Rehabs.com). Alum Asia wrote: “I didn't like the fact we could barley talk to our families while there and that visits were so short.”

WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY

When asked, on a scale from one to five if they’d recommend Tara Treatment Center, five loved ones polled at the time of this writing rated the facility an average four out of five stars. “Overall nice experience,” one anonymous loved one wrote. Loved ones were impressed with the facility’s cleanliness, its family participation, and the staff’s level of training and experience, which received respective ratings of 4.6, 4.2, and 3.8 stars. “Offering family interaction and outings…Very family oriented place for woman in recovery,” Brenda wrote.

The center’s exercise and leisure options received an above average rating of 3.5 out of five stars, but the program’s holistic offerings received the lowest rating of 2.8 stars. Additionally, some respondents felt that they didn’t have enough contact with their loved ones and staff during treatment. “We agreed upon Tara as they promised help for not just the addict, but our family. However, no such help was found.They acted as if it the patient was a prisoner and not a patient,” M.W. wrote.

FINANCING

Tara Treatment Center is in network with several private insurance providers. Both Healthgrove and Citehealth report the facility accepts access to recovery vouchers as well. Eight reviewers polled by Rehabs.com rated the program’s affordability an average rating of 4.1 out of five stars.

Updated April 2017

Published on June 2017

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I am very fond of my stay at Tara. It's all about the steps, they helped save my life. I will always be grateful for that.

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Nice looking...Overall nice experience

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Caring Not enough individual time I loved going there but relapesd soon after returning home

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this place stinks they are liars.

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They must maintain full control on your detox. Know this before you go. Their policies are different then some places. But I will say, take everything with you for first appointment...

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Staff was very supportive but they need more holistic offerings.

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Offering family interaction and outings. Dual diagnosis center. Insurance was maxed out quickly. Very family oriented place for woman in recovery.

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Family participation was good. However, not communicating rules and policies was a downfall.

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Strengths were 12 steps; many counselors are in recovery. However, not strong in psychiatry for other illnesses. Very good family program.

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Had good holistic offerings and family participation.

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I voluntarily checked myself into Tara at the age of 44 years old. I had been an alcoholic and addict since the age of 18. It was my first attempt at sobriety. They gave me hope when I had none, taught me when I was unreachable and loved me until I could love myself. I truly believe that I wouldn't be alive today without Tara Treatment Center. The experience and dedication of the staff was excellent, in addition to the recovery model.

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I enjoyed the counselors who worked there, the family therapy sessions and the meeting we went to. I didn't like the fact we could barley talk to our families while there and that visits were so short. The fact most of the staff has had a family member or they themselves have gone through some sort of treatment was a positive aspect. However, they don't let you connect with the outside world much.

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By far the worst... We agreed upon Tara as they promised help for not just the addict, but our family. However, no such help was found.They acted as if it the patient was a prisoner and not a patient. Furthermore, the program only repeats itself. So, once you have been in for a week, you will do the same thing again and again. But, they insist upon a minimum of four weeks. My spouse was given all access to medical and psychological progress, but it was refused when requested. My spouse called the person in charge numerous times to beg for help but the calls went unreturned. Clearly, the money and not the help is the only concern of the majority of the staff. Our family had one good psychiatrist at Tara, everyone else was after our medical insurance. Sad, as it was a trying time for our entire family. The horses they claim to have is actually one horse with two ponies and you are not allowed to ride them. Week 4 you are allowed to be lead on the one horse that is at the facility. Whatever you do, do not send your loved one here.

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I fell that in order for rehabs to be effective they must include 12 step programs or take patients to outside meeting which Tara did

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Even though the fact that my daughter was there was a draw for me, I received wonderful counseling and all of the tools to stay clean and sober for almost 23 years now. I was required to have a valid sponsor before being discharged.

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Great place, everyone who works there loves their jobs! A lot of recovering individuals employed there! Small groups, individual needs are met!

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Individual visits by counselor

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I wish this facility allowed patients to detox at the facility. That is the most difficult part for the family, and it was hard to get through without professional help.

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