Addiction Treatment Services in Traverse City, MI

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1010 S Garfield Ave
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

  • 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.

  • 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.

Facility Highlights

Family Counseling

Individual Counseling

Relapse Prevention

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. 360 Guide

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Located in Traverse City, Mich., Addiction Treatment Services (ATS) offers a variety of programs for men and women struggling with substance abuse. The treatment center offers 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. All levels of treatment are trauma-informed and evidence-based.

Addiction Treatment Services is one of Michigan’s 65 short-term treatment facilities. Although the length of treatment is determined by each client’s individual needs, residents typically stay at the facility for 28 days. Programming 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), and relapse prevention. Family counseling is a common component of treatment and the facility offers classes on anger management.

Gambling addiction counseling is available as an outpatient option. Gambling addiction is a growing problem in the U.S. Nearly one-third of the facilities in Michigan offer treatments for gambling addiction. If further support is necessary, clients can live in one of ATS’ gender-specific sober residences.


The treatment team of ATS includes doctors, therapists, nurses, care coordinators, a nurse practitioner, and social workers.


Phoenix Hall, the women’s residence, accommodates up to 12 women and is located within walking distance to Grand Traverse Bay. 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. Clients have access to counselors and a full kitchen. Laundry services are located on-site.


At the time of this writing, the one alum polled by gave mostly positive feedback about their experience at Addiction Treatment Services. They gave five out of five-star ratings for connectivity and affordability, as well as four out of five stars for its exercise and leisure offerings, facility cleanliness, and available counseling options. They gave only three stars for the admission and discharge procedures and holistic offerings.

On Facebook, where the facility can manage its page, Addiction Treatment Services has an average of 4.4 out of five-star rating, to date.[1] Alumni generally described how there was a “Great staff” and a “wonderful program” However, one alum, Jessica, indicated that she was turned away because of a “history of mental illness.”


The two loved ones polled by at the time of this writing provided positive feedback about their experience with Addiction Treatment Services. They gave four and five out of five stars or higher for treatment effectiveness, as well as accommodations and amenities.

The loved ones indicated that the staff members were effective. "They were very great. They help my sister get clean and stay clean," a loved one wrote. "They helped my brother get clean and show him there is a better way to live," the other loved one wrote. However, an anonymous loved one wrote how the center doesn't help much with aftercare: “They could do a little better at checking up on people who have left the program.”


The six staff members surveyed by at the time of this writing gave mixed reviews about Addiction Treatment Services. Half of these staff members wrote to to express concerns about this facility, citing shame-based, coercive, and outdated treatment methods.

Two staff members indicated they had concerns about the standard of care. “Bootcamp mentality. Very discouraging,” B.H., wrote, but added, “Very loyal and caring support staff.” Pamela wrote: “Prison-like atmosphere,”

However, two additional treatment team members surveyed by gave positive feedback about their co-workers and the 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.

On Indeed, Addiction Treatment Services earned an average of 3.5 out of five stars from 11 reviews at the time of this writing.[2] The most recent reviews are more negative, with former staff members describing a chaotic working environment with “poor management.” One former employee noted how “Management will stab you in the back.”


ATS accepts private insurance plans as well as self-pay. State funding is available to supplement or pay for services. It is also a part of the 64% of facilities that accept Medicaid.


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. The facility also routinely participates in community events like the 19th Annual Substance Use and Co-Occurring Disorder Conference.


Published on December 2018

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Great, not many weaknesses


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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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