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
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.
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.
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ABOUT AKEELA, INC. – ANCHORAGE
Since it was founded in 1974, nonprofit Akeela, Inc. has expanded to provide numerous prevention, residential, and outpatient behavioral health centers in Alaska. Its offerings in Anchorage include residential, outpatient, and sober living facilities for individuals struggling with substance abuse, dual diagnosis, and other mental and behavioral health conditions. Throughout the state, Akeela is among 27.7 percent of substance abuse treatment facilities that offer long-term residential, non-hospital care.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The organization’s main residential facility, Akeela House Recovery Center, is a co-ed therapeutic community that primarily serves individuals with co-occurring mental health disorders. 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.
Outpatient services include general outpatient (OP) and intensive outpatient programs (IOP) for men and women, which offer individual and group counseling with a focus on relapse prevention. Clients generally remain in treatment for 12 to 18 weeks.
Akeela’s transitional housing program has 29 beds in 14 sober living apartments for clients completing treatment. The facilities are supervised by case managers, who ensure residents remain clean and sober, coordinate services, and assist with finding employment.
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.
All Akeela rehab program components are licensed by the Alaska Division of Behavioral Health. The center employs physicians, psychology and counseling professionals, social workers, and case managers.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Akeela House Recovery Center has 48 beds for inpatient adults, the majority of whom have co-occurring disorders. This long-term residential therapeutic community is co-ed. No other details about living conditions are available at this time.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The two reviews of Akeela submitted to Rehabs.com by alumni to date provided moderately favorable impressions. On the positive end, Michael A. achieved sobriety, writing: “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."
However, the other alum had more mixed opinions. Although offering four stars for treatment effectiveness, they gave three stars for affordability, connectivity and visitor policies, facility cleanliness and upkeep, and family participation, as well as two stars for counseling options, holistic offerings, likelihood to recommend, and staff experience and training. “I liked the location but there was a Lack of strong leaders," they wrote. "The facility was nice but the employees were not organized nor did I feel like they were professional.”
Reviewers on secondary sites provided highly positive opinions about Akeela to date: a three-star and perfect five-star rating on Google, and an average rating of 4.3 stars based on 12 reviews on Facebook, where the organization can manage its page. 
Positive reviewers (alumni, loved ones) frequently wrote that they had learned a lot at Akeela and treatment improved their lives, such as Joanna on Facebook: "I love the Akeela program. It has taught me many positive and healthy ways of living and ways to cope with life.”
WHAT STAFF SAY
A staff member polled by Rehabs.com to date provided mainly favorable feedback. This anonymous employee awarded the center perfect five stars for its overall treatment, as well as four out of five stars for both its leadership and 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.” They also had some concerns about the care provided at Akeela, but were unwilling to disclose what they were.
On secondary review sites, staff reviews to date were mixed: 3.5 out of five stars based on 16 reviews on Indeed.  Positive comments concerned pleasant conditions and gratifying work, expressed by various reviewers as “a fast paced, collaborative and creative workplace,” “great program with a great mission,” and by one in particular who wrote: “Akeela is the premier provider of substance use disorder treatment in the state of Alaska.” Negative opinions were based on problematic management, poor communication and accountability, difficult clientele, and lack of job security based on grant-dependent programs.
Almost half of the center’s residential beds are funded by the state and other agencies. The center accepts Medicaid, private insurance, and self pay.
Published on August 2018
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