Capstone Treatment Center in Searcy, AR

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(4.9 of 5)
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P.O. Box 8241
Searcy AR 72145

Capstone Treatment Center Philosophy

Capstone Treatment Center is a faith-based drug and alcohol rehab for adolescent and young adult males. The residential rehab treats drug addiction, alcohol abuse, sex addiction, trauma, and other behavioral health issues with a Christian-centric approach. Based in Searcy, Arkansas, Capstone aims to treat each client’s addiction, as well as the underlying psychological, emotional, relational, and spiritual problems that contribute to substance abuse.

Areas of Specialization

  • Client & Family Support Groups
    Group therapy is a vital component of addiction recovery treatment, considered as important and effective (sometimes even more so) than individual therapy. Benefits include reducing isolation and loneliness and providing the opportunity to learn from others in recovery. In the addiction setting, group therapy is run by trained professionals who guide participants toward a shared goal of recovery.

  • Process Abuse Treatment
    Not all addictions involve mood-altering chemicals. The term “process addiction” describes the unhealthy use of behaviors (including eating, gambling, sexual activity, shopping, internet use, etc.) that has spiraled out of control and into the realm of addiction.

Facility Highlights

Capstone Therapy Intensive

Highly focused 5 1/2 day therapy experience designed to meet the specific needs of each participant.

1 to 2 ratio with Capstone therapists

Family Therapy

Meet the Staff

Adrian Hickmon, Ph.D., LMFT, LPC

Executive Director

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Dr. Hickman has an impressive history of education, beginning with his Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Education in 1978 and 1979, before later earning his Masters of Arts in Substance Abuse Counseling and Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy in 1991 and 1993, respectively. He is licensed in the state of Arkansas as both a Marriage and Family Therapist and a licensed Professional Counselor. In addition, he also holds his EMDR I, CSAT-S, CMAT and CTT Intern trainings and certifications.

Aleks Fatula, M.S., LPC

Clinical Director

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Aleks received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Harding University in 2003 and 2005 respectively. He carries his Professional Counselor for the state of Arkansas license, in addition to having EMDR II, CSAT, CMAT, and CTT Intern certifications. 360 Guide

Review by Contributors


Capstone Treatment Center offers Christian faith-based residential addiction treatment for males ages 13 to 25 in a remote, rural facility six miles northwest of Searcy, Ark. The center treats a wide variety of substance abuse problems, as well as other addictions including sex, pornography, and video games.The facility also provides treatment for co-occurring disorders, such as anxiety, depression and PTSD.


The founder of Capstone has developed his own treatment method known as The Core Model. This multidisciplinary approach targets anything that hampers intimacy with the self, God, and loved ones. Medical detox is not available on-site. Treatment lasts approximately 90 days and combines 12-step work with individual therapy, family therapy, and addiction education.

Capstone features a very distinctive canine therapy program. At the beginning of treatment, every resident receives a puppy to care for, which they take home with them upon successful completion of the program.

There is a family week once per month, during which parents participate in an intense week of therapy and connection with other parents.

In the second half of treatment, residents assemble a “Weekly Game Plan Booklet” that outlines personalized strategies for maintaining sobriety after graduation. Before graduation, there is an additional family retreat with a special focus on siblings.

At the end of treatment, clients continue to receive aftercare services in the form of weekly counseling sessions.


Capstone’s treatment team includes Master’s degree and PhD-licensed professional counselors and therapists. There is also an on-site chef and nutrition consultant. All staff members practice Christianity.


Capstone’s main building, a 4,000-square-foot rock and cedar lodge, is in a secluded, wooded area. Residents are grouped by age and sleep in shared cabins that are monitored throughout the night. The cabins are equipped with front porches and private showers.

There’s also an on-site fitness room and a communal mess hall. Ropes courses and other outdoor activities make use of the surrounding wilderness. For younger clients, an education coordinator helps to facility coursework.


Four alumni reviewed Capstone, giving the facility almost entirely maximum five-star reviews. Reviewers praised the faith-based approach and effectiveness of their treatment. Nick felt that the program got to the root of his problem. He added: “The marriage and family therapy model, along with EMDR and many other therapy techniques provide a unique and effective path to not just sobriety, but getting to the root of serious issues and trauma.”

On Facebook the facility received 4.9 out of five stars from 49 reviews to date.[1] Several alumni were thankful for the program and the dog they got to go home with. Alum Nate wrote: “It's a piece of Heaven given to Earth that came with Angels to save lives. I am forever grateful for two trips that each grew me close to Him and forever saved me."


Three loved ones also gave five-star reviews for treatment effectiveness, accommodations, and meals and nutrition. Loved ones cited how they were impressed with the care received. Parent Lynn wrote: “The knowledge, commitment and compassion of this staff is beyond what anyone could hope for. They gave us back our son and saved his life.”

On Google, the facility received 3.7 out of five stars from 13 reviews to date, mostly from family members.[2] Tim wrote: “Capstone was the pivotal part in our son's recovery. Their program is comprehensive and well thought out, but flexible when needed. I'm VERY thankful for the work that they did with our son.”


Program fees cover all treatment and living expenses, apart from incidentals including medications, books, and doctor visits. There is also an additional admission-assessment fee of $2,600. If a client leaves before treatment is complete, Capstone will provide a reimbursement at the daily rate, minus a $2,500 early withdrawal fee.

Capstone accepts insurance, but clients and their families must work with insurance companies themselves; the facility will not process the claim. Financing is available through Prosper Healthcare Lending.



Published on November 2017

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I am concerned about the ages of the Therapists. Many are barely older than the patients. I am especially concerned about young women counseling young men ( a 25 year-old woman counseling a 19 year-old student). I volunteered with youth ministry when I was 24 and while I didn't realize it until later, several of the HS senior students had a crush on me. In retrospect, I would have been much more sensitive to that possibility, and certainly would not have spent any alone time with them, even innocently. I am concerned with two other things here: Their propensity to refer parents to sister facilities, which can cost up to $60,000 for treatment. They also told a friend whose son was there that if he (the parent) didn't go to the treatment facility (although not an addict), that he would not be able to see his son for the next 90 days while the son was at a halfway house. (also connected financially with the facility). The father was attending regular Christian counseling while working full-time in the home city. When he told the therapist that he didn't have the cash to pay for a 90-day treatment, she suggested "sell your house." There is also evidence that the therapist, who began counseling when she was 24 (now 30 and unmarried), has been sharing confidential information about one parent to the other---in other words, taking sides. Very destructive and unhelpful in healing. When the son played his guitar during quiet hours, he was told that he would have to stay an additional week. There is something not right here.

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We will be forever grateful for Capstone. In a time of need we needed to find a place for our struggling son after exhausting everything we could think of to help him. Capstone helped our son in a way we could not and helped our family as a whole in the same way. We are now part of the Capstone family and have attended two reunions as our son is closing in on his two years of sobriety post graduation from Capstone. Capstone has blessed our family and our son beyond measure with their love and expertise. They are truly gifted in what they do with love and expertise in all areas at Capstone.

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Everything about this program is passionate about the success of these young men. The education, therapy, structure and compassion they provided my son will never be forgotten.

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Our son graduated from Capstone in 2017. We've been back twice for continuing care and they are improving the program and facilities all the time. The founder, therapists and staff are all very professional, well trained, and they care deeply about the job they're doing and the families they serve. The staff to client ratio is as advertised. Safety is taken very seriously. We recommend it highly.

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We sent our 15 year old son to Capstone for pornography addiction, reckless sexual behavior, and gender dysphoria. The center was recommended to us by a friend who is a certified CSAT and Christian counselor. It not only met our expectations but we returned home with the son we felt we lost. They really love these boys and get to the root of their issues. The therapy is top notch. Parents need to be prepared to participate and do their own work as well which is a vital part of the process.

I can not say enough about the care our son received here. The knowledge, commitment and compassion of this staff is beyond what anyone could hope for. They gave us back our son and saved his life. They not only gave him the tools to cope and survive but they gave us the tools to success too. It was a life changing experience for all of us and we will forever be grateful that we found Capstone.

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I was very impressed with the counseling I received from Capstone. They have very kind and helpful counselors who are sincere in wanting to help you succeed. The price was reasonable and the help I received was worth every penny. If you are looking for a loving, helpful, and encouraging counselors then Capstone is the place for you.

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On my, it is my heart that was treated while grandson was at Capstone --knew he was in a safe place with therapist and a leader who truly knows and loves those boys in a fatherly:God given way. These people care and the work is excellent. Tough and boys are not entirely happy to be there but at the end of our geandson's 3 months he looked vigorous, fresh faced and generally in great health. The placing of him at Capstone was hardest and best thing we have ever done for him. Hopefully one day he will recognize the change we saw in him. Also once the son has left Capstone the family is not left hanging. As there are weekly calls and a reunion which is therapy and these people are available -- just leads me to believe they mean it when they say "we pray for your boy and we love him" Their puppy program is an amazing gift of responsibility and a live warm being for the son to love and be loved back unconditionally. For us Capstone was recommended by a therapist and pastor--so blessed to have our son there. The family week was grueling and emotional for the adults but absolutely fantastic. Wish I could do this every 5 years for myself and family. The price is worth every dollar because our son is a new boy. We are hopeful and praying on our knees for us to be God's instrument rearing this boy. We found the help given us for the return home to be in keeping with common sense, the Holy Bible and directional to wholeness for the entire family. Our hearts are mending and we are hopeful for a healed son. It still is a difficult road and trenches along our way filled with boulders to climb but hope is now in our hearts and we continue to reread the helpful information given us by Adrian. We do see light in what was a dark window. Highly recommend Capstone.

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Capstone is a Christ-centered facility with excellent, well trained, compassionate, effective staff. Their model is very effective. Their website does an excellent job of explaining what they do and the knowledge and science behind their model for addiction and trauma therapy in young men.

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CTC was amazing in all aspects. I wish those struggling with addiction could all experience a place as such. At CTC something one will find of immense value is the therapy module and licensed therapists on staff. The marriage and family therapy model, along with EMDR and many other therapy techniques provide a unique and effective path to not just sobriety, but getting to the root of serious issues and trauma.

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This is a great Christian therapy program, very professional staff. They do really great work.

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