Dawn Farm Philosophy
Dawn Farm provides a continuum of quality services for men and women with drug and alcohol problems. Dawn Farm often provides a last hope for young addicts and alcoholics who have run out of options. Since 1973, Farm programs have offered help-never turning people away for lack of funds. Dawn Farm programs produce results. We measure short and long-term client success, client satisfaction and other program outcomes. We are constantly using evaluation measures to improve the quality and effectiveness of our services. Dawn Farm is a tax exempt, not-for-profit organization under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Programs are licensed by the State of Michigan and accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).
Areas of Specialization
The term “12 Step Program” describes a way to recover from addiction that is based on the model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Many drug and alcohol treatment centers base their treatment on 12 steps – the first three of which are situational, the next four addressing the practical issues created by the addiction, followed by two steps focused on making amends for hurting others. Steps 10 and 11 involve a deeper examination of the previous steps and the final step is focused on helping others avoid and recover from addiction.
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.
Meet the Staff
Julie Boster, LMSW, CAADC
Clinical Team Leader
Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Julie received a BSW from the Ohio State University. She earned a MSW from the University of Michigan in 2000. Julie started with Dawn Farm in 2004. She helped develop our Daybreak Program and worked as a therapist providing substance abuse treatment to adolescents and their families. She is a therapist in our adult residential treatment program now and recently became the Clinical Team Leader. Julie also supervises the Evening/Weekend Resident Aides. In her free time, Julie enjoys spending time outdoors, being active with her two children, reading and traveling.
Kara Bunton, LMSW
Outpatient Mental Health Therapist
Kara was born and raised in Washtenaw County, and received her B.A. in Psychology from Eastern Michigan University in 2007. She received a Master of Social Work Degree from EMU in 2010, and a Behavioral Health Certificate in Serving Our Veterans in 2012. Prior to entering the field of mental health and substance abuse, she worked in housing/homeless services at both SOS Community Services and Interfaith Hospitality Network at Alpha House in both clinical and volunteer capacities. During her graduate studies, she completed clinical internships at Dawn Farm and the University of Michigan Health System in Psychiatric Emergency Services. After receiving her master’s degree, she was an outpatient mental health therapist and evidence-based DBT therapist at Recovery Technology, LLC in Jackson, a provider of Community Mental Health services. She is currently a fully licensed social worker, and joined Dawn Farm in March of 2013.
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ABOUT DAWN FARM
Dawn Farm is a nonprofit drug and alcohol treatment center located in rural Michigan. Situated on a 64-acre working farm in Ypsilanti, 12 miles southeast of Ann Arbor, Dawn Farm offers long-term residential treatment for adults, placing it among the only 68 long-term, residential facilities in the state. In their Ann Arbor facility, the nonprofit organization also offers outpatient services, as well as a non-medical detox unit called the Spera Recovery Center.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
A residential stay at Dawn Farm ranges anywhere from 90 to 120 days, allowing each client the time they need to form the habits and routines to thrive when returning back into the community. Programming combines holistic measures with evidence-based treatment.
Clients participate in individual counseling and daily group therapy that utilize cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). In addition, residents may participate in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), as well as art and work therapy. Educational classes and lectures also take place regularly, as does job training, G.E.D. services, and vocational referrals. Through 12-step immersion, the facility also encourages residents to obtain sponsors and take an active role in local meetings.
Daily work and recreational activities mostly revolve attending the needs of the farm. Clients are assigned a range of chores, including animal care, garden maintenance, and general upkeep of the grounds.
Prior to graduated the residential program, clients enroll in the center’s six-month aftercare program. They also have opportunities to live at the Chapin Street Project, Dawn Farm’s transitional housing unit, for an additional two years.
The facility employs a medical director, a psychiatric nurse practitioner, and over a half-dozen master’s level social workers and certified addiction counselors. The facility is also among the 54.8 percent of facilities in the state that are CARF-accredited. To date, the eight individuals polled on the matter by Rehabs.com praised the facility's staff.
Staff Experience and Training: 4.1/5
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Dawn Farm in Ypsilanti can accommodate up to 36 clients at a time. The rehab keeps its costs down by keeping accommodations and amenities modest. Residents sleep in bunk beds in cabin-style facilities. Residents are responsible for the farm’s custodial needs and plan and cook their own meals. Dawn Farm is a working farm that raises animals such as pigs and chickens. To date, the nine individuals polled on the matter praised the facility's upkeep.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Out of the 17 alumni who left a review with Rehabs.com, ten were positive, six were negative, and one was neutral. “Connected me with the recovery community and taught me how to network and take care of myself,” explained alum T.F. Citing seven years of sobriety, Mary claimed practices that she initially found uncomfortable, like sitting in her thoughts, were “freeing,” even instrumental in her recovery. “Did I like all the rules there? No, of course not - but I followed them because I trusted that the staff knew about living sober - and I did not.” Mary also awarded perfect five-star ratings for the effectiveness of lead counselors and group counseling sessions.
However, several alumni offered negative reviews. “Absolutely horrible,” wrote P.K. “The staff and especially the therapists are manipulative.” Brian, who similarly referred to their experience as “horrible,” claimed that staff “have hidden agenda and do not come through with any of the promises that are made during intake.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Feedback received from two loved ones was positive. When asked if they would recommend the facility, both loved ones gave perfect five out of five star ratings. Both also gave four- or five-star ratings to the majority of metrics, including the amount of family participation. One anonymous loved one commented that treatment was affordable when asked about strengths of the program. The anonymous reviewer considered the waiting list here a negative, but wrote: “Loved one who attended is considered a success story so far, celebrating almost 4 (years) of sobriety.”
WHAT STAFF SAY
The sole staff member surveyed by Rehabs.com celebrated the nonprofit’s large alumni network. “I have seen long-term sobriety obtained by some who have not had success at other facilities,” wrote the staff member, awarding five stars for the experience and honesty of the facility's staff.
Residential treatment costs $150 per day, but additional offerings - EMDR sessions, psychiatric evaluations, and medication reviews - are priced out separately. Per the nonprofit’s website, Dawn Farm does not currently work with any insurance providers, but maintains that “no individual will be denied services for lack of insurance of funds.”
Published on June 2019
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