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Areas of Specialization
Treatment for all ages, Partners in Life-Long Recovery
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Founded in 1945, nonprofit Fairbanks is one of the oldest independent alcohol and drug treatment centers in the United States. Today, the organization offers medical detox, residential care, and outpatient treatment for adults and adolescents, and is located adjacent to a hospital in suburban northeast Indianapolis.
Gender-separate extended residential care for adults is available at the nearby La Verna Lodge.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
All treatment programs are based on the 12-Steps. The organization provides little further specific information about the content of its treatment programs, but alumni polled by Rehabs.com indicated that treatment included individual and group counseling and aftercare.
For adults and adolescents alike, Fairbanks offers medical detox and residential treatment with varying levels of medical monitoring. Outpatient programs include a partial hospitalization program (PHP) and an intensive outpatient program (IOP). Within IOP programming, there’s a special provision for those who have struggled with repeated relapse. In addition, general outpatient services include a medication-assisted therapy (MAT) program that offers Suboxone and Naltrexone.
A sober-living program, which has a recommended minimum duration of nine weeks, offers job readiness programming, cooking classes, a food pantry, and transportation, plus access to healthcare resources.
There’s dedicated treatment at both inpatient and outpatient levels for young men aged 19 to 24.
According to the facility’s website, staff includes master’s level mental health counselors and addiction counselors, as well as a doctor of osteopathic medicine and a registered nurse. The 30 individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the staff’s level of training and experience gave it an average rating of 3.83 out of five stars.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The detox and residential rehab center offers simple shared bedrooms plus a chapel, a gym, and a small shop. Adolescents may attend Hope Academy, an accredited, tuition-free charter school that combines academics with substance abuse treatment. The 30 individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the center’s cleanliness and exercise/leisure offerings gave them 4.52 stars and 3.6 stars, respectively.
Fairbanks is a tobacco-free facility, but nicotine cessation classes are available.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Reviews submitted to Rehabs.com at the time of this writing were mixed, skewing positive. Of the 20 alumni asked whether they would recommend the facility, 14 would and six would not. In addition, 11 reviewers were polled on the facility’s offerings in a variety of treatment metrics, and gave it average ratings of 4.2 stars, 3.45 stars, and 3.18 stars respectively for its family participation, holistic offerings, and counseling options.
The reviewers frequently praised the center’s staff, and expressed appreciation for the program in general: “Extraordinary experience with caring staff both professional and non professional. Organizational leadership also responsive to needs,” Kim wrote in a representative review, and an anonymous reviewer added: “Took a more holistic approach than I expected. Intro'd you to AA, but also explored other areas of depression and addiction sources.”
More than one reviewer described young or inexperienced counselors, or having personal difficulties with their counselor. “I was unfortunate in the counselor that I received... Others in my group asked to be transferred away from the counselor and I should've done the same,” one anonymous reviewer wrote. Several reviewers also noted that they felt the facility was more interested in money than in caring for them: “They sobered me up, but we're more interested in what my insurance would cover,” M.D. wrote in a representative review.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Reviews from loved ones were mixed. Of the 24 loved ones asked by Rehabs.com whether they would recommend the facility, 13 would, four would not, and seven remained neutral on the question. The 18 loved ones polled on the facility’s offerings in a variety of treatment metrics gave it average ratings of 4.17 stars, 3.72 stars, and 3.11 stars respectively for its family participation, counseling options, and holistic offerings.
Like alumni, several loved ones claimed that the facility was more interested in money than in helping them. “They are not concerned with helping the patient or their families. Very sad excuse for a rehab program. Very shameful,” one anonymous reviewer wrote in a representative review. The center’s cost also received recurring criticism.
Numerous other reviewers offered praise, describing the staff as genuinely caring and commending the center’s family program. “The staff kept us informed of our loved one's progress and encouraged us to participate,” one reviewer wrote in a representative review.
According to its website, Fairbanks accepts insurance, and is in-network with some carriers. Self-payment is also accepted, and the facility offers financial assistance for qualifying clients, as well as having a relationship with medical loans company My Treatment Lender. Medicare is accepted for outpatient medication-assisted treatment, and rent at sober-living facilities costs $175/week. The 29 individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the center’s affordability gave it an average rating of 3.14 out of five stars.
Updated April 2017
Published on May 2017
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