Fellowship Hall Philosophy
Located in a serene and tranquil setting in Greensboro, North Carolina, Fellowship Hall is an alcohol and drug addiction treatment center based on the 12-Step model of recovery. Compassionate, cost-effective care is coupled with individualized treatment plans to give each client the opportunity to create a program of recovery that’s sustainable and fulfilling. The facility offers a wide range of services, including inpatient detoxification and rehabilitation, residential treatment, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, family programming, extended treatment and transitional living.
Areas of Specialization
Drugs and alcohol have widespread effects throughout your body, including but not limited to the addiction and/or physical/psychological dependence that develops with substance abuse over time. Many organ systems are affected by addiction and will react to withdrawal. The term “medical detoxification” means that there is a trained and licensed medical professional onsite to monitor your vital signs and protect your physical and emotional health as your body goes through withdrawal.
Facilities that offer “holistic therapy” see and treat patients in the context of their entire lives and health status. They treat the “whole person,” not just the addiction.
Meet the Staff
Mike Yow began his career in substance abuse treatment in 1988 at the Crawford Center in Greensboro, NC. Mike brings a broad range of experience in inpatient, outpatient, and extended treatment services. He has been certified by the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board since 1993 and licensed since 1998. He holds a BA from Greensboro College and a Masters from UNC Greensboro. Mike joined Fellowship Hall in 1993 and has served as Assistant Clinical Director since 2001. He helped implement Fellowship Hall’s Extended Treatment Program in 2011 and has facilitated the program for the past 5 years.
Mike Washo, MD
Dr. Washo arrived as Medical Director at Fellowship Hall from RJ Blackley Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Center in Butner, NC, where he served as staff psychiatrist.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Duke University and completed medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and holds a second Board Certification from the American Board of Addiction Medicine. Through Fellowship Hall’s teaching relationship with Duke University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, Dr. Washo was no stranger to Fellowship Hall as he completed a clinical rotation here in the mid-2000s as part of his psychiatric residency at Duke.
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ABOUT FELLOWSHIP HALL
Located on 120 acres of land northeast of Greensboro, N.C., Fellowship Hall is a private, not-for-profit treatment center for individuals struggling with addiction to drugs and alcohol. The center provides detox, residential, and outpatient services, and on-campus sober-living facilities. The facility can accommodate and treat individuals struggling with co-occurring depression and anxiety, but will help to find a more appropriate facility for individuals whose psychiatric disorders are likely to interfere with their ability to complete a Fellowship Hall rehab program.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Treatment at Fellowship Hall is based on the 12-Steps, and aims for abstinence, according to the facility's website.
Upon admission, new clients are assessed by the medical team, to establish individual needs. Detox typically lasts between one and five days, and is an integrated initial step in longer-term treatment.
Residential treatment is gender-separate and typically lasts three to four weeks. The program includes individual counseling sessions at least twice a week, group therapy, psycho-educational lectures, and sessions on building the necessary skills for long-term recovery. Additional, holistic offerings include recreational therapy and yoga classes. Therapeutic practices are trauma-informed, including eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, and a grief group is available. Families are encouraged to attend a four-day family program.
Additional dedicated treatment tracks are offered for licensed professionals as well as young adults.
Clients needing longer-term care can participate in the rehab center's extended-treatment program for up to ten additional weeks. Outpatient options include an intensive outpatient program (IOP) that meets for nine hours a week in the daytime or evening.
Fellowship Hall treatment staff members includes board-certified psychiatrists, nurses, licensed clinical social workers, and addiction counselors. The medical director is board certified in psychiatry and addiction medicine, and Duke University psychiatric residents also contribute on treatment teams. According to information provided to Rehabs.com by the facility, Fellowship Hall maintains a 2:1 staff-to-client ratio.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Fellowship Hall is a 96-bed facility, with 24 of those beds in a newly constructed lodge specifically for women. The main building is a traditional Southern-style mansion, by a lake, woodlands, and 12 manicured gardens, each corresponding to a step in recovery. The center also has a basketball court and a fitness room.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
At the time of this writing, 21 former clients had provided overwhelmingly positive feedback for Fellowship Hall to Rehabs.com. Just three indicated that treatment was not at all or moderately effective. Although five alumni reported relapsing briefly within a year of treatment, the average rating for treatment effectiveness from 18 individuals polled was 4.3 out of five stars.
Data collected by Rehabs.com from 15 alumni polled extensively on treatment and accommodations reflected strong respect for the staff's level of training and experience (with a 4.4-star rating), and common perceptions of a program limited in therapeutic flexibility. Alumni awarded 3.5 stars for holistic offerings but just 2.3 stars from the six asked to rate available options in counseling approaches.
Alumni repeatedly described the staff as kind and caring, and were comforted that several staff members were in recovery themselves. The main source of contention was the facility's reliance on 12-step programming: while some alumni pinpointed the program as the source of their sobriety, others felt restricted by the lack of alternatives: “Only had 12-step programs that do not work for everyone and it was very old fashioned,” B.S.M. wrote in a representative review.
More than twice as many reviewers specifically indicated that their experience was worth the cost despite its expense, compared with those who indicated that it was not worth it. "It was alot of money [...] but I did learn alot," one wrote. Another emphasized the value of the extended care program, but reported ongoing issues with billing.
Some also praised the physical facility, in particular the meditation and walking trails. Ratings for meals, nutrition, and the facility's cleanliness and upkeep averaged 4.4 stars each, from 15 contributors. Opportunities for exercise and leisure fared just slightly less favorably, with 3.9 stars. One alum described Fellowship Hall as "secluded" and "peaceful," while another wrote that it "appears as a retirement home might."
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Of 17 reviews from loved ones, 71 percent were positive, about one-quarter were critical, and one was mixed. An average rating of 4.4 stars for treatment effectiveness did not reflect the critical perspectives of three loved ones who declined to provide ratings.
Five reviewers explicitly cited the cost of treatment as a weakness. In a representative review, one parent wrote that the cost of treatment "was pretty high but January will be two years she has been clean so I guess it was worth it." Numerous reviewers also praised the center for the way it involved families in treatment, rating family participation 4.7 stars, based on 10 reviews. The same poll respondents agreed with alumni that holistic offerings were less impressive (3.4-star average), but the facility was clean (4.8 stars).
Treatment costs $18,000 per month and $34,500 for 90 days, according to information provided to Rehabs.com by Fellowship Hall staff. The facility accepts private insurance on an out-of-network basis, and has a relationship with third-party medical loans company My Treatment Lender.
Published on January 2018
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