Fellowship House Philosophy
Fellowship House is a non-profit addiction treatment facility designed to serve the needs of chemically dependent individuals and those struggling with co-occurring substance abuse and psychiatric disorders. Clients are provided personal, social, and vocational assistance in attaining sobriety. Services include case management, educational coursework, medication management, vocational counseling, peer support, housing assistance, continuing care, and more.
Areas of Specialization
Dual Diagnosis/ Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment
These two terms describe a person who is not only addicted to drugs or alcohol, but also has a mental or emotional illness, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Facilities that treat patients with dual-diagnosis or co-occurring disorders provide psychiatric treatment in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation services.
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.
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ABOUT FELLOWSHIP HOUSE
Founded in Birmingham in 1965, Fellowship House is a nonprofit organization providing residential treatment, transitional housing, and vocational preparation services for adults struggling with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders. Families affected by addiction may also receive support. Fellowship House prioritizes services for women who are pregnant, individuals using drugs intravenously, and those facing legal challenges. Detox services are not provided.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
To be admitted, clients must have received a substance abuse diagnosis along with a physical evaluation and be free from physical withdrawal symptoms. However, Fellowship House offers what the facility’s website calls pretreatment classes during which clients may receive referrals to detox or other necessary services.
Medium-intensity residential treatment involves more structure and individualized care than the transitional living program also operated by the facility. Treatment builds on a client’s strengths, incorporating education, group and individual counseling, peer support, medication management, and planning for employment and housing after rehab. The length of stay varies by individual client, and is assessed throughout treatment. Clients participating in the Fellowship House transitional living program are expected to provide mentorship to newer residents.
Support groups and self-help meetings such as Double Trouble are available for clients receiving dual diagnosis treatment. Family programming is based on a recovery oriented system of care, which prioritizes referrals and community networking as well as special events and shared activities.
There is currently no information provided by the facility regarding its treatment staff. However, the two individuals polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing indicated respect for staff credentials, rating the level of staff training and experience five out of five stars. One former client reported: “Counselors have been there and are in recovery.”
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Besides a reference to daily visitation hours, the Fellowship House website provides no details regarding living arrangements or related offerings. However, two alumni provided positive ratings of four or five stars for Rehabs.com survey metrics measuring meals and nutrition and the facility’s cleanliness and upkeep. Opportunities for exercise and leisure received a slightly lower rating of three and four, respectively.
Photographs on the facility’s official Facebook page feature an apartment building on a tree-lined lot and images of volunteers freshening up paint and landscaping in December 2016.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Two alumni were polled by Rehabs.com on metrics measuring such features as the effectiveness of treatment, centrality of faith-based and 12-step treatment, opportunities for family involvement, availability of counseling options, and facility policies regarding connection with the outside. Both former clients rated each of those metrics highly, with four or five stars, and indicated they would strongly recommend the program to others.
Six alumni also provided mostly favorable written reviews to Rehabs.com. The life-saving effects of treatment and tools provided for ongoing recovery were commonly cited strengths. Two reported long-term sobriety following treatment, and another mentioned succeeding in the program at an older age of 55. One alum, J.S.B. identified dual diagnosis treatment as a strength while another wrote that they “did not enjoy” the spiritual talk.
In an especially positive review, Brian commented on the affordability of treatment.
WHAT STAFF SAY
The two former or current employees who reviewed Fellowship on Indeed and Glassdoor also provided overwhelmingly positive perspectives. Both represented the treatment staff as committed to helping clients, although one reported high workloads.
According to the facility’s website, a $35 admission fee is charged and clients are asked to pay for treatment and accommodations according to a sliding fee scale based on income. Fellowship House receives funding support from the state of Alabama, the United Way, and donations.
Updated April 2017
Published on June 2017
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