Life Treatment Centers in South Bend, IN

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1402 S. Michigan St
South Bend IN 46613

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Located in South Bend, Ind. and founded in 1971, Life Treatment Centers is a nonprofit facility that offers treatment to adult men and women who are struggling with substance abuse. Life Treatment Centers joins the 179 (66.4 percent) of other nonprofit treatment facilities operating in the state of Indiana. While detox is available on site, detox is not medically managed and does not involve any medication. The Center also provides a variety of outpatient options, including specialized groups for women, veterans, and problem gamblers. Comprehensive aftercare planning is also a key part of the program.


According to Life Treatment Centers' website, outpatient therapy combines group therapy with motivational and psycho-education lectures to provide clients with education about addiction and the effects it has not only on them, but on other their loved ones, as well.

Clients learn how to develop appropriate coping skills, communicate effectively with loved ones, manage cravings, and more. The treatment center has specialized treatment sessions for women, veterans, and people who gamble.

The women's group discusses topics such as self-esteem, self-respect, relationships, abuse, and traumatic experiences. The sessions for veterans is designed to address their specific needs. It also gives them the opportunity to share their experiences with other veterans, and offer support to others.

The facility’s website notes community housing is available if a client feels that they need more structure and support. Alumni surveyed by report that 12-step methodology is also utilized in the program.

Case management services are available, as well as a comprehensive aftercare for all graduates, which includes weekly group therapy sessions for up to a year.


Life Treatment Centers' website notes the detox unit is staffed 24-hours and always has physicians on-call. Other staff members include professional addictions counselors and therapist. The center also has veterans on staff who oversee the veteran groups.

The three people asked about the staff's level of training and experience gave three- or four- out of five stars.


The alum polled by to date provided a positive review, and five out of five stars for treatment effectiveness. They gave four stars when asked if they would recommend the center, its treatment of co-occurring disorders,, counseling options, and family participation. "the 12 steps, you got too want to quit to seceed," the alum wrote.

On the facility’s unofficial Facebook page, Life Treatment Centers received an average of 3.6 out of five stars based on ten reviews at the time of this writing. The two alumni who left feedback provided neutral to negative feedback. One alum called it awful, while the other called in a "stepping stone" and said its "not a bad place." [1]

To date, the three people who left Google Review for the center gave two-, three-, and four- out of five stars. [2]


The three loved ones surveyed by at the time of this writing gave the facility lukewarm reviews. One of the reviewers told that the detox process was good, but otherwise felt that they facility kept family out of the loop regarding their loved one’s treatment.

Another anonymous loved one gave the facility an overall score for effectiveness of three out of five stars. When asked on a scale from one to five if they would recommend the facility, they gave it a three. "Not enough in depth treatment to make an impact or change. Detox was good, but no long term effect," a loved one wrote in a representative review.

WHAT STAFF SAY has yet to receive any reviews from this facility’s staffers or former employees. However, the one employee who left a Facebook review for Life Treatment Centers gave five out of five stars. "treatment centers is a simple program for complicated people," they wrote. "I have seen many people come through the door one way and leave out never the same."

Of the three people who left reviews for Life Treatment Centers on Indeed at the time of this writing, one staffer gave positive feedback, while the other two left negative reviews. The one staffer called it "a work place that gives you an opportunity to help others." [3]

However, negative reviewers mentioned they wouldn't send loved ones to the center and there was a high rate of clients relapsing.


While no information is available on the facility’s website regarding pricing, it does say the payment is on a sliding scale based on patient income. According to HealthGrove, Life Treatment Centers accepts state insurance (other than Medicaid), military insurance, and Access to Recovery Vouchers.


Published on March 2018

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Not enough in depth treatment to make an impact or change. Detox was good, but no long term effect


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I met my friend while she was there and she was not there for much longer.


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the 12 steps, you got too want to quit to seceed


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They could share info with patients' loved ones better.

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