Providence Alaska Medical Center - Breakthrough in Anchorage, AK

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(3.6 of 5)
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3760 Piper Street Suite 1108
Anchorage AK 99508

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Providence Health & Services is a nonprofit Catholic network of hospitals and clinics that treat individuals in six Alaskan communities. Providence Medical Group Behavioral Health in Anchorage, through its Breakthrough program, offers a continuum of group-based outpatient treatment to adults struggling with mental health substance use disorders.

It is one of the 10 (11.2 percent) of Alaska treatment centers that offer partial hospitalization programming. Inpatient care is available in the mental health unit of the nearby Providence Alaska Medical Center.


Providence Medical Group Behavioral Health's Breakthrough program follows the medical model of addiction treatment and is rooted in 12-step principles, which are used by 64 percent of Alaska treatment facilities.

The outpatient facility offers a partial hospitalization program for up to 40 hours per week. An 18-week intensive outpatient program (IOP), which is offered by nearly 53 percent of Alaska treatment facilities, meets evenings for nine hours per week. A once-a-week relapse prevention, lecture-based course using the Gorski-Cenaps model runs for eight weeks.

Breakthrough also offers several specialized groups such as an intensive, 12-week GRACE group that meets once a week to address childhood trauma and family systems. A grief and loss group meets for 90 minutes each of 10 weeks.

After completing a Breakthrough program, clients can receive up to six months of continuing care. Several programs require a minimum of 30 days sober and completion of a family therapy program in addition to primary therapy.


Breakthrough therapists are certified in the field of addiction medicine. There is currently no other information provided by Providence Medical Group Behavioral Health regarding its addiction treatment staff. However, five individuals polled to date by approved of the staff's level of training and experience.

Staff Experience/Training: 3.5/5


Two alumni have provided feedback to for Providence Medical Group Behavioral Health to date. They agreed that treatment was effective, indicated by ratings of four and five stars, and each rated their likelihood to recommend the facility to others a maximum five stars. Both alumni praised staff. "Very professional, experienced staff,” one alum wrote in a representative review.

Family participation received the same level of praise, while options in counseling approaches to fit client preferences fared more moderately with three stars apiece. Both alumni mentioned therapeutic modalities in their reviews that were not present on the facility's website: Suboxone treatment and an array of holistic offerings including pet and art therapy.

Nevertheless, both alumni also commented on an insufficient roster of activities during full-time treatment. "For the money spent, there should be more options and better food,” D.L. wrote, while an anonymous alum reported that there was “maybe a little too much free time.”

Opinions were split on the affordability of treatment.


Three of the four loved ones polled by would recommend Providence Medical Group Behavioral Health. The main concern of the fourth loved one was over-reliance on a religious approach to treatment.

Ratings for counseling options reflected shared dissatisfaction. Loved ones also rated family participation poorly or moderately. One agreed with alumni that activities were limited and two mentioned high costs as a weakness.

Counseling Options: 2.75/5


According to the Providence Health & Services website, Medicaid is accepted and staff will bill clients' insurance when appropriate. Payment plans and discounts for uninsured clients are offered, along with a financial assistance program. No information specific to Providence Medical Group Behavioral Health or Breakthrough is available.

Published on January 2018

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Very professional, experienced staff. Best place in town. Connections felt very real and intimate. I felt safe, having severe anxiety. One of the only programs offering suboxone. For the money spent, there should be more options and better food- we were provided with what appeared to be the throw away cafeteria food, and the only exercise option I remember was an old lady coming to do yoga once a week. Also, with the money being spent, they should not have a strict relapse once kick you out rule that only applies to heroin addicts. That approach does NOT work and in that sense they could be more understanding- it's an insidious, ugly disease. I would highly recommend this facility if you have good insurance. I would not recommend this option paying out of pocket, but I do realize it's one of the only suboxone programs and it really helped me.


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Cleanliness good. Cost was a lot. Great service, but very expensive.


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Great staff, very clean, nice rooms, good program that keeps you on track all day, good groups and counseling groups. Some extra programs like art / music / animal therapy Maybe a little too much free time. It helped me a lot with my depression and anxiety, helped with aftercare, helped with diagnosing, and medication changes.


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Accepted patient right away Very restrictive My son was admitted there for opiate drug use it was the best offered in that area at that time period, 5 years ago.


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Seeing a Psychiatrist every day, lots of group therapy. Some people had rooms to themselves and some had to share rooms. It all cost the same. It has a pretty good program as far as group therapy went, but not enough exercise and/ or leisure time activities. Also not much holistic medicine. They do have "treatment" dogs once weekly, & a chaplain once weekly. You can also ask to speak with a chaplain if you so desire.


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They wanted family to be involved but failed to give us the 12 steps in writing. They wanted us to know the serenity prayer but did not give it to us in writing. You either had to already be religious or accept religion shoved down your throat. He drinks heavily to sleep due to PTSD and God has not helped in all these years, he is not going to start now because they say so. I am a Scientist and do not believe Religion shoved down your throat will help in any way.

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