Tara Treatment Center Philosophy
Tara Treatment Center provides a holistic approach to substance abuse treatment, promoting mental, physical and spiritual health. Combining 12-Step programs with evidence-based therapy, Tara offers treatment services such as detoxification, residential programs, outpatient care, anger management, individual and group counseling, and relapse prevention and coping strategies to encourage lifelong recovery.
Areas of Specialization
Addiction recovery does not end with discharge after completing a rehab program. Facilities that offer aftercare planning and/or support work with patients to ensure sustainable recovery by helping to plan and make arrangements for transitional or sober living, help with housing, vocational counseling, etc.
Intensive Outpatient (IOP)
Patients who undergo intensive outpatient treatment continue to live at home and sometimes go to school or work while participating in a highly structured treatment protocol that is focused on ending substance abuse. Programs vary in terms of how much treatment patients receive, how often and for how long. Some facilities design individualized intensive outpatient treatment programs.
Meet the Staff
James D. Kozarek, M.D.
Dr. Kozarek has been Tara’s Medical Director since June 1996. He is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin Medical School. Licensure and Certification: Dr. Kozarek is a Board-Certified Family Physician. Professional Affiliations: Dr. Kozarek is a member of the Indiana Medical Association, American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Board of Family Practice. Dr. Kozarek is affiliated with the Johnson Memorial Hospital, Franklin, Indiana and the Columbus Regional Hospital, Columbus, Indiana.
Brian K. Nichelson, PH.D., HSPP, LCAC
Dr. Nichelson has been Tara’s Clinical Director since 1995. He received his Ph.D. from Indiana State University in 1991. Licensure and Certification: He obtained a Certificate of Proficiency in the treatment of alcohol and psychoactive substance use disorders in December 1997 from the American Psychological Association, and is a Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor. Dr. Nichelson is endorsed as a Health Service Provider in Psychology and is licensed as a Psychologist by the Board of Examiners in Psychology by the State of Indiana Health Professions Bureau. Professional Affiliations: Dr. Nichelson is a member of the American Psychological Association, Indiana Psychological Association and the Allied Health Staff at Johnson Memorial Hospital, Franklin, Indiana.
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ABOUT TARA TREATMENT CENTER
Situated on 13 acres of idyllic countryside just south of Indianapolis, Ind. since its founding in 1985, Tara Treatment Center offers 12-step treatment for adults struggling with addiction. This nonprofit facility offers a variety of services including on-site detox, gender-specific residential treatment, transitional residential treatment, standard outpatient treatment, intensive outpatient care, partial hospitalization, and aftercare. There is also a free service designed for friends and family members seeking a better understanding of addiction and recovery.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
According to the facility’s website, Tara adopts a spiritually-based, holistic approach to treatment. In addition to individual therapy, psychoeducation, and group counseling, Tara offers its clients recovery-specific yoga classes, experiential therapy, relapse prevention education, and equine-assisted therapy.
Most residential clients remain on-site for four to six weeks. During that time, guests can receive mail and watch TV during designated periods. No outside reading material is permitted. Phone privileges are granted on a tiered system, and visitation is allowed every other Saturday (guests must attend the family education program before visiting a loved one).
Transitional residential treatment is available for residential clients who require further stabilization and support before returning home. Individuals who are better matched to outpatient care may choose from standard outpatient treatment, intensive outpatient treatment, and partial hospitalization. Aftercare groups meet once a week.
According to the facility’s website, Tara offers a staff-to-client ratio of 1:5. The center’s multidisciplinary staff is comprised of medical doctors, psychologists, licensed social workers, addiction counselors, and several licensed, master’s level counselors. The clinical director has a Ph.D.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Tara Treatment Center’s online photo gallery displays fully-furnished sitting rooms and libraries, cheerful eat-in kitchens, and sun-drenched outdoor spaces dotted with gazebos and picnic tables. Sleeping quarters are shared.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Of eight alumni polled by Rehabs.com to date, all offered mostly praise for Tara Treatment Center. The staff’s level of training and expertise received five-star ratings from five alumni and an average four stars from three other alumni, and alumni characterized staff as “supportive” and “caring.” Alum A.P. wrote: “Great place, everyone who works there loves their jobs!”
The connectivity and visitor policy received four- and five-star ratings from five alumni and an average 3.3 stars from three other alumni as well. Yet a few alumni wrote that the facility’s highly advertised holistic treatments were lacking and that there was not enough individual counseling.
Alumni appreciated the family programming (receiving a 4.7-star average from three alumni), but one respondent felt that visitation was too limited (a concern echoed by some loved ones polled by Rehabs.com). Alum Asia wrote: “I didn't like the fact we could barley talk to our families while there and that visits were so short.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
When asked, on a scale from one to five if they’d recommend Tara Treatment Center, five loved ones polled at the time of this writing rated the facility an average four out of five stars. “Overall nice experience,” one anonymous loved one wrote. Loved ones were impressed with the facility’s cleanliness, its family participation, and the staff’s level of training and experience, which received respective ratings of 4.6, 4.2, and 3.8 stars. “Offering family interaction and outings…Very family oriented place for woman in recovery,” Brenda wrote.
The center’s exercise and leisure options received an above average rating of 3.5 out of five stars, but the program’s holistic offerings received the lowest rating of 2.8 stars. Additionally, some respondents felt that they didn’t have enough contact with their loved ones and staff during treatment. “We agreed upon Tara as they promised help for not just the addict, but our family. However, no such help was found.They acted as if it the patient was a prisoner and not a patient,” M.W. wrote.
Tara Treatment Center is in network with several private insurance providers. Both Healthgrove and Citehealth report the facility accepts access to recovery vouchers as well. Eight reviewers polled by Rehabs.com rated the program’s affordability an average rating of 4.1 out of five stars.
Updated April 2017
Published on June 2017
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