Center Category: Rehab Centers
Founded in 1945 by William Brady and Dr. Robert Nevitt, Fairbanks Hospital is touted as the oldest single independent alcohol and drug treatment facility in the United States. Christened initially as Indiana Home for Alcoholic Men, the center expanded on the back of land and financial donations in the 1960s. Further expansion took place in the 1980s, with the center moving to its current Indianapolis location in 1982. Fairbanks, in its modern version, offers treatment for substance abuse to both men and women as well as adolescents.
Fairbanks Hospital provides detoxification services, short-term treatment services (inpatient and outpatient), sober living facilities, a separate residential program for adults – La Verna Lodge, and an outpatient satellite office located in Plainfield.
There are two main buildings on the central campus – a short-term facility (inpatient) as well as Recovery Center, which houses Hope Academy that functions as recovery high school of the organization. Hope Academy also hosts social events, outpatient programs, as well as support groups.
A cozy entrance welcomes residents to the inpatient building. The gender and age-specific dorm-style housing have approximately 100 beds with two residents sharing a room furnished with twin beds. The closet space is split among the residents. Residents at Fairbanks have to bring their laundry detergent and do their laundry.
Residents favoring outdoor activities have something to cheer about since the center has a full-sized gymnasium. The facility also has a basketball court and a separate exercise room. Residents can visit the chapel located on the premises.
The cafeteria is bright and very modern with white tables and stellar windows. Residents are served meals buffet-style. They can choose food based on their diet. They can also enjoy salads from a salad bar.
Fairbanks Hospital follows the PRIME for Life (evidence-based) curriculum focusing on adults having high-risk behaviors, including alcohol and drugs. The facility provides medical detoxification services along with short-term inpatient treatment as part of its inpatient treatment program.
Even though detoxification services can last for several days, a combination of detox and treatment lasts for two weeks to a month. Many residents also need medical intervention to address their withdrawal symptoms and dual diagnosis problem. Residents have to attend group therapy, discussion groups, and educational lectures. Psychiatrist visits and individual therapy visits are arranged as per the needs of the residents.
Although the residential treatment is for a short duration, residents are encouraged to continue to follow up with the outpatient program. An adult outpatient program includes three levels – Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), and regular outpatient. The PHP lasts for three weeks, IOP for six weeks and the primary outpatient program can continue anywhere from three to six months. Families can also attend Family Therapy day where the details about addiction are shared with family members.
While some residents move to their home, others can stay at sober living apartments for three weeks while completing the Partial Hospitalization Program. Some residents tend to stay for around three months while they finish both the Partial Hospitalization Program and Intensive Outpatient Program. Some residents remain for more extended periods as they shift from outpatient to aftercare that entails attending a weekly one-hour meeting at Recovery Center.
Residents undergoing PHP have to attend treatment from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm or 5:00 pm – Monday through Friday for three weeks. During this period, besides individual and group therapy sessions, residents have to attend weekly nine support group meetings. In IOP, residents participate, weekly, in three group meetings lasting three hours each, while continuing their individual therapy sessions. Residents at regular outpatient level meet once weekly.
All the above services are provided to adolescents as well. The only significant difference being the broader involvement of the families in the adolescent program, with the focus being on educating the entire family about chemical dependency. Thursday nights are treated as “family night,” wherein families eat dinner together before attending a multi-family process and family education groups. These groups educate families and residents about addiction, relapse prevention and adopting necessary recovery skills.
Fairbanks team includes counselors with a Master’s degree, psychiatrists, nurses, and techs. Techs are unlicensed and offer ancillary support to the treatment team. Fairbanks boasts of a full staff to meet their client volume.
As part of ongoing as well as aftercare programs, Fairbanks Hospital provides extensive support meetings, 12-step meetings, hosting family support groups, and SMART recovery meetings. These meetings are open to all.
To ensure that residents do not relapse in the first year of sobriety, Fairbanks also connects current and graduating clients with recovery coaches who can help them stay on track. As a part of this, Fairbanks Hospital has created Hope Academy, a recovery high school, where students can work on attaining high school diplomas in a traditional classroom setting while working on recovery and/or wellness programs.
Approximately $26,600 (30 days).
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