Since 1965, Fellowship House has treated substance-dependent individuals seeking our assistance. Fellowship House believes that the most effective form of treatment for co-occurring disorders and substance dependence is a long-term, comprehensive, recovery-oriented system of care. Fellowship House succeeds by networking – with funders, other service agencies, and recovering individuals in the community.
While all treatment plans are designed individually, particular goals are addressed with each client. The treatment team stresses social support systems that suit the individual needs of the client. The organization does not align the program with any specific religious viewpoint, but do adhere to a spiritually based, 12 step approach to recovery, including a strong emphasis on measureable action in recovery. Fellowship House emphasizes education to the client’s mental illness and addiction. Specialized classes are attended to inform the client on physical, mental and spiritual aspects of addiction.
The dual diagnosis program evolved in the mid 1990’s in response to the growing demand for residential treatment for addicted, mentally ill clients. Clients that are considered to have a dual diagnosis are those who are typically diagnosed with alcohol or drug dependence and with a serious mental illness such as bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, or schizophrenia. The biggest barrier to treatment for this population is mainly that their addictive behavior can interfere with mental health treatment and the mental illness may interfere with what is offered at some addiction treatment programs. A cycle of institutionalism commonly plays out for this population in hospitals, jails, shelters, prisons, and a variety of treatment centers. Their behavior can lead to these places, but often, any therapeutic response is limited to addiction treatment or mental health treatment, rather than an integrated plan to address the whole person. The goal of treatment centers that provided services for dual diagnosis should be to empower this population to live as independently as possible, with freedom from reliance on institutions.
Many clients entering treatment come in homeless and living on the streets with no basic necessities available. Donations to Fellowship House assist with providing such necessities as soap, toothpaste, deodorant, feminine products, bed linens, and food. Fellowship House’s partnership with We-Care further assists with meeting these needs and combating substance addiction.
Asha McAdory is the Family and Community Coordinator for Fellowship House. She is very active in several community, state, and national organizations. Asha, along with other Fellowship House team members, aims to educate and enrich the lives of consumers, students, and the community through commitment to advocacy and mental health.