ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIP CENTER
The Fellowship Center, north of San Diego in Escondido, Calif., provides residential, outpatient, and sober living facilities for adult men, as well as sober living facilities. It is one of the 686 (52.3 percent) of men-only treatment facilities in California. Detox is not available.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Admission at The Fellowship Center begins with a phone interview. An intake specialist conducts an initial screening to determine if TFC offers the right kind of treatment for the client. Then, clients complete a lengthy in-person screening to determine their specific treatment needs.
The residential program is one of the 440 (33.6 percent) of long-term treatment programs in California. The program is offered in 30-, 60-, 90- and 120-day options. The residential program is broken into three phases of treatment.
During the first phase of treatment, clients are restricted to campus. Clients work with a case manager to coordinate services. To graduate the next level, clients must complete a formal evaluation.
Phase two focuses on group work and meetings. Clients are introduced to 12-Step meetings, which is a component of 77.3 percent of California’s treatment programs. Phase three begins a coaching process where clients work with a specialist to learn sober living skills and start to plan for their life after the program.
Those enrolled in residential treatment will participate in group and individual counseling, psycho-educational sessions, community service, and physical exercise. Medical, legal, and employment resources are offered. Employment assistance is generally offered in 46.1 percent of the treatment facilities in California.
There are services available to support families as well. The facility has a very loose definition of who counts as family, making it more inclusive. Counseling, education, and support groups are available for the families of clients during their treatment.
Those participating in outpatient treatment will have access to the same services provided in the residential track. The outpatient program is often used as a step-down phase for clients. However, some clients who cannot get away from their daily lives for long can use outpatient services as a primary method of treatment. The sober living facility offers routine, announced inspections.
The Fellowship Center employs credentialed specialists, family counselors, and addiction counselors who work with residents.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The Fellowship Center’s campus spans one city block and features 14 gardens that provide fruit and vegetables that residents will farm and eat. Two alumni gave five out of five star ratings for the quality and cleanliness of the accommodations.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
At the time of this writing, two alumni provided positive feedback about The Fellowship Center to Rehabs.com. Both alumni gave five out of five stars to The Fellowship Center’s connectivity, meal quality, staff’s level of support and training, and cleanliness. “I have been through 12 other than this one and this was the last. It was excellent,” wrote alum J.C.
Third-party reviews reveal positive ratings, with individuals praising staff and overall treatment. On Google, The Fellowship Center earned an average of five out of five stars from six reviews to date. On the facility's official Facebook page, where the center can manage its page, The Fellowship Center has an average rating of 4.3 out of five stars from 42 reviews. Most of the reviewers indicated success with the program. On alum wrote how the program has “given me a sense of clarity in a psychological and physical way.”
On CiteHealth, the sole alum commenting gave the center five out of five stars. On Yelp, three of the 21 reviews were negative, and 18 reviews were positive (eight of which weren't recommended).   Several reviewers indicated success on the program and positive feedback for the low program cost.
The cost of treatment is based on a sliding scale based on each client's needs. Clients will not be turned away based on ability to pay. Details will be discussed during the intake interview. TFC is a part of the 56 percent of facilities that accept private insurance in California.
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