Akeela is a nonprofit organization that provides substance abuse treatment in Alaska. While the primary residential program is located in Anchorage, Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), outpatient and transitional housing are available. Akeela was formed in 1974 by a group of concerned citizens and continues to be a primary source of recovery support for communities in Alaska. The organization provides specialized programs for those with co-occurring disorders, criminal justice clients, women and mothers with young children.
Accommodations and Food
Akeela House is a 48-bed residential house for men and women in Anchorage. KAR House is a smaller, 12-bed house in Ketchikan for men and women with co-occurring disorders. Clients sleep in comfortable, gender-specific dorms—private rooms are not available. There is a strict no smoking policy at the residences. Both houses have exercise equipment available for use.
House managers help plan and shop for meals, but food is primarily the responsibility of residents. Meals are prepared by the clients and are served communally. They are also required to participate in washing dishes and cleaning the kitchen and dining rooms after meals.
Treatment and Staff
The programs at Akeela House and KAR House are highly structured and peer-driven. Schedules are assigned for each client and consist of participating in group therapy, work therapy and cleaning tasks several times a day. There is no custodial staff—clients clean the facility each day. Individual MRT, relapse prevention and on-site 12-step meetings are also offered. The program is usually six to nine months in length, but clients can stay longer if needed.
Detox is not offered at Akeela. Clients in need of medical supervision are referred to other facilities and encouraged to return after physical detox is complete. Those with co-occurring disorders are able to find support through sessions with psychiatrists and medication management.
Transitional housing options are available for those who require additional support after completing the inpatient program. Fourteen apartments with 29 bedrooms provide affordable, safe, and drug- and alcohol-free living. There are seven apartments designated for mothers with children under 12. Units for clients with co-occurring mental health issues are also available. Those who live in these units work with a case manager who helps to make sure they are staying clean and sober, coordinates other services for them and assists them in finding employment.
The Akeela outpatient programs are 12 to 18 weeks in length, offering group and individual counseling, with an emphasis on relapse prevention. Specialized tracks are available in both Anchorage and Ketchikan for pregnant women, women with young children, those who need dual diagnosis support and those who are court-ordered to treatment. Additionally, Akeela offers a unique IOP program to inmates in six different correctional facilities around the state. The programs are approximately 90 days in length with continuing care coordinated by the primary counselors either at their discharge location or in the prison, if they have more time to serve.
There are three CSACs on-site at each house at all times, but clients are required to submit requests to talk with them. This is to encourage residents to be the primary source of support for each other. There are more counselors at the outpatient locations, as well as Master’s-level social workers and a consulting psychiatrist.
A modified Therapeutic Community program is provided by Akeela at Hiland Mountain Women’s Correctional Center in Eagle River, Alaska. It serves 32 women at any one time with each receiving approximately six months of treatment.
A state-certified program is available to educate adults found to be driving while impaired or to juveniles involved in underage drinking. The goal is to provide individuals with information that will prevent them from re-offending. The program is provided at both the Ketchikan and Anchorage locations.
Akeela provides a wide variety of affordable, highly structured recovery programs in Alaska. Individual responsibility, self-discipline and peer-driven accountability are essential to this method of treatment. Detox is just about the only thing not provided, so clients must be physically and mentally well enough to engage in such a strict treatment environment. With sliding scale fees allowing most clients to pay only $15 a day, a strong foundation for recovery is available to all.
360 West Benson Blvd, Ste 300
Anchorage, AK 99503
Akeela Cost: $450 (30 days). Reach Akeela by phone at (907) 561-5266. Find Akeela on Facebook
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