Located in Palmer, Alaska, Alaska Dream Center is a broad non-profit organization founded in 2008. It provides a wide range of treatment services to clients dealing with addiction, homelessness, personal health issues and co-occurring disorders. The group’s mission is to generally reduce substance abuse and homelessness in Alaska for residents ages 18 to 59, with year-long structured programs. While it also now has a new similar program for women, the facility’s original program was available to men only.
Accommodations and Food
The Alaska Dream Center campus is situated in the country on 38 acres with a creek and a pond on-site. There are two small cabins with 12 beds available for male residents in shared rooms. Each shared room comes with three sets of bunked beds along with dressers, storage space and rustic decorations. Beyond the bedrooms themselves, the campus also has on-site therapy and meeting rooms, outdoor walking areas, an on-site coffee house, a caretaker’s cabin and a barn. During their stay, all clients are served three meals a day in an on-site cafeteria.
Treatment and Staff
Before beginning treatment, all participants go through an intake and assessment process to help the staff determine their needs. As a non-medical facility, those in need of detox services will need to get referrals to nearby facilities as necessary. Unlike some similar programs, the Alaska Dream Center’s program lasts for an entire year and moves residents through a series of phases. The orientation phase lasts three weeks before moving into a recovery phase with therapy for 16 weeks. Next, residents go through an application phase lasting 12 weeks with spiritual counseling and a final transition phase for 12 weeks to help clients discharge.
Throughout the program, clients do Bible studies, daily devotionals and group and individual counseling with evidence-based treatment practices including CBT and DBT. As a Christian-oriented program, the facility does use 12-step principles along with life skills training, emotional processing, job application services and other related topics. Groups cover many other issues as well such as relationship skills, spiritual issues and related topics.
The staff at Alaska Dream Center includes state-certified addiction counselors, spiritual counselors and additional volunteers.
Beyond the programs mentioned above, anyone who completes primary care can also keep going with aftercare for an additional three months. GED completion programs are also available as well. The facility also has animals on-site that clients can work with. Rotating off-site trips are worked into the schedule as well.
In all, the programs at Alaska Dream Center offer a long-term, immersive program designed to help residents turn their lives around. The curriculum is highly Christian-oriented and includes 12-step participations, spiritual counseling, life skills training and many other practical skills for life in the outside world. Although the program does not offer medical support and is more immersive than others, the Alaska Dream Center is still a strong option worth considering for those in the area.
Alaska Dream Center
8117 E New Hope St
Palmer, AK 99645
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