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Since 1973, Dawn Farm has offered a range of treatment options for those struggling with substance abuse. With a full continuum of care including residential services, supportive transitional housing, outpatient treatment, sub-acute detox and a range of active outreach programs, Dawn Farm utilizes evidence-based treatment methods in all recovery programs. The residential program has two locations, one of them a farm in Ypsilanti, Michigan and the other a facility in downtown Ann Arbor. Through the 12 steps, CBT, EMDR and support for co-occurring issues, clients can find a new way of life.

Accommodations and Food

Dawn Farm offers two residential locations for residents to choose from. The 64-acre working farm provides high-quality treatment in a rural environment. The property comes with pigs and chickens and even an organic garden, allowing clients to commune with the outdoors throughout recovery. Dawn Farm Downtown provides the same recovery program, but in downtown Ann Arbor—a bustling college town—rather than a farm environment. 

The farm accommodates 36 individuals while the downtown location sleeps 13. Many clients prefer the farm for it’s remote location, while those preferring an urban environment choose Ann Arbor. Dorm-style rooms in both facilities are shared between three or more. Both facilities also offer private and group therapy rooms, lecture halls, common areas, dining halls and kitchens. 

Life at Dawn Farm is kept deliberately simple. Residents can smoke, unless they are a minor, have a chronic respiratory problem or are pregnant. Phones, electronic devices, beauty products containing alcohol, makeup, flat irons or sharp instruments are not permitted. Only AA approved literature is allowed. Men must arrive clean-shaven and with conservative haircuts. Residents may only make five-minute phone calls once a week. Mail is inspected, and packages must be opened in front of a staff member if the transport of contraband is suspected.

Three meals a day are provided in both locations with a variety of healthy options available. Local produce, meat and eggs are all used in preparation whenever possible—including vegetables grown in the farm’s own gardens. Dietary requests can usually be accommodated.

Treatment and Staff

The 12 steps and evidence-based therapies are utilized in treatment, as well as some holistic practices. The programs are individualized to provide clients with one-on-one attention, support for mental health issues and trauma therapy.

A defining characteristic of Dawn Farm is their position on co-occurring disorders and medication. Treatment is centered on the belief that many addicts and alcoholics entering treatment are not necessarily suffering from a mental health disorder, but are instead experiencing a low point in their lives or feeling the discomfort of withdrawal and a major life change. With that in mind, Dawn Farm reviews all psychiatric diagnoses and medications and may ask clients to discontinue or taper some or all medications.

At Spera Recovery Center in downtown Ann Arbor, clients can come in for a sub-acute detox, during which they are monitored on a daily basis. Once stable, clients begin attending daily 12-step meetings and are introduced to the recovery community. Residents also work with a counselor to a develop a treatment plan for sustainable recovery.

Residential care is typically a two- to six-month experience with an average stay of three to three and a half months. Clients also attend weekly 12-step meetings, immersing themselves fully in the program. Both locations are similar in their structure, offering a mixture of individual and group therapy, as well as case management, education, recreation and EMDR for trauma (though these sessions come at an extra cost). Group topics include step work, relapse prevention, healthy communication, coping skills and meditation. Educational lectures inform clients on the addiction as disease model and art and work therapy are also used. Finally, vocational referrals, job training, GED help and specialized family services are all available as well.

Once residential treatment has been completed, many clients step down to outpatient care. Services include individual and group therapy as well as case management. The staff are all highly qualified, with eight out of nine clinical members having a Master’s-level degree in counseling or social work. There is also a medical director and psychiatric nurse practitioner.


Aside from primary care, transitional living is available for 140 men and women at a time. Dawn Farm also offers a free drug and alcohol education series and family support sessions, as well as complimentary groups open to all Dawn Farm clients, residents and alumni.

In Summary

Overall, Dawn Farm offers a comprehensive list of services to treat substance abuse. Both residential locations boast thorough programs with similar treatment approaches. At either facility, daily 12-step meetings are a foundation of treatment, helping clients build connections in the local community. In all, Dawn Farm is dependable option for those in the region, with two distinct recovery environments to choose from.

Dawn Farm Locations

6633 Stony Creek Rd
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

502 W Huron St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Outpatient Services
320 Miller Ave, Ste 100
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Dawn Farm Cost

$120-$150 (initial assessment, adult and adolescent); $130 per day (residential); $25 per session (outpatient group therapy); $25 per session (outpatient individual therapy). Reach Dawn Farm by phone at (910) 343-6980. Find Dawn Farm on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google+

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