A Phoenix institution since 1973, Ebony House provides a variety of inpatient and outpatient recovery services for men, women and adolescents. It was founded by Elbertzena Fontenot, C.T. “Black Wally” Wallace and James Johnson, three recovering alcoholics who sought to address substance abuse in the local African-American community. Since then, Ebony House has evolved to be a treatment center for all races and ethnicities.
Accommodations and Food
The men and women attending the Ebony House inpatient program are housed in separate residences and are generally kept apart for the duration of their recovery. The men’s facility has 14 beds and the rooms, which come with twin beds and basic furnishings, are shared between two clients. The building is essentially a housing complex, but is tucked away on a residential street in South Phoenix and, from the front, resembles any other house on the block. All group sessions are held in the house and there is a chef on duty who provides three hot meals a day. Women are housed in similar quarters with a 10-bed capacity. The program focuses on mothers or pregnant women and children ages 10 and under may be eligible to live with their mothers at the women’s house.
Treatment and Staff
Ebony House’s residential treatment program typically lasts 90 days. Clients get up early and participate in a morning meditation session before breakfast. From there, the day is filled with group therapy grounded in 12-step philosophies. Due to the relatively low client load, these groups are generally intimate affairs. Residents also have one one-on-one session per week with their assigned counselor. Twelve-step meetings are held on-site at 7 pm almost every day and, on the off nights, clients travel to off-site meetings, always as part of a group and with a supervising counselor. Ebony House also provides transportation for clients needing to meet legal or doctor appointments. While the staff includes a psychiatrist and a medical doctor, there are few scheduled visits with these staff members beyond a client’s initial intake session.
After clients complete their initial phase of treatment, they can enter an aftercare program. Clients may be placed in a sober living home as they long as they work or go to school and attend group sessions in the evenings at one of the residential homes.
While Ebony House does not boast any radically luxurious amenities, they do offer recreation activities for residents. Those looking to exercise can enjoy multiple trips a week to a local LA Fitness gym. As a community-minded organization, Ebony House participates in local events, such as a recent Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration. In addition to their residential services, they provide outpatient treatment to adults and adolescents in the Phoenix community.
Ebony House is a well-established institution with deep ties to the local community and offers a plethora of programs. Moreover, their cost for residential treatment is generally low compared with other facilities and they keep their client load small to maximize the effectiveness of their group-heavy mode of treatment. Potential clients should be aware that after they enroll in the residential program, there can be as long as an eight-week wait time before they are admitted.
6222 S 13th St
Phoenix, AZ 85042
Ebony House Cost: $3,000-$6,000 (depending on insurance plan, Ebony House will help clients apply for Access insurance during their stay). Reach Ebony House by phone at (602) 323-2938. Find Ebony House on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube
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