Fellowship Hall Rehab Review, Reviews, Cost, Complaints

Fellowship Hall

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Fellowship HallThe Basics

With Southern charm, a dedicated staff and a reputation that speaks for itself, Fellowship Hall is an established North Carolina safe haven for those ready to finally surrender. Credited as the very first Alcohol and Drug Treatment Specialty Hospital to be licensed in the state, Fellowship Hall has treated over 25,000 clients since opening its doors in 1971. Its goal is to provide a positive, peaceful environment for alcoholics and drug addicts alike to recover and heal through a solid foundation in the 12-step system.

Accommodations and Food

Located on 120 acres of beautiful, plush land (subject to North Carolina’s definite and palpable seasonal changes, of course), the interior of the facility is homey and nicely furnished with 77 beds in total—all rooms are semi-private. The campus is adorned with a meditation trail and a picturesque pond complete with a quaint pedestrian-friendly bridge. The meditation trail is sign posted with multiple 12-step idioms throughout and symbolic of Fellowship Hall’s goal to establish serenity amongst patients at all times. To this end, clients are not allowed to bring electronics of any kind, including TVs, recording devices, tablets, cameras, phones or computers. They are also instructed to not bring reading material or inappropriate clothing (revealing or drug-oriented). Linens are provided, as is laundry detergent.

Three meals a day are provided in the dining hall and coffee, soda, juice and tea are available at all times. The food is healthy. This rehab emphasizes the importance of returning to a nutritionally sound diet in sobriety.

Treatment and Staff

On-site detox is offered at Fellowship Hall and can be conducted independent from starting the facility’s inpatient Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) or outpatient programs. Detox lengths range from patient to patient and are supervised by not just a psychiatrist but also an extensive team of other doctors, nurses and psychiatric residents from the nearby and prestigious Duke University. Although a supporter of abstinence-based lifestyles in the long-term, Fellowship Hall does allow the use of certain medications (namely, benzodiazepines for alcohol abusers and buprenorphines for opiate addicts) during detox to ease the extreme withdrawal symptoms potentially encountered in days three to six.

The average length of stay at Fellowship Hall is 30 days but times vary anywhere from three to six weeks. The foundation for the treatment is 12-step work and meetings, continuously supplemented with group and individual therapy, medical evaluations, therapeutic activities (walking the meditation trail) and long-term strategic planning for a sober lifestyle.

A standard day begins with a 6:30 am wakeup call, followed by breakfast and then a daily ritual called the “Eye Opener” at 8:30 am. During this time, clients are given a thought for the day, a rundown of their schedule and time to bid farewell to anyone being discharged. From there, they attend addiction education classes, sobriety in the real world lectures, or meet with their individual counselors (these sessions are at least twice a week). Everyone eats lunch at noon followed by group therapy. After the daily group counseling session, patient coordinators lead an array of recreational activities like exercise classes, group games or walks through the meditation trail. After dinner at 5 pm, those not attending off-site AA or NA meetings are shown an educational film. If attending external meetings, clients must be back on campus by 9:30 pm and official lights out is 11:30. Weekend schedules can vary with more flexibility for guests to enjoy the outdoor space and Sundays are reserved for demonstration meetings in the Fellowship Hall.

Visitors are not allowed during the first week of a client’s stay but after that period, they are allowed to come on Thursdays and Sundays.

The client-to-staff ratio here is seven-to-one and as mentioned previously, the staff, even beyond detox, is complete with physicians, nurses, nutritionists and addiction counselors, often from highly accredited universities in the area. A medical director and counselors, all well versed in recognizing signs of potential relapse, oversee the residents. There is also 24-hour nursing available on-site. The care, compassion and drive of the team at Fellowship Hall are a common thread amongst graduate testimonials.

In Summary

Fellowship Hall does not consider itself a psychiatric unit, rather a chemical dependency treatment center, so it’s worth noting, it does not claim to specialize in dual diagnosis treatment and believe it’s best equipped only to deal with the psychological issues that arise with continued drug and alcohol abuse. If those needs can’t be met in the 12-step program, it usually directs clients elsewhere.

Fellowship Hall
5140 Dunstan Rd
Greensboro, NC 27405

Fellowship Hall Cost: $14,500 (30 days). Reach Fellowship Hall by phone at (800) 659-3381. Find Fellowship Hall on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn

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  1. Trista Lambski on

    I had a good experience at Fellowship Hall and found great benefits from the program. I was there 28 days. Finances were a huge concern for me and my family, but the staff worked with me and my insurance company prior to my arrival to make sure that we understood the cost and what would be covered. We paid in full up front with the understanding that my therapeutic team would give regular updates to the insurance company who would in-turn continue or cancel my coverage at Fellowship. I was lucky to have been approved for a total of 26 days by my insurance company and then scholarshipped the final two days. The experience was incredible and although it put a financial strain on me and my family, we made it work.

    Fast forward 9 months, I received a letter in the mail from Fellowship that stated I had an account balance of several thousand dollars. Confused, I called to inquire about how I could have a balance and was told that my insurance company made a mistake during my admission process and that I now owed a substantial amount of money. When I asked about the documents I signed during my ‘check-out’ that showed the amount I owed (which was $459), the lady on the phone said “that document states that it’s just an estimate. It’s right there in black and white.” She was rude, cold and condescending. She told me to write a letter to Mike Yow (CEO). Today I received a second collection letter from Fellowship, only the second time I’ve ever been notified about the balance. The letter was aggressive and inappropriate.

    Please, please make sure that you understand what your financial liability is before sending your loved one to Fellowship. We put a lot of trust in our meetings with our guest account representative at Fellowship, and now we are in a major financial bind because we believed what they told us.

  2. “Fellowship Hall does not consider itself a psychiatric unit, rather a chemical dependency treatment center, so it’s worth noting, they do not claim to specialize in dual diagnosis treatment and believe they are best equipped only to deal with the psychological issues that arise with continued drug and alcohol abuse. If those needs can’t be met in their 12-step program, they usually direct clients elsewhere.”

    Yea, but if you a pilot in the HIMS program, they will misdiagnose PTSD as Borderline Personality Disorder and destroy your career. Their resident hematologist practices psychiatry without a license and uses information from cultist AA ‘lay’ people to form the foundation of your BPD diagnosis.

    Also, their cultist two hatter who do not disclose their affiliation with the AA cult will bully you into thinking you have a disease that can only be cured by going to AA meetings.

    And whatever you do, don’t ask, then demand to use your cell phone. They will kick you out and call this ‘against medical advice’ If you decide you want to stay and think it over, they will threaten to call the cops on you because you are a ‘dangerous’ person for not accepting Bill Wilson’s sociopathic bombastic ramblings.

    Its called Schadenfreude. Much of the staff needs to be removed and receive deprogramming psychotherapy for their own well being.

    “The surest way to work up a crusade in favor of some good cause is to promise people they will have a chance of maltreating someone. To be able to destroy with good conscience, to be able to behave badly and call your bad behavior ‘righteous indignation’ — this is the height of psychological luxury, the most delicious of moral treats.” Aldous Huxley

    No stars. Stay away from this place and save your money.

    • Adrien Florent on

      Dear Jonathan, your comment is an understatement…The people in Fellowship, specially in the long term after the first 30 days where you are meant to study and follow the ridiculous 12 steps is absoluteley NOT professional>They interfer with the very intimate life of the patient, giving their advice about the choice of life of the patient…And the worse is, that if the patient does not agree with what hey want him to do AFTER Fellowship, they decide to stop the treatment and they kick out the patient on the side walk, without any help….They act like fanatics, just the contrary of open minded people.They don`t respect the patients and don`t care about the psychological balance there are meant to restore…they want to impose their own point of view…Well, nothing professionnal…As Jonathen says, stay away frome that very dangerous people and save your money

      • Thanks Adrien Florent. This goes beyond just psychopathy though. This group is deliberately stimulating psychiatric breakdown in highly vulnerable people for the sake of money.

        Their resident Yale Alcohol School psychotherapist was none other than Joe Camel from Trone Advertising in the 80’s. He admitted to me that the firm wan not honest in court. The company was, in fact, trying to get adolescents addicted to cigarettes with a cartoon camel. The group is involved in a criminal scheme of diagnosis tailoring, medical fraud, and extortion, particularly when professional licenses are held as ‘contingency management’ instead of calling it extortion.

        • Anyway I could get in touch with you? Looks like I’m being forced to spend a month at fellowship, and while I’m certainly open to help, my biggest problem is anxiety, not alcohol or drug abuse, and I feel like it’s just going to make things worse by demonizing me for issues that don’t exist, but I won’t be able to say that I don’t have a problem in a setting like this without being called in denial… I don’t know.

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