Located in Fairbanks, Alaska, the Fairbanks Native Association’s Ralph Perdue Center offers inpatient, standard outpatient and Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) to those dealing with substance abuse issues. The facility works mostly with Alaskan Natives, though its services are open to anyone who needs treatment.
Accommodations and Food
Ralph Perdue has a clinical atmosphere with meeting rooms and common areas, but the staff has worked to add homey touches that allow residents to feel more comfortable while they are in treatment. The facility can accommodate 10 residents at a time in five rooms. Each bedroom comes furnished with two beds, nightstands, a closet and an en-suite bathroom. While the facility doesn’t have a media room or business center, clients can use the Internet in the family room, though only for job searching.
Residents are not allowed to bring personal laptops or tablets, but can bring cell phones. Phones can be used during the two daily free-time periods, which are in between group sessions and after on-site AA/NA meetings in the evenings. Those without cell phones can use a pay phone in the facility to make business-related calls. These calls are also limited to twice a day. Residents can also watch TV in the facility’s common areas during free time. Ralph Perdue has a gym with exercise machines and a basketball court that clients can use during down time.
Ralph Perdue provides clients with all their meals. A cook prepares healthy food containing a source of protein as well as vegetables, fruits, dairy and grains. Fresh, frozen and canned fruits and vegetables are made available as well. Sugar is not allowed, but residents can have coffee during their noon meal.
Treatment and Staff
Clinicians at Ralph Perdue use Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Rational-Emotive Therapy (RET) in their work with residents and outpatient clients. The programming is also culturally sensitive, making use of Alaskan Native traditions and beliefs. Some of the topics covered include life skills, self-acceptance, family recovery, mindfulness and relapse prevention. Ralph Perdue requires all clients to attend off-site 12-step meetings.
The number of individual therapy sessions provided in both the residential and outpatient programs varies depending on individual needs. Both inpatient and outpatient clients participate in 12 sessions of group therapy per week. Although all programs use the same styles of therapy, outpatient runs for nine hours a week while IOP runs for 12.
Residents meet for breakfast at 7 am before meditation at 8 am. The day’s programming begins at 9 am, breaking at noon for lunch and an off-site 12-step meeting. Programming resumes after the meeting with a series of group therapy sessions, ending at 4 pm after which time is set aside for one-on-one counseling. Dinner is at 5 pm and free time begins at 7 pm. At 8 pm, residents attend another off-site 12-step meeting, with lights out at 11 pm.
Residents are allowed visits with family members once a week, on Sunday evenings between 6 pm and 7:30 pm.
Ralph Perdue doesn’t have a doctor on staff, nor does it contract with one. Those in need of detox are referred to Gateway Recovery Detox, another of Fairbanks Native Association’s facilities. Dual diagnosis support is not available.
Ralph Perdue employs four clinicians in the residential program while two others work exclusively with outpatient and IOP clients. All hold CADC credentials. Two therapists are available during the overnight hours in the event of any emergency.
Ralph Perdue Center’s services are relatively basic but effective. Clinical staff members work hard to meet the individual needs of each client, helping to provide them with the tools they need to maintain sobriety. For those in the Fairbanks, Alaska area, Ralph Perdue Center is a strong choice for treatment.
Ralph Perdue Center
3100 S Cushman St
Fairbanks, AK 99701
Ralph Perdue Center Cost: $19,000 (inpatient, 30 days); $13,950 (outpatient, 30 days). Cost sometimes covered by Medicaid or private insurance. Reach Ralph Perdue Center at (907) 456-1053.
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