Fairbanks Treatment and Recovery Center is a nonprofit addiction and recovery center that provides treatment and hope for men, women and adolescents who are committed to living a life of recovery. Fairbanks is one of the oldest independent addiction and recovery centers in America. With 75 years of experience, Fairbanks is dedicated to its mission to inspire hope and transform lives as the experts in addiction, focused on recovery.
In 1945, the organization that was to become Fairbanks began treating alcoholic men in Indianapolis. At that time, there were no services available for those who required medical attention for withdrawal. A local physician and a businessman formed a 12-bed detox for men in a house on North Alabama, called the Indiana Home. This was the beginning of a long history of “firsts” for Fairbanks.
In May of 1970, Fairbanks opened a 60-bed facility for men and women, which had the first unit in Indiana devoted exclusively to the treatment of the female alcoholic. In 1975, Fairbanks became one of only 25 facilities in the country and the only one in Indiana to be accredited by the Joint Commission. Then, in 1982, Fairbanks was the first treatment center in the state to accept teens. And our adolescent program continues to this day with a full continuum of services, both inpatient and outpatient. We were the first full-service chemical dependency program in the state. And the first non-profit hospital in Indianapolis focused on addiction treatment.
Today, that singular focus on the needs of those men, women, and adolescents seeking recovery from substance use continues. We now have the most experienced evidence-based care and widest variety of programming possible—from Level One counseling to long-term residential programs in our La Verna Lodges, from online outpatient to inpatient residential, medical-assisted treatment, recovery management, and a supportive living program. In addition, Fairbanks has one of the largest and most engaged alumni programs in the state.
Just the last November, Fairbanks entered a new era and are now proud to be affiliated with Community Health Network. As we celebrate our 75 years of commitment to being the “experts in recovery,” we move forward with even more resources and more ability to serve the men, women, and teens who seek our services.