Progress House, Indianapolis, Indiana

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
201 Shelby Street
Indianapolis, IN, 46202

Progress House Overview

Progress House is a recovery center that treats men who are addicted to drugs and alcohol but also deals with patients who have an underlying mental health problem too. The treatment center was founded in 1961, and it initially included a small house that could fit 10 men only.
Later, Progress House evolved into one of the most reputable treatment centers in the area with different programs and facilities that can accommodate more patients. In 2014, Progress House officially started with a sober living program called Next Step which involves apartments were 60 men live upon completion of phases 1 and 2 (see treatment options below).

Progress House Housing

The main campus at Progress House accommodates 75 men. It is a dorm-style structure meaning there are no individual rooms and patients have to share them, which is a positive thing since roommates can connect and offer support to one another during their recovery. Some rooms accommodate two men, while others three or four. Patients are assigned to specific rooms based on seniority.
A client who’s been there longer gets a dual occupancy room while the newcomer will have to share a room with three other patients. All rooms have dressers, closets, and chairs. Progress House also features the Next Step facility for men who have already completed a residential program. The facility has two-bedroom apartments where clients can live with their families. Being apartments, they come with all appliances and furniture necessary for a family.

Progress House Treatment Options

The treatment program at Progress House is structured in three phases and focuses on the healing of a patient’s body, the transformation of his mind, and the awakening of his spirit. The recovery center uses a proven process that generates a personality change in order to allow patients to start a healthier and happier lifestyle.
The program which is based on 12-step recovery provides safe, sober, and affordable housing, recovery support services, intensive case management, mental health, and substance abuse resources and counseling, medication-assisted recovery, relapse prevention counseling, peer recovery support services, job skills training among others. There’s also GED tutoring and testing, daily living skills training, financial fitness and management, anger management, nutrition and wellness, and spiritual study.
Sober living at Progress House includes a 12-step immersion program, and it uses an approved list of sponsors. It lasts up to 90 days after which residents apply to the next phase of the program. Regarding three phases upon which treatment at Progress House is based, they are:

  • Phase 1 (first 90 – 120 days) – complete individual recovery plan and complete intensive outpatient program if necessary, completed steps 1-8, joining 12-step home group, minimum five 12-step meetings a week, meetings with sponsor at least once a week, weekly life skills development classes, daily prayer and meditation, developing and maintaining a healthy diet, applying for senior residency and phase 2
  • Phase 2 (4 months – 1 year) – actively working on steps 10, 11, and 12, actively participating in home groups, minimum four 12-step meetings a week, meetings with sponsor at least once a week, attendance at aftercare if prescribed, daily prayer and meditation, meetings with case manager, maintaining healthy diet, beginning physical fitness routine, developing a transition plan with staff
  • Phase 3 (1 year – 2 years at Next Step Apartments) – actively working on 12th step, sponsoring residents in phase 1, meeting with sponsor once a week, minimum three 12-step meetings a week, continuing physical fitness routine, maintaining a healthy diet, etc.

Progress House Therapies Provided

The truth is that the official website of Progress House doesn’t reveal almost anything about therapies that are included in their programs. What we do know is that the treatment center provides both individual and group counseling to their patients. During these regular meetings, patients have the opportunity to work on their emotional and mental health privately with a counselor but also in groups which give them additional support on their journey.

Progress House Payment Options

The treatment center has a mission to help all their patients bearing in mind that many of them don’t have much money to pay for the treatment, to begin with. They work closely with patients to make sure their treatment is financially supported. Also, Progress House accepts private insurance and self-pay options. Like with many other treatment centers, costs of treatment programs aren’t revealed on the official site.

Progress House Licenses

Progress House has certifications that only confirm the quality of services provided by this treatment center. In December 2017, Progress House became an approved Recovery Works provider by Family and Social Services Administration / Division of Mental Health and Addiction. In November 2017, the facility was certified a Level IV Recovery Residence per the NARR (National Association of Recovery Residences) standards by the Indiana Affiliation of Recovery Residences.

Progress House Amenities

Patients and clients who join Progress House get to use various services and amenities that are included in the programs provided by this treatment center. Besides safe and affordable housing, Progress House also provides employment placement opportunities, life development skills, nutrition and wellness, anger management, and an opportunity to turn your life around. The goal of Progress House and the staff isn’t just to help clients beat alcohol or drug addiction but to maintain their substance-free lifestyle beyond the treatment, develop skills that will help them find better jobs or achieve their goals.

Progress House Staff

Progress House has a great team of professionals who use their expertise, knowledge, and kind-heartedness to help patients in need and their families. The official website of the treatment center does not provide full bios, just names, and roles, but based on the quality of their program it’s safe to confirm they know what they’re doing and have a lot to offer. Below, you can see some team members at Progress House.

  • Bennie Williamson – recovery advocate
  • Brian Foster – operations and Next Step director
  • Brittney Wheeler – case manager
  • Eliot Severeid – residential and re-entry coordinator
  • Joshua Mills – residential manager
  • Karen Fitzgerald – therapist

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