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Dawn Farm

6633 Stony Creek Road, Ypsilanti, Michigan, 48197
Dawn Farm provides a continuum of quality services for men and women with drug and alcohol problems. Dawn Farm often provides a last hope for young addicts and alcoholics who have run out of options. Since 1973, Farm programs have offered help-never turning people away for lack of funds. Dawn Farm programs produce results. We measure short and long-term client success, client satisfaction and other program outcomes. We are constantly using evaluation measures to improve the quality and effectiveness of our services. Dawn Farm is a tax exempt, not-for-profit organization under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Programs are licensed by the State of Michigan and accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

Facility Highlights

  • Relapse Prevention Groups
  • Recovery Groups
  • Discovery Groups

Specialization

  • 12-Step

    The term “12 Step Program” describes a way to recover from addiction that is based on the model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Many drug and alcohol treatment centers base their treatment on 12 steps – the first three of which are situational, the next four addressing the practical issues created by the addiction, followed by two steps focused on making amends for hurting others. Steps 10 and 11 involve a deeper examination of the previous steps and the final step is focused on helping others avoid and recover from addiction.
  • Residential Treatment

    Residential treatment programs provide housing (food and meals) in addition to treatment for substance abuse. Some facilities offer only short-term residential treatment, some offer only long-term treatment and others offer both, ranging from a few days to many months, based on patient needs.

Facility Settings

  • Wilderness

Meet the Staff

  • Kara Bunton, LMSW
    Kara Bunton, LMSWOutpatient Mental Health Therapist
    Kara was born and raised in Washtenaw County, and received her B.A. in Psychology from Eastern Michigan University in 2007. She received a Master of Social Work Degree from EMU in 2010, and a Behavioral Health Certificate in Serving Our Veterans in 2012. Prior to entering the field of mental health and substance abuse, she worked in housing/homeless services at both SOS Community Services and Interfaith Hospitality Network at Alpha House in both clinical and volunteer capacities. During her graduate studies, she completed clinical internships at Dawn Farm and the University of Michigan Health System in Psychiatric Emergency Services. After receiving her master’s degree, she was an outpatient mental health therapist and evidence-based DBT therapist at Recovery Technology, LLC in Jackson, a provider of Community Mental Health services. She is currently a fully licensed social worker, and joined Dawn Farm in March of 2013.
  • Julie Boster, LMSW, CAADC
    Julie Boster, LMSW, CAADCClinical Team Leader
    Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Julie received a BSW from the Ohio State University. She earned a MSW from the University of Michigan in 2000. Julie started with Dawn Farm in 2004. She helped develop our Daybreak Program and worked as a therapist providing substance abuse treatment to adolescents and their families. She is a therapist in our adult residential treatment program now and recently became the Clinical Team Leader. Julie also supervises the Evening/Weekend Resident Aides. In her free time, Julie enjoys spending time outdoors, being active with her two children, reading and traveling.

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Patient Reviews

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Dawn Farm is a fraudulent organization. This company charges an insane amount for their inpatient treatment which on the actual farm consists mostly of farm labor. The downtown location is like an episode of Big Brother where everyone just ran out of drugs but are locked inside. The real problem comes in what they call transitional housing. The company offers housing to recovering addicts for over $500 a month. The addict must attend meetings and maintain employment. Curfews are enforced and drug tests can happen at any time. This sounds great until you get to the details and live it. They expect a newly recovering addicts who is struggling to find employment to adhere to daily meeting and curfew requirements, while telling employers they can\'t work past 4pm. They are expected to attend these meetings and maintain employment to afford the $500 in rent to live in inexcusable conditions. The houses are typically 2-5 rooms with at least 2 people per room. There is barely enough room for a bed, and dresser with no floor space. These addicts who now have struggled so much just to humble themselves to get help are now being forced to live on top of another human, no privacy. No security for whatever belongings they may still have left. Meanwhile the company is out claiming non-profit while paying the President, Jim Balmer nearly $150,000 a year to parade around Ann Arbor AA in sweatpants and raggedy clothes to portray an image of understanding. They run fundraisers and accept donations everywhere. You can ever start one on Facebook for their organization. I understand there is good in everything and they do good in the community. There is a lot of give back and good people within. The people of the organization don\'t represent the evil that is at its core. They should be exposed for what they do instead of praised. They claim to help addicts but what they have really done is privatized the court/probation system by using addicts and claiming to help them. The addicts are not patients, they are not in treatment. They are customers and this company takes advantage of these people in their most vulnerable state.
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So, this was my first inpatient rehab. I was not ready to stop using at the time, however I was court & family ordered. It took 2-3 weeks for me to get used to all the rules and just come around to completely new lifestyle changes. I wasn’t problematic, but this was all just so new and different than anything. After a few weeks, I started truly trying. I was following rules and trying my best. Well, I was already on the counselors bad side. I didn’t stand a chance. No matter how hard I tried, I just felt like the counselors gave me zero respect. And the counselors caused tons of drama too! If one small thing happened that upset one of them, it became the whole group’s problem, privileges would be taken away (even smoke breaks). It was just A LOT for a newly clean/sober person to deal with. Overall, I would say Dawn Farm has a militant approach to treatment and it’s lots of tough love. They are not even a little bit gentle. One big thing for me, is they only offered group therapy sessions and nothing one-on-one. In the end, I was kicked out of the program 2 months in for “breaking too many rules.” I was not ready to leave treatment. I do not feel like Dawn Farm helped me towards finally getting clean/sober. Thankfully I found a different program that really helped. I would not recommend this program to anyone.
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Staff is very manipulative. Therapist have hidden agenda
Karen
    I totally agree with the negative reports I read wish I had read them earlier they do cut ties and they do limit calls they gave my relative a paper saying no money was needed at move into transitional housing and at the last minute told them they needed 485.00 to move in to transitional were is someone coming from rehab right into transitional going to get it. the response was get family to come up with it. And as she looked for a job and had not found one as soon as that money the family paid was gone it was get out and get out today I even called to ask for one or two days to find her a place and they said no she goes today. WOW what compassion they show to a struggling drug addict. Would NEVER RECOMMEND THIS PROGRAM TO ANYONE. I think this is unaceptable and cruel. I wish there was more compassion shown and more support
    JS
      1) The continuum of care is built to provide recovery support and treatment from the point of detox all the way through their first or second year anniversary. Care is focused on long term recovery, not just the first days and weeks. 2) The place is honest. Unlike other programs, our fees are posted, there are no surprise fees, and no financial relationships with lab services or treatment placement services. 3) Professional staff. Long term residential sites are staffed with masters level clinicians and fully certified counselors. 4) The integration into the recovering community means clients have social support and are living recovery during their treatment and are well established when they move into the community. 5) Dawn Farm believes in the capacity of everyone to recover. There are high hopes, high expectations, and they don't give up. Limitations: Dawn Farm may not be the right place for people who are medically fragile or have a severe and persistent mental illness