Fresh Start Counseling Services

Rating: 4.3   (5)

Treatment approach

  • Cognitive/behavioral therapy
  • Rational emotive behavioral therapy
  • Substance abuse counseling approach

Treatment Options

  • Outpatient
  • Regular outpatient treatment


  • Smoking permitted without restriction


  • Spanish


  • Adolescents
  • Adult men
  • Seniors or older adults


  • Female
  • Male


  • Addiction
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Drug Abuse
  • Drug Addiction
  • Intervention center
  • Medical Detox
  • Substance Abuse

Areas of Specialization

  • 12-step faciltitation approach
  • Anger management
  • Brief intervention approach
  • Clients referred from the court/judicial system
  • Do not use medication for opioid addiction
  • Family Addiction Counseling
  • Group counseling offered
  • Individual counseling offered
  • Marital/couples counseling offered
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders
  • Relapse Prevention

Payment Options

  • Access to recovery (ATR) voucher
  • American Express
  • Cash or self-payment
  • Check
  • Mastercard
  • Private health insurance
  • Sliding fee scale (fee is based on income and other factors)
  • Visa

Accepted Insurances

  • Most Insurances


Fresh Start Counseling Services, a drug and alcohol addiction rehab facility that is situated at 3490 West 81st Avenue in Merrillville, Indiana, is committed to helping those who are addicted, get the addiction treatment they need. Getting quality care through a professional treatment center can give the patient the confidence that is needed to successfully overcome drug and alcohol addiction. Even if one is experiencing addictive tendencies, it is important that they seek help in order to mitigate the chances of addiction down the road.

Effective treatment for addiction is designed to help the addict overcome their reliance on drugs and alcohol through various multi-step programs. At Fresh Start Counseling Services, staff members and counselors are there to support the patient every step of the way. By providing a solid treatment foundation and framework, patients will have the best possible chance of overcoming their addiction.

The right addiction treatment is intended to relieve the addict of their addiction. Locating the main origin of the addict's desire to continually use and abuse substances of abuse is the key to beating addiction. At Fresh Start Counseling Services, proven treatment programs will allow patients to get an idea of what life is like after overcoming drug abuse. Once treatment is complete, patients are urged to attend relapse prevention programs in order to lessen the likelihood of relapse in the future.

There are many types of different treatment programs for those aged Adolescents, Adult men, Seniors or older adults that aim to help patients overcome addiction. Group counseling, 12-step programs, medically assisted detox, and individual counseling are just some of the many styles of treatment that patients may go through while at Fresh Start Counseling Services. The treatment program that is best suited for the patient will be determined after a thorough initial patient evaluation and assessment. The staff members at Fresh Start Counseling Services will also work with the patient's insurance company in order to determine what is covered under their medical plan.

With a personalized treatment program that is designed uniquely for the patient, recovery is attainable. Connect with Fresh Start Counseling Services by visiting them online at and understand how addiction treatment can enhance the quality of life. Attending a treatment program will allow for a new beginning in life, one that is more fulfilled and content.

Contact Details

+1(219) 736-5990
3490 West 81st AvenueMerrillvilleIndiana  46410

Google Reviews

  5.0   3 years ago

This place has a warm atmosphere & allows you to be yourself..James is a great counselor

  5.0   3 years ago

My experience was a very good one. The staff was always friendly and courteous. Rev James and Marina helped me through all the way. They were also super supportive during my journey into recovery.

  5.0   4 years ago

From my experience I would rate fresh start 5 star easy. They were professional with aiding with my struggles. I would highly recommend anyone with addiction or personal problems to come to fresh start for help in Merrillville. Services were excellent I couldn't ask for more

  5.0   4 years ago

My Satisfaction with Fresh Start was Over all great.. The team there was Very caring and Flexible. I would I would also Highly recommend Fresh Start Counseling to my friends and Family if needed.. I feel that there’s is no need to for improving the system and team either.. they get a 10/10

  4.0   4 years ago

Fresh start counseling was a place where the employees didn't judge and made the treatment more rewarding.

  5.0   4 years ago

My time spent hear at Fresh start for my aftercare treatment has served as proper guide to my recovery and continuing my newfound life of sobriety. I'd like to Thank the staff and the Reverend James for their professionalism and consistency. Thank You.

  5.0   4 years ago

I enjoy the staff at fresh start! they're helpful I feel like I leave stronger and more likely to stay on the correct life path after my sessions. every one is awesome! I prefer they're program over other counseling programs in the area.

  5.0   4 years ago

Program has truly been official and James is one of a kind.

  5.0   4 years ago

My experience has been excellent. They're very helpfull and understanding of what you are going through. Rev. James is very knowledgeable and easy to talk and share with.

  5.0   4 years ago

Great people and amazing service, they will work with you in any way possible, glad to go but it was quite an experience that will never be forgotten

  5.0   4 years ago

Even though the courts made me come here,I feel it was very helpful and it made me want to reevaluate some things in my life.

  5.0   5 years ago

They were very helpful with working around my life's schedule. They were understanding and helpful with all the dilemmas that have happened in my life and give me the time I needed to complete my classes. Thank you to all of you.

  5.0   5 years ago

Jill is absolutely amazing!!!!

  5.0   5 years ago

I disagree with the reviewer below. I have personally been to this location on many occasions and the staff members are awesome. I feel sorry for some of the people that have no choice in the matter, apparently many people are court ordered to go to counseling and are easily agitated. I give you guys 5 stars for being amazing at what you do and all the lives you touch including mine. I highly recommend these guys.

  5.0   5 years ago

Very nice staff

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