About Us / History

Fellowship Hall was begun as the dream of four recovering alcoholic businessmen who wanted to help others suffering from the disease of alcoholism. Fellowship Hall’s treatment program, focusing on the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, was modeled after the program used at Harbor House in Memphis, Tennessee. Fellowship Hall opened for business on December 21, 1971.

Fellowship Hall was first surveyed by a national accreditation body, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) in 1974, and has been continuously accredited by the organization since that time. The facility has the distinction of being the first Alcohol and Drug Treatment Specialty Hospital licensed by the State of North Carolina.

Fellowship Hall is a 60-bed facility treating adult men and women. The original program has expanded to serve those suffering from drug addiction, utilizing the Narcotics Anonymous principles and steps. The Board of Directors, through careful management of resources and prudent long-range planning, has kept the fee for services significantly lower than that of comparable facilities.

Fellowship Hall is a mission-driven and value-oriented organization that is considered by professionals in the field of addiction as “the grandfather of treatment” in this area of the country. It is an award-winning facility and has been recognized many times for excellence in treatment and programming. Fellowship Hall has earned the reputation of being a center of teaching excellence and provides alcohol and drug addiction training to Duke University Health System’s Psychiatric Residency Program. The facility also provides training to local universities’ nursing and counseling programs.

There are many things unique about Fellowship Hall, and we are different for a reason – to afford our guests the best possible opportunity to find the answers they seek. The goal of providing exceptional, cost-effective care ensures that each guest is treated with dignity and respect, and is given the opportunity to begin recovery in a serene environment.

Fellowship Hall has treated over 23,000 guests. The Board of Directors continues to provide the leadership and resources to perpetuate the dream on which Fellowship Hall was founded – to provide a “Gateway to Freedom”.