ABOUT THE WALKER CENTER – OUTPATIENT ADDICTION TREATMENT
The Walker Center in Twin Falls, Idaho, provides a range of outpatient treatment options to adults struggling with substance misuse and co-occurring mental health conditions. The organization also operates a residential facility in East Gooding, Idaho. Founded in 1976, the Walker Center is a privately owned nonprofit, which make up 9.7 percent of all rehabs in Idaho.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Upon admission, each client undergoes a comprehensive evaluation that assesses substance misuse history, mental health, and emotional conditions in order to determine their individualized treatment plan. During the three-hour assessment, counselors identify barriers to treatment like a lack of transportation, employment, and related issues.
Outpatient programming is offered through two levels of treatment: high and low intensity. The high intensity outpatient program (IOP) is geared toward those seriously pursuing sobriety while the low intensity program is designed for those in the early stages of change and not ready to fully commit to recovery.
Both outpatient programs incorporate 12-step fellowship, family codependency counseling, problem solving skills, stress management and family communication skills. According to a 2017 SAMHSA survey, 62.1 percent of rehabs in Iowa utilize 12-step facilitation.
The center also uses a range of evidence-based modalities, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and cognitive self-change (CSC). Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) may also be used when appropriate to promote a positive self-identity. In addition, the Walker Center offers anger management therapy.
After completing treatment, clients can enroll in the Walker Center's relapse prevention treatment. In these groups, alumni focus on developing coping and intervention skills and learn to utilize support networks.
The Walker Center’s medical director is a board-certified family physician. The facility also employs certified alcohol and drug counselors. According to its website, the center is licensed by the State of Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and is nationally accredited by the Commission for the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). A 2017 SAMHSA survey indicates that 11.3 percent of rehabs in Idaho are CARF-certified.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The two alumni surveyed by Rehabs.com at this time of writing gave mixed feedback. One alum, who was polled on more specific metrics, gave the facility perfect five-star ratings for 11 of 15 evaluated categories, including counseling options and level of staff training and experience. The anonymous reviewer wrote: "Great caring staff, clean strong willed very accomidating of feelings and emotions. I would say to not be scared to go." The other alum wrote in an anonymous negative review: "Never would recommend to ANYONE. Do NOT go to this place."
WHAT STAFF SAY
Though Rehabs.com has not yet received reviews from current or former staff members, two anonymous employees gave mixed feedback on Indeed. “Would not recommend," wrote one commentator, "the management was way behind in how they treated employees and with honesty.” The other reviewer wrote in contrast: "I learned a lot about the drug and alcohol rehab policy and procedures.”
The Walker Center accepts most insurance providers including Aetna, Cigna,and United Behavioral Healthcare, as well as Medicaid and Tricare. Though the organization's website does not provide any additionally information regarding costs, the lone individual surveyed by Rehabs.com to date on the program's affordability gave its cost a four-star rating.
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