ABOUT OREGON TRAIL RECOVERY
Located seven miles south of Portland, Ore., in the small city of Milwaukie, Oregon Trail Recovery offers a long-term intensive outpatient program (IOP), as well as sober living facilities for men and women who have already passed through a residential treatment program. Clinical detox is also provided if necessary.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Clients must call for a phone assessment in order to be admitted to treatment. Programs are available in durations of three, six, and nine months, making it one of Oregon’s 33 long-term residential, non-hospital treatment programs. During treatment, clients stay in gender-specific housing and participate in gender-specific programming.
At the beginning of treatment, all residents participate in a partial hospitalization program (PHP). All clients are required to find work, study opportunities, or volunteer work during their stay. Once they’ve secured work, they step down to participate in five evening groups per week.
Clients attend six to 10 hours per week of group therapy and one hour or more a week of individual therapy. As they progress through treatment, clients gradually step-down to less intensive levels of care, with some ultimately participating in one weekly group session and one weekly individual session.
Oregon Trail Recovery is a 12-step-based facility, and all clients are required to actively work with a sponsor and attend 12-step meetings throughout treatment. The 12-step program is used in 73 percent of treatment facilities in the U.S..
Alongside 12-Step participation, the program uses evidence-based therapies, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), mindfulness training, and Seeking Safety. The center also prides itself on offering wilderness and adventure therapies and excursions, as well as holistic options such as art therapy and Native American spiritual ceremonies.
Oregon Trail Recovery’s program relies heavily on education options to teach residents life skills to support their recovery. Education assistance is also available. Those who wish to transition to the facility's sober living facility must apply. Here, clients use the skills they practiced in treatment and learn how to work together as a household.
Assistance with additional relapse prevention and aftercare placement is discussed during one-on-one sessions. Clients are encouraged to participate in community groups after treatment as a means of continuing recovery with community support.
A medical director comes to the site twice per week, and the team also includes master’s level therapists and counselors. It is a part of the 29 percent of U.S. facilities that are accredited by the Joint Commission.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Oregon Trail Recovery offers up to 50 beds, with some private rooms available. The cost of treatment includes food, access to laundry services, bus passes, and any excursions the group takes. During their stay, clients are expected to work or go to school, as well as contribute to home maintenance and upkeep.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
At the time of this writing, 12 alumni provided feedback about their experience at Oregon Trail Recovery. Nine of the reviews were positive, three of the reviews are negative. Alumni generally provided positive feedback about the “attentive” and “supportive” staff and that the environment helped them to feel safe. However, one alum noted how they felt the staff was “underqualified.”
On Google, Oregon Trail Recovery earned an average rating of 4.9 out of five stars from 36 reviews to date. Alumni provided positive feedback for the “team of dedicated professionals,” “comfortable community” accommodations, and “daily process groups.” Alumni generally indicated that the program was effective with education-based programs that taught coping skills. One alum, Keegan, specifically noted how they “made accommodations for my needs regarding me being a transman.”
On Facebook, where the facility can manage its page, Oregon Trail Recovery earned an average of 4.8 out of five stars from 22 reviews, at the time of this writing. Alumni once again provided positive feedback about the staff they perceive to be willing to “go beyond normal lengths” to help clients succeed.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
At the time of this writing, five loved ones provided feedback about their experience at Oregon Trail Recovery. Three loved ones gave positive reviews, while two gave negative reviews. The positive feedback centered around the “care and respect” from the staff members and the taught “skills to get where needed.”
In terms of negative feedback, loved ones expressed disappointment with the billing practices and the treatment of women compared to men. “My daughter was there 3 months and did very well,” Tom wrote, but went on to claim that his daughter would likely have to file for bankruptcy owing to what he described as dishonest billing practices. And J.Y. echoed alum S.B. by citing poor treatment of female clients. “I did not like the... staff, medical director unqualified... Treat patients like inmates. Put them on the streets with no warning,” J.Y. added.
WHAT STAFF SAY
The single staffer polled by Rehabs.com to date gave very positive feedback. “I work for OTR and was the second client I am over three years sober because of this treatment center,” C.B. wrote, giving the center five out of five stars for the overall effectiveness of its treatment. The staff member indicated that having graduates work there was a strength of the facility.
Treatment costs $5,200 for a month, or $15,600 for 90 days. The center is one of Oregon’s 136 facilities that accept state insurance options like PacificSource Health Plans. It also accepts private insurance on an out-of-network basis, as well as self-payment. In addition, Oregon Trail Recovery offers financial assistance covering up to 100 percent of the cost of treatment.
Oregon Trail Recovery maintains its presence in the community by posting regularly on its Facebook page with images of treatment processes and the facility's amenities.
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