BLVD Treatment Centers Philosophy
The BLVD philosophy emphasizes mindfulness, meditation, trauma work, giving back, creative self-expression, community, and the importance of laying solid groundwork for a soulful and sustainable recovery. The approach to addiction is tri-fold, offering treatment that focuses on the mind, body, and spirit. Through comprehensive outpatient services for alcohol and drug addiction, BLVD helps clients change their negative self-perceptions and beliefs. Treatment is based on AA’s 12-Steps of recovery and is administered in conjunction with group and individual therapy sessions.
Areas of Specialization
Drugs and alcohol have widespread effects throughout your body, including but not limited to the addiction and/or physical/psychological dependence that develops with substance abuse over time. Many organ systems are affected by addiction and will react to withdrawal. The term “medical detoxification” means that there is a trained and licensed medical professional onsite to monitor your vital signs and protect your physical and emotional health as your body goes through withdrawal.
Some facilities have an addiction treatment protocol that all patients or clients are expected to follow, while others customize or individualize treatment based on a person’s unique needs and circumstances. Factors that may affect treatment decisions include age, lifestyle, medical conditions, type of drug, religious beliefs, etc.
Meet the Staff
Dr. Lauren Costine, PhD
Chief Clinical Officer
Among her extensive list of accomplishments, Lauren Costine is a clinical psychologist, author, educator, advocate, activist, and one of BLVD’s founding members. Her work focuses on addiction and codependency issues, co-occurring disorders, depth psychology, psychodynamic and family systems modalities, and LGBTQ-affirmative psychotherapy. Previous to her work at BLVD, Lauren acted as the Family Counselor at a local substance abuse recovery center for over five years. Lauren is also currently an Adjunct Faculty member in the Masters of Psychology program at Antioch University.
Alexia Rigos, LMFT
Volunteering and then interning at various schools, Alexia’s work would take her into addiction counseling. For the next three years she worked at a treatment center specializing in treating clients with addiction, HIV, and co-occurring disorders. She also volunteered regularly at a Hollywood non-profit organization where she and her brother would serve food to inner city underprivileged youth while providing them a safe place to gather and socialize. Now, as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Alexia believes that it was the love and support of her own family that drove her passion to want to help others in need.
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ABOUT BLVD TREATMENT CENTERS — PORTLAND, OR
With a strong design sensibility and amenities to appeal to hip clients, BLVD Treatment Centers operates two residential and five outpatient substance abuse treatment facilities in the Western United States. The Portland facility, located on a tree-lined block in East Portland, offers outpatient care for individuals struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
In the majority of cases, treatment can begin within 24 hours of the client making contact.
BLVD offers two varieties of outpatient treatment: a day program that meets Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and a night-time intensive outpatient program (IOP) that meets three nights a week, for three hours at a time. Clients often begin on the day program and step down to the IOP.
BLVD offers 12-step, non-12-step (Dharma-/mindfulness-based or holistic), and LGBTQ treatment tracks, as well as dedicated programming for professionals, those aged 30+, and young adults. The center’s treatment programs are evidence-based, client-centered, and trauma-informed.
The center uses dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and cognitive behavioral therapy (DBT) along with mindfulness-centered meditation groups, life-skills training, and treatment for mental-health disorders. There’s also a heavy emphasis on holistic options, which include yoga, drum circles, music therapy, and nutrition and wellness groups. And on the IOP, there’s a particularly strong focus on relapse prevention work.
According to BLVD’s website, many staff bring with them years of experience in recovery or their own meditation practices, alongside their “extensive credentials,” though the specifics of these credentials are not listed.
At the time of this writing, secondary review sites yielded no coverage of the Portland facility in particular, and mostly positive reviews of BLVD in general, with average ratings of 4.7 stars based on 71 reviews on Facebook (where the organization can manage its own page) and 4.2 stars based on five reviews on Google.  Of these 76 reviews, just three were negative: “BLVD is nothing but a social club with a thin veneer of recovery,” Jarrid wrote on Google, and on Facebook, Dustin complained of staff turnover.
All other reviews spoke of the facility’s staff and program in glowing terms. “Im at the Portland Oregon location. Ive been here for a lil over 3 months now and it is hands down the best experience i could ask for. This is the first time ive tried getting sober and the staff at Portland blvd are amazing and help me in more ways then i could begin to explain. thank you for helping me get my life on track blvd,” a different Dustin wrote in a representative review on Facebook.
The center accepts insurance; in fact, the BLVD website notes: “In many cases your treatment can be 100% covered.”
Published January 2017
Published on February 2017
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