Kitsap County Recovery Center in Bremerton, WA

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1975 Fuson Road
Bremerton WA 98311

Kitsap County Recovery Center Philosophy

The Kitsap Recovery Center (KRC) offers inpatient and outpatient addiction treatment services for men and women. KRC primarily serves Medicaid-eligible, low-income and homeless clients. Clients are also referred from local drug courts. Treatment options include assessment, detoxification, case management, group and individual counseling, 12-step support groups, and family programming.

Areas of Specialization

  • Family Program
    Research shows that the odds of successful, sustained recovery from addiction are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction often have genetic roots, whether related to substance abuse, mental illness or both. Family dynamics also play a role and, often, family members are the first to realize a loved one has developed an addiction. Also, it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.

  • 12-Step
    The term “12 Step Program” describes a way to recover from addiction that is based on the model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Many drug and alcohol treatment centers base their treatment on 12 steps – the first three of which are situational, the next four addressing the practical issues created by the addiction, followed by two steps focused on making amends for hurting others. Steps 10 and 11 involve a deeper examination of the previous steps and the final step is focused on helping others avoid and recover from addiction.

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ABOUT KITSAP COUNTY RECOVERY CENTER

Located in East Bremerton, Wash., Kitsap County Recovery Center provides a suite of treatment services for individuals struggling with substance abuse and alcoholism. Among the facility’s offerings are detox, inpatient treatment, and outpatient treatment. The center is part of a larger, county-run agency that provides services that address behavioral health, developmental disabilities, veterans’ issues, homelessness, and other concerns.

TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT

According to the facility’s website, assessments are conducted with all clients to determine their required level and type of treatment. For those who need medical assistance for withdrawal symptoms, the center provides subacute detox services for up to eight individuals at a time. Once stabilized, clients may move on to inpatient treatment, which lasts up to 60 days. Outpatient care and programs for family members of clients are also available.

Based on feedback provided by Rehabs.com survey respondents, treatment is highly structured with multiple rules in place, and programming is heavily dependent upon the 12 Steps.

STAFF CREDENTIALS

The center employs treatment staff, administrative personnel, and private consultants who administer medical and dietary advice and assistance, according to the facility’s website.

ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES

Kitsap County Recovery Center is situated between a business district of Bremerton and a large nature preserve. The facility is a government-sponsored treatment center, so clients should expect straightforward accommodations and few amenities. The center can house up to 42 inpatient clients at a time and eight detox clients.

WHAT ALUMNI SAY

More than a dozen alumni provided feedback to Rehabs.com about the facility. The alumni shared varying perspectives on the center’s approach to treatment. Multiple survey respondents specifically noted the center’s rules, sharing differing opinions on them. “Some of the rules are silly,” one alum wrote.

Other criticisms from surveyed alumni addressed the food and activities. “Your stuck in tiny building with a small out door space, very boring,” another anonymous alum wrote.

But when it came to the facility’s staff, multiple alumni noted that counselors were supportive. Rodney, another alum, felt the facility’s rules were a strength. “The best place i have ever been to very strict and very humbling,” he wrote.

On Google, the facility received 2.3 out of five stars from three reviews to date.[1] The two alumni were torn about the effectiveness of the program and its policies. An anonymous alum wrote: “IF I KNEW I WOULD PANIC I WOULD OF KNOWN THAT THE FEELINGS OF PANIC WOULD PASS AND THAT I JUST NEEDED TO CALM DOWN & I WOULD still BE in treatment instead of back at square one feeling like i was failed and defeated by the very people who i had thpughy where there to help me.” Alum Tyler had a different experience, writing: “Finally I walked into krc on my own accord , today I have a solid recovery program and I'm a better person. I use the skills I learned at krc every day.”

WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY

To date, six loved ones have provided feedback about this facility to Rehabs.com. When asked, on a scale from one to five, if they would recommend the facility, the five loved ones polled by Rehabs.com provided an average rating of 3.86 out of five stars. They were great in guiding her, without forcing her into treatments for the underlying issue,” an anonymous loved one wrote.

Loved ones gave the facility an average of 4.17 out of five stars for cleanliness, 4.75 for available counseling options, 4.00 for staff experience and available counseling options. “They were helpful when I called and stayed firm on the confidentiality to patient… Our son felt good about the facility,” loved one P.R. wrote.

The program’s holistic options received the lowest rating of 3.17 stars. “The is a narrow mindedness that permeates the facility,” an anonymous loved one wrote. The center’s connectivity/visitor policy and exercise and leisure options fared slightly better with respective ratings of 3.5 stars and 3.67 stars.

WHAT STAFF SAY

Rehabs.com has received only one staff review to date. This former employee, Scott, cautioned potential clients against seeking treatment at the facility, noting the “mocking and punitive” attitude toward clientele. “You might end up up with a counselor who has no understanding of addiction just looking to punish you,” he wrote.

FINANCING

According to the facility’s website, the center primarily serves low-income individuals through funding through various state agencies, including the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS). Both private insurance and Medicaid are accepted.

Updated April 2017

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Published on June 2017

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Worst place ever

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Best treatment facility ever. One of the first to graduate in 1990 and have stuck with it since then. Two quote's that I will always remember from my stay " When you go to sleep do not count the sheep, talk to the Sheppard" and "Do not think your way into a new way of living, live your way into a new way of thinking". KRC Alumni, Greg

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As a chemical dependency trainee, I spent a year getting Chemical Dependency Professional certification from Olympic College (excellent program; learned a lot there, caring staff and educators) and then moved on to KITSAP RECOVERY CENTER for further training and internship. What a disaster. The culture at KRC was often mocking and punitive toward inpatients. I know because I was present at many staff meetings. Some staff are caring and do their best to help, but there are a toxic few whose cynicism and brutality pollute the culture under the current leadership. Powertrippers. Ugly. Do not seek treatment there if you can avoid it. You might end up up with a counselor who has no understanding of addiction just looking to punish you

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Went to off in April 2014 was a life changing experience for both me and my family. Everything has been wonderful for the last 27 months thank you

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supportive and sympathetic facility relapse rate is rather high The facility is quite good. Unfortunately my spouse experienced a relapse.

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very supportive staff impressed with the staff

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Friendly and compassionate on personal level to patients family. Too much "grey area" /personal standpoint when it comes to listening to patient's needs v.s. policy.

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Knowledgeable staff, empathetic nurses, A little outdated This facility is small, but efficient. They got my mom in immediately. They were great in guiding her, without forcing her into treatments for the underlying issue.

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I think the recovery program was a joke they made promises they did not keep and did not follow up as they promised, the staff was marginal at best and I would not recommend KRC to anyone!

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Treatment is the focus at KRC...some of the rules are silly, the food is so-so, facility isn't the most comfortable in the world, but if you work hard, you'll do well and come out a better person. While I was there, the counselors were good and the system was effective overall.

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I learned and grew a lot in just 30 days. I made life-long friends that "get it". I wouldn't change this experience for the world.

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Need a better way to handle detoxing

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communication and rules were strengths of the facility. exercise and food were downfalls of the facility. i loved krc the best place i have ever been to very strict and very humbling changed my life.

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The staff was very caring and nice. You can smoke cigarettes. There are both men and women but you can't talk to the opposite sex or you'll be kicked out. There's nothing to do, you do you lectures counseling and that's it. Your stuck in tiny building with a small out door space, very boring. I definitely learned a lot abut my addiction And the family plan was ok. But it's very stressful to have to follow the same boring schedule everyday in the same building with nothing fun to do.

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Keep you busy from sun up to sun down. Always meetings, classes, or exercise. Loved playing volleyball. Needs to be more secure. They are supportive and understanding. Just make sure you follow the rules.

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One size fits all treatment. Based on the Twelve Step Program. Most people in the facility had been coerced through the criminal justice system into being there. Counselors were poorly trained and were not good especially in group counseling...The director and most counselors are narrow minded and refuse to accept modern treatment such as methadone or suboxone. The is a narrow mindedness that permeates the facility. They lack knowledge about motivational interviewing.

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Offered meetings, sponsor, 12 steps combined with willingness and a 1 day at a time attitude it works. I was addicted to meth for 21 years. I have been clean and sober for 12 years since January 7, 2014. I have a life today thanks to the AA program. The treatment facility gave some hope and and 30 days of recommendations on what to do. I've seen so much in recovery. It comes down to one important ingredient, the decision not to get loaded and the willingness to do what it takes to stay sober 24 hrs at a time. I really only have my experience.

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They were helpful when I called and stayed firm on the confidentiality to patient. They answered all of my questions or found someone who would/could. Our son felt good about the facility.

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Toughest treatment center around, last house on the block so to speak. Awesome treatment center for high risk addicts

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The treatment was geared toward alcoholics and not addicts. I have had better success re-entering my 12 step program, 21 days was NOT long enough,not after 29 years of using.

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