LifeWorks Northwest - King/NE Portland Philosophy
At LifeWorks NW, our wide range of customized individual and group programs help youth and families, adults and older adults deal with addictions from alcohol and gambling to medications and beyond—working to regain a balance.
Areas of Specialization
Intensive Outpatient (IOP)
Patients who undergo intensive outpatient treatment continue to live at home and sometimes go to school or work while participating in a highly structured treatment protocol that is focused on ending substance abuse. Programs vary in terms of how much treatment patients receive, how often and for how long. Some facilities design individualized intensive outpatient treatment programs.
Dual Diagnosis/ Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment
These two terms describe a person who is not only addicted to drugs or alcohol, but also has a mental or emotional illness, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Facilities that treat patients with dual-diagnosis or co-occurring disorders provide psychiatric treatment in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation services.
Meet the Staff
Mary Monnat has been President/CEO of LifeWorks NW since 1998. She joined LifeWorks NW as a chemical dependency and mental health therapist in 1983 before moving through various management positions. Mary earned her Masters in Human Development from St. Mary’s College in Winona, Minnesota. She is currently a Board member of Jesuit High School, Vision Action Network,United Way of the Columbia-Willamette, and the Women’s Commission on Alcohol and Drug Issues of Oregon. Mary previously served as President of the Oregon Alliance of Children’s Programs.
Quality Management Director
Alexa Rhyan joined LifeWorks NW in October 2013 after four years with Aviva Family and Children’s Services in Los Angeles County, where she became the Director of Quality Improvement. Alexa received her Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology from the University of Santa Monica and her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Loyola Marymount University. Alexa has been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 2011.
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ABOUT LIFEWORKS NORTHWEST – KING/NE PORTLAND
Headquartered in Portland, Ore., the nonprofit LifeWorks Northwest (LifeWorks NW) provides a variety of mental health, prevention, and substance abuse services to children, adolescents, and adults, many of whom are struggling financially. The organization operates multiple clinics with varying treatment options, but the King/NE location offers services for adults struggling with substance abuse, mental illness, and co-occurring disorders. While most care is administered on an outpatient basis, residential treatment is available for pregnant or parenting women and their children.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
LifeWorks NW takes a strengths-based approach to providing addiction treatment that is both individualized and culturally competent; the diverse staff represents a number of different backgrounds and ethnicities, including African American, Native American, and Latino. The duration of therapy corresponds to the severity of each client’s condition and, therefore, varies from person to person.
Treatment combines individual, group, and family therapy. Educational components address addiction in general, as well as driving under the influence. Additionally, clients with co-occurring mental health disorders can access appropriate treatment and medication.
According to its website, the center’s staff is multidisciplinary and multilingual. The organization employs Ph.D. level clinicians, licensed social workers, physicians, registered nurses, and other health professionals. Counselors fluent in Spanish, Filipino, Chinese, Russian, and other languages are available.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
There is currently no information provided by the facility regarding its living arrangements and related offerings; however, the only alum polled by Rehabs.com to date indicated that she had access to a private bathroom and kitchen, and that she was responsible for preparing her own meals. Both she and the single loved one polled to date gave LifeWorks Northwest three out of five stars for its accommodations and amenities.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The one alum surveyed by Rehabs.com had positive things to say about the care she received. Tammy gave the program’s treatment effectiveness five out of five stars, noting her appreciation for the privacy she was afforded while residing on-site; however, she did report that the building itself was “ran down.” “They made every possible effort to provide services that I needed,” she wrote.
Based on the feedback of four Google reviewers, LifeWorks Northwest’s Portland facility received an average rating of 4.25 out of five stars. “Adequate service, pleasant staff,” Heather wrote. Christopher, the one alum who left a review on Yelp, submitted a five-star rating and characterized the staff as “genuine” and “passionate.” “Overall I must say with out them I might of slipped through the cracks,” he wrote.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The one anonymous loved one polled by Rehabs.com gave the program’s treatment effectiveness four out of five stars, adding “It’s ok” in the comments section.
A handful of parents also submitted reviews to Yelp. Shawn, based on the care her foster daughter received, provided a five-star rating and offered her personal recommendation. "It was the kind of service that makes you take notice, in a good way,” she wrote in regards to a newly hired staff member; however, a handful of other Yelp reviewers shared drastically difference experiences with rude staff and long wait times. “For people who are supposed to help with mental illness they sure know how to make a person crazy,” Kymberli wrote.
According to the center’s website, some insurance plans are accepted. Additionally, the organization offers programs for individuals and families who are uninsured.
Updated December 2016
Published on January 2017
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