Treatment Center Setting
- Residential Neighborhood
Sunspire Health Astoria Pointe Philosophy
Sunspire Health Astoria Pointe is a licensed, residential treatment facility that provides a personal approach to care for men suffering with substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders. Our highly trained team of physicians, nurses, therapists and residential staff are addiction specialists who will get to know each patient in order to develop an individualized recovery plan. All treatment plans follow an evidence-based, comprehensive model of treatment that will heal the whole patient as well as the family systems to set men up for a successful life in recovery.
Areas of Specialization
Adventure-Based Therapy in the Pacific Northwest
Given its located on in the Pacific northwest, right on the coast of the Columbia river and a stone’s throw from several nature reserves, Sunspire Health Astoria Pointe incorporates the pacifying, detoxifying qualities of nature through adventure-based therapy in the great outdoors like hiking to a local waterfall or doing groups on the beach in order to heal patients physically, mentally and spiritually.
Healing the Family System
At Sunspire Health Astoria Pointe staff understand that a major part of setting a patient up for a successful recovery is treating the family as well. If a patient completes treatment successfully but returns to a family system that is broken, it can undo all of the hard work that has been devoted to healing. The key at Astoria Pointe is to heal the family system to increase the patient’s chance of achieving long-term recovery.
Because Astoria Pointe is a male-only facility, the treatment is focused on the unique issues that face men in addiction and recovery. A gender-specific treatment facility can promote a safe environment for patients who may find it easier to open up to and bond with their peers who face similar struggles during addiction. Clinical staff is experienced in treating men and catering to their recovery requirements.
Detox is often the first level of a treatment plan. This period of no drug use is important for the patient to reach a stable state of mind and body to begin addiction treatment. Our clinical staff will guide and support the patient throughout the entire process.
During residential treatment patients live onsite in housing with access to care from clinical staff 24/7. Patients have a full schedule of individual and group therapies according to their unique treatment plan, preparing them for life in recovery.
To transition from residential treatment to life in recovery, patients go through a progression of care until reaching IOP. Patients will receive ongoing care at the Palm Desert IOP while living in sober housing to adjust to every day life after treatment.
Throughout treatment, patients will work with a Discharge Planner and the clinical team to develop a comprehensive aftercare plan that will ensure a successful transition from residential treatment to a life in recovery. All patients who receive care at Sunspire Health will join our nationwide alumni network, giving them access to a support group after treatment.
At every Sunspire Health facility patients will receive treatment that is individualized to their unique needs and diverse lifestyles. Ongoing assessments allow the treatment to adapt and evolve as the patient progresses.
CRAFT teaches family and friends effective strategies for helping their loved one to change and for feeling better themselves. CRAFT works to affect the loved one’s behavior by changing the way the family interacts with him or her.
Sunspire Health utilizes evidence-based treatment methods, meaning that the treatment modalities and therapies are based on clinical evidence and proven success in guiding patients to heal and recover. Patients who would benefit from Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) will receive medications that are proven to aid patients in achieving sobriety.
In addition to individual and group therapies that are based in psychotherapy methods like CBT and DBT, patients will learn to apply new coping skills through experiential therapies like meditative hikes, yoga, fitness programs, nutrition education, and recreation activities that show patients how to find hope and how to prosper in recovery.
Meet the Staff
Jeff brings 29 years of experience in the substance use and co-occurring disorder treatment field. He began his career as an interventionist, helping many people get the treatment they needed to recover. He is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor and has become a nationally known addiction treatment professional, recognized for his record developing family, outpatient and residential programs, creating business opportunities, streamlining processes, analyzing solutions, and delivering results.
Merle Williamson, MD
Rd. Merle Williamson is an addiction medicine specialist with three decades in practice. As Sunspire Health Astoria Pointe's Medical Director, he oversees the medically supervised detoxification and treatment programs to ensure they meet or exceed the most rigorous clinical standards.
Director of Admissions
Shellie Clelland started her career in the field of chemical dependency eleven years ago. During her seven year tenure with Sunspire Health facilities Astoria Pointe, The Rosebriar, and Desert Palms, Shellie and her team have led the process of guiding new patients through the admission process and entry into treatment using her extensive knowledge of insurance coverage and utilization review.
Rehabs.com Editorial Review
ABOUT SUNSPIRE HEALTH ASTORIA POINTE
Sunspire Health offers a network of addiction and behavioral health treatment facilities throughout the United States. This center offers medical detox plus residential and outpatient treatment for adult men struggling with substance abuse, dual diagnosis, and/or process addictions including process addictions.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The goal of treatment is abstinence, and treatment uses an array of evidence-based modalities, for instance: cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), community reinforcement and family training (CRAFT), individual therapy, Seeking Safety for trauma resolution, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), motivational interviewing (MI), and mindfulness. The facility’s website notes that Astoria Pointe values and makes use of the 12-Steps, but they do not appear to be a foundational element of treatment. Holistic options include spiritual support, art therapy, adventure-based therapy such as hiking to waterfalls and process groups on the beach, acupuncture, and physical fitness/leisure activities. All clients also participate in relapse prevention training.
Outpatient options include a partial hospitalization program (PHP), and sober living accommodations and intensive outpatient (IOP) services, which are offered via Astoria Pointe Sober Living.
Astoria Pointe employs physicians, psychiatrists, master’s level therapists, and certified addiction counselors. To date, the four individuals polled by Rehabs.com gave the staff’s level of training and experience an average rating of 4.25 out of five stars.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
This is a 30-bed facility with shared rooms. Pictures published on the facility’s website show a quaint midcentury property with views of the Astoria Bridge and Columbia River. Residents also have access to a local gym.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Of the 19 alumni reviews submitted to Rehabs.com to date, 15 were positive. Alumni repeatedly praised the staff. “They have field experience, which in my opinion should be a requirement to get your CDACll because they know the ins and out of everything that comes with addiction, and not just talking about what they have read in their little books,” Adam wrote, and others described staff as caring and supportive. Several clients wrote that the facility had significantly changed or even saved their lives. In addition, one praised the strength of the 12-step program offered at this center.
Two alumni, however, noted that the facility was understaffed and it was difficult to get individual attention: “The on-site dr. only seen you once when you arrived and you couldn't hardly ever get in to see him again he was not friendly not personable,” D.W. wrote, and M.B. added: “Difficult to get any one on one time with any counselor.” In isolated criticism, alumni called for more varied outings and more teaching of life skills, and one reviewer told Rehabs.com he found the beds uncomfortable.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
All four loved ones polled by Rehabs.com to date gave very positive feedback, though they didn’t generally give much detail. “He still tells stories about his time there and has fond memories of his counselor and the staff. Thank you so much for helping him find happiness again,” C.M. wrote of his nephew in a representative review.
WHAT STAFF SAY
The single staff review received to date was negative. Former employee Sherry told Rehabs.com she had some concerns about the care offered at this facility, and gave the center just two stars for its teaching staff’s credentials. “There are better treatment providers in this area. There was no leadership at this facility. All of the clinical staff had to work on insurance utilization reviews and could not focus on patient care,” Sherry wrote.
Astoria Pointe is in-network with Aetna, Cigna, Anthem, PHCS, MultiPlan, and New Directions. It offers financing plans for any fees not covered by insurance, and has relationships with financial loans companies to further increase the accessibility of treatment. To date, the four individuals polled on the center’s affordability gave it an average rating of four stars.
Updated February 2017
Published on October 2016
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