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.
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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.
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.
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ABOUT KITSAP COUNTY RECOVERY CENTER
Located in East Bremerton, Wash., Kitsap County Recovery Center provides a range of treatment services for individuals struggling with substance abuse disorders. Among the facility’s offerings are detoxification, inpatient treatment, and outpatient-based treatment. The center is part of a larger, county-run agency that provides services which 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 require medical assistance to minimize the severity of withdrawal symptoms, the center provides sub-acute detox services for up to eight individuals at a time. The length of detoxification may vary, depending on the needs of the client.
Once stabilized, clients may transition into Kitsap County Recovery Center's inpatient program, which lasts up to 60 days. While specific information concerning the facility's programming is limited, feedback provided to Rehabs.com by survey respondents suggested clients participate in a highly structured schedule of programming heavily based on the 12-step model of recovery. During residential treatment, clients may attend 12-step meetings, attend fellowship workshops, and "work the steps."
Along with 12-step facilitation, clients may participate in counseling sessions and educational classes. According to the facility's website, a family program is available for loved ones of inpatient clients. Once a client completes residential treatment, they may be encouraged to enroll in an outpatient-based program. Specialized outpatient programs are also available for those involved in drug court.
Kitsap County Recovery Center employs a treatment staff, administrative personnel, and private consultants who administer medical and dietary advice and assistance, according to the facility’s website. Of the 21 individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date, eight alumni and their love ones surveyed on the matter offered an average rating of 3.75 out of five stars for the staff's level of experience and training.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Kitsap County Recovery Center is situated between the 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
The 12 alumni who provided feedback to Rehabs.com about the facility at the time of this writing offered varying perspectives on the center’s approach to treatment, specifically the center’s rules. “Some of the rules are silly,” one alum wrote. Another was pleased that smoking cigarettes was allowed, but wrote: "There are both men and women but you can't talk to the opposite sex or you'll be kicked out." This individual gave treatment effectiveness three stars, but gave affordability, holistic options, and counseling options all just one star.
Other criticisms from surveyed alumni addressed the food and activities. “Your stuck in tiny building with a small out door space, very boring,” one anonymous alum wrote. Alum R.H., who listed food as a facility weakness, was otherwise pleased with the overall experience. R.H. gave five stars for treatment effectiveness, and four stars for the level of family participation, the facility's affordability, and its counseling options.
Former client A. had a successful experience with this facility, but noted concerns about the staff. A. wrote, "there were the counselors that read about addiction and alcoholism in books and tv shows , they have no idea what the hell an addict alcoholic goes through day in and day out." Another former client, M.J., responded that he would "NEVER" recommend the facility, adding, "not enough staff." He also felt that "the treatment was geared toward alcoholics and not addicts."
On Google reviews, the outpatient facility received an average rating of three out of five stars from four reviewers to date. Three alumni were torn about the effectiveness of the program and its policies. Two gave the facility perfect five-star ratings, and one gave the facility just one star. S.L., the fourth reviewer and a proclaimed "chemical dependency trainee," who went through training at Kitsap County Recovery Center, also expressed dissatisfaction with the staff. "The culture at KRC was often mocking and punitive toward inpatients" he reported.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The eight loved ones polled by Rehabs.com to date offered generally positive reviews of the facility. When surveyed, on a scale from one to five, if they would recommend the facility to others, five respondents provided an average rating of 4.4 out of five stars. “They were great in guiding her, without forcing her into treatments for the underlying issue,” one anonymous loved one wrote.
Counseling options received the highest rating of 4.75 out of five stars from four loved ones. When asked about facility strengths, many family and friends listed staff support. In a representative response, one anonymous loved one wrote: "Knowledgeable staff, empathetic nurses."
In addition, six polled family and friends gave 4.17 stars for facility's cleanliness and four stars for its affordability. “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.
From six loved ones, the center’s connectivity/visitor policy and exercise and leisure options received moderate average ratings of 3.5 stars and 3.67 stars, respectively. The loved ones also offered an average rating of 3.17 for holistic options. One respondent, a spouse of a former client, did express concern over the fact that the "relapse rate is rather high."
WHAT STAFF SAY
Rehabs.com has received only one staff review to date. The 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.
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).
Published on March 2018
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