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
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.
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.
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., nonprofit LifeWorks Northwest (LifeWorks NW) provides a variety of treament and preventative services for individuals struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. It is one of 117 nonprofit treatment centers in oregon. Programs are available for children, adolescents, adults, and senior citizens.
The organization operates multiple clinics with varying treatment options, but the King/NE location offers various tracks of outpatient care, as well as residential treatment for pregnant women and mothers with young children. According to the facility's brochure, many of the programs are designed to be "culturally relevant for African Americans."
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Treatment begins with an initial consultation and assessment to determine the most appropriate course of treatment and create an individualized treatment plan.
LifeWorks NW takes a, approach to 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 counseling. Educational components address substance abuse in general, as well as related topics like driving under the influence. Additionally, clients with co-occurring mental health disorders can access appropriate treatment and medication management. There is also a specialized track for those with gambling addiction.
According to its website, the center’s staff is multidisciplinary and multilingual. The organization employs Ph.D. level clinicians, licensed clinical 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 sole 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 at the time of this writing gave LifeWorks Northwest three out of five stars for its accommodations and amenities.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
At the time of this writing, one alum has provided feedback for LifeWorks Northwest to Rehabs.com. The review was positive.
The alum, Tammy, gave the program’s treatment effectiveness and holistic offerings five out of five stars each, 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.
Reviews on secondary sites were mostly positive. On Google, the facility earned 4.2 out of five stars from four reviewers. On LifeWorks NW's Facebook page, which the facility may have the ability to control, 24 reviewers gave an average rating of four stars. "Excellent therapist. Very knowledgeable, supportive, engaged, and compassionate," wrote Lisa in a representative review on Google. She did however note that the facility itself was lacking. "It is the very worst interior design for a therapeutic environment I have ever seen" she wrote, though she added "Still, best therapist."
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The one anonymous loved one polled by Rehabs.com to date gave the program a mixed review. The loved one gave the facility’s treatment effectiveness four out of five stars, adding “It’s ok” in the comments section. However, the loved one gave the facility just two out of five stars for its affordability and family participation.
According to the center’s website, some private insurance plans are accepted. Additionally, the organization offers programs for individuals and families who are uninsured.
Published on September 2018
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