Pioneer Center North Philosophy
Pioneer Center North is a 141-bed, long-term residential substance abuse treatment center for the chronically addicted. Most patients have been involuntarily committed, perhaps because they were unsuccessful in other treatment programs, and may pose a threat to themselves or others. Services include detoxification, anger management classes, relapse prevention, life skills, nutrition, fitness, meditation, and aftercare planning.
Areas of Specialization
Residential treatment programs provide housing (food and meals) in addition to treatment for substance abuse. Some facilities offer only short-term residential treatment, some offer only long-term treatment and others offer both, ranging from a few days to many months, based on patient needs.
Facilities that offer “holistic therapy” see and treat patients in the context of their entire lives and health status. They treat the “whole person,” not just the addiction.
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ABOUT PIONEER CENTER NORTH
Through over 50 centers located throughout Washington State, Pioneer Human Services provides health and social services for individuals who have been incarcerated and are reentering society. Pioneer Center North (PCN), located in the city of Sedro-Woolley, provides detox and residential treatment for individuals struggling with chronic substance abuse. According to the facility’s website, many clients have serious health conditions, including liver disease, and struggle to stay motivated and follow rules.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
According to PCN’s website, individuals may be admitted for treatment voluntarily or involuntarily. Most clients are required to undergo a substance use evaluation by their region’s Behavioral Health Organization prior to enrollment. Individuals who require stabilization typically begin their treatment in the facility’s detox unit.
Once admitted, participants engage in an evidence-based treatment program that utilizes a variety of therapeutic approaches, including dialectical behavior therapy, motivational therapy, the Matix Model, and Seeking Safety. Specialized process groups are available for clients dealing with grief, loss, and trauma. The program also addresses overall health and nutrition, and allows time for meditation and recreation.
To assist clients in their efforts to reenter society, staff provide instruction and guidance on basic living skills. Additionally, on-site vocational workshops are available to help clients create a resume, develop interviewing skills, and conduct a job search.
There is currently no information provided by the facility regarding its treatment staff, but the four individuals polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing gave the staff’s level of training and experience an average rating of three out of five stars.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
According to its website, PCN is a 141-bed, semi-secure facility. All visitors must attend a family orientation program before they’re allowed to visit. Phone calls may be made during scheduled times and at the staff’s discretion.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Alumni polled by Rehabs.com provided mixed reviews of PCN. The four individuals who were asked how likely they were to recommend the facility to others provided a rating of 3.25 out of five stars. Those alumni gave the staff’s level of training and experience, as well as the program’s counseling options, three-star reviews. The facility’s cleanliness received the highest rating of four stars, while the program’s family participation and exercise and leisure options received 2.25 and 2.5 stars, respectively.
Those who were dissatisfied with their experiences compared the facility to a prison, mentioning disrespectful treatment by staff and sub-par food. “This isn't a treatment center, it is a transition center for criminals. It's dirty, cold and the staff treats you like a criminal,” B.F. told Rehabs.com in their one-star review. M.W.’s review echoed this assessment. “They treat you horribly! . They ignore you completely… The food is not cooked all the way!” they wrote in their review. Another anonymous alum called the program “a joke” and described the center as “a lockdown facility with a detox on site. poor nutrition, under staffed, sleeping quarters are drafty.”
In general, alumni who submitted positive reviews of their experiences characterized PCN as a straightforward, no-frills program with minimal hand-holding in regards to treatment. “IF YOU ARE SERIOUS ABOUT YOUR RECOVERY THIS IS A GOOD FACILITY,” one alum wrote, giving the program’s treatment effectiveness five stars. Similarly, Angela appreciated the center’s “tough love” approach. “When i got to PCN I thought it was going to be easy to fake it but the staff at PCN was a lil smarter then I thought and called me on my stuff and helped me work through hard times and gave me a better understanding of my addiction,” she wrote. J.C., also an alum, told Rehabs.com that PCN was a “great place” to start the recovery process.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The few loved ones polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing provided mostly positive reviews. Two anonymous loved ones rated the center’s treatment effectiveness with just two and three stars, but described the facility itself as “nice” and “beautiful.” “Staff are great,” one respondent added. Eriks praised the facility for the care his son received, crediting the center with saving his life. “Truly grateful for this facility program and staff. My son would not be alive today if it weren't for the amazing care and help he received in the 60 day program,” he wrote.
Elizabeth was the one loved one to raise concerns about the center’s security and safety. “My daughter says violence, drugs, uncomfortable to be there,” she told Rehabs.com.
PCN does not publish its fees or insurance policy online, but its website notes that the facility accepts self-paying clients. Reviews submitted to Rehabs.com indicated that clients and their loved ones found treatment to be generally affordable.
Published on October 2017
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