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
Pioneer Human Services is a nonprofit “social enterprise” organization dedicated to helping individuals with criminal histories throughout Washington State develop the tools needed to lead healthy, productive lives. One of just 176 (44.4 percent of) nonprofits in the state, Pioneer Center North (PCN) of Sedro-Woolley is a 141-bed facility that offers evidence-based detoxification and residential treatment services for adult men and women struggling with chronic substance abuse.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Pioneer Center North (PCN) accepts adult men and women aged 18 and older on both voluntarily and involuntarily basis’. According to the center’s website, many clients have serious health conditions, including liver disease, and many have been unsuccessful in treatment elsewhere. Most clients require a substance use evaluation by a chemical dependency professional and be authorized for treatment services by the Behavioral Health Organization (BHO). Those requiring stabilization typically begin treatment in the center’s detox unit.
Once admitted, inpatients follow an evidence-based treatment program that makes use of various therapeutic approaches such as dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and motivational enhanced therapy (MET) as well as the Matix Model and Seeking Safety. Specialized process groups are available for those dealing with grief, loss, and trauma. Programming covers nutrition and provides clients with opportunity to learn techniques for relaxation, meditation, and pain management.
Clients also attend classes designed to help them reenter and reengage with society. While some focus on acquiring independent living skills, others may benefit more from on-site vocational workshops, in which they’ll create a resume, practice interviewing, and develop the skills needed for job searching.
There is currently no information provided by the facility regarding its treatment staff.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
One of just 80 (20.2 percent of) residential facilities in the state, PCN can accommodate up to 141 clients at a time. The semi-secure facility accepts visitors after they’ve attended the family orientation program. Phone calls may be made during designated times and at the staff’s discretion.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Alumni polled by Rehabs.com to date provided mixed feedback on their experiences with Pioneer Center North.
Dissatisfied alumni likened PCN to a prison, citing a disrespectful 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 one such report. “They treat you horribly! . They ignore you completely… The food is not cooked all the way!” added alum M.W., while yet another called the program “a joke” and described the center as “a lockdown facility with a detox on site."
Much in contrast, those satisfied with their experiences characterized PCN as a straightforward, no-frills program with a dedicated staff. “IF YOU ARE SERIOUS ABOUT YOUR RECOVERY THIS IS A GOOD FACILITY,” one anonymous alum wrote. Amongst other, alum J.C. felt that PCN was a “great place” to start their recovery.
Despite mixed feedback, a group of four alumni applauded several areas of programming:
Would recommend: 3.25/5
Staff’s level of training and experience: 3/5
Counseling options: 3/5
Facility cleanliness: 4/5
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Loved ones surveyed by Rehabs.com to date shared positive feedback on their family’s experience with PCN.
Collectively, friends and family members described the facility itself as “nice” and “beautiful” and staff as “great.” “Truly grateful for this facility program and staff,” wrote Eriks in one highly celebratory review. “My son would not be alive today if it weren't for the amazing care and help he received in the 60 day program.”
Elizabeth, however, raised concerns over the center’s security and safety, telling Rehabs.com: “My daughter says violence, drugs, uncomfortable to be there.”
Pioneer Center North provides few details on its treatment fees or insurance policies online, however, its website notes that self-paying clients “may apply directly.” Rehabs.com reviews indicated that, by and large, clients and their loved ones found treatment at PCN affordable.
Published on January 2019
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