Providence Alaska Medical Center - Breakthrough Philosophy
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ABOUT PROVIDENCE ALASKA MEDICAL CENTER – BREAKTHROUGH
Providence Health & Services Alaska is a Catholic network of hospitals and clinics, which treats individuals in six communities in the state. Part of the system, Providence Alaska Medical Center of Anchorage provides the Breakthrough program, which provides a continuum of outpatient treatment services to adults struggling with mental health and substance use disorders.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Breakthrough accepts clients directly and through professional referrals. The program follows the medical model of addiction treatment and is rooted in 12-step principles, which are practiced by 64 percent of substance use treatment facilities in the state. Breakthrough also uses medication-assisted treatment (MAT), as needed, to help minimize the discomfort of withdrawal.
PHP may include up to 40 hours of programming per week, while the 18-week intensive outpatient program (IOP) meets evenings for nine hours per week. A once-a-week relapse prevention, lecture-based course using the Gorski-Cenaps model, runs for eight weeks.
Breakthrough also offers several specialized groups, such as an intensive, 12-week GRACE group that meets once a week to address childhood trauma and family systems. A grief and loss group meets for 90 minutes each of 10 weeks.
After completing a Breakthrough service, clients can receive up to six months of continuing care. Several programs require a minimum of 30 days of sobriety and completion of a family therapy program in addition to primary therapy.
Breakthrough therapists are certified in the field of addiction medicine. There currently is no other information provided by PMGBH regarding its addiction treatment staff. However, the five individuals polled to date by Rehabs.com on the matter appreciated the aptitude of staff.
Staff Experience and Training: 4/5
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
At the time of this writing, the two alumni polled by Rehabs.com submitted favorable feedback about PMGBH. They both found the program very helpful, awarding the maximum five stars for treatment effectiveness and for the likelihood they'd recommend the facility. They also offered a combination of five stars and four-star ratings for family participation.
Both highlighted the staff as a strength of the facility. Alum D.L. described a “very professional, experienced staff” and added: “Best place in town. Connections felt very real and intimate. I felt safe, having several anxiety.”
Although alum D.C. indicated the facility was “one of the only programs offering suboxone,” they felt the facility should have provided more programming options. However, they added: “It helped me a lot with my depression and anxiety, helped with aftercare, helped with diagnosing, and medication changes.”
On secondary sites, PMGBH received positive coverage to date: 4.1 out of five stars based on eight reviews on Google, and 4.1 stars based on 429 reviews of the Providence Health & Services Alaska as a whole on Facebook, which the organization may manage.  
Reviewers commended the staff and care the received, such as five-star reviewer Abigail on Google, who wrote: “Staff were able to effectively diagnose me and treated me with respect and compassion during my time of crisis.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The four loved ones polled by Rehabs.com to date submitted mainly favorable impressions about the facility: three positive and one negative based on objections to the facility’s strong religious approach. The three positive reviewers praised the level of staff experience and training, though views were split on counseling options and holistic offerings.
“It has a pretty good program as far as group therapy went, but not enough exercise and/ or leisure time activities. Also not much holistic medicine,” a loved one wrote.
The negative reviewer commented about lack of support for family participation in comments to Rehabs.com: “They wanted family to be involved but failed to give us the 12 steps in writing. They wanted us to know the serenity prayer but did not give it to us in writing.”
At the time of this writing, according to the Providence Health & Services website, Medicaid is accepted and staff will bill clients' insurance when appropriate. Payment plans and discounts for uninsured clients are offered, along with a financial assistance program. No information specific to PMGBH or Breakthrough is available. However, the five individuals polled on the matter gave mixed opinions concerning the facility's cost.
Published on October 2019
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