Sunspire Health Astoria Pointe Philosophy
Sunspire Health Astoria Pointe is a licensed, residential treatment facility that provides a personal approach to care for men and women suffering with substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders. Our highly trained team of physicians, nurses, therapists and residential staff are addiction specialists who will get to know each patient in order to develop an individualized recovery plan. All treatment plans follow an evidence-based, comprehensive model of treatment that will heal the whole patient as well as the family systems to set men up for a successful life in recovery.
Areas of Specialization
Adventure-Based Therapy in the Pacific Northwest
Given its located on in the Pacific northwest, right on the coast of the Columbia river and a stone’s throw from several nature reserves, Sunspire Health Astoria Pointe incorporates the pacifying, detoxifying qualities of nature through adventure-based therapy in the great outdoors like hiking to a local waterfall or doing groups on the beach in order to heal patients physically, mentally and spiritually.
Healing the Family System
At Sunspire Health Astoria Pointe staff understand that a major part of setting a patient up for a successful recovery is treating the family as well. If a patient completes treatment successfully but returns to a family system that is broken, it can undo all of the hard work that has been devoted to healing. The key at Astoria Pointe is to heal the family system to increase the patient’s chance of achieving long-term recovery.
Detox is often the first level of a treatment plan. This period of no drug use is important for the patient to reach a stable state of mind and body to begin addiction treatment. Our clinical staff will guide and support the patient throughout the entire process.
During residential treatment patients live onsite in housing with access to care from clinical staff 24/7. Patients have a full schedule of individual and group therapies according to their unique treatment plan, preparing them for life in recovery.
With an outpatient clinic located a short distance from the residential facility, Astoria Pointe offers patients the option to step down from the residential program and continue to receive care at the partial hospitalization and outpatient level with community housing. The outpatient program is designed to provide ongoing support and treatment for patients as they transition to life after residential treatment.
Meet the Staff
Michael A. Schwartz, MD, DABAM, DFASAM
r. Michael A. Schwartz is the Medical Director of Astoria Pointe. Certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine and a practitioner of medicine for over 30 years, he brings extensive professional experience to his role in overseeing the quality of care for patients and managing the medical staff, ensuring all of the facility's treatment programs exceed clinical standards.
Dr. Schwartz graduated magna cum laude from Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL with a bachelors degree in biology and continued on to Louisiana State University's School of Medicine for his medical doctorate. He completed his residency at Ochsner Foundation Hospital in New Orleans and was chief resident during his last year there.
Dr. Schwartz is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and is a member of the American Medical Association and Oregon Society of Addiction Medicine. He is licensed to practice medicine in both Oregon and Alabama.
Director of Admissions
Shellie Clelland started her career in the field of chemical dependency eleven years ago. During her seven year tenure with Sunspire Health facilities Astoria Pointe, The Rosebriar, and Desert Palms, Shellie and her team have led the process of guiding new patients through the admission process and entry into treatment using her extensive knowledge of insurance coverage and utilization review.
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ABOUT SUNSPIRE HEALTH ASTORIA POINTE
Sunspire Health operates a national network of addiction treatment centers. The Astoria Pointe facility in northwestern Oregon offers residential and outpatient treatment for adults struggling with chemical dependency, trauma-related concerns, and co-occurring disorders. The facility is also among the 24 non-hospital, residential facilities in the state to provide on-site detoxification services.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Clients who require medical detox receive it on-site before beginning residential treatment. To ensure the comfort and safety of the client, the facility provides 24/7 access to recovery support staff during the process.
The residential treatment program at Astoria Pointe features a wide range of evidence-based practices, plus 12-step integration. Through various approaches, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), trauma process groups, and motivational interviewing (MI), clients regularly participate in individual, group, and family therapy.
In addition to traditional approaches, programming also focuses on holistic well-being, and clients participate in guided meditation, yoga sessions, adventure-based therapy, and spiritual support groups.
Utilized as "step-down" continuum of care options from residential treatment, clients may attend the partial hospitalization program (PHP) or receive outpatient services supported by community housing. Clients receive aftercare planning and membership in Sunspire Health’s alumni network.
Accredited by The Joint Commission, the facility has a medical director who specializes in addiction medicine, nurses, addiction counselors, and therapists. Of the over two dozen individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date, those survey extensively praised the staff's level of experience and training.
Staff Experience and Training: 4.3/5
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Astoria Pointe’s residence, a quaint mid-century property with views of the Astoria Bridge and Columbia River, accommodates 40 men and women in gender-separate, shared sleeping quarters. Clients have access to a local gym and go on outings to the beach and hikes to waterfalls. Overall, individuals polled on the matter appreciated the facility's cleanliness.
Facility Cleanliness and Upkeep: 4/5
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Alumni submitted mixed feedback, skewed to the positive about Astoria Pointe to Rehabs.com to date: 16 were positive, three mixed, and five negative. Alumni repeatedly described the staff as caring, supportive, and knowledgeable. Several reported to Rehabs.com that the facility had improved or saved their lives.
The nine alumni polled on a cross-section of metrics provided more detailed impressions. Overall, alumni tended to highlight the level of family participation and its holistic offerings as strengths while reporting they'd recommend the facility.
Likelihood to Recommend: 4.3/5
Family Participation: 4/5
Holistic Offerings: 4/5
Several, however, noted the facility was understaffed, difficult to get individual attention, and lacked extracurricular components, such as recreational outings. Isolated criticism concerned problems with insurance and billing.
On secondary sites, Astoria Pointe received polarizing feedback to date. Twelve reviews on Google revealed an average rating of 4.2 out of five stars, and 33 reviews on Facebook, which the organization can manage, offered the facility an average rating of 4.5 out of five stars.   Overall, positive reviewers tended to appreciate the home-like atmosphere, passionate staff, effective program, and quality of food.
However, on Yelp, 33 recommended and not recommended reviews all gave the facility low one out of five-star ratings.   Negative reviews tended to cite an uncaring staff and lack of organization as facility concerns.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Feedback submitted to Rehabs.com to date by two loved ones was positive. Loved one R.L.C. gave perfect five-star ratings for the amount of staff support, the level of family involvement, and the staff's level of training and experience. Loved one C.M., concerning their nephew's experience, added: “He still tells stories about his time there and has fond memories of his counselor and the staff."
WHAT STAFF SAY
The sole staff member polled by Rehabs.com to date submitted a negative review about Astoria Pointe. The former employee gave the center just two out of five stars for its teaching staff’s credentials: “There are better treatment providers in this area. There was no leadership at this facility.”
Astoria Pointe is in-network with major insurance providers, such as Aetna, Anthem, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Cigna. The facility offers financing plans for fees not covered by insurance, and has a relationship with a financial lending company to help enhance the accessibility of treatment.
Published on June 2018
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