Treatment Center Setting
- Residential Neighborhood
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.
Throughout treatment, patients will work with a Discharge Planner and the clinical team to develop a comprehensive aftercare plan that will ensure a successful transition from residential treatment to a life in recovery. All patients who receive care at Sunspire Health will join our nationwide alumni network, giving them access to a support group after treatment.
At every Sunspire Health facility patients will receive treatment that is individualized to their unique needs and diverse lifestyles. Ongoing assessments allow the treatment to adapt and evolve as the patient progresses.
Sunspire Health utilizes evidence-based treatment methods, meaning that the treatment modalities and therapies are based on clinical evidence and proven success in guiding patients to heal and recover. Patients who would benefit from Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) will receive medications that are proven to aid patients in achieving sobriety.
In addition to individual and group therapies that are based in psychotherapy methods like CBT and DBT, patients will learn to apply new coping skills through experiential therapies like meditative hikes, yoga, fitness programs, nutrition education, and recreation activities that show patients how to find hope and how to prosper in recovery.
In April 8, 2014 I walked (or crawled) into Astoria Pointe a broken and suicidal man. After 40 years of drugging and drinking, I had had enough, but I didn’t know what to do. I had never been to treatment before and I had no idea what to expect. After a couple of days in a detox bed, I started going to groups and then outside AA meetings. The first Sunday there, we had two doctors come in and do a presentation on how we alcoholics are different than “normal” people. That day I finally understood why I couldn’t stop the madness of everyday drinking. I was an Alcoholic. Going to AA meetings gave me hope. The groups I was going to gave me valuable tools to succeed in life, life as an alcoholic in recovery. They taught me how to find my own spirituality, and how to make it work for me. The relapse prevention group taught me how to build a support group with family and with others just like me. Who knew, there were others just like me. My time at Astoria Pointe gave me everything that I needed to live an alcohol-free life. All I needed was to be willing. From the bottom of my heart, I thank Astoria Pointe. My wife and adult children thank Astoria Pointe for giving us a life that we didn’t think possible. My sobriety date is still 4/8/2014, the day I walked in the doors.
When I arrived at Astoria Pointe, I was close to my last straw, I had lost everything. Not so much material things but most important I lost myself. I wasn't playing football anymore. Astoria Pointe taught me that I don't have to be who I was yesterday. The tools I was taught at Astoria Pointe I still use today. I met people who now I'm very close friends with. Astoria Pointe gave me the strength to look in the mirror each day, and it saved my life. I am so thankful for Astoria Pointe, and I cant explain how great my life is now. I'm playing ball again. I don't know how I could ever thank the people who work there, and I will always be blessed I went to Astoria Pointe.
Two years ago today I was on a plane to go to my very first treatment facility in Astoria, Oregon from Anchorage, Alaska. I let doctors continue to give me prescriptions for years and kept telling myself I would never get addicted and that I didn't have an addictive behavior. The people at Sunspire Astoria Pointe helped me through one thing at a time. I believe what helped me most was the education and understanding that I did not need medication to cope with chronic pain and anxiety or my hyperactivity. I did have multiple surgeries, which included both knees being replaced. I had been on pain medication for about 15 years along with two different anxiety medications and later ADHD medication. Add alcohol to that and eventually I didn't know what I was doing and pretty much lost my mind and my husband, who I had reconciled with on my return to Anchorage 45 days later. It only took me two and a half months to find a legal assistant/paralegal job, and I bought a used 10-year old vehicle three months after that. I also took a vacation and went to New York, where I am from, to see all my relatives I hadn't seen in almost 25 years. I spent three weeks there reconnecting and helping my recovery. No one in my family or even close friends from my hometown ever had any idea that I had went through what I did. I love life again and spend time with my friends now and can do that without the use of drugs and alcohol. Thank you so very much Astoria Pointe.
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 location, overlooking the Columbia River in northwestern Oregon, offers medical detox, residential, and outpatient treatment for men and women struggling with substance abuse, trauma, and co-occurring mental health disorders.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Astoria Pointe offers a diverse program featuring a wide range of evidence-based practices, plus 12-step integration.
In addition to traditional individual, group, and family therapy, the center offers cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), trauma process groups, and motivational interviewing (MI). The center also provides triggers Process Groups and anger management, and holistic wellbeing is attended to through mindfulness meditation, spiritual support, and adventure-based therapy.
The center also offers a partial hospitalization program (PHP) and outpatient treatment with community housing.
All clients leave with a comprehensive aftercare program and membership of Sunspire Health’s alumni network.
Staff includes an MD who specializes in addiction medicine, as well as a certified registered nurse with 25 years of experience and certified addiction counselors. The eight individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the staff’s level of training and experience gave it an average rating of 4.63 out of five stars.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Pictures published on the facility’s website show a quaint midcentury property with views of the Astoria Bridge and Columbia River; the property accommodates up to the property accommodates up to 40 men and women in shared rooms with gender-separate sleeping quarters. Residents have access to a local gym and the facility’s location affords opportunities for trips to the beach and hikes to sites such as waterfalls. The eight individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the center’s cleanliness and exercise/leisure provisions gave them average ratings of 4.38 stars and 4.25 stars, respectively.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Of the 22 reviews submitted to Rehabs.com to date, 16 were positive, one mixed, and five negative. The eight alumni polled on the facility’s offerings in a variety of treatment metrics gave it average ratings of 4.25 stars for its family participation and four stars for its holistic offerings and counseling options.
Alumni repeatedly praised the staff. “They have field experience... they know the ins and out of everything that comes with addiction,” Adam wrote, and others described staff as caring and supportive. Several clients also wrote that the facility had significantly changed or even saved their lives. In addition, one alum praised the strength of the 12-step program offered at this center.
Two alumni, however, noted that the facility was understaffed and it was difficult to get individual attention: “The on-site dr. only seen you once when you arrived and you couldn't hardly ever get in to see him again he was not friendly not personable,” D.W. wrote in one such review. Additionally, several reviewers indicated that the program was lacking in extracurricular activities, citing a lack of outings, leisure activities, and life skills training. And some isolated alumni gave even stronger complaints: “Total waste of time and money,” L.U. wrote, and M.B. added: “Many things listed on website were not available when I was there.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Both reviews submitted to Rehabs.com to date were positive, though the reviewers gave little detail of their loved ones’ stays. “He still tells stories about his time there and has fond memories of his counselor and the staff. Thank you so much for helping him find happiness again,” C.M. wrote of their nephew in a representative review.
WHAT STAFF SAY
The single staff review received to date was negative. Former employee Sherry told Rehabs.com she had some concerns about the care offered at this facility, and gave the center just two stars for its teaching staff’s credentials. “There are better treatment providers in this area. There was no leadership at this facility. All of the clinical staff had to work on insurance utilization reviews and could not focus on patient care,” Sherry wrote.
Astoria Pointe is in-network with Aetna, Cigna, Anthem, PHCS, MultiPlan, and New Directions. The facility offers financing plans for any fees not covered by insurance, and has a relationship with a financial loans company to further increase the accessibility of treatment. The seven individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the center’s affordability gave it an average rating of 4.43 stars.
Updated April 2017
Published on June 2017
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