The Walker Center - Residential and Outpatient Addiction Treatment Philosophy
At the Walker Center - Twin Falls, cognitive behavioral therapy (including moral reconation therapy and the self-change model) is combined with 12-step program principles to help clients gain self-esteem and build more productive lives after recovery. Most treatment occurs in group settings, but individual counseling is provided on an as-needed basis.
Areas of Specialization
Drugs and alcohol have widespread effects throughout your body, including but not limited to the addiction and/or physical/psychological dependence that develops with substance abuse over time. Many organ systems are affected by addiction and will react to withdrawal. The term “medical detoxification” means that there is a trained and licensed medical professional onsite to monitor your vital signs and protect your physical and emotional health as your body goes through withdrawal.
Outpatient treatment describes all addiction treatment that is not residential. Patients live at home while undergoing rehab.
Meet the Staff
Dr. Lofgran makes all the medical decisions for the residents at the Center. Upon admission, vital signs are monitored and a Clinical Institute Withdrawal Assessment (CIWA) is completed if necessary. After the initial evaluation, any necessary medications are placed in lockup and are taken by the resident under the supervision of a member of the treatment team. The resident enters treatment activities as soon as initial assessment is completed, during the first day of residency. Laboratory work is available, if indicated by medical assessment. Additional medical care will be given according to individual needs. These services are optional and it is the patient's responsibility to pay for them.
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ABOUT THE WALKER CENTER — OUTPATIENT DRUG AND ALCOHOL TREATMENT
Located toward the north of the Idaho city of Twin Falls, The Walker Center has been providing treatment to individuals struggling with substance abuse since 1976. A nonprofit, it offers outpatient treatment for adults and adolescents struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental health conditions.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
According to the center’s website, two levels of outpatient treatment are available: low intensity or high intensity. The High Intensity Outpatient Program is ideal for individuals struggling with addiction who are ready to make changes. The Low Intensity Treatment Program, which features less frequent programming, is suitable for those who are in the early stages of change and not ready to fully commit to recovery.
Treatment begins with a comprehensive assessment that lasts around three hours and gathers extensive information about the client’s substance abuse history, medical and emotional conditions, and readiness for change. The counselor conducting the assessment may request input from a family member. According to the facility’s website, the wait time for an assessment is usually around 10 days.
At both intensities, treatment uses 12-step principles along with evidence-based modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and individual, family, and group therapy. It’s worth noting that while individual sessions are available, the programs are designed to focus on group therapy. Where appropriate, both the high and the low intensity outpatient programs also use moral reconation therapy (MRT, designed to enhance the sense of a productive, positive identity) and cognitive self-change (CSC) treatment, designed to change patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving.
Both programs last approximately 24 weeks.
The Walker Center’s medical director is a board-certified family physician, and the facility also employs certified alcohol and drug counselors.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The two alumni who were polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing have polarized opinions about The Walker Center.
One alum gave the center many five out of five ratings including when asked if they would recommend the center, the staff’s experience, and the counseling options. They wrote: “great caring staff, clean strong willed very accomidating of feelings and emotions. I would say to not be scared to go.”
However, the other alum left a negative review, and wrote: “Never would recommend to ANYONE. Do NOT go to this place.”
WHAT STAFF SAY
Reports from staff are mixed. Two employees left reviews on Indeed.com, and gave the facility, on average, four out of five stars. One wrote: “Would not recommend… do not want to go into it, however the management was way behind in how they treated employees and with honesty.” Yet the other reviewer wrote: “Productive and a fun place to work… I learned a lot about the drug and alcohol rehab policy and procedures.”
This facility accepts insurance, and according to its website, most insurances will cover outpatient substance abuse treatment. Some state funding is available, and the facility offers a weekly payment program.
Updated February 2017
Published on March 2017
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