The Walker Center - Residential Treatment Philosophy
Established in 1976, Walker Center is Idaho's premier alcohol and drug addiction treatment provider. As a not-for-profit entity, we seek to offer high-quality, evidence-based treatment services at an affordable price. As one of the leading treatment centers in the Northwest, Walker Center has helped thousands of people find a way out of the craziness addiction brings to lead much more meaningful, productive lives.
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.
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
Set in the agricultural, southern Idaho village of Gooding, The Walker Center has provided residential substance abuse treatment to adult men and women since 1976. Treatment typically lasts 28 days, and medically monitored detox services are offered on-site. Outpatient services are available at the center’s location in Twin Falls.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
According to the facility's website, the Walker Center’s residential program combines 12-step methodology with evidence-based practices such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Experiential-based therapies, such as yoga and an outdoor challenge course are also incorporated into the curriculum.
Upon admission, clients undergo a medical evaluation which consists of a physical and discussion of the individual’s history. Medications are prescribed if needed and additional medical care, such as teeth cleanings and eye exams, may be recommended.
Programming includes group therapy, one-on-one counseling, and medication management (if needed). Men and women participate in separate programs and are discouraged from interacting with each other.
The Walker Center also offers a comprehensive family program that involves group therapy and education based on the disease model of addiction.
Aftercare includes referrals to 12-step groups, additional psychologists, and other contacts in the recovery community. Those who complete treatment are allowed to participate in the Alumni Support Group for free.
The center's website notes the treatment center is led by a medical director who is certified as an addictionologist. The treatment team consists primarily of certified alcohol and drug counselors as well as licensed practical nurses (LPN) and licensed clinical social workers (LCSW).
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The facility's website indicates men and women live in dorm-style rooms on gender-specific wings of the 46-bed residential facility. Community areas are filled with comfortable seating and reading material. The campus is smoke free and all forms of tobacco are prohibited. Additionally, cell phones are not allowed though residents have access to a pay phone. Laundry is free and there is a dress code to discourage inappropriate outfits.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The 10 alumni polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing provided mostly positive feedback. Alumni highlighted effective treatment and competent staff.
The six alumni polled on different metrics gave 4.5 out of five stars when asked if they would recommend the treatment center. The alumni also gave above four stars for cleanliness, the staff's level of training and experience, and family participation.
"They offer tools for recovery, counseling, and require a 12 step program in conjunction with their treatment facility," an alum wrote in a representative review.
B.W. gave The Walker Center high marks across the board. “This was more than I expected and I will forever be grateful,” they wrote.
"The time management they enforced was awesome and the staff was great," Mark wrote. "They incorporated family very well as well, and they provided great one on one time," however, he also noted that "there was not a lot of free time and they needed more to eat."
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The six loved one surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing provided mostly positive feedback. The four loved ones polled on different metrics gave an average 3.5 out of five stars when asked if they would recommend the treatment center.
Five loved ones gave 4.2 for the staff's level of training and experience along with four stars for family participation.
However, some loved ones noted they wanted a more intense treatment and aftercare options. But, more than one loved one mentioned the enjoyed family weekend.
"Good family interaction weekend. Nice facility," a loved one wrote. "I don't think it was intense enough. My husband had some recovery there, but I don't think it was as in depth as he needed and they didn't address his underlying depression. He ended relapsing."
According to the facility’s website, The Walker Center accepts a variety of insurance plans.
Published on August 2017
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