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 - RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT
The Walker Center is an Idaho nonprofit that has been providing alcohol and drug addiction treatment since 1976. The Walker Center's facility in Gooding, Idaho offers residential treatment and medically monitored detox services for adults struggling with chemical dependency. According to a 2017 SAMHSA survey, only four percent of rehabs in Idaho offer on-site detox in a residential setting. Outpatient services are available at the organization’s other location in Twin Falls, Idaho.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Upon admission, clients undergo a medical evaluation, which consists of a physical and discussion of the individual’s behavioral history. Medications are prescribed if needed, and additional medical care, such as teeth cleanings and eye exams, may be recommended.
Treatment is gender-specific and typically lasts 28 days. 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).
Along with attend 12-step meetings and step-work guidance, programming includes group therapy and one-on-one counseling, and medication management is available for individuals struggling with co-occurring disorders. In addition, clients participate in experiential-based therapies, such as yoga and an outdoor challenge course.
The Walker Center also offers a comprehensive family program and aftercare, which includes referrals to 12-step groups, additional psychologists, and other contacts in the recovery community. Those who complete treatment are encouraged 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 clinical social workers (LCSW).
According to the organization's website, the Walker Center is licensed by the State of Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and is nationally accredited by the Commission for the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and is a member of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP). A 2017 SAMHSA survey indicates that 11.3 percent of rehabs in Idaho are CARF-certified.
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. According to a 2017 SAMHSA survey, the average number of designated beds in residential facilities in Idaho is 19. 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.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The 13 alumni polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing provided mostly positive feedback. In particular, many alumni highlighted effective treatment and competent staff as strengths of the facility. The six alumni polled on different individual metrics gave high ratings to most categories evaluated, including the facility's cleanliness, the staff's level of training and experience, and family participation.
Facility Cleanliness and Upkeep: 4.5/5
Family Participation: 4.2/5
Staff Experience and Training: 4.2/5
In a representative review, alum M.E.L. wrote, "The time management they enforced was awesome and the staff was great. They incorporated family very well as well, and they provided great one on one time." Overall, alumni indicated that they would recommend the facility to others.
Likelihood to Recommend: 4.5/5
On Google, nine alumni had more mixed opinions. Though many agreed with those surveyed by Rehabs.com regarding treatment effectiveness and quality of the staff, many had dissenting opinions. "This is the worst place to go for help," Maria wrote in a representative review. "The staff is very unprofessional. They are disrespectful." However, alum Jeff disagreed, writing, "Their program is amazing and I would recommend to anyone."
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The five loved one surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing provided mostly positive feedback. In particular, they agreed with alumni regarding the facility's staff, cleanliness, and family participation.
Facility Cleanliness and Upkeep: 4.4/5
Staff Experience and Training: 4.2/5
Family Participation: 4/5
L.E.W. wrote in a representative review, "I liked the family weekend. Would like to see more post-rehab options in Boise. Would also like to see options for relapses, like in my ex-husbands case...Caring and friendly staff but not a lot of holistic/alternatives to 12 steps."However, some loved ones noted they wanted better aftercare options and holistic offerings.
Counseling Options: 3.2/5
Holistic Offerings: 2.6/5
Three loved ones on Google had mixed opinions, with one giving a five-star review and the other two giving one-star reviews.
According to the facility’s website, the Walker Center accepts a variety of private insurance plans as well as Medicaid and Tricare. The 11 individuals polled on the matter by Rehabs.com gave moderate positive ratings for the facility's cost.
Published on March 2019
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