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New Residential Treatment Center for Addiction

For people afflicted with alcoholism and/or chemical dependency, effective treatment can offer a multitude of awakenings. A new private residential treatment center in Seaside is striving to provide both rehabilitation and revelation.

Awakenings by the Sea held a grand opening Sept. 15. The 15-bed, in-patient facility offers 30-, 60- or 90-day programs for the treatment of addiction.

"The individual's disease dictates the length of stay, but a court may also have say on the issue," explained President and CEO Jim Arnold.

About the New Awakenings by the Sea

Awakenings by the Sea offers patients intensive treatment in "a warm, serene environment that is not sterile," noted Director Anna McGuire. According to the center’s mission statement, the program strives, “To provide comprehensive, affordable professional care and treatment to those individuals who are suffering from the disease of alcoholism and/or drug addiction, that through the recovery process, may become happy and productive members of society."

To achieve this, the program implements a variety of means including group therapy, individual counseling, family therapy, hypnotherapy, and overall healthy living through diet and exercise. Arnold explained that the facility's treatment is "based on the Minnesota Model"—a 12-step method. He added that a goal is to provide a spiritual, but not religious, foundation.

The Goal of the Treatment Center

"Our goal is to educate the patients to help them on their way to a lifetime of recovery," Arnold said.

Awakenings by the Sea is fully licensed by the State of Oregon and employs staff with more than 50 collective years of treatment experience, Arnold said.

"Their credentials are way above what is required," McGuire added.

The facility is not medically equipped to provide patients with detox treatment, which must be done prior to admittance at Awakenings through a hospital or appropriate care center.

Patients must be dropped off by friends or family, for it is recommended they not have access to transportation while enrolled in the program. McGuire said that while patients can check themselves out of the facility, most stay to complete the treatment.

"For the most part, they are here because they want to be here," she said.

The facility, a converted church located at 1325 N. Holladay Dr., is spacious with numerous bedrooms that can accommodate two or more people. Patients will be in treatment from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day of their stay. Staff members are on hand around the clock.

The Cost of the Program

Cost for treatment, room and board is "nearly the least expensive in the state," Arnold said, with the first 30 days set at a flat rate of $7,500. The second 30 days is priced at $7,000, and the third another $6,500.

The facility accepts all insurances, as well as the Oregon Health Plan for uninsured residents, which covers $7,100 of the first month.

"This is really about treating others, not about getting rich," Arnold said.

Arnold, who is himself a recovered alcoholic, said Oregon in particular is in need of more addiction treatment facilities. Methamphetamine has become particularly troublesome. According to OregonMethWatch.org, the drug has surpassed marijuana to become the second primary drug of abuse for adults in treatment.

"This state is out of control with meth use," Arnold said.

For more information on Awakenings by the sea, visit www.awakeningsbythesea.com, call (503) 738-7700 or toll-free (877) 738-7702.

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