ABOUT EASTERN OREGON ALCOHOLISM FOUNDATION
Eastern Oregon Alcoholism Foundation (EOAF) in Pendleton has provided evidence-based, residential treatment to individuals struggling with chemical dependency since 1960. A comprehensive set of services begins with medically monitored detox and continues through residential rehab for women and men, including those with children in their care, and sober living housing.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Admission to residential treatment is considered by application and referral, and forms for each are posted on the facility’s website. Information related to professional recommendations for rehab indicate that clients can expect a minimum 90-day stay, although treatment plans are tailored for each individual and length of treatment may vary. Before beginning treatment, each client undergoes bio-psychosocial assessments.
The program presented in website materials and Best-rehabs.com survey responses from one staff member is a fairly traditional, structured one. Cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing are applied as treatment modalities, and clients are scheduled to meet with a primary counselor at least once a week. Group therapy, life skills training, addiction educational sessions, and parenting classes are provided, and family as well as other support system members are encouraged to participate in the recovery process.
Throughout treatment, EOAF coordinates with court and family services representatives as needed. Clients also work with a recovery mentor for support in transitioning from residential rehab to sober living and community reintegration. EOAF’s aftercare program includes weekly meetings and participation in aself-help program.
Supportive, sober housing is available to individuals with qualifying low income who have completed residential rehab.
Among the employees referenced on the facility’s website are registered nurses, detox technicians, certified alcohol and drug counselors, and certified KIPS (interactive parenting) evaluators.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
A 10-bed detox center has four additional respite beds. Residential rehab facilities accommodate up to 21 women with children and 15 men with children. There is currently no other information provided by the facility regarding its living arrangements and related offerings.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Three alumni were polled by Best-rehabs.com on several metrics related to accommodations and their responses revealed opinions split between two negative and one positive. Meals and nutrition received ratings of one, two, and five stars out of five, and the cleanliness and upkeep of facilities received two and three stars from the two who responded. Two reviewers commented directly on the poor quality of food and the fact that residents cooked for themselves. Opportunities for leisure and exercise activity along with policies regarding connection with the outside during treatment fared a little better overall.
Although all three alumni indicated that they were at least satisfied with the effectiveness of treatment, one of them strongly so, they were split again regarding particular aspects, including poor ratings from two for the the availability of a choice in counseling approaches and. One alum reported that the lack of treatment for co-occurring mental health conditions along with addiction was a weakness.
The same reviewer reported that counseling staff lacked sufficient training, while another rated the level of staff training and experience five stars.
On Facebook, reviewers presented a much more consistently positive picture of EOAF. Of 13 total reviewers, only one rated the facility with less that five out of five stars. The three reviews written by alumni indicated that staff were caring and empathetic.
WHAT STAFF SAY
The sole former client polled by Best-rehabs.com would not recommend the facility. They noted that EOAF had a record of success but was understaffed and outdated. Their survey responses also supported alumni concerns about poor training and a lack of co-occurring treatment, while commenting that referrals are provided.
According to information updated on the facility’s website in July 2016, standard fees are $610 per day for medical detox, $250 for social detox, and $215 for residential treatment. A sliding fee scale is available and residents are expected to contribute a percentage of their income as well as allotted food stamps to cover service costs. Some insurance is accepted.