Portland Drug & Alcohol Rehab, Detox & Treatment Resources
There are so many great aspects to Portland, Oregon; it’s hard to decide where to start praising the largest city in Oregon. Portland is the 26th biggest metropolis in the United States and at the turn of the twentieth century had a tough reputation as a dangerous port town rife with organized crime.
However, during the 1960s Portland began to transform into what has now become one of the most progressive and liberal, urban areas in the world. Portland has the only elected city planning organization in the United States, remains environmentally protective of its natural resources and has widely invested in public transportation, public parks and extensive recycling programs. Portland is also noted for being a remarkably safe town.
According to the U.S. News and World Report Portland is the best place for street food in the world with hundreds of street vendors. The music and arts scene is thriving filled with beer microbreweries, independent movie houses, and the annual World Naked Bike Ride. Portland is strange and their unofficial motto wants to ‘Keep Portland Weird.’
Despite the evolved social stances, public resources and thriving economies, Portland is subject to the same pandemic spreading across the nation: alcohol and narcotics misuse.
A substance use disorder is a chronic disease with similar relapse rates to hypertension and asthma. If you or someone you love is struggling with this illness, please keep reading. Help is here. All you need to do is accept it.
888 Hillhurst Rd. Ridgefield, WA 98642
Finding Help in Portland
Portland Alcohol Rehab Centers and Drug Centers
A substance use disorder isn’t a totally curable disease, but the psychiatric and medical research into the condition has advanced significantly over the past few decades and the stigma of addiction and alcoholism is slowly being dispelled.
There are three main forms of treatment programs that have been proven to be effective in managing this illness: residential, partial hospitalization and outpatient treatment programs. These facilities often share the broad strokes of a regimen for this chronic condition like detoxification, individual and group cognitive behavioral therapy and aftercare fellowships.
Residential treatment programs are also commonly known as inpatient or retreat-based care. During your treatment you will be expected to fully immerse yourself in the life of the facility. You will remain at the clinic throughout the entirety of your therapy and your access to outside influences and temptations will be restricted.
Partial hospitalization programs are less restrictive than residential treatment programs because partial hospitalization requires you to remain on-site only during an agreed upon phase of treatment. Typically, the stage of treatment where you will remain at the facility is during detoxification. Participating in a partial hospitalization program allows a medical team to observe you throughout the vulnerable process of detoxification and offers an extra layer of defense against relapse.
Outpatient treatment programs are highly flexible methods of treatment which provide you with the opportunity to pursue sobriety while maintaining your life’s responsibilities to your family, career or education. At no point will you live at the facility in an outpatient treatment program.
Regardless of whether you select an outpatient, partial hospitalization or retreat-based treatment program, there is a facility that can help you take massive strides to managing your condition and learning how to embrace a sober life.
Detoxification is vital to recovery. There is no way around cleansing your system of the misused narcotics and alcohol if you want to be rehabilitated. That being said, detoxification is simply a step in the process of recovery. The misuse of drugs and alcohol are the symptoms of a substance use disorder, not the root disease. Treating just the symptoms are about as effective as putting your fingers in your ears and sticking your tongue out to push forth rehabilitation.
A substance use disorder is a complex, multifaceted disease with origins in heredity, childhood, personal circumstances, environment and experienced trauma. Stopping ingesting the misused chemicals is great, but unsustainable without the proper attention to the root cause of the substance use disorder. In other words, recovery is a long-term if not life-long commitment.
Recovery Meetings Near You
The vast majority of your recuperation will occur in mutual-aid fellowships like Narcotics Anonymous and SMART Recovery meetings. These support groups are a way for you to learn how to rewire your behavior and responses to the strains, stresses and celebrations of the events that occur in your life.
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Meetings
Alcoholics Anonymous meetings have become an iconic part of the American identity. Flip through the channels on your television and I bet you’ll be able to come across a characteristic of this mutual-aid non-profit organization without difficulty. The familiar statements like, “My name is Sue and I’m an alcoholic,” and the group’s response “hi Sue,” have become part and parcel of our cultural identity. Alcoholics Anonymous was started in 1935 by Dr. Bob Smith and Bill Wilson in Akron, Ohio as a response to their misuse of alcohol. Since then, AA has become the most popular mutual-aid fellowship for substance use disorders in the world.
Come to and Believe
17200 S.E. Stark St.
Portland, OR 97233
Portland Alano Club
909 N.W. 24th Ave.
Portland, OR 97210
St. Philip Neri Catholic Church/Paulist Father’s Center
2408 S.E. 16th Ave.
Portland, OR 97214
Narcotics Anonymous (NA) Meetings
Narcotics Anonymous is a brother organization to Alcoholics Anonymous. Members take the journey along the same 12 steps and abide by the same 12 traditions found in AA. Narcotics Anonymous is a mutual-aid, self-sustaining fellowship for anyone who wants to control the chronic condition of a substance use disorder. Participants take turns offering personal accounts (testimonials) to the whole group concerning their victories and challenges along the road to recovery. Members are encouraged to participate in sponsorships as an additional protection from relapses. Like AA, Narcotics Anonymous has a spiritual foundation but doesn’t affiliate with any particular faith or political institution in order to be an inclusive organization where the only requirement for membership is the desire to stop misusing drugs.
Hour of Power
4200 N.E. MLK Jr. Blvd.
Portland, OR 97211
Grace Presbyterian Church
6025 N.E. Prescott St.
Portland, OR 97218
Women’s Black Belt
2941 N.E. Ainsworth St.
Portland, OR 97211
SMART Recovery Meetings
SMART Recovery is a newer type of mutual-aid fellowship for people with a substance use disorder. SMART is an acronym for self-management and recovery training. During recovery training, SMART Recovery has a four point program which aims to do the following:
- Sustain and reinforce the desire and motivation to remain in rehabilitation and to enhance the desire to abstain.
- Manage impulses and urges in a healthy manner.
- Cope with the behaviors, thought and feelings conducive to your substance use disorder.
- Find a life-style balance that prioritizes long-term satisfactions versus instant gratification.
If you’re interested in a fellowship group that has a scientific and rational foundation instead of a spiritual one, get in contact with the SMART Recovery facilitator before you attend a meeting. This is to insure the group is a good fit for you and to make sure the meeting has an opening for a new member.
1225 N.E. 2nd Ave.
Portland, OR 97232
Volunteers of America Women’s Recovery Center
200 S.E. 7th Ave.
Portland, OR 97214
Legacy Medical Group
2800 N. Vancouver Ave.
Portland, OR 97227
Al-Anon and Nar-Anon Meetings
Al-Anon and Nar-Anon meetings are mutual-aid fellowships for your friends and family. Your loved ones aren’t going through the exact same struggle as you are with a substance use disorder, but they are coping with many difficult circumstances and consequences of this prevalent illness. Al-Anon and Nar-Anon are safe spaces where your family and friends can learn about substance use disorders, find support among people who are experiencing similar situations and discover ways to help themselves and you in coping with the misuse of alcohol and narcotics. Anyone who has been affected by a substance use disorder is welcome at Al-Anon and Nar-Anon meetings.
Early Morning Meditation
Portland Alano Club
909 N.W. 24th St.
Portland, OR 97210
Eastside 11th Step AFG
Dance with Joy Studio
7981 S.E. 17th Ave.
Portland, Or 97202
Strength to Change
St. Vincent’s Hospital
9205 S.W. Barnes Rd.
Portland, OR 97225
The statistics surrounding substance use disorders are sad and can be intimidating, but participating in a treatment program that removes the temptations, enabling situations and people while concentrating on helping you build healthy skills is the best way to get a real shot at rehabilitation. If your circumstances allow you to take a pause from your responsibilities to focus on your health, then take the opportunity to get well.