Located in Seaside, Oregon, Awakenings by the Sea is a residential treatment center for women seeking recovery. Situated along on Oregon’s rugged coastline, Seaside is known for its salt water taffy, the Lewis and Clark Trail and nearby Haystack Rock, towering 235 feet over the beach. Founded in 2012, Awakenings by the Sea became a women-only program when Executive Director Ann Martin came on board in January 2014, bringing with her more than 30 years of sobriety and 17 years of experience working with The Betty Ford Center.
Accommodations and Food
Awakenings by the Sea is an intimate, 18-bed treatment center, affectionately called “the little yellow house.” The exterior resembles an oversized cottage, complete with shuttered windows and a white picket fence. Inside, the cozy décor is comfortable, clean and welcoming. All sleeping quarters are shared, with floral bedspreads on painted twin wrought-iron frames and soft bedside-table lighting. In addition to sleeping quarters and meals, all treatment takes place in the yellow house, in meeting rooms with comfortable chairs and sofas.
There is no computer for guest use, but there is a TV that clients can watch in the evening after scheduled activities, meetings and chores are completed. On weekends, there is usually a movie night. Residents are allowed to bring iPods, mp3 players and CD players, but no Internet-enabled devices are permitted and personal music players are for use during workouts only. There is a communal telephone, but privileges are reserved for those who have completed a certain amount of recovery work, and can only be used on weekends in increments of 30 minutes.
After clients have been under evaluation for a period of several days and are considered by staff to be “ready,” they may have visitors on Sundays between 12:30 pm and 4:30 pm.
The kitchen has been renovated to accommodate a table large enough to seat all guests and two stoves where meals are prepared by a culinary specialist. Meals are healthy and served family style; specific dietary needs are accommodated. Since this is not a lockdown facility, clients may bring back snacks of their choice from outings, which they keep in their assigned cubby. No eating is permitted in rooms. Sugar and caffeine are allowed, as is smoking—in designated areas.
Treatment and Staff
Awakenings by the Sea offers affordable and comprehensive care using evidence-based methods including therapy, education and the 12 steps. In most cases, treatment begins with on-site detox. With or without detox, clients undergo a comprehensive evaluation to determine their individual treatment needs, after which physical recovery is monitored by a physician, who visits every day, and nursing staff who are on-site 24/7.
At the heart of the Awakenings by the Sea program are the 12 steps and clients attend daily meetings. Some meetings are held on-site, though residents leave the premises frequently for outside meetings and supervised outings. Clients choose from a 30-, 60- or 90-day treatment track.
The first 30 days (Phase 1) involves a complete analysis by the medical, psychological, nursing and therapy staff. Clients then begin integrating daily individual and group therapy, lectures, a family program and a nutritional program that includes exercise and yoga. The 60-day track (Phase 2) introduces the Recovery Enrichment Program led by Martin. Clients work on a personalized action plan for relapse prevention, as well as identifying triggers and patterns. It is also during this phase of recovery that residents complete steps four and five in their 12-step work. During the 90-day track (Phase 3, clients address attitudes, behavior, reactions and resentments that hinder their familial relationships and recovery. Phase 4 of treatment is aftercare; clients can continue meeting at the little yellow house three-to-five nights a week to help them transition back to their daily lives.
The staff consists of certified addiction counselors, registered nurses and a medical doctor.
Weekly yoga classes are offered on the premises. For other exercise, access to the gym up the street is complimentary. Outings are also arranged—hiking, runs and beach-walks—on a regular basis.
There is a two-day weekend family program focusing on addiction, relapse and family recovery, that includes lectures given by treatment specialists and physicians.
A nice touch at Awakenings by the Sea is the plush spa bathrobe and welcome kit placed with care on each guest’s bed upon check-in.
Overall, this cozy treatment center focuses on life skills, an introduction to the 12 steps and relapse prevention. With plenty of creature comforts and a professional staff to provide personal care, women seeking a fresh start in a serene setting should definitely consider this program.
Awakenings by the Sea
1325 N Holladay Dr
Seaside, OR 97138
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