Blue Mountain Counseling is a private nonprofit outpatient drug and alcohol treatment center located in the small city of Dayton, Washington. Tucked in the southeast corner of Washington state, picturesque Dayton boasts 90 historic buildings in the National Register of Historic Places and the oldest train depot in the state of Washington. Blue Mountain offers an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), individual therapy an alcohol and drug information school and referrals to a detox or inpatient treatment facility.
Treatment and Staff
The IOP is eight weeks long. Attendance at AA/NA is mandatory—each week, clients have to attend a minimum of two meetings and provide proof of participation. At the end of each week, there is an individual therapy session to discuss issues that clients may not wish to share with the group.
Week one of IOP focuses on education about chemical dependency and recovery groups. Week two addresses denial and introduces clients to Step One and individual therapy with a counselor. Weeks three and four consist of book study, spirituality and Higher Power concepts, cravings and triggers, HIV/AIDS and nutrition. Clients are required to find a sponsor and work Step Two and Step Three.
Week five brings in families and educates clients and their loved ones about co-dependency and the impact of addiction on the family dynamic. Week six challenges the client to experience emotions naturally and learn new ways to cope with them and address stress management and anger management. Finally, weeks seven and eight wrap things up with learning about character defects, acquiring relapse prevention tools and preparing for graduation from the program.
Aside from staying sober, clients are expected to keep all appointments and arrive in a timely manner. Staff must be notified 24 hours in advance if there is a cancellation. Clients are dismissed after three unexcused absences from group. Random drug tests may be administered by the staff.
Bachelor’s- and Master’s-level therapists, case managers, certified alcohol and drug counselors (CADC) and one physician are on staff at Blue Mountain.
Blue Mountain also offers mental health and developmental disability care. Additionally, alcohol and drug information school is available for those who are court-ordered because of a DUI. Partnering with Dayton General Hospital, it also has a 24-hour crisis response service.
Blue Mountain offers a rigorous, affordable, 12 step-based IOP. As one of the only treatment facilities in a very small town, they have developed a great reputation in the community. Based on this, their program often has a wait list.
Blue Mountain Counseling
221 E Washington St
Dayton, WA 99328
Blue Mountain Counseling Cost: $150 (intake and assessment), additional costs are based on type of care. Reach Blue Mountain Counseling by phone at (509) 382-1164. Find Blue Mountain Counseling on Facebook
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