Based in the small city of Port Angeles, Washington (though there are also locations in Aberdeen and Forks), Cedar Grove Counseling offers outpatient-only substance abuse treatment with a focus on the 12-steps. Though it does serve clients who enroll at-will, many of Cedar Grove’s attendees are court-ordered. For these individuals, the facility’s services can range from the full outpatient program to only DUI assessments and drug tests.
Treatment and Staff
Cedar Grove focuses solely on chemical dependency issues, with a basic mixture of group and individual counseling. Clients who select the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) track can expect a schedule of three group sessions a week for three hours a day. With the understanding that clients have work schedules and other commitments, Cedar Grove offers morning sessions on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 am to 12 pm, as well as evening sessions on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. These sessions include family counseling, relapse prevention, addiction-free pain management, anger management and interventions designed for both family and business environments.
The average length of a program at Cedar Grove is six months, but the intensive phase only lasts for the first two. After this, clients begin a scaled-down regimen that takes the form of one 90-minute group session per week. Clients can still receive one-on-one sessions with addiction counselors during that time, though it’s not mandatory; still, it’s recommended they attend at least one of these sessions per month.
As mentioned, Cedar Grove is 12-step oriented and believes strongly in helping clients stay active in AA/NA after they have completed their treatment. To that end, clients are required to attend four 12-step meetings a week in their respective communities. Cedar Grove doesn’t offer dual diagnosis care and thus doesn’t have a psychiatrist on staff, but outside referrals can be made for those in need of additional services. Since there an on-site detox available, all clients must take care of this step as needed before enrolling at Cedar Grove.
Aside from the general outpatient program, Cedar Grove’s services also include the aforementioned court-ordered drug testing, DUI assessments and substance abuse education programs. It also provides drug and alcohol testing through the Department of Transportation for companies required to have it; primarily, these tests are for employees in aviation, trucking, railroads, mass transit and related industries.
Another plus is that Cedar Grove also staffs an MRO (medical review officer), a licensed physician responsible for receiving, reviewing and evaluating the laboratory results of those drug tests. The MRO is also in charge of all randomized screenings, urine tests and hair sample tests. Finally, it’s also worth noting that Cedar Grove plans to add equine therapy and a general education component to the program in the coming months, the latter of which is designed to help clients pursue higher education or complete their GED.
Cedar Grove’s traditional 12-step based program offers a simple, no-frills approach to outpatient recovery. Clients can get the help they need without having to uproot themselves from their jobs and families to do so. While IOP isn’t for everyone, it can often serve as a much cheaper alternative to inpatient recovery. Though the program lacks a dual diagnosis component and may not be the right fit for those with co-occurring disorders, Cedar Grove could still be an option for the right demographic.
Cedar Grove Counseling
221 N Race St
Port Angeles, WA 98362
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