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Originally founded in 1987 as the Eugene Family Institute, the Center for Family Development aims to foster healthy families and safe home environments. They provide adult and adolescent alcohol and drug treatment services, as well as specialized mental health outpatient counseling. The Center for Family Development has four outpatient locations, all in Eugene, Oregon.

Treatment and Staff

In their adult recovery program, individualized plans are created for each client which incorporate the family. In addition to individual therapy, family therapy, addiction education and relapse prevention, several different support groups are also available. These include the Tools for Recovery group, a psycho-educational session covering the physiological, psychological and social consequences of substance abuse, and the Recovery Concepts group, which is dedicated to teaching the skills to survive early recovery.

Aside from the above, there’s also the Women’s Recovery group and the Tobacco Cessation group. The program at the Center for Family Development is not considered Intensive Outpatient (IOP); there is no fixed schedule or set amount of hours. In general, clients meet with a therapist once or twice a week and attend two or three groups as well, depending on their schedules. Group sessions are each two hours long.

The Youth Recovery program at Center for Family Development has been recognized as one of five exemplary programs for youth substance abuse in the state. They implement a combination of individual, family and multi-family therapy. The end goal is for families to establish love, support and emotional openness within their relationships. They also facilitate behavioral support specialist services, which help participants learn emotional awareness in stressful situations, the importance of authority figures and self-esteem building. Most clients attend the multi-family session (which lasts two hours) with their parents or guardians at least once a week.

As a mental health facility, support for co-occurring disorders is available; detox and 12-step work, on the other hand, are not. Still, the facility recognizes and encourages the important role these meetings can play in recovery as a supplement to therapy.

Doctoral and Master’s-level therapists supervised by social workers and psychologists make up the bulk of the staff at Center for Family Development. Two psychiatrists and a psychiatric nurse practitioner lead all the mental health services.


The Center for Family Development has an outpatient clinic for mental health devoted to familial issues and transitions. Therapists here are experts in divorce, grief, child abuse and step-family acclimation. There are also community support services available like Mind-Body Awareness workshops, yoga and Tai Chi.

Having partnered with Springfield Family Physicians, the Center for Family Development also helps to run Pearl Street Health Home. This facility provides integrated primary care services including blood work, physicals and pediatric care, as well as behavioral health care. They also have a training clinic where clients can receive their therapy through interns at a significantly reduced rate.

In Summary

Overall, the Center for Family Development offers a number of options for substance abuse treatment, and has the resources to help those with co-occurring mental health issues. For a relatively small, community-oriented rehab, they have an impressive staff and a comprehensive program.

Center for Family Development Location

Center for Family Development
1258 High St
Eugene, OR 97401

Center for Family Development Cost

Sliding scale. Reach the Center for Family Development by phone at (541) 342-8437 or by email.

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