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portland oregonThe Basics

Established in 1979 with a focus on alcohol recovery treatment, Portland’s Central City Concern has grown through the years to become a large, multi-facility organization. CCC provides community and behavioral health resources, including substance abuse recovery, housing aid and employment training. Substance abuse care is available through outpatient programs, with several specific tracks of recovery at various facilities.

Treatment and Staff

Those in need of a medical detox before beginning substance abuse treatment can attend CCC Hooper Detoxification Stabilization Center, a hospital facility which provides four to 10 days of medically assisted services by registered nurses and a physician. From here, clients can be referred one of several CCC substance abuse programs, typically to Eastside Concern, the main outpatient facility.

After meeting with a LADC to determine a schedule of care, clients begin either an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) or a standard outpatient track. Both are comprised of group therapy sessions that meet between one and three times a week (though three are required for IOP). Sessions are available in the morning and evening Monday through Friday and mostly consist of CBT and Motivational Interviewing (MI) techniques. There is no 12-step component to treatment at CCC, though clients can receive information on local meetings if they are interested. There are also no individual therapy sessions provided. Those at CCC should expect a random drug screen once a month during their tenure.

CCC offers a dual diagnosis program at its Old Town Recovery Center, a separate facility located across town. In this program, clients receive both substance abuse and mental health counseling in an outpatient setting, similar to the services at Eastside Concern. The Old Town Recovery Center is staffed with more than 20 mental health professionals. Clients can schedule visits with a staff psychiatrist, get medication management and receive aid in setting up Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) plans.

There is a specific program for mothers or pregnant women in need of substance abuse recovery at CCC called the Letty Owings Center, which offers both outpatient services and education on essential life skills such as budgeting, meal planning and parenting.


Since its inception, Central City Concern has been a major advocate for the homeless and continues to serve these clients with a myriad of specific programs. These include the Community Engagement Program, which seeks to provide housing and medical services, and Housing Rapid Response, which offers emergency services for the homeless with the aid of the Portland Police Bureau, the Department of Community Justice and other local affiliates. CCC also provides an aftercare program which takes the form of several group sessions a month.

In Summary

Given the breadth of its programs and facilities in the Portland area, Central City Concern is a formidable organization when it comes to recovery. Its IOP and outpatient programs can be formatted to meet a variety of specific needs from those with mental health issues to mothers and homeless individuals. In all, clients at CCC can be sure they are aligning themselves with a long-running and trusted organization.

Central City Concern
232 NW 6th Ave
Portland, OR 97209

Central City Concern Cost: $270 (30 days). Reach Central City Concern by phone at (503) 294-1681 or by email at [email protected]. Find Central City Concern on FacebookTwitter, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn

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