Kootenai Behavioral Health’s chemical dependency program is a part of Kootenai Health, a large, community-owned hospital that serves Northern Idaho. The main campus, located in Coeur d’Alene, is a 254-bed facility that provides a wide array of medical and mental health services. The substance abuse program offers an adult only residential program as well as Intensive Outpatient (IOP) services. Through the creation of healthy self-esteem and positive life skills, clients can regain a solid footing in their lives.
Accommodations and Food
The 15-bed residential program at Kootenai Behavioral Health’s chemical dependency is set in a hospital. The facility is new and the unit is clean, with a friendly, knowledgable staff. Basic bedrooms are shared between two same-gender clients, featuring twin sized beds and small dressers. A dining hall, therapy rooms and a common area can be found down the hall from the rooms. Recreation is rather limited at this facility. Clients are able to go for supervised walks but that is the extent of the physical fitness. Smoking is not permitted.
Three meals a day are provided in a dining area separate from the rest of the facility. The food is prepared in the hospital kitchen, so clients shouldn’t expect lavish options. But it is nutritious and special dietary requests can usually be accommodated. Coffee is available in the mornings.
Treatment and Staff
Upon admission, clients at Kootenai Behavioral Health go through a psychiatric evaluation, nursing assessment, physical examination and full psycho-social evaluation. The younger clients also receive recreational and educational assessments. Through these assessments, an individualized treatment plan can be mapped out. Detox is available on-site, but there are only four detox beds so clients are sometimes required to wait up to a month for a spot. Fortunately, those who are admitted for detox are automatically provided a bed in the residential program after an average detox period of five to seven days. Medication-assisted treatment medications, such as Suboxone and methadone, are offered.
The residential program for adults offers short-term treatment for substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. During their 21-day stay, clients partake in daily group therapy and a weekly individual session. Group topics include relapse prevention, anger management, trauma, an introduction to the 12 steps, processing and life skills. Evidence based techniques such as CBT and DBT are used in an effort to help clients to retrain their thinking patterns.
The 18-client IOP program meets three times a week for two hours at a time. This month-long program includes group therapy and weekly individual therapy, following a similar structure to that of the residential program. The 12 steps are introduced through group therapy and clients are highly encouraged to attend local AA/NA meetings during their free time. The total cost for this program is $6,648.
The staff includes board-certified psychiatrists, psychologists, Master’s-level therapists, certified teachers, chemical dependency counselors and nursing staff.
Family participation is an essential component to both the residential and IOP program. Family members are invited for a family program, which includes therapy sessions and multi-family group education nights.
Though Kootenai’s cost is high for a program without any frills, it boasts the most comprehensive chemical dependency treatment in the region. For potential clients looking for a more serious program administered by a wide range of staff members, this could be the spot.
Kootenai Behavioral Health
2003 Koontenai Health Way
Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814
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