A behavioral health nonprofit since 1966, Sound Mental Health’s office for chemical dependency outpatient treatment is in Auburn, Washington, a city 30 minutes south of Seattle by car. The rehab aims to provide a safe place for recovery and encourage positive lifestyle changes for people affected by mental illness and substance abuse.
Treatment and Staff
Sound Mental Health offers integrated substance abuse and dual diagnosis treatment, with clients receiving individualized recovery programs. Although detox is not one of their services, they can make an appropriate referral during the initial assessment. Initial assessments and treatment happen in one of two buildings—the one that houses the adolescent, family and older adult recovery programs, or the other that houses the regular adult program. New clients’ addictions and general well-being are evaluated at the outset and they are then recommended to a particular level of outpatient care.
Clients who need the most attention are enrolled in the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) attending group therapy, three hours a day, from three to five days a week. They also meet with a counselor for individual therapy once a week. Gender-specific groups deal with trauma, relationships and co-dependency. Addiction education, relapse prevention and general health and wellness are also covered. Clients learn healthy coping skills and how to handle real world triggers. Outpatient treatment is a step down in care, with clients meeting for group once a week and seeing their individual counselors twice a month.
Although peer support is an important part of the Sound Mental Health program, clients explore personal challenges and issues in one-on-one therapy that they may not feel comfortable discussing at a group level. Counselors use Motivational Interviewing (MI) to facilitate these sessions. Psychological and psychiatric services are available for co-occurring disorders, with clients receiving treatment concurrently with their substance abuse services.
All the counselors at Sound Mental Health have chemical dependency counseling degrees, but they are not Master’s-level therapists. As a result, some commercial insurance companies will not cover Sound Mental Health for substance abuse treatment.
The STAR program is specialized chemical dependency treatment for the developmentally disabled. Sound Mental Health offers these clients stabilization and outreach services in addition to fun, informative groups and therapeutic activities, using experiential therapies tailored to each client’s needs. This program provides 24/7 crisis support and intensive case management to those who qualify.
Sound Mental Health also offers problem gambling treatment, drug and alcohol classes, DUI support and child and family services. Parent/Child Interaction Therapy, trauma-focused CBT and parenting skills education are used to improve family dynamics.
Sound Mental Health looks like a solid outpatient program for substance abuse, but the auxiliary services—the STAR program, dual diagnosis support, family programming, community outreach for veterans and the homeless—are where it’s at.
Sound Mental Health
4238 Auburn Way North
Auburn, WA 98002
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