Transformations Wellness Center is nestled in the outskirts of Klamath Falls, Oregon, a small city with a population of roughly 20,000 in the southern part of the state. The facility offers long-term residential treatment using CBT and DBT, all with a focus on dual diagnosis care.
Accommodations and Food
Transformations houses men and women in two separate facilities. The women’s beds are in the main house, which also contains a kitchen, dining area, living room and classrooms. Men sleep in a separate facility behind the main house, with dorm-style accommodations. The men’s facility has two bedrooms with five to six beds to a room, and one shared bathroom. All rooms come with twin beds and simple furniture.
The women’s rooms are similar, all located on the top floor of the main house. Despite the separate housing, men and women mingle in meals and group. While there is space for 25 total clients at the facility, the average number is usually closer to 20 (though it’s often as few as 12). There is a chef on staff who prepares three hot meals a day for residents, all served in the main house’s dining area.
Treatment and Staff
While Transformations does not follow the 12-step based foundation of care utilized at many facilities, it still emphasizes a spiritual component to recovery and often helps clients find local 12-step meetings after their stay is over. Still, the main thrust of the treatment is changing the thought patterns that fuel addictive behaviors.
Days start early with a 6:30 am wake-up call and a period of morning prayer or devotion. After breakfast and a brief exercise session, group therapy and educational classes begin at 9:30 am and last an hour, with a break for lunch at 12:30 pm. These classes address topics like anger management, self-esteem, grief, life skills, nutrition and more. After a final group session after dinner, residents enjoy free time to play cards, work on homework, write letters home or socialize. The days end with lights out at 10:30 pm.
There is no psychiatrist on staff at Transformations, but rather licensed counselors and mental health therapists. There’s also no medical doctor on-site, though Transformations can schedule visits for clients as needed. Transformations does not offer a medical detox on-site, though it does provide a social detox for residents whose withdrawal symptoms can be managed within their facility (these assessments are made during initial intake sessions).
Transformations has a transitional care program for those who complete the 90-day residential program. Inclusion in this program is dependent on each resident finding employment and some association with a local 12-step or church organization.
There’s an on-site rec room at Transformations located behind the men’s housing which contains basic exercise equipment. Residents also go on walks in the surrounding acres of forest behind the facilities. Since stays at Transformations are relatively long, the staff makes an effort to take clients on trips. Every week, residents make a run with staff to a local store for toiletries and supplies, and every other week there’s a trip to the local library. Once a month, Transformations sponsors a group trip, which depending on the weather can include picnicking, bowling or catching a movie.
Cost, duration and organization: these are the strengths of Transformations Wellness Center. While lacking the 12-step core that many recovery institutions ascribe to, Transformations offers a highly structured environment. Transformations definitely fulfills a vital need for addicts living in southern Oregon.
Transformations Wellness Center
3647 Highway 39
Klamath Falls, OR
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