The Willapa River bisects the town of Raymond, Washington, two hours from both Portland and Seattle and five miles from the Pacific Ocean. Willapa Behavioral Health’s head office is on the quiet side of the river, at the opposite end of downtown, offering outpatient substance abuse and dual diagnosis treatment to adults and adolescents in Raymond and the neighboring town of Long Beach.
Willapa Behavioral Health offers chemical dependency groups to adolescents and adults who are either self-referred or court ordered to attend. When a client first arrives at Willapa, one of the staff members assesses his profile: his psychiatric state, his drug abuse and his situation at work and at home. Treatment and level of care are scheduled accordingly. Clients are placed in an intensive track or standard outpatient program. The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) meets three times a week and outpatient just once.
Every Willapa client is required to have one individual therapy appointment per month, but one-on-one appointments are more frequent in the first months of treatment. The average Willapa client stays between four and six months. In theory, therapeutic groups where clients process their unhealthy habits and strategize for a better sobriety are divided by age, between an adolescent group and an adult group, but not by gender. Mostly, though, there are too few clients to split up group therapy this way. Willapa is 12-step in orientation, but attending meetings as a group is not a part of treatment. There is an AA meeting held at the Raymond office on Wednesdays at 5:30 pm, however, which makes it easy for clients to attend with their peers.
The Raymond office is open Monday to Thursday between 9 am and 7 pm while the office in Long Beach has slightly longer hours, between 8 am and 7 pm Monday through Thursday and on Friday from 8 am to 3 pm. Three times a week Willapa staff takes walk-ins at both locations, for assessment.
In addition to its outpatient programs, Willapa Behavioral Health offers a 24-hour hotline for people in crisis; the people who answer are all professionals who work to help a caller problem solve and, if necessary, refer the caller to an appropriate facility.
There are only a handful of staff members at each office, so joining the Willapa outpatient program hopefully means that a client’s clinical team will be invested in his story and his sobriety. Clients who go to the Raymond office can say that they attend outpatient in the town where Nirvana gave their first concert, so there’s that. The groups are fairly small, so peer bonding is pretty much inevitable. This appears to be no frills treatment, but for local clients, it just might be the ticket.
Willapa Behavioral Health
300 Ocean Ave
Raymond, WA 98577
Long Beach Office
2204 Pacific Ave North
Long Beach, WA 98634
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