YES House is a residential program operated by Milestones Family Recovery, an Oregon treatment organization that provides services for adults and adolescents. Although dealing with a child’s substance abuse can be harrowing, YES House—”YES” stands for Youth Entering Sobriety—steps in to help through structure, therapy and education, focusing on long-term treatment.
Accommodations and Food
Instead of being housed in an institutional-type facility, clients live in a three-story home in Corvallis, an attractive college town, during their stay. The space resembles a frat house and holds up to 32 clients at a time. An open dorm-like space can be found on the third floor, where clients share a large room filled with twin beds and small dressers. On the second floor, actual bedrooms can be found, shared between three clients at a time. The home also features a living room with a television, a modern kitchen, therapy rooms, a classroom and a dining room.
A cook prepares three meals a day on-site. Clients eat together as a group in the dining room and are expected to participate in the clean up. Special dietary requests and allergies can be accommodated.
Treatment and Staff
Classes cover topics such as relapse prevention, gender identity and smoking cessation while groups focus on life skills, self-esteem, emotions and family dynamics. Each week, clients can participate in an on-site AA/NA meeting, although attendance is optional. Family visits are allowed on weekends while family therapy is held once a week.
From 8 am to 12 pm, clients keep up their general education by attending classes at YES House’s licensed alternative school. The school’s professional teacher accommodates individual needs and credits obtained during treatment can be transferred back to the client’s regular school.
Keeping clients physically active is also a big part of treatment. Trips to a local church gym for structured PE classes are made twice a day.
The staff at YES House consists of a mix of counselors and a clinical supervisor. While there is no psychiatrist on the team, a medical doctor oversees each client’s chart and manages any medication.
Following the completion of residential care, clients can proceed on a variety of outpatient tracks. These programs continue to give structured support during the day while allowing the client to return home to their family.
Residents can go off-site for a sporting event at Oregon State University on weekends.
With a home-style living environment, on-site education and structured therapy, YES House is a good option for adolescents struggling with substance abuse. While this program may not offer holistic alternatives or an extensive amount of one-on-one time, the price is affordable compared to other similar programs throughout the country.
518 SW 3rd St
Corvallis, OR 97333
YES House Cost: $3,600 or sliding scale (30 days). Reach YES House by phone at (541) 753-7801 or by email at [email protected].
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