Center Category: Rehab Centers
Based in Ocean Park, Washington, Free by the Sea offers residential as well as outpatient substance abuse treatment programs for adults aged 18 and above. Situated on five acres in Long Beach peninsula, Washington, Free by the Sea offers its clients’ serene and peaceful setting, which is conducive for addiction recovery.
Free by the Sea campus has three buildings that are set on acres of green sprinkled with flowers and manicured plants. Of the three, two buildings are set aside as living arrangements for residential program clients and the third building is set aside for a sober living facility. These gender-specific buildings have double occupancy rooms with a shared bathroom.
The bedrooms are spacious and feature a sofa, desk, plush carpeting, and queen-sized beds. The center offers fine linens and launders all sheets and towels. Thanks to the 24/7 cleaning crew, the facility is spotless.
Residents are served meals in the dining room, which is located in the men’s living house. An on-site chef prepares the meals using fresh local produce to maintain freshness, quality, and taste. The chef also accommodates requests for diabetic, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free diets.
Clients entering the treatment programs have to undergo screening by a physician – detox is not offered by Free by the Sea. Residential treatment program typically lasts anywhere between 30 and 60 days and includes individual counseling, group therapy, 12-step meetings, educational sessions, and presentations. All group therapy topics are gender-specific.
During individual and group therapies, topics discussed include education about addiction and disease and recovery, anger management, life skills education, relapse prevention, emotional regulation, coping mechanisms, and family dynamics.
The staff utilizes Dialectical Behavior Therapy as a means of stopping negative thinking and identifying and addressing triggers. The treatment team conducts a twice-weekly mental health class for those clients who have trauma, bipolar disorder, and PTSD. Treatment schedules are customized, which means that certain clients might end up attending more individual sessions than others.
Days at the facility are busy and highly structured. Breakfast is served at 7:30 am. The first group session starts at 9:00 am. Lunch is served at 12:30 pm. Another group session is conducted at 2:00 pm.
The clients also attend a twice-weekly 12-step session.
Clients who complete the residential program are offered outpatient services in the form of transitional housing. The transitional living facility is on the same campus and has similar amenities; living and dining. Clients can leave the campus in search of jobs. Depending on the schedule, clients attend outpatient classes either during the daytime or evenings.
The staff at Free by the Sea comprises a psychiatrist, Master’s-level therapists, and substance abuse counselors.
Physical activity is incorporated into the treatment regimen, and clients are encouraged to undertake some form of physical activity during the day.
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