FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ’s)
Where is Olalla Guest Lodge?
We are conveniently located in the greater Seattle/Tacoma area and easily accessed via Interstate 5, Highway 16, and/or the Washington State ferry system. We are located about five miles east of Highway 16 on the Kitsap Peninsula between Gig Harbor and Port Orchard. We overlook the water with views of Mt. Rainier. We are located away from the daily hustle and bustle of city living so our patients can re-focus their energy towards healing and self-restoration.
How big is the facility?
The campus is located on about 12 acres, most of it large fields that invite wildlife, such as deer to graze on the grass. We have a main administration building which houses the clinical offices and our large classroom, a dining room, another classroom building and two dormitories (one for the men and one for the women). The setting is very peaceful, with lots of trees and wildlife to enjoy. We have capacity for 47 residents.
Can I smoke at Olalla Guest Lodge?
Yes, however, only in designated smoking areas and not in the buildings. For patients seeking to quit using nicotine, information and resources are made available. Olalla Guest Lodge does not allow the use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) or vape pens on our property by patients or visitors.
Is Olalla Guest Lodge a locked facility?
No, the residents are here all on a voluntary basis and may leave at anytime.
Do you take adolescents?
Yes, adolescent treatment is offered at our outpatient program, Gig Harbor Counseling for youth over age 13. Each patient will complete an assessment and receive recommendations prior to engaging in services. If the patient is in need of chemical dependency / substance abuse treatment (drug or alcohol rehab), the following phases of treatment may be offered, depending upon the ASAM and DSMIV criteria / recommended treatment parameters. read more
What do you do there?
Lectures, group therapy, education films, family services, treatment planning sessions with a counselor and assignments to complete make up the bulk of the time here. Patients have time without structured activities to reflect on their recovery, walk the campus fitness trail, meditate, read, complete assignments, and journal. There is a daily schedule of activities, routine chores to do (such as tidying your room, laundry, etc.), meetings to attend in the evening and family programs/visiting on the weekends. We also have yoga twice per week, plus Reikie & Acupuncture too. We have a huge walking path, basketball court, volleyball, horse-shoes, plus music, arts & crafts and board/card games to keep you busy during your free time.
How long is your residential program?
The path of recovery is ongoing and is unique to each individual. We offer a variable length program (minimum of 21 to 28 days) for those who have never been in residential treatment before and meet the criteria for this level of care; however, each patient is unique and might require more/less care than other patients (some patients stay as long at 90-days). Recovery is a lifelong experience, and as such, patients may be referred on for additional care to address other issues, expand knowledge in another type of treatment setting, need a medical care referral, etc.
What is your recovery rate?
Recovery from addiction is difficult and it is not easy to accurately measure “success.” In the surveys we receive back from our former patients, the data shows that many of our patients stay sober the first year. Some may struggle that first year, but regain sobriety and attain long-term recovery. It is important to note addiction needs to be viewed as any other life-threatening illness—relapse does not signify failure. How one’s quality of life has improved, such as their health, employment, legal, financial, family relations, spiritual, etc. are all indicators of success and if that person continues to focus on recovery and commit to long-term sobriety, the HOPE for recovery remains.
Please call us for more information: 1-800-882-6201