Christine has been with Olalla Recovery Centers since 2000. Prior to her work in chemical dependency, Christine worked in the law enforcement and legal field for over ten years. She has a degree in psychology, business administration and human resource management. Christine oversees the organization as directed by the Board of Directors. She has a degree in Psychology, with minors in Business Administration and Human Resource Management.
Outpatient services have been moved to telehealth format. Patients can still seek services through us – just call our outpatient office to set up the appointment (253-851-2552). The services will be done either through telephone communication or via online communication.
This page lists some of the family resources our Family Program facilitator provides during the traditional family program. Since we are not offering this to families right now, I thought it would be helpful to publish the resources for families so they can seek support for themselves while their loved one is in services with us. - Christine Lynch
Due to the Coronavirus concerns, Olalla Recovery Centers is temporarily suspending all open self-help meetings (AA, NA, Al-Anon, Nar-Anon) at Olalla Guest Lodge. We are also suspending our Family Program on Saturday & Sunday and suspending all outside visitation. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this might cause. We are operating under the guidance from health care authorities and are striving to protect the health of our employees and patients during this outbreak. As more information becomes available, we will certainly communicate changes in protocols.
The Coronavirus, COVID-19 situation is rapidly evolving, and we want to share what Olalla Recovery Centers (ORC) is doing now and will continue to do to ensure the safety of our patients and staff.
We are committed to serving our patients throughout this time; however, we are taking an abundance of caution to protect our patients and staff. ORC has implemented screening protocols for all residential and outpatient patients, staff and contractors. We are following the guidelines for screening and infection prevention as listed on the following websites:
- Washington State Health Department
- Centers for Disease Control
- World Health Organization
- Kitsap County Health Department
- Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department
We are screening for fevers, cough, respiratory symptoms, travel to affected areas, and/or exposure to COVID-19. These screening measures allow us to continue delivering care to our patients, while safeguarding the health of our patients and staff.
Staff continue to use our internal housekeeping protocols. In addition, staff are doing extra sanitation activities to help keep our facilities clean and disinfected, especially high touch point areas. Everyone is reminded via signage as well as verbal reminders to wash their hands often and thoroughly and to refrain from touching their face. Everyone is reminded to report any health symptoms immediately, such as fever, cold/flu-like symptoms, cough, body aches, etc.
Although there are no reports of the novel Coronavirus at any of our facilities, our staff is prepared to address any potential cases. We are monitoring the directives and guidelines put forth by the Washington State Health Authority, Washington State Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and our local health officials. In the unlikely event someone is diagnosed with COVID-19, staff are aware of the protocols to get the individual proper care.
In addition to the screening and sanitation measures, we are suspending outside visitation at our facilities. Our clinical team has protocols to help residential patients remain connected to family and loved ones while staying engaged in their recovery work.
We thank you for your patience as we all navigate uncharted waters as it relates to this virus. Information is changing by the hour, but rest assured that ORC leadership is monitoring the situation closely and implementing suggested protocols in an effort to keep us all safe.
Updated March 18, 2020
Storytelling has a strong impact in many areas of everyday life, and recovery is no exception. Sharing someone’s story in a safe environment can have a powerful effect — not only on the person who’s share but also on those who are listening.
Substance Misuse vs. Addiction — What’s the Difference?
Substance misuse is not the same as addiction, but it doesn’t mean it shouldn’t cause concern. While an individual who misuses drugs or alcohol doesn’t require — or qualify for — the same level of treatment as an individual diagnosed with substance use disorder, addressing the early-warning signs may help avert a crisis later.
Entering treatment is a big decision. Your in-patient recovery may challenge you physically, emotionally and spiritually. To help you prepare for what to expect from your daily routine at Olalla Guest Lodge, we put together a short list with some basics.
One of the most difficult steps for individuals struggling with addiction is to recognize that their substance use disorder is adversely impacting their life — and that they need help fighting this disease. This is where loved ones can play a role. An intervention helps friends, family and even colleagues to rally around their loved one and help the individual recognize that it’s time to address the problem.
You’ve probably heard of interventions but if your knowledge is based on Hollywood portrayals, let’s bust some myths first. Unlike the “made for TV” version, a real-life intervention takes time, resources and commitment. Prepare to be patient.
Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.” — Brian Tracy
A growing body of research has found that gratitude has a positive impact on our wellbeing. Being grateful doesn’t just make us happier, but also reduces stress, makes us more resilient and improves our health.
Learning to recognize the early signs can help prevent relapse from happening. One model that helps is called HALT, which stands for hunger, anger, loneliness and tiredness. These four feelings are also potentially high-risk situations that can lead to substance cravings.