Olalla Recovery Centers - Gig Harbor Counseling

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Olalla Recovery offers an outpatient program that provides confidential, thorough comprehensive assessments to evaluate an individual’s progression with addiction. Olalla Recovery services are conducted in a small, private, family oriented setting. Olalla Recovery is located at Gig Harbor, Washington.

Olalla Recovery Centers - Gig Harbor Counseling Focus:

Substance Abuse

Substance Abuse Treatment Centers focus on helping individuals recover from substance abuse, including alcohol and drug addiction (both illegal and prescription drugs). They often include the opportunity to engage in both individual as well as group therapy.


The goal of treatment for alcoholism is abstinence. Those with poor social support, poor motivation, or psychiatric disorders tend to relapse within a few years of treatment. For these people, success is measured by longer periods of abstinence, reduced use of alcohol, better health, and improved social functioning. Recovery and Maintenance are usually based on 12 step programs and AA meetings.

Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment

Many of those suffering from addiction also suffer from mental or emotional illnesses like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, or anxiety disorders. Rehab and other substance abuse facilities treating those with a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorder administer psychiatric treatment to address the person's mental health issue in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation.

Rehab Services:

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) | SAMHSA

Dependence or addiction to opioids is treated in a similar fashion to other drug and alcohol addictions, with an eye towards helping the body detox safely before other treatment commences. The residential/inpatient and outpatient programs accept patients on opiate substitution protocols, such as Suboxone® and Vivitrol® and work with area providers and facilities to help stabilize patients prior to and after receiving services.

Buprenorphine used for Detox and Treatment

Buprenorphine (brand name Subutex, among others) is an opioid medication used to treat opioid addiction. Buprenorphine can prevent or significantly reduce withdrawal symptoms, making it easier to get and stay off opioids. Sometimes used alongside naloxone, dosage depends on the severity of each case. Many people stay on buprenorphine long-term, although some gradually reduce the dosage to come off it.


VIVITROL® is an injectable prescription medicine used to treat alcohol and opioid dependence. Administered only with medical approval, VIVITROL blocks opioid receptors in the brain, which helps reduce cravings and prevent relapse. VIVITROL is non-addictive and extended-release, so it only needs to be taken once a month. Before starting VIVITROL, you must be opioid-free for at least 7-10 days in order to avoid sudden opioid withdrawal symptoms.

Psychotropic Medication

Psychotropic medications (aka psychodynamic medication) are any medicines used specifically to affect and/or alter a patient's mind, emotions, and behaviors. Such psychiatric medicines are often used to change chemical levels in the brain that impact a person's mood and behavior. These medications include mood stabilizers, antidepressants, anti-ADHD drugs, and anti-anxiety medications.

What does Olalla Recovery Centers - Gig Harbor Counseling offer?

Intensive Outpatient (IOP)

They provide intensive outpatient counseling, relapse prevention, substance abuse, education groups, aftercare groups, etc. They tailor treatment programs to address a variety of issues related to family dynamics, meet any legal or employer issues, including DUI/DOL requirements, divorce, child custody, school or educational issues for Washington State as well as other jurisdictions.

Outpatient (OP)

Outpatient programs are for those seeking mental rehab or drug rehab, but who also stay at home every night. Gig Harbor Counseling, the outpatient program provides confidential, thorough comprehensive assessments to evaluate an individual’s progression with addiction. High quality treatment services are conducted in a small, private, family oriented setting.

Intervention Services

Interventions are approaches to help chemically dependent individuals recognize the consequences of their use while becoming willing to accept treatment and enter successful recovery. Interventions require committed family members, friends and colleagues to address the history, behaviors and feelings associated with the chemically dependent person’s use. Their interventionist will welcome any call, and explain types of interventions, provide with literature related to interventionists, and with resources in the community. The original and most successful model of intervention is the Johnson Model, which involves meeting with family, friends and colleagues and their interventionist.

Treatment Types:

Holistic Treatment

They offer treatment and recovery techniques that help align the mind, body and spirit through inner connectedness including a multi-disciplinary approach to the treatment of alcohol and drug addiction. They believe in treating the whole patient, by using the best treatment modalities: Acupuncture for stress, anxiety, detoxification, etc., yoga and meditation to relax both mind & body, nutrition lectures and presentations by our psychologist as well as Native American cultural and spiritual based recovery choices.

Individualized Treatment

Comprehensive Assessments are conducted at both locations. They assess each patient to determine their progression with the disease and to determine the appropriate level of care for the patient. Once assessed, the patient and clinical team develop an individual service plan for the patient to begin the journey towards recovery. Each patient is different and those differences are embraced at Olalla Recovery Centers. They tailor treatment planning to meet each patient at their stage of readiness for recovery. Patients will meet with their primary counselor to identify the issues that brought them into treatment and develop a successful plan for on-going recovery once they have completed the treatment process.

Aftercare Support

Each patient will develop relapse prevention tools based on the Gorski Model® to help them maintain sobriety in their recovery process once they leave our facilities. Patients are usually referred on for further care to continue the recovery journey and to address any other issues/concerns identified while in treatment. This can include outpatient addiction treatment, medical care, possibly mental health/behavioral health care, job training, etc.) If a patient resides in the Pierce/Kitsap and/or Gig Harbor area, they can continue their addiction treatment at their outpatient program in Gig Harbor, Gig Harbor Counseling, or we will try to find a program close to the patient’s home. They offer ongoing activities and support for their alumni, called Spirit Mountain Alumni.

Therapies Offered:

Family Therapy

Both locations see the importance of family within the disease of addiction. The patient is not the only one experiencing the issues and problems of addiction – the entire family is in need of assistance. This is why we encourage families to participate in our Family Program at either location. Families are an integral part of the recovery process for patients and healing for everyone involved is vital. Family services are included in our program offerings.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a therapy modality that focuses on the relationship between one's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It is used to establish and allow for healthy responses to thoughts and feelings (instead of unhealthy responses, like using drugs or alcohol). CBT has been proven effective for recovering addicts of all kinds, and is used to strengthen a patient's own self-awareness and ability to self-regulate. CBT allows individuals to monitor their own emotional state, become more adept at communicating with others, and manage stress without needing to engage in substance abuse.

Individual Therapy

Patients meet routinely with their primary counselor to identify barriers to recovery, develop specific treatment plans, relapse issues, sober support guidance, etc. – all to help the patient maintain sobriety as they continue to face day-to-day life challenges while in treatment.

Group Therapy

Group therapy is any therapeutic work that happens in a group (not one-on-one). There are a number of different group therapy modalities, including support groups, experiential therapy, psycho-education, and more. Group therapy involves treatment as well as processing interaction between group members.

Couples Therapy

As with their family program offerings, patients sometimes have issues with their partner in recovery. They are here to help. Sessions will focus on the issues (helping the partner seek resources for their own education of the disease, support for them, etc.) and to determine if outside assistance from a specialist may be necessary (such as a marriage counselor).

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR is a therapeutic modality originally developed to help process trauma. In an EMDR session, a patient is prompted to undergo eye movements that mimic those of REM sleep. This is accomplished by watching a therapist's finger move back and forth across, or following a bar of light. The goal is repetitive sets of eye movements that help the brain reprocess memory, which can significantly reduce the intensity of remembered traumatic incidents. Associated memories can heal simultaneously, leaving patients significantly calmer, more stable, and more emotionally relaxed.

Experiential Therapy

Experiential therapy is a form of therapy in which clients are encouraged to surface and work through subconscious issues by engaging in real-time experiences. Experiential therapy departs from traditional talk therapy by involving the body, and having clients engage in activities, movements, and physical and emotional expression. This can involve role-play or using props (which can include other people). Experiential therapy can help people process trauma, memories, and emotion quickly, deeply, and in a lasting fashion, leading to substantial and impactful healing.

Creative Arts Therapy

Creativity is inherently healing, and can help those in recovery express thoughts or feelings they might not otherwise be able to. Creative arts therapy can include music, poetry/writing, painting, sculpting, dance, theater, sandplay, and more. Unlike traditional art, the final product matters far less than the experience of creation and expression itself.


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  • Private Health Insurance
  • Medicaid
  • Treatment financing available
  • Cash, Credit or Debit card accepted

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