“ The secret of Crisis management is not good vs bad, it’s preventing the bad from getting worse.” ~Andy Gilman

CRISIS – danger or opportunity?

Immediate Support

  • Call 911 for medical or mental health emergencies.

Non life-threatening Support

Non life-threatening Support Information


Scared?  Not sure what to do?  There are individuals willing to share their experiences and offer support…don’t think about it just reach out!

Starting Place and Suggested Reading for Parents, Individuals, and Family

  • Action Plan – Assess for risk of harm.
  • Treatment Research Institute with PartnershipTM for Drug-Free Kids to create science-informed tools for parents struggling to protect children from the dangers of alcohol and drugs Resources for Families.
  • Time to Act! is an online resource consisting of science-based guidance when parents know or suspect their children are drinking or taking drugs. Follow important steps if You Think Your Child is Using or if You Know Your Child is Using.
  • Prepare to Take Action if You Suspect Teen or Young Adult Drug Use.
  • Partnership for Drug-Free Youth.  Realizing that your teen or young adult child needs help for his or her substance use can be scary and overwhelming.
  • Enabling your adult addicted child?
  • A soft place to land for battle weary parents, Conduct Disorders forum.  We are a group of parents who are raising challenging children. Our kids have many different issues and diagnoses, but they all can be oppositional, defiant and resistant to parenting. We are committed to helping our children grow and flourish. This can be a hard road and the support of other parents who have dealt with similar issues can save your sanity. Parents often stumble upon our forum while searching the internet for information to help their child. Faced with the challenges of raising a difficult child they often find themselves feeling helpless, confused, deserted, exhausted, useless and guilty. This site offers a place to share experiences with other parents in similar situations: you are not the first parent to face these challenges and you will not be the last.

What to do if you suspect your child is using drugs/alcohol and understanding how to educate ourselves on the disease of Substance Use Disorder then what?

Engage, educate and find support!

Getting Educated

  • Family Resource Center. Research has clearly demonstrates that substance use disorders are chronic medical illnesses, with biological, social, and behavioral components. And like other chronic medical illnesses (i.e. Type-II Diabetes) substance use disorders and addiction are best managed with an appropriate combination of clinically proven approaches that include prevention, early intervention, treatment and continuing care.
  • SAMHSA, How to tell if your child is drinking alcohol.
  • Addiction Policy Forum. Addiction is a complex but treatable disease, and with a combination of integrated care, evidence-based treatment, and a short and long-term plan, recovery is an ever-more attainable goal. Learn more about how to find treatment, the various kinds, and levels of treatment available, and how to support yourself or your loved ones as they begin their road to recovery.
  • National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD).  Addiction is a disease, learn about it.
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Learn how health care professionals address common mental illnesses and substance use disorders and how SAMHSA helps people access treatments and services.

Treatment, Intervention Specialists, and Educational Consultants what are they and do I need one?

Treatment Specialist

Treatment specialist takes a patient-first approach to finding the best program that meets the client’s needs, taking into consideration single or multiple diagnosis, specialty programming, location, insurance and out of picket costs. 
  • Casey Palmer, MS, CADC III, QMHP
    Alcohol &Drug Behavioral Needs Care Coordinator
    Clackamas County Behavioral Health Division
    Direct 503.742.5968

Educational Consultant

  • Educational Connections helps families locate the most appropriate educational and therapeutic options for their children.

Intervention Specialists

The key duty of an alcohol/drug interventionist is to help family and friends convince their loved one to seek treatment. The interventionist acts as an objective third party during an intervention, supporting the family as it confronts the person suffering from substance use disorder in a firm, but loving manner.
  • Compassionate Interventions, Our goal in an intervention is to not only get the addict into treatment, but also to support the family so the addict’s behavior changes while in treatment are supported in a healthy, positive way once they complete treatment and return to the social group.
  • Leslie Koralek, PhD, CADC III, don’t go through it alone reach out today:  503-407-4885

Treatment, Residential/Sober Living, Detox Facilities and understanding health insurance.

Take your time, ask questions - educate!


  • In-Patient, Acute Care
    • Cedar Hills Hospital has been dedicated to helping people with mental illness and/or addiction to drugs and alcohol since 2009.  
  • evoke Therapy Programs, Helping Teen, Young Adults, and Families.  
  • Residential / Intensive Inpatient
    • Hazelden Bettyford, committed to helping you get your life back from addiction.
    • Serenity Lane, a private, not-for-profit treatment center for alcohol and other drug addictions. We offer inpatient / residential and outpatient services to adults 18 years and older. We also offer clinical assessments, special family programs, long-term treatment and recovery support for a full year.  
    • Astoria Point.  Immediately calming to nerves—the views of the river and the kind staff put you at ease. Being here is like a breath of fresh air, and it feels like a new chapter in life is starting.
    • Madrona Recovery.  Offering services that support youth through both mental health and chemical dependency issues within a co-occurring focused program.
    • Gray Wolf Ranch.  The community at large envelops each individual so the relationships and connections he makes during his time at Gray Wolf empower him to live a healthy, happy, purposeful, and meaningful life.  Primary, Extended, and Family care, also sober living.
    • The Sierra Tucson Model® of treatment recognizes a simple truth: all of us exist as mind, body, spirit, and emotions. Only when the whole person is treated—not just the symptoms, but the underlying problems—can positive outcomes be lasting.
    • Duffy’s Rehab as a family business for a family problem.” As a rehab run by the Duffy family today, we understand what the family is going through, and we tailor our curriculum to meet the needs of the family during the treatment process. In addition to family visiting days on Saturday, we offer family counseling sessions between you and your loved one.
    • Kootenai Health, The adult chemical dependency program is a 16-bed intensive inpatient program providing a medical model of rehabilitation. This 21-day program focuses on addiction, education, spirituality, relapse prevention skills and client and family strengths to assist the client in continued sobriety. Therapies include group, individual, family, education, and recreation.
    • Foundations Recovery Network’s mission is to be the leader in evidence-based, integrated treatment for co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders through clinical services, education, and research. Our vision is to be the best at delivering effective, lasting treatment and providing superb experiences across our continuum of care in all places.
  • Intensive Out-Patient (IOP) / PHP
    • Oregon Trail Recovery, an intensive outpatient program for individuals struggling with substance abuse. 
    • A Better Today’s Portland facility offers the best outpatient care possible. If you are ready to take steps toward giving up drugs and alcohol, our outpatient programs can be a good follow-up to an inpatient detox and rehab stint that was completed. Our Portland center also serves a great way to complete court-ordered substance abuse counseling hours.
    • Klean, Located in a few places in Oregon, our facility will offer all levels of outpatient services. We offer many treatment options for those looking for a program that will fit into a busy schedule.
    • Tree House Recovery (men), Tree House Recovery is dedicated to achieving complete and lasting recovery. Our distinctive approach revolves around working to heal the person as a whole, not just the symptoms of addiction. 
    • NW Family Services, Transitions is a substance abuse treatment agency providing prevention, education, and outpatient services. Our mission is to support family stability and child well-being. 
    • Crestview Recovery is an Oregon drug rehab center and alcohol rehab center here to help when you are looking for an experienced rehabilitation center offering individualized addiction treatment programs.
    • Recovery Works NW, trained and licensed in OBOT (Office-Based Opioid Treatment), our team has the right set of skills to help you recover from your opioid or alcohol dependency. 
    • Kootenai Health, Intensive outpatient services (IOP) are available for adults (ages 18 and older). This comprehensive treatment approach includes a thorough assessment, which provides the basis for goal-oriented treatment planning. Group meetings are offered three nights weekly. Topics include relapse prevention, family issues, addiction education and 12-step work in both co-ed and gender-specific formats.

Residential & Sober Living in Portland

  • Provide housing for people who have just come out of treatment (or recovery centers) and need a place to live that is structured and supporting for those in recovery.
  • Sober Living Oregon, is focused on providing safe, well-structured living environments as an effective transition program from active alcoholism and chemical dependency. 
  • Bold Recovery is a sober living program for young men ages 18-35. Our program and main house is located in Cascade Locks, OR, just a short drive from Hood River.
  • Frontier Recovery Housing – Beaverton.  A brotherhood of 18+ year old males bound by a common goal: to rebuild broken lives free from alcohol, drugs, and all other mind-altering substances. 
  • Mountain View Recovery Co-ed housing. Contact Rick 503-936-2060 or Zack 503-206-4501.
  • Fresh Start Housing For men and women, west side of town. Contact Jen 503-713-7222.
  • Come Rest Awhile Women, Lake Oswego. Contact Ildi 503-635-0102.
  • Peace of Joe For women, in Hillsboro. Contact Holly 971-217-3162. 
  • Fairhaven Recovery Homes Men & women, Faith-based. 503-995-9023 
  • My Sober Roommate. Sobriety can be hard. Finding a like-minded roommate shouldn’t be.
  • Oxford Houses – Both men’s and women’s houses in the tri-county area. 

Detox Facilities

  • Pacific Crest Trail Detox, LLC aims to provide a superior quality of care in a comfortable setting so that our clients can begin their journey into recovery and overcome their chemical dependencies.

Health Insurance

  • The Kennedy Forum:  Access to mental health, eating disorder, and addiction care is your right.
    • Parity Registry. If your health plan denied services, there are ways to fight back.
    • Step-by-step Guide to Fighting Back.
    • To find resources in your state for consumer advocates, health plan contracts, state regulators, federal regulators or veteran and military resources, click here and find your state.
  • HealthCare.gov. 2018 Health Coverage – Health Insurance Marketplace.
  • Kaiser Family FoundationHealth Care, Policy and more.
  • American Addiction Centers, Types of Health Insurance Coverage.

Mental Health/Trauma Resources

Information & Local Supports


  • NAMI National Alliance on Mental Illness is a support and advocacy association for those with mental illness. They offer support groups, resources, and education classes on mental health:
  • Unity, Center for Behavioral Health.  We are a 24-hour behavioral and mental health services center located in the greater Portland metropolitan area. We provide immediate psychiatric care and a path to recovery for people experiencing a mental health crisis.
  • GetTrainedToHelp.com, If you found yourself with a friend, neighbor, co-worker, or student in the middle of a mental health or emotional crisis, would you know how to help? Do you coach young people, assist the elderly, or work with the public? What do you do after asking “Are you okay?”
  • Oregon Family Support Network, providing support groups and education to families with a strong advocacy component.
  • Trauma Informed Care Oregon, serves as a centralized source of information and resources and coordinates and provides training for healthcare and related systems.
  • DIY Advocacy Center, Helping parents advocate for their families and to overcome barriers to behavioral health care.  Developed to share knowledge, tools, and a practical process with families of children with behavioral challenges.  The Center was founded upon the belief that you know your child best and given the right plan and process, you will make decisions best suited to your family’s unique needs.
  • Help Kids Cope, National Child Traumatic Stress Network, established to improve access to care, treatment, and services for traumatized children and adolescents exposed to traumatic events.
  • Youth Suicide Warning Signs.  Youth, healthcare professionals, parent/caregivers, gatekeepers.  There is hope and help.
  • Parker Bounds Johnson Foundation – Provide information to families about available therapeutic programs.
  • Collaborative Problem Solving, Children will do well if they can!
  • Trillium Family Services is Oregon’s largest provider of mental and behavioral healthcare for children and families.  We are the only provider in Oregon offering a full continuum of children’s mental and behavioral health services.
    • Keep Oregon Well, in schools program, creates a safe environment that promotes the discussion of mental health and provides a platform for adapting it to a multitude of social learning environments.
    • Trillium’s Intensive Community Treatment Services and Intensive Outpatient for children and their families include individual therapy, family therapy, medication management, and skills training. Services can be provided in the therapist’s office, the community, or in the family home, depending on the need and preferences of the team. These services are provided to families with the hope of keeping children in their homes. Staff is also available on a 24-hour basis to provide crisis support to the child and the family.
  • Heart of the City – Wilsonville, purpose through connecting people, promoting health and wellness, expressing compassion and care, and providing personal development by maximizing resources via strategic partners.
  • Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator, (SAMHSA) a confidential and anonymous source of information for persons seeking treatment facilities in the United States or U.S. Territories for substance abuse/addiction and/or mental health problems.
  • Conduct Disorders, A soft place for parents to land.  We are a group of parents who are raising challenging children. Our kids have many different issues and diagnoses, but they all can be oppositional, defiant and resistant to parenting. We are committed to helping our children grow and flourish. This can be a hard road and the support of other parents who have dealt with similar issues can save your sanity. Parents often stumble upon our forum while searching the internet for information to help their child. Faced with the challenges of raising a difficult child they often find themselves feeling helpless, confused, deserted, exhausted, useless and guilty. This site offers a place to share experiences with other parents in similar situations: you are not the first parent to face these challenges and you will not be the last.
  • Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP) is an experiential therapy administered by a licensed mental health professional and a certified equine specialist to address specific psychotherapy treatment goals. Horses willingly participate in these individual or group sessions giving the client a holistic treatment experience.
  • Central City Concern is a nonprofit agency serving single adults and families in the Portland metro area who are impacted by homelessness, poverty, and addictions.

Legal Systems & Support

  • Reynolds Defense Firm (Attorney & Blue Binder Project) – DUI or criminal Charges.
  • Parrot Creek, Youth Diversion provides youth involved in the juvenile justice system and their families with the tools, skills and emotional support they need to address negative behavioral patterns and get back on the right path to success.
  • Clackamas County Alcohol & Drug Evaluation.  Our office provides clients with Court ordered drug and alcohol evaluations for Clackamas County.  We specialize in DUI cases.  Our clients are provided with knowledge of the DUI process and assigned a treatment center.


  • Donny Wright, CADC, West Linn.  Family & Substance Abuse Counseling, (503) 320-9190
  • Foundations Counseling & Consultation, LLC, – Oregon City. Provides Mental Health Services to children, adolescents, adults, and families.  We begin by providing a comprehensive individual or family assessment to include treatment recommendations.  Further, Foundations provides comprehensive Alcohol & Drug assessments to adolescents and young adults and provides education and treatment services.
  • Amy Holbrook, Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CADCIII.  It can often feel like a brave step to decide to go to therapy. I specialize in recovery– from old patterns that no longer serve you, problems with anxiety or depression, addiction, grief and relationships that are changing. Perhaps you are not sure what you need but you know something is just not quite right…Psychotherapy can be an opportunity to think carefully about your life, your history and what you hope for with a trained listener who can help you navigate and help you figure important things out.
  • Western Psychological and Counseling Services, PC (Western) was established in 1986 to provide quality outpatient mental health, Chemical Dependency, and EAP services in an effective and efficient manner:
  • Counseling Services of Portland – Addiction.
  • Safe Journey’s, offer a variety of counseling and coaching services.  Oregon State approved outpatient DUII Treatment Program, we provide our clients with all services surrounding the DUII program.
  • Counseling Services of Portland, Provide expert support and advice in a safe, nurturing environment for Children, Teens, and parents.
  • Therapists in Lake Oswego, OR general
  • Therapists in West Linn, OR general
  • Therapists in Wilsonville, OR general


Bullying, Sexual Assault, and more: Help and Support

  • Always remember that you can text START to 741741 to chat 24/7 with a live, trained counselor at Crisis Text Line & Crisis Text Line Resources.
  • BullyBust, is designed to help students and adults become “upstanders”—people who stand up to bullying and become part of the solution to end harmful harassment, teasing, and violence in our nation’s schools.
  • Cyberbullying Research Center. This is a constantly updated list of contact information for social media apps, gaming networks, and related companies – so you know where to get help for bullying, harassment, threats, and other forms of misuse.
  • SafeBAE is a student-focused, survivor-driven organization whose mission is to raise awareness about sexual assault in middle and high schools and student’s rights under Title IX. SafeBAE is focused on preventing dating violence and sexual assault by giving students the tools to change peer culture, end harassing re-victimization and advocate for consent and safe relationship education.
  • HEAR, Helping Everyone Achieve Respect.  Parents, educators, students, and research-based bullying prevention programs for the classroom that challenge students to adopt respectful personal behavior and active bullying intervention.
  • PTSD Parent, Educating, supporting, inspiring.  Parenting is tough, you are not alone.