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NorthStar Center

Young Adult Program

NorthStar Center Program Information

Gender: Coeducational
Ages: 17.5 to 24
Grades: High School Diploma/GED/College
Estimated Enrollment: 42
Length of Stay:
Program was founded in: 1991
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NorthStar Center Contact Information

Address:
PO Box 1387
Bend, OR 97709
Phone: (866) 313-7580
Fax: (541) 385-0997
Email: cstrowd@northstarcenter.com
Website: www.northstarcenter.com
School Contact: Chesley Strowd
Alternative Contact: Sean Fievet
Therapy Provided?: Yes

Program Description:

The NorthStar Center is an extended-care substance abuse recovery program where students can learn to live sober while pursuing academic goals and independence. Students attend NorthStar with at least thirty days clean and sober, and after completing a primary treatment program or wilderness therapy program in which they have received education about addiction and made a commitment to remain sober. NorthStar’s mission is to help students learn the skills to transition appropriately into a sober and healthy adult lifestyle.


NorthStar gives 17.6 to 24-year-olds the opportunity to transform their lives. Our recovery, responsibility and recreation programs challenge students to think for themselves. Graduates know who they are, what they stand for and where they are going. They become successful, healthy and active adults.

Who Succeeds at NorthStar?

Young adults who need a structured living program and recovery support for continued sobriety.
Older teens and young adults who need help transitioning from a therapeutic boarding school, treatment facility or wilderness program to living on their own.
Young men and women who are motivated toward recovery and are open to receiving the professional support they need.
Students who need additional support while pursuing educational goals such as completing their high school diploma or GED and/or pursuing a college education.
The journey to self-discovery and sobriety takes dedication and courage. Both students and their parents leave with new insights and knowledge that lead to personal and family success. At the NorthStar residential program for young adults doors will open to new opportunities and a life of health, balance and recovery.

The key components of aftercare recovery that set NorthStar apart from other programs are:

-Substance abuse/addiction recovery
-Academic success - by completing high school and/or starting on college courses
-Integrating young adult independent living skills
-Introducing healthy recreational pursuits to improve social skills
-Building a sense of community
-NorthStar's mission is to facilitate recovery from substance abuse/dependence and self-defeating behaviors so that young adults can achieve their educational and life goals.

Placement in a transition program should honor the work the young adult has done in primary treatment or wilderness and build on that experience to strengthen the young adult's commitment to change. When considering young adult program options, here are some key factors to consider:

Does the program provide enough initial structure to support the student’s transition from a structured primary or wilderness program back into the “real world?” Keep in mind that young adults seeking transitional placement usually have not demonstrated the skills to remain sober with minimal structure.

Can the program teach recovery and life coping skills soon enough for the student to begin to integrate these into the daily challenges that freedom presents?

Will the program give the student an opportunity to have more freedom once the student demonstrates sound decision-making skills?

Does the program help coach the parents in setting appropriate boundaries and expectations with the student? Will the program give the student an opportunity to have more freedom once the student demonstrates sound decision-making skills?

Can the program support the student gradually developing the confidence to succeed academically and demonstrating the ability to advocate for him/herself as an adult learner? This would assume the program has adequate academic staffing to address the needs of a variety of learning issues and levels of academic diversity.

Addiction Recovery Therapy

The therapeutic program at NorthStar is designed to help the student maintain sobriety and raise awareness about self-defeating behaviors that are sabotaging the student's ability to achieve life goals. Students have an individual counselor during both phases of the program. Each student will work with his/her individual counselor to develop a therapeutic plan that addresses both emotional issues and family issues. Students attend group therapy sessions three times per week so that they may address social issues and learn and practice new communication skills. NorthStar students also meet regularly with the Substance Abuse Counselor to develop a Recovery Plan which includes: 12-step support group attendance, 12-step work, addressing post-acute withdrawal symptoms, identifying high-risk situations and warning signs, and integrating emotional regulation skills. The Substance Abuse Counselor meets with students regularly to address emerging recovery issues and modify their Recovery Plan.

Life Skills

A developmental challenge for all young adults is to match their desire for independence with their skill for living on their own. NorthStar works with young adults to increase their skills to pave the way for the transition into adulthood. We help young adults learn to:

Budget their money;
Plan meals;
Prepare meals within a budget;
Prioritize tasks;
Ask for help when they need it;
Advocate for themselves;
Resolve conflict in a healthy manner;
Improve personal hygiene and self-care choices;
Clean house and do laundry.

Sober Fun

Boredom is one of the biggest triggers to relapse into destructive behaviors. Young adults need stimulating activities and the encouragement to explore interests. At NorthStar, we take advantage of the many opportunities our beautiful setting affords to challenge students to get involved. We encourage students to revisit old interests and hobbies such as arts, cooking, reading, music, writing, and drama. We entice them to experience non-traditional activities such as ultimate Frisbee, snowshoeing or fly-fishing. We use our food preparation time to have students explore new recipes, food presentation and new foods, and teach healthy cooking habits through our food handler certification program.

A wide variety of activities are offered through the Activities Committee weekly. Our students really enjoy spending their time mountain and rock climbing, fishing, and mountain biking.

The activities not only give students some down time from their busy schedules but also teach them how to enjoy themselves in a positive and safe environment. Students learn how to have fun again without using drugs or alcohol or engaging in destructive and unhealthy behavior.




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