Drug Rehabs in Portland, OR

Oregon has the 27th-highest population in the US. The state ranks highly for drug and alcohol abuse, having ranked #1 for Marijuana use and #2 for Methamphetamine use. Portland, Oregon's largest city, has been hit especially hard; treatment centers in and around Portland can help those struggling with substance use disorders and/or mental health concerns.

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Drug And Alcohol Addiction In Portland, Oregon

Portland and 5 other cities fall within Multnomah County, Oregon. However, Portland is home to roughly 82% of the county population.

Portland’s position within the Interstate-5 corridor makes it easy for drug runners coming from both Mexico and Canada. This has turned it into a distribution hub for illicit drugs in the Northwest United States. Correspondingly, Opioids and Methamphetamines have propagated across the state but especially Portland; inpatient and outpatient rehabs can help those who have become addicted.

Methamphetamines In Portland

While an Opioid crisis is currently sweeping the United States, Portland is an outlier. Not because it hasn’t been touched by Heroin or its people aren’t abusing prescription drugs, but because of the massive amount of Methamphetamines, or Meth, that is being used and traded.

About three-quarters of the year in Portland is damp and cold. So the homeless, who are struggling to stay warm at night, turn to Meth. Whereas Opioids slow the heart rate, Meth speeds it up, providing energy to the transient population (currently over 4,000 and growing every year) looking to keep moving with everything they own. Many even use it to stay awake through the night so they can sleep during the day, when it is warmer and safer.

While some may rationalize that this only affects the homeless, a drug that flows this freely can’t be contained to one demographic. A drug problem of this scale falls to everyone.

Opioids In Portland

Like much of America, Portland is also dealing with an Opioid problem. While this can be eclipsed by the mass of Methamphetamines, that number is skewed from the large number of homeless who are using it as a means of survival.

Another misconception is the idea that the Opioid problem is directly tied to Heroin, but more issues arise from the abuse of prescription medications. Over 25% of law enforcement officials across the state of Oregon reported that painkillers were being illegally smuggled into their areas. With 45% of reported Heroin users in Portland having stated they started by abusing prescription medication, this opens the doors to more people in Portland, and across the state, getting addicted to Opioids.

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Treatment In Portland

Recovery can be difficult in general at at times it can feel hopeless. Don’t count yourself out. As long as there are clinics out there, there are people to help.

You could find help in Portland but may find it beneficial to leave the city, or even the state, for rehabilitation, especially if things like the weather trigger your individual cravings. A change in climate, scenery, smells, and sounds can all help put yourself in a more positive mindset.

It is important to explore your treatment options. If you don’t know where to go, and need help figuring it out, treatment providers can help to guide you. For more information, contact a treatment provider today.

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Government Programs

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Name Location Phone
Portland Area Service Committee PO Box 42453
Portland, OR 97242
503-345-9839
Southwest washington Area NA PO Box 2782
Vancouver, WA 98668
360-703-0990

College Programs

Center for Student Health and Counseling

Portland State University

1880 SW 6th Ave
Portland, OR 97201

Campus Services

Carrington College-Portland

2004 Lloyd Center
Portland, OR 97232

Health and Counseling Services

Reed College

5380 SE 28th Avenue
Portland, OR 97202

Caldwell Counseling Center

Warner Pacific College

2211 SE 66th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97215

Counseling and Testing Center

Concordia University-Portland

2811 NE Holman Street
Portland, OR 97211

Counseling Psychology

Lewis & Clark College

0615 S.W. Palatine Hill Road
MSC 86 Portland, OR 97219

Wellness Education and Prevention

University of Portland

5000 N Willamette Blvd.
Portland, OR 97203

STUDENT COUNSELING CENTER

Multnomah University

8435 NE Glisan St
Portland, OR 97220

Student services

Sumner College

8338 NE Alderwood Rd
Suite 100, Portland, OR 97220

AA and NA Meetings in Portland

Name Address Fellowship Hours
Portland Central Office & Bookstore 825 NE 20th Ave., Suite 200, Portland, OR 97232 Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Monday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Tuesday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Wednesday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Thursday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
First Shot Group 1309 Franklin St, Vancouver, WA 98660 Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Sunday: 7:00 am - 8:30 am
Sharin' Recovery Men's Group 1115 W 13th St, Vancouver, WA 98660 Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
Dock Side Group 1205 Ingalls St, Vancouver, WA 98660 Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
Central Group 1501 Columbia St, Vancouver, WA 98660 Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
Dry Tribe Group 5702 MacArthur Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98661 Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Wednesday: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
United Sober Group 1601 E 4th Plain Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98661 Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
Primary Purpose Group 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA 98661 Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
Lighthouse Group 6415 E Mill Plain Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98661 Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

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