SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Since opening in early July, Caitlin’s House has served several teens seeking addiction treatment.
“We have served four youth so far,” said Caitlan House Program Director Caitlan Richards. “We’ve had a lot of other inquiries.”
New youth detox center opens to fill gap in youth addiction services
Catlin’s House is a detox facility specializing in helping young people recover from addiction.
“Everything from fentanyl to alcohol to marijuana, we have physicians and physician assistants and a 24/7 nursing staff,” Richards said.
The center can accommodate up to 10 youth ages 13 to 17. They live there 24/7 and have access to doctors, counselors, and other resources to help them with their substance use problems. All health insurance plans and Oregon Health Plans are accepted at Kaitlin’s House.
Richards first came up with the idea for a youth-specific detox center and worked with the nonprofit G Street Integrated Health to make it a reality. She said it took a team effort to pull together the policy, licensing and business elements of the center.
“It took a great deal of collaboration between providers, certified alcohol and drug counselors, and G Street Integrated Health to build, license and integrate this program,” she said.
Richards said the detox center fills a gap in addiction care for teens.
“It’s a very limited resource for young people with addiction issues,” she says.
Richards came up with the idea for the center after attending Lane County’s juvenile treatment court program and noticing a lack of options for young people who needed help recovering from addiction.
In helping young people with drug use, she noticed a change in what they used.
“Some young people are now choosing to use fentanyl,” she says. “I hear more stories than I do about marijuana being their main drug of choice.”
Richards said her center is just one of five inpatient addiction treatment centers in the state.
“But we are also the only facility serving youth in detox,” she said. “So there are a total of five locations across the state of Oregon that could be considered inpatient or residential facilities.”
Although there are many outpatient options, Richards said it can be overwhelming. And for young people, access to treatment is difficult. Options are either few in number, have barriers to access, or are quick, small-scale, band-aid approaches that are not very thorough.
That’s where Caitlin’s house comes into play.
“This helps bridge the gap and connect young people to further services, so it kind of completes the circle of care,” Richards said.
The nurses at Caitlin’s Home are committed to providing addiction care.
“It’s always good to finish your shift and know that you made at least some impact,” said nurse Maddie Singler.
Although the work can be heavy and challenging, she said she is inspired by the passion of her colleagues and the possibility that she might be able to do something good.
“It’s always such a great feeling when they get discharged from here and knowing that you helped at least some of them and they’re moving on to the next stage. I don’t know, it’s just that It makes me happy. It feels good.”
When a teenage boy walks through the doors of Caitlin House, the center works to ensure they receive the support they need to continue their recovery.
“If we get the patient clean and sober, get them on the medication they need, or at least get them sober, they can continue with outpatient or inpatient treatment,” Richards said.
She said teens who use Caitlin’s Home connect with resources outside of the home to continue working on their addiction and sobriety. Many resources and care often need to work together to help someone heal.
“Sobriety is not just about ‘I’ll get better if I stop drinking, I’ll get better,'” Richards says. “What needs to be addressed is the underlying trauma, the underlying mental health. But until you address the sobriety part of it, you can’t begin to fix the following things that need to be continually addressed. .”
Richards said she hopes more teens will participate. For people who don’t know where to start in their recovery, knowing what help is available is critical.
“Sometimes all it takes is to reach out, make a call, see what the options are for someone, and know that there are services out there that can help and care,” she said. .