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By: Jodi B.
Milestone Foundation Inc
Milestone has been a big part of Portland recovery for many yrs.I recall being a small child, and it being called The Arney Hansen Center.I grew up on the East End of Portland& went down by there often being a young kid always thinking how discussing it was(the people).I've now become a woman with a couple teens and addiction has hit myself and my family in a big way,to put it mildly.We lost our mother and brother both of overdoses,not to forget the many friends and others that were like family.I just wanted to write and say thanks to you all for your hard work,as an addict myself I know we're not the easiest people to deal with:)I would like to say I had a step-dad growing up,that was there for me more than my biological one.He as well had an addiction to herion(as well as other stuff)He's become a true inspiration to myself & family.To see this man go from finding him in random places nodded out to overdosing in front of me,He now is a man I'm proud to say,"Yes that's my dad"!He also happens to be a part of your team at Milestone.Thanks Dad(W.W.W)
By: Jodi B.
Grace Street Recovery Services
Grace St has been a god send for myself& my family,I'm 37 yrs old& have been an addict since my teenage yrs.I 'be heard many other stories of how Grace Street "saved my life!"Dr.Norris is phenomenal,she's caring,understanding,and listens to you whole heartedly!The councilors are equally amazing,Peter as well is a good listener,he's well educated when it comes to running a group,and is all around a great person.Even the men at the front desk are amazing and welcome you with open arms.Nobody's got a dry attitude if you're doing your part they make it light fun.I do have to say the one thing I would change about Grace St is a GREAT councilor left not to long ago,Todd.Todd really was the most amazing councilor I've ever had the pleasure of working with!!!That man out of everyone there(whom I dearly appreciate them all) was the person that made me"see the light"!That again is something that's been reiterated again& again!So thank you Grace St& all of my fellow group members for helping to make my life a better one<3
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By: amomwithhope21
The Serenity House
This place is the first time i have had hope that my son & I can start the healing process that happen's to family's with addiction . The meeting's that we have attended was like hearing about our live's and what has happen to it because of addiction and the people that talk at the meeting's the story's are funny,sad and most of all happy ending to how they became sober !!!! Was I scared at first oh ya I was but one thing I do believe in is fate thing's happen !!! My HOPE is that maybe just maybe this is the place & people my son and I needed to see it happen's or can happen to anyone and they know how to start & help the process to recovery instead of judging him and seeing who he is !!! So if your looking for HOPE walk in those door's you may just find what you have been looking for !!! Thank You From A Mom With Hope !!!!
Tips & Advices
A child psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in issues that affect the mental and emotional health of children and teens. Child psychiatrists can provide treatment for children and teenagers who suffer from depression, autism, anxiety disorders, attention disorders, drug addictions, eating disorders, mood disorders, and a wide range of behavioral problems.
Psychiatrists typically ask questions that focus  on the issues that are having a negative effect on your life. In an initial visit with a psychiatrist, you may be asked about symptoms you've experienced, and ways in which you've tried to deal with them. You might be asked about current and past medical conditions, as well asa family health history.
A referral is an authorization from your doctor saying that a certain type of treatment is medically necessary, and it's usually required if you want your insurance company to cover the costs associated with a visit to a psychiatrist. If you don't have insurance, a referral is not required to schedule a psychiatrist visit.
Psychiatrists and psychologists sometimes collaborate, and this typically takes place when working with patients who have serious mental health problems. In cases like this, a psychologist will treat the patient from a behavioral perspective. A psychiatrist will complement this treatment with care that handles issues concerning biology, neurology, and the prescription of drugs.
Many psychiatrists specialize in treating certain conditions. Some psychiatrists focus on substance abuse therapy, and this is the treatment of addiction to substances like alcohol, narcotics, and tobacco. Others specialize in biological psychiatry, which is the treatment of brain chemistry disorders like depression and schizophrenia. Psychiatrists might also specialize in treating elderly patients or children and adolescents.

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