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2023 Freedom Award Honorees
Meet the 2023 Freedom Award Honorees. Samuel C. Wheeler Freedom Award honoree Izzy Alvarado. Spirit of Recovery Advocacy Award honoree Judge Nan Waller.
Mission Moments: Aaron’s New Future
Through the generosity of donors, patients find compassionate, exceptional alcohol and drug treatment at Fora Health. We recently sat down with Aaron, a residential graduate, who said his time at Fora was “the best 147 days I’ve had in the last ten years of my life.”
Mission Moments: Samantha’s Mental Wellness
Samantha, a Fora Health graduate, recalls how her mental health was intertwined with her use; she took drugs to escape her anxiety and depression. As her use increased and she began taking stronger substances, Samantha yearned for sobriety. When she first started her recovery journey, Samantha tried to maintain her sobriety without help. She would go to a treatment facility for withdrawal (detox) but didn’t want to try residential care.
Sowing Seeds of Recovery – Daniel’s Story
After avoiding residential treatment for years, Daniel felt defeated and decided to try something new – residential treatment at Fora Health. Now one-year sober, Daniel shares his journey of resilience and recovery.
Fora Health’s Mike Hovey Awarded Peer Specialist of the Year
Our very own Patient Care Supervisor, Mike Hovey, was honored by the Council for Mental Wellbeing as a Peer Specialist of the Year during NatCon23, the largest annual conference in the field of substance use and mental health treatment and care.
Fora Health CEO Maree Wacker on Let’s Talk Portland
Maree Wacker, Fora Health’s CEO, was on Let’s Talk Portland to discuss mental health and addiction in Oregon, the challenges with the workforce shortage and what is being done to address mental health and addiction in Oregon.
Expanded Access to Life-Saving Treatment
Fora Health was one of five treatment centers in Oregon to receive funding through the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Authority (SAMHSA) to help address our region’s opioid use public health crisis.
How Peer Mentors are Redefining Treatment
Peer Mentors help patients navigate sobriety with great skill and empathy because they have been there. Peer Mentors are highly trained and state-certified specialists with lived experience in recovery and who have at least two years of sobriety themselves. They are passionate about supporting others on their recovery journey and are often the glue that keeps individuals connected to services.
Fora Health Cherry Blossom is Now Open
Situated in the Gateway District of Southeast Portland, the two-story, 53,000 square foot facility supports 70 adult residential treatment beds, treating patients in gendered programs where they identify, 24 medical withdrawal management (detox) beds, designated space for peer and family counseling services, and capacity to serve 920 individuals in outpatient therapy at a time.