FAQ - Addiction Services

Education

Can we get a speaker to talk to our group about substance use and potential disorders?

Yes. Washington County's Addiction Services Program offers on-site presentations for virtually any group or organization within Washington County. The professional staff provides informative presentations on the nature of addiction and problem/pathological gambling. Evening and weekend presentations are available. Call 503-846-4903 for more information and to schedule.

General Information

How do I tell someone I think they have a substance use disorder?

Telling someone that you think they may have a problem with using substances is a difficult thing to do. You can tell them how their use is affecting you, as well as others, or try telling them how you feel and that you're willing to help: "I won't help you use, but I'll do what I can to help you stop." A person's desire to change a pattern in their life is completely up to them. The idea of stopping can be scary and overwhelming, to say the least. Approach the person with respect and kindness. Try not to judge. After all, no one started out to develop a substance use disorder! Arm yourself with resource information, so it can be provided on the spot, if needed.

Denial is not always a conscious act. It is often the case that the individual with a use disorder will deny there is a problem, even when you know otherwise. It is estimated that the individual experiencing a substance use disorder affects, on average, six to twelve other individuals. Other people may see the effects of a disorder, often more so than the person themselves.

How old do you have to be to legally gamble in Oregon?

In Oregon, a person must be 18-years-old to play traditional lottery games (i.e. scratch off tickets), and to participate in parimutuel betting (i.e. horse racing) and charitable gaming. A person must be 21-years-old to play video lottery (i.e. video poker and video slots) and to gamble in a tribal casino.

Where can I get drug testing?

We suggest that you first talk to your health care provider for possible referral. Local drug testing sites can be found on the Internet. Simply search for "drug testing near me" and go from there. Local drug stores carry home test kits for a variety of substances.

Treatment

Does Washington County provide treatment for substance use disorders?

Washington County does not provide direct services. There are several agencies within Washington County that a person can access for treatment services. Most commercial insurance companies and the Oregon Health Plan provide coverage for outpatient substance use disorder services. Individuals who are underinsured or ineligible for the Oregon Health Plan, are below 200% of the federal poverty guideline, and are seeking treatment services, may qualify for free or reduced cost substance use treatment services funded by the County. For more information call Washington County Behavioral Health at 503-846-4528. For a list of providers see Treatment Services.

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How much does treatment cost?

Substance use disorder treatment is often covered by commercial insurance and the Oregon Health Plan. If you have commercial insurance, please contact your carrier and ask for a list of in-network providers. You can usually find a phone number for member services on the back of your insurance card. For individuals who are on the Oregon Health Plan (Medicaid), your Coordinated Care Organization (CCO) can assist you with connecting to a provider for treatment. Call your CCO directly or visit our OHP page for more information.

Individuals who are underinsured or ineligible for the Oregon Health Plan, have a low income, and have treatment needs that cannot be addressed by other community resources, may qualify for free or reduced cost substance use treatment services funded by the County. Service availability may vary due to some eligibility requirements. Funding is limited and criteria may change as resources allow. For more information call Washington County Behavioral Health at 503-846-4528.

In Oregon, treatment for a gambling use disorder is offered free of charge.

Where can I find outpatient treatment for addictions?

If you have commercial insurance, contact your carrier and ask for a list of in-network providers. You can usually find a phone number for member services on the back of your insurance card. For individuals who are on the Oregon Health Plan (Medicaid), your Coordinated Care Organization (CCO) can assist you with connecting to a residential provider for treatment. Call your CCO directly or visit our OHP page for more information. Washington County contracts with a number of providers that provide all levels of outpatient treatment. See the "Providers" list on this website, for a detailed list of service providers.

Where can I find residential treatment for a substance use disorder?

Take a look at our provider list. Also, if you have commercial insurance, contact your carrier and ask for a list of in-network providers. You can usually find a phone number for member services on the back of your insurance card. For individuals who are on the Oregon Health Plan (Medicaid), your Coordinated Care Organization (CCO) can assist you with connecting to a residential provider for treatment. Call your CCO directly or visit our OHP page for more information. When it comes to residential treatment, please understand that wait lists are a distinct possibility.

Why is treatment free for gambling use disorders?

The Oregon Lottery® and its commission recognize that some people gamble to the point where it is damaging to themselves and their families. Though most gamble without a problem, thousands of Oregonians are dealing with a gambling use disorder. To address the issue, the state has mandated that 1% of lottery proceeds will be dedicated to the prevention and treatment of disordered gambling. Oregon boasts one of the leading prevention and treatment systems in the United States. Treatment is free to anyone who wants it, including the person with a disorder and/or family of the person with the disorder. Not only is treatment free, it is confidential, and it works! For more information log onto www.opgr.org and for treatment services in Washington County contact LifeWorks NW. If you speak Spanish and want to receive gambling services from a Spanish-speaking provider, please contact Solutions Group Northwest.