Lifeways Recovery Center, Ontario, Oregon

Last Updated: May 13, 2024

Ahmed Zayed, MD Authored by Dr. Ahmed Zayed
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Overview of Lifeways Recovery Center

Lifeways Recovery Center is a behavioral healthcare facility located in Ontario, Oregon. Due to its prime location between the two major cities of Portland and Salt Lake City, it is easily accessible to a lot of people. It provides substance rehabilitation to victims residing in the city as well as surrounding counties.

The facility provides a 3-month long residential program that serves clients looking for intensive inpatient care with 24×7 monitoring. This type of treatment goes a long way in minimizing any future risks of relapse. With almost 40 years of experience since its founding in 1979, Lifeways is a well-established choice for chemical dependency treatment.

Accommodation and Food

The residential and clinical facilities at Lifeways are located in rural Ontario. The 40-acres of land that houses the center ensure that residents have the requisite peace and quiet to complete their recovery. The residential quarter comprises a large two-story building with wooden frames which can house up to 40 residents.

Each floor is assigned to separate genders with the ground floor housing female residents and the first floor housing male residents. While furnishings are basic, the rooms are comfortable. Each room is shared by 4-5 residents and furnished with twin-sized beds, a bed side table, and closets. The living spaces are airy and receive ample natural light due to the two windows that are provided in every room.

Residents are encouraged to be responsible for keeping their living space clean. To this effect weekly chores are assigned that include house duties. Food is prepared and served in the kitchen in the form of a buffet-style breakfast, whereas lunch is a casual affair involving sandwiches. Residents usually procure their dinner from the cafeteria at St. Alphonsus Medical Center which is situated right across the street.

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Treatment Options at Lifeways Recovery Center

Lifeways Recovery Center offers a continuum of treatment programs that seeks to combat both chemical dependency as well as co-occurring disorders. These disorders often compound substance abuse and the subsequent trauma further exacerbates these issues. The dual-diagnosis offered at the center ensures that underlying and untreated mental health issues suffered by clients get requisite treatment.
The wide-ranging treatment programs offered here include:

  • Assertive Community Treatment
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Intensive Children’s Treatment Services (ICTS)
  • Medication Assisted Treatment
  • Mental Health Services
  • Peer Support Specialist Program
  • Social Model Detoxification
  • Substance Use Disorders Treatment

Therapy Choices at Lifeways Recovery Center

The various therapies available at the rehabilitation facility are as follows:

  • Individual counseling
  • Group therapy
  • Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT)
  • Couples counseling
  • Evidence-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Evidence-based Dialectic Behavioral Therapy
  • Relapse prevention
  • Recreational therapy
  • Anger management
  • 12-step meetings
  • Communication skills
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • AA meetings

Payment Options and Insurances

Lifeways Recovery Center accepts patients into programs that last for a duration of 90 days. The rates of their treatment services vary between $2500 and $7500 for a period of 28 days. They accept payment through cash and self pay as well as stated funded or private insurances. The insurances accepted here are as listed below:

  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • BCBS
  • Aetna
  • Humana
  • Cigna
  • United
  • Coventry
  • ComPsych


  • Accredited by CARF
  • Member of Idaho association of Community providers

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Lifeways Recovery Center Amenities

Lifeways provides rehabilitation for a range of chemicals and drugs apart from alcohol dependency. These drugs range from marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamines and meth to various prescription drugs. Situated on the border between Oregon and Idaho, the center can be accessed by a large number of substance abuse victims from both sides of the state lines.

For clients who need it, they also provide light detox services. Such clients are housed in the three beds that are reserved for these purposes next to the nurses’ quarters on the ground floor. Special focus is laid on anger management issues that most substance abuse and alcohol dependency victims development. These issues often lead to strained relations with family members and social circles and as such combating them is imperative to reconfiguring a support group.


The staff at Lifeways comprises a certified and highly qualified team of Psychiatrists, neurologists, addiction counselors, case managers, and nurses. They provide diligent care and round the clock supervision to ensure the complete recovery of each client as well as combat chances of relapse. Some of the important staff members and their respective roles at the center are:

Tim Hoekstra
Chief Executive Officer

Tim Hoekstra has around 29 years of experience in the field of mental healthcare. As the CEO of Lifeways, he is in charge of overseeing healthcare operations, compliance, quality, business development, etc. He has a Master of Science degree and a Master of Business Management degree.

Steve Jensen
Chief Financial Officer

Steve Jensen has been serving as the CFO at Lifeways Recovery Center since 2008. He has over 25 years of experience in handling financial affairs in the medical industry which he brings in to fulfill his duties at Lifeways. As the CFO, he is in charge of overseeing managing budgets, payroll, patient financial services, etc.

John Bates
Residential Medical Director

John Bates has a demonstrated history of working in behavioral healthcare with a special focus on providing psychiatric intervention. He has an associate degree in Nursing from Treasure Valley Community College and a Bachelors from Albertson College of Idaho. He went to medical school Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Oregon.

Published on: November 21st, 2018

Updated on: May 13th, 2024

  • Melissa Reisinger
    Hey there, I was just wondering if you guys do methadone maintenance therapy there. I can’t seem to find a clear answer on the website. Thank you!

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