Serving up support and addiction services in Newport

The founders of Phoenix Wellness Center, from left, Danielle Payne, Ashliegh Ramirez, Zebuli Payne and Wylie Stokes, have more than 20 years of experience in addictions counseling between them. They will be opening the center later this month to serve the whole community, from addicts to their families. (Photo by Stephanie Blair)

Phoenix Wellness Center offers counseling, support and addiction services

A new resource for those facing addiction and their families is opening up in Newport this month. Phoenix Wellness Center, a community-based organization, seeks to offer the highest quality of evidence-based, diverse, holistic and culturally competent care to individuals pursuing abstinence from substance abuse, by providing them with a safe and therapeutic setting — all in a centrally located facility for people across the county.

The four founders, Danielle Payne, Zebuli “Zeb” Payne, Ashliegh Ramirez and Wylie Stokes, are Siletz Tribal members who all previously worked for the tribe.

“We’re really passionate about the alcohol and drug problem that we have, not only in our small communities but nationwide,” said Zeb. “It’s what we do, it’s what we’ve been doing. We have over 20 years of experience in this field, so we want to be another resource.”

“It just seemed like it was the right thing to do,” said Danielle.

They’re now opening this center so they can serve the wider community. Tribal members can still be served at the center, but so can everyone else. Through Phoenix Wellness Center, the four are hoping to make as much of an impact as possible.

Their services will include group and individual counseling, peer-delivered services, adventure-based outreach and culturally specific parenting classes — as well as youth services that extend beyond prevention. Their experience ranges from ages under 18 up to 75, so they are ready and excited to support people in all stages of life making meaningful changes.

“What we’re going to be offering … will be more wrap-around services,” said Danielle. “So when they come in, what do they need? Not just in relation to treatment but holistically.”

They’ve previously helped people get driver’s licenses and learn more self-sufficiency in order to help strengthen treatment. The center’s style of care blends Western medicine with holistic, culturally relevant treatment services. They also put a heavy emphasis on family support and involvement.

As for the space in which some of that healing happens, the four founders have been putting in their own sweat to transform what was once a tanning salon into a soothing treatment center.

“We want to create the best environment for people to feel safe, a friendly atmosphere,” said Zeb. “That’s so important.”

As Phoenix Wellness Center nears its opening date, which has not yet been firmly set, they can be contacted through Facebook, Instagram, email at [email protected] and by stopping in at 145 N Coast Highway, in Newport — in the offices next to JC Market.

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