Center Category: Rehab Centers
Founded in 1983, Lakeside-Milam Recovery Centers are family-owned treatment centers that are based out of Kirkland, Washington, and surrounding areas. Lakeside offers substance abuse treatment programs (inpatient and outpatient) for adolescents and adults. Lakeside also operates a halfway house exclusively for men.
Even though Lakeside-Milam is a private organization, it accepts some government funding to aid in providing treatment for clients from the lower-income group.
Set in a large single-level hospital, Lakeside-Milam has two buildings catering to adults and adolescents. The adult housing unit has 104 twin beds. Each room is shared between two-three clients. Resembling a dormitory, the walls are decorated with colorful artwork. It also houses a detox wing which has 20 – 30 beds. The detox wing has an on-site 24/7 nursing staff.
The adult building has a large lecture hall where most of the educational classes and group therapy sessions take place. During their free time, clients can walk on the grounds.
The adolescent building is an old maternity hospital retrofitted to provide a modern treatment facility. The housing unit has 52 beds, and each room is shared between two or three clients.
Lakeside-Milam serves its clients three meals a day. The clients can choose from an extensive spread of salads. Clients can also enjoy snacks during the day. Each meal has got a vegan option. Specific dietary recommendations, as well as nutritional requirements, are taken care of.
The initial phase of inpatient programs (both adolescent and adults) starts with a physician evaluation for determining medical stability. Clients requiring detox are transferred to a detox program that lasts anywhere between three and five days.
The adolescent inpatient program focuses on patients between 12 and 18 years and runs for 35 days, while the program for adult patients lasts for 28 days. Both the program tracks are co-ed. The treatment process, as well as daily activities in both the treatment programs, are similar.
Both treatment tracks have busy schedules. The day starts with either yoga or on-site meditation. The rest of the day is spent on educational classes and group sessions. A group has eight to 12 adults. They attend 10 group therapy sessions.
Clients have to attend two group sessions in a day and two classes addressing addiction and recovery strategies. Families can also participate in these programs either in the evening two days a week or on weekends.
Lakeside-Milam does not offer dual diagnosis support; however, if a client has some mental health issues, then they can be referred to a nearby mental health center.
Clients graduating from the inpatient treatment program are encouraged to start Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) offered by the center. The Lakeside network has nine facilities that provide outpatient treatment facilities. Each facility has anywhere between five to eight counselors. The outpatient treatment program for both adolescents and adults are identical.
The outpatient treatment program has three phases. The first phase is the IOP phase, which sees groups meeting up to five times a week, based on the clients’ requirements. The program runs from four weeks to six weeks. The IOP has 26 sessions with education and group therapy being the focus of the discussion.
Clients who transition to the second phase meet once weekly for group sessions lasting 90 minutes. They also have to attend a weekly individual meeting. The second phase lasts anywhere from three months to six months. The third phase runs for five months.
Clients in this program meet once monthly. Clients have to attend NA/AA meetings and undergo a urinalysis every month. The only difference between adolescent and adult programs is that adolescent clients have to get enrolled in a community service program.
Lakeside-Milam, in its educational classes, teaches clients the importance of life tools and nutrition. Both the treatment tracks use an evidence-based approach, such as CBT in their treatment protocol. It does not adhere to the 12-step approach as they believe in following a more rational therapy.
Lakeside-Milam also offers a transitional housing facility for its male clients. Male clients during this transitional program stay in a six-bedroom lodge for two to three months following completion of the inpatient program. Clients staying in the transitional unit has to attend life skills training and IOP. The life skill program trains a client to apply for a job and also encourages them to attend gym classes at a local gym every day.
There are up to five on-site trainees and about eight LCDCs in the inpatient programs. Both the treatment tracks have a doctor, nurse, and an ARMT.
Both the adult and adolescent inpatient treatment tracks offer a family program. An inpatient program has four weekly family meetings where family members are invited to attend the group meeting and educational sessions.
Following a rotating schedule, educational classes teach families better communication skills when dealing with recovering clients. Group meetings allow different families to interact with each other and discuss strategies for reintegrating their recovering loved one into a sober lifestyle.
Though Lakeside-Milam does not offer any formal aftercare program, they do refer their clients to local NA and AA meetings. The center also involves alumni to mentor the client and drive clients to their meetings.
Approximately $11,500 (28 days).
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