Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment

Providing effective, affordable alcohol and drug treatment
in the Pacific Northwest since 1983.









Detox, Residential & Long Term Recovery Services

Effective, Affordable, Convenient, Discreet

At family owned and operated Lakeside-Milam Recovery Centers, we realize that by the time someone calls looking for help, they and their family have been struggling mightily against addiction for years, sometimes decades. And over the past thirty five years, we have been privileged to help many thousands find sobriety, health, peace and happiness. Nobody in the Pacific Northwest helps more.

Whether residential or outpatient care is most appropriate, our goal is to help each person who comes to us put their lives back on track as quickly as possible, with the least amount of disruption possible.

Over 80% of the people helped at Lakeside-Milam will receive care, at some point, through our outpatient rehabilitation programs. Our outpatient clinics offer education, assessment, intensive outpatient, adolescent outpatient and continuing care services. These outpatient services, coupled with residential care, allow us to provide a full continuum of treatment. This level of care is one of the reasons Lakeside-Milam has been so successful in helping people struggling with addiction.

There are Lakeside Milam alumni throughout our part of the country. Of all ages, from every background, they and their family members are our number one referral source. We are equally proud to say that hospitals and doctors refer the second largest number of people.

Goal number one at Lakeside Milam is to help the people who come to us for help know that the alcoholic is not a bad person who needs to get good, but a sick person who needs help getting well. This is done by explaining that alcoholism/addiction is a primary, progressive disease, not a moral consequence, character weakness, or symptom of another problem.

Finding The Best Level Of Care For Each Person

When an alcoholic or drug addicted person’s disease is in the early or middle stages, they can be effectively treated through outpatient rehab, near their home. Lakeside-Milam has decades of successful experience to support this. Receiving help on an outpatient basis allows the person to stay at home with their family and on the job. Our goal is to find the type of treatment that will be most effective and for about half the people we help, outpatient rehab is best.

Over 80% of Lakeside-Milam clients get help through our outpatient programs, be it
Following are brief descriptions of our outpatient services and programs:

Inpatient Program Description

General Program Description

Experience shows that about 50% of persons suffering from alcoholism or addiction need inpatient treatment to get well. They are unable to achieve abstinence unless placed in a sheltered, secure, nurturing treatment setting. Lakeside-Milam Recovery Centers provides a comfortable, safe setting in which patients can come to terms with chemical dependency and learn a new way of living.

LMRC provides moderately priced adult residential services. Residential programs at LMRC operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The following program description addresses Assessment, Structure, and Staffing; as well as individualized Treatment Plans, Nutrition, and Lasting Recovery.


LMRC was one of the first treatment facilities in the country to employ diagnostic and assessment criteria published by the American Society of Addiction Medicine. New patients receive a comprehensive biopsychosocial assessment upon entering the LMRC residential treatment sequence.

This individualized patient assessment records the biological, psychological, and social elements of their addiction, and helps our staff members to create an individualized problem-oriented treatment plan. Customized treatment plans guide patients throughout their intensive inpatient and continuing outpatient care.


The LMRC program is structured to help alcoholics and addicts arrest chronic drinking and drug use and to preserve the dignity of the individual. Patients learn how the chronic and progressive nature of their disease impacts every aspect of their personal lifestyle. Our primary thrust is to help patients recognize that alcoholism is a primary, progressive disease, rather than any manifestation of a moral consequence, character weakness, or psychological dysfunction. We teach alcoholics and addict to approach their disease as a treatable condition with a high potential for lasting recovery. Patients leave inpatient treatment with skills necessary to maintain abstinence and restructure their lives.


Staff members integrate new patients by providing a lot of “TLC” and individual or group contact. Staffers act as patient advocates by maintaining contact with family members, doctors, therapists, and any others whom the patient wishes to involve in his or her recovery.
The LMRC program employs professional counselors, associate counselors, doctors, and nurses to implement an organized and comprehensive treatment experience. Patients seeking treatment may admit themselves or enter through any referral source.

Treatment Plans

Staff members identify patient problems based on the following criteria: an admission history and assessment; a complete social history; and a medical examination. Individualized treatment plans are then written with the input of medical, nursing, and counseling staff. The plan is a blueprint for recovery of patients and families.

Each of these staff disciplines use the same problem-oriented record-keeping system to chart a patient’s progress. All patients are consulted to revise treatment plans as needed. Counselors act as the primary case manager, while various staff members serve as a multi-disciplinary treatment team.


Patients learn that a sound nutritional regimen can significantly decrease cravings. For example, alcoholics and addicts must avoid eating refined carbohydrates, which can mimic the effects of alcohol in the bloodstream.

Once our patients stabilize their sugar metabolism, they can often expect a reduction in cravings, fatigue, depression, mood swings, and nervousness. Our staff members help patients enhance the quality of their sobriety by removing uncomfortable symptoms. In this way, good nutrition becomes an important tool for lasting sobriety.

Lasting Recovery

Our program provides the alcoholic with tools for a lasting recovery; among them are participation in an AA/NA/CA program, recognition of increased self-awareness, and accountability in personal relationships. Lakeside-Milam’s highly structured milieu helps patients to increase self-awareness, accept personal responsibility, and recognize addictive behavior. Patients are encouraged to express emotions, share feelings, and vent anger. We help patients recognize that others feel the same confusion and that all are victims of the same addiction.

Medical Detox: Overseen by Lakeside-Milam’s full-time Medical Director, Nurse Practitioner, and 24-hour nursing staff.

Family Education

Focused lectures and groups designed to teach family members how the disease of addiction has affected them, what they can do to help themselves, and what they can do to support their loved one in recovery.

The recovery program for addiction is a life-long project. In the treatment phase of the LMRC program, the patient learns how to apply the tools as needed to live a comfortable life without the use of alcohol or drugs. In the continuing care program, the patient begins to use these tools in learning to cope with her or her appropriately planned lifestyle successfully.

LMRC provides services to persons and their families without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, religion, sex, sexual preference, age, or handicap. LMRC provides equivalent, clearly defined sleeping quarters and bathing accommodations for male and female patients, taking into consideration the unique needs of each gender.

Outpatient Care

Very often, we find that alcoholics and addicts whose disease is in early to mid-stages can be treated at an outpatient center near their home. Our goal is to find the least restrictive treatment regimen possible for all patients.

Over 80% of Lakeside-Milam clients get help through our outpatient programs. These programs help addicted clients who do not require inpatient detoxification or residential hospitalization. In addition, residential patients use outpatient programs to transition from inpatient care to continuing care. Following are brief descriptions of our outpatient services and programs:

Alcohol/Drug Information School

Eight hours of education which addresses how alcohol and drug addiction affect the body.

Intensive Outpatient Program

Counseling and education for adults and adolescents, followed by continuing care.

Deferred Prosecution Program

Two years of treatment that meets all state guidelines for those under deferred prosecution in Washington State.

Family Education Program

Designed to assist those who live with alcoholics and addicts. LMRC conducts an educational program for families of alcoholics and addicts. Family members learn about addiction dynamics, primary social stressors, and maladaptive reactions. This program is held weekly in each of our outpatient centers and is open to the public.

Group discussions allow family members to ventilate long-suppressed emotions and to share those feelings with other families. Skilled facilitators use a variety of techniques to teach families healthy communication patterns and behaviors. These newly acquired skills nurture a sense of competence in family members who may have lost all hope for change.


100,000+ alcoholics and addicts have been helped since 1983
90% of our alumni would refer a family member or friend to Lakeside-Milam


in the Northwest with thousands of clean and sober alumni

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