Free by the Sea

Free by the Sea


Located in Ocean Park, Wash., Free by the Sea is a residential treatment program for drug and alcohol addiction. The facility is approved by the State of Washington to provide treatment for dual diagnosis services. Although medically supervised detox is not available on-site at the facility, the facility will recommend a nearby detox facility before residential treatment.


Treatment starts with a thorough assessment to determine the appropriate level of care. If the client needs a medical detox, he or she is referred to a nearby detox program that the facility has partnered with. The length of treatment is either 30, 60, or 90 days.

Treatment is evidence based and built on the 12 step model. Treatment includes individual and group therapy, anger management classes, and life skills education classes. There is a focus on relapse prevention and learning more about the cycle of addiction. Holistic treatment options are also available.

The facility is largely gender specific. Men and women participate in eating, classes, and other activities separately.

Outpatient care is only available for those who have completed the program and who live near the facility. This includes living off campus and continuing therapy.

Upon successful completion of the treatment program, clients receive an individual discharge plan based on the client’s unique needs. This includes tools, resources, and referrals to sober living facilities. Clients may live on campus for up to one year after program completion for transitional care.


According to the facility’s website, the facility maintains a low client to staff ratio. The treatment team consists of a psychiatrist, licensed social workers, psychiatric nurse practitioners, clinical psychologists, an addictionologist, and other behavioral health staff.


The facility is located on a five acre campus on the coast of Washington. Family visitation takes place on Sunday afternoons. Meals are provided by the facility at regularly scheduled times.


At the time of this writing, only one alum has provided feedback for Free by the Sea to The review was mostly positive, with five out of five stars given for the facility’s treatment effectiveness, accommodations and amenities, connectivity, level of family participation, and treatment for co-occurring disorders.

The alum gave only two out of five stars for the facility’s holistic offerings, 12-step focus, and faith-based offerings.

On Facebook, the facility earned 4.6 out of five stars from 38 reviews to date. [1] Many of the alumni praised the staff members and the effectiveness of the program. In a representative review, alum Brenda wrote: “The facility is beautiful. The kind and compassionate staff is incredible. The on site mental health counselors help get to the root of the problem. Thanks to this program I am 8 months clean and sober and my life is so much better.”

On Google, the facility received 4.2 out of five stars from eight reviews to date.[2] The alumni reviews focused on the program’s effectiveness. As alum Arielle wrote: “Lets start with the actual treatment aspect, they keep it engaging by hosting several different classes a day, separating the men and women and then breaking into smaller process groups. All different types of support group meetings not just the typical AA group. They have a wonderful cafeteria with chefs who make breakfast lunch and dinner from scratch and typically have different options if you dont like something.”


According to the facility’s website, the facility accepts a wide range of health insurance options including Providence Health Plan, First Choice Health, and Aetna, among others. Private pay options are also available.


Reviews about Free by the Sea

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  • Wonderful facility! Great staff, comfortable, the services and groups and classes are great. Lots of one on one care.
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  • Great facility.