ABOUT LAKESIDE MILAM – BURIEN
The Lakeside Milam Recovery Center in Burien, Wash., offers residential treatment for adolescents struggling with addiction to drugs and alcohol. With the goal of reuniting families, the program treats addiction as a chronic physiological and progressive illness and emphasizes that clients who follow the Lakeside treatment plan will begin to heal. This program is a part of the Lakeside Milam Recovery Centers network, which operates a variety of treatment centers throughout Washington State and Alaska.
Detox services are provided at the network’s Kirkland facility, just over 30 minutes away.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
For Lakeside Milam’s adolescent clients, treatment is designed to maximize peer support and influence and begins with interactions with other adolescents and young adults who’ve made the choice to change their lives for the better. Each new client is assigned a buddy who is successfully completing treatment.
Services include assessments, individualized treatment plans, counseling, addiction education, nutritional and physical therapy, 12-step group meetings, tutoring, relaxation and stress-management classes, therapeutic recreation, and continuing care. Family members are urged to participate in twice weekly educational sessions as well as in a weekend workshop focused on communication. Upon discharge, clients are encouraged to continue to attend twice weekly 12-step meetings held on-site.
The LMRC staff consists of counselors, associate counselors, doctors, and nurses.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Residents share rooms. The organization publishes little information about amenities on-site, but former clients reviewing for Best-rehabs.com to date gave an average score of 3.5 out of five stars for the quality of the accommodations.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Best-rehabs.com has received evenly mixed reviews of the Lakeside Milam Burien center regarding the effectiveness of treatment, as well as the accommodations and experience with various staff. Some had high praise for the program and its efficacy. For instance, alum M.T. said simply: “Saved my life!” Other respondents, however, claimed that their treatment was “a joke” and too costly for what they received.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Reviews by loved ones for the facility’s Burien residence are also mixed. Most indicated approval when it came to family involvement, but out of four ratings submitted by loved ones to Best-rehabs.com to date, the facility has received an average 3.5 out of five stars for treatment effectiveness. Ratings fell even further for holistic options and connectivity.
Several friends and family members criticized the condition of the facility and claimed that it held too many clients at once. An anonymous loved one listed additional aspects that were not pleasing. “Facility was old and outdated, they mixed adolescents with adults,” they wrote. The same reviewer also listed positives, which included, “Counselors who were experienced, visiting days, education.”
Additional positive feedback came from Linda, who said: “Family program was great! I would highly recommend this program.”
Lakeside Milam accepts self-payment, private insurance, and state insurance (non-Medicaid).
Updated February 2017