Pioneer Center East is a 53-bed, long-term residential substance abuse treatment facility for the chronically addicted. Most patients have been involuntarily committed, perhaps because they were unsuccessful in other treatment programs, and may pose a threat to themselves or others. Services include detoxification, anger management classes, relapse prevention, life skills, nutrition, fitness, meditation, and aftercare planning.
ABOUT PIONEER CENTER EAST
Pioneer Center East in Spokane, Wash., is a long-term residential treatment center for people struggling with chronic substance abuse disorders. The majority of clients are committed involuntarily because of concerns that they will cause harm to themselves or others, or because they were unsuccessful in other treatment programs. Sub-acute medical detoxification is available on-site.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
According to the center’s website, self-paying clients may apply for admission directly. Involuntary commitments must be processed through court, but Native American tribes and drug courts can refer clients at any time.
Little information is available about this facility’s methods during treatment, but it seems Pioneer Center East provides therapy groups and anger management classes. Best-rehabs.com reviews from alumni indicated that treatment was not strongly based on the 12-steps.During process groups, topics of discussion include trauma, relapse prevention, self-esteem, living skills, grief and loss, and coping skills. Holistic programming consists of meditation, pain management, and relaxation exercises.
All visitors must attend a family orientation program and are subject to search or Breathalyzer testing.
Since this center rehabilitates court-ordered clients, there is motivational programming for criminal repeat offenders. Vocational training to help clients to build functional sober lives is also offered.
Finally, each client receives a comprehensive plan for his or her return to the community.
There is currently no information provided on the facility’s website regarding its treatment staff, but two users polled by Best-rehabs.com gave three stars for the staff’s level of training and experience.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Of Pioneer Center East’s 53 beds, five are for detox and 48 are for residential treatment. Users polled by Best-rehabs.com gave on average four stars for the quality of the accommodations and 4.5 stars for cleanliness.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Of three alumni reviews submitted to Best-rehabs.com at the time of this writing, two were negative and one was positive. B.M.C. gave five-star ratings for treatment effectiveness, accommodations, and connectivity, but lower ratings for holistic and exercise options. “They are there to help you if you really the help,” they wrote.
S.C.M., on the other hand, wrote that the facility’s accommodations and meals “need improvement. And Eric, who noted that he “should have chosen a dual diagnosis facility,” wrote that his treatment was terminated, ultimately resulting in him receiving an extended jail sentence. “I literally gained nothing from this facility and relapsed multiple times thereafter,” he wrote.
Third-party review sites yield more positive reviews. To date, the two people who left reviews on Facebook gave the center 4.5 out of five stars. “Spent 60 there was pretty awesome. Staff is awesome. Loved my core group,” Travis wrote.
And on HealthGrove, Michelle, the only person who left a review for the center at the time of this writing, gave the center five out of five stars.
“I just got out of pce about a month ago and I loved it,” she wrote. “The staff were kid, truly cared about you, and took their time with you.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
To date, the one parent polled by Best-rehabs.com provided a negative review. Similar to alum Eric, the parent complained about a lack of dual diagnosis treatment. “They have no idea how to handle mental health issues that arise during treatment and wanted to have her sent to [a hospital] for the mentally ill,” they wrote, and gave just one out of five stars for family involvement.
According to, the center accepts Medicare, state financed insurance besides Medicaid, and military insurance.