Puyallup Tribal Treatment Center – Drug and Alcohol Treatment

Puyallup Tribal Treatment Center – Drug and Alcohol Treatment


Puyallup Tribal Treatment Center (PTTC) is operated by Puyallup Tribal Health Authority (PTHA), a nonprofit chartered by the Puyallup Tribe that provides a variety of general health and dental services. PTTC provides outpatient treatment for adults and youths who are struggling with addiction to drugs and alcohol.

Services are available to members of federally recognized tribes living in Pierce County. New clients must present a negative TB test from within the previous six months.


The center provides a standard roster of outpatient treatments that are, nonetheless, culturally sensitive, considering clients’ journeys as members of the native community. Treatment begins with an interview about the individual’s alcohol and/or drug use, their medical and mental health history, and their home and social environments.

Treatment is available at two intensities: general outpatient treatment, with one group session per week plus individual counseling, and an intensive outpatient program (IOP), with three group sessions per week plus individual counseling. There are also dedicated services within these treatment tracks for youth and those struggling with gambling addictions. The youth program involves an extra focus on family.

The center hosts an annual alumni picnic to allow graduates to gather and celebrate the improvements in their lives.


There is currently no information provided by the facility regarding its treatment staff; however, both individuals polled by Best-rehabs.com to date on the staff’s level of training and experience gave it five out of five stars.


Both alumni polled by Best-rehabs.com to date strongly recommended treatment at Puyallup Tribal Treatment Center. Both reviewers gave the center four or five out of five stars in almost all evaluated treatment metrics, including its overall effectiveness, its family program, its counseling options, and its treatment for co-occurring disorders. In fact, the only lower-scoring metric was the center’s holistic options, which received a two-star rating and a five-star rating.

“One on ones and class room environment… Great mental health counseling as well,” one reviewer wrote, while the other praised the center’s honesty; however, the reviewers also expressed desires for better activities, more involvement from elders, and longer-term treatment.

Secondary sites did yield some additional coverage of this facility. To date, there is a 3.6-star average rating based on 14 reviews on Google as well as five ratings averaging 2.4 out of five stars on Yelp.[1] [2] Though some reviewers on these sites expressed gratitude for the services provided by the facility, others described long wait times, scheduling problems, and rude staff. Some reviewers also claimed that members of tribes other than Puyallup were poorly treated at the center: “I really dont have any complaints about the services I receive other then… they most definitly make u feel like they hate all other American Indians who are not Puyallup that use the services,” Joseph wrote in a representative review on Yelp.

On the other hand, reviewers such as Oscar denied these complaints. He noted that he is white and claimed he “never get any strange looks, i am not mistreated and best of all i barely have to wait.”


According to HealthGrove, the center accepts Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance. The two individuals polled by Best-rehabs.com to date gave the center five stars for its affordability.

[1] https://goo.gl/C4X8VW
[2] https://www.yelp.com/biz/puyallup-tribal-health-authority-tacoma

Reviews about Puyallup Tribal Treatment Center – Drug and Alcohol Treatment

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  • One on ones and class room environment. Would wish they extend the stay Great mental health counseling as well.
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  • Honest. activities were bad. Need more elders involved.