Northwest Indian Treatment Center serves a primarily Native American population, providing residential substance abuse treatment services. Treatment options aim to resolve chronic relapse issues by focusing on unresolved trauma and grief underlying addiction. NWITC treatment services incorporate traditional, religious ceremonies and cultural activities designed to heal mind, body and spirit.
ABOUT THE NORTHWEST INDIAN TREATMENT CENTER
Founded by the Squaxin Island Tribe in 1994, the Northwest Indian Treatment Center (NWITC) offers a serene recovery environment in rural Elma, Wash. It provides residential substance abuse treatment for a primarily Native American clientele from Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. It also operates an outpatient program in Kamilche, Wash., 25 miles northeast of the residential facility. NWITC does not offer detox services, but clients may receive medical attention through nearby Indian Healthcare Service clinics.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
To be admitted to the treatment program at Northwest Indian Treatment Center, clients must be referred to treatment and complete an assessment packet to determine the appropriate level of care. The residential program lasts 45 days and the average wait time for a bed is 17 days.
This center specializes in treating clients dealing with chronic relapse resulting from unresolved grief or trauma. There is a faith-based and cultural-based component to treatment as the facility makes ample use of cultural traditions and ceremonies, including singing, drumming, storytelling, and native craft making. Residents can also learn about traditional foods and medicine through several on-site gardens. Since it holds that spirituality is a part of successful recovery, NWITC provides sweat lodge ceremonies as well as Shaker and other church services.
Aside from spiritual and cultural-based treatments, the facility also offers on-site 12-step meetings. Clients are expected to contribute to community activities including working in the facility’s garden. Recreational activities are also available to promote physical wellbeing and development alongside spiritual and mental treatments.
Upon completion of the residential program, many clients use the outpatient program as a step-down service. Referrals to sober living facilities and other community-based programs are also available.
The treatment team consists of a seven counselors and a nurse. The treatment team has extensive experience with the spiritual and cultural aspects of treatment, as well as accreditations for programming components.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Northwest Indian Treatment Center is a 28-bed facility set on a 2.5-acre campus, with separate buildings for spiritual meetings and educational classes. There are also three teaching gardens on the grounds. The three alumni surveyed gave four out of five stars or higher for the accommodations and maintenance of the facility.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The three alumni reviews at the time of this writing were positive. Three alumni polled by Best-rehabs.com gave four out of five star ratings or higher for most metrics, including holistic offerings, treatment effectiveness, staff support, and staff level of training and experience. All three indicated they would recommend the facility to loved ones who needed treatment.
Alumni reviewers appreciated the holistic nature of the program, noting many of the Native American-centered therapies as strengths. All alumni gave five out of five stars for its holistic offerings. “The only center I’ve been to that helped me to learn how to recover my mind, body, spiritual,e motional and social aspects of myself,” alum Camden wrote.
On Google, Northwest Indian Treatment Center earned five out of five stars from seven reviews at the time of this writing.  Alumni credited the facility with their sobriety and changing their life. In a representative review, alum Lisa wrote: “Wonderful place! I spent 45 days there and it changed my life.”
On its unofficial Facebook page, the facility received 4.9 out of five stars from 26 reviews.  In a representative review, alum Stephen wrote: “man this place literally changed my life. i tried to return to the life i knew best but the medicines that have found me through this place brought me to a place where i belong in spiritual freedom. thanks to all the staff for being consistant and for givin g f yourselves in the manner in which you have it is very powerful and life changing.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Best-rehabs.com has only received one representative review from a family member who was critical of NWITC’s family programming and said they would not recommend the facility. “My problem with this program is there is no family support…It is so wrong not to offer support and information and guidance to the family left at home,” loved one J.G. wrote.
According to the facility’s brochure, the cost of treatment (not including medical expenses) is $165 per day, and financial support may be available on a case-by-case basis. In addition, two alumni surveyed by Best-rehabs.com also indicated they paid for treatment through state/federal insurance or private insurance.