North Central Health Care

North Central Health Care


North Central Health Care provides inpatient and outpatient mental health and addiction treatment, detox services, treatment for developmental disabilities, water therapy, and adult protective services for residents of Langlade, Lincoln, and Marathon Counties. Headquartered on the bank of the Wisconsin River in Wasau, central Wisconsin, the organization also has branches in Merrill, Antigo, and Tomahawk.


For addiction, North Central Health Care offers detox and acute inpatient services. In addiction to 24-hour-monitored inpatient detox, the facility offers ambulatory (or outpatient) detox for individuals aged 18+ who need to withdraw from alcohol and/or opiates. Ambulatory detox usually takes no more than 48 hours, and participants are monitored by nurses.

A six-week day treatment program involves attending programming for four complete mornings a week. The scheduled hours are filled with a combination of 12-step philosophy; evidence-based methodologies such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and rational emotive behavioral therapy (REBT); education about substance use disorder and co-occurring disorders; and music and art therapy.

North Central Health Care also offers less intensive outpatient addiction treatment for both adults and adolescents. Treatment is individualized, and clients might participate in any combination of individual, group, and/or family counseling. There are dedicated men’s and relapse prevention groups, as well as groups on motivation and the foundations of recovery. In addition to counseling, the center offers support and education for the individual’s loved ones; support for improved physical health, such as nutritional and exercise advice; and coaching in problem-solving and decision-making.

DUI services are also available at this facility.


The staff is multidisciplinary, consisting of psychiatrists, physicians, psychologists, social workers, dietitians, therapists, and nurses. The single alum polled by to date gave North Central Health Care three out of five stars for its staff’s level of training and experience.


There is currently no information provided by the facility regarding its living arrangements and related offerings, however, the single alum polled by to date gave the facility three stars for its cleanliness, accommodations, and meals/nutrition, and two stars for its exercise and leisure offerings.


The single alum polled by to date gave mixed feedback. “It was a good program they just seemed to lack compassion,” the anonymous reviewer wrote, giving North Central Health Care four stars for its treatment effectiveness, three stars for its family participation, counseling options, and ability to treat co-occurring disorders, and two stars for its holistic offerings.

Secondary sites yielded mixed feedback at the time of this writing: North Central Health Care had a 3.9-star average rating based on 49 reviews on Facebook (where the facility can manage its own page) and a two-star average rating based on eight reviews on Google.[1] [2] Negative reviewers repeatedly cited uncaring treatment: “Counseling was poor and not helpful it assisting me in resolving certain aspects in my life. Not only was it difficult enough just to open up personal experiences in my life, but along the process I was told ‘you are prime example of a millennial,'” L.Y. wrote in a representative review on Google. However, others disagreed sharply, praising the center’s staff and programming highly: “Can’t say enough about the employees and their high level of professionalism, empathy, and care. They truly want their patients to succeed!” A.K.W. wrote in a typical positive review on Facebook.


North Central Health Care accepts Medicaid and offers a sliding fee scale. The single alum polled by to date gave the facility four out of five stars for its affordability.


North Central Health Care Reviews

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  • It was effective. They contain a lot of info to get you into the right direction. They are skilled and getting you sobered up to receive that infor. State funded. Employees get paid less and produce less. High volume. In an out operation.
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  • location. Care. It was a good program they just seemed to lack compassion.