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Lakeside-Milam Recovery Centers

10322 NE 132nd Street, Kirkland, Washington, 98034
Lakeside Milam Recovery Centers works with people suffering from crippling addictions to drugs and alcohol. Lakeside’s comprehensive program includes not only physical and mental treatment modalities, but also extensive education programs that foster awareness and self-reliance. The staff at Lakeside develops personalized treatment plans that move clients perpetually forward in the journey towards sobriety. Lakeside does not believe in “quick fix” programs and encourages its clients to take recovery seriously and slowly. Lakeside offers inpatient, outpatient, residential and long-term treatment options to ensure that no clients “fall through the cracks” and relapse into addiction.

Facility Highlights

  • Family Programs
  • Outpatient Programs
  • Co-Occurring Disorders


  • Young Adult Treatment

    The disease of addiction presents in young adults no differently than it does for any other victim. It follows the same progression and demonstrates the same symptoms as it does in a middle-aged male or female. There is a difference, however, in how it affects key parts of the brain and how quickly the disease can progress.
  • Opiate Addiction Treatment

    Addiction to both licit and illicit opiates has increased dramatically. Young adults (18-25 years old) have been the largest segment of the population to fall victim to opiate addiction. While prescription drugs like oxycodone and hydrocodone may still be the drug of choice for many, the increasing cost of these drugs on the street has compelled many young addicts to turn to heroin, a cheaper but more dangerous drug, especially when injected.

Facility Settings

  • Average Location/Amenities

Meet the Staff

  • Monica Talley
    Monica TalleyHuman Resources Director
    Monica Talley began her career with Lakeside-Milam Recovery Centers in 1986 as an administrative assistant. She started at the main facility that was then located in Juanita at the St. Thomas Center. Monica is currently the Human Resources Director.
  • Quincy Jefferson
    Quincy JeffersonTraining Director
    Quincy Jefferson began his career with Lakeside-Milam Recovery Centers in 1997 as an Associate Counselor in the Adolescent Inpatient Center in Burien. Quincy is now the Training Director.

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Lakeside-Milam Recovery Centers (LMRC) operates 10 locations throughout Washington. The Kirkland facility is located about 17 miles south of Seattle and offers inpatient treatment for adults and outpatient treatment for adults and adolescents. The facility is one of 64 non-hospital, residential facilities in the state. If necessary, medical detox services are available on-site.


Treatment begins with a free assessment to help clinicians form an individualized treatment plans and determine if detoxification is necessary. In Washington, Lakeside-Milam is among the 18 non-hospital, residential facilities in the state to offer detox services.

Treatment plans are based on the 12-Steps. During residential care, clients may regularly attend 12-step meetings, obtain a sponsor, study fellowship literature, and participate in "step-work."

Along with 12-step immersion, residents also participate in individual and group counseling sessions, receive nutritional and physical therapy, complete assignments, and learn techniques for stress management. Families are invited to participate in educational programs and group meetings focused on addiction, recovery, and improving communication skills.

To accommodate client schedules, evening and daytime outpatient programs are available. Continuing care may involve 12-step referrals and referrals to other community-based support resources. LMRC also offers an alcohol and drug informational classes and a Deferred Prosecution Program that meets state guidelines.


LMRC employs professional doctors and counselors, and the facility is one of 70 CARF-accredited facilities in Washington state. To date, the 20 individuals polled by Rehabs.com on the matter generally approved of the facility's staff.

Staff Experience and Training: 3.8/5


LMRC’s website indicated that clients share rooms and have access to recreational facilities. To date, reviews from the 20 loved ones and clients polled by Rehabs.com indicated that they found the accommodations clean.

Cleanliness: 4/5


The approximately 20 alumni polled by Rehabs.com to date offered polarizing opinions concerning the facility, especially its staff. “My counselor read me like a book. I would say, the counselors are the strength,” L.R.C. wrote in a positive review. An anonymous reviewer added: “Attentiveness of staff was nice.Time spent with individual seemed short.” Conversely, one anonymous alum added, “The counselor I was assigned had emotional problems and was mean."

Overall, the 10 alumni polled on specific metrics tending to appreciate the level of family involvement, though offered more critical ratings concerning programming.

Family Participation: 3.9/5
Counseling Options: 2.1/5
Holistic Offerings: 1.7/5

Alumni were also critical of the comfort of the facility, visitor policy, and policy on prescribed medication during treatment. “Its a $ factory. They didn't know or care who was in detox and who was in treatment. The staff is uninformed and unfriendly,” J.A. wrote in a representative review.

Would Recommend: 3.1/5
Connectivity/Visitor Policy: 2.4/5


Reviews from loved ones were more positive than those submitted by alumni. The ten loved ones who responded to specific metrics gave higher average ratings to many aspects of programming. Loved ones praised the facility's compassionate staff and ease of access. One anonymous friend of a client wrote that while the facility was expensive, “They were very accommodating with visitations for his wife to spend time with him through this difficult period. “

Family Participation: 4.1/5
Would Recommend: 3.8/5
Counseling Options: 3.2/5

However, some loved of cited cost and a lack of treatment options as weaknesses. Holly, whose husband attended the facility, wrote: “Treatment works if followed. However, there were no holistic applications.” Another loved one complained about a “large patient to counselor ratio.”


LMRC’s website indicated that it is in network with most major insurance carriers. Public and scholarship funds are available. To date, the 20 individuals polled on the matter by Rehabs.com offered mixed opinions concerning cost.

Affordability: 3.4/5

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