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Lakeside-Milam Recovery Center - Burien Inpatient

12845 Ambaum Blvd., SW Burien, Washington, 98146
Lakeside-Milam Recovery Centers at Burien offers drug and alcohol abuse treatment programs for adolescents. Services include assessment, individualized treatment planning, intervention, inpatient treatment, residential programs, individual and group counseling, addiction education, 12-Step groups, family programs, stress-management classes, relapse prevention and aftercare programs.

Facility Highlights

  • Interventions
  • Employer Support Services
  • Medical Support Services


  • Adolescent Residential Inpatient Program

    The strongest influences for adolescents for better or worse are the peers that dictate the behavior of the group. Most adolescents who are addicted and in need of treatment have adopted a group in which drugs and drug taking are the norm. Treatment begins with exposure to another peer group, a group of adolescents who believe there is a better way to act, think and believe. The milieu at the adolescent unit is designed to promote that better way and to help patients begin acting, feeling and thinking their way to sobriety.
  • Outpatient Programs

    At Lakeside-Milam, our treatment philosophy is quite simple. We build individualized treatment programs to help patients get back on track—with minimal disruption to their busy lives. For many clients, the flexibility of outpatient care allows them to remain within a supportive family environment and to keep working. We offer programs that work. Over 80% of Lakeside-Milam clients get help through our outpatient programs. We have over 10,000 recovering alumni, with thousands of new patient referrals coming from former clients.

Facility Settings

  • Wilderness

Meet the Staff

  • Quincy Jefferson
    Quincy JeffersonTreatment Director of the Kirkland Inpatient (Adult) facility
    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 Treatment Director of the Kirkland Inpatient (Adult) facility.
  • Brian Murphy
    Brian MurphyAdministrator of the Lakeside-Milam outpatient office in Edmonds
    Brian Murphy began working for Lakeside-Milam in 2001 as an Associate Counselor in the adult residential center. Brian is currently the Administrator of the Lakeside-Milam outpatient office in Edmonds.

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The Lakeside Milam Recovery Center in Burien, Wash., offers residential treatment for adolescents struggling with addiction to drugs and alcohol. With the goal of reuniting families, the program treats addiction as a chronic physiological and progressive illness and emphasizes that clients who follow the Lakeside treatment plan will begin to heal. This program is a part of the Lakeside Milam Recovery Centers network, which operates a variety of treatment centers throughout Washington State and Alaska.

Detox services are provided at the network’s Kirkland facility, just over 30 minutes away.


For Lakeside Milam’s adolescent clients, treatment is designed to maximize peer support and influence and begins with interactions with other adolescents and young adults who’ve made the choice to change their lives for the better. Each new client is assigned a buddy who is successfully completing treatment.

Services include assessments, individualized treatment plans, counseling, addiction education, nutritional and physical therapy, 12-step group meetings, tutoring, relaxation and stress-management classes, therapeutic recreation, and continuing care. Family members are urged to participate in twice weekly educational sessions as well as in a weekend workshop focused on communication. Upon discharge, clients are encouraged to continue to attend twice weekly 12-step meetings held on-site.


The LMRC staff consists of counselors, associate counselors, doctors, and nurses. LMRC is one of the 70 (17.7 percent) of Washington treatment centers that are CARF-accredited.


Residents share rooms. The organization publishes little information about amenities on-site, but former clients reviewing for Rehabs.com to date gave an average score of 3.5 out of five stars for the quality of the accommodations.


Rehabs.com has received evenly mixed reviews of the Lakeside Milam Burien center regarding the effectiveness of treatment, as well as the accommodations and experience with various staff. Some had high praise for the program and its efficacy. For instance, alum M.T. said simply: “Saved my life!” Other respondents, however, claimed that their treatment was “a joke” and too costly for what they received.


Reviews by loved ones for the facility’s Burien residence are also mixed. Most indicated approval when it came to family involvement, but out of four ratings submitted by loved ones to Rehabs.com to date, the facility has received an average 3.5 out of five stars for treatment effectiveness. Ratings fell even further for holistic options and connectivity.

Several friends and family members criticized the condition of the facility and claimed that it held too many clients at once. An anonymous loved one listed additional aspects that were not pleasing. “Facility was old and outdated, they mixed adolescents with adults,” they wrote. The same reviewer also listed positives, which included, “Counselors who were experienced, visiting days, education.”

Additional positive feedback came from Linda, who said: "Family program was great! I would highly recommend this program."


Lakeside Milam accepts self-payment, private insurance, and state insurance (non-Medicaid).

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