Based out of the state of Washington, Lakeside-Milam Recovery was established back in 1983 by Dr. James R. Milam. The company has a few different centers located around the state. Since its initiation, the programs at these centers have helped roughly 100,000 alcoholics and other recovering addicts. They treat both drug and alcohol addictions. Today over 10,000 individuals are active in their alumni program.

With such a great company history and statistics to back up the success of their programs, Lakeside-Milam is driven by the notion that an addiction does not have to be permanent and is in fact a treatable physical ailment. Despite the negative connotation that addictions and illnesses carry, there is a lot of hope to be found in this philosophy—hope for a variety of addicts that there is a light they can reach at the end of the metaphorical tunnel of addiction.

The Good

Among the programs at Lakeside-Milam are treatments catered toward adults, young adults, and families of recovering addicts. They service both inpatient and outpatient needs and incorporate the 12-step method to help their clients recover. With decades of experience and a good variety of services, this company has much to offer.

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  • Stress management and physical therapy. Included in the treatment for patients are training in stress management and physical therapy. Both the body and the mind are affected by an addiction, no doubt. The programs under this company help both facets, and these are two of many tools they use for that. Stress is an obvious trigger for many addicts, so it speaks well of these programs that they help clients deal specifically with stress and learn how to pause, reevaluate, and reallocate stress and triggers in their lives. Physical therapy is also a helpful part of recovering from an addiction, as your body needs time to heal and get strong again. In the long run, learning physical therapy techniques can also help you stay fit and let go of some of the physical triggers your body may feel.
  • The price is right. One thing Lakeside-Milam advocates is their free initial evaluation. Anything free has a great price, right? If you’re not committed to this company but would like some information—specifically information that would affect your particular alcohol treatment and medical history—this center can offer it. Furthermore, if you do commit to one of these programs, you will likely pay less than a majority of other rehab facilities. Not including laboratory testing, residential treatment (which is around a month long) only costs $9,813. Or, intensive outpatient treatment costs around $3,492. Rehabilitation from an alcohol addiction is bound to be expensive, but this company helps keep your costs low.
  • On-site detox. Lakeside-Milam isn’t the only company to offer on-site detox as part of their program. But one thing that potentially sets their detox apart is that they encourage their patients who are still in detox to attend other program activities if they are physically able to. They say that they’ve found this to be helpful to clients, perhaps because it serves as a distraction from some of the pain or because it helps clients to progress through the program rather than waiting to get started. The detox at these facilities are also medically supervised around the clock.

There is much to love about the programs at Lakeside-Milam. They cater to a variety of patient needs, respond quickly to inquiries should you have them, and personalize your treatment so that it fits you and your recovery process.

The Bad

Much of the negative aspects about this company are actually common among many other rehab facilities. In other words, a lot of other rehabs present these same limitations, but they serve as limitations nonetheless. And to be accurate, there are other facilities that do not present these weaknesses, so in comparison, Lakeside-Milam may come up short:

  • Insurance. While the facilities at Lakeside-Milam do accept most insurances, they do not accept state insurance or Tricare plans. Again, they are not the only rehab center to have this limitation, but it still prevents anyone who does have state insurance to pay only out-of-pocket costs for a very expensive process.
  • Time frame for treatment. Ultimately, the amount of time it takes for you to feel thoroughly stabilized, educated, and ready to transition from treatment to life will be very personal and specific. No two patients are the same, so you might need only a month of rehabilitation to complete that part of your long-term recovery. Or, you might need a more intense 90-day program. The time frame for treatment at Lakeside-Milam does vary by case, but they typically run clients through their residential program for 28 days (anywhere ranging from 14 to 35 days though). While 28 days could be sufficient for some patients, it might be way too short for others. And while it’s possible to spend more time than that at one of these facilities, the company doesn’t mention much about extended inpatient stays. This could be a negative, especially when there are facilities out there that offer much longer-term care.

Both the pros and cons of an alcohol rehab will depend on your preferences as a patient. On the whole, the cons at Lakeside-Milam are not specific to this company alone, but they are still limitations and could prevent patients from feeling totally comfortable and adequately cared for.

The Bottom Line

Lakeside-Milam is a CARF-accredited company. While they do have their ups and downs, the facilities have been running since the early ’80s and they have a solid number of patients who have gone through their programs and had success.

The main reasons you would not like this rehab are if you need a company that accepts state insurance, if you need outpatient care and don’t live in Washington, and if you prefer a longer-term inpatient program that focuses on 60- or 90-day treatment.

Aside from those limitations, this company has a lot to offer with their variety of programs and emphasis on the credible 12-step methodology. Because of this emphasis, their aftercare involves getting a sponsor (which helps with accountability in the post-treatment phase), and your treatment will involve a thorough analysis of your triggers and ways that you can reallocate stresses in your life. Furthermore, this company has the helpful philosophy that your addiction can be temporary, and you can become whole again.

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