Olalla Recovery Centers in Olalla, WA

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12850 SE Lala Cove Lane
Olalla WA 98359

Olalla Recovery Centers Philosophy

Olalla Recovery Services offers drug and alcohol abuse treatment services for adult men and women. Olalla also offers specialized programs for Native Americans that utilize a modified spiritual equivalent to the 12-step model. Treatment services include assessment, detoxification and stabilization, residential treatment, outpatient care, and relapse prevention training.

Areas of Specialization

  • Individual Therapy
    This term describes one-on-one therapy, in which a patient and trained counselor, social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist meets privately with a patient to discuss challenges related to lifestyle, work, family and romantic relationships that may have contributed to the development of an addiction.

  • Holistic Therapy
    Facilities that offer “holistic therapy” see and treat patients in the context of their entire lives and health status. They treat the “whole person,” not just the addiction.

Facility Highlights




Meet the Staff

Christine Lynch, BA, CDPT

Executive Director

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Christine has been with Olalla Recovery Centers since 2000. Prior to her work in chemical dependency, Christine worked in the law enforcement and legal field for over ten years. She has a degree in psychology, business administration and human resource management. April 2013, Christine was appointed to serve as Executive Director for the organization. Christine oversees both the residential program in Olalla and outpatient program in Gig Harbor. Christine is also the Treasurer for the Washington State Association of Addiction Professionals, a member of the Gig Harbor/Key Peninsula Suicide Prevention Coalition, and a member of the Gig Harbor/Key Peninsula Youth Violence Prevention Coalition.

David Nogle, BA, CDP

Outpatient Counselor

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David is relatively new to the field of chemical dependency counseling; however, he has over four years of doing individual support for those dealing with family and personal trials through a Christian-based support program. David chose to work in chemical dependency treatment through his own personal experience within his family. He recognized the need for assistance in dealing with the chemically dependent is growing and felt this field is where he could be of service to others. David enjoys building & refinishing furniture as well as remodeling. He volunteers at various non-profit organizations in the area as well.

Rehabs.com 360 Guide

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Located on 12 wooded acres outside Seattle-Tacoma, Olalla Recovery Centers (ORC) offers a continuum of holistic treatment for individuals struggling with substance use disorders, including unique Native American and gender-specific programming. The Olalla Guest Lodge is one of 18 (4.5 percent of 396) treatment facilities in Washington to provide residential detox services.

Up to 90 days of residential care is available to adults, as well as outpatient programming for adults and teenagers, through Gig Harbor Counseling. Nationally, just 26 percent of facilities provide specialized treatment for adolescents.


Services at Olalla Recovery Centers may begin with a Johnson model intervention involving family and friends. Family involvement is prioritized at ORC through a dedicated four-week program.

This facility prides itself on individualized treatment plans. Residential programming serves both clients who are participating in treatment for the first time and those continuing in rehabilitation, through Olalla’s relapse prevention program. In addition to evidence-based group therapy and educational lectures, clients can expect to participate in an array of activities addressing physical and spiritual recovery. Opportunities include 12-step meetings, yoga, meditation, Reiki, and acupuncture, a service available at just 5.6 percent of Washington facilities.

Native American addiction recovery programming involves education and participation in the Medicine Wheel, smudging ceremonies, and a monthly Spiritual Circle, led by Native American elders.

Both individual and group counseling are available through ORC’s outpatient programming. The facility’s intensive outpatient program (IOP) offers beginning and relapse prevention support. Adolescent treatment follows an intensive 24-week Matrix Model, which involves education, 12-step principles, and drug-testing.


The treatment team at Olalla Recovery Centers includes master’s-level chemical dependency professionals (CDP), a Reiki master, and staff members with varied backgrounds in personal recovery, the military, the Peace Corps, crisis management, and vocational services. ORC is among the 29 percent of facilities nationwide accredited by CARF.


The picturesque facilities at Olalla Recovery Centers offer views of Mount Rainier and Puget Sound. Gender-separate dorms serve a total of 47 residents in simple, shared bedrooms. The lodge grounds offer basketball, extensive outdoor walkways and seating, and a bright, airy dining room.


Six of seven alumni polled to date by Rehabs.com would recommend Olalla Recovery Centers to others. The six polled more extensively on an array of metrics indicated strong satisfaction with the mind-body-spirit approach at the core of treatment.

Family Participation: 4.6/5
Holistic Offerings: 4.5/5
Exercise and Leisure: 4.2/5

Alumni tended to highlight accommodations and the staff’s “caring touch,” along with their professionalism. Lower average ratings suggested some found psychotherapy approaches somewhat limited.

Cleanliness: 5/5
Staff Experience and Training 4.7/5
Counseling options: 3.4/5

Elsewhere, alumni feedback for ORC was mostly positive. On Google, 11 reviewers contributed to a rating of 3.2 out of five stars.[1] Critical alumni cited financial concerns and inadequate treatment, while positive reviewers described transformational experiences. In a representative review, A.D. wrote: “I learned so much about myself and healed more than I could ever imagine.” Two Yellowpages.com reviews offered polarized perspectives, one characterizing the program as chaotic and the other as life-saving.[2]


Reviews from three loved ones surveyed by Rehabs.com were favorable, each awarding four or five stars for the level of family participation. "Staff is motivated and compassionate. Very knowledgable (many have also had addiction issues). Program fully involves patients with their own treatment plans," one loved one wrote.


The sole staff member surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing praised the facility’s secluded location, Native American focus, and “commitment to patient care.” Likewise, on Indeed, five former or current employees rated Olalla Recovery Centers 4.2 out of five stars on average. One repeated perspective was of committed staff working with insufficient funding.[3]


Olalla Recovery Centers accepts coverage through most insurance providers, including Apple Health, according to its website. Some in-house financing also is available. To date, the seven individuals polled by Rehabs.com on the matter appreciated the facility's cost.

Affordability: 5/5

[1] GoogleReviews
[2] https://www.yellowpages.com/olalla-wa/mip/olalla-recovery-centers-452840528
[3] https://www.indeed.com/cmp/Olalla-Recovery-Centers/reviews

Published on June 2019

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great family place


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I had been to many place's before thisnone...I've been to country club type that cost up to 80,000,but when I walked on here it felt like I was home. Wonderful caring staff and great food.


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The lectures were interactive, smart and very informative! The facility was superbly well maintained. The staff were very accomodating and respectful! The dr was only there a few rimes a week. The center allowed us to take part of native traditions ie. smudging and drumming. Thays the main reason for me picking this treatment center.


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An overall good facility; could have used better 12-step and faith-based programs.


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If you are looking to recover from addiction and want a loving caring place, I would not recommend this place at all. The treat people like criminals. I\'m not a criminal and was hoping to find a caring place to educate myself on recovery. I do not agree with how this place is run. I ended up leaving early and going straight to AA meeting and got a sponsor immediately. I have now been sober for over 5 years. There is an easier softer way.


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It's isolated from the city. The area is amazing and it over looks the Puget sound. The staff is well trained and has been there. You know that they are the real deal. Olalla recovery center took me out of my element, into myself and gave me the tools to fix my issues. A downfall was that at the time I went there was not on site detox. You had to detox and then come in.


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They offer medical treatments as well as counseling to get their results. Also, group activities with outsiders to aid in the process. It accommodates many religious and personal beliefs in attaining a personal balance.


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My god this place is a joke. Staff assaulting others, incredibly weak staffing, kids running wild all night, drugs in the dorm, us against them attitude with staff and clients. I am therapist so I have expectations and understand staffing issues. Only one staff total on the grounds at night, really. Not sure what would happen if a client knocked him out. It's just not therapeutic. They want your cash and if you want a place where you can coast through, this is your place. There are no expectations.


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Staff is motivated and compassionate. Very knowledgable (many have also had addiction issues). Program fully involves patients with their own treatment plans


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Inexpensive, private location, spiritually based 12 step orientated. Spirituality, Native American focus, commitment to patient care.


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Owe my recovery to Olalla Recovery Center.


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I cannot speak highly enough about this treatment center. Very professional, yet, with a personal caring touch. This place saved my life!


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