The Healing Lodge of the Seven Nations in Spokane, WA

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5600 East 8th Avenue
Spokane WA 99212

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Located on 50 acres of rolling terrain in Spokane Valley, Wash., the Healing Lodge of the Seven Nations offers residential substance abuse treatment designed for the Native American population. Services are available for males and females ages 13 to 17, both Native and non-Native American, with a primary diagnosis of chemical dependency. The facility does not offer detox services, and residents must be substance-free for 72 hours prior to admission.

The center is one of 12 Indian Health Services Regional Youth Treatment Centers around the country. It also is among 29 percent of substance abuse treatment facilities in the state with specially tailored programs for adolescents.


Priority admission is given to users who inject drugs and pregnant substance abusers. Once admitted, each client is assigned a primary counselor who implements a treatment program.

The Healing Lodge offers a holistic approach to treatment that is individualized to each youth's needs. The program ranges from 90 to 120 days and combines traditional, spiritual, and cultural practices. While Native American culture is infused in the program, residents can decide whether or not to partake in tribal rituals. Within the state, the center is one of 33 substance abuse treatment facilities that offers long term 30+ days of residential, non-hospital care.

The center is also among 54.3 percent of substance abuse treatment facilities in the state that use dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) to help clients deal with daily stressors and work toward a meaningful life. This approach seeks to increase self-esteem and assist clients learn new behaviors and recognize triggers that result in drug use. According to the facility's website, nutrition is another important aspect of treatment to "help their bodies and minds heal."

Individual and group counseling, chemical dependency education, process groups, life skills training, and family education and counseling are mainstays of treatment. The center is also unique in that it offers a social justice curriculum.


The Healing Lodge employs a team of counselors including chemical dependency counselors, chemical dependency counselor trainees, mental health counselors, and family education specialists. The facility also uses “skills coaches,” who are staff members that monitor the residence halls 24/7 and coach residents in daily living skills.


The Healing Lodge has a total of 45 beds for adolescents spread across three main buildings arranged in a circle, which represents a symbol of harmony. The facilities include an indoor gym with a weight room, cafeteria, and softball field. Teepees and medicine wheels, both aspects of Native American culture, line the grounds.

Activities include basketball, volleyball, and softball as well as an expressive arts program, which engages youth in song writing, music development, and recording. The Sinpaqcheen School, an alternative facility located on the campus, is operated by the center through Spokane School District 81 – a fully accredited state educational institution.


On secondary sites, The Healing Lodge received highly favorable coverage to date: perfect five stars based on one review on, and perfect five stars again based on three reviews on Google. [1] [2] J.J. on wrote: It was the best life changing experience I had ever gone through The Healing Lodge help me find me the me I was before I started to use they have the best staff and everyone that was at the healing lodge staff and Patients are forever in my heart and my family.”


At the time of this writing, the sole loved one polled by reported a good experience. L.K. awarded all of the main survey metrics positive ratings: perfect five stars for facility cleanliness and upkeep, family participation, likelihood to recommend, and staff experience and training; four out of five stars for affordability and connectivity/visitor policy; and three stars for counseling options and holistic offerings.

When asked about the facility’s strengths, L.K. wrote: “Native American based model. Speaks to youth also has great cultural and musical programs.” The loved one also felt the facility was “Very family oriented. Spiritual and physical.”


The one staff member polled by to date submitted largely positive opinions about the center, offering five stars for holistic offerings; four stars for affordability, facility cleanliness and upkeep, and family participation; and three stars for connectivity/visitor policy and counseling options.

However, the staffer assigned two stars for likelihood to recommend and for staff experience and training. As strengths of the facility, the reviewer wrote: “Excellent facility and counselors.” However, they wanted to be aware of the “Non-responsive office staff, intake coordinator and admissions.”

On secondary sites, employees offered mixed opinions about The Healing Lodge to date: 3.8 out of five stars based on eight reviews on Indeed and one two-star rating on Glassdoor. [3] [4] Positive reviewers praised the center’s mission, rewarding work, and opportunity to learn about the culture, expressed in a five-star review by a skills coach. “If you enjoy working with youths who are addicted to drugs and alcohol then this place is for you,” they wrote.


The residential program is funded by Indian Health Services and the state of Washington, as well as local, state, and federal partners.

[2] GoogleReviews

Published on January 2019

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Excellent facility and counselors. Non-responsive office staff, intake coordinator and admissions. You never speak to a person, only voicemail. Minimal to no call backs. Attempted to get a patient into treatment here and after 6 weeks of waiting for a bed and rude/no responses to requests for updates, no bed ever became available. VERY disappointed.

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Native American based model. Speaks to youth also has great cultural and musical programs. Very family oriented. Spiritual and physical

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