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SeaView Community Services


SeaView Community ServicesThe Basics

SeaView Community Services was originally established as Seward Live Action Council in 1972. It is a full-service community agency that provides central management for a diverse array of programs, including outpatient substance abuse treatment. The center also provides grief counseling and domestic violence support as well as mental and behavioral health services, among other offerings. Its mission is to battle the rising surge of substance abuse in Seward. This small town in Alaska, 50 miles south of Anchorage, has a year-round population of only about 3,000, a high tourism rate and 14 bars. SeaView Community Services serves clients from the Eastern Kenai Peninsula, which includes the towns of Seward and Hope.

Treatment and Staff

SeaView Community Services offers an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) that typically lasts about 14 weeks, but varies per client. The program utilizes different treatment practices, including the Matrix Model and traditional talk therapy. Prior to admission, an in-person assessment with a counselor is completed. While detox services are not provided, referrals are made.

Clients receive individualized treatment plans, with weekly IOP treatment including individual therapy as needed, and group therapy and/or drug and alcohol educational classes. Participants are expected to attend a total of no less than nine hours of therapy or classes per week. There are flexible group schedules and weekend classes available to accommodate work and family commitments. Counselors help to decide which groups and classes are appropriate for each person. Group therapy topics include relapse prevention, co-occurring disorders, coping skills, guilt and forgiveness, and anger management and Motivational Interviewing (MI) is one of the treatment modalities. Educational topics include money management, nutrition and exercise, Hepatitis C, medical consequences of addiction, the 12 steps and discussions on marijuana and its effects.

There are two Bachelor’s-level CADCs, including Jill Hemstock who is head of the substance abuse recovery program. With an average of approximately 25 clients, the ratio of counseling staff to clients is one-to-12. Dual diagnosis clients are referred to a community mental health clinic that works in conjunction with Seaview Community Services to provide and manage psychiatric medication, when needed.


SeaView Community Services offers counseling, crisis intervention and other services for victims of violence and sexual assault. The center also provides a youth and family support program and referral services for seniors and disabled individuals, as well as residential referral services for adults who suffer from severe mental or emotional disturbances.

In Summary

With Hemstock at the helm of the substance abuse recovery program, SeaView Community Services goes the extra mile in terms of helping clients heal from chemical dependency and co-occurring disorders. In addition, the rehab does not turn away a client regardless of ability to pay, and provides a sliding scale fee for those who qualify.

SeaView Community Services
302 Railway Ave
P.O. Box 1045
Seward, AK 99664

SeaView Community Services Cost: Sliding scale. Reach SeaView Community Services by phone at (907) 224-5257 or (888) 224-5257 (toll-free, in Alaska). Find SeaView Community Services at Facebook and Twitter

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