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Found in 1976, The Walker Center provides residential and outpatient treatment for substance abuse at three locations—Boise, Twin Falls and Gooding—in Idaho. Its services are individualized to meet the needs of many clients. Blending the principles of the 12 steps with evidence-based therapies such as CBT, this program offers a full continuum of care including adult residential treatment, medically monitored detox and outpatient treatment for adults and adolescents.

Accommodations and Food

The 42-bed residential program is located in a spacious, modern facility in Gooding, a small town in south-central Idaho. The detox unit has 12 of those beds. Dorm-like bedrooms with attached bathrooms are shared between two clients. The rooms feature twin beds, dressers and desks. Men and women occupy different wings of the building. The facility also features therapy rooms, offices, a dining hall, a common area with a TV and a small gym. Smoking is permitted in designated areas during break time.

Three meals a day are provided for clients. The menu changes on a daily basis, with favorites such as chicken wings and macaroni and cheese. Special dietary requests can usually be accommodated.

Treatment and Staff

The Walker Center provides an array of services, including detox, residential care and outpatient programs. While the residential program is for adults only, the outpatient services are available for both adults and adolescents. Thanks to highly individualized treatment plans, clients receive a personalized approach to recovery.

The adult residential program offers gender-specific and gender-separate treatment. The length of stay depends on the individual, although a minimum of 28 days is required. The medically-monitored detox process usually takes between three and seven days and is included in the cost. Once stabilization has been reached, the client moves to the residential unit and begins a rigorous schedule of therapy.

Evidence-based modalities such as CBT are used throughout treatment in both a group and individual setting. Group therapy happens on a daily basis, with topics such as relapse prevention, life skills, anger management, self-esteem and an introduction to the 12 steps. Individual therapy gives clients a chance to have one-on-one time with their primary therapist. These one-hour sessions usually occur once a week. The cost for the residential program is $10,250 per month.

Outpatient services are available to both adults and adolescents. An initial assessment determines the level of care needed. The high-level outpatient program meets three times a week, for a total of nine hours, while the low-level outpatient meets once a week for three hours. Both programs involve group therapy, individual therapy and family work. CBT and MRT are used throughout treatment. The cost for this program is roughly $2,500 per month.

The staff includes doctors, nurses, Master’s-level therapists and CSACs.


Family members of those in the residential program can participate in the recovery process through the family program. Six times each month, family group therapy is offered in the evening. During this time, topics such as codependency, healthy communication, boundaries and coping skills are discussed.

In Summary

The Walker Center relies heavily on evidence-based techniques to help clients develop a different way of thinking. Through long hours spent in group therapy, clients are able to understand their past behaviors, while learning new ways of coping. This straightforward program creates a solid foundation for sobriety.

The Walker Center Location

5420 Franklin Rd
Boise, ID 83705

The Walker Center Cost

$10,250 (30 days). Reach The Walker Center by phone at (800) 227-4190. Find The Walker Center on Facebook and Twitter

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