Frequently Asked Questions

1) What do I bring to the initial assessment?

Please read our Getting Started page for full information about what you can expect from your first visit to ICS.

2) I've been assessed at another agency in the past, but I want to pursue treatment at ICS. Will you accept my prior assessment? 

The state of Washington requires that state-certified treatment agencies perform their own assessments for new clients. You are welcome to bring your previous evaluation summary and recommendations, and we will use this as supporting information in our assessment of your clinical needs. 

3) Someone I care about (child/significant other/family member) needs treatment. How can I help them? 


The first step to accessing treatment is a substance use disorder assessment. 

If the person you care about is willing to participate in treatment, you may schedule an assessment by contacting our office at (206) 216-5000.

If the person you care about is not yet willing to participate in treatment, you are encouraged to schedule an individual session for yourself (or a family session for other concerned family members). We can help you explore options as well as provide education and support in navigating the relational impact of substance use. 

“As the parent of an addict, it has been invaluable to me to receive counseling from a therapist with skill, empathy and a wealth of experience in this area.”
— Pat

4) I am a parent who has scheduled an initial assessment for my child. May I accompany them to their appointment?  

Yes, please accompany your child to the assessment appointment in order to provide collateral information toward the evaluation as well as participate in a brief family interview. Additionally, please bring contact information for any relevant third parties (school counselor, attorney, probation officer, case manager, etc.) who may be involved in coordination of care or mandated reporting.


5) What is a group session like?

Group sessions are facilitated by staff counselors and typically involve 7–12 clients of mixed ages, ethnicities, genders, and orientations. The counselor guides participants through a dialogue that addresses relevant issues and incorporates therapeutic processes, addiction education, relapse prevention, and mindfulness skills development. 

6) Can I set up treatment that fits my work schedule? 

ICS offers individual counseling Monday through Friday, and group counseling Monday through Thursday, with options for morning, afternoon or evening groups. We do our best to accommodate your individual scheduling needs. Placement in groups is based upon space availability as well as your specific clinical needs. 

7) Do you provide medications for detoxification or mental health purposes?

No, our staff is not authorized to dispense medications. However, we can coordinate care with your physician or psychiatrist. 

8) Do you accept clients taking Suboxone, Antabuse, or other medication-assisted recovery treatments? 

Yes, you may attend treatment at ICS while taking Suboxone, Antabuse, or other medication-assisted recovery treatments. However, ICS will need to coordinate care with your physician or psychiatrist as we do not dispense or prescribe medications.

“My six-year (and counting!) sobriety journey would not have been possible without ICS’s unique blend of three key components: non-judgmental individual guidance; supportive cross-talk sessions with other addicts; and short sessions exploring the latest scientific evidence about treatment components like how an addict’s brain works, the importance of nutrition and exercise, and the best ways to avoiding triggers and relapse. Thank you, ICS!”
— Abbie

If you have additional questions that are not covered here, we invite you to call our office at (206) 216-5000. A member of our team will be happy to answer your questions.