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The Matt Talbot Center is a Washington State licensed, intensive outpatient addiction recovery center serving people in the greater Seattle area. We welcome adult men and women who are committed to becoming clean and sober to join our program free of charge. Through our faith-based program, members attend classes aimed at understanding and addressing issues associated with their addiction. These classes are combined with individual counseling and group fellowship.

Our treatment programs include:

Men’s Clinical Treatment Program

Many men seeking treatment for addiction at the Matt Talbot Center are homeless at the time they enter the program. Typically, the men seeking treatment may be experiencing significant depression or anxiety.  It is not uncommon for male members to also need assistance with anger management.  The Matt Talbot Center’s Men’s Clinical Treatment Program is designed to build a comprehensive treatment plan to assist male members with these issues. Treatment is provided in three phases designed to be completed in one year.  Phase I is an intensive, outpatient program lasting 120 days. Phase II is an outpatient program lasting four months.  Phase III, the equivalent of aftercare, comprises the remaining four months.  Learn more about the recovery program.

Women’s Clinical Treatment Program

Women who have been addicted and homeless are amongst our most vulnerable members of any community.  Most addicted, homeless women will suffer physical and sexual assault while on the streets. It is this population that the Matt Talbot Center’s Women’s Clinical Treatment Program is designed to assist.  Our staff is specifically trained to provide care to women whose histories have included trauma in addition to addiction.  Treatment is provided in three phases designed to be completed in one year.  Phase I is an intensive, outpatient program lasting 120 days. Phase II is an outpatient program lasting four months.  Phase III, the equivalent of aftercare, comprises the remaining four months.  Learn more about the recovery program.

Individual, Group, and Family Counseling

The Matt Talbot Center provides a wide-range of counseling services within an outpatient framework. As such, the Matt Talbot Center staff is available to counsel individuals, groups and  families struggling with addiction.

Case Management Services

Those who have been addiction often enter recovery through a treatment program only to face a host of life issues resulting from years of drug and alcohol use. Case Management provides essential support to those in recovery from addiction and alcoholism. Whether assisting a client with legal issues, finding housing, mental health care or primary medical care, the Matt Talbot Center Case Management staff is highly qualified to assist individuals in recovery from severe addiction and concurrent mental health needs.

Crisis Intervention & Referral Services

Crisis knows no hours of operation.  Those who are addicted and, those who are in recovery, may experience a crisis at anytime.  Whether it be a family, legal, medical, or mental health issue, it is essential that the individual receive the care they need when they need it.  Most often, Crisis Intervention means stabilizing and referring the client to a partner agency in the community designed to address the need.  The Matt Talbot Center staff are experts are combining community-based services to meet the needs of a client in crisis twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

Housing/Shelter Assistance

Men and women typically enter our program living in shelters or less than optimum housing. Although the Matt Talbot Center does not officially provide housing to members, we partner with related community-based organizations to assist our members in accessing housing services while participating in our program.

  • Immanuel Lutheran Church: After approximately three weeks and with recommendation from their case manager, a member may be eligible to move into clean and sober shelter living at Immanuel Lutheran Church, operated by staff from the Matt Talbot Center.  This desirable setting is controlled and free from drugs and alcohol.  With a maximum capacity of 15 men, the Immanuel Lutheran Center (ICS) shelter is arguably one of the best shelters available.  Men who receive housing at the ICS can stay until more stable housing is found.
  • Mary McClinton Home: To address the growing need for women’s transitional housing, the Matt Talbot Center has developed the Mary McClinton Home. This transitional housing community provides an opportunity for women to break the cycle of homelessness, addiction and abuse. The sober facility provides housing for women in early recovery, and includes programming tailored specifically to the needs of women. This home is operated by the Matt Talbot Center.
  • Traugott Terrace: Traugott Terrace is a clean and sober apartment community for single adult men and women.  All individuals who are committed to a higher quality of life receive support and encouragement to pursue a life of purpose, restore relationships, and live life free from addictions. Traugott Terrace apartments located directly above the Matt Talbot Center and operated in conjunction with our staff.  These drug-free apartment homes offer award-winning designs and an ideal location in Belltown.  Eligibility requirements include applicant be able to provide a verified period of sobriety (minimum of 45 days for the transitional floor and at least 90 days for the permanent floor levels).

Drug Screening and Urine Analysis

A regular feature of treatment at the Matt Talbot Center is random drug screening and urine-based testing. Drug testing allows the staff of the Matt Talbot Center to monitor the progress of members through the program, to report when appropriate to outside agencies, and to ensure a drug-free treatment environment for members to work on their recovery in. Although drug testing is random at the Matt Talbot Center, it is typically done on a weekly basis.

Wilderness Initiative (Hiking, Mountain Climbing, Cultural & Recreational Outings)

A major issue facing those in recovery from drug addiction and alcoholism is establishing new patterns of drug-free living. Most recovering addicts and alcoholics experience symptoms of PAWS (Post-Acute Withdrawal Symptoms) for many months after cessation of drug use. PAWS can present a significant challenge for the recovering individual. It is essential to find natural methods releasing dopamine in the brains of those in recovery. Since its inception, the Matt Talbot Center has used experientially based therapeutic techniques to assist those experiencing symptoms of PAWS (intense boredom, fatigue, depressed mood, sleeplessness, memory difficulties). Experiential therapeutic approaches, like the Wilderness Initiative, which allows members to spend time in the wilderness or in pursuit of recreational opportunities, have been found to be extremely successful in assisting in those in recovery with symptoms of PAWS.

Weight Room

Recovering addicts and alcoholics thrive when given the opportunity to exercise. The Matt Talbot Center has been fortunate to receive a gift of professional workout equipment from a major gym. As such, all members who are physically capable of participating in a fitness program have the opportunity to use the equipment afternoons most days of the week. This program of fitness is a major step in restoring physical health and mental well-being to members in recovery.