Residential Treatment

Residential Treatment

The Walker Center’s residential program is for adults over the age of 18 and treats drug and alcohol addiction as a disease.

The client’s length of stay at The Walker Center is determined by clinical needs, minimum standard stay is 28 days. Our residential program, located in a beautiful, modern facility in Gooding, Idaho, offers gender-specific and gender-separate treatment. This best practice standard gives clients the opportunity to discuss important issues and explore the realities of their addiction without the distraction that often comes in mixed-gender programs.


The Walker Center uses a number of different treatment modalities to help clients build the foundation for a lasting recovery. Cognitive Behavioral Group counseling is the preferred method in helping clients get a clearer, more realistic picture of how addiction has impacted their lives and the lives of those around them. Group counseling also helps clients discover that they are not alone, not the only one whose use of alcohol and/or drugs has wreaked havoc within the home, work, relationships, finances, health and within their own personal value system.



The Walker Center offers experiential-based therapies on our state-of-the-art CHALLENGE course — all designed to give clients direct, meaningful and personal feedback by interacting with the environment. These experiential exercises, when combined with the other elements of our program, offer a powerful experience in helping clients make different choices and uncover new strategies in dealing with old problems.

Planning for adult residential treatment at The Walker Center.

What to bring to treatment:

  • Your own pillow for comfort, your own bedspread or comforter if you desire
  • A week’s worth of casual clothing
  • Cold weather gear in winter months (coat, jacket, stocking cap, gloves, warm socks, sweat shirts, long johns, warm boots)
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Personal grooming items
  • Electric and/or disposable razor
  • Calling Cards/Phone Cards
  • Money for stamps, vending machines, etc. (est. $20)
  • Sorry, we are unable to cash checks. Please bring enough cash to pay for any medications you may need after you are admitted and anything you may need from town.
  • Laundry facility is available at no charge, with soap and fabric softener available
  • Please bring all medications that have been approved in your admission screening (any prescriptions MUST have the full pharmacy label intact). Over the counter, such as aspirin, Advil, antacids, nicotine patches or lozenges, etc. must be UNOPENED!
  • Have all prescriptions filled before you come.

What not to bring to treatment:

  • No electronic devices:
    • Cassette or CD players
    • Tapes or CD’s
    • Cell phones
    • Lap tops
  • Books or magazines
  • Pocket knives
  • Snacks, food, etc.
  • Nicotine gum
  • Valuables can be locked up, but it is best if you leave valuables, such as extra credit cards or jewelry, at home.
  • Clothing restrictions:
    • No tank tops or revealing clothing
    • No short shorts, they must be no higher than 2 inches above the knees
    • No writing on T-shirts that have to do with drugs, alcohol, bars or gambling
    • No Big Johnson T-shirts
“Three and half years after leaving the Center, I can say without reservation, my worst day in my recovery (and there have been some) is 1000% better than my best day in my addiction.” Ted S.