Sequoia Detox Centers

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Dr. James Knutson

Owner/ Founder / Chief Medical Director

Dr. James Knutson

James Knutson MD is the Founder, Owner, and Medical Director of Sequoia Detox Centers. He is a Seattle native who graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine before completing a Residency program in adult psychiatry followed by a child and adolescent psychiatry Fellowship at the University of Southern California. He returned to the Seattle area and worked in private practice before becoming interested in clinical research and establishing Core Clinical Research (CCR). He has been owner and Principal Investigator for CCR and conducted over 250 clinical trials. Dr K has had a special interest in addiction medicine for the past 25 years and has worked in acute detox since 2012. His passion to help people struggling with addiction find a path to wellness inspired him to establish Sequoia Detox Centers. Dr Knutson believes every person is unique and that there “isn’t only one way to get sober”. He lives on the Eastside of Seattle with his family and enjoys travel, cycling, hiking, and golf.

What Our Clients Have to Say

Nicholas A.

I came to Sequoia when I was at my lowest due to heavy alcohol use. I was treated with kindness and compassion, and never felt any judgement. I was comfortable during medication assisted detox, and was kept informed of my care the whole time. The facility is very nice, with each person having their own room and television. When I relapsed and began drinking heavily again, Sequoia was my first call and I returned for a second stay because my first time was so pleasant. For anyone who need a detox facility and is wondering where to go, look no further than Sequoia.

Sarah J.

My name is Sarah and I highly recommend this detox center. They helped me so much I can't even tell you. I went from hell to heaven in a matter of days. I instantly felt safe when I got there. It is medically assisted but they do not force medication you do not want. The food was all catered. They are a private doctor owned facility and the people are really there to help. It was unlike any treatment facility I have been to in the past. I was there 5 days and am now 11 days sober. I could not have done it without their help.

Kelsi B.

I didn't know what to expect coming in, besides that I expected to leave after detoxing for a few days, but the amazing staff have opened my eyes so much about myself, my addiction, and my mental health. I am now heading to inpatient treatment that I believe will be life-changing for me. They helped me so much here and then personally sought out the perfect program for me to go as my next step.

Liliac L.

I had a wonderful experience at Sequoia Detox Center. The place is very clean and the staff was extremely helpful. They helped me through my issues and with their location being private it allowed me to focus on me and my road to recovery. Thanks SEQUOIA!


As someone that previously utilized other detox/treatment centers in the in the Spokane area and out of state, Sequoia was by far the most comfortable and effective experience of them all. While the private rooms and other amenities are great, the comprehensive and personalized medical care from Dr. Knutsen, the counselor, pharmacist, and RN/CNAs are the true reason for the 5 star rating. I appreciate all Sequoia did to get me started on the right track.


My overall experience was absolutely amazing. I feel set up for success as I continue my journey to inpatient treatment. I would highly recommend this facility to anyone struggling with addiction that needs to detox.