Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Seattle
If you are seeking treatment for addiction, consider rehab in Seattle, where Washington’s breathtaking views and soothing fresh air make for an ideal place to recover.
Why Choose Rehab in Seattle?
Seattle serves as a central hub to quieter Pacific Northwest communities where solace breeds recovery. For example, Ridgefield, WA, offers more than breathtaking views and friendly faces. This town is home to a top evidence-based treatment center for adults who suffer from addiction disease: The Recovery Village Ridgefield.
Ridgefield, situated about 2.5 hours south of Seattle, is nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade Mountains. In this quiet town — home to just a few thousand residents — you’re never far from Seattle but remain removed from the stresses of the big city. There are several major airports within driving distance, including SeaTac, Seattle’s international airport.
Washington State Government Initiatives
Washington takes substance abuse and addiction seriously. The state is currently experiencing an addiction epidemic, with opioids like heroin and prescription painkillers at the forefront. In a 2016 report by the University of Washington, researchers reported 2015 as the first year that heroin treatment admissions outnumbered those of alcohol among Seattle-region residents. That year, 229 people in King County alone died from an opioid overdose.
Seattle and King County Addiction Treatment Admissions in 2015
- Heroin – 3,016 people
- Alcohol – 2,730 people
- Marijuana – 1,180 people
- Methamphetamine – 911 people
- Other (primarily prescription drugs) – 659 people
- Cocaine – 432 people
In response to the heroin addiction epidemic, Washington’s government jumped into action. In 2015, the state enacted a law to increase access to the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone. The new law enables people without medical licenses (such as social services staff) to dispense the drug. Additionally, the legislation opened up naloxone prescribing abilities so that groups like police departments can carry the medication.
In March 2016, King County Executive Dow Constantine, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, Renton Mayor Denis Law and Auburn Mayor Nancy Backus established the Heroin and Prescription Opiate Addiction Task Force. The group exists to develop both short- and long-term strategies to fight opioid use disorder, prevent overdose, and improve access to treatment for people with this disease.
Addiction Recovery in Seattle
If you are considering treatment, you may wonder what happens after rehab. The short answer is this: your life changes. Your body and brain begin working again. Your ability to function returns. You approach relationships with a clear head. You continue to journey through recovery by meeting with your aftercare team. (While you are still in rehab, your treatment team will help you compile a small group of healthcare professionals local to your home area to serve as your aftercare team.)
Though post-rehab life changes are positive, some can sting. For example, you may need to loosen or even cut ties with friends who drink or use when they are with you. Rather than sipping cola while you watch your buddies imbibe, you’ll need to seek uplifting, positive alternatives. In Seattle and the surrounding areas, there are countless ways to do this.
Support Groups in Seattle
The first step is to make new friends who are also in recovery so you can enjoy life together in sobriety. A great way to find sober friends is through support groups. The Greater Seattle Intergroup of Alcoholics Anonymous hosts over 1,000 weekly meetings; the Seattle Area chapter of Narcotics Anonymous hosts almost 100 each week.
Some treatment centers offer access to an alumni network, which provides opportunities for you to meet others in recovery. (Even if you are treated at a facility that has an alumni network, you are not obligated to participate or provide your information.)
The relaxed culture of the Pacific Northwest plays into the region’s approach to addiction disease. On both personal and community levels, Washingtonians tend to take a nonjudgmental approach to this illness. For example, Seattle is home to the Recovery Cafe, which offers a welcoming space for people battling addiction. You can commune freely with sober peers who also have substance use disorder and are on a recovery journey.
The University of Washington Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute established the Center for Opioid Safety Education (COSE) to decrease opioid addiction disease deaths. This group targets addiction disease prevention from an education-based perspective, providing assistance and information to individuals, healthcare professionals, organizations and communities within Washington.
Things to Do in Seattle and Washington
Seattle — and Washington State as a whole — offer tremendous opportunities for leisure and adventure. Naturally, coffee drinkers will feel right at home in this state, but Washington has much more than great beans. From world-class entertainment to remarkable outdoor attractions, you’ll find something to enjoy. Especially if you are considering outpatient rehab in Washington, you may take advantage of these places while you are in treatment.
Entertainment and Fun
Seattle proper is full of activities. If you love music, catch the Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall. Art fans will enjoy the Seattle Art Museum. Explorers, get to know the city on a sea-level tour from the Olympic Sculpture Park to the Seattle Aquarium.
Foodies in particular will have fun at the Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle. One of the oldest farmer’s markets in the country, Pike Place is a favorite among locals and tourists alike due to its diverse offerings and scenic bayside setting.
Booming cities are tempered by the charming fishing villages that dot the coastline, offering fresh seafood and authentic Washingtonian culture.
Everywhere you look, you’ll find secluded beaches and misty mountaintops. For example, the volcanic mountains Mount St. Helens and Mount Rainier (which is just south of Seattle) stand stalwartly against the Washington skyline. Olympic National Park, North Cascades National Park, and San Juan Island National Historic Park offer a chance to immerse yourself in the healing beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
Of all the positive activities and options available to you in Seattle and Washington State, the best thing to do here is recover. It’s time for you to get your life back — this is your moment to flourish. Begin by getting in touch with us at The Recovery Village Ridgefield — we can help you begin your journey.
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- Heroin and Prescription Opiate Addiction Task Force. “Heroin and Prescription Opiate Addiction Task Force: Final Report and Recommendations.” King County, Washington, 15 Sept. 2016, www.kingcounty.gov/~/media/depts/community-human-services/behavioral-health/documents/herointf/Final-Heroin-Opiate-Addiction-Task-_Force-Report.ashx.