Addiction Resources and Support in Bellevue, Washington
Bellevue might just be nestled in with the ideal mix of features. You get amenities from a world-class city like Seattle, you sit right on Lake Washington, and there's an expansive of beautiful nature just to the east. The "City in a Park" is undeniably a nice place to live, but
On this page, we're going to break down some of the features of addiction, and what you can do in Washington to get help for them. First, let's talk about the facts of addiction in general.
How Big a Problem is Addiction in Bellevue?
Addiction has many forms. It stems from all sorts of substances, both legal and illegal. Sometimes addiction is obvious and destructive, and sometimes it is quiet and hidden, but it is always harmful to everyone involved.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), over 2 million Americans abused or were dependent on prescription opioids like Oxycontin and Vicodin in 2014. Over 14,000 overdoses in 2014 alone are attributed to prescription drug abuse.
Prescription opiates make up a huge percentage of drug rehab admissions in Washington, and in fact, this is an addiction epidemic that is increasing in severity all over the country. Luckily, prescription opioid-related deaths in the King County area are at their lowest point in a decade.
But prescription painkillers are far from the only drug problem. Heroin has seen a spike in usage and treatment admissions for heroin are now are their highest levels of any drug since 1999. Meanwhile, meth-related fatalities in King County have increased 500% since 2010. And alcohol abuse continues to be the third-leading cause of preventable death in the United States.
This is an epidemic that simply must be fought.
On Alcohol Addiction in Bellevue
Alcohol is legal and easy to access, and it's easy to forget that it can be addictive. Many times, that addiction can be even more difficult to recognize than drug addiction, because the consumption of alcohol is normalized in society, whereas people are more inclined to sense a problem if they see drug use.
But alcoholism is a very real disease, and it remains the most common substance treated in rehab centers across the entire country. And in King County, there are areas where over 29% of adults are binge drinkers. Binge drinking isn't the same as alcoholism, per se, but repeat occasions of binge drinking can turn into it very quickly.
You may think you just drink to have a good time, or that you don't have a problem because you don't do the harder drugs. But if you're a frequent drinker of alcohol, and you find it increasingly difficult to feel like yourself without a few drinks, it may be time to give us a call and determine if you have a problem that needs treatment via rehab.
Here are some alcohol recovery resources around the state that might be able to help you if you're thinking about treatment.
Where Are There AA Meetings in Bellevue?
There is no question that Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is the biggest alcoholism support group there is. It is the origin of the well-known 12-step program, and has helped millions of alcoholics overcome their problems. AA can be a great recovery plan all on its own, and can also be a great supplement to a rehab program. Membership doesn't cost anything but a commitment to beat your alcoholism.
So where can you find meetings in the Bellevue area? Area 72 of AA handles the western side of Washington, and that includes Bellevue and King County, as well as the greater Seattle area. District 34, also known as the East Side Intergroup, hosts dozens of meetings and events every month in King County alone.
Some meetings are multilingual, some are specifically for new members, and some are open meetings you can bring family members to for support. Whatever kind of meeting you're looking for, you should be able to find a gathering or event that suits you, and then you can start getting connected with a strong peer support network.
Where are Al-Anon Meetings in Bellevue?
Al-Anon isn't for the alcoholics themselves - it's to support those around the alcoholics who are working to cope with their own emotions and also help them lift their loved ones out of the deep end of addiction.
Al-Anon meetings help people to really understand their loved one's recovery. It's for those who want to be the rock during the recovery process, but also need support dealing with the emotional issues that come with it.
You can find Al-Anon meetings in Bellevue and around King County, and because the group is affiliated with AA, the support network associated with Al-Anon is robust.
Alateen is effectively the same type of program as Al-Anon, but it reaches out to teenagers who have friends and relatives struggling with alcohol.
Non-spiritual alternatives to AA in Bellevue
It's worth nothing that AA is a spiritual program, in which most meetings start with prayer. And it's a program that is proven to work, and has since the 1930s. For some, that's okay, or even preferable. But not everybody is into starting recovery with prayer.
That's okay, though. There are plenty of alternative programs with the same goals that let you check your faith and beliefs at the door.
Secular Organizations for Sobriety (SOS) provides an alternative path to recovery through self-improvement and introspection. They've been helping people out of addiction for over 30 years now. SOS isn't as big a program as AA, but they have a proven track record of success, and are a great alternative if you're looking for a support group that lets you keep your faith private.
SMART is another great alternative to AA. Their plan involves only 4 steps, not 12, and, like SOS, focuses on self-empowerment and self-reliance. There aren't quite as many meeting for SMART Recovery than AA, but you can still find weekly meetings in King County.
On Drug Addiction in Bellevue and King County
While alcohol addiction is the most common singular cause for addiction treatment in Washington, it is far outpaced by the combined threat of drugs. Be it meth, heroin, prescription drugs, or another other addiction-causing substance, there's somebody in Washington that needs help with it, and there are places to help.
Drug overdose deaths continue to be a huge problem in Washington as they outpace the national average across the state.
In downtown Bellevue, there are more than 48.5 drug overdose deaths for every 100,000 people, almost four times the national average. That's not something you want to be beating the rest of the country in.
Luckily, there are several drug addiction recovery resources in King County, waiting to make a difference in somebody's life.
Is NA Basically Like AA? Where Can I Find NA Meetings in Bellevue?
Narcotics Anonymous is, yes, pretty much the same as Alcoholics Anonymous. They are an AA-affiliated program using effectively the same famous 12-step program that has proven to work for AA members. The difference, as you may have gathered, is that Narcotics Anonymous is a support group for people addicted to drugs, rather than alcohol.
Unless you're way outside the Bellevue area, you probably want to look at the South King County Area NA for local meetings and events. If you're not seeing the are you want, see the list of all the Washington (and Idaho)-area districts on the region page.
Of course, just like AA, NA's support program is spiritually-driven. If you're looking for something different, SOS (Secular Organizations for Sobriety) and SMART Recovery are both viable options - for both drug and alcohol addiction support.
Is There Something Like Al-Anon For Families of Drug Addicts?
While a smaller organization, Nar-Anon serves the same purpose for the loved ones of those on drugs that Al-Anon serves for those struggling with alcoholism.
As the family or friend of someone going through addiction, you're often their first line of defense when they're feeling weak. And unfortunately, you're also first to experience the backlash when they're having a rough day. It's undeniably a tough spot to be in.
Nar-Anon is a support group built to help you cope with the difficult time you're not doubt having with your loved one's addiction. While it gives you a safe, supportive place to talk about your struggles with people who understand you, it's also a place to learn about your loved one's struggles, and ways you can help them as well.
Can I Get Help from an Online Support Group?
If you're so inclined to use them, there are message boards, forums, subreddits, and chat rooms all over just full of people waiting to help. Addiction touches a lot of people, and you can often get current addicts, former addicts, and even medical professionals to support and give advice (though we caution against taking any medical advice over the internet!).
SOS has a number of online groups for many different forms of addiction, even things we haven't discussed here, like eating disorders.
And of course, there are also AA groups online. There are many ways to get support from AA remotely, even including phone groups and live chat rooms.
Getting Government Assistance to Help You Afford Treatment
There are ways to get help, regardless of your financial or medical situation. Many health insurance providers include drug rehab as at least a partially-covered service. We even have an insurance verification form where you can check to see if your insurance covers you, and how much.
And if you don't have health insurance, you're probably eligible to get it. Go to www.healthcare.gov and find out how you can get assistance. If you still have questions, check out SAMHSA.gov. Here you can find information about the ACA and links with further information.