King County faces one of the worst addiction crises in all of Washington State. There are resources in Bellevue’s Hidden Valley neighborhood that can help.
Like most states in the US, Washington is currently experiencing a drug crisis. Residents die in record numbers every year.
According to data published in The Seattle Times, fentanyl deaths alone climbed more than 70% during 2018. This data does not account for the number of deaths caused by heroin, cocaine, meth, or other drugs. It doesn’t account for alcohol poisoning deaths, either.
And King County is at the center of the problem. Each year, hundreds of residents die from overdoses. While the numbers are still out in 2018, data shows more than 400 overdose deaths in 2017.
It’s unfortunate to see statistics like this. There are too many addiction resources around Bellevue. If addicts were able to connect with these resources before the OD’d we might see a decrease in deaths.
In this article, we’ll outline some of the resources available in the area. We focus specifically on resources in the Hidden Valley neighborhood of Bellevue.
Hopefully, this helps addicts find the help they need.
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In order to ensure the absolute best chance at long-term recovery, someone suffering from addiction needs to get professional help. While it’s true that individuals can overcome an addiction on their own, professional programs not only offer the best odds at getting clean, but they also have a range of other benefits along the way too.
But what kinds of programs are there in Hidden Valley?
Of the 8 closest programs (including The Evergreen which is just a short drive away) there are:
As you can see, there are a wide variety of programs to choose from in the area. And that can make it even easier for you to find the right facility to meet your specific needs.
Finding the right program for you can be tricky, especially when there are so many different options available. But ultimately, the best way to determine if a professional program meets your specific needs is to get as much information about it as you can.
That’s why we’ve put together this list of questions to ask when interviewing a professional treatment program. This will help you cover the most important topics when seeking out a treatment facility while also getting a better understanding of what each program can offer you.
Usually the very first stage of a professional treatment program, drug detox programs help addicts to get through the withdrawal process without relapsing. After all, it’s not easy to detox from drugs or alcohol.
When someone uses a drug or drinks for several years, their body grows accustomed to the substance. And in fact, it often needs the addictive substance in the system in order to function normally. But if someone tries to quit, it doesn’t respond kindly.
After their final dose wears off, they enter into drug withdrawal. This manifests itself in a range of symptoms including nausea, vomiting, sweat, and anxiety. Sometimes, withdrawal symptoms are dangerous. Alcohol withdrawal, for example, can be fatal in extreme cases.
Medical detox programs are designed to minimize withdrawal symptoms. By helping the addict to detox slowly, they’re able to ease the addict’s pain. This can help to decrease the risk of relapse.
On top of that, a professional detoxification program will also help to prevent and treat and serious complications that may pop up along the way. For instance, while alcohol and benzodiazepines have the only directly life-threatening withdrawal symptoms, withdrawals from many other drugs can cause:
And if these are left untreated by a professional, they can very easily become deadly in and of themselves.
A professional drug or alcohol detoxification program is staffed by real medical professionals who know how to prevent and treat these dangerous complications.
If possible, addicts should always detox in a professional facility. Although it’s possible to quit cold turkey at home, addicts who attempt to do so may be tempted to relapse before they finish.
Detox is usually covered by insurance. Click here to see if your provider will pay for drug treatment.
In addition to detox programs, there are also a number of rehab programs in Washington State.
Rehab is the second step in the recovery process. The is the stage where the addict learns how to return to life as a drug-free person.
Professional rehab programs give addicts the tools they need to live as a sober person. In rehab, they undergo therapy and counseling. They work with professionals who help them understand why they use drugs. By addressing these roots, addicts have a better grip on their condition and are better equipped for relapse prevention.
Addicts in rehab also spend significant time with other recovering users. These people meet in groups to open up about their mistakes and encourage each other through recovery. Many people find that this aspect of rehab is valuable to them.
Rehab comes in many forms. Some programs are inpatient-based. Others are intensive outpatient programs. Each type is designed for addicts with different needs.
No matter which type of program they attend, drug and alcohol rehab centers are valuable for recovering addicts.
Inpatient Rehabilitation: These programs typically offer the highest level of care. They require patients to actually stay at the treatment facility for the duration of the program, which can be anywhere from 28 to 90 days. This more controlled environment allows for a more intensive treatment program where patients can focus 100% on their recovery.
But inpatient programs can also be tougher for some people due to the time commitment required. For instance, most patients won’t be able to go to work, attend class, or meet certain family obligations at the same time. And that can be hard for some recovering addicts to deal with.
Outpatient Rehabilitation: An outpatient program provides far more flexibility than an inpatient one. During these programs, treatment sessions usually take place in the evenings or over the weekends. This allows patients to still carry on with many of their day-to-day obligations while still getting treatment for their addiction.
However, since patients are free to do as they wish while not in treatment sessions, the risk of relapse can end up being higher. It just depends on the individual and how severe their addiction is.
Alcoholics Anonymous is a global support network for recovering alcohol addicts. The program, also known as AA, holds free, daily meetings for people with a history of alcoholism.
Some members have been sober for years while others are trying to stop drinking. They all get together and unite around the common experience of addiction. Every member considers themselves an addict, even if they’ve been clean for decades.
AA is based around the Twelve Steps. This is the system its members use to stop drinking and live a sober life. The Steps ask members to acknowledge their condition, identify their morals, and apologize for their mistakes. Once members are in the Program for a number of years, they become “sponsors” for other, newer members.
This group is founded around compassion and support. There are no requirements for membership. It’s a warm, welcoming environment for anyone with the desire to be sober.
The AA meetings around Bellevue’s Hidden Valley neighborhood are particularly vibrant. Dozens of addicts gather in each meeting to talk and hear each other’s stories.
Bellevue Christian Reformed Church
1221 148th Avenue Northeast
Bellevue, WA 98007
Fridays @10:00 AM
Ladies Step Study
Church of the Resurrection
15220 Main Street
Bellevue, WA 98007
Saturdays @8:30 AM
4330 148th Avenue Northeast
Redmond, WA 98052
Narcotics Anonymous is another great resource for addicts. This support group is designed for people who are addicted to drugs other than alcohol. In a typical meeting, it’s common to find heroin addicts, cocaine addicts, and methamphetamine addicts. Marijuana users, prescription pill abusers, and others are welcome, too.
NA doesn’t discriminate based on one’s drug of choice. No matter what a person does or has done, the group welcomes them with open arms. As long as the addict has a desire to get sober, they are invited to these meetings.
For many people, NA is a saving grace in the recovery process. Like AA, it uses the Twelve Steps. For some, the Steps offer the connection they need to heal.
Mondays @7:30 PM
Bellevue Narcotics Anonymous
First United Methodist Church
1934 108th Avenue Northeast
Bellevue, WA 98004
Tuesdays @7:30 PM
Faith Lutheran Church
9041 166th Avenue Northeast
Redmond, WA 98052
Fridays @8:00 PM
Open Step Study
Overlake Park Presbyterian Church of Bellevue
1836 156th Avenue Northeast
Bellevue, WA 98007
12-step programs don’t work for everyone. While many people adore AA and NA, they aren’t helpful for all addicts.
Some people are skeptical of the Steps because they seem them as a religious program. This is largely because the Second Step asks members to find a “higher power”.
This is one of the most common misconceptions about AA and NA. These programs are non-religious. However, it’s understandable that some might perceive them that way.
Fortunately, there is a range of alternatives.
SMART Recovery is one of the most popular alternatives to the Steps. This program takes a scientific, non-spiritual approach to sobriety. It offers the same group support system. But, members focus on taking practical action toward moving past addiction.
There are several SMART Recovery meetings in the Bellevue area. Anyone who is hesitant to join an Anonymous program, or just wants to try something different, might want to seek one out.
Al-Anon is a resource for the family members of addicts. After all, these people suffer, too.
When someone’s spouse, parent, child, or sibling is addicted to drugs and alcohol, it takes a toll on their wellbeing. They might lose sleep. They might suffer from depression. They might wrestle with anxiety, embarrassment, or even guilt. It’s never easy to love an addict.
This program is founded around the idea that these family members also need support. Prior to its founding, they had nowhere to go.
Nowadays, family members have the chance to get support from others who’ve lived through the same situation. They gather regularly for group discussions.
If your life is affected by another person’s addiction, you may want to join this group. It could be a great place to find the help you need.
Sunday Nooners AFG
Eastside Alano Club
12302 Northeast 8th Street
Bellevue, WA 98005
Wednesdays @8:00 PM
Newport Study AFG
Saint Margaret’s Episcopal Church
4228 Factoria Boulevard Southeast
Bellevue, WA 98006
Thursdays @7:30 PM
Bellevue Lake Hills AFG
Saint Andrews Church
2650 148th Avenue Southeast
Bellevue, WA 98007
The Evergreen at Bellevue wants to help you turn your life around. Whether you struggle with drug addiction or alcoholism, we can help.
Located right in Bellevue, WA, we provide a range of professional outpatient services for addicts of all kinds.
We also have an inpatient treatment center located in Seattle.
But what really makes us stand out among other treatment programs is the quality of our care and our passion. We’re proudly nationally certified by the Joint Commission and we have one of the highest staff-to-patient ratios in the area.
Each recovery plan is individually tailored to meet the unique needs of the patient and all of our treatments are evidence-based, so you can be sure you’re getting the level of care that you truly deserve.
Don’t let drugs and alcohol control your life anymore. Start your recovery journey today.