“I think of myself as someone who has no desire, use for or conscious memory of that life. And yet I don’t shut the door on it, and I don’t pretend it didn’t happen.”
~ Robert Downey Jr., on his past struggles with addiction and substance abuse
Robert Downey Jr. is celebrated as a success story among the many Americans who, at some point, find themselves entangled in addiction or alcoholism. These conditions are tricky and extremely dangerous. But in the same way that Robert Downey Jr. doesn’t pretend that he was never an addict, other individuals shouldn’t pretend that they don’t have a problem.
Addiction is a widespread disease. And there’s no shame in admitting that you have a problem. There is, perhaps, shame in realizing that you have a problem but not taking action towards a solution.
Below, we introduce some of the most common addiction recovery and alcoholism recovery resources found in and around the Robinswood neighborhood of Bellevue, Washington. If you’re looking to get sober and reclaim your life from drugs or alcohol, read more. We’ll cover topics such as:
For most addicts, alcoholics, or long-term substance abusers, recovery is most successful when it starts with a professional detox program. Detox is simply the process in which all traces of the substance leave the body. The length of this process differs depending on what the substance is, how long the individual has been using, and many other factors unique to each individual.
But while the concept is simple, the truth of the matter is that going through detox can be incredibly uncomfortable.
That’s because over the course of an addiction, the body becomes actually dependent on an addictive substance in order to function normally. And when that substance is taken away, the body has to readjust to working without it.
And that period of readjustment is called withdrawal. For many, withdrawal is the main reason why they just can’t seem to get clean. Every time they try to quit, they’re hit with a barrage of incredibly uncomfortable physical and mental symptoms known as withdrawals.
Some of the most common withdrawals include:
And once they hit, many addicts attempting to quit return to using just to get some sort of relief from the symptoms.
A professional detox program helps treat these symptoms to make them far easier to bear. Some use medications, others use therapy and more holistic treatments, and some use both. It depends on the program.
Another benefit of professional detox is the fact that these programs are usually staffed by qualified medical professionals. As a result, they can both prevent and treat serious complications that can pop up along the way like pneumonia, malnutrition, heart abnormalities, and more.
So not only do detox programs give you the best shot at getting clean. But they also protect you along the way too.
After detox comes rehab, which addresses the psychological side of addiction. There are two main types of rehab: inpatient and outpatient.
While detoxification is more focused on the physical side of addiction, rehabilitation is concerned with the mental side of things.
You see, addiction is classified as a brain disorder. That means that over the course of an addiction, the brain actually changes in physical and observable ways. As NIDA points out:
Brain imaging studies from people addicted to drugs show physical changes in areas of the brain that are critical for judgment, decision-making, learning, memory, and behavior control. Scientists believe that these changes alter the way the brain works and may help explain the compulsive and destructive behaviors of a person who becomes addicted.
Consequently, while a detox program can help the body overcome the effects of addiction, the mental ones tend to stick around for far longer. And that means that simply going through detox does not solve the problem. And in fact, if detox is not coupled with rehabilitation, it actually does little to nothing to change future drug use.
So how does rehabilitation work?
Well, most rehab programs use a combination of one-on-one counseling, group talk sessions, and behavioral therapies. While the first two are a bit self-explanatory, behavioral therapies are special techniques used to change unconscious behaviors in recovering addicts. Some of these therapies include:
And when these techniques in rehabilitation are used effectively, it can make relapse far less likely down the line.
There are also two main types of rehabilitation programs: inpatient and outpatient.
Inpatient treatment is what most people think of when they hear the word rehab. During inpatient treatment (about 28-90 days), patients live within the treatment facility as they recover.
During their time in the rehab program, they will attend group and individual therapy. They will engage in a variety of activities with both other patients and the professionals who work in the facility.
Inpatient treatment is consistently shown to be the most effective treatment method for addiction and alcoholism. This means that of all of those who complete a treatment program, those who have completed inpatient rehab are least likely to relapse.
However, the downside of inpatient treatment is that patients in these programs typically cannot tend to normal day-to-day obligations like work, school, or even some home affairs. And that can make inpatient not the best option for some.
Outpatient treatment is similar to inpatient treatment in many ways. Almost all aspects of the treatment itself remain the same. However, the patient continues to live in their own home or otherwise separate from the treatment facility. They only go to the facility itself for scheduled treatment activities and meetings.
Treatment sessions usually occur in the evenings or over the weekends, allowing for far greater flexibility for patients along the way.
Outpatient treatment is usually cheaper than inpatient treatment, because the patient isn’t also paying for room and board, food, and other living costs. However, it lacks the constant supervision and encouragement provided by inpatient treatment.
And as a result, that can make relapse more likely depending on the individual and the severity of the underlying addiction.
It can, though, be ideal for those with other lasting commitments such as work or school.
Plus, there are a few different kinds of outpatient treatment too, including Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOPs).
One of the hardest facts about addiction is that it isn’t curable. Recovering addicts may always struggle with sobriety. Relapse is always a possibility. Something that helps many such recovering addicts long term is participation in a support group. These groups bring recovering addicts and alcoholics together to share their experiences, learn coping mechanisms to combat cravings, and hold each other accountable.
Groups like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous also pair participants with a member who is further along with recovery, called a sponsor. Sponsors work alongside newer participants through the 12 steps to recovery and check in with them regularly. SMART Recovery groups instead follow a Four Point program.
There are several support groups for addicts and alcoholics near Robinswood. They include: Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and SMART Recovery.
It can be difficult to feel comfortable in such support groups. However, experts usually suggest trying a group for several weeks before deciding that it won’t be helpful for you.
AA meetings in the Robinswood, Bellevue area include:
Thursdays at 7:30 PM
St. Andrew's Lutheran
2650 148th Ave SE
Ladies Step Study / Eastside Women
Fridays at 10:00 AM / Tuesdays at 10:00 AM
Church of the Resurrection
15220 Main St
Nameless Bunch of Drunks
Monday through Saturday daily, 7:00 AM
Bellevue Christian Reformed
1221 148th Ave NE
NA meetings in the Robinswood, Bellevue area include:
Sundays at 7:00 PM
Holy Cross Lutheran Church
4315 129th Place Southeast
Fridays at 8:00 PM
Overlake Park Presbyterian Church of Bellevue
1836 156th Avenue Northeast
Sundays at 10:30 AM
Eastside Alano Club
12302 NE 8th Street
Mondays at 7:30 PM
First United Methodist Church
1934 108th Avenue Northeast
SMART Recovery meetings near Robinswood, Bellevue area include:
Tuesdays at 5:30 PM
12826 SE 40th Lane Suite 203
Unfortunately, addiction doesn’t only affect the addict themself. Usually, their friends’ and families’ lives are just as affected. And The effect is almost always negative.
Because of this, there are also support groups available for the loved ones of drug addicts and alcoholics. These groups provide a space for those close to addicts or alcoholics to come together and share experiences and tips, learn more about what their friends and family members are going through, and learn important coping mechanisms and skills to prevent them from enabling the addict or alcoholic in their life.
The most prominent of these groups are Al Anon, Nar Anon, and Alateen. Alateen caters specifically to the older children and teens who find themselves close to alcoholics. The group functions much like the other groups, but with an added emphasis on breaking generational cycles of addiction. This can prevent the young people who participate from following in the footsteps of the addict they know.
Al Anon meetings in and around the Robinswood, Bellevue area include:
Bellevue Lake Hills AFG
Thursday 7:30 PM
St Andrews Church
2650 148th Ave SE
Friday Nooners AFG
Friday 12:00 PM
St Andrews Lutheran Church
2650 148th Ave SE
Newport Study AFG
Wednesday 8:00 PM
St Margaret's Episcopal Church
4228 Factoria Blvd SE
Nar Anon meetings in and around the Robinswood, Bellevue area include:
Thursdays at 7:00 PM
St. Margaret's Episcopal Church
4228 Factoria Blvd.
Alateen meetings in and around the Robinswood, Bellevue area include:
Lake Hills Alateen
Thursday 7:30 PM
St Andrew's Church
2650 148th Ave SE
If you’ve decided to get help, Northpoint the Evergreen wants to provide just that.
While there aren’t any addiction treatment facilities within Robinswood itself, there are quite a few options nearby that offer a variety of different treatment models.
However, The Evergreen is without a doubt the best in the area.
Our evidence-based and individualized programs are nationally accredited by the Joint Commission. And we’re also proud to have one of the highest staff-to-patient ratios in the region.
We also offer Partial Hospitalization, IOP, and traditional outpatient programs as well.
Northpoint the Evergreen aims to be the best Intensive Outpatient program there is. But most importantly, we never lose sight of our true goal - helping people get their lives back. We pride ourselves on treating every patient like an individual, and developing a custom, evidence-based treatment schedule that is unique to your situation.
No two people are the same and no two addictions are the same. With that in mind, we don’t think any two treatment plans should look the same. We want to come alongside you and find what works best for you to have a successful and lasting recovery.
A quick chat with one of our addiction specialists can help you determine if The Evergreen is right for you or your loved one.
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