~ Angelina Jolie, on addiction
Problems with substance abuse, alcoholism, and addiction aren’t isolated issues. The disease of addiction affects men and women, young and old, rich and poor. It affects actresses in LA, businessmen in Atlanta, and hardworking family members in Tam O’Shanter, Bellevue.
Fortunately, the country is also riddled with programs, facilities, groups, and individuals who want to help others overcome addiction for good. The Tam O’Shanter area of Bellevue, Washington is no exception.
Below, we go into detail about what addiction recovery resources are available near Tam O’Shanter, how you can get involved, and what steps are most important on the road to recovery. Keep reading to learn more about:
For most addicts, alcoholics, or long-term substance abusers, recovery has the highest chance of success when it begins with the completion of a professional detox program. Detox is the process in which all traces of the addictive substance leave the body. The length of this process differs depending on what the substance is and how long the individual has been using, among other factors.
Detox teaches the bodies of recovering addicts to function without the substance they’ve depended on. Without a good detox program, withdrawal symptoms can be dangerous and painful.
Some addiction treatment centers offer medical detox services only. These addiction treatment facilities are known as detox centers. Depending on the intensity of the addiction, patients may or may not need to move into the treatment center. Some patients are able to get a prescription of medications and go their own way until their next refill. Other patients may need to be under constant medical supervision.
Detox centers offer only medical detox services. They do not offer behavioral therapy, counseling or drug education classes. While they may be able to help an individual ease off drugs or alcohol, these detox services cannot treat addiction completely. Recovering addicts will still need counseling services, behavioral therapies and more.
Rehab programs, on the other hand, are able to offer both medical detox services and other evidence-based treatment services, like behavioral therapies and counseling. In most cases, patients will first enter detox before moving onto other parts of their addiction treatment plan at the treatment facility.
There aren’t any detox centers in Tam O’ Shanter, but there are a handful of options available in Bellevue. Those who are interested in a detox-only treatment facility may need to expand their search. With that said, Northpoint the Evergreen offers detox services to those in need.
Medical detox is recognized by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) as an effective treatment for addiction. Different types of addictions warrant different types of medications.
The type of prescription medication that each patient will receive will depend on a variety of factors, like:
In general, prescription medications prescribed by alcohol and drug addiction treatment facilities can be separated into two different categories.
One of the categories has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treating a specific type of addiction. For example, buprenorphine and methadone are both medications that can be used to treat an addiction to opioids or opiates. Acamprosate and disulfiram are both approved by the FDA to treat an addiction to alcohol.
Another category has not been approved by the FDA. These medications, however, can treat specific symptoms. For example, patients who are struggling with insomnia may be prescribed sleeping pills at the drug and alcohol rehab facility.
Detox addresses the physical side of addiction. But this is only half the battle.
Detox comes after rehab. Rehab addresses the psychological side of addiction. There are two types of rehab: inpatient and outpatient. Let’s explore the differences between the two in detail below.
Inpatient treatment is the type of rehab most people are familiar with. During inpatient treatment, patients live in a treatment facility as they recover.
During their time in the rehab program, they attend different kinds of group and individual therapies and activities. These activities could be with other patients and/or the professionals who work in the facility. The goal of these activities is to teach patients different ways to fill their time and techniques to cope without drugs or alcohol. Patients will also likely engage in activities that better their physical health, including exercise, a healthy diet, and a consistent hydration regimen.
Inpatient treatment is proven to be the most effective treatment method for addiction and alcoholism. This means that those who have completed inpatient rehab are least likely to relapse.
Outpatient treatment is just as effective as inpatient treatment. Patients enjoy the same types of evidence-based treatment approaches. There is one main difference -- in outpatient rehab, the patient continues to live in their own home. They go to the facility for scheduled treatment and meetings, but go home at the end of the day or appointment.
This means that outpatient treatment doesn’t provide the same constant support and supervision as inpatient treatment. This could explain why inpatient treatment is often more successful. However, it also means that outpatient treatment is usually cheaper and allows the recovering addict to continue to work or go to school.
Northpoint the Evergreen is an outpatient treatment facility with Joint Commission Accreditation. We are able to provide a certain standard of care. Outpatient treatment programs are ideal for those with other commitments. There are different types of outpatient programs, and they each offer a different level of care.
Those who are unsure about which program may be the best fit can always contact our addiction specialists. Our addiction experts can assess each situation to determine what can be done for each patient. We can tailor each addiction treatment plan to the needs of each patient.
Unfortunately, addiction isn’t curable. Relapse is always a possibility, and recovering addicts must take their recovery one day at a time to stay on track. They may always struggle with sobriety. That does mean that they won’t have success in avoiding addiction.
Something that helps many such recovering addicts long after rehab is participation in a support group. These groups bring recovering addicts and alcoholics together to share their experiences. Members learn coping mechanisms to combat cravings, and hold each other accountable.
There are several support groups for addicts and alcoholics near Tam O’Shanter. They include: Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and SMART Recovery.
Groups, like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, pair participants with a member who is further along with recovery. This individual is called a sponsor. Sponsors work alongside newer participants through the 12 steps to recovery and check in with them regularly. SMART Recovery groups are different. They follow a Four Point program.
AA meetings in the Tam O’Shanter, Bellevue area include:
Highland Happy Hour
Fridays at 6:00 PM
15022 Bel-Red Rd
Main Street Saturday Night
Saturdays at 7:00 PM
Church of the Resurrection
15220 Main St
NA meetings in the Tam O’Shanter, Bellevue area include:
Fridays at 8:00 PM
Overlake Park Presbyterian Church of Bellevue
1836 156th Avenue NE
Sundays at 10:30 AM
Eastside Alano Club
12302 NE 8th Street
SMART Recovery meetings near Tam O’Shanter, Bellevue area include:
Tuesdays at 5:30 PM
12826 SE 40th Lane Suite 203
The truth of the matter is that addiction doesn’t only affect the addict themself. The loved ones of addicts are also often hurt by the addiction.
There are also support groups available for those close to drug addicts and alcoholics. These groups provide a space for those close to addicts or alcoholics to meet and share experiences and tips. Members can learn more about what their friends and family members are going through, and also 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 like the groups for adults, but with an added emphasis on breaking generational cycles of addiction. This can prevent young people who participate from following in the footsteps of the addicts they know.
Al Anon meetings in and around the Tam O’Shanter, Bellevue area include:
Fridays at 7:00 PM
Jubilee Reach Center
14200 SE 13th Pl
Bellevue Lake Hills AFG
Thursdays at 7:30 PM
St Andrews Church
2650 148th Ave SE
Nar Anon meetings in and around the Tam O’Shanter, Bellevue area include:
Thursdays at 7:00 PM
St. Margaret's Episcopal Church
4228 Factoria Blvd.
Alateen meetings in and around the Somerset, 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 you with the addiction resources and skills that you need to succeed. Northpoint the Evergreen aims to offer the best outpatient programs out there. More 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. We develop a custom, evidence-based treatment schedule that is unique to each patient’s 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 assist you to find what works best for you. Your success and recovery are important to us.
If you’re still not sure about whether you need help, consider taking one of our addiction quizzes or checking out the other resources on our website. Don’t avoid getting help because you’re scared. Recovery is one of the bravest, healthiest, and best choices that you can make.