But this page isn't about trying to sell you on our program, it's about helping you understand what options are available to you so you can make the best choice for you. Here's what you need to know about the nature of addiction, how it takes shape how in Washington, and what kinds of treatment you can find for it - both with us and otherwise.
First things first. Just so you don't think this is a minor issue, let's go over some statistics pertaining to just how prevalent drug abuse in the state of Washington.
One of the worst drug epidemics right now is opioid abuse. Opium-based prescription painkillers like Oxycontin are extremely addictive, and 38 of Washington's 39 counties saw an increase in admissions for opioids in 2014.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration's (SAMHSA's) 2015 Behavioral Health Barometer for Washington State, Washington typically comes in higher than the national average in terms of substance dependency and abuse among both adults and youths.
Among adults, 2.7% of Washington residents reported being dependent on or abusing illicit drugs from 2013 to 2014 compared to 2.6% of the general U.S. population.
The difference, however, is much more pronounced among adolescents aged 12 to 17. In Washington State, 11.4% of adolescents responded that they'd abused or been dependent on an illicit drug from 2013 to 2014. For the nation as a whole, only 9.1% of adolescents responded similarly.
It seems clear, then, that Washington in particular has a pretty nasty drug problem.
The drug statistics in King County specifically are just as startling, if not more so.
In addition, heroin and meth use are at all-time highs. Meth-related fatalities in King County alone have increased 500% since 2010.
According to the King County Heroin and Prescription Opiate Addiction Task Force, deaths from heroin overdose tripled from 2009 to 2014 – that's just 5 years.
In fact, King County accounted for almost 30% of the total opioid overdoses in Washington State from 2012 to 2016 at 995 out of 3,467 according to the Washington State Department of Health.
Downtown Seattle is the main location associated with drug overdoses. According to the Seattle Times, rates of drug overdose in the downtown area were at around 48.5 deaths per 100,000 people. That's around four times higher than the national average.
Of course, those are just numbers about fatalities due to drug use. People living through addiction are suffering as well, since addiction is linked to multiple physical and emotional complications, like depression, anxiety, organ failure, and brain damage.
King County and Bellevue drug rehab admissions for heroin have also seen a substantial rise up to 34% of all intakes in 2015.
In fact, as the University of Washington points out, heroin admissions actually surpassed those related to alcohol for the first time in history in 2015. Additionally, heroin has also become the number one drug discussed on the Washington Recovery Helpline with 2,100 calls in 2015. That number has doubled since 2012.
However, it's worth noting that addiction is notoriously interconnected with denial. A substantial number of addicts either refuse or are unable to come to terms with the fact that they have a problem and seek the help they need.
SAMHSA's 2015 Behavioral Health Barometer for Washington State points out that only 10.5% of addicts (around 18,000 people) that needed help actually sought it out. That means around 171.4 thousand Washington addicts didn't receive the help they needed simply because they refused to admit they had a problem.
There are loads of other drug addiction statistics in Bellevue and the surrounding areas that show how much of a problem drug abuse has become. And that's why it's so important that you know where to go when it comes to finding a Bellevue drug rehab program.
The best first step to overcoming addiction is to understand what it does, whether to you, or to a loved one. It's more complicated than a simple choice about whether or not to use drugs.
Not even the addicted person knows they've become addicted until their cravings reach desperate levels. Addiction is a physiological reaction that is beyond your control. It's nothing to be ashamed about, especially if you're seeking help.
Most don't understand this about drug addiction, and many of the perceptions about addiction are wrongly geared towards shaming the addict. This is directly harmful to the process of recovery, as it drives people further into depression and anxiety - two of the most common mental health problems related to addiction.
The most destructive aspect of addiction is that it creates a hunger within you that you can never quite satisfy. Addiction starts with one hit of drugs just to see what it's like. Then a couple more to get that feeling again.
But soon that won't be enough, and you'll need more and more and more to achieve the same "high." Eventually, you'll stop at nothing to sate that need, and that all-consuming desire frequently causes problems with loved ones, or the law. This is the true face of addiction.
What's actually happening is that their addiction isn't making them happy when they're on the drug, it's making them miserable when they're off it, so much so that they have an all-consuming desperation to get back on it.
Addiction is not a choice or a moral failing. And seeking treatment isn't shameful, it's one of the bravest things you can do. If you'd like more information on the nature of addiction, please check out our page on understanding addiction. The best way to beat addiction is to understand it fully, so you can recognize its impulses.
Addiction is a disease. The American Medical Association and American Society of Addiction Medicine agree on this, and have done so for decades.
Mental health is an oft-overlooked component of our overall health, and you don't have to have an exotic condition like schizophrenia for addiction to crop up. Roughly half of those being treated for addiction also suffer from a form of mental illness, like depression or anxiety. The two feed into each other, and when diagnosed together, are known as co-occurring disorders. You can learn more about how we treat co-occurring disorders and other forms of addiction at Evergreen here.
Physical health problems can also lead to addiction. Opium-based prescription drugs like Oxycontin and Vicodin have been the catalyst for a wave of prescription drug addiction. If you suffer from chronic pain, you are more likely to rely on these drugs for relief. This is a common backdoor to dependency.
If you have addiction in your own past or you've spent time around an addicted family member, it tends to be much more difficult for you to avoid addiction in your own life. There's a part of you that normalizes it, or if the drugs have been in your own system, there's a change in your body chemistry that makes you more susceptible in the future.
Okay, we've established that drug addiction is bad. We know it's a disease, and a potentially deadly one. We know it's a tough cycle to kick. So what are you supposed to do about it?
But statistically speaking, drug treatment via drug rehab is the single best way to maximize your likelihood of long-term recovery in the Bellevue area. Addiction treatment does more than simply take you away from drugs. It helps you learn the skills you need to get and stay sober. When you're done with your treatment program, those skills can help you resist temptation and avoid relapsing.
It's a difficult, ongoing process. Withdrawal symptoms can be severe and even potentially life-threatening, and they are especially difficult to overcome by yourself without proper support. Substance abuse treatment facilities exist to give you that support through the most difficult parts of recovery, and make you better equipped to handle temptation long after your treatment is over.
Evergreen prides itself on providing an individualized treatment for each person. In individual therapy, you'll see your addiction on a personal level, and we'll zero in on treatment that works for you, and specifically you.
Individual therapy is the most important aspect of drug rehab in Bellevue, as it get to the root causes of your addiction and is completely customized to your unique situation. Addiction is different from person to person, so of course treatment should be as well. One-size-fits-all addiction treatments have been proven to be ineffective for years.
Most drug rehabilitation processes put a major focus on group support. Group support has proven to be an important aspect of addiction treatment.
There is an important informal support system that comes from people who understand your suffering firsthand. When you're recovering, you're going to have moments when you struggle. Having peers around that have been through what you're going through can help you through those tough times.
Many modern drug rehab facilities are incorporating more holistic, evidence-based practices into their rehab treatments, replacing older, purely medical treatments. Simply put, you can't just treat drugs with other drugs. If frequently just shifts the focus of addiction from one drug to another.
That said, there is still a very important role for medicine in addiction recovery. Addiction can lead to serious health problems, including insomnia, organ failure, and even chronic illness. Depending on your age and health, your doctor may recommend medications to reduce the severity of the symptoms you face.
You may also need medical detox when you begin your treatment, which can be necessary to treat the potentially life-threatening symptoms of withdrawal.
What a good drug rehabilitation program will do is teach you about addiction and how to truly manage it, not just while you're recovering, but years after you become sober. They'll teach you what situations make you vulnerable to a relapse, and how to avoid those situations.
The process of overcoming addiction doesn't end with you walking out of rehab with your treatment completed. That's just the end of the first chapter. Beating your drug addiction isn't a single event, it's a fight you will carry with you every day for the rest of your life.
And that's okay, because there are ways to deal with it, even after you complete your treatment and return to a world of freedom - and temptation. A good rehab facility will teach you those skills.
Once you've gone through drug detox in Bellevue, WA, the next step is finding a drug rehab program that meets your needs. And the first step in that process is determining if you need inpatient drug rehab or outpatient drug rehab.
But what's the difference?
Generally speaking, the treatment and therapy you get is mostly the same in both inpatient rehab and outpatient rehab. The big difference is that inpatient rehab has you living at the treatment center for the duration of treatment, while outpatient rehab has you living at home, but coming in for treatment several days a week.
A common pattern is to transition from an inpatient drug rehab in Bellevue to an outpatient rehab, as a sort of "step down." You can find out more about outpatient rehab here, like the intensive outpatient program (IOP) practiced by Evergreen.
In general, you have to have a pretty good sense of yourself to know which style of treatment is going to be best for you. If you've tried rehab before and relapsed, or if you've had major issues with self control while trying to quit, inpatient might be best for you.
Below, we've listed some of the most notable pros and cons of both inpatient and outpatient drug rehab in Bellevue to make the decision process even easier for you.
Inpatient Bellevue Drug Rehab – An on-campus program that requires patients to remain within the confines of the facility or have a chaperone if they leave. Lodging, meals, and activities are all typically provided during inpatient treatment.
Outpatient Drug Rehab in Bellevue, WA – Patients in an outpatient program attend sessions several times a week but are allowed to live at home and attend to obligations through the day. Think of it as taking night classes on addiction recovery.
Sometimes you just need a little extra push, and it can come from the most unlikely of places. Likewise, some people need ongoing help after their formal treatment is finished.
Here are the best places to get that support when you're just looking for a little extra support.
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous(NA) are the most popular and successful addiction support groups in the world, and both have a strong presence in the Bellevue area. These programs are completely free, and have helped millions manage and overcome their addictions. Some have used these programs in conjunction with rehab treatment to give themselves extra support when they need it most.
Both of these programs (along with all other anonymous groups in general) tend to follow a similar 12-step guiding philosophy.
For Narcotics Anonymous, these steps are as follows:
But there's more to these programs than just the steps. What is a Narcotics Anonymous meeting like? What does NA help with? What is the Narcotics Anonymous philosophy and, most importantly, what is the NA success rate? These are all very important questions when it comes to deciding if the 12 steps of Narcotics Anonymous are for you.
Before attending your first meeting, it can be helpful knowing beforehand what to expect. Generally, an NA meeting accepts addicts and non-addicts of all types. Addicts are invited to share their experiences with addiction and recovery and the meeting is usually facilitated by an elected leader. You can share your story if you'd like, but you certainly don't have to.
Narcotics Anonymous has been proven effective when used with other evidence-based therapies. In fact, the American Society of Addiction Medicine and NIDA both recognize 12-step programs as a solid means of facilitating recovery.
It's also worth noting that NA doesn't make any distinction between alcohol or any other drugs. Instead, it focuses primarily on the nature of addiction itself rather than the substance.
For more information on NA, what it stands for, and what Narcotics Anonymous can bring to your recovery, have look at their Welcome Pamphlet for greater detail on the subject.
And if you'd like to find a Narcotics Anonymous meeting happening near you in Bellevue, have a look at Evergreen's comprehensive guide to finding a NA meeting.
Contrary to belief, there are a number of other 12-step programs available other than Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous. And knowing a little about each of them along with how to find their meetings is a great addition to any comprehensive recovery plan during or after drug rehab in Bellevue.
Pills Anonymous – Also known as PA, Pills Anonymous caters specifically to addicts who find themselves addicted to pills and prescription medications in particular. Benzodiazepines, prescription painkillers, stimulants, depressants, and any other pill-based medication that can be abused are all included in the focus of Pills Anonymous.
The benefit of attending a group like Pills Anonymous is that a more individualized approach to recovery that pertains to prescription pills can help users address problems specific to their type of addiction while also facilitating a stronger probability of long-term sobriety.
Cocaine/Heroin/Marijuana/Crystal Meth Anonymous – Similar to Pills Anonymous in specificity but focusing on fully illegal drugs instead, these particular 12-step programs have meetings directed towards addicts of cocaine, heroin, marijuana, or crystal meth.
Just as each individual drug tends to have its own effects on the mind and body, so too does an addiction to one drug come with its own unique challenges to overcome. Attending 12 step meetings focused on one drug specifically, then, can end up aiding your recovery substantially.
Dual Recovery Anonymous – Dual diagnosis can add a whole new level of struggle to your recovery when not properly treated. The symptoms of your mood disorder (depression, anxiety, etc.) tend to exacerbate the symptoms of your addiction while the symptoms of your addiction do the same to your mood disorder. It's a vicious cycle if not handled correctly.
With Dual Recovery Anonymous, you can find the additional support you need for your dual diagnosis throughout and after your Bellevue drug rehab program. Like other 12-step programs, Dual Recovery Anonymous facilitates healing through group support, honesty, and humility.
Just as addiction affects almost every aspect of an addict's life (psychological, spiritual, physical, financial, etc.), so too does it impact the healthy functioning of family and close friendships. And when you're a friend or family member of someone who has become addicted, it can be difficult to know what to do to help or where to turn to for guidance.
Luckily, these groups provide support and direction on just that. Whether it's tips on how to successfully stage an intervention, where to turn for Bellevue drug rehab services, or how to stop enabling your loved one and get over codependent behaviors for good, Nar-Anon and the Al-Anon/Alateen family groups can be instrumental in both healing and finding proper treatment.
There is also SMART Recovery, which relies on self-empowerment as the cornerstone of its support program, rather than spirituality (like AA and NA).
The SMART Recovery program operates similarly to AA and NA with group-based meeting occurring frequently across the country and the world. Meetings, however, are only led by individuals who have been trained by the SMART Recovery program rather than just an elected leader.
The techniques, strategies, and tools taught during the program are also heavily backed up by scientific data. As a result, as the science on addiction shifts over time, so too do the techniques used in SMART Recovery. Variations of cognitive-behavioral therapy and self-awareness are some of the main teachings during SMART Recovery.
Trusted addiction organizations like NIDA, SAMHSA, VA Healthcare, and the American Academy of Family Physicians all endorse the effectiveness of this program and recent research has even shown that SMART Recovery works just as well as 12 step programs.
Family support - which can include support from your spouse, friends, and other family you chose for yourself - is key to recovering from addiction. Your loved ones can help you avoid temptation, hold you accountable, and offer you the love and affection you need to get and remain sober.
There isn't anybody more important during your recovery process than your family. They're the ones who will keep you honest, and remind you of why you're working so hard to get better.
In your efforts to research addiction, you may have come across the terms "co-occurring disorders" or "dual diagnosis." These two phrases are both used to describe the same thing – when drug addiction overlaps with another mental disorder.
This concept is important in addiction and especially when it comes to drug rehabilitation programs because a dual diagnosis can be a serious setback to effectively treating addiction without the proper expertise.
To explain, co-occurring disorders tend to "feed" off of each other, so to speak. An addict struggling with depression may use drugs to help cope with the symptoms of their underlying disorder and eventually develop a substance abuse problem. Similarly, an addict may later develop depression or anxiety due to their drug use and, consequently start using more to deal with the fallout.
And that same effect tends to transfer over to recovery as well. If you enter a drug rehab program where only the addiction is treated (not your, say, depression as well), then you may get clean for a while. But eventually, the untreated mental disorder is likely going to end up causing you to relapse.
You can see how this can lead to a frustrating cycle.
Plus, dual diagnosis is also incredibly common when it comes to addiction. According to NIDA, "compared with the general population, people addicted to drugs are roughly twice as likely to suffer from mood and anxiety disorders, with the reverse also true."
It's crucial, then, that you find a facility that knows how to properly treat dual diagnosis when deciding on which Bellevue, WA drug rehab to partner with. Not only can they help you tackle both your addiction and any additional mental disorders, they can also help identify disorders you didn't even know were there in the first place.
One of the most difficult steps to take when it comes to recovery is admitting that you do in fact need help. That's because when it comes to addiction, the overwhelming majority of substance abusers are in complete denial about their addiction.
According to SAMHSA, for example, 19.9 million U.S. citizens needed substance use treatment in 2016. Of those users, only about 2.1 million actually received treatment, leaving 17.7 million addicts without treatment. And what's more, a whopping 95.5% of those who didn't receive help did not feel like they actually needed treatment at all.
Denial is rampant when it comes to addiction. So, how can you tell if you or someone you love actually need rehab?
It can be hard at first to know whether your friend or loved one truly is struggling with an addiction. Maybe they've become adept at hiding the signs, maybe you subconsciously don't want to actually admit that they have a problem, or maybe you just don't know what to look for.
Below are 15 signs to watch out for when trying to decide if your friend or loved one is addicted to drugs or alcohol. For a more in-depth explanation of each, have a look at the post Life or Death: 15 Signs You Need to Get Sober ASAP.
If these signs sound like someone you know and love, it's likely that they're struggling with a substance addiction and should get help from a Bellevue drug rehab as soon as possible.
Once you've recognized that your loved one is struggling with an addiction, now the problem is how do you actually help them get the treatment they need? This part of the process can be especially difficult due to just how powerful denial can be in an addict. But rest assured, if you do nothing at all, it's unlikely that they'll end up getting help on their own.
Stop Enabling. The first step in helping them finally seek out treatment is to stop enabling their addiction. This one can be tough because as a friend or family member, you likely have an inherent drive to help them.
Maybe you pay their bills when they get behind rent. Or maybe you don't criticize their irresponsible and dangerous behaviors that result from their drug use. Or perhaps you just continue to bite your tongue and never even speak about their substance abuse and don't bring it up at all.
And while you may justify these behaviors with "they were just having a bad day" or "they'll get their life together eventually," the truth is that if you aren't doing something about their drug use, you're probably enabling their addiction to continue. And if they're going to get better, you simply have to stop.
Confront Them. If you've been enabling your friend or loved one's addiction, confronting them about it can seem overwhelming. You're probably afraid that they'll lash out, become defensive, and may even end up resenting you for it.
In the end though, if you don't talk to your friend or loved one about their addiction, they're unlikely to end up changing. And that can mean a life riddled with addiction, disease, and a host of other serious problems that dependency can cause.
Confronting them has to be handled carefully though. Be sure to point to concrete examples that prove they have a problem. Keep your emotions in check and try to remain as calm as possible. And above everything else, withhold judgments and be sure to communicate that this is coming from a place of love and support most of all.
Consider an Intervention. You may want to look into hosting a professional intervention to help your friend or loved one get the help they so desperately need. These meetings aren't always like they're portrayed on TV. They don't necessarily have to be backed by an ultimatum, they aren't always a surprise for the addict, and reactions aren't explosive every time.
That being said, it's important to know what you're doing before having an intervention because if it's done improperly, it could end up having the opposite effect on your friend or loved one.
While it can undoubtedly be tough to approach your loved one about their addiction, it's often significantly harder to admit that you yourself have a drug abuse problem. That's because addiction changes your brain on a cellular level.
NIDA points out that "brain imaging studies of people with addiction show physical changes in areas of the brain that are critical to judgment, decision making, learning and memory, and behavior control."
As a result, it isn't always that you won't admit that you have a problem – sometimes you simply can't.
Doing so, however, isn't impossible. It just takes a little help. Here are a few resources to help you answer once and for all, "am I a drug addict?"
Online Self-Assessments – There are a variety of online self-assessments you can use to help judge how bad your problem has become. One option is taking a short online addiction quiz. It doesn't take long to complete and can end up pointing out behaviors you may have overlooked.
You can also use NIDA's catalogue of self-assessment tests for more guidance. NIDA's Drug Use Screening Tool in particular provides an easy-to-use screening that's quick and simple.
The DSM-V – A manual used by licensed physicians and psychiatrists around the world, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) offers a more clinical approach to self-assessment. It provides 11 scenarios that can be used to describe a substance use disorder.
If you have noticed two or more of these scenarios in the past 12 months, it's likely that you're dealing with some degree of substance dependency and should seek out professional help.
Assessment from a Professional – You can also reach out to a drug rehab in Bellevue, Washington State directly for a free addiction assessment right over the phone. These obligation-free sessions only take about 20 to 30 minutes to complete and can be instrumental in determining if your specific situation warrants professional treatment.
Once you've come to terms with your addiction and finally realize that you do in fact need help in order to recover, the next step is finding a Bellevue drug rehab program that works for you. And while you might have a number of options to choose from, it's important to remember that not all programs are alike.
That's why it's so important to find a drug rehab in Bellevue that caters to your specific needs and goals for recovery. And to do that, you simply have to start asking the right questions.
To make the process even easier, we've put together a list of the most important questions to ask when you're trying to find the right drug rehab in Bellevue, Washington State to partner with. Have a look and remember, a rehab program should meet your needs, not the other way around.
Evergreen is here to help patients achieve and maintain sobriety. That's our purpose, and our entire reason for being here. It is our mission to help every single person who walks through our doors, no matter what. With our drug rehab in Bellevue, we can help you, too.
Your treatment starts from the first time you contact us. We'll immediately work with you to assess your needs, evaluate your current situation, and provide you with what we feel is your best course of action - and if we don't think we're the best option for you, we'll tell you so, explain why, and point you in the right direction. We're not wasting your money on treatment plans unless they're proven to work and they're right for you.
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