Learn About Drug Rehab Options in Bellevue, Washington

If you're struggling with addiction or know someone who is, Evergreen's drug rehabilitation program can help you get back in control of your life. 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.

Drug Addiction in Bellevue - The Cold Facts

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.

Alcohol and drugs, in some form, account for more than 13% of all deaths in the state every year, and 1 in 20 adolescents aged 12-17 have used illicit drugs within the last year. The national average is 2%, or 1 in 50. Those numbers are bad nationwide, but it's a much bigger concern in 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.

In addition, heroin and meth use are at all-time highs. Meth-related fatalities in King County alone have increased 500% since 2010.

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.

Let's Talk About What Drug Addiction Is - and Isn't

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.

Nobody gets addicted to drugs because they wanted to, or decided to. Most of the time it happens completely under the surface, out of sight. 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.

Addiction is not just a personal decision. It affects more people than just you. It drags down everyone around you - friends, family, neighbors, and loved ones of any kind. The problem is, you may not even notice it happening until it has already started doing damage.

The disease of addiction doesn't appear overnight, and it doesn't stop once it appears. At least not on its own.

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.

In many cases, those who suffer from addiction don't realize they're suffering. Getting their fix makes them feel good, or so they think. 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.

Risk Factors for Addiction

Addiction is a disease. The American Medical Association and American Society of Addiction Medicine agree on this, and have done so for decades.

And diseases don't generally strike at random. There are certain risk factors that make it more likely for someone to fall victim to it. Addiction is no different in this. Addiction is more common in those who have:

  • Mental illness
  • Recurring health problems
  • Addiction in the family
  • Extreme stress
  • A history of addiction

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.

Drug Treatment in Bellevue, Washington: What Does it Actually Do?

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?

There are lots of paths to recovery, and no one route is right for everyone. 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.

Remember, beating addiction isn't as simple as just quitting, and it isn't a one-time thing. 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.

The most successful rehab programs have a few common elements no matter what path you take for recovery. Here are some things to expect.

Substance Abuse Treatment for You as an Individual, Not a Generic Treatment

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, 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.

Group Therapy and Peer Support

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.

Medical Help Where Necessary

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.

Recovery Planning and Life Skills

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.

Weighing Your Options: Inpatient Drug Rehab or Outpatient Rehab?

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 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.

Generally speaking, 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.

However, if you have life commitments that haven't gotten away from you, like work, family, or

Other Sources of Support and Substance Abuse Treatment in Bellevue

Not all of your recovery happens within the walls of a rehab facility. Not all of it can. 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.

Support Groups

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.

Many in these programs continue to use the support networks provided by AA and NA to remain clean, even years after they kicked the habit initially.

Alternatively, for family of loved ones that need support, there is Al-Anon/Alateen and Nar-Anon, affiliated groups that are specifically geared to supporting loved ones of addicts.

There is also SMART Recovery, which relies on self-empowerment as the cornerstone of its support program, rather than spirituality (like AA and NA).

Family and Friends

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.

What Makes Evergreen Recovery Special?

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 center in Washington, 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.

If you're sick of fighting the battle of addiction on your own, then it's time you stop suffering alone. Contact us, and take the first step toward the rest of your life.