Northpoint Evergreen Bellevue serves addicts and alcoholics with our drug rehab in Washington State. If you're struggling with addiction, our program can help you get back in control of your life. But before you make that decision, you should be informed. 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.
The best first step to overcoming addiction is to understand what it does, whether it affects yourself or a loved one. It's more complicated than a simple choice about whether or not to use drugs.
It's true that in most cases, an addict's first encounter with drugs is voluntary. But much of the time, that one little "experiment" is all it takes. Nobody wants to get addicted. But it happens anyway, because drugs alter your brain chemistry in such a way as to take away your agency and self-control. Addiction is a physiological reaction that is beyond your control. It's nothing to be ashamed about, especially if you're seeking help.
Most people don't really understand this about drug addiction, and many of the perceptions about addiction are wrongly geared towards shaming the addict. This is not only unhelpful, it is in fact directly harmful to the process of recovery.
You must recognize that addiction is not a choice or a moral failing on your part. It doesn't make any more sense to shame an addict than it does to shame a diabetic or an asthmatic for seeking treatment. Addiction is a disease, and the American Medical Association recognizes it as such, as do most addiction treatment centers and professionals around the world.
And like any disease, there are certain risk factors that make it more likely to fall victim to it. Addiction is more common in those who have:
One of the most problematic sources of addiction is opium-based prescription drugs like OxyContin and Vicodin. If you suffer from health problems that bring chronic pain, you are more likely to rely on these drugs for relief. This is a common backdoor to a serious addiction problem through dependency.
There are certain genetic markers that make some people more susceptible to addiction than others. Some are simply more susceptible to the chemical overload that comes with drug use. In addition, if you're accustomed to family members using drugs, it's easier for you to normalize the habit in your own life.
Stress makes everything worse. If you're going through a stressful time in your life, whether because of personal or financial problems, your entire body's health suffers. Many people fall into drug or alcohol use as an escape mechanism, turning it into the only way they can stop thinking about their problems. Soon, they simply can't go a day without using.
If you've been addicted to drugs in the past, you're far more likely to become addicted again. Like a chronic illness, it never completely goes away, you just beat it into remission and work on keeping it there.
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 Northpoint Evergreen Bellevue here.
To find out more about the science and psychology of addiction, see our page on understanding addiction.
Addiction is a serious disease, and drug and alcohol overdoses are a leading cause of accidental death. Indeed, drug overdose deaths continue to be a huge problem in Washington as they outpace the national average across the state.
Alcohol and drug-related causes account for more than 13% of all deaths in the state annually. That becomes much more upsetting when you find out that 5% of adolescents aged 12-17 have used illicit drugs within the last year - well over the national average of 2%. Drug use is a blight across the entire state that is only getting worse.
Of course, drug use is bad for your health even if you don't overdose. Addiction is linked to multiple physical and emotional complications, such as:
And this is just a cherry-picking. There are countless other disorders, diseases and afflictions tied to drug abuse, and not a single one of them will make your life easier or more pleasant.
Addiction is more than just a personal decision, and 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.
So what are you supposed to do about it?
Drug treatment and drug rehab in Washington is the single best way to maximize your likelihood of long-term recovery. Addiction treatment 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. 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.
Going to drug rehab in Washington is the most effective treatment option you're going to find. The major choice you'll have to make is whether you want it to be an inpatient or outpatient experience.
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. Outpatient rehab has you come in for treatment several days a week, but spend most of your time at home.
It is common for people to transition from an inpatient program to outpatient, as a way of getting them extra support during the most difficult stages of recovery. You can find out more about outpatient rehab, like the intensive outpatient program (IOP) practiced by Northpoint Evergreen Bellevue, by clicking here.
Some of the elements of the most successful rehab programs are common no matter what kind of path you take for recovery. Here are some things to expect.
This is about helping you understand your addiction while addressing its underlying causes. Many times, addiction isn't just addiction - there's something else driving you into it, enabling you, cornering you into feeling like drugs are your only escape.
Your therapist can help you discover those deeper issues, while also giving you strategies to more effectively manage your stress, help you cope with cravings, and discuss your addiction with loved ones.
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.
Northpoint Evergreen Bellevue 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 Washington, 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 time and time again.
Almost every drug rehabilitation process has a major focus on group support. Northpoint Evergreen Bellevue is no different, as group support has proven to be an important aspect of addiction treatment. But this support is not just about forcing everyone to air their dirty laundry together.
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 you can trust that have been through what you're going through is a bigger help than you can imagine.
Believe it or not, there is a lot to learn while you're in rehab. The last thing we want is to get people off of drugs, only to send them back out there to get right back on them. That's not what real recovery is. Real recovery is getting clean and staying clean.
What a good drug rehabilitation program will do is teach you about addiction and how to truly manage it. And even better, they'll teach you wat situations make you vulnerable to a relapse, how to avoid those situations, and what to do if you find yourself in it anyway.
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.
With the lessons you learn from your time at Northpoint Evergreen Bellevue, you'll be equipped to handle that temptation effectively for the rest of your life.
Not all of your recovery happens within the walls of a rehab facility. Not all of it can. Some people in outpatient rehab need a little extra push once in a while. 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.
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.
The biggest groups in Washington are those that operate according to the well-known 12-step model. These groups, which include Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA), are the most popular and successful addiction treatment in the world. These programs are completely free, and have helped millions manage and overcome their addictions.
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.
There is also SMART Recovery, which relies on self-empowerment as the cornerstone of its support program, rather than spirituality (like AA and NA).
Northpoint Evergreen Bellevue 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 Washington, we can help you, too.
Of course, treatment doesn't start when you walk in. It 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.
Our highly-qualified team of addiction treatment experts is going to treat you like an individual, not a numbered patient. You're a person, unlike anyone else. We work to understand you, your problems, your background, the reasons you turned to drugs in the first place. By understanding these things, we can better personalize your treatment plan and make sure you kick your habit and keep it kicked.
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.