“Weakness is living in denial. Only the strongest people ask for help.”
~ Demi Lovato
If you’re struggling with alcoholism or drug addiction, getting help has probably crossed your mind. For many people, the idea of asking for help is daunting. They want to do it themself, and they don’t want to admit that they have a problem in the first place.
But, as Demi Lovato says, it’s the strongest people that ask for help. If you’re ready to get help and willing to admit that you need it, there are many addiction recovery resources all across the globe. Here, we detail some of the addiction resources available in and around Auburn, Washington. These include:
The road to a successful recovery from addiction, alcoholism, or substance abuse almost always begins with a professional detox program, followed by rehab.
Detox is a process that removes all traces of the substance from the addict’s body. The process teaches their bodies to function without the substance, little by little. This is necessary if the body has become physically dependent on the drug. The process controls, limits, or otherwise manages the uncomfortable and dangerous withdrawal symptoms caused by taking away or decreasing the substance too quickly or without help. Without completing detox entirely, a relapse is much more likely. Detox is important, but only addresses the physical side of addiction.
The other half of addiction is psychological. This is usually addressed after detox, in a rehab program.
There are two main types of rehab: inpatient treatment and outpatient treatment. Because addiction is different for each person, so is recovery. It’s important to learn about all types of rehab programs available to choose what’s best for you or your loved one.
Inpatient rehab is exactly what most people picture when they hear the word rehab. For inpatient treatment, patients live in the treatment facility while they recover. They eat, sleep, attend therapy, and take part in other activities all in the same place. Usually, patients are supervised at all times by trained medical professionals. This is usually coupled with limited contact with those outside of the facility.
During this time in rehab, the patient will probably take part in multiple kinds of therapy. These could be group or individual sessions. They will likely also have a full schedule to teach them various ways of filling their time and ignoring cravings for drugs or alcohol. Quality rehab centers will also allow for opportunities for patients to better their physical health with consistent hydration, good nutrition, and exercise.
Inpatient treatment is consistently shown to be the most effective addiction treatment method. This means that of all patients who complete an addiction treatment program, those who have completed an inpatient rehab program are the least likely to relapse.
This is an important fact to keep in mind. Equally important is the fact that successful treatment route looks different for everyone. There are other options if inpatient treatment isn’t right for you.
Outpatient treatment is similar to inpatient treatment in many ways. The primary difference between the two is that during outpatient treatment, the patient continues to live independently or otherwise away from the facility. They only go to the facility itself for scheduled appointments.
Outpatient rehab is usually cheaper than inpatient treatment because it only covers the cost of the treatment itself. However, it doesn’t provide the supervision and and encouragement that often makes inpatient treatment so successful. This can leave patients more susceptible to relapses.
Outpatient rehab can be ideal for those with lasting commitments such as work or school. It can also be a good choice for those who, for any reason, are at a lower risk for a relapse. This is especially true if the patient has a strong support system back home.
Unfortunately, addiction recovery is never truly over. Recovering addicts must commit to recovery one day at a time. Many such recovering addicts find long-term help in the form of support groups or 12 step groups. These groups bring recovering addicts and alcoholics together to hold each other accountable even in the later stages of recovery. Participants in these groups learn coping mechanisms to combat cravings, how to make amends for past behavior, and the truth that they are not alone in this journey.
Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in Auburn include:
New Kent Fellowship Group
Wednesdays at 12 noon
South King County Alano Club
1317 Harvey Rd. NE
All About Choices Group
Saturdays at 5pm
Auburn Business Park, Suite J
1833 Auburn Way N.
Narcotics Anonymous meetings close to Auburn, Washington include:
Sundays and Wednesdays at 12 noon
230 1th St. NE
Family of Grace Lutheran Church
Saturdays at 9pm
31317 124th Ave. SE
The SMART Recovery meeting closest to Auburn is:
Tuesdays at 6:00 PM
Calvary Community Church
15116 Gary Street E
Sumner, WA 98390
Another unfortunate truth of addiction is that alcoholics and addicts aren’t the only ones harmed by their drug and alcohol abuse. Usually, their loved ones’ lives are just as negatively affected.
Because of this, there are also support groups available for the friends and families of recovering and current drug addicts and alcoholics. These groups allow these loved ones to come together and find strength in shared experiences, learn more about what their friends and family members are going through, and learn to cope themselves. They may also learn skills to keep themselves from enabling those they love.
Alateen caters specifically to older children and teens who are close to alcoholics. The group works much like the ones for adults. However, there is an added emphasis on breaking generational cycles of addiction. It’s important to break these cycles so the next generation doesn’t give in to the same disease to which their older loved ones have fallen prey.
Al Anon meetings near Auburn include:
Auburn Sunday Night AFG
Sundays at 7:30pm
505 17th St. SE
Saturday Morning Open Breakfast AFG
Saturdays at 10am
112 E. Main St.
Nar Anon meetings near Auburn include:
Hope on the Hill
Thursdays at 7:30 PM
All Saints Lutheran Church
27225 Military Road South
The closest Alateen meetings to Auburn include:
Zion Lutheran Church
Wednesdays at 8pm
1305 17th St. SE
Alliance Bible Church
Mondays at 7pm
19320 SE 240th St.
If you’ve decided to get help for your addiction, Northpoint Evergreen Bellevue wants to provide just that.
Northpoint Evergreen Bellevue 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.
Still not sure if 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 you can make.
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