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Medina, WA Guide to Addiction and Alcoholism Resources and Treatment Options

"When I was ready, when I went to rehab, if they told me to go stand in a corner with my clothes off, standing on my head, I would have done it. I wouldn't have asked questions. I wanted to change, I wanted a new life.”

~ Rob Lowe

Maybe you’ve recognized, as clearly as Lowe did one day, that you’re ready to change. If your life has been taken over by an addiction to drugs or alcohol, odds are things aren’t quite working out in your favor. If you’re ready to get help, you know.

If you’re ready to kick your addiction and reclaim your life, it’s good to know your options for treatment and accountability. After all, you want your addiction to be gone for good. If that’s the case with you, keep in mind that you’re not in this battle alone - there are many different organizations and people who can and want to help you recover quickly, safely, and in a lasting way.

This is no different in Medina, Washington. Many resources are available to you in Medina and the surrounding cities, leaving you with few excuses not to take advantage of them.

We know that you may feel like you’ll never get past your addiction. But many people have been where you are, and a lot of them have overcome it successfully. We’ve created this guide as a way to provide you with the resources you need. Below, we cover topics such as:

  • Free and low-cost addiction resources near Medina, WA
  • The difference between detox and rehab
  • The difference between inpatient and outpatient rehab
  • How to pay for addiction treatment
  • What to do for alcohol poisoning or a drug overdose near Medina, WA
  • How to know if you’re an addict or alcoholic
  • How Northpoint Evergreen can help you or a loved one

Above all, please know that you’re not alone in this battle. Help is there for you, and it only requires that you take that first step to reach out for it.

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Why You Should Get Help for Addiction or Alcoholism

Far too many people think that all they really need to recover from alcoholism or drug addiction is a good dose of willpower. They believe that as long as they want it badly enough, they will be able to recover. Unfortunately, addiction just doesn’t often work that way.

Addiction has a way of gripping every aspect of your life. More likely than not, you will need to have the support of others in order to recover. It helps to know that you’re not in this alone. Sometimes your own strength isn’t enough, and when it’s not, someone else’s strength will be. There’s no shame in asking for help.


Free or Cheap Addiction Recovery Resources in Medina, Washington

Financial cost should never be a barrier between you and your recovery. In Medina and elsewhere, there are many groups and people who can help you recovery without emptying your bank account.

Alcoholics Anonymous, or AA, is an organization that has helped millions of people around the world quit drinking. You can find AA meetings in almost every country. There are many AA meetings in the Medina area, so there’s sure to be one that fits your schedule and preferences. Don’t be put off if AA meetings are uncomfortable at first - give yourself time to get used to the environment and how things work. Remember, every around you was new once, too.

AA functions by following the 12 steps of recovery. These are:

  1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
  7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
  8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
  9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
  10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
  11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

Additionally, AA makes use of sponsors. Sponsors are AA participants who are further along in the 12 step process. These participants function as personal mentors to newer members who are not yet as far along. The goal is that one day, these newer members will become successful sponsors themselves.

Medina Area AA Meetings List

There are many AA meetings in and around Medina every week. These include:

Sunday

Sunday Breakfast Group
8am
Third Place Books
17171 Bothell Way NE
Lake Forest Park, WA
This meeting is open.
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Recovery R We Group
8:30am
VFW Post # 2995
4330 148th Ave. NE
Redmond, WA
This meeting is open.
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60 Minutes in Preston Group
7pm
Preston Volunteer Fire Station #74
8641 Preston-Fall City Rd. SE
Preston, WA
This meeting is closed
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Monday

Women’s Big Book Study Group
10am
Washington Cathedral
12300 Woodinville-Redmond Rd. NE
Redmond, WA
This is a meeting for women only, and it is a Big Book Study.
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Lunch With Bill W. Group
12noon
Twin Dragon Restaurant
15321 Main St. NE
Duvall, WA
This meeting is open.
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Kindred Spirits Group
6:30pm
Rose Hill Presbyterian Church
12202 NE 90th St.
Kirkland, WA
This is a closed meeting for women only.
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Tuesday

Hope On Cougar Mountain Group
5:30pm
Rose Crest of Talus Apartments
341 Shangri-La Way NW
Issaquah, WA
This meeting is open and it takes place in the Community Center.
Map

Sober at the Summit Group
7pm
Family Pancake House (Summit Inn)
603 State Route 906
Snoqualmie Pass, WA
This meeting is open.
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Full Measures Group
7pm
St. John Vianney Church
12600 84th Ave. NE
Kirkland, WA
This meeting is open.
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Wednesday

Sammamish Plateau Women’s Group
10am
Sammamish Presbyterian Church
22522 NE Inglewood Hill Rd.
Sammamish, WA
This meeting is closed and it is for women only. Childcare is available.
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Duvall Big Book Study Group
6pm
Duvall Train Depot
26227 NE Stephens St.
Duvall, WA
This is a an open meeting and it is a Big Book Study.
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Woodinville Wednesday Group
7pm
Bear Creek Methodist Church
16530 Avondale Rd. NE
Woodinville, WA
Childcare is available and this meeting is open.
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Thursday

Steps to Freedom Group
12:15pm
St. Jude Parish
10526 166th Ave. NE
Redmond, WA
This meeting is closed. It is a Steps & Big Book Study group.
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Raging on the River Group
7pm
Raging River Community Church
31104 SE 86th St.
Preston, WA
This meeting is open.
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Mercer Island Group
8pm
Emmanuel Episcopal Church
4400 86th Ave. SE
Mercer Island, WA
This meeting is closed.
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Friday

Friday Night Firehouse Group
7:30pm
Issaquah Highlands Fire Station
1289 NE Park Dr.
Issaquah, WA
This meeting is open.
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Duvall Candlelight Group
8pm
Holy Innocents Catholic Church
26526 NE Cherry Valley Rd.
Duvall, WA
This is an open meeting.
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Overlake Group
8pm
St. Thomas Episcopal Church
8398 NE 12th St.
Medina, WA
Childcare is available. This meeting is open.
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Saturday

Live at Pine Lake Group
7pm
Pine Lake Covenant Church
1715 228th Ave. SE
Sammamish, WA
This meeting is in room 104. It is an open speaker meeting. Childcare is available on the 2nd Saturday of the month.
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Creekside Group
7:30pm
Lakeside-Milam Recovery Center
10322 NE 132nd St.
Kirkland, WA
This is a closed meeting for women only.
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Mt. Si Saturday Night Group
8pm
Fall City Methodist Church
4326 337th Pl. SE
Fall City, WA
This is a closed meeting. An Al-Anon meeting takes place at the same time.
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Narcotics Anonymous, or NA, is a program very similar to Alcoholics Anonymous - but designed for those addicted to substances of all sorts, not simply alcohol. Like AA, NA makes use of sponsors and the 12 steps to recovery.

There are so many benefits to going to NA meetings. It can be helpful and reassuring to talk with other addicts and swap stories with them. It helps you to know that you’re not in this fight by yourself. There are others who are fighting similar battles.

You can find a lot of NA meetings in the Medina community. This is a place where you will feel welcome, supported and encouraged.

Medina Area AA Meetings List

The following is a list of  of the many Medina, WA NA meetings

Sunday

10:30am
Eastside Alano Club
12302 NE 8th St.
Bellevue, WA
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7pm
Twin Bridges
1733 Belmont Ave.
Seattle, WA
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8pm
Vineyard Christian Fellowship
4142 Brooklyn Ave. NE
Seattle, WA
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Monday

7pm
Central Lutheran Church
1710 11th Ave.
Seattle, WA
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7:30pm
First United Methodist Church
1934 108th Ave. NE
Bellevue, WA
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8pm
2112 Club
2112 South Holgate St.
Seattle, WA
Map

Tuesday

1:30pm
Dunshee House
303 17th Ave. E.
Seattle, WA
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7:15
Rainier Valley Community Center
8825 Rainier Ave. S.
Seattle, WA
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8pm
Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center
1020 4th Ave. S.
Seattle, WA
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Wednesday

7:30pm
Kirkland Congregational Church
106 5th Ave.
Kirkland, WA
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7pm
Recovery Café
2022 Boren Ave.
Seattle, WA
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Thursday

7am
All Pilgrims Church
500 Broadway Ave. E.
Seattle, WA
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1:30pm
United Methodist Church
180 Denny Way
Seattle, WA
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7:30pm
Jefferson Terrace Apartments
800 Jefferson St.
Seattle, WA
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Friday

8pm
Cherry Fellowship Hall
2701 E. Cherry St.
Seattle, WA
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8pm
Group Health
11511 NE 10th St.
Bellevue, WA
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8pm
Overlake Presbyterian Church of Bellevue
1836 156th Ave. NE
Bellevue, WA
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Saturday

8pm
Youth Services
606 Maynard Ave. S.
Suite 108
Seattle, WA
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If you already know that you aren’t an addict or alcoholic but feel that these resources and groups may be helpful for you, you may be someone who abuses drugs or alcohol. Drug or alcohol abuse is any use of these substances that falls outside of the law or established standards. Even something as simple as taking an over the counter medication more frequently than the directions say to is considered drug abuse (though potentially less harmful than using illegal substances or regularly drinking excessively).

Drug or alcohol abuse is still a problem, and is often a precursor to addiction or alcoholism.

Fortunately, there are a lot of great community resources for drug abuse and alcohol abuse near Medina. At the very least, you should speak with a therapist who specializes in addiction treatment. There are several in the community of Medina that can help you.

Your doctor can be another great addiction resource. Your medical doctor has a wealth of knowledge and they can often help people with addictions. It’s possible that they can offer you medications to help you through your withdrawals or provide you with referrals to agencies you aren’t aware of.

It’s important to tell your doctor is you are using, abusing, or addicted to drugs or alcohol so that they can keep that in mind in assessing you for medical problems or prescribing you other medications.

You can also often find counselors or therapists in your area who are trained in treating those who are substance abusers or addicts.

It may also be worth contacting your local community center or asking at local churches. Many organizations such as these provide support groups or other aid to those recovering from addiction or alcoholism.

Sometimes, it’s not just addicts and alcoholics who suffer from their own behavior and habits. Those who love these people are also often harmed by their decisions. These friends, family members, and significant others can be and feel abused, neglected, guilty, and heartbroken as they watch the person they love be taken over by their addiction.

If this is the situation you’re in, it’s normal to feel hopeless and helpless. You may not have anyone in your life that you can talk to who understands. If this is the case, it can be important to surround yourself with likeminded people. You need the encouragement of others who have gone through the same thing. You need to know why your loved one is acting the way they are and what you can do to protect your own health and safety in the midst of this behavior that you can’t control.

That is why Al Anon was created. And the need for such a group specifically for teens led to the creation of Alateen.

Al Anon is for loved ones of all ages. These support groups teach these friends and family members of addicts what addiction is and teach them coping mechanisms to protect themselves mentally and emotionally.

Alateen, on the other hand, is designed for children and teenagers in this situation. The group is much the same as Al Anon, but also focuses on ways to break the generational cycles that would often lead to the young people themselves becoming addicts.

Both groups reinforce the idea that the addiction or alcoholism is not the fault of the loved one.

The following is a list of Medina Al-Anon meetings.

Sunday Nooners Gratitude AFG
Sundays at 12 pm
Alano Club of the Eastside
12302 NE 8th
Bellevue, WA
This meeting is open.
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New Hope AFG
Tuesdays at 7pm
Unity Church of Bellevue
16330 NE 4th St.
Bellevue, WA
This is a Book Study – Reaching for Personal Freedom
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A Day in Al-Anon and Alateen
Saturdays at 10am
St. Andrews Lutheran Church
2650 148th Ave. SE
Bellevue, WA
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The following are some of the Alateen meetings near Medina, WA.

Lake Hills Alateen
Thursday 7:30 PM
St Andrew's Church
2650 148th Ave SE
Bellevue, WA, 98007
Age range 9-20

Courage To Be Me Alateen
Wednesday 8:00 PM
Queen Anne Lutheran Church
2400 8th Ave W
Seattle, WA, 98119
Age range 12-20

West Seattle Alateen
Monday 7:00 PM
Tibbets United Methodist Church
3940 41st Avenue SW
Seattle, WA, 98116
Age range 13-18

Drug and Alcohol Detox

If you’re an addict, 12 step groups and community support probably aren’t enough to help you kick your addiction or alcoholism.

If you are an alcoholic or an addict,completing a detox program should be your number one priority in recovery. You need this type of addiction treatment for a few different reasons. Detoxing will help you through withdrawal and lessen the chance of complications.

Detox is the process in which your body’s physical dependence on drugs or alcohol is treated. This is different from rehab, which we’ll cover below, because rehab treats the psychological side of your addiction.

Sometimes people are under the impression that detoxing drugs or alcohol from the body is optional. The fact is that many rehab facilities require detoxification programs prior to treatment. This is because they want to give you the best chance of being successful. They also want you to avoid having any medical issues as you stop drinking.

Completing a detox program before rehab reassures the rehab providers that you are serious about getting clean, and are willing to take all the necessary steps to ensure your own recovery. If you aren't doing all you can do to recover, the professionals can’t be expected to do all they can do to help you.

If this information is news to you, you may find yourself having a lot of questions, such as:

  • How dangerous is ETOH withdrawal and should I be concerned for my safety?
  • What are the withdrawal symptoms of alcohol?
  • How long will it take to detox from alcohol?
  • Can you die from alcohol withdrawal?
  • What happens after you go to an alcohol detox facility to get help?

Your questions have been asked so many times, so don’t be afraid to ask your doctor, therapist, or another professional the same ones. We’d also like to take this opportunity to get you the answers you need. Below, we delve into some of these questions.

If you’ve been drinking or using drugs for some time now, you’ve likely already experienced the signs of withdrawal a few times. You may believe that what you’ve experienced is the worst of it. However, you’ve probably only ever experienced the first stage of withdrawal. It wasn’t long after you started feeling that way that you had a drink or used drugs again.

Withdrawing from alcohol or drugs is difficult. Trying to do it alone only makes it more difficult and more dangerous. Most people find that they need some sort of medical intervention to cope with withdrawals. That is what is available to you when you go to a detox program or facility.

Not only will professionals help to lessen the strain and stress of withdrawal, but they can make the process faster. They do this by using various treatment methods.

The Dangers of Withdrawal Symptoms

For most people, withdrawal is difficult, but doable. However, there are some cases when withdrawal can become dangerous. This happens because your body has grown accustomed to the presence of the substance. When you stop, it doesn’t know how to respond.

You really have no way of knowing what you’ll experience when you face withdrawal, even if you’ve tried to do so before. Every time is likely to be different, because our bodies are always changing. Dangerous withdrawals can hit at any time, and complications require immediate help.

Alcohol Withdrawal

When you quit drinking, it can sometimes put your body into a state of shock. When dangerous withdrawal symptoms appear, this is sometimes referred to as alcohol withdrawal syndrome, or AWS.

A common occurrence when someone suffers from this condition is delirium tremens, or DTs. The DTs can be fatal if they are left untreated.

DT symptoms usually begin all of a sudden, and without much warning. They can start within the first three days after you’ve had your last drink. However, people have been known to get this condition as long as two weeks later.

The symptoms of DTs include:

  • The onset of seizures after stopping alcohol
  • Changes in how you think
  • Feeling excessively irritable or agitated
  • Sleeping deeply for long periods of time
  • Feelings of being fatigued or sleepy when you’re awake
  • Symptoms of stupor
  • Rapid mood swings
  • Feeling afraid or excited
  • Having body tremors or the shakes
  • Experiencing delusions or hallucinations

Alcohol withdrawal death has been known to occur. When it does, delirium tremens is usually the reason for it. This is why it’s best for you to go through detox in a professional setting. There, they can get immediate help for you if you require it. The medical professionals at detox facilities are trained to recognize the signs and deal with them quickly.

If you’re fortunate, you’ll only experience mild alcohol detox symptoms. These are unpleasant, but usually not life-threatening. They can include:

  • Anxiety or depression
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Intermittent headaches
  • Sweaty palms
  • Cravings for alcohol
  • Feeling nervous or jumpy
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Feeling tired

Occasionally, people do experience stomach pain or fevers. Chest pain has also been reported. In any of these cases, it’s best to tell a doctor immediately.

Drug Withdrawal

Like withdrawal from alcohol, withdrawal from drugs can be unpleasant and even dangerous. This is one of the reasons that a detox facility is so beneficial. Professionals within a facility are prepared to ease the symptoms of drug withdrawals and react quickly in case of a problem.

Some of the more common drug withdrawal symptoms you might experience include:

  • Hot or cold sweats
  • Stomach pain or an upset stomach
  • Nausea with or without vomiting
  • Anxiety or nervousness
  • Feeling shaky
  • Depression
  • Intense cravings

Sometimes people experience complications when they stop using drugs. It’s not uncommon to experience seizures or heart problems. Your blood pressure or your heart rate can become elevated. This is because of the way your body has to adjust to you no longer using the drug it’s relied on for so long.

You should expect your withdrawals to be both mental and physical in nature. You may have all or some of the symptoms on the above list. You could also have some that don’t appear here. It really depends on the type(s) of drugs you’ve been using.

Your Expected Withdrawal Timeframe

There are many withdrawal timeline charts online that may give you an idea of how long it will take. Still, every case is different, and there’s no guarantee that your detox will be average. There’s no way to tell how long it will take you to detox drugs or alcohol from your body.

We tell most people to plan on remaining in detoxification for about 10 days. For most people, they’re feeling better in about a week.

The Stages of Withdrawal

When your withdrawal begins, you should expect symptoms to come in stages. They will probably progress in severity over time. Most people experience something similar to the following:

  • The First Stage: You start to experience cravings and a few other symptoms. You may feel a little anxious and shaky. This feeling will usually hit within the first 12 hours after your last use.
  • The Second Stage: You’ll notice additional symptoms and cravings will become more severe. You may have trouble sleeping, yet you feel fatigued. This usually happens right around the 48 hour mark.
  • The Third Stage: Your symptoms will peak in their severity. You’ll have several symptoms of withdrawal by this time and it will be very hard to cope with them. This is usually around 72 hours after your last use.
  • The Fourth Stage: You’ll notice that you begin to feel better once the peak has passed. Some symptoms may begin to fade away and others will become more tolerable.

The Fifth Stage: Many symptoms will resolve by the end of the week. There may be a few that will linger and increase in severity briefly. At this point, you are most likely ready to complete detox.

There are several different ways that you can go through the detoxification process. Most people assume that they will need to detox in a hospital, but that’s not always the case. There is a place for hospital detox, but that might not be something you need. Let’s cover these options in more detail.

Hospital Detox

Most people find that they don’t need hospital detoxification to recover from alcoholism or a drug addiction. You will probably find this is true for you as well. Hospital detox is usually for people who come to the emergency room drunk, high, or otherwise under the influence of drugs. Many of them are suffering with alcohol poisoning or a drug overdose, and they need immediate medical help.

In a hospital setting, you’ll probably be given medications to help you with your symptoms. You’ll get plenty of time with doctors and nurses because they’ll be monitoring you carefully, but most hospitals don’t allow outside visitors. Some may not even allow phone calls.

Inpatient Detox

Inpatient alcohol or drug detoxification is, by far, the most common option that people choose. This is because the atmosphere is more relaxed and comfortable. Some of the same treatments that you would get in a hospital setting are available to you here. There may be some additional ones too.

Many inpatient alcohol detox programs are connected to rehab facilities. You will likely have the option to remain and attend rehab if you choose to. Your treatment team will discuss what your aftercare should look like once you’ve completed detox.

Residential Detox

Residential alcohol detox facilities are usually for alcoholics or addicts who have relapsed. It’s very hard to quit drinking or using drugs, and not everyone is successful when they attempt it. This is true both for people who quit with professional help and those who try to quit on their own.

If you choose a residential treatment center that offers detox, you’ll be able to stay longer. Many programs allow patients to stay for as long as six months if they need to. There are even those who will let them stay longer.

There could be a number of other reasons why residential care might be better for you. Maybe it would be too hard for you to return to your home because of the temptation to drink. Or, perhaps you don’t have a safe environment to go home to. Regardless, this option is an important one to keep in mind.

You’re going to find that your treatment plan will be unique to you. It will be designed to cater specifically to your needs. Your doctor will conduct a careful physical exam before deciding what your treatment will look like.

When this exam is conducted, your doctor will ask you many questions about your drug or alcohol use. It is important that you answer honestly or your treatment may not be as effective.

Holistic Addiction Treatment

There are a lot of holistic treatments that may be used once you start detox. This refers to treatments that address the wellbeing of the body as a whole. Research has shown us that our bodies are very capable of getting rid of toxins on their own. However, this must happen under the right circumstances.

You may meet with a nutritionist who will help you make a good dietary plan. You may also start an exercise regimen that will help you shed excess toxins through sweating.

Holistic measures often work very well at moving the detox process along. However, they’re not always enough for most people. You may find that you need more than that.

Medical Addiction Treatment

One of the other most popular treatments for addiction or alcoholism is medication. There are several drugs that have been shown to work well to help people through withdrawal symptoms. Some of them are prescribed for the purpose of treating specific symptoms, rather than withdrawal as a whole.

For example, you may be given any of the following alcohol withdrawal medications:

  • Gabapentin
  • Baclofen
  • Librium
  • Valium
  • Clonidine
  • Atenolol
  • Tenormin

These are drugs that are designed to keep you from having seizures, anxiety and other symptoms. They work very well, but they should be taken with caution. No one should ever expect to be on them for a long time. Many on this list can also be highly addictive when taken long-term.

Usually, medical addiction treatments are used in conjunction with holistic treatments. While the weight of each varies, some combination of the two is designed for each case.

Opioid Replacement Therapy to Help With Withdrawal Symptoms

If you are addicted to heroin or to prescription pain medications, opioid replacement therapy may be prescribed for you. These medications have helped so many people with opioid addictions.

Opioid replacement therapy is often referred to as ORT. It works by giving you a different type of opiate drug instead of the one you’re used to. The difference is that ORT medications are designed to work a little differently in your body.

ORT drugs will attach to the same opioid receptors as heroin or pain pills. They will make it impossible for you to get high on your drug of choice. They will also calm down your withdrawal symptoms.

If this approach is right for you, the best ORTs for you will be discussed with you beforehand. You’ll know exactly what you can expect during your treatment.

There will never be a case when a doctor tells a patient it’s OK to detox from alcohol or drugs at home. This is why detoxing is never done on an outpatient basis. It’s just too risky. There is so much that can go wrong when you try to detox on your own. If you develop DTs or other strong withdrawal symptoms, you may not be able to get the medical help you need in time.

If you decide that you’re going to ignore professional advice and attempt an at-home detox, experts say you should do the following:

  • Get rid of all alcohol from your house. You don’t need the temptation to drink.
  • Take time off from work or school. The symptoms you experience will make it impossible for you to function well. You’ll need the time to focus on your recovery.
  • Don’t attempt it alone. Ask someone to stay with you at least through the first three days. This way if there is a complication, that person can get you medical help.
  • Drink enough fluids. You may not have much of an appetite, but you need to stay hydrated. Make sure you always have water on hand. Also, Gatorade or other hydrating beverages might taste good to you as well.
  • Talk with your doctor about possible medications. They may offer to give you a prescription, or recommend some over the counter medications that can help you.

You may see ads for alcohol detox drinks or withdrawal vitamins. These sound like they would work, but they usually don’t do enough. We always recommend going to a professional alcohol detox facility for help.

When people don’t go through the detox process, this is usually called quitting cold turkey. This means that you’ve decided that you’re just going to stop, and you do. Sometimes people will choose to taper down the amount of drugs they use on a regular basis. This might seem like the better option, but in reality, both are very dangerous.

Detoxing on your own can be extremely hard. You’re likely to feel the brunt of all of your withdrawal symptoms.

There may come a point when they get to be too much for you to handle. When that occurs, you could suffer from a relapse. There are major dangers of relapsing.

First, you are reinforcing the idea to yourself that you need to use drugs. Your brain already thinks this, and when you relapse, you’re proving it right. This can make it much harder for you to quit in the future.

Second, if you relapse, you are at risk for a drug overdose. Many drug overdoses occur for this reason. Your body’s tolerance levels change the moment you start depriving yourself of drugs. When you go back to using, you might not be aware of this change. As a result, you might use more than your body can handle.

Drug and Alcohol Rehab

Once you’ve gone through the detoxification process, you should be commended! You’ve done the hard work of detoxing, but your journey isn’t over yet. Detox is going to help you get through the painful withdrawal period and kick your physical dependence. However, you still need to consider going to rehab.

Your aftercare is vital at this point in time. If you don’t commit to some type of rehabilitation program, your recovery is not likely. Addiction and alcoholism are both psychological and physical in nature. Detox addresses the physical issues, while rehab addresses the psychological ones.

Recovery is a lifelong commitment, but it’s one that will be incredibly rewarding for you.

The goal of going to an alcoholism treatment center is for you to stop drinking long-term. It’s definitely not a “quick fix” or intended to be a short-term solution. It’s not enough for you to just stop drinking. You may not know how to manage your life without alcohol. This is something that you’ll get used to when you’re in rehab. However, afterwards, it will become a lot more challenging.

Alcoholic counseling and other forms of treatment will help you with this. It’s important for you to learn how to anticipate what may happen to trigger a desire to drink. Your therapist will help you put together a relapse prevention plan, and this will be vital. Together, you’ll talk about the different factors that could lead to a relapse for you. You’ll also devise ways that you can make better choices and avoid it.

Additionally, your treatment plan will be designed with any co-occurring disorders in mind - you’ll be getting help for your addiction, but you’ll also get help for any underlying problems. For example, you may suffer from anxiety, and that could be a contributing factor. The anxiety (or another mental health issue) will be addressed. This is going to help it make it more likely for you to recover successfully.

You may want to start by taking an alcoholism quiz. A quiz will ask you a series of questions, and at the end, you’ll get your results. You may even learn a few things about yourself that you didn’t know before you took it.

You could also contact a local alcohol rehab center and ask for their help and advice. Many offer free phone assessments to people in your situation. It can be helpful to talk with a professional who knows how to recognize alcoholism, even over the phone.

Symptoms of Alcoholism

At the very least, you should look for some of the symptoms of alcoholism in your life. These could include:

  • Feeling guilty after you’ve had too much to drink.
  • Worrying that you don’t have enough alcohol on hand for a specific timeframe.
  • Changing what you drink regularly, thinking it will keep you from getting drunk.
  • Frequently drinking in the morning when you get up.
  • Preferring to consume alcohol when you’re alone.
  • Being unable to control when or how much you drink.
  • Realizing that you need to consume larger amounts to get the same effects.
  • Spending a lot of time obtaining alcohol, drinking it, and then recovering from being drunk.

If you are an alcoholic, you may also have some of the physical signs of alcoholism. These include:

  • Stomach problems, such as gastritis or ulcers
  • Redness of the hands or face
  • Weight loss that can’t be explained another way
  • Frequent blackouts
  • A poor appetite
  • Infections and sores on your skin
  • Developing liver problems

Any of the above could be true for you and your situation. If they are, you should assume that you are an alcoholic.

Symptoms of Drug Addiction

There are also signs you can use to assess whether you or a loved on is a drug addict. As with the symptoms of alcoholism, your addiction could look like any combination of these signs. They include:

  • Continuing to use a prescribed medication even when you don’t need it.
  • Feeling the need to increase how much of a particular drug you use over time. Otherwise, you no longer experience its effects.
  • Feeling strange when you stop using because you’re going through withdrawal.
  • Trying to stop using, but realizing that you can’t.
  • Obsessing about using drugs frequently.
  • Continuing to use even though you can see the damage that drugs are causing in your life.
  • Losing interest in the things you once enjoyed.
  • Having a hard time maintaining relationships, going to work and taking care of your responsibilities.

If you can identify with any of these, you probably do need to go to a drug treatment program. If you’re still not sure, try asking someone you trust for their opinion.

Know Your Options for Alcoholic Rehab Centers in Medina

Alcohol treatment is not a “one size fits all” concept. Your addiction is unique, and your recovery will be too. The most important thing for you to do is to find what works for you. You know yourself better than anyone else does, so your opinion should hold a lot of weight in the matter if you’re serious about getting clean and sober.

Inpatient alcohol rehab programs are the most common way to recover from alcoholism. In an inpatient program, you’ll live within a rehab facility for some time during treatment. Most programs go for about 30 days or so, although some may last longer. You’ll probably have a roommate, and you’ll definitely have around-the-clock staff monitoring your recovery and able to help if things go wrong.

Another type of inpatient treatment program is called residential rehab. These programs last longer than 30 days and are more for people with long-term, chronic addiction. If you’ve tried to recover before in other rehab settings, but you weren’t successful, this might be what you need.

Long-term inpatient treatment has been proven to be most effective. This means that of everyone who goes through any type of treatment for addiction or alcoholism, those who have completed an inpatient program are least likely to relapse.

Unfortunately, a lot of people can’t make a commitment to an inpatient program. If this is your situation, you may assume that this means you can’t get help. That’s not the case at all.

Outpatient rehab refers to programs where patients live independently, but come to the rehab facility for treatment during the day. There are many different styles of outpatient treatment, ranging from once- or twice-weekly therapy sessions and activities to intensive outpatient programs, or IOPs, where you attend for several hours each day.

It’s possible that you’ve put off getting help for your alcoholism because of the costs involved. Maybe you’ve always assumed that it was just too expensive to go to professional alcohol rehab. It can be, but did you know that your insurance will cover a lot of the costs?

When it comes to free and low-cost rehab, many people are surprised to know how much their insurance will cover. Some people find that outpatient programs are covered in full. For those who need inpatient treatment, they may have to pay a little toward a copay. Still, the fact that you can depend on your health insurance probably changes things for you. You can afford to get the help you need to recover if you’re an alcoholic.

When you contact a drug help center, they’ll ask about your insurance. They’ll also verify your insurance and find out about your benefits. That way, when you start your care, you’ll know exactly how much you’ll need to pay.

How to Pay for Your Stay at a Drug Addiction Rehab Facility

If you’re panicking still because you don’t have insurance, don’t fear. There are still other ways that you can pay for rehab. Consider trying some of the following ideas to fund rehab:

  • Talk with a loved one who might be willing to help cover the costs.
  • Ask at the recovery facility about any payment plans or financing options they may have.
  • Use money from your savings to pay for treatment.
  • Cash in your 401K and use those funds for rehab.
  • Find out if your local community center has any scholarship programs, or other ways to help.

You may also want to consider choosing a program that accepts grants from SAMHSA. This will help you by making your treatment completely free.

One thing is for sure; you shouldn’t allow money to come between you and getting addiction help. If you know what’s available to you, you can get the assistance you need to quit using properly.

Unfortunately, not all rehab facilities are equal. Each program will offer a different caliber of care and is designed for a different type of person and recovery. To ensure that you choose the best program to match your specific needs, you should find out:

  • What their staff to patient ratio is
  • How long you can expect to receive treatment
  • What types of treatment they offer their patients
  • If they’ll provide you with a plan for your aftercare
  • If they participate with your health insurance provider

If you don’t feel comfortable with their answers, move on to another facility. You need to make a choice that you feel is right for you, because you know yourself better than anyone else does.

You’ve done it! You’ve completed detox and rehab. Are you cured of your addiction now, once and for all?

Unfortunately, no. You will never be cured of your addiction. There is no known complete cure for an addiction.

This might be unsettling to you. Keep in mind that just because you won’t be cured, that doesn’t mean you can’t stop using. The goal is to keep you from participating in the active addiction. That can absolutely be accomplished through the right drug treatment program.

Despite this, your addiction can be managed and controlled. The lack of a true cure just means that you must be vigilant in following guidelines you’ve set for yourself and recognizing when you’ve gone too far or may go too far. And while the urge to use may never go away completely, it will probably lessen over time.

What to do for a Drug Overdose or Alcohol Poisoning in Medina, Washington

If you suspect that you or a loved one has overdosed on drugs or has alcohol poisoning, it’s best to get professional medical help as quickly as possible. In case of an emergency, always call 911.

Washington state has a Good Samaritan Law, so you cannot be prosecuted for drug use, possession of drugs, or underage drinking if you call 911 to seek emergency medical help for yourself or someone else experiencing an overdose or alcohol poisoning. Never let fear of the law keep you from seeking professional help for a drug overdose or alcohol poisoning.

Opioid-related deaths occur every day in the United States, creating a nationwide crisis. If you or a loved one is regularly using heroine or other opioids, it’s best to be prepared for the worst so that you or someone you love doesn’t become the next statistic of how many people die each month.

An overdose of heroin can kill a user extremely quickly, so it’s best to know a plan of action in advance.

Both Narcan and Evzio are drugs approved by the U.S. FDA for the immediate treatment of heroin overdoses until emergency medical help can arrive.

If you or someone you know regularly uses heroin, you should consider teaching and equipping someone to administer one of these treatments in case of an overdose. Forms of these drugs are available as injections and nasal sprays.

This person should be someone who is frequently around you or the user and has a good chance of being nearby if there’s a problem. This person should review and practice administering these treatments often to avoid panicking during a true emergency. It’s probably best that you choose someone who can remain calm under pressure.

However, these immediate treatments are not meant to be the only response in case of an overdose. You should also call 911 and make sure that medical personnel is on the way regardless of what other treatments you’ve administered.

Cocaine overdoses can also kill a user quickly, so it’s important to think and act fast if you think you or a loved one has overdosed. As always, you should call 911 first.

Once you have called 911, there are three things you can do while waiting for help to arrive:

  1. Apply a cold compress to the person who has overdosed.
  2. If the person is having seizures, try to move sharp objects or furniture away from them so they do not injure themselves. Lower them to the floor and keep their head far from hard objects. Do not try to restrain the addict if they are having a seizure, and if possible, ensure they have nothing in their mouth.
  3. Follow the instructions of the emergency line operator and stay with the victim.

Each prescription drug is different, so each overdose will look different depending on what drug was used. In an emergency, you should dial 911 and seek help from a medical professional.

You can also call your local poison control center for more information on what to do during a prescription drug overdose in Medina.

Washington Poison Center
Emergency Number: 800-222-1222

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How Can Northpoint Evergreen Help You?

Here at Northpoint Evergreen Bellevue at Northpoint, we’re proud to offer one of the best drug rehabs in Medina, WA. If you’re battling an addiction, you’re not alone, and we can help you recover.

Evergreen at Northpoint is an addiction recovery facility near Medina, WA that focuses on four guiding principles: autonomy, integrity, hope, and thrive. Our goal is lasting recovery and success for our patients.

We’re known as one of the best addiction and alcoholism recovery programs in Washington state. But don’t take it from us - hear what former patients have to say about their experience as a patient with Northpoint Evergreen:

“Today I celebrate 11 months of sobriety and I give all the credit to the staff of Northpoint Recovery. I struggled with addiction issues with both alcohol and cocaine for the better part of 25 years. I tried many times to quit on my own and went through programs offered through the Veterans Administration however nothing kept be clean and sober until I made the call to NPR and through there 28 day in-patient program and the professional care that I received both while an in-patient and after care I am proud to say that I am a happier, healthier person. If you truly want a better life for you and your loved ones you owe it to yourself to walk through the doors of NPR and into a brand new you.” - Kevin D. Fletcher via Facebook

We hope that you have found this guide to be very helpful and insightful. We know that we have presented you with a lot of information about many subjects. You probably still have questions that need to be answered.

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