Drug & Alcohol Rehabs in Washington
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Rates of substance abuse in Washington state have remained above national averages in recent years, with around to 1 in every 10 adults in the state dependent upon or abusing substances. While a newfound focus on quality treatment has helped rates of alcohol abuse slowly decrease, rates of heroin abuse have skyrocketed. As opioid painkillers have become more readily available, many users become dependent and turn to heroin as a cheaper alternative. From 2006 to 2015, in less than 10 years, the number of unintentional heroin overdose deaths in Washington has almost tripled.
Washington—Life-Saving Treatment in the Midst of an Epidemic
Lawmakers in Washington’s communities are working to change the tide of the opioid epidemic in their state. The state has initiated an Unwanted Medicines Return Program to reduce the availability of painkillers. Some lawmakers are even trying to fight back against pharmaceutical companies, which supply the opioid painkillers that so often lead to dependence and contribute to the state’s growing heroin problem. Washington State’s Department of Social and Health Services is committed to strengthening its prevention programs and improving its treatment services.
If you or a loved one is struggling with substance abuse, there are resources available to help you in Washington. Substance abuse and addiction are not moral failings, and the state has taken an empathetic approach to treatment that seeks to truly help people in need. Don’t delay any longer. The first step towards freedom is asking for help. Call us today to talk about your rehab options in Washington: 1-866-317-7050.
- Among Washington’s population 12 or older, more than 500,000 people are dependent upon or abusing drugs and/or alcohol each year. That’s around 12% of the population.
- Around 10% of those people in need of treatment receive treatment services.
- In 2015, alcohol and heroin were the most reported primary substances of abuse in Washington’s treatment centers.
- From just 2013 to 2015, the percentage of people in treatment who primarily abused heroin increased by almost 10%.
- Almost half of heroin users in treatment in Washington are between the ages of 21 and 30.
Treatment & Recovery in Washington
Outside of specialty services or treatment formats, the majority of rehabs in Washington will offer:
- Comprehensive substance abuse assessments and diagnoses
- Both individual and group counseling
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Relapse prevention
- Education about substance abuse
Groups Fighting Substance Abuse in Washington
- Washington State’s Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) oversees and funds substance abuse treatment services through its Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR). The Division was created to integrate services for substance use, mental health, and problem gambling, as well as strengthen prevention and recovery services to create healthier communities.
- The DBHR provides contact information for local Behavioral Health Organizations across the state, as well as a directory of substance use disorder treatment agencies. The DBHR also funds the 24-hour Washington Recovery Help Line, for crisis intervention and referrals to detox, treatment, and recovery support groups.
- In addition to providing treatment resources, the DBHR is also heavily involved in prevention efforts across the state of Washington. Through community-based organizations (CBOs), the state’s College Coalition for Substance Abuse Prevention, and intervention specialists in Washington schools, the division is committed to reducing substance abuse and building healthier communities.
- The Washington Healthy Youth (WHY) Coalition is a partnership of government organizations across the state, working to prevent and reduce underage substance use. The coalition implements statewide prevention campaigns, while also working with local communities to address problematic laws, norms, and attitudes surrounding substances.
- Rx4Life is a local non-profit organization in Washington established by the parents of a teenage girl struggling with prescription pain medication addiction, in an effort to raise awareness about the dangers of prescription drug abuse. The organization is now a part of the Inland Northwest Community Foundation (INWCF) and brings funds to local schools for ongoing education about prescription pain medication abuse.