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Washington State Drug Treatment Information

Washington State, nestled deep in the Pacific Northwest is known for rain, lush green mountains, and unfortunately, addiction and substance abuse. King County, the county that holds the major cities of Seattle and Tacoma (as well as Federal Way) has seen resurgence in heroin addiction in the last decade. Couple this with a higher than national average for alcohol abuse/addiction as well as Eastern Washington's methamphetamine rise and the Evergreen State has more than its share of drug issues to deal with. Washington State offers state resources and services for addiction treatment and maintains a database of independent treatment facilities within the state.

Since 2008, King County averages an opiate/heroin addiction death at the rate of 5.6 per 100,000 residents. This is slightly higher than the national average of 4.8 per 100,000. Heroin has been a drug of choice in the city for decades, but with the advent of more powerful street level drugs and the ease of snorting or smoking the drug, it has grown in popularity over the last ten years. Statewide opiate (prescription drugs) abuse has risen along with the proliferation of methamphetamine usage. Meth use has grown in the eastern side of the state do to the poor economy and easy access to remote locations for the cooking and distribution of the drug. Meth tends to be a rural problem more than an urban one in Washington.

The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) offers assistance to anyone who wishes to try and break the drug addiction and abuse cycle. The 24-hour helpline, 866-789-1511, is for anyone in the state who wishes to find help to break the cycle. Agents at DSHS assist the addict in applying for health care aid such as Medicaid and other governmental programs. The statewide Access to Recovery (ATS) program receives funding from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). This program is unique in that it places a high emphasis on the patient entering treatment being able to make a choice of treatment centers or programs. For example, most 12-step recovery programs place a high emphasis on a religious and spiritual aspect to recovery; for those not religious this may be a problem. To let the patient have a say, the ATS gives them autonomy of choice.

Recovery services offered through the Washington State ATS program include outpatient therapy, detox, in patient treatment, follow-up care and dual diagnosis assistance (dual diagnosis recognizes addiction tends to go hand in hand with mental illness and seeks to treat the addiction at the core level). Once the addict is out of treatment, ATS assists with finding housing if needed, employment and job training, life skills and halfway house placement.

Most major treatment facilities are found in the larger population centers in Washington. Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia, Spokane and Bellingham have major treatment centers and DSHS offices to help the addict in finding a path to addiction free life. While not perfect, the Washington State system of assistance to help addicts along the path to recovery is there to help those ready to make a change, regardless of financial position.

Washington DSHS: http://www.dshs.wa.gov/dbhr/daaccesstorecovery.shtml
Washington Drug and Alcohol Treatment: http://www.theagapecenter.com/Treatment-Centers/Washington.htm
Prescription Opiates and Heroin Addiction - Washington County Rates: http://adai.uw.edu/wastate/opiates/king_opiates.pdf


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