If you have a loved one who has been using drugs or alcohol, you undoubtedly have been beating the bushes for ways to help. Perhaps you have tried a family intervention. Perhaps you’ve begun researching ways to have a professional get involved, too.
When faced with a debilitating disease such as alcohol or drug dependency, sometimes the best way to get better is to spend time away, in an environment that allows people to focus on healing.
The world of substance abuse can be a frightening one, but there are myriad people out there who’ve made it their life’s work to help people get out of the holes that drugs and alcohol have put them in.
The Pacific Northwest is home to a number of inpatient substance abuse recovery centers. You can start your research by looking into these, but if these don’t meet your needs, follow the links at the bottom of this post for other options.
PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center’s Behavioral Health Inpatient Center, in Bellingham, is licensed by the Washington State Department of Health and certified by the Washington State Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse and the Washington State Division of Mental Health.
The center offers a multi-track psychiatric program that provides psychiatric and chemical dependency services to voluntary adult patients. Among the services provided at the center are medical detoxification; psychiatric assessment, evaluation and treatment; co-occurring psychiatric treatment; family assessment and education; social work assessment; and discharge planning.
Cascade Behavioral Hospital, located in Tukwila, offers a total inpatient program that focuses on medical detoxification, disease and treatment education, group therapy, goal setting and relapse prevention. Continuing care includes special programs for families and pregnant women. A 15-week relapse prevention follow-up program gives extra attention to those who may struggle with abstaining from drugs. The hospital has the Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval and is a partner with the Jason Foundation, Inc., to end youth suicide.
For teenagers and young adults:
Ryther, in Seattle, offers programs for adolescents and young adults with substance use and mental health issues. The co-occurring program is designed to identify and treat mental health challenges such as depression, anxiety or ADHD in adolescents with substance use. Treatment is guided by an adolescent psychiatrist and licensed clinicians experienced in addressing mental health and substance use issues.
Those with substance-abuse issues often also are struggling with mental health problems, according to Ryther, and it can be detrimental to treat a substance user and not concurrently address mental health concerns.
For teenage girls:
SeaMar Community Health Centers operates its Visions Youth Treatment Center in Bellingham. The center, which focuses on girls ages 14 to 17, is state-licensed Level II facility accredited by The Joint Commission.
The center provides intensive chemical dependency services to youth, helping them to learn important life skills, make healthy lifestyle choices, communicate effectively and discover new hobbies and fun recreational activities. The Visions staff includes chemical dependency and mental health professionals along with a certified high school teacher. They work in collaboration with medical and dental staff, nutritionists and health educators to ensure that clients receive holistic intervention.
If these centers don’t meet your needs, others are available. Here are a couple of good resources for finding the perfect drug and alcohol treatment center for you or your loved one:
Please also feel free to get in touch with Bostec, who have been a resource for people trying to kick the habit for years. Staff at Bostec can direct you and your family to other good alternatives.