“Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.”
~ J.K. Rowling
Do you feel like you’ve hit rock bottom? Is your life ruled by drug addiction or alcoholism? Are you worried that there’s nowhere else to turn?
It’s understandable to feel overwhelmed by a problem with drugs or alcohol. You’re not alone in this - all over the world, others are falling prey to the same disease. Addiction and alcoholism can ruin lives, bodies, and relationships, but they don’t have to. Often, recognizing the problem is the first step in rebuilding a stronger, healthier life - where you, not your addiction, are in control.
If you’re hoping to overcome addiction and reclaim your life, you’ve come to the right place.
For most addicts, alcoholics, or long-term substance abusers, the road to recovery should begin with participation in professional detox and rehab programs.
Detox as a first step ensures that all traces of the addictive substance are gone from the addict’s body. The process teaches their bodies to function without the substance, reversing the damage from physical dependence. The process controls, limits, or otherwise manages the withdrawal symptoms caused by taking away the substance. Detox addresses the physical side of addiction. Without completing detox entirely, relapse is much more likely.
After detox comes rehab, which addresses the psychological side of addiction. There are two main types of rehab: inpatient treatment and outpatient treatment. Both come with their own sets of pros and cons, so it’s important to learn about both before deciding what sounds best for you.
Inpatient rehab is exactly what most people think of when they hear the word rehab. For inpatient treatment, patients live within the treatment facility while they recover and learn to live without the drug. They are supervised constantly by trained medical professionals and usually have limited contact with those outside of the facility.
During their time at the facility, they will probably take part in multiple types of therapy to identify and treat the root of their addiction. They will attend both group activities and individual sessions. They will likely also have a schedule full of activities that teach them various ways of filling their time and coping without drugs or alcohol. Quality rehab centers will also allow for opportunities to engage in activities to better their physical health, including consistent hydration, good nutrition, and exercise.
Inpatient treatment is consistently shown to be the most effective addiction treatment method. This means that of all of those who complete an addiction or alcoholism treatment program, those who have completed inpatient rehab are the least likely to relapse. Even knowing this, though, it’s important to keep in mind that everyone’s addiction is different. This means that successful treatment can look different for everyone, too.
Outpatient treatment is similar to inpatient treatment in many ways. Almost all aspects of the treatment itself are the same, but the patient continues to live in their own home or otherwise away from the facility. They only go to the facility itself for scheduled treatment activities and appointments.
Outpatient treatment is usually cheaper than inpatient treatment. However, it does not provide the constant supervision and and encouragement thought to make inpatient treatment so successful. This can leave patients more susceptible to cravings and relapses.
Outpatient rehab is usually ideal for those with other lasting commitments, such as work or school. It can also be a good choice for those who have a strong support system among friends and family, or who are otherwise at a lower risk for a relapse.
Unfortunately, addiction recovery isn’t a one time choice. Recovering addicts must commit to recovery one day at a time, forever. Something that helps many such recovering addicts long term is participation in a support group or 12 step group. These groups bring recovering addicts and alcoholics together to share their experiences and hold each other accountable at all stages of recovery. Participants learn coping mechanisms, as well as how to make amends for past behavior, all in a group of others who know what they’re talking about from firsthand experience.
There are several support groups for addicts and alcoholics near Atlantic, Seattle, Washington. They include: Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and SMART Recovery.
Groups like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous pair participants with a member who is further along with recovery, called a sponsor. Sponsors work alongside newer participants through the 12 steps to recovery. SMART Recovery groups instead follow a Four Point program.
Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in Atlantic, Seattle, include:
The Friends of Bill W.
Wednesdays at 7:00 PM
The Cannon House
113 23rd Ave S
Mondays and Wednesdays at 8:00 PM
Our Lady of Mt. Virgin
2800 S Massachusetts St
Narcotics Anonymous meetings close to Atlantic in Seattle include:
Tuesdays at 12:00 noon
Gideon Mathew Apartments
323 25th Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98144
Saturdays at 10:30 AM, Sundays at 6:00 PM, Fridays at 8:00 PM
Cherry Fellowship Hall
2701 East Cherry Street
Seattle, WA 98122
SMART Recovery meetings close to Atlantic include:
Thursdays at 6:00 PM
Seattle Public Library - Capitol Hill Branch
2nd Floor Meeting Room
425 Harvard Ave. E.
Seattle, WA 98102
Mondays at 6:00 PM
Sacred Heart Church
205 2nd Ave. North
Seattle, WA 98109
Alcoholics and addicts aren’t the only ones harmed by their drug and alcohol abuse. Usually, their loved ones’ lives are just as disrupted or damaged.
Because of this, there are also support groups available for the friends and families of drug addicts and alcoholics. These groups allow their affected loved ones to come together and share experiences and tips, learn more about what their friends and family members are going through, and learn important coping mechanisms. They will also learn skills to prevent them from enabling those they love.
The most prominent of these groups are Al Anon, Nar Anon, and Alateen. Alateen caters specifically to older children and teens who are close to alcoholics. The group functions much like the other groups, but with an added emphasis on breaking generational cycles of addiction. This can prevent the young participants from following in the footsteps of the alcoholics in their lives.
Al Anon meetings near the Atlantic neighborhood include:
Focus on Gratitude AFG
Thursdays at 7:00 AM
Seattle University Student Center
901 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
Pathways to Recovery Step Study AFG
Sunday 12:00 PM
Seattle University Student Center
901 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
Nar Anon meetings near Atlantic include:
Ballard Nar Anon
Thursdays at 7:00 PM
St. Paul's Church
6512 12th Ave. NW
Seattle, WA 98117
The closest Alateen meetings to Atlantic are:
West Seattle Alateen
Monday 7:00 PM
Tibbets United Methodist Church
3940 41st Avenue SW
Seattle, WA 98116
Courage to Be Me Alateen
Wednesday 8:00 PM
Queen Anne Lutheran Church
2400 8th Ave W
Seattle, WA 98119
If you’ve decided that inpatient care is your next step, consider choosing Northpoint Washington.
Northpoint Washington is a modern, high-quality inpatient addiction treatment facility. With fresh, catered food, a variety of group and individual activities, and 24/7 nursing care, Northpoint Washington hopes to set you up for lasting success in recovery.
For more information, check out our drug detox and rehab info page, alcohol detox and rehab info page, or more information about the costs and benefits of treatment for drug addiction or alcoholism treatment here at Northpoint Washington.
If you want to recover, we want to help. Contact us today.
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