Addiction and alcoholism can take over the lives of even the strongest-willed individuals. Perhaps for this reason, addiction ruins lives all across the globe.
What does take strength is deciding to recover from your addiction. But the strength and effort is all worth it when you can reclaim your life from this destructive disease.
“A lot of people think that addiction is a choice. A lot of people think it’s a matter of will. That has not been my experience. I don’t find it to have anything to do with strength.”
~ Matthew Perry
If you’re ready to recover or are a affected by someone else’s addiction, we’re ready to help. The information on this page is a great first step.
For most addicts, alcoholics, or long-term substance abusers, the road to a successful recovery begins 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. This is necessary if the body has become physically dependent on the drug. The process controls, limits, or otherwise manages the uncomfortable and dangerous withdrawal symptoms caused by taking away or decreasing the substance. Without completing detox entirely, relapse is much more likely. But detox only addresses the physical side of addiction.
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. It’s important to learn about both before deciding what will work for you.
Inpatient rehab is exactly what most people think of when they hear the word rehab. For inpatient treatment, patients live in the treatment facility while they recover. The learn many different methods to help them live without the drug. They are supervised at all times 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. These can include group activities and individual sessions. They will likely also have a schedule full of activities. These teach them various ways of filling their time and coping without drugs or alcohol. Quality rehab centers will also allow for opportunities for patients 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 patients who complete an addiction or alcoholism treatment program, those who have completed an inpatient rehab program 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 looks different for everyone, too.
Outpatient treatment is similar to inpatient treatment in all ways but one. Almost all aspects of the treatment itself are the same, but the patient continues to live apart from the facility. They only go to the facility itself for scheduled appointments and activities.
Outpatient treatment is usually cheaper than inpatient treatment because it does not include living expenses. However, it does not provide the constant supervision and and encouragement that makes inpatient treatment so successful. This can leave patients more susceptible to cravings and relapses.
Outpatient rehab can be an ideal option for those with other lasting commitments, such as work or school. It can also be a good choice for those who, for any reason, are at a lower risk for a relapse.
Unfortunately, addiction recovery is never truly over. Recovering addicts must commit to recovery one day at a time, for the rest of their lives. 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 and how to make amends for past behavior. They are supported in recovery by a group of others who know what they’re going through from firsthand experience.
There are several support groups for addicts and alcoholics near Minor, 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 Minor, Seattle, include:
Monday through Saturday at 1:00 PM
Cherry Fellowship Hall
2701 E Cherry St
Sundays at 7:30 PM
400 E Pike St
Narcotics Anonymous meetings close to Minor in Seattle include:
Fridays at 8:00 PM, Saturdays at 10:30 AM, Sundays at 6:00 PM
Cherry Fellowship Hall
2701 East Cherry Street
Seattle, WA 98122
Fridays at 2:00 PM
1820 East Pine Street
Seattle, WA 98122
SMART Recovery meetings close to Minor 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
One of the reasons that addiction recovery is so important is that alcoholics and addicts aren’t the only ones harmed by their drug and alcohol abuse. Usually, their loved ones’ lives are just as negatively affected.
Because of this, there are also support groups available for the friends and families of drug addicts and alcoholics. These groups allow these 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 becoming enablers.
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 groupworks a lot 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 Minor neighborhood include:
Focus on Gratitude AFG
Thursday 7:00 AM
Seattle University Student Center
901 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
Opening Our Hearts AFG
Tuesday 7:00 AM
Unity On Union Books
2420 E Union St, Seattle, WA, 98122
Nar Anon meetings near Minor include:
Ballard Nar Anon
Thursdays at 7:00 PM
St. Paul's Church
6512 12th Ave. NW
Seattle, WA 98117
Hope Lives Here
Wednesdays at 7:00 PM
Luther Memorial Lutheran Church
13047 Greenwood Ave. North
Seattle, WA 98133
The closest Alateen meeting to Minor is:
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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