Montlake, Seattle, Washington is a neighborhood like many others. It houses mothers and fathers, teachers and doctors, joggers and swimmers. It is also home to its fair share of drug addicts and alcoholics.
The presence of those struggling with the disease of addiction simply makes Montlake one of many places across Washington and the United States where individuals are seeing their futures, relationships, and lives crumble before them. But the story doesn’t end there.
Montlake and the surrounding areas are also full of groups and programs that can help addicts and alcoholics fight back against the disease of addiction and reclaim their lives. Below, we share more information about these groups and programs in the Montlake area.
For those serious about recovery, the journey should probably begin with a professional detox program followed by professional rehab.
Detox is the process of removing the addictive substance from the user’s body completely. This process teaches the body to function without the substance and breaks or undoes physical dependence. Detox addresses the physical side of addiction. Leaving this part of addiction unaddressed significantly increases the likelihood of a relapse.
Rehab, on the other hand, 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 benefits and drawbacks, so it’s important to learn about both before deciding what sounds best for you.
Inpatient rehab is exactly what most people picture when they think of rehab. For inpatient treatment, patients live at the treatment facility as they recover. They are usually supervised constantly by trained medical professionals and have limited - if any - contact with those outside of the facility.
During their time at the facility, patients will engage in both group and individual therapy. These sessions will work to address the root of the individual’s addiction. Patients will also probably have a full schedule of activities that teach them various ways of filling their time and coping without drugs or alcohol. They may also learn and put into practice techniques to improve 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 the people who complete an addiction or alcoholism treatment program, those who have completed inpatient rehab are the least likely to relapse. Despite this, it’s important to keep in mind that everyone’s addiction is different, so everyone’s treatment and recovery will be too.
Outpatient treatment is very similar to inpatient treatment. Almost all aspects of the treatment remain the same, but the patient continues to live in their own home. They only go to the facility itself for specific treatment activities and meetings.
Outpatient treatment is usually cheaper than inpatient treatment. However, it also doesn’t provide the constant supervision and and encouragement that often makes 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.
Unfortunately, addiction recovery doesn’t end with the completion of detox or rehab. Recovering addicts must be prepared to continue to choose sobriety every day for the rest of their lives. And it won’t always be easy.
Something that helps many such recovering addicts long term are support groups or 12 step groups. These groups bring recovering addicts and alcoholics together to share their experiences and hold each other accountable. Participants learn coping mechanisms and how to make amends for past behavior, all in a group of people who know exactly what they’re going through.
Groups like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous also 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 and check in with them regularly. SMART Recovery groups instead follow a Four Point program, but with the same goal.
There are several support groups for addicts and alcoholics near Montlake, Seattle, Washington. They include: Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and SMART Recovery.
Mondays at 7:30 PM
St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral
1245 10th Ave E
By the Grace of God
Tuesdays at 7:30 PM
St. Joseph Parish
732 18th Ave E
Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 7:00 AM, Saturdays at 7:30 AM
2601 Broadway E
Sundays at 12:00 PM
115 15th Avenue East, Suite 201
Seattle, WA 98112
Wednesdays at 7:00 PM
2115 North 42nd Street
Seattle, WA 98103
Fridays at 2:00 PM
1820 East Pine Street
Seattle, WA 98122
The closest SMART Recovery meeting to Montlake, Seattle is:
Mondays at 6:00 PM
Sacred Heart Church
205 2nd Ave. North
Seattle, Washington, 98109
Alcoholics and addicts aren’t the only ones harmed by their drug and alcohol use. Often, their loved ones’ lives are just as affected. More often than not, the effect is negative.
Because of this, there are also support groups available for the friends and families of drug addicts and alcoholics. These groups let these affected loved ones come together and share experiences and learn more about what their friends and family members are going through, important coping mechanisms, and 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 the older children and teens who find themselves 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 addict they know or love.
Capitol Hill AFG
Mondays at 12:00 PM
St Marks Cathedral
1245 10th Ave E
Seattle, WA, 98102
Sunday AM Fresh Start AFG
Sundays at 8:30 AM
UW School of Social Work
4101 15th Ave NE
Seattle, WA, 98105
Friday Night LGBT AFG
Fridays at 8:00 PM
Seattle Area Support Group Building
115 15th Ave E Ste 201
Seattle, WA, 98112
Morning Serenity AFG
Tuesdays at 7:30 AM
1200 Westlake Ave N # 508
Seattle, WA, 98109
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
Courage to be Me Alateen
Wednesdays at 8:00 PM
Queen Anne Lutheran Church
2400 8th Ave W
Seattle, WA, 98119
West Seattle Alateen
Mondays at 7:00 PM
Tibbets United Methodist Church
3940 41st Avenue SW
Seattle, WA, 98116
If you’ve decided that inpatient care is your next step, consider choosing Northpoint Washington.
Northpoint Washington is a 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 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.