“I went to hell and back, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Then I wouldn’t be in the position I’m in, happy about life and comfortable in my skin.”
~ Drew Barrymore
Addiction and alcoholism can destroy individuals and relationships, but it’s not the end of the story. Recovery from addiction is possible. And you’re not alone in seeking help or battling the disease of addiction. The disease has spread around the globe, but so have resources and individuals committed to helping those strong enough to ask for help.
For most addicts, alcoholics, or long-term substance abusers, the road to a successful recovery should begin with 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 deals with the body’s physical dependence 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 benefits and drawbacks. It’s important to learn about both before deciding what will work for you, because the path to recovery looks different for everyone.
Inpatient treatment is what most people think of when they hear the word rehab. For inpatient rehab, patients live in a treatment facility while they recover. Patients learn many different methods to help them cope without using or drinking. They are supervised at all times by trained medical professionals and probably have limited contact with anyone they know outside of the facility.
During their time in treatment, they will probably take part in several different 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 provide opportunities for patients to better their physical health by consistent hydration, good nutrition, and exercise.
Inpatient treatment is consistently shown to be the most effective treatment method for addiction and alcoholism. This means that of all patients who complete an addiction treatment program, those who have completed an inpatient rehab program are the least likely to relapse. Despite this, 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 most aspects. Almost all parts of the treatment itself are the same, but the patient continues to live independently, away from the facility. They only go to the program’s location for scheduled appointments and activities.
Outpatient treatment tends to be cheaper than inpatient treatment because it does not include living expenses. However, it also does not provide the constant supervision that is said to make 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. Patients in outpatient programs can continue to stay in contact with loved ones, which can be beneficial for those with strong support systems.
What can make addiction recovery difficult is that it is never truly over. Recovering addicts must commit to recovery one day at a time. Something that helps many recovering addicts long term is participation in a support group or 12 step group. These groups bring recovering addicts together to share their experiences and hold each other accountable during recovery. Participants usually 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 Squire Park. 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 near Squire Park include:
Monday through Saturday at 1:00 PM
Cherry Fellowship Hall
2701 E Cherry St
Last Call At 11:00 AM
Monday through Friday at 11:00 AM
223 Yesler Way
Narcotics Anonymous meetings close to Squire Park 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 Squire Park include:
Thursdays at 6:00 PM
Seattle Public Library - Capitol Hill Branch
2nd Floor Meeting Room
425 Harvard Ave. E.
Seattle, WA 98102
One of the many reasons that addiction recovery is so important is that addiction isn’t an individual disease. 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 those close to drug addicts and alcoholics. These groups allow these friends and family members 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 hopefully 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 group works a lot like the others, 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 Squire Park neighborhood include:
Focus on Gratitude AFG
Thursday 7:00 AM
Seattle University Student Center
901 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
Tuesday Unity AFG AFG
Tuesday 7:00 PM
Unity On Union Books
2420 E Union St, Seattle, WA, 98122
Nar Anon meetings near Squire Park include:
Ballard Nar Anon
Thursdays at 7:00 PM
St. Paul's Church
6512 12th Ave. NW
Seattle, WA 98117
Thursdays at 7:00 PM
St. Margaret's Episcopal Church
4228 Factoria Blvd.
Bellevue, WA 98006
The closest Alateen meeting to Squire Park 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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