Tumwater, Washington Overdose, Support, & Treatment Addiction Resources

Right outside of Washington State's capital, Tumwater is a medium-sized community surrounded by state parks, rivers, and scenic mountain views.

But like so many other cities across the state and the country, Tumwater has experienced a surge in drug and alcohol-related problems. In fact, Thurston County experienced more than a 30% rise in opioid-related deaths in the past decade.

And also like so many other cities in the United States, residents of Tumwater don’t always know where to turn to for help.

But luckily, there are plenty of addiction resources in Tumwater that residents can use to stay safe, supported, and sober as they move towards recovery.

This guide takes a look at the best and closest of these resources.

The Dangers of Overdosing

Addiction is a destructive disease that tends to tear apart nearly every aspect of a substance abuser’s life. From finances to social relationships, there is often no realm left untouched and unharmed. And when it comes to one area in particular, addiction is more devastating than ever: health.

Overdoses from drugs can cause permanent damage to vital organs like the heart, lungs, liver, and brain. And this damage can lead to lifelong problems and disabilities that hold no hope of recovery.

But on top of that, overdoses can be and often are incredibly deadly.

In 2017 alone, drug overdoses were responsible for more than 70 thousand deaths in the United States – a 316% increase since 1999.

It’s never been more important than it is today, then, to know how to spot the signs of an overdose and to know how best to treat one.

Below are some of the most common overdose symptoms for some of the most widely-abused drugs today.

Prescription Opioids – These drugs are typically used to treat pain in patients. But they’re also highly addictive and quite dangerous. Some signs of an overdose on prescription opioids like OxyContin or Vicodin include:

  • Small, constricted “pinpoint pupils”
  • Falling asleep or loss of consciousness
  • Slow, shallow breathing
  • Choking or gurgling sounds
  • Limp body
  • Pale, blue, or cold skin

Cocaine – One of Americas most widely-abused drugs, cocaine is powerful and dangerous. Some signs of an overdose on coke may include:

  • Seizures
  • Loss of awareness of surroundings
  • Loss of urine control
  • High body temperature, severe sweating
  • High blood pressure, very fast heart rate or irregular heart rhythm
  • Bluish color of the skin
  • Fast or difficulty breathing
  • Death

Alcohol – Alcohol is both widely available and addictive. And when taken in excess, it can lead to serious health problems. Here are some of the signs of alcohol poisoning to watch out for:

  • Confusion
  • Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Slow breathing (less than eight breaths a minute)
  • Irregular breathing (a gap of more than 10 seconds between breaths)
  • Blue-tinged skin or pale skin
  • Low body temperature (hypothermia)
  • Passing out (unconsciousness) and can't be awakened

HeroinAn especially dangerous illicit drug, the signs of a heroin overdose usually include: 

AIRWAYS AND LUNGS 

  • No breathing
  • Shallow breathing
  • Slow and difficult breathing 

EYES, EARS, NOSE, AND THROAT 

  • Dry mouth
  • Extremely small pupils, sometimes as small as the head of a pin (pinpoint pupils)
  • Discolored tongue 

HEART AND BLOOD 

  • Low blood pressure
  • Weak pulse 

SKIN 

  • Bluish-colored nails and lips 

STOMACH AND INTESTINES 

  • Constipation
  • Spasms of the stomach and intestines 

NERVOUS SYSTEM 

  • Coma
  • Delirium
  • Disorientation
  • Drowsiness
  • Uncontrolled muscle movements

Benzodiazepines – These drugs are usually prescribed for depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders. But they can also be addictive and abused recreationally. Here are some benzo overdose signs to watch out for.

  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Drowsiness
  • Blurred vision
  • Unresponsiveness
  • Anxiety
  • Agitation
  • Nystagmus (repetitive, uncontrolled eye movements)
  • Hallucinations
  • Slurred speech
  • Ataxia (lack of muscle coordination)
  • Coma
  • Hypotonia (overly relaxed muscles)
  • Weakness
  • Altered mental status, impairment of thinking
  • Poor memory
  • Shallow breathing
  • Low blood pressure

Crystal Meth – An exceptionally powerful stimulant, meth is as damaging as it is addictive. Some signs of a meth overdose include:

  • Agitation
  • Chest pain
  • Coma or unresponsiveness (in extreme cases)
  • Heart attack
  • Irregular or stopped heartbeat
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Very high body temperature
  • Kidney damage and possibly kidney failure
  • Paranoia
  • Seizures
  • Severe stomach pain
  • Stroke

The first step to treating an overdose is getting professional help fast. That’s why if you notice the symptoms of an overdose above, you should call 9-1-1 immediately.

If you do have to leave the side of the victim to call, be sure to put them into the recovery position. It’s quick, easy, and is one of the best ways to prevent serious complications like choking.

The operator will be able to send an ambulance to your location while also instructing you on how to best treat the victim. They'll also likely ask you a range of questions to get a better handle on the situation. These questions may include:

  • What is the age, sex, height, and weight of the victim?
  • What’s their current condition?
  • What drug caused the overdose and when was it last used?
  • Does the victim have a history of substance abuse?
  • Do they have a prescription for the drug?

The better and more accurate the information is that you provide, the better able they’ll be to ensure the very best outcomes.

They may also ask you to perform CPR or administer other life-saving treatments like inducing vomiting. Be sure to follow instructions as closely as you can.

The medical professionals will take over treatment once the ambulance arrives. They’ll be able to use special equipment and medications like naloxone to help treat the overdose. They’ll also most likely transfer the victim to the closest hospital for further care and observation.

Local Support Groups Near Tumwater, Washington

When it comes to kicking an addiction, pushing through the overwhelming cravings on your own can be nearly impossible. And in fact, substance addiction has relapse rates of as high as 40 to 60% in most cases.

Getting the right kind of long-term support is one of the best ways to improve those numbers. And local support groups are some of the most reliable sources of that support.

These groups are usually open to all, are free to attend, and are happening in most major cities across the country. And thankfully, Tumwater is no different.

Below are some of the closest support groups meeting taking place in and around Tumwater.

The very first 12-step group, Alcoholics Anonymous is perhaps one of the most well-known support groups in the country and indeed in the world. Its membership estimates in 2017 were as high as 2.1 million members.

Part of that has to do with its accessibility. Membership is open to all, is completely free, and based on the sanctity of anonymity. On top of that, the 12-step model itself is actually endorsed by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Below are some of the closest AA meetings in and around Tumwater.

SUNDAY

SPIRITUAL BREAKFAST
Sunday at 8:00 am
0.3 miles away
River's Edge Restaurant
4611 Tumwater Valley Dr. SE
Tumwater, Washington

SPIRITUAL BRUNCH
Sunday at 10:30 am
0.3 miles away
River's Edge Restaurant
4611 Tumwater Valley Dr. SE
Tumwater, Washington

STEP RIGHT UP
Sunday at 7:00 pm
1.5 miles away
Good Shepherd Lutheran
1601 North Street SE
Olympia, Washington

GUTS
Sunday at 8:00 pm
1.5 miles away
Good Shepherd Lutheran
1601 North Street SE
Olympia, Washington

MONDAY

THE REAL THING AGNOSTICS
Monday at Noon
0.3 miles away
River's Edge Restaurant
4611 Tumwater Valley Dr. SE
Tumwater, Washington

TUESDAY

LUNCH BUNCH
Tuesday at Noon
0.3 miles away
River's Edge Restaurant
4611 Tumwater Valley Dr. SE
Tumwater, Washington

WEDNESDAY

LUNCH BUNCH
Wednesday at Noon
0.3 miles away
River's Edge Restaurant
4611 Tumwater Valley Dr. SE
Tumwater, Washington

SOLUTION GROUP SOUTH
Wednesday at 7:00 pm
0.6 miles away
Tumwater Methodist
1401 Lake Park Drive Southwest
Tumwater, Washington

THURSDAY

THE REAL THING AGNOSTICS
Thursday at Noon
0.3 miles away
River's Edge Restaurant
4611 Tumwater Valley Dr. SE
Tumwater, Washington

FRIDAY

LUNCH BUNCH
Friday at Noon
0.3 miles away
River's Edge Restaurant
4611 Tumwater Valley Dr. SE
Tumwater, Washington

SATURDAY

SATURDAY MORNING SERENITY Women
Saturday at 10:00 am
1.5 miles away
Good Shepherd Lutheran
1601 North Street SE
Olympia, Washington

100% NATURAL AGNOSTICS
Saturday at Noon
0.3 miles away
River's Edge Restaurant
4611 Tumwater Valley Dr. SE
Tumwater, Washington

FRIENDS OF BILL W. (OLYMPIA)
Saturday at 6:00 pm
1.5 miles away
Good Shepherd Lutheran
1601 North Street SE
Olympia, Washington

First founded in 1953, Narcotics Anonymous is one of the very first offshoots of AA. It uses a modified 12-step plan to apply to substance abuse of all types. That means the people suffering from a substance use disorder involving heroin, meth, crack, or even alcohol are all welcome to attend.

Meetings aren’t quite as easy to come by as AA. But even still, there are quite a few to choose from.

SUNDAY

4300 Carpenter Rd SE
Sunday at 5:00 PM
4300 Carpenter Road SE
Lacey, WA 98503
Map
Open

NW Resources
Sunday at 7:00 PM
2708 Westmoor Ct SW
Olympia, WA 98502
Map
Open

Olympia Alano Club
Sunday at 7:30 PM
120 Olympia Avenue North East
Olympia, WA 98501-1127
Map
Open

MONDAY

Westside Lanes
Monday at 12:15 PM
2010 Harrison Avenue Northwest
Olympia, WA 98502-4597
Map
Open

Olympia Alano Club
Monday at 2:00 PM
120 Olympia Avenue North East
Olympia, WA 98501-1127
Map
Open

First Christian Church
Monday at 6:00 PM
701 Franklin Street South East
Olympia, WA 98501-1315
Map
Open

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
Monday at 6:00 PM
1515 Harrison Avenue NW
Olympia, WA 98502-5352
Map
Open

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
Monday at 7:30 PM
1601 North Street SE
Olympia, WA 98501-3666
Map
Open

TUESDAY

Westside Lanes
Tuesday at 12:15 PM
2010 Harrison Avenue Northwest
Olympia, WA 98502-4597
Map
Open

Saint Andrew's United Methodist Church
Tuesday at 7:00 PM
540 School Street
Lacey, WA 98503-6740
Map
Open

Westside Lanes
Tuesday at 8:00 PM
2010 Harrison Avenue Northwest
Olympia, WA 98502-4597
Map
Open

Evergreen State College
Tuesday at 8:00 PM
2700 Evergreen Parkway NW
Olympia, WA 98505-0001
Map
Open

WEDNESDAY

Westside Lanes
Wednesday at 12:15 PM
2010 Harrison Avenue Northwest
Olympia, WA 98502-4597
Map
Open

United Churches
Wednesday at 6:30 PM
110 11th Avenue SE
Olympia, WA 98501-2259
Map
Open

United Churches
Wednesday at 8:00 PM
110 11th Avenue SE
Olympia, WA 98501-2259
Map
Open

THURSDAY

Westside Lanes
Thursday at 12:15 PM
2010 Harrison Avenue Northwest
Olympia, WA 98502-4597
Map
Open

Olympia Alano Club
Thursday at 2:00 PM
120 Olympia Avenue North East
Olympia, WA 98501-1127
Map
Open

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
Thursday at 7:00 PM
1601 North Street SE
Olympia, WA 98501-3666
Map
Closed

Westside Lanes
Thursday at 8:00 PM
2010 Harrison Avenue Northwest
Olympia, WA 98502-4597
Map
Open

FRIDAY

Westside Lanes
Friday at 12:15 PM
2010 Harrison Avenue Northwest
Olympia, WA 98502-4597
Map
Open

United Churches
Friday at 6:30 PM
110 11th Avenue SE
Olympia, WA 98501-2259
Map
Closed

United Churches
Friday at 8:00 PM
110 11th Avenue SE
Olympia, WA 98501-2259
Map
Open

IHOP
Friday at 10:30 PM
3619 Martin Way East
Olympia, WA 98506-5060
Map
Open

SATURDAY

Saint Mark's Lutheran Church
Saturday at 10:00 PM
2109 College Street Southeast
Lacey, WA 98503-7057
Map
Open

Olympia Alano Club
Saturday at 3:30 PM
120 Olympia Avenue North East
Olympia, WA 98501-1127
Map
Open

Capital Medical Center
Saturday at 8:00 PM
3900 Capital Mall Drive Southwest
Olympia, WA 98502-8654
Map
Open

IHOP
Saturday at 10:30 PM
3619 Martin Way East
Olympia, WA 98506-5060
Map
Open

Olympia Alano Club
Saturday at 11:59 PM
120 Olympia Avenue North East
Olympia, WA 98501-1127
Map
Open

Friends and family members of alcoholics are often suffering alongside the alcoholics themselves. And like them, they often don’t get the kind of support they need to heal and live happy, functional lives.

Al-Anon is a 12-step group devoted to helping these friends and family members through the power of the 12 steps.

And there are quite a few meetings taking place in the area.

Capital Improvements AFG
Thursday 6:30 PM
The United Churches
110 11th Ave SE, Olympia, WA, 98501, USA
Enter off parking lot around back
2.2 miles away
Student & Professional observers welcome
Handicap Access
Child Care

Courage to Changers AFG
Monday 12:00 PM
First Christian Church
701 Franklin St SE, Olympia, WA, 98501, USA
2.5 miles away
Handicap Access

Courage to Changers AFG
Friday 12:00 PM
First Christian Church
701 Franklin St SE, Olympia, WA, 98501, USA
2.5 miles away
Handicap Access

Just For Today AFG
Monday 7:30 PM
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
1515 Harrison Ave NW, Olympia, WA, 98502, USA
2.7 miles away
Student & Professional observers welcome

South Sound Steppers AFG
Friday 7:00 PM
Gloria Del Lutheran Church
1515 Harrison Ave NW, Olympia, WA, 98502, USA
2.7 miles away
Student & Professional observers welcome

South Sound Steppers AFG
Tuesday 7:00 PM
Gloria Del Lutheran Church
1515 Harrison Ave NW, Olympia, WA, 98502, USA
2.7 miles away
Student & Professional observers welcome

Friends In Lacey AFG
Wednesday 7:00 PM
St Mark's Lutheran Church
2109 College St SE, Lacey, WA, 98503, USA
Park in back - look for "Clean Kids" sign
4.3 miles away

Serenity on Tuesday AFG
Tuesday 6:30 PM
St Mark's Lutheran Church
2109 College St SE, Lacey, WA, 98503, USA
Park in back - look for "Clean Kids" sign
4.3 miles away
Student & Professional observers welcome

Young people especially have a hard time opening up to others about their friend or family member’s drinking problem. And part of the reason is that they’re often surrounded by people 2 or 3 times their age.

Alateen restricts membership to young people only. And by surrounding members with people their own age, they can learn to open up and finally get the support they need to heal.

The closest Alateen meetings are listed below.

Tuesday Night Survivors Alateen
Tuesday 7:30 PM
Redeemer Lutheran Church
1001 Princeton Street, Fircrest, WA, 98466, USA
Age range 10-18.
24.5 miles away
Handicap Access

West Seattle Alateen
Monday 7:00 PM
Tibbets United Methodist Church
3940 41st Avenue SW, Seattle, WA, 98116, USA
Age range 13-18.
45.9 miles away

Like Al-Anon, Nar-Anon is a family group dedicated to helping the friends and loved ones of substance abusers.

And also like Al-Anon, some of the most common topics that might be covered could include:

There are a few Nar-Anon groups happening nearby. Below are some of the closest.

Hope For Today
St. John's Episcopal Church
114 20th Avenue SE
Olympia, Washington 98501
Tuesdays 7:00pm, Saturday 6:00pm
Tuesday / Saturday
7:00pm / 6:00pm

Just For Today
6613 South Cheyenne Street
Tacoma, Washington 98409
Meets in upstairs room | Free daycare is available | Please do not disturb the NA meeting, downstairs.
Monday
6:30pm

For many, growing up in an alcoholic home can cause serious trauma that results in persisted problems. And these problems can last well into adulthood.

Adult Children of Alcoholics or ACoA is a 12-step group designed to help these individuals specifically overcome this past trauma and go on to lead happy, healthy lives.

There are a number of ACoA meetings happening near Tumwater. Below are the closest.

Washington, Olympia ( Thurston) 
Sunday 04:00 pm
ACA Clean Laundry-Come in the entrance off the parking lot on 19th Avenue. Signs will be posted to direct you to the meeting room.
114 20th Avenue SE, 98501
(English) Open to all, Discussion, Fellowship Text, Speaker, Wheelchair Access, Non-Smoking,

WASHINGTON, Olympia ( Thurston) 
Tuesday 07:00 pm
Tuesday Night ACA-We meet in the YOUTH BUILDING at the Unity of Olympia church. When you arrive at Unity, look to your left, and you will find your way to the YOUTH BUILDING. The whole church shares one roof, so it seems as if they are one building, but look closer, and you'll see an open-air breezeway separating the YOUTH BUILDING on the left from the offices and the sanctuary on the right.
1335 Fern St SW, 98502
(English) LGBT, ACAs only (Closed), Open to all, Discussion, Book Study, Fellowship Text, Steps, 
Childcare not available

Washington, Olympia ( Thurston) 
Tuesday 07:30 PM
Heart To Heart Adult Children-Downstairs In The Purple Room United Churches
110 11th Ave S.E Rm #5, 98507
(English) Open to all, Discussion, Steps, Book Study, Fellowship Text, 
Non Smoking 

Washington, Olympia ( Thurston) 
Tuesday 05:30 pm
Rainbow Recovery-
115 legion way sw, 98501
(English) LGBT, ACAs only (Closed), Discussion, Fellowship Text, Book Study, Steps, Wheelchair Access, Non-Smoking,
For those who identify on the LGBT spectrum 

WASHINGTON, Olympia ( Thurston) 
Saturday 01:30 pm
Growing Up-1:30 - 2:30 PM
Olympia Alano Club, 120 Olympia Ave NE, 98501
(English) Open to all, Discussion, Book Study, Steps, Wheelchair Access, Non-Smoking, Needs Support,
Plenty of parking 

Washington, Olympia ( Thurston) 
Saturday 03:00 pm
Growing Up-There is plenty of parking available on the street and in the parking lot. No cost street parking on weekends in Olympia.
Olympia Alano Club, 120 Olympia Ave NE, 98501
(English) Beginners, ACAs only (Closed), Steps, Wheelchair Access, Non-Smoking, Needs Support,
This is an extension of the 1:30 p.m. meeting at the same location 

The 12-step model isn’t the only approach to recovery that’s been proven to work. And that can come as welcome news to those whose beliefs don’t necessarily mesh well with these groups.

SMART Recovery is one of the best 12-step alternatives available. It’s science-based techniques and strategies are designed to empower substance abusers to take recovery into their own hands. It’s also non-spiritual in nature.

There are quite a few SMART Recovery meetings happening near Tumwater, WA to choose from.

Lakewood, Washington-Sunday 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
9600 Veterans Drive Southwest
98498 Lakewood Washington
Meeting: #3665
Public Standard

Gig Harbor, Washington – Thursday at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
5500 Olympic Drive Northwest
98335 Gig Harbor Washington
Meeting: #3089
Public Standard

Tacoma, Washington – Saturday 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
1712 6th Avenue
6th Ave Ste 400
98405 Tacoma Washington
Meeting: #3950
Public Standard

Tacoma, Washington -Wednesday 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
1712 6th Avenue
6th Ave.
98405 Tacoma Washington
Meeting: #4476
Public Standard Women

Tacoma, Washington – 3rd Tuesday 5:15 PM to 6:15 PM
2215 Pacific Avenue
98402 Tacoma Washington
Meeting: #4867
LGBTQ Public Standard

While face-to-face groups usually offer the best form of support, not everyone will be able to make it into in-person meetings.

However, that doesn’t mean that they can’t get support too.

Online support groups like those below offer an especially flexible take on recovery. These groups may meet via email, real-time chat rooms, or even via video calls. It just depends on the group.

Below are some of the best places to get started.

Professional Treatment for The Best Recovery Outcomes

Support is a critical part of staying motivated and emotionally strong during long-term recovery. But on its own, it’s rarely enough to get recovering addicts through the most grueling first few months of getting sober. And for most, it takes a significantly higher level of care to stay drug-free and on the way to permanent sobriety.

A professional treatment program is designed to provide that higher level of care. These programs are built on evidence-based strategies and techniques that are designed to give recovering addicts the tools they need to kick their addiction for good.

And without them during the first part of a recovery plan, most addicts will unfortunately relapse back into substance abuse not long after quitting.

It isn't just higher rates of recovery that make professional programs so important on the road to sobriety. And in fact, there is a range of other benefits that are worth mentioning too.

Some of these benefits include:

  • Access to special addiction medications that can make withdrawals and cravings far less severe.
  • A dedicated medical staff that both prevent and treat serious (and deadly) complications
  • A range of amenities that can make the recovery far more comfortable and successful
  • Dual diagnosis programs to help identify underlying problems like depression or anxiety
  • A network of connections that can offer support long after graduating from a program
  • Additional life strategies that can help patients more effectively cope with stress

In general, there are two main types of professional treatment programs: detoxification programs and rehabilitation programs.

Detoxification is the first stage of a professional addiction program. It deals primarily with the physical and mental withdrawals that often occur once an addict has stopped taking the addictive substance. These withdrawals can often be grueling to get through. And many people end up turning back to substance abuse just to get some relief.

Some of the most common withdrawals may include:

  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Tremors
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Irritability
  • Paranoia
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting

A professional detoxification program helps treat these symptoms to make the withdrawal process far more comfortable. And on top of that, they prevent and treat serious complications that can actually end up being life-threatening without the right kind of care.

Rehabilitation comes after detoxification. And it teaches patients how to adopt healthier life strategies in place of substance abuse.

On top of that, these programs also work to reverse the compulsive drug-seeking and self-destructive behaviors so common with substance abuse.

There are three different types of rehab programs too.

  • Inpatient – These programs usually last about 30 days. Patients eat, sleep, and receive treatment all in the same centralized location which allows for a higher level of care. However, this type of program can be quite disruptive to normal day-to-day life.  
  • Outpatient – This type of program is a bit more flexible. It offers treatment sessions that occur in the evenings rather than throughout the day, giving patients the flexibility to go to work and sleep in their own home. However, this less-controlled environment may also make relapse more likely.  
  • Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOPs) – This type of outpatient program uses evening treatment sessions. However, they typically will last longer and occur more frequently over the course of the week.

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Tumwater may have a problem with drugs and alcohol just like so many other cities in Washington. But residents can rest easy knowing that there are a variety of addiction resources waiting for them just around the corner.

And when it does come time to partner with a professional treatment program, Tumwater is just 2 hours away from one of the best facilities in the entire Pacific Northwest: Northpoint Washington.

Our Edmonds facility offers the highest-grade drug rehabilitation and alcohol detox/rehab in the area. With one of the highest staff-to-patient ratios and fully individualized programs, our patients can be sure they’re getting the level of care and attention they need and deserve.

Plus, we’re nationally accredited by the Joint Commission – a testament to our proven programs.

However, Northpoint Washington isn’t right for everyone. And only a conversation with a qualified addiction professional can help you decide if you or your loved one is a good fit.

In the end, we are passionate about recovery. And it’s this passion that allows us to offer better care for each and every one of our patients. So, contact us today to start your recovery right now.

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