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Addiction Resources in Wenatchee, WA

Addiction can be a lonely disease. Not only does the social stigma associated with substance abuse make it hard to ask others for help, but it also can hinder the number of community resources available compared to other chronic diseases.

And in fact, in a national survey of addicted individuals, around 1 out of 5 didn’t get the help they needed simply because they didn’t know where to find it.

Luckily, Washington State’s Wenatchee has plenty of addiction resources available within its community.

Overdose help services, local support groups, community resources, and professional treatment programs are all accessible in this corner of Washington. And this guide covers the most helpful of these resources.

Drug & Alcohol Overdose Support

Overdoses are without a doubt one of the most dangerous and terrifying outcomes of substance abuse. Victims of overdoses very often have lasting and permanent damage to vital organs like the heart, liver, lungs, and kidneys. And on top of that, an overdose can also be deadly.

In fact, drug overdoses have actually become one of the most common causes of death in the United States. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that overdoses on drugs and alcohol are actually the #1 cause of death among Americans under the age of 50.

And in 2017 alone, more than 72 thousand Americans lost their lives to an overdose. That’s more than guns, traffic accidents, and accidental injuries like falling.

It’s even more than people killed by certain types of cancer and the entire Vietnam War.

It’s never been more important than it is now, then, to know what to do during a drug or alcohol overdose. Being able to identify the signs of an overdose and carry out the proper treatment afterwards can be lifesaving.

And given just how common it is today, more people than ever will have to deal with it at some point in their lives.

The first step in treating an overdose is identification – and the quicker you can spot the signs of a problem, the sooner you can fix it.

But not all overdoses look the same. Some may manifest as easily identifiable symptoms like vomiting, tremors, or falling unconscious. Others might seem milder at first glance – general fatigue, slower breathing, drowsiness, etc.

Knowing which set of symptoms is associated with a specific drug type can make spotting a potentially-fatal overdose significantly easier. And ultimately, it can make it easier to administer life-saving medical care as well.

Below are the most notable symptoms of overdoses on some of the most commonly abused drugs today.

Heroin – For many a heroin overdose may cause the following symptoms: 

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

Crystal Meth – If you suspect a crystal meth overdose, keep an eye out for the following signs:

  • 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

Cocaine – The symptoms of a cocaine overdose 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

Benzodiazepines – Be on the lookout for the following signs if you suspect a benzodiazepine overdose (Xanax, Valium, Klonopin, etc.):

  • Drowsiness
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Weakness
  • Slurred speech
  • Lack of coordination
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Coma

Alcohol – The most notable symptoms of alcohol poisoning include:

  • 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

Prescription OpioidsOverdosing on prescription opioids can result in symptoms like:

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

Once you’ve identified the signs of an overdose, the next step is to get the victim emergency medical help. That means calling 9-1-1 immediately. Do not wait, do not hesitate, and do not assume that they’ll come out of it on their own. An overdose is a life-threatening medical condition. And each minute a patient doesn’t receive care significantly reduces their chances of recovery and amplifies the resulting damage even further.

One step to take before calling 911 though is to put the victim in the recovery position, even if you’re only leaving their side for a few minutes. This position is recommended for anyone overdosing as it prevents choking and allows fluids to drain from the nose and throat while you contact emergency services.

In addition to dispatching an ambulance to your location, the operators at 911 will be able to instruct you in administering other life-saving techniques like CPR. They may also instruct you to induce vomiting or rehydrate the victim.

Once the emergency service workers arrive, they’ll provide more comprehensive treatment (including administering overdose-reversing medications like naloxone). They’ll also likely take the victim to a nearby hospital or emergency room.

12-Step Support Groups

Without a doubt one of the most accessible support options for recovering addicts, 12-step support groups are incredibly widespread across the country, 100% free to attend, and completely anonymous for those that prefer to keep their identity a secret.

These groups began in 1935 with the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous. Since then, the 12 steps of AA have been applied to a variety of addictions and afflictions, from eating disorders and meth abuse to underearning and online gaming.

Below are just some of the other 12-step groups available. 

12-step groups like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous will typically follow the group talk format – where members are free to share their personal stories along with any experiences and insights they’ve gathered along the way.

These personal experiences help inform other members of the group, making their healing even more successful.

Some meetings may also focus on studying the literature behind the 12 steps or even feature an invited speaker. It simply depends on the individual meeting.

Added to that, many 12-step groups also incorporate a type of mentorship program known as sponsorship. Sponsorship involves a more experienced member helping someone new to the 12-steps stay sober, remain accountable, and navigate the path to recovery successfully.

12-step groups are widely available but also scientifically proven to support recovery. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) actually lists it as one of just 8 evidence-based behavioral therapies for addiction.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

The original 12-step group, Alcoholics Anonymous or AA was founded in Akron, Ohio in 1935 by stockbroker Bill W. and surgeon Dr. Bob S.

Just 5 years after its initial founding, active membership grew to 1,400 with around 50 groups around the country. Since then, it’s grown to almost 2.1 members with over 120 thousand different groups around the world.

AA can be absolutely lifechanging for problem drinkers of all kinds.

Thankfully, there are so many different AA meetings that take place within Wenatchee throughout the week.

SUNDAY

Apple Capital
Sunday at 9:30AM
This meeting is open.
Central Washington Hospital
1201 S Miller St
Wenatchee, WA 98801

Grassroots
Sunday at 5:00PM
This meeting is open.
Central Washington Hospital
1201 S Miller St
Wenatchee, WA 98801

Amigos Unidos
Sunday at 7:00PM
This meeting is open.
504 S Chelan Ave. #120-A Wenatchee, Wa
504 S Chelan Ave
Wenatchee, WA 98801
This is a Spanish-speaking meeting.

Grapevine
Sunday at 7:00PM
This meeting is open.
Alano Club
530 S Wenatchee Ave
Wenatchee, WA 98801

MONDAY

Celebrate Women
Monday at 10:00AM
This meeting is open.
First United Methodist Church
940 Washington St
Wenatchee, WA 98801
This meeting is for women only.

Amigos Unidos
Monday at 7:00PM
This meeting is open.
504 S Chelan Ave. #120-A Wenatchee, Wa
504 S Chelan Ave
Wenatchee, WA 98801
This is a Spanish-speaking meeting.

TUESDAY

Rise and Shine
Tuesday at 7:00AM
This meeting is open.
Alano Club
530 S Wenatchee Ave
Wenatchee, WA 98801

One Day at a Time
Tuesday at Noon
This meeting is open.
St. Luke's Episcopal Church
428 King St
Wenatchee, WA 98801

B&P Group
Tuesday at 5:30PM
This meeting is open.
St. Luke's Episcopal Church
428 King St
Wenatchee, WA 98801

Primary Purpose
Tuesday at 6:00PM
This meeting is open.
Alano Club
530 S Wenatchee Ave
Wenatchee, WA 98801

Amigos Unidos
Tuesday at 7:00PM
This meeting is open.
504 S Chelan Ave. #120-A Wenatchee, Wa
504 S Chelan Ave
Wenatchee, WA 98801
This is a Spanish-speaking meeting.

Mainstreeters
Tuesday at 7:00PM
This meeting is open.
Cornerstone Church
12 N Chelan Ave
Wenatchee, WA 98801

WEDNESDAY

Women of Courage Women
Wednesday at 5:30PM
This meeting is open.
First United Methodist Church
940 Washington St
Wenatchee, WA 98801
This meeting is for women only.

It's Not Too Late
Wednesday at 6:00PM
This meeting is closed.
Alano Club
530 S Wenatchee Ave
Wenatchee, WA 98801

Amigos Unidos
Wednesday at 7:00PM
This meeting is open.
504 S Chelan Ave. #120-A Wenatchee, Wa
504 S Chelan Ave
Wenatchee, WA 98801
This is a Spanish-speaking meeting.

12 Steps For All
Wednesday at 7:00PM
This meeting is open.
Central Washington Hospital
1201 S Miller St
Wenatchee, WA 98801
Wheelchair accessible.

THURSDAY

Rise and Shine
Thursday at 7:00AM
This meeting is open.
Alano Club
530 S Wenatchee Ave
Wenatchee, WA 98801

One Day at a Time
Thursday at Noon
This meeting is open.
St. Luke's Episcopal Church
428 King St
Wenatchee, WA 98801

Amigos Unidos
Thursday at 7:00PM
This meeting is open.
504 S Chelan Ave. #120-A Wenatchee, Wa
504 S Chelan Ave
Wenatchee, WA 98801
This is a Spanish-speaking meeting.

Pass It On
Thursday at 7:00PM
This meeting is open.
Sunnyslope Church of the Brethren
3330 School St
Wenatchee, WA 98801
This is a birthday celebration meeting.

FRIDAY

Do It Sober/Big Book Study
Friday at 6:00PM
This meeting is open.
Alano Club
530 S Wenatchee Ave
Wenatchee, WA 98801

Friday Night Book Study
Friday at 6:00PM
This meeting is closed.
Sunnyslope Church of the Brethren
3330 School St
Wenatchee, WA 98801
Big Book meeting.

Amigos Unidos
Friday at 7:00PM
This meeting is open.
504 S Chelan Ave. #120-A Wenatchee, Wa
504 S Chelan Ave
Wenatchee, WA 98801
This is a Spanish-speaking meeting.

Night Owls
Friday at 9:00PM
This meeting is open.
Alano Club
530 S Wenatchee Ave
Wenatchee, WA 98801

SATURDAY

Sisters In Recovery Women
Saturday at 11:00AM
This meeting is open.
First United Methodist Church
941 Washington St
Wenatchee, WA 98801
This meeting is for women only.

Mainstreeters
Saturday at 7:00PM
This meeting is open.
Cornerstone Church
12 N Chelan Ave
Wenatchee, WA 98801

Not everyone will be able to make it to the meetings that take place within Wenatchee. And fortunately, there are still so many other options for AA meetings in the surrounding areas to choose from.

SUNDAY

Spiritual Meeting
Sunday at 9:00AM
This meeting is open.
Leavenworth Senior Center
423 Evans St
Leavenworth, WA 98826

Alpine Group
Sunday at 7:00PM
This meeting is open.
Leavenworth Senior Center
423 Evans St
Leavenworth, WA 98826
Wheelchair accessible.

El Porvenir
Sunday at 7:00PM
This meeting is open.
220-1 Ave SE. Quincy, Wa
220 1st Ave SE
Quincy, WA 98848
This is a Spanish-speaking meeting.

MONDAY

Skookum Group
Monday at Noon
This meeting is open.
Shalom Church / Power House
1052 Valley Mall Pkwy
East Wenatchee, WA 98802
Wheelchair accessible.

Keystone
Monday at 7:00PM
This meeting is open.
New Song Community Church Annex
11 N Iowa Ave
East Wenatchee, WA 98802

Camino De Esperanza
Monday at 7:00PM
This meeting is open.
5647 Sunset Highway Cashmere, Wa
5647 Sunset Hwy
Cashmere, WA 98815
This is a Spanish-speaking meeting.

Cashmere Group
Monday at 7:00PM
This meeting is open.
St. James Episcopal Church
222 Cottage Ave
Cashmere, WA 98815

TUESDAY

Spiritual Meeting
Tuesday at Noon
This meeting is open.
First Baptist Church
429 Evans St
Leavenworth, WA 98826

To Any Length
Tuesday at 7:00PM
This meeting is open.
United Church of Christ
8455 Main St
Peshastin, WA 98847

El Porvenir
Tuesday at 7:00PM
This meeting is open.
220-1 Ave SE. Quincy, Wa
220 1st Ave SE
Quincy, WA 98848
This is a Spanish-speaking meeting.

Quincy Fellowship Group
Tuesday at 7:00PM
This meeting is closed.
Masonic Temple
406 H St SW
Quincy, WA 98848

WEDNESDAY

Quincy Fellowship Group
Wednesday at 7:00AM
This meeting is closed.
Masonic Temple
406 H St SW
Quincy, WA 98848

Serenity Hour
Wednesday at Noon
This meeting is open.
Shari's Restaurant
501 Valley Mall Pkwy
East Wenatchee, WA 98802

Camino De Esperanza
Wednesday at 7:00PM
This meeting is open.
5647 Sunset Highway Cashmere, Wa
5647 Sunset Hwy
Cashmere, WA 98815
This is a Spanish-speaking meeting.

Bavarian Step Study
Wednesday at 7:00PM
This meeting is open.
Leavenworth Senior Center
423 Evans St
Leavenworth, WA 98826

El Porvenir
Wednesday at 7:00PM
This meeting is open.
220-1 Ave SE. Quincy, Wa
220 1st Ave SE
Quincy, WA 98848
This is a Spanish-speaking meeting.

THURSDAY

Alpine Group
Thursday at Noon
This meeting is open.
Kristall's Restaurant
280 US-2
Leavenworth, WA 98826

Men's Fireside Men
Thursday at 7:00PM
This meeting is open.
Private Home
214 Park Ave
Leavenworth, WA 98826
This meeting is for men only.

El Porvenir
Thursday at 7:00PM
This meeting is open.
220-1 Ave SE. Quincy, Wa
220 1st Ave SE
Quincy, WA 98848
This is a Spanish-speaking meeting.

FRIDAY

Skookum Group
Friday at Noon
This meeting is open.
Shalom Church / Power House
1530 Eastmont Ave
East Wenatchee, WA 98802
Wheelchair accessible.

Camino De Esperanza
Friday at 7:00PM
This meeting is open.
5647 Sunset Highway Cashmere, Wa
5647 Sunset Hwy
Cashmere, WA 98815
This is a Spanish-speaking meeting.

Cashmere Candlelight
Friday at 7:00PM
This meeting is open.
St. James Episcopal Church
222 Cottage Ave
Cashmere, WA 98815

Quincy Fellowship Group
Friday at 7:00PM
This meeting is open.
Masonic Temple
406 H St SW
Quincy, WA 98848

Hicks In The Sticks
Friday at 7:30PM
This meeting is open.
Plain Community Church
12565 Chapel Dr
Leavenworth, WA 98826

SATURDAY

First Things First
Saturday at 9:00AM
This meeting is open.
Shalom Church / Power House
1052 Valley Mall Pkwy
East Wenatchee, WA 98802

Find More AA Meetings Nearby Here

Narcotics Anonymous (NA)

As opposed to AA, Narcotics Anonymous or NA doesn’t limit its scope to only helping individuals with an alcohol problem. In fact, NA explicitly states that it is open to aiding addicts of all kinds, from those with an illicit drug problem involving heroin, cocaine, or crystal meth to individuals struggling with a dependency on prescription pills or even alcohol itself.

And while it may not be as big as AA, it still holds nearly 67 thousand weekly meetings in 139 different countries.

So if you’re looking for an NA meeting in Washington, there are plenty of options to choose from.

Like AA, Narcotics Anonymous has a number of meetings that take place within Wenatchee, Washington.

SUNDAY

Central Washington Hospital & Clinics (Conference Room A&B Near Cafeteria)
Sunday at 6:30PM
This meeting is open.
1201 S Miller Street
Wenatchee, Washington 98801-3201
Just for Today Study meeting. Beginner/Newcomer meeting.

MONDAY

Church of the Nazarene
Monday at Noon
This meeting is open.
1011 South Miller Street
Wenatchee, Washington 98801
Just for Today Study meeting. Beginner/Newcomer meeting. Directions: Park in back enter on
Miller Street

Wenatchee Alano Club
Monday at 7:30PM
This meeting is open.
530 South Wenatchee Avenue
Wenatchee, Washington 98801-3068
Just for Today Study meeting. Beginner/Newcomer meeting. Wheelchair accessible.

TUESDAY

Church of the Nazarene
Tuesday at Noon
This meeting is open.
1011 South Miller Street
Wenatchee, Washington 98801
Just for Today Study meeting. Beginner/Newcomer meeting. Directions: Park in back enter on Miller Street

First Presbyterian Church (Room 272 Upstairs)
Tuesday at 7:30PM
This meeting is open.
1400 South Miller Street
Wenatchee, Washington 98801
Just for Today Study meeting. Beginner/Newcomer meeting. Wheelchair accessible.

WEDNESDAY

Church of the Nazarene
Wednesday at Noon
This meeting is open.
1011 South Miller Street
Wenatchee, Washington 98801
Just for Today Study meeting. Beginner/Newcomer meeting. Directions: Park in back enter on Miller Street

Central Washington Hospital & Clinics
Wednesday at 7:00PM
This meeting is open.
1201 S Miller Street
Wenatchee, Washington 98801-3201
Literature Study meeting.

Wenatchee Alano Club
Wednesday at 7:30PM
This meeting is open.
530 South Wenatchee Avenue
Wenatchee, Washington 98801-3068
Basic Text meeting. Wheelchair accessible.

THURSDAY

Church of the Nazarene
Thursday at Noon
This meeting is open.
1011 South Miller Street
Wenatchee, Washington 98801
Just for Today Study meeting. Beginner/Newcomer meeting. Directions: Park in back enter on Miller Street

Saint Luke's Church
Thursday at 6:00PM
This meeting is open.
428 King Street
Wenatchee, Washington 98801-2846
Literature Study meeting. Candlelight Topic Discussion meeting. IP Study Wheelchair accessible.

Wenatchee Alano Club
Thursday at 7:30PM
This meeting is open.
530 South Wenatchee Avenue
Wenatchee, Washington 98801-3068
Just for Today Study meeting. Beginner/Newcomer meeting. Wheelchair accessible.

FRIDAY

Church of the Nazarene
Friday at Noon
This meeting is open.
1011 South Miller Street
Wenatchee, Washington 98801
Discussion/Participation meeting. Wheelchair accessible. Directions: Park in back enter on Miller Street

Church of the Nazarene
Friday at Noon
This meeting is open.
1011 South Miller Street
Wenatchee, Washington 98801
Just for Today Study meeting. Beginner/Newcomer meeting. Directions: Park in back enter on Miller Street

Saint Luke's Church
Friday at 8:00PM
This meeting is open.
428 King Street
Wenatchee, Washington 98801-2846
Literature Study meeting. Topic Discussion meeting.

SATURDAY

Assembly of God Church (Room 103)
Saturday at 7:00PM
This meeting is open.
1520 McKittrick Street
Wenatchee, Washington 98801-1119
Just for Today Study meeting. Beginner/Newcomer meeting.

If the meetings in Wenatchee don’t match up with your schedule or simply don’t have the right feel you’re looking for, there are still so many other group options nearby. Below are some of the closest.

SUNDAY

Seventh Day Adventist Church
Sunday at 5:00PM
This meeting is open.
115 East 2nd Street
Cle Elum, Washington 98922
Literature Study meeting. Wheelchair accessible. Directions: at Harris

United Methodist Church
Sunday at 7:00PM
This meeting is open.
3rd Avenue & Ruby Street
Ellensburg, Washington 98926
Literature Study meeting. Wheelchair accessible.

Chelan Hospital
Sunday at 7:00PM
This meeting is open.
503 East Highland Avenue
Chelan, Washington 98816-8631
Beginner/Newcomer meeting. Wheelchair accessible.

MONDAY

United Lutheran Church
Monday at 11:00AM
This meeting is open.
203 South Chelan Avenue
Waterville, Washington 98858
Wheelchair accessible.

Church of Christ
Monday at Noon
This meeting is open.
408 South Maple Street
Ellensburg, Washington 98926-3555
Literature Study meeting. Wheelchair accessible.

Leavenworth Senior Center
Monday at 7:00PM
This meeting is open.
423 Evans Street
Leavenworth, Washington 98826-1225
Literature Study meeting. Beginner/Newcomer meeting.

United Methodist Church
Monday at 7:00PM
This meeting is open.
3rd Avenue & Ruby Street
Ellensburg, Washington 98926
Literature Study meeting. Wheelchair accessible.

Cle Elum Community Church
Monday at 7:00PM
This meeting is open.
201 East 3rd Street
Cle Elum, Washington 98922
Discussion/Participation meeting. Wheelchair accessible.

TUESDAY

United Methodist Church
Tuesday at 7:00AM
This meeting is open.
3rd Avenue & Ruby Street
Ellensburg, Washington 98926
Wheelchair accessible.

Church of Christ
Tuesday at Noon
This meeting is open.
408 South Maple Street
Ellensburg, Washington 98926-3555
Wheelchair accessible.

Saint James Episcopal Church
Tuesday at 7:00PM
This meeting is open.
222 Cottage Avenue
Cashmere, Washington 98815
Basic Text meeting. Candlelight Wheelchair accessible.

United Methodist Church
Tuesday at 7:00PM
This meeting is open.
3rd Avenue & Ruby Street
Ellensburg, Washington 98926
Discussion/Participation meeting. Wheelchair accessible.

North Shore Bible Church
Tuesday at 7:00PM
This meeting is open.
123 Wapato Point Parkway
Manson, Washington 98831
Basic Text meeting. Discussion/Participation meeting. Wheelchair accessible.

WEDNESDAY

United Methodist Church
Wednesday at 7:00AM
This meeting is open.
3rd Avenue & Ruby Street
Ellensburg, Washington 98926
Wheelchair accessible.

Church of Christ
Wednesday at Noon
This meeting is open.
408 South Maple Street
Ellensburg, Washington 98926-3555
Wheelchair accessible.

Cle Elum Community Church
Wednesday at Noon
This meeting is open.
201 East 3rd Street
Cle Elum, Washington 98922
Discussion/Participation meeting. Wheelchair accessible.

United Methodist Church
Wednesday at 7:00PM
This meeting is open.
3rd Avenue & Ruby Street
Ellensburg, Washington 98926
Wheelchair accessible.

Seventh Day Adventist Church
Wednesday at 7:00PM
This meeting is open.
115 East 2nd Street
Cle Elum, Washington 98922
Discussion/Participation meeting. Wheelchair accessible. Directions: at Harris

THURSDAY

United Methodist Church
Thursday at 7:00AM
This meeting is open.
3rd Avenue & Ruby Street
Ellensburg, Washington 98926
Wheelchair accessible.

United Lutheran Church
Thursday at 9:00AM
This meeting is open.
203 South Chelan Avenue
Waterville, Washington 98858
Wheelchair accessible.

Church of Christ
Thursday at Noon
This meeting is open.
408 South Maple Street
Ellensburg, Washington 98926-3555
Wheelchair accessible.

Seventh Day Adventist Church
Thursday at Noon
This meeting is open.
115 East 2nd Street
Cle Elum, Washington 98922
Discussion/Participation meeting. Wheelchair accessible. Directions: at Harris

United Methodist Church
Thursday at 7:00PM
This meeting is open.
3rd Avenue & Ruby Street
Ellensburg, Washington 98926
Literature Study meeting. Wheelchair accessible.

United Methodist Church
Thursday at 7:00PM
This meeting is open.
206 North Emerson
Chelan, Washington 98816
Beginner/Newcomer meeting. Wheelchair accessible. Directions: Enter from alley to right of building.

FRIDAY

United Methodist Church
Friday at 7:00AM
This meeting is open.
3rd Avenue & Ruby Street
Ellensburg, Washington 98926
Wheelchair accessible.

Church of Christ
Friday at Noon
This meeting is open.
408 South Maple Street
Ellensburg, Washington 98926-3555
Wheelchair accessible.

United Methodist Church
Friday at 7:00PM
This meeting is open.
3rd Avenue & Ruby Street
Ellensburg, Washington 98926
Wheelchair accessible.

SATURDAY

New Song Community Church (Basement in the Back)
Saturday at 10:00AM
This meeting is open.
1127 Grant Road
East Wenatchee, Washington 98802-5242
Literature Study meeting. Topic Discussion meeting.

United Methodist Church
Saturday at 7:00PM
This meeting is open.
3rd Avenue & Ruby Street
Ellensburg, Washington 98926
Wheelchair accessible.

Cle Elum Community Church
Saturday at 7:00PM
This meeting is open.
201 East 3rd Street
Cle Elum, Washington 98922
Discussion/Participation meeting. Wheelchair accessible.

Find NA Meetings Nearby Here

Wenatchee, WA Treatment Options for Addiction and Alcoholism

Al-Anon (Friends & Family Group)

Addicts themselves aren’t the only people who are hurt by a substance abuse problem. And while they are often the ones most in need of immediate care, friends and family members also need support in order to recover from the effects of a loved one’s addiction.

After all, the emotional abuse, destruction of trust, and codependency that often results from watching someone you care about fall prey to addiction can leave lasting damage that lasts a lifetime.

Luckily, there are groups like Al-Anon. Al-Anon is focused on helping friends and family members of alcoholics to navigate their loved ones’ addiction, get them the help they need, and learn how to take care of themselves in the wake of another person’s alcoholism.

Topics discussed may include spotting the signs of addiction, how to stop enabling someone’s substance abuse, and how to stage a successful intervention.

While there are only a few Al-Anon groups within Wenatchee itself, there are still plenty of other meetings that take place nearby. Below are some of the closest ones, organized by proximity to Wenatchee.

TGIM AFG
Monday 7:00 PM
St Lukes Episcopal Church
428 King St, Wenatchee, WA, 98801, USA
Student & Professional observers welcome
Handicap Access

Wednesday Awakenings AFG
Wednesday 7:00 PM
Central Washington Hospital
1201 S Miller, Wenatchee, WA, 98801, USA
Conference room a and b in the cafeteria
Student & Professional observers welcome
Handicap Access

Paths To Recovery AFG
Thursday 7:00 PM
Cashmere Presbyterian Church
303 Maple St, Cashmere, WA, 98815, USA
Student & Professional observers welcome
Handicap Access

Upper Valley AFG
Monday 7:00 PM
United Methodist Church
418 Evans St, Leavenworth, WA, 98826, USA
Student & Professional observers welcome

Thorp AFG
Sunday 6:30 PM
Thorp Community Church
150 1st St, Thorp, WA, 98946, USA
Student & Professional observers welcome
Beginners

Serenity Seekers AFG
Monday 7:00 PM
Grace Episcopal Church
1201 N B Street, Ellensburg, WA, 98926, USA
Park and enter on the street side.
Student & Professional observers welcome
Handicap Access

Literature For Progress AFG
Thursday 7:00 PM
First Presbyterian Church
1307 E 3rd Ave, Ellensburg, WA, 98926, USA

Discovering Choices AFG
Wednesday 12:00 PM
First United Methodist Church
210 Ruby St., Ellensburg, WA, 98926, USA
Room 3
Student & Professional observers welcome

Cle Elum AFG
Saturday 10:00 AM
Cle Elum Community Church
201 E 3rd St, Cle Elum, WA, 98922, USA
Student & Professional observers welcome

Come As You Are AFG
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Other Non-12-Step Groups

The 12-step approach isn’t necessarily for everyone.

While these organizations clearly state that they welcome individuals of any and every background and religious beliefs (including atheists and agnostics), some people may not necessarily agree that any degree of spirituality has a place in recovery.

Added to that, others may not consider the 12-steps, in general, to be helpful in overcoming the daily temptation of addiction.

No matter what the reasons are for looking elsewhere for support, there are still plenty of other alternatives to 12-step groups for recovering addicts to choose from. Below are some of the most notable and the most helpful.

With a focus on self-empowerment (as opposed to the “powerlessness” of many 12-step groups), SMART Recovery is one of the best evidence-based support groups for addicts of all kinds.

This group provides recovering addicts practical tools for addiction recovery that are "designed to empower you to abstain and to develop a more positive lifestyle.” These tools are communicated through a certified instructor rather than through a normal member. And that means that both the accuracy and consistency of information is maintained throughout ever group.

Have a look at SMART Recovery’s online meeting directory to find a meeting nearby.  

Specifically focusing on the religious aspect of 12-step groups, Secular Organizations for Sobriety or S.O.S. offers a completely non-spiritual approach to recovery.

These groups have been helping individuals overcome their substance abuse for over 32 years and are official 501(c)3 non-profits. They’re also abstinence-based, non-professional, and locally run (just like 12-step groups).

You can find an S.O.S. meeting nearby with their online meeting locator.

Not everyone with an alcohol problem is a full-blown alcoholic. And in fact, many people who experience problematic drinking don’t necessarily have to give up alcohol as a whole in order to regain control over their lives.

This is the position of Moderation Management or MM, a support organization aimed at helping individuals with problematic drinking habits to control their consumption before it results in alcoholism.

Find a Moderation Management meeting near you with their online meeting directory.

One of the hardest parts of attending a support group is actually making it to a meeting. Tight schedules, lack of transportation, and even a fear of running into someone you know can (and often do) hold countless addicts back from getting the help they need.

However, online support groups can cut down on these difficulties and connect recovering addicts with invaluable support, all right from their own living room. These meetings can take place via real-time in chat rooms and Skype calls or may be conducted through email or forum posts.

No matter which communication method you choose, though, knowing that addiction support is just a click away can be incredibly helpful in getting an addict to take that first step towards recovery.

Below are some of the best online support groups to choose from.

Professional Treatment Centers

Knowing where to find community resources and local support groups can go a long way towards building a cleaner and more sober future. However, these resources can only go so far for some. And the overwhelming majority of addicts are going to need professional treatment in order to fully kick their drug habit for good.

A professional program offers a slew of benefits compared to trying to quit on your own. Below are just some of the most notable.

  1. Run by medical professionals that can prevent and treat the numerous complications that may arise during the recovery process.
  2. Provide medications and treatments that can cut down on the discomfort and duration of addiction recovery.
  3. Teach patients how to cope with cravings, manage daily stress, and avoid powerful triggers that can and often do lead to relapse.
  4. Connect recovering addicts with aftercare services that keep patients focused on recovery and reduce the chances of relapse even further.
  5. Offer other life help services like counseling, emotional and motivational support, identification of co-occurring disorders, and community involvement.

The first step in finding a treatment center is understanding the different services that each offer. In general, there are two types of treatment programs that make up a comprehensive recovery system: detoxification and rehabilitation.

Detoxification – This phase of treatment comes first and deals more with the physical effects of addiction. To explain, over the course of a substance abuse problem, the body builds up a tolerance to the substance by physically changing a variety of factors. Essentially, the body becomes only able to function normally when the substance is in the system.  

Once a substance is removed from an addict's regular routine, however, the body struggles to readjust to functioning without it. And that can cause a host of incredibly uncomfortable physical and psychological symptoms called withdrawals (e.g., nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, depression, anxiety). In fact, some withdrawals can even be deadly when not treated correctly.

These withdrawals go away once the body reacclimates to being drug-free. But often times, addicts are so overcome by the intensity of the symptoms that they end up resorting back to using just for relief from these symptoms.

A professional detox program, then, uses medical interventions to help speed up the detoxification process while reducing the severity of the uncomfortable symptoms. Staff can also help prevent and treat the life-threating complications that may result along the way.

Rehabilitation – While detox deals with the bodily side of addiction, rehabilitation is more about the mental part of chronic substance abuse.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), “Brain imaging studies from people addicted to drugs show physical changes in areas of the brain that are critical for judgment, decision-making, learning, memory, and behavior control.” And those physical changes in the brain may be responsible for the compulsive and destructive behaviors often associated with addiction.

Rehabilitation aims to help give addicts back control over their substance abuse and find new, healthier ways of dealing with stress and overcoming cravings. Treatments like individual counseling, group talk sessions, and evidence-based behavioral therapies can help re-establish control in the life of an addict. 

Inpatient Rehabilitation – Inpatient is a type of rehabilitation where patients stay on the program campus at all times. Eating, sleeping, and treatment sessions all take place in the same general locations. 

This provides a more controlled environment for recovery while also allowing patients to focus more completely on their recovery experience.

These programs usually last around 30 days. 

Outpatient Rehab – An outpatient program focuses on flexibility during the recovery process. Patients in this type of program attend evening treatment sessions several times throughout the week while living their daily life normally. 

However, the lack of a controlled environment can lead to a stronger temptation to fall back into old habits of abuse.

An outpatient program usually lasts around 3 months. 

Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOPs) – A step up from outpatient, IOP treatment sessions take place in the evenings as well. However, these sessions are usually longer and occur more frequently throughout the week.

An IOP is great for anyone who needs a higher level of care but can’t commit either the time or the money to an inpatient program.

Like outpatient, an IOP lasts for around 3 months in most cases.

Today more than ever there are a seemingly endless number of treatment programs to choose from. And if you’re like most, finding the right one to meet your specific needs is a process that can end up being harder than it sounds.

That’s why it’s so important to know what exactly to look for when deciding on a particular treatment facility.

Below are just a few qualities you should keep an eye out for in your search.

  • The right kind of program for you (inpatient, outpatient, or IOP)
  • Individualized treatment plans
  • Nationally accredited
  • A high staff-to-patient ratio
  • 24/7 nursing care
  • Evidence-based treatments proven to work
  • Aftercare support or referral program
  • A wide range of activities
  • A great reputation among program graduates
  • Accepts your insurance provider
  • A modern and comfortable facility

While there are at least four drug treatment centers within Wenatchee itself, it’s important to recognize the fact that you aren’t confined only to choosing a treatment center nearby. And in fact, making the choice to travel for addiction treatment can actually be one of the best decisions you ever make.

That’s because the two most important factors of any treatment program are quality of care and the ability to meet a patient’s specific needs. And the wider the search area, the more likely patients will be to find their perfect recovery program.

On top of that, leaving your hometown for treatment can help combat the stigma associated with addiction in that you won’t have to worry about running into someone you know on your way to treatment.

In the end, finding the right treatment program is infinitely more important than just finding the closest one.

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Northpoint Washington: Premium Care That’s Proven to Work

There are so many community resources in and around Wenatchee that addicts can turn to for help. From overdose aid and support groups to local resources and professional treatment, citizens of this area should never have to suffer through their substance abuse problem on their own.

And when it comes time to seek out a treatment program, Northpoint Washington in Edmonds offers some of the best recovery support in the state.

Our inpatient program is dedicated to providing a highly tailored and evidence-based recovery plan for each and every one of our patients. And with one of the highest staff-to-patient ratios in the state, you can be sure you’re getting the individualized care you need to kick your addiction quickly, safely, and effectively.

Northpoint Washington is also nationally accredited by the Joint Commission – a true testament to our superior quality of care.

So if you’re ready to begin your journey towards recovery or you’re looking for more information for a friend or family member, get in touch with us today.

Addiction doesn’t have to be a lifelong struggle. And we’d love to help you start your recovery.

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Outpatient drug and alcohol rehab and addiction counseling located in Boise, Idaho.

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Our National Medical Detox and Inpatient Addiction Facility.

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Outpatient drug and alcohol rehab and addiction counseling located in Washington State.