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Washington Drug Rehabilitation Programs

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There are many different types of rehab facilities and plans available in Washington. It does not matter if you are looking for addiction recovery in Tacoma, alcohol detox in Seattle, or a combination of both in Spokane, there is no shortage of treatments being offered. The problem is that not all treatments are the same. While that would not qualify as a problem, (different strokes for different folks) the problem lies in the statistics - some substance abuse programs have less than a 5% success rate. You may understand why it is important to choose the one best suited to the needs of the individual, but before you can determine that, it is important to know the difference between all that is available.

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Take the First Step Towards Recovery

Even a journey of a thousand miles starts with a first step - for most people struggling with addiction that first step is detox. During detox, the goal is to cleanse the body of all the chemicals and effects of the drugs or alcohol. Unfortunately, the toxins from these substances do not simply flush out of the human body; these toxins remain dormant in fat cells. During times of mental and physical stress (this can happen during something as productive as a workout or something as simple as worrying about something), the fat cells release these toxins into the bloodstream. What this means is that eventually, the person trying to stay away from drugs and alcohol is slowly being fed more of the very substances that they are trying to avoid. This leads to frustration and feelings of despair, which often leads to relapse. During detox, it is important to flush these toxins from the body in a controlled manner - this way, the patient is now free from the physical cravings that are often associated with addiction.

Types of Drug Rehab Treatment

Put Addiction Behind You

There are many approaches to recovery. As mentioned before, most of them have varying levels of success when it comes to staying sober and avoiding relapse. In order to make the right decision for the best type of rehabs, it is important to educate oneself on the different types available. While detox deals more with the physical, rehabilitation deals with the mental aspects of addiction. Why is the person turning to narcotics in the first place? Is there an addictive personality or is there something else that works as a trigger? To make the options more clear, let's break them down for better understanding.


Inpatient treatment is the most commonly associated method for drug or alcohol rehabilitation. It is also the most successful type of treatment. During inpatient treatment, the person suffering from addiction lives in a facility for a set amount of time. The patient checks in and spends weeks or months receiving treatment, individual counseling and support in a private facility. The benefit is not just that medical assistance is available if required, but also that any type of trigger from the outside world is removed for the patient. This means that the stressors that may have otherwise triggered relapse is gone, and so is the ability to receive drugs during a moment of weakness. Inpatient care may be more effective than other available options because it offers a very defined and structured atmosphere. This type of a setting helps a person distance themselves from the distractions of their day-to-day life. This allows them to focus on psychological and physical healing.


Unlike inpatient treatment, outpatient treatment does not address medical conditions for someone who is trying to recover from addiction. During inpatient treatment, everything is provided at one location. Outpatient treatment often means that a patient has to move to several different locations. Outpatient rehabs require more discipline on the part of the recovering patient. While there may be weekly meetings, therapy sessions, and perhaps medication given to the patient, it does not always provide support when things become difficult for someone. Oftentimes support is only available during business hours.

The traditional 12-step program

While people may say "if you have nothing nice to say do not say anything at all" this warrants saying - these types of programs are proven to be unsuccessful. The problem is that the traditional programs such as Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous tell the person struggling with addiction that it is not their fault, that they are powerless to resist the temptation because they have a disease. This method does not empower anyone; in fact, the traditional 12-step program only makes someone struggling with addiction feel even more helpless. The actual long-term success rate of a traditional program is no more than 5%. The question begs to be asked, wouldn't the rate be higher if someone just tried to quit on their own? People are moving away from these programs because they do not work and provide little to no support - only making people feel negative and helpless.

Another problem for most people is that 12-step programs tend to force group therapy. If someone knew anything about addiction, they know it is a personal matter and for most people it is not something that they are particularly proud of. Oftentimes people are reserved in a group setting because while these are people that understand their situation, addiction is not something that people like talking about.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy

Cognitive-behavioral therapy delves deeper into the problem as to why someone is self medicating. It helps people recognize, face, and deal with the situations in which why this person would most likely revert to narcotics. Unlike the traditional 12-step program, this type of therapy does not make a person feel like a victim. It helps them understand the problem and demonstrates to them how the problems can be resolved in the future. This is often done in a private setting, one-on-one counseling. This allows the counselor to talk to the person struggling with addiction rather than trying to find an all-encompassing problem that suits everyone. This is a very important part of non-12 step programs.

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Ultimately, the most important aspect of any substance abuse rehabilitation program is whether or not it works. No one has ever claimed that getting rid of addiction would be easy. In order to maximize the chances of success, a combination of detox and rehabilitation is highly recommended. It not only cleanses the body, but also provides the person struggling with addiction with the tools to remain sober once they go back to their normal lives. Our experienced counselors can listen to your concerns, to your situation and provide you with a number of different programs that are going to work best for you individually.

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