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In Washington and across the United States, an estimated 12.8 million Americans, about 6 percent of the household population aged twelve and older use illegal street drugs on a regular basis (within the past thirty days). You may be surprised to read that this number of "past-month" drug users has declined by almost 50% from the 1979 high of 25 million illegal street drug users. This decrease represents an extraordinary change in behavior.

Despite the dramatic drop, more than a third of all Americans twelve and older have tried illegal street drugs. Ninety percent of those who have used illegal drugs used marijuana or hashish. Approximately a third used cocaine or took a prescription type drug for nonmedical reasons. About a fifth used LSD. Fortunately, nearly sixty million Americans who used illicit street drugs during their youth stop using drugs once they enter into adulthood.

Many people in Washington believe that illegal street drugs and the various troubles they cause are not their problem. They have misconceptions that drug users belong to a segment of society different from their own or that drug abuse is remote from their environment. They are wrong. Almost three quarters of drug users are employed and approximately forty-five percent of Americans know someone with a substance abuse problem.

While illegal street drugs and their consequences threaten Washington families of every socio-economic background, geographic region, educational level, and ethnic and racial identity, the effects of drug use are often felt disproportionally. For example, many less fortunate neighborhoods are plagued by crime and violence because of the illegal street drugs sold in their black markets. People living in Washington who lack comprehensive health plans and have smaller incomes may be less able to afford Drug Treatment Centers to overcome drug dependence. What everyone living in Washington must understand is that nobody is immune to the consequences of drug use. Every family is vulnerable.

Across Washington, illegal street drugs are a serious problem. Included in this problem are stimulants, depressants and prescription drugs that are taken and sold illegally. The specific effects vary depending on the drug. Most drugs have an addictive effect after only a few uses. Even marijuana can become emotionally addicting. For many taking illegal street drugs, it can interfere with their relationships, health, academics, career, etc.

It is often hard to tell if someone you care about is taking part in illegal street drug abuse. Each drug has its own signs of use and abuse. Drugs can numb the user's memory, impair their judgment, and make it impossible for the user to feel good or function without them. Even drugs like marijuana and cocaine which are not physically addictive (meaning that the user's body needs the drug in order to function), can make the user emotionally dependent. Once a person become used to the "feelings" they get from marijuana, cocaine or other illegal street drugs, they will find it harder and harder to cope with normal everyday ups and downs.

Today, there are a variety of Drug Treatment Facilities for illegal street drugs available in Washington. The differences between the Drug Rehab Centers can sometimes be great, though they are all attempting to achieve the same outcome. The goal of any Drug Rehab Center is to help the individual achieve a drug free life and return them to being a productive member of society.

How does one know which Drug Rehabilitation Program option is right for them? This is one of the questions that lays hard on the heart of a person searching for the right Washington Drug Treatment Program for illegal street drugs. The ultimate objective of drug addiction treatment is to enable an individual to achieve lasting abstinence, but the immediate objectives are to reduce illegal street drug abuse, improve the recovering addict's ability to function, and minimize the medical and social complications of drug abuse and addiction.

While learning how to live life without illegal street drugs is an important step in the recovery process, it is only the beginning. Once sober, the brain needs time to recover and rebuild connections that have changed while addicted. During this period, depression and cravings to use can be intense and are often very hard to fight. Without support, relapse is very likely. Attending a quality Drug Rehab Facility in Washington will help the recovering person develop new coping skills to deal with stressful situations and other common triggers for relapse. Without these skills, stressful situations frequently result in relapse.

Most people attempt to do their best and make the most of the experience when they are in a Drug Rehab Center. Relapse commonly occurs when a person leaves a Drug Rehab without aspects of their life or other problems being fully handled. It is critical to find a Drug Rehabilitation Center that addresses all aspects of addiction from detox to learning life skills.

When considering a Drug Treatment Facility in Washington, remember that everyone's needs are different. In general, the longer and more intense the illegal street drug use, the longer and more intense the treatment one may need. Regardless of a program's length in weeks or months, follow-through and long-term follow-up care are crucial to recovery. A quality Drug Treatment Program should address the fact that substance abuse often masks emotional pain and it needs to be addressed as treatment progresses.

An overview of the different types of Drug Rehabilitation Facilities for illegal street drugs in Washington:

  • Washington Counseling (Individual, Group, Couple, or Family Therapy) for Illegal Street Drugs: This form of recovery works best in conjunction with other types of Drug Rehab Centers or as follow up support. Looking at one's issues from a different perspective can help to identify the root cause of their drug usage and can be beneficial in helping them learn how to make more constructive choices in their life.
  • Washington Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for Illegal Street Drugs: While in this form of drug addiction recovery, addicts usually meet 3 days a week and 2-4 hours per day. These relapse prevention Drug Treatment Facilities are often scheduled around work or school.
  • Washington Medical Detoxification for Illegal Street Drugs: Often, this is the first step of the recovery process before being admitted into a Drug Rehab Program for illegal street drugs in Washington. Admission to this level of treatment requires an assessment. Sometimes medical detox is started from a trip to the emergency room due to overdose or drug related issues.
  • Washington Narcotics Anonymous for Illegal Street Drugs: Narcotics Anonymous meetings, often referred to as NA, are informal meetings held in your local area. NA has branches all over the country and in almost every city nationwide. These meeting are based on the twelve steps of recovery and many addicts and alcoholics have found free and effective help at these meetings. However, NA programs are not "treatment." The meetings are not supported and held by medical professionals.
  • Washington Partial hospitalization for Illegal Street Drugs: This type of treatment is considered relapse prevention and usually consists of meetings 3-5 days a week, 4-6 hours per day. This type of treatment is for people who require medical monitoring on an outpatient basis.
  • Washington Residential Rehab for Illegal Street Drugs: Residential treatment is when the recovering addict lives at the Drug Rehab while undergoing intensive treatment during the day. Residential treatment normally varies from 30-90 days.
  • Washington Sober Living for Illegal Street Drugs: Sober living homes are comprised of recovering addicts who support each other and provide an alcohol and drug free environment. This type of illegal street drug rehab is normally used after more intensive rehabilitation such as residential treatment. Sober living facilities are useful if returning home too soon is a strong trigger for relapse or the recovering addict has no home.
The following 20 listings can be found in Washington:
  • Waterfront Counseling in Blaine
    Waterfront Counseling in Blaine is a Drug Treatment Program that is located at 228 Cherry Street Blaine, WA. 98230.
    Waterfront Counseling in Blaine can be contacted by calling 360-332-1000.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Outpatient Drug Treatment
  • Mindful Alternatives LLC
    Mindful Alternatives LLC is a Drug Rehab that is located at 12729 Northup Way Bellevue, WA. 98005.
    Mindful Alternatives LLC can be contacted by calling 206-355-2508.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Females, Males, DUI Clients, Court Appointed Services
  • Cowlitz Family Health Center
    Cowlitz Family Health Center is a Drug Rehabilitation Facility that is located at 600 Broadway Street Longview, WA. 98632.
    Cowlitz Family Health Center can be contacted by calling 360-425-9600.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Residential Long-Term Treatment for Drug Abuse, Pregnant or expecting mothers, Females, Residential Beds for Teens, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • Blueprints
    Blueprints is a Drug Treatment Facility that is located at 13010 NE 20th Street Bellevue, WA. 98005.
    Blueprints can be contacted by calling 425-644-6328 x1335.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • Lutheran Community Services NW
    Lutheran Community Services NW is a Drug Rehabilitation Facility that is located at 210 West Sprague Avenue Spokane, WA. 99201.
    Lutheran Community Services NW can be contacted by calling 509-747-8224.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired, Spanish Speaking
  • Edgewood Health Network Seattle
    Edgewood Health Network Seattle is a Drug Rehabilitation Program that is located at 1200 Westlake Avenue North Seattle, WA. 98109.
    Edgewood Health Network Seattle can be contacted by calling 206-402-4115.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Females, Males
  • VA Medical Jonathan M Wainwright Mem
    VA Medical Jonathan M Wainwright Mem is a Drug Rehabilitation Program that is located at 77 Wainwright Drive Walla Walla, WA. 99362.
    VA Medical Jonathan M Wainwright Mem can be contacted by calling 509-525-5200 x26288.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Drug Detox, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Residential Short-Term Treatment for Drug Addiction, Residential Long-Term Treatment for Drug Abuse
  • Newlife Family Services
    Newlife Family Services is a Drug Rehab that is located at 914 SW 344th Place Federal Way, WA. 98023.
    Newlife Family Services can be contacted by calling 253-223-3149.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Outpatient Drug Treatment, DUI Clients, Foreign Languages other than Spanish
  • Northshore STARS Program
    Northshore STARS Program is a Drug Rehab Center that is located at 22105 23rd Drive SE Bothell, WA. 98021.
    Northshore STARS Program can be contacted by calling 206-362-7282.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Services for Teens and Adolescents, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Court Appointed Services
  • South Sound Clinic of
    South Sound Clinic of is a Drug Treatment Facility that is located at 6700 Martin Way East Olympia, WA. 98516.
    South Sound Clinic of can be contacted by calling 360-413-6910.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Drug Detox, Methadone Maintenance, Methadone Drug Detox Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Females, Males, Spanish Speaking
  • Lake Whatcom Residential and Trt Ctr
    Lake Whatcom Residential and Trt Ctr is a Drug Rehab Center that is located at 609 Northshore Drive Bellingham, WA. 98226.
    Lake Whatcom Residential and Trt Ctr can be contacted by calling 360-676-6000 x423.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients
  • Compass Health San Juan County
    Compass Health San Juan County is a Drug Rehabilitation Facility that is located at 520 Spring Street Friday Harbor, WA. 98250.
    Compass Health San Juan County can be contacted by calling 360-378-2669.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment
  • Sea Mar CHC
    Sea Mar CHC is a Drug Rehab Facility that is located at 10001 17th Place South Seattle, WA. 98168.
    Sea Mar CHC can be contacted by calling 206-766-6976.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Drug Rehab for Seniors, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired, Spanish Speaking, Foreign Languages other than Spanish
  • Southwest Youth and Family Services
    Southwest Youth and Family Services is a Drug Rehab Facility that is located at 4555 Delridge Way SW Seattle, WA. 98106.
    Southwest Youth and Family Services can be contacted by calling 206-937-7680.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Lesbian and Gay Drug Rehabs, Spanish Speaking
  • CSNW Battle Ground
    CSNW Battle Ground is a Drug Rehab Program that is located at 11117 NE 189th Street Battle Ground, WA. 98604.
    CSNW Battle Ground can be contacted by calling 360-397-8484.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • Northwest Recovery Centers LLC
    Northwest Recovery Centers LLC is a Drug Treatment Program that is located at 17600 Talbot Road South Renton, WA. 98055.
    Northwest Recovery Centers LLC can be contacted by calling 425-254-2899.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Drug Detox, Outpatient Drug Treatment, DUI Clients, Court Appointed Services
  • Breakthrough Recovery Group Inc
    Breakthrough Recovery Group Inc is a Drug Rehab that is located at 11711 East Sprague Avenue Spokane, WA. 99206.
    Breakthrough Recovery Group Inc can be contacted by calling 509-927-6838.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Females, Males, DUI Clients
  • Cedar Grove Counseling Inc
    Cedar Grove Counseling Inc is a Drug Treatment Center that is located at 221 North Race Street Port Angeles, WA. 98362.
    Cedar Grove Counseling Inc can be contacted by calling 360-452-2443.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Drug Detox, Outpatient Drug Treatment
  • Raging River Recovery Center
    Raging River Recovery Center is a Drug Rehabilitation Program that is located at 1308 Boalch Avenue NW North Bend, WA. 98045.
    Raging River Recovery Center can be contacted by calling 425-831-5425.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Services for Teens and Adolescents
  • Valley Cities Counseling
    Valley Cities Counseling is a Drug Rehab Program that is located at 2704 I Street NE Auburn, WA. 98002.
    Valley Cities Counseling can be contacted by calling 253-833-7444.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Lesbian and Gay Drug Rehabs, Drug Rehab for Seniors, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired, Spanish Speaking