Addiction Treatment in Washington

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Audrey Grimm, PMHNP-BC

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Addiction & Treatment in WA

Significant percentages of people in Spokane and across Washington State are affected by drug or alcohol problems. Some people are clinically addicted, while others suffer from serious, non-addicted substance abuse. If you develop either of these problems, an addiction treatment center in Washington can help. Centers of this type offer a range of options for addressing the short- and long-term effects of substance problems. In this way, they support your return to lasting drug and alcohol sobriety.

Successful substance detoxification is also crucial to your ability to recover from addiction. At Sequoia Recovery Centers, we specialize in detox from all of the most common addictive substances. Our customized combination of medication and therapy helps boost your chances of establishing a firm footing for your recovery efforts.

Contact Sequoia Recovery Centers today to find comprehensive full continuum treatment and drug and alcohol detox services in Washington.


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Addiction, Substance Abuse, and Substance Use Disorders

The term “substance abuse” refers to a chronic disorder that alters the function of your brain. The changes in your brain are long-lasting. For this reason, anyone who has recovered from addiction can potentially relapse at a later time. Addiction is also marked by a compulsive drug-seeking behavior, i.e., an involuntary urge to find and use a given substance. (Under this definition, alcohol is considered a drug.) That urge leads to a disregard for the consequences of drug-seeking behavior. 

Addiction was once viewed as a distinct, separate mental health condition. Now, addiction is one form of a more extensive illness called substance use disorder (SUD). The second condition included under the SUD definition is non-addicted substance abuse that significantly impairs your ability to function. 

All people affected by a substance use disorder have two or more of 11 possible addiction and substance abuse symptoms. These symptoms can be broken down into four categories:

  • An inability to control your participation in substance use
  • Significant impairment of your ability to function socially
  • Patterns of use that pose a clear risk to you or someone else
  • Indications of a physical dependence on drugs or alcohol

When you’re diagnosed with a SUD, it doesn’t matter if your symptoms are addiction-related or substance-abuse related. In fact, you can develop both problems at the same time. However, addiction symptoms indicate that you may have a severe case of substance use disorder. 

To learn more about addiction, substance abuse and SUDs, talk to the professionals at Sequoia Recovery Centers.

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What Are the Signs that You Have a SUD?

How can you tell if you or someone you know has a diagnosable addiction or serious substance abuse case? Definite proof that a SUD is present comes only through an official diagnosis. However, you might be able to spot physical, behavioral or psychological signs of the condition. These signs may prove essential in convincing yourself or a loved one that treatment is needed. Physical indications of a substance use disorder include such things as:

  • A decline in grooming habits or general physical appearance
  • Unexplained changes in how much food you eat or how much you sleep
  • Rapid changes in your weight
  • Loss of normal body coordination
  • Eyes that are bloodshot or have dilated or constricted pupils
  • Muscle tremors
  • Problems speaking clearly

Common behavioral signs include:

  • A sudden change in daily routines or friendship groups
  • Unusual problems at work, at school, or while at home
  • An increased tendency to lie or act in secretive ways
  • Repeatedly doing dangerous things while drinking or using drugs
  • Money problems or involvement in theft

Emotional or psychological signs that a SUD is present may include:

  • An unexplained or unusual lack of motivation
  • Rapid or frequent mood changes
  • Bouts of anxiety, fear, or paranoia that don’t have a reasonable cause
  • Unexplained episodes of heightened energy
  • Personality changes or an altered outlook on life

None of these things are definitive signs that a substance problem exists. But as a rule, the more of them you notice, the greater the cause for concern. 

Want more information on the possible signs of a SUD? Sequoia Recovery Centers’s experts are ready to guide and answer your questions.

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How Addiction Treatment in
Washington Can Help

Treatment can help you recover from a mild, moderate, or severe SUD. However, there is no such thing as a treatment option that works for everyone. For this reason, effective recovery plans are always customized to meet individual needs. 

There are multiple treatment options for all SUDs, whether their source is alcohol use or drug use. The most common treatments are various kinds of behavioral therapy or counseling. These modern options seek to help you understand and change dysfunctional behaviors common to addiction. Medication is also used as a SUD treatment option. However, not all substance problems respond to medication. It’s most effective for people who have an alcohol or opioid SUD.

Depending on the seriousness of your condition, substance recovery may take place in different kinds of programs. Available options include three different kinds of outpatient programs. You may also benefit the most from residential or inpatient treatment.

Contact the knowledgeable specialists at Sequoia Recovery Centers for more on the methods used in addiction treatment in Washington and elsewhere.


Wondering if you or your loved
one needs addiction treatment?

We understand how challenging it can be to know if and when you or your loved one needs help with addiction.  By taking this quiz, you can get a quick assessment of some signs that may indicate whether or not you need to reach out for help. 


Seeking Detox Before Entering a Washington Addiction Treatment Center

Before you can enter a primary substance treatment program, you must first get drugs or alcohol out of your system. The process of achieving this necessary step is known as detox. In a medical detox program, you:

  • Stop taking drugs or drinking
  • Undergo an extensive evaluation of your current situation and needs
  • Receive the support needed to relieve the worst of your withdrawal symptoms
  • Get immediate treatment for any complications to withdrawal

You also learn about the importance of entering a treatment program when detox is done. Detox and primary treatment are both critical components in your efforts to achieve sobriety, avoid relapses and solidify your substance-free routine. 

Sequoia Recovery Centers are a full continuum of care treatment facility that can help. Contact our admissions team today to learn more.

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Turn to Sequoia Recovery Centers to Help You Prepare for Addiction Treatment in Spokane

Addiction treatment in Washington or elsewhere is essential to your ability to reach stable sobriety. The treatment you receive will not only help you overcome clinical addiction. It will also help you address any symptoms of non-addicted drug or alcohol abuse. But before you can receive the benefits of treatment, you must go through substance detox. Supervised detox prepares you both physically and mentally to enroll in a suitable treatment program. 

At Sequoia Recovery Centers, we feature a comprehensive selection of detoxification services. These services include both supportive care and medication. In addition, they include therapy options that help you understand addiction and the need for follow-up treatment. Every day, we support people from Spokane and other Washington communities in taking their first critical steps toward lasting sobriety. To find out more about how our drug and alcohol detox center in Washington can help, contact us today via phone, email, or our online form.