The State of Washington is known for its rugged and beautiful coastline and towering forests. Washington is home to three national parks, 120 state parks and many wilderness areas, recreation areas and preserves. From the snow-capped Mt. Rainer to the misty Hoh Rainforest, Washington has something for nature lovers of all ages. But Washington is also home to one of the highest rates of death from heroin overdose in the country.

According to the Seattle Times, heroin deaths spiked dramatically in 2014, jumping a staggering 59 percent compared to the previous year’s number.  For those in Washington who struggle with heroin abuse as well as addiction to other drugs and alcohol, there is hope. Realizing you need help and finding the right kind of treatment is the first step on the road to recovery.

Heroin Addiction Treatment in Washington

Heroin addiction is treated a bit differently that other types of drug addiction. Typically, a combination of medication and psychotherapy is used to prevent the severe withdrawals associated with heroin and to help the patient learn ways to fight cravings and create new behavior patterns. The most common medications used to treat heroin addiction are:

  • Methadone- this is a slow-acting opioid that reaches the brain slowly, suppressing the “high” that occurs with other opiates and prevents withdrawal symptoms. Methadone has been used since the 1960s and is still an effective treatment for heroin addiction.
  • Buprenorphine- relieves drug cravings without producing a “high” or any dangerous side effects usually associated with other opioids.
  • Naltrexone- blocks the action of opioids and is non-addictive and non-sedating. This drug does not cause physical dependence.

As with other types of drug addiction, the first step is admitting you or a loved one has a problem and reaching out for help. The next step is finding the right treatment program for your unique situation.

Sundown Ranch, Yakima River Canyon

Sundown Ranch is located on thirty acres near the entrance of the Yakima River Canyon. Known as place of healing, Sundown Ranch is dedicated to the treatment of adolescents and adults through each stage of the recovery process. Sundown Ranch also has programs for families of addicted loved ones. Sundown works with all major insurance companies and the cost of treatment is all-inclusive.

Because Sundown runs an open-ended program, the length of stay is always determined by the needs of the individual. Sundown Ranch is accredited by CARF, is a member of the National Association of Treatment Providers and is certified by the Washington State Department of Health. Sundown’s admissions coordinators are available by phone seven days a week.

HarborCrest Behavioral Health, Aberdeen

HarborCrest Behavioral Health, located in Aberdeen is a hospital-based drug detox and treatment center. HarborCrest is the chemical dependency unit of Grays Harbor Community Hospital. Dr. Bruce Worth is the medical director of the facility. Dr. Worth is a leader in the field of opiate replacement therapy and is certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Along with inpatient treatment HarborCrest programs include:

  • Drug detox and stabilization
  • Chemical using pregnant women services
  • Opiate substitution treatment
  • Outpatient services
  • Drug screening services

HarborCrest works with most major insurance companies as well as most of the Native American Tribes located throughout the state. Call HarborCrest admissions coordinators are available by phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer your questions.

Finding Help for Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Although heroin and alcohol addiction impact many lives across the State of Washington, there is help available through treatment. Recognizing you have a problem and reaching out for help is the first step to a new life free from the control of a substance. If you or your loved one struggles with drug or alcohol addiction, we are here for you. Call our toll-free number 24 hours a day. You are not alone.

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