Washington State Drug and Alcohol Addiction Information, Statistics and Treatment

The number of Americans dying as a result of drug use has now surpassed the number of those fatally wounded in automobile accidents. Last year, more than 52,000 people in the U.S. died from drug overdoses. That staggering number only scratches the surface of the effects that substance abuse has on the social, economic, and cultural fabric of the country.

The past several decades have seen a marked increase in the prevalence of illicit drugs. Heroin use has become a national epidemic, along with the burgeoning number of people addicted to prescription painkillers. Opioids, which are used to treat post-surgical or chronic pain, are highly addictive, and many patients turn to heroin once their prescriptions expire.

Lawmakers have attempted to control the opioid epidemic by requiring prescription restrictions. The medical community has created recommendations to limit patients’ dependence on these strong medications. Unfortunately, these attempts have pushed many addicts right into heroin abuse and dependency.

The Effects Of Drug Addiction In Washington State

Washington State has not escaped the scourge of substance abuse. Similar to what’s happening nationally, many patients become addicted to opioid painkillers, such as Vicodin and OxyContin, innocently. Once their prescriptions expire, some turn to heroin for relief from painful withdrawals. State statistics show a decrease in deaths in 2014 due to prescription drugs; however, the same time period saw an increase in heroin-related deaths. Overall, Washington still experiences about 600 opioid-related deaths each year.

Addicts in Washington abuse several illicit drugs, including:

  • Cocaine: The numbers of cocaine-related deaths dropped over the past decade, but the drug was still responsible for 35 deaths in the Seattle area in 2013 (the most recent year for which statistics are available).
  • Heroin: Accounted for 50 deaths during the same time.
  • Prescription opioids: Such as oxycodone, are the most-used illicit drugs in the region.
  • Benzodiazepines (such as Valium or Xanax): Often are used in conjunction with other drugs.
  • Methamphetamines: Still widely used in the Seattle area.
  • Marijuana: Popular in Washington, but in 2012 use of the drug was decriminalized. Officials in Washington were surprised to find that rates of marijuana use did not increase markedly after the drug became legal. That said, there has been a small increase in the use of marijuana by Washington youth since legalization.

The opioid epidemic has overshadowed one of the oldest addictions, alcohol. In a report released last December by the Washington Post, Washington State ranked among the highest areas for alcohol consumption.

Washington’s Recovery Treatment Access Problems

Washington substance abuse cases are varied and treatment is multifaceted. The legalization of recreational marijuana has complicated the situation. The abuse of opioids, both prescription and illicit, has increased the need for comprehensive addiction recovery programs.

State health officials cannot keep up with the demand for quality recovery and treatment programs. While efforts are being made at the state level to coordinate recovery resources, the number of addiction cases increases faster than changes in the system can be made. The number of patients in need of comprehensive substance abuse programs far exceeds the number of available beds. Often, addicts spend so much time on waiting lists that they are unable to remain sober long enough to get into a quality program. This devastating cycle takes its toll on addicts, families, and communities.

Residents Seek Treatment in Sunny Florida

Residents of the Pacific Northwest often suffer from the gloomy, rainy climate. Trying to recover from substance abuse under gray skies can challenge even the most motivated patient. Many addicts in Washington find that seeking treatment in a more temperate environment can help on the road to recovery. Florida offers a warm, sun-drenched place to reclaim your health.

Florida is home to one of the busiest shipping ports in the country. The ease of distribution and large quantities of drugs has placed Florida on the front lines of the drug abuse epidemic. Law enforcement officials and medical and mental health professionals have created a comprehensive system of recovery facilities that serve not only locals but also those seeking treatment from across the country. So many people, in fact, come to Florida for treatment that the state has earned the nickname, the “The Recovery State.”

The Treatment Center Offers World-Class Recovery Options

When you combine the best recovery, detoxification, and aftercare programs with a stunning, warm location just two miles from the beach, you create a recipe for recovery success. Our guests come to The Treatment Center to reclaim their lives. They count on us to guide them through the recovery process, leading them to a life of sobriety and happiness. When you recover with us, we take your success personally and accompany you on every step of the journey.

Our evidence-based programs incorporate the very best treatment options, tailored to the individual. Each guest is treated as a whole person, and we care for the mind, body, and spirit. Medical detoxification, 12-step programs, faith-based initiatives, inpatient options, and family programs are just a few of our customized services. We know that each guest is different and that one approach does not work for everyone struggling with addiction. We do not subscribe to a one-size-fits-all program.

Our beautiful facility is situated just two miles from the beach, and Florida’s tropical climate creates a calm, relaxing, comforting place in which to begin your journey to complete health. Give yourself the gift of recovery in this welcoming place. Relax and rejuvenate as you work toward sobriety. We also offer aftercare programs to help our guests feel confident and empowered as they embark on the next stage of their lives. Give yourself the gift of a full, happy life. Contact The Treatment Center today to learn how we can help you on your path to recovery and health.

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