Ponderay, Idaho Support & Treatment Addiction Resources

Gateway to the Schweitzer Mountain which features skiing, tubing, and snowmobiling, Ponderay is a small community right on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille. And while its scenic views are something to behold, this Idaho town has a serious problem with drug and alcohol addiction.

Thankfully though, there are plenty of addiction resources nearby to help residents achieve long-term sobriety and get the help they need.

This complete guide to addiction resources in Ponderay, ID takes a look at some of the best addiction resources in the area.

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Local Support Groups Near Ponderay, Idaho

Pushing through the overwhelming cravings that come with addiction recovery is tough. It takes plenty of willpower, dedication, and planning ahead. But for many, it’s near impossible to overcome a substance abuse problem without a solid support network as well. 

And local support groups are one of the best places to find that support. These groups are usually free to attend, open to all, and available in most cities across the United States. 

Below are some of the best local support groups in the Ponderay, Idaho area. 

Alcoholics Anonymous is perhaps the most popular support group in the entire world. And it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise either; it was founded in 1935 and since then, has grown to have more than 2.1 million active members all over the world. 

The 12-step model of recovery was actually first developed in AA. And this approach has been so effective at helping people recover from their addiction that it’s even endorsed by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Below are the closest AA meetings around Ponderay. 

SUNDAY

Sunday Morning Grp.
Sunday at 10:30 am
2.3 miles away
Senior Citizen's Hall
820 Main St
Sandpoint, ID 83864

Living Sober
Sunday at 7:00 pm
2.3 miles away
Gardenia Center
400 Church St
Sandpoint, ID 83864

MONDAY

Big Book Study
Monday at Noon
2.3 miles away
Gardenia Center
400 Church St
Sandpoint, ID 83864

Spt AA Woman's Meeting
Monday at 5:30 pm
3.1 miles away
First Lutheran Church
526 S Olive Ave
Sandpoint, ID 83864

Men's Book Study
Monday at 6:00 pm
2.8 miles away
Sandpoint Teen Center
104 S Division Ave
Sandpoint, ID 83864

Attitude Adjustment
Monday at Midnight
2.3 miles away
Gardenia Center
400 Church St
Sandpoint, ID 83864

TUESDAY

Women's 12x12 Study Women
Tuesday at Noon
3.1 miles away
First Lutheran Church
526 S Olive Ave
Sandpoint, ID 83864

Living Sober
Tuesday at 7:00 pm
2.3 miles away
Gardenia Center
400 Church St
Sandpoint, ID 83864

Attitude Adjustment
Tuesday at Midnight
2.3 miles away
Gardenia Center
400 Church St
Sandpoint, ID 83864

WEDNESDAY

Big Book Study
Wednesday at Noon
3.1 miles away
First Lutheran Church
526 S Olive Ave
Sandpoint, ID 83864

Attitude Adjustment
Wednesday at Noon
2.3 miles away
Gardenia Center
400 Church St
Sandpoint, ID 83864

Stick Meeting
Wednesday at Noon
2.3 miles away
Methodist Church
711 Main St
Sandpoint, ID 83864

SDPT Sober Sisters
Wednesday at 5:30 pm
2.3 miles away
Gardenia Center
400 Church St
Sandpoint, ID 83864

THURSDAY

Grapevine Study Meeting
Thursday at Noon
4.3 miles away
Episcopal Church
26420 US-2
Sandpoint, ID 83864

Beginner's Women's Meeting
Thursday at Noon
3.1 miles away
First Lutheran Church
526 S Olive Ave
Sandpoint, ID 83864

Attitude Adjustment
Thursday at Noon
2.3 miles away
Gardenia Center
400 Church St
Sandpoint, ID 83864

Step Study Group
Thursday at 7:00 pm
2.1 miles away
Presbyterian Church
417 N 4th Ave
Sandpoint, ID 83864

FRIDAY

Attitude Adjustment
Friday at Noon
3.1 miles away
First Lutheran Church
526 S Olive Ave
Sandpoint, ID 83864

Attitude Adjustment
Friday at Noon
2.3 miles away
Gardenia Center
400 Church St
Sandpoint, ID 83864

Attraction Not Promotion
Friday at 7:00 pm
2.3 miles away
Gardenia Center
400 Church St
Sandpoint, ID 83864

SATURDAY

Saturday Morning Grp.
Saturday at Noon
3.1 miles away
First Lutheran Church
526 S Olive Ave
Sandpoint, ID 83864

Sat. Night Live
Saturday at 7:00 pm
2.7 miles away
North Summit Church
210 N Division Ave
Sandpoint, ID 83864

Recovering addicts found the 12 steps of AA so helpful that some even used this approach to create groups for other types of addictions. Narcotics Anonymous was one of the first of these offshoots. And unlike Alcoholics Anonymous, NA is actually open to all types of substance abuse problems, not just alcoholism.

There are a few meetings in the area to have a look at too.

SUNDAY

Journey Church
Sunday at 12:30 PM
1604 West Appleway Avenue
Coeur D Alene, ID 83814-9356
Map
Open

United Methodist Church
Sunday at 6:00 PM
711 Main Street
Sandpoint, ID 83864-1992
Map
Open

Kootenai Medical Center
Sunday at 7:00 PM
2003 Lincoln Way
Coeur D Alene, ID 83814
Map
Open

MONDAY

Priest River Ministries
Monday at 7:00 PM
100 McKinley Street
Priest River, ID 83856-5026
Map
Open

Lutheran Church
Monday at 7:15 PM
526 South Olive Avenue
Sandpoint, ID 83864-2706
Map
Open

Saint Luke's Episcopal Church
Monday at 7:30 PM
501 East Wallace Avenue
Coeur D Alene, ID 83814
Map
Open

TUESDAY

Troy Holy Trinity Church
Tuesday at 7:00 PM
218 East Missoula Avenue
Troy, MT 59935
Map
Open

Troy Baptist Church
Tuesday at 7:00 PM
725 East Missoula Avenue
Troy, MT 59935
Map
Open

Church of the Nazarene
Tuesday at 7:00 PM
308 West 12th Avenue
Post Falls, ID 83854-9263
Map
Open

Church of the Nazarene
Tuesday at 7:30 PM
4000 North 4th Street
Coeur D Alene, ID 83815-5114
Map
Open

WEDNESDAY

Saint Luke's Episcopal Church
Wednesday at 7:30 PM
501 East Wallace Avenue
Coeur D Alene, ID 83814
Map
Open

THURSDAY

United Methodist Church
Thursday at 6:00 PM
711 Main Street
Sandpoint, ID 83864-1992
Map
Open

Saint Anthony Church
Thursday at 7:00 PM
612 West First Avenue
Newport, WA 99156
Map
Open

Saint Luke's Episcopal Church
Thursday at 7:30 PM
501 East Wallace Avenue
Coeur D Alene, ID 83814
Map
Open

FRIDAY

Community Presbyterian Church
Friday at 6:30 PM
417 North Willam Street
Post Falls, ID 83854-9512
Map
Open

United Methodist Church
Friday at 7:00 PM
711 Main Street
Sandpoint, ID 83864-1992
Map
Open

Saint Luke's Episcopal Church
Friday at 8:00 PM
501 East Wallace Avenue
Coeur D Alene, ID 83814
Map
Open

SATURDAY

Shepherd of the Hills Church
Saturday at 11:00 PM
13911 West Highway 53
Rathdrum, ID 83858
Map
Open

Bonner General Hospital
Saturday at 5:30 PM
520 North 3rd Avenue
Sandpoint, ID 83864-1507
Map
Open

Church of the Nazarene
Saturday at 7:00 PM
186 East Horseshoe Drive
Libby, MT 59923
Map
Open

Saint Pius X Parish Catholic Church
Saturday at 8:30 PM
625 East Haycraft Avenue
Coeur D Alene, ID 83815
Map
Open

Many friends and family members of addicts experience serious problems as a result of their loved one’s substance abuse. And luckily, there are 12-step groups like Al-Anon to help. 

These groups teach members how to get help for their loved ones, identify problem behavior, and how to take care of themselves as well. And it’s been enormously helpful for so many people across the world. 

Below are the closest Al-Anon meetings around Ponderay, ID. 

Happy Solutions AFG
Thursday 12:00 PM
First Presbyterian Church
417 N 4th Ave, Sandpoint, ID, 83864, USA
Meeting in guild room, use side door
2.1 miles away
Student & Professional observers welcome
Handicap Access

Happy Solutions AFG
Monday 6:00 PM
First Presbyterian Church
417 N 4th Ave, Sandpoint, ID, 83864, USA
Meeting in guild room, use side door
2.1 miles away
Student & Professional observers welcome
Handicap Access

Wednesday Noon Newport AFG
Wednesday 12:00 PM
American Lutheran Church
332801 Highway 2, Newport, WA, 99156, USA
25.0 miles away
Student & Professional observers welcome
Handicap Access

This offshoot of Al-Anon is specifically focused on young people who have been hurt by a friend or family member’s drinking problem. Since members are required to be 10 to 20 years old, many people who attend these groups feel much more comfortable sharing their story and learning from those of others. 

The nearest Alateen meetings are listed below. 

Just For Today Alateen
Wednesday 7:00 PM
St. Pius X Catholic Church
625 E Haycraft Ave, Coeur d Alene, ID, 83815, USA
Age range 10-17. Front door - Room 3
43.1 miles away

Just as AA has Al-Anon, so too does NA have Nar-Anon. These groups are dedicated to helping friends and family members of addicts who struggle with any type of substance addiction, not just alcoholism. 

And like Al-Anon, it can be a wonderful source of support for anyone with an addicted loved one. 

Nar-Anon meetings aren’t as easy to find as Al-Anon or AA ones. However, the closest ones in the Ponderay area are listed below.

Just For Today
Fire Station #4
1515 W 1st Ave.
Spokane, Washington 99204
Thursday
5:30pm

Nar-Anon Family Group
Trail United Church
1300 Pine Ave.
Trail, BC V1R 4E7
Meets downstairs
Friday
8:00pm

Many children who grow up with an alcoholic parent or parents end up developing very real problems that may follow them well into adulthood. But luckily there is a 12-step group to help. 

Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACoA) is another 12-step group that’s designed to offer support specifically to this group of often unheard victims of alcoholism. 

There are a few meetings happening in the Ponderay, ID area too. 

Washington, Spokane ( Spokane) 
Monday 06:00 pm
Big Red Book Study Group-This meeting has been cancelled
Meeting cancelled, 99212
(English) ACAs only (Closed), Book Study, 

Washington, Spokane ( Spokane) 
Saturday 09:00 am
Yellow Workbook Steps-This is a 90-minute meeting. We meet each week to go through the Yellow (ACA) 12 Steps Workbook. The meeting is held in the Crestline Nazarene Church. Enter on the north side of the building.
4520 N Crestline, 99207
(English) Open to all, Steps, 

Washington, Spokane ( Spokane) 
Wednesday 06:00 pm
Spokane at Holy Family Hospital-Go to 5633 N Lidgerwood (near Rowan X Lidgerwood) and Enter Visitors Parking lot on SOUTH side of the hospital Park in Visitor Parking area and enter hospital Go LEFT at visitor reception desk Proceed to ELEVATORS near Gift Shop Take Elevator to B-LEVEL (basement) Exit Elevator and go to your RIGHT towards Take 5 Cafeteria Just before entrance to cafeteria go LEFT Proceed down hallway about 30 feet Go RIGHT at hallway to HEC rooms (signed) Rooms are NUMBERED (signed) Go to HEC 4 Mt Carmel
5633 N Lidgerwood St, 99208
(English) ACAs only (Closed), Book Study, Wheelchair Access, Non-Smoking, Needs Support

While there’s much to be said about the 12-step approach to addiction recovery, it isn’t always right for everyone. And many people may find that it simply doesn’t mesh well with how they think recovery should go. 

SMART Recovery is one of the most popular 12-step alternatives. It’s non-spiritual, based on hard science, and led by certified instructors rather than members themselves. 

There are a few SMART Recovery groups taking place in the area. 

Coeur d Alene, Idaho – Wednesday 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
501 East Wallace Avenue
83814 Coeur d'Alene Idaho
Meeting: #4640
Public Standard

Liberty Lake, Washington – Friday 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
23905 East Maxwell Avenue
99019 Liberty Lake Washington
Meeting: #5155
Discussion Public

Fort Steele, British Columbia – Wednesday 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
8350 Holmes Rd
V0B 1N0 Fort Steele British Columbia
Meeting: #4685
Public Standard

Not everyone will have the schedule or the means of transportation to get to in-person meetings. And for them, online support groups are a much more flexible alternative. 

These groups can take place through a variety of mediums such as email, real-time chat, and even video conferencing. 

Here are a few online support groups to help you get started. 

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Professional Treatment for The Best Recovery Outcomes

Support is a vital part of any recovery plan. But it alone often won’t be enough to keep a recovering addict from relapsing – especially during the first stages of getting clean. 

Professional addiction programs, however, do offer the level of care needed to get clean and stay clean. These programs use evidence-based techniques to give patients the very best chances of achieving true sobriety. 

And unfortunately, many addicts will end up relapsing without a professional program. 

There are two stages to professional treatment in particular: detoxification and rehabilitation

Detoxification comes first in a professional treatment program. And it’s concerned mainly with the withdrawal stage of recovery. This is when the body is forced to readjust to functioning without the addictive substance.  

However, withdrawal can often be incredibly uncomfortable due to the troublesome symptoms that often occur throughout it. 

Some of the most common symptoms of withdrawal include: 

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Muscle aches
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting 

Many addicts will even resort to using again just to get relief from them. 

A professional detox program is designed to make these symptoms easier to withstand and even shorter in some cases. Plus, they also help prevent and treat serious complications that can even be life-threatening. 

Drug and alcohol rehabilitation is the next phase of a professional program. And it’s more concerned with the mental side of addiction. 

They use treatments like one-on-one counseling, group talk sessions, and behavioral therapy to replace compulsive-drug seeking with healthier life strategies. 

There are a variety of different rehabilitation programs, but the three most common are inpatient, outpatient, and intensive outpatient programs (IOPs)

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There are quite a few different addiction resources to choose from within Ponderay. And thankfully, residents here don’t have to go through recovery without getting the support they so desperately need. 

And on top of that, Idaho is actually home to one of the best addiction treatment centers in the Pacific Northwest: Northpoint Recovery

At Northpoint Recovery, we use only individualized programs that are based on the unique needs of each patient. We also have one of the highest staff-to-patient ratios in the region. And we’re even nationally accredited by the Joint Commission

But we also know that there is no perfect program that meets the needs of absolutely everyone. And just a short chat with an addiction professional can help you determine if Northpoint Recovery is right for you or your loved one. 

So please, contact us today to start your recovery now. 

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