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Addiction Resources in Olympia, WA

Each year, we lose hundreds of Olympia residents to addiction. AA and NA meetings can give addicts the support they need to get sober.

Washington state has been in a long, hard fight with the opioid crisis. In 2006, the Evergreen State lost more citizens to opioid overdoses than anywhere else. This crisis lasted for several years.

Of course, the rest of the country eventually caught up. Washington is no longer at the top of the list. But this does not mean that the problem was fixed. In fact, it’s only gotten worse. Nearly 1,200 Washingtonians died of a drug overdose in 2017.

That statistic doesn’t even account for alcohol-related deaths, either. Several hundred WA residents die in drunk driving accidents each year. Hundreds more are hospitalized for alcohol poisoning.

There are solutions to the problem…

It doesn’t have to be like this. We don’t have to sit back and watch our loved ones pass. Those of us who struggle with addiction can take action to overcome our problem.

Addiction is a serious disease. But, help is available. Every day, millions of Americans gather for AA, NA, and Al-Anon meetings to support each other. These meetings are held in Olympia and nearly every other city in America. They are some of the best resources available to addicts.

We’ve compiled this brief guide, along with a list of meetings, to help you find the support you need.

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What are Twelve Step Meetings?

The 12 Steps are a classic model of addiction treatment. Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are two organizations that use the model. These organizations believe that addicts need a supportive community to get sober. They conduct meetings in which addicts gather to give each other support.

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NA and AA meetings are held in Olympia, as well as every other city, on a daily basis. Meetings take place in schools, churches, restaurants, and various other settings. They are always free. Most meetings are open to the public.

The “steps” themselves are milestones that each addict is expected to work through as they get sober. These steps are designed to help the addict acknowledge their addiction. They’re also intended to help the addict come to terms with the effect that drugs have had on their life.

The steps are as follows:

  1. Admitting that you are powerless over drugs or alcohol. Acknowledging that you’re unable to manage your habit.
  2. Recognizing that a higher purpose can help you get your life back in order.
  3. Deciding to turn your life over to that higher purpose.
  4. Taking a “fearless moral inventory” of your life.
  5. Admitting to yourself and to others that you’ve done wrong.
  6. Embracing the chance to rid yourself of “character defects”.
  7. Asking your Higher Power to help you become a better person.
  8. Making a list of people who you’ve wronged. Becoming willing to make amends with those people.
  9. Making direct amends to the people on your list.
  10. Continuing to evaluate your morals and actions.
  11. Praying and asking for help whenever necessary.
  12. Committing to helping others overcome their addiction.

Some people believe that the Twelve Steps are religious. This is not the case. The 12-step process is actually rooted in science. However, some people see the “higher power” component as a religious one.

Many addicts to toward religion because it helps them to overcome their drug habit. Others take a more agnostic approach. It’s up to the addict to decide how to interpret the steps. At AA and NA meetings in Olympia, you’ll find that each addict has their own outlook on the process.

Don’t let this misconception deter you from seeking help.

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Alcoholics Anonymous in Olympia, WA

Alcohol addiction is a serious problem in the Northwest. Washington, specifically, faces a crisis. Each year, the state ranks in the top 33% for highest alcohol consumption. Research estimates that the average resident drinks around 60 alcoholic beverages per month. When you consider the number of people who don’t drink at all, this number is quite high.

AA Meetings in Olympia

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with a few beers if the drinker is responsible. But, unfortunately, that’s not always the case. As we pointed out above, drunk driving is a huge problem here. Research shows that Washington residents are more likely to die in an alcohol-related crash than almost any other state.

In order to save lives, we need to get addicts into treatment programs.

Sobriety is a multi-step process. First, addicts must go through detox. They need to get the alcohol out of their bodies.

Then, they need to keep it out. They need to manage their cravings and work hard to avoid relapsing.

The best thing an addict can do to avoid a relapse is to surround themselves with a supportive network. If they have other people to lean on and call when they’re having a crisis, they’ll be far more likely to stay sober.

Alcoholics Anonymous is designed to give addicts this network. These meetings provide a community where the addict can feel comfortable to share and connect with others like them. Members all work through the Twelve Steps together and offer support along the way.

The AA community in Washington is strong. Meetings are held in Olympia and other nearby towns every day. No matter where you are in the city, there’s a meeting near you.

Looking for a meeting? Check out our list.

Sunday

7:00 AM
ABSI (As Bill Sees It)
Olympia Alano Club
120 Olympia Avenue Northeast
Olympia, WA 98501

This is an open, handicap-accessible meeting.

9:30 AM
We Agnostics
Olympia Alano Club
120 Olympia Avenue Northeast
Olympia, WA 98501

This is an open meeting. It embraces a non-religious approach to sobriety. However, everyone is welcome.

6:00 PM
Queers, Crackpots, and Fallen Women
Temple Beth Hatfiloh
201 8th Avenue Southeast
Olympia, WA 98501

This is an open meeting. Handicap accessible. LGBTQ-friendly.

7:00 PM
Step Right Up
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
1601 North Street Southeast
Olympia, WA 98501

This is a closed meeting. Only people who are committed to sobriety are invited.

8:00 PM
GUTS
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
1601 North Street Southeast
Olympia, WA 98501

This is an open AA meeting. Anyone who is powerless over alcohol is welcome.

Monday

6:00 AM
Awake
Olympia Alano Club
120 Olympia Avenue Northeast
Olympia, WA 98501

This is an open AA meeting.

12:00 Noon
Winners
Olympia Alano Club
120 Olympia Avenue Northeast
Olympia, WA 98501

This is an open meeting.

5:15 PM
Happy Hour
Capital Vision Christian Church
1775 Yew Avenue Northeast
Olympia, WA 98506

This is a closed meeting. It’s only open to those who’ve shown commitment to getting sober.

6:00 PM
Big Book Study
Olympia Alano Club
120 Olympia Avenue Northeast
Olympia, WA 98501

This is an open meeting. All sessions center around the Big Book and other AA texts.

7:30 PM
Capitol City Group
United Churches of Olympia
110 11th Avenue Southeast
Olympia, WA 98501

This is a closed meeting. Only committed members of the AA community are invited. All sessions center around the Big Book and other literature. Babysitters are available.

Tuesday

7:00 AM
ABSI (As Bill Sees It)
Olympia Alano Club
120 Olympia Avenue Northeast
Olympia, WA 98501

This is an open, handicap-accessible meeting.

12:00 Noon
Winners
Olympia Alano Club
120 Olympia Avenue Northeast
Olympia, WA 98501

This is an open meeting.

5:15 PM
Happy Hour
Capital Vision Christian Church
1775 Yew Avenue Northeast
Olympia, WA 98506

This is a closed meeting. It’s only open to members of the AA community.

5:30 PM
A Vision for You
United Churches of Olympia
110 11th Avenue Southeast
Olympia, WA 98501

This is a closed meeting. Only committed members of the AA community are invited. Babysitters are available. Feel free to bring your children.

6:00 PM
Tuesday Night Slips
Olympia Alano Club
120 Olympia Avenue Northeast
Olympia, WA 98501

This is an open meeting. It’s handicap accessible. Great for anyone who needs support on Tuesday nights.

Wednesday

7:00 AM
ABSI (As Bill Sees It)
Olympia Alano Club
120 Olympia Avenue Northeast
Olympia, WA 98501

This is an open, handicap-accessible meeting.

12:00 Noon
First Things First
Gloria Dei Lutheran
1515 Harrison Avenue Northwest
Olympia, WA 98502

This is an open meeting. Sessions are focused around the Big Book.

12:00 Noon
Winners
Olympia Alano Club
120 Olympia Avenue Northeast
Olympia, WA 98501

This is an open meeting.

6:00 PM
Wednesday Step Study
Olympia Alano Club
120 Olympia Avenue Northeast
Olympia, WA 98501

This is an open meeting. Members discuss the Big Book and their progress in the 12 Steps.

8:00 PM
Plug in the Jug
Olympia Alano Club
120 Olympia Avenue Northeast
Olympia, WA 98501

This is an open AA meeting.

Thursday

7:00 AM
ABSI (As Bill Sees It)
Olympia Alano Club
120 Olympia Avenue Northeast
Olympia, WA 98501

This is an open, handicap-accessible meeting.

12:00 Noon
Winners
Olympia Alano Club
120 Olympia Avenue Northeast
Olympia, WA 98501

This is an open meeting.

5:15 PM
Happy Hour Women and Men
Capital Vision Christian Church
1775 Yew Avenue Northeast
Olympia, WA 98506

This is a closed meeting. Two separate sessions are conducted—one for women and one for men.

6:30 PM
Capitol City Group
United Churches of Olympia
110 11th Avenue Southeast
Olympia, WA 98501

This is a closed meeting. Only committed members of the AA community are invited. All meetings center around the Big Book and other literature. Babysitters are available.

8:00 PM
Beginners Meeting
Olympia Alano Club
120 Olympia Avenue Northeast
Olympia, WA 98501

This is an open meeting. Beginners and first-timers are encouraged to attend.

Friday

12:00 Noon
Winners
Olympia Alano Club
120 Olympia Avenue Northeast
Olympia, WA 98501

This is an open meeting.

5:15 PM
Happy Hour
Capital Vision Christian Church
1775 Yew Avenue Northeast
Olympia, WA 98506

This is a closed meeting. It’s only open to members of the AA community.

6:00 PM
Living Sober
Olympia Alano Club
120 Olympia Avenue Northeast
Olympia, WA 98501

This is an open AA meeting.

8:00 PM
Word of Mouth
Olympia Alano Club
120 Olympia Avenue Northeast
Olympia, WA 98501

This is an open meeting.

Saturday

8:30 AM
Here Are the Steps We Took
Olympia Alano Club
120 Olympia Avenue Northeast
Olympia, WA 98501

This is an open meeting. Members discuss their progress in the 12 Steps.

10:00 AM
Saturday Morning Serenity for Women
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
1601 North Street Southeast
Olympia, WA 98501

This is a closed meeting for women. Wheelchair accessible. Babysitters are available, feel free to bring your children.

10:00 AM
There is a Solution
Olympia Alano Club
120 Olympia Avenue Northeast
Olympia, WA 98501

This is an open handicap accessible meeting.

4:30 PM
Un Nuevo Amanecer
Olympia Alano Club
120 Olympia Avenue Northeast
Olympia, WA 98501

This is an open Spanish-speaking meeting.

6:00 PM
Friends of Bill W.
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
1601 North Street Southeast
Olympia, WA 98501

This is an open speaker meeting. All sessions feature a guest speaker who shares their experience. Wheelchair accessible.

Important note: Our schedule is not the most up-to-date list available. All meeting locations and times are subject to change. For the most updated list, check out the official District 8 AA website.

Closed indicates that the meeting is not public. Some groups prefer to limit their attendance. They only invite those who’ve attended other AA meetings in the past. This enables the group to hold a smaller, more intimate session.

If you’re interested in attending a closed meeting, go to some open ones first. After you spend some time in the community, ask the leader of your meeting about the sessions you’re interested in. 

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Narcotics Anonymous: An Antidote to Addiction

Much like AA, Narcotics Anonymous is a support group for addicts. Instead of supporting alcoholics, though, this group is focused on drug addicts.

NA Meetings in Olympia

It’s open to heroin addicts, cocaine addicts, meth addicts, and anyone else who abuses drugs. There are even folks in NA who are addicted to marijuana.

In these meetings, addicts connect to share stories and offer advice. They discuss the past, the present, and the future. They talk about their progress and their relapses. Everyone works together to stay sober.

Your first NA meeting can be overwhelming. What if people reject you? What if they think you’re a bad person?

Stop worrying.

This organization was founded on compassion. Its members believe that the path to sobriety is having empathy for themselves and others. The people at NA meetings are there because they’ve made bad choices and they want to change.

No matter what kind of mistakes you made, the group will accept you. As long as you are committed to sobriety, we’re eager to help.

As NA writes in their White Booklet, “We are not interested in what or how much you used or who your connections were…but only in what you want to do about your problem.”

Looking for a Narcotics Anonymous meeting near you? You’re in luck!

We’ve put together a list of local meetings to help you get started.

Sunday

9:30 AM
Sunday Morning Recovery
Veterans Memorial Hall
210 West Franklin Street
Shelton, WA 98584

This is an open meeting. Handicap accessible.

10:00 AM
Morning Meds
Firefly Yoga
419 Water Street
Olympia, WA 98501

This is an open meditation meeting. Members will meditate and a discussion takes place.

6:00 PM
Sisters of Serenity
210 Pacific Court
Shelton, WA 98584

This is an open meeting for women. The women who attend will discuss their progress in the 12 Steps.

7:00 PM
Step of the Month Club
2708 Westmoor Court Southwest
Olympia, WA 98502

This is an open meeting for men. Members will discuss their progress in the 12 Steps. This meeting takes place in the building across from 24-Hour Fitness.

7:30 PM
It Works How & Why
Alano Club
120 Olympia Avenue Northeast
Olympia, WA 98501

This is an open AA meeting.

Monday

11:00 AM
Journey to Freedom
United Methodist Church
1900 King Street
Room #5
Shelton, WA 98584

This is an open meeting. Each session revolves around a different topic. Handicap accessible.

12:15 PM
Just 4 Today
Westside Lanes
2010 Harrison Avenue Northwest
Party Room
Olympia, WA 98502

This is an open meeting. Handicap accessible.

6:00 PM
Higher Powered
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
1515 Harrison Avenue Northwest
Olympia, WA 98502

This is an open candlelight meeting. Members discuss their 12 Step progress.

6:00 PM
Pride in Recovery
First Christian Church
701 Franklin Street Southeast
Olympia, WA 98507

This is an open meeting. LGBTQ friendly.

7:00 PM
Monday Night Miracles
Shelton Christian Church
115 Arcadia Avenue
Shelton, WA 98584

This is an open meeting. Sessions revolve around the Big Book and other AA literature.

7:30 PM
Monday Night Bluz
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
1601 North Street Southeast
Room 160
Olympia, WA 98501

This is an open NA meeting. Handicap accessible.

Tuesday

12:15 PM
Just 4 Today
Westside Lanes
2010 Harrison Avenue Northwest
Party Room
Olympia, WA 98502

This is an open meeting. Sessions are focused around the Big Book and other texts.

7:00 PM
One Promise
Saint Andrews United Methodist Church
540 School Street
Lacey, WA 98503

This is an open study meeting. Children are welcome.

7:15 PM
No Matter What
Mt. View Alliance Church
314 East J Street
Shelton, WA 98584

This is an open NA meeting. Children are welcome.

8:00 PM
Wings of Recovery
The Evergreen State College
2700 Evergreen Parkway Northwest
Lab 1 Building Room #3064
Olympia, WA 98505

This is an open meeting.

8:00 PM
Recovery Rocks
Westside Lanes
2010 Harrison Avenue Northwest
Party Room
Olympia, WA 98502

This is an open meeting. Children are welcomed.

Wednesday

11:00 AM
Journey to Freedom
United Methodist Church
1900 King Street
Room #5
Shelton, WA 98584

This is an open meeting. All sessions are focused on the Big Book and other NA texts.

12:15 PM
Just 4 Today
Westside Lanes
2010 Harrison Avenue Northwest
Party Room
Olympia, WA 98502

This is an open meeting. Handicap accessible.

6:30 PM
Women Do Recover
United Churches of Olympia
110 11th Avenue Southeast
Room #8
Olympia, WA 98501

This is an open women-only meeting. Members discuss their progress in the 12 Steps. Children are welcome.

7:00 PM
Grace for the Moment
Truly Motivated Transitional Living
11326 Bald Hills Road Southeast
Yelm, WA 98597

This is a closed meeting. Only members of the NA community are invited. Handicap accessible.

This meeting is currently seeking support, If you or someone else can lend some time, this group would welcome it.

8:00 PM
Wednesday No Name
United Churches
110 11th Avenue Southeast
Room #8
Olympia, WA 98501

This is an open meeting. Guys speaker every 3rd Wednesday. Children are welcome.

This is a new meeting. They need new members. Everyone is welcome.

Thursday

12:15 PM
Just 4 Today
Westside Lanes
2010 Harrison Avenue Northwest
Party Room
Olympia, WA 98502

This is an open meeting. Handicap accessible.

7:00 PM
Kind of Thursday Night
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
1601 North Street Southeast
Room 160
Olympia, WA 98501

This is an open discussion meeting. Wheelchair accessible.

7:00 PM
Inside Out
Mountain View Alliance Church
314 East J Street
Shelton, WA 98584

This is an open meeting. Children are welcome. There is a potluck on the 1st Thursday.

This meeting is new. The group is in need of extra support. If you or someone you know would like to participate, the group would welcome your help.

7:00 PM
Grace for the Moment
Truly Motivated Transitional Living
11326 Bald Hills Road Southeast
Yelm, WA 98597

This is an open NA meeting. Wheelchair accessible.

This meeting is new. The group is in need of extra support. If you or someone you know would like to participate, the group would welcome your help.

8:00 PM
Recovery Rocks
Westside Lanes
2010 Harrison Avenue Northwest
Party Room
Olympia, WA 98502

This is an open meeting. Handicap accessible. Children are welcomed.

Friday

11:00 AM
Journey to Freedom
United Methodist Church
1900 King Street
Room #5
Shelton, WA 98584

This is an open meeting. Handicap accessible. Children welcome.

12:15 PM
Just 4 Today
Westside Lanes
2010 Harrison Avenue Northwest
Party Room
Olympia, WA 98502

This is an open meeting. Wheelchair accessible.

6:00 PM
Friday Night Survivors
Shelton Christian Church
115 Arcadia Avenue
Shelton, WA 98584

This is an open meeting. Sessions are centered around the Big Book. This is a great meeting for addicts who need extra support on Friday nights.

8:00 PM
Breaking the Chains
United Churches
110 11th Avenue Southeast
Olympia, WA 98501

This is an open discussion meeting. Wheelchair accessible. Children are welcomed.

This is a new meeting, so the group is asking for support. If you or someone else can lend some time, the group would love to have you. This could be a great way to enter into the NA community.

10:30 PM
Addicts R Us
IHOP
Banquet Room
3519 Martin Way East
Olympia, WA 9850

This is an open discussion meeting. Wheelchair accessible. Children are welcome.

Saturday

10:00 AM
Living Clean
Saint Mark Church
2109 College Street Southeast
Lacey, WA 98503

This is an open meeting. Enter the building through the back of the church.

This is a new meeting. The group is looking for members to get the ball rolling. If you’re new to the NA community, this could be a sold group for you to join.

6:00 PM
Better with Friends
Mason General Hospital
WA Group
211 Sherwood Lane
Shelton, WA 98584

This is an open discussion meeting. Wheelchair accessible.

This is a new meeting, so the group is asking for support. If you or someone else can lend some time, the group would love to have you. This could be a great way to enter into the NA community.

8:00 PM
Clean Life Group
Capitol Medical Center
Rainier Room
3900 Capitol Mall Drive Southwest
Olympia, WA 98502

This is an open NA meeting. It’s wheelchair accessible. All sessions are focused around the Big Book and other sobriety texts.

10:30 PM
Addicts R Us
IHOP
Banquet Room
3519 Martin Way East
Olympia, WA 9850

This is an open discussion meeting. Wheelchair accessible. Children are welcome.

Great meeting for anyone who needs some extra support on Saturday night.

11:59 PM
Midnight NA
Alano Club
120 Olympia Avenue Northeast
Olympia, WA 98501

This is an open discussion meeting. Perfect for anyone who wants help fighting off their late-night cravings.

Please note: Meeting times and locations change from time to time. For the most up-to-date schedule, head over to the official South Puget Sound Area NA website. There, you can browse by date, time, location, and meeting type.

Al-Anon: Families Fighting the Effects of Addiction

Addiction almost always affects people besides the addict themselves. Their family members and friends often suffer, as well. They worry about the addict. They fear the addict’s death. They wonder if they play a role in the addiction.

These feelings can be overwhelming. They can be isolating. Being a parent, spouse or child of an addict can be just as painful as having an addiction.

Al-Anon Meetings in Olympia

“In my darkest moments, I could not see a way forward. I couldn’t figure out how things got this bad.” - Anonymous Al-Anon member

Al-Anon was founded to help these folks cope with the problem. Much like AA and NA, Al-Anon groups meet every week to talk through their problems. These meetings are designed to help people with addicted family members find peace.

The Al-Anon meetings in Olympia are supportive and comforting. They may help you manage the emotions you’re having.

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If you’re seeking an Al-Anon meeting in the area, we can help. Here’s a list of some popular meetings.

Monday

12:00 Noon
Courage to Changers
701 Franklin Street Southeast
Olympia, WA 98501

This is an open Al-Anon meeting.

7:30 PM
Just for Today
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
1515 Harrison Avenue Northwest
Olympia, WA 98502

This is an open meeting.

Tuesday

7:00 PM
Al-Anon Big Book Study
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
1515 Harrison Avenue Northwest
Olympia, WA 98502

This is an open meeting. This group teaches family members and friends how to use the Big Book to overcome addiction.

Thursday

6:30 PM
Capital Improvements
United Churches
110 11th Avenue Southeast
Olympia, WA 98501

This is an open meeting. Children are welcome. Childcare is available.

Friday

12:00 Noon
Courage to Changers
701 Franklin Street Southeast
Olympia, WA 98501

This is an open meeting. Everyone who feels that they need Al-Anon support is invited.

7:00 PM
South Side Steppers
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
1515 Harrison Avenue Northwest
Olympia, WA 98502

This is an open Al-Anon meeting. It’s a great meeting for anyone who needs extra support on Friday night.

Please note: Meeting times and locations are subject to change. For the most updated schedule, check out the official South Puget Sound Al-Anon website. They’ll give you an up-to-date list of meetings.

Could AA or NA Help You Get Your Life Back?

No one should suffer through addiction alone. Addicts need comfort and support as they fight their battle. The NA and AA meetings in Olympia are a great place to find help.

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If you have any questions about 12-step meetings or treatment in general, please give us a call. We can recommend a group and discuss further options. A new life is waiting for you right around the corner.

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