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Puyallup, Washington Addiction and Alcoholism Resources and Treatment Options

“Another glass of whiskey but it still don't kill the pain So he stumbles to the sink and pours it down the drain He said it's time to be a man and stop living for yesterday Gotta face it”

~ “Wasted” by Carrie Underwood

If your life or the life of someone you love has been affected by addiction, you know that drugs and alcohol aren’t nearly as fulfilling, worthwhile, or harmless as they may appear. In fact, they rarely solve problems and usually just cause more. If you’ve come to realize that you have a problem with alcohol or drug use, it may be time to consider addiction recovery options.

If you live near Puyallup, Washington, you’re in luck! There are organizations, resources, and individuals all over the country that want to help you kick your addiction to the curb, and Puyallup is no different.

Once you’ve made the decision to get help in beating your addiction, you simply have to decide what treatment or recovery method is best for you - and you have plenty of options! In choosing which one is best for you, it’s best to learn a lot about each one.

Below, we cover these topics in more detail:

  • Free alcoholism and addiction resources in Puyallup, WA
  • Free resources for loved ones of addicts in Puyallup, WA
  • Inpatient and outpatient addiction treatment programs and facilities
  • What to do if you’re witnessing someone overdose on drugs or alcohol in Puyallup, WA
  • How Northpoint Recovery could help you or your loved one

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Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous In and Around Puyallup, Washington

If you’re worried that treatment for alcoholism or drug addiction will be costly, time-consuming, and highly-structured, you’re in luck! In Puyallup and elsewhere, there are free groups led by recovering addicts just like you. Many people have found success attending such groups and being held accountable by other members.

Two of the most widespread groups of this sort are Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.

Alcoholics Anonymous, or AA, is a support group for recovering alcoholics. Each group will meet regularly and, with the aid of sponsors, work through the 12 steps to recovery. Sponsors are recovering alcoholics that have already made their way through the steps who now guide newer members, with the hope that these newer members will one day become sponsors themselves.

The 12 steps to recovery are:

  1. We admitted that we were powerless over alcohol; that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. We came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  3. We made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood him.
  4. We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  5. We admitted to God, ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  6. We were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
  7. We humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
  8. We made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
  9. We made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except where doing so would injure them or others.
  10. We continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted to it.
  11. We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

If you think a group like this could be helpful to you in recovering from alcoholism, consider attending one of these AA meetings in Puyallup:

Meeker Fellowship
Sundays at 6:00 am, 9:00 am (Men only), 12:00 noon, 5:30 pm, 8:00 pm
Monday through Friday at 9:00 am, 12:00 noon, 5:30 pm, and 8:00 pm
Saturdays at 6:00 am, 9:00 am (Women only), 12:00 noon, 5:30 pm, 8:00 pm, 12:00 midnight
207 W Stewart Ave
Puyallup, WA 98372

Brunch Bunch
Sundays at 10:30 am
314 27th St NE
Puyallup, WA 98372

Living Free
Sundays at 6:30 pm
412 W Pioneer
Puyallup, WA 98372

Puyallup Group Big Book Study
Sundays at 8:00 pm, Thursdays at 7:00 pm
1219 15th St N.W.
Puyallup, WA 98371

Gold Gate
Sundays at 9:30 pm, Monday through Saturday at 10:00 pm
1624 E Main Ave
Puyallup, WA 98372

Above Ground Group
Mondays and Fridays at 12:00 noon
Wednesdays at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm (Women)
1624 E Main Ave
Puyallup, WA 98372

Firgrove Group
Mondays and Fridays at 8:00 pm
10510 136th St E
Puyallup, WA 98374

Out to Lunch Bunch
Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 12:00 noon, Wednesdays at 4:00 pm
1624 E Main Ave
Puyallup, WA 98372

Go With the Flow
Tuesdays at 2:00 pm
511 10th Ave SE
Puyallup, WA 98372

Grupo 12 de Sumner (Spanish language)
Tuesdays at 7:30 pm, Saturdays at 6:00 pm
7824 River Rd
Puyallup, WA 98371

Puyallup Service Group
Wednesdays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm
2500 Shaw Rd
Puyallup, WA 98374

40’s AA
Thursdays at 5:00 pm
719 East Main Ave
Puyallup, WA 98372

Clear Cut Direction (Men)
Thursdays at 7:00 pm
5316 104th St E
Puyallup, WA 98373

Puyallup Men’s Stag (Men)
Thursdays at 7:00 pm
214 E. Pioneer
Puyallup, WA 98372

Fresh Start
Fridays at 6:30 pm
405 W Stewart Ave
Puyallup, WA 98371

Seeking Our Solutions
Saturdays at 8:00 am
412 W Pioneer
Puyallup, WA 98372

Narcotics Anonymous, or NA, has a nearly identical setup to Alcoholics Anonymous, with a key difference: Narcotics Anonymous is designed for those struggling with an addiction to any drug, not just alcohol.

NA also makes use of sponsors and the same 12 steps to recovery. If you think NA could help you recover from your addiction, consider attending one of the following Narcotics Anonymous meetings in Puyallup, Washington:

Mondays and Fridays at 7:30 pm
Good Samaritan Hospital
506A 14th Avenue SE
Puyallup, Washington 98372
Education Building east side, downstairs

Wednesdays at 7:00 pm
Lakeside-Milam Recovery Center
405 West Stewart, Suite A
Puyallup, Washington 98371

Mondays at 1:30 pm, Wednesdays and Fridays at 12:00 noon
Daffodil Bowl
1624 E Main
Puyallup, Washington 98372

Wednesdays at 7:00 pm
Playa Azul Restaurant
1114 River Road
Puyallup, Washington 98371
Suite B

Sundays at 7:30 PM
Denny's Restaurant, Banquet Room
626 South Hill Park Drive
Puyallup, Washington 98373

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Al Anon and Alateen In and Around Puyallup, Washington

Often, addicts and alcoholics themselves aren’t the only ones hurt by their addiction or alcoholism. Those who love them are also hurt just as much - either physically or emotionally by the addict or alcoholic themself, or by watching someone they love slowly turn into someone they’re not and throw their life away. It’s draining, and it isn’t healthy.

One thing that can help these loved ones is to come together with others going through the same experiences. The most common groups that facilitate this are Al Anon and Alateen.

Al Anon is a group for those of all ages who love or care for an alcoholic or addict. The group is comprised of those who want to learn more about addiction as a disease and to develop healthy coping strategies. For many, Al Anon has become a source of comfort and hope amidst troubling times.

If you’re interested in attending an Al Anon meeting in Puyallup (or nearby Sumner), consider one of the following:

Living Free AFG
Sunday 6:30 PM
First Presbyterian Church
412 W Pioneer
Puyallup, WA, 98371

Puyallup Parents AFG
Thursday 6:00 PM
Puyallup Lakeside Milam
405 W Stewart Ste a
Puyallup, WA, 98371

Daffodil Valley AFG
Wednesday 10:30 AM
First Christian Church
432 Wood Ave
Sumner, WA, 98390

While children and teens are welcome at Al Anon meetings, sometimes they’re more willing to attend or participate in a meeting geared towards them specifically. To this end, Alateen exists to provide a safe space for children and teens who love an addict.

Alateen meetings focus on similar topics as Al Anon meetings, but in a kid friendly manner. They also focus on breaking habits that often stem from the same cycles that have created addicts or alcoholics from their family members, helping to prevent that end for the teens themselves.

If you know a young person who could benefit from a group like this, consider recommending these Alateen meetings near Puyallup, in closeby Auburn and Fircrest:

Auburn Wednesday Night Alateen
Wednesday 7:30 PM
Zion Lutheran Church
1305 17th St SE
Auburn, WA, 98002
*Age range 11-19

Tuesday Night Survivors Alateen
Tuesday 7:30 PM
Redeemer Lutheran Church
1001 Princeton Street
Fircrest, WA, 98466
*Age range 10-18

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Inpatient vs. Outpatient Addiction Treatment Options

Sometimes, it takes more than the accountability and encouragement of a 12-step group to help you kick an addiction. Getting clean or sober can be physically taxing and psychologically challenging, and it’s almost always a good idea to enlist professional help to avoid a relapse.

In this case, you may consider inpatient or outpatient treatment.

Inpatient treatment is what most people imagine when they think of rehab - a residential program where recovering addicts live and stay within a treatment facility for the hardest part of their recovery.

While inpatient rehab may sound intense, it’s also the most consistently successful treatment option for recovering addicts and alcoholics. This means that of all the people who seek treatment for addiction or alcoholism, those who complete an inpatient program are least likely to relapse.

Despite the success rate, inpatient treatment isn’t ideal for everyone. It’s important to learn all you can about all of your options so that you can choose what’s best for you and your situation.

Many people choose inpatient treatment because of the:

  • Constant supervision. This decreases the risk of medical emergencies during withdrawal and lowers the likelihood of a relapse during recovery.
  • Structure. Most inpatient rehab facilities provide their patients with a full schedule of activities and therapy, which means that patients have little time to seek out or think about the substance they were abusing or addicted to.
  • Time away. Often, those who are addicted to drugs or alcohol recover best by removing themselves from their day to day lives. Inpatient rehab allows the patient to focus on themself and not be influenced by others who may have been contributing to or enabling the problem.
  • Support. Inpatient rehab facilities offer constant support - medical, psychological, and otherwise - for those going through withdrawals or cravings. This decreases the chance of a relapse because someone is always around to ensure that the patient stays sober.

Others decide against inpatient treatment due to the:

  • Time. Those staying at an inpatient rehab facility must be able to take time off of work or school to recover. They are usually not allowed to leave the treatment facility during their stay.
  • Removal from Support System. Usually, those staying in inpatient facilities have little to no contact with those outside of the facility. This ensures that outsiders cannot bring in drugs or alcohol and that patients can focus solely on themselves, but can be difficult for those who are particularly close to their friends and families.
  • Cost. Inpatient treatment is all-inclusive, so it tends to be the most expensive treatment option for those recovering from drug addiction, drug abuse, or alcoholism.

Outpatient rehab is different than inpatient rehab in that patients stay outside of the facility itself, and only come for specific therapy, appointments, and other activities. This allows participants a much greater degree of freedom.

However, like any addiction or alcoholism recovery option, it’s best to know more about outpatient recovery before deciding it’s what you want.

Many people decide to participate in outpatient therapy because of the:

  • Time. It is possible for someone to go through outpatient rehab and continue to go to work or school and otherwise continue their normal life.
  • Cost. Outpatient treatment tends to cost less than inpatient rehab because the patient is paying only for treatment activities, not also living costs such as room and board, food, etc.
  • Support System. Those who have supportive friends and families often appreciate outpatient rehab so that they can continue to see and stay in contact with their friends and families.

Others opt out of outpatient rehab because of the:

  • Unsupervised Time. Any time spent away from the treatment facility is time where the recovering addict could seek out or use drugs or alcohol. Many understand this, and decide that this risk is not one they’re willing to take with their recovery.
  • Unenforced Appointments. Even for those who would usually do well on their own between appointments, willpower can be damaged quickly by missing an appointment. When you aren’t living within the same facility in which you receive treatment, missing an appointment is easy and likely at some point. This one mistake could lead to a relapse, losing all process you’ve made so far during treatment.

What to do in Case of Drug Overdose or Alcohol Poisoning in Puyallup

If you suspect that you or a loved one has overdosed on drugs or has alcohol poisoning, it’s best to get professional medical help as quickly as possible. In case of an emergency, always call 911.

Washington state has a Good Samaritan Law, so you cannot be prosecuted for drug use, possession of drugs, or underage drinking if you call 911 to seek emergency medical help for yourself or someone else experiencing an overdose. Never let fear of the law keep you from seeking professional help for a drug overdose or alcohol poisoning.

The death toll from the American opioid epidemic gets higher every day, and it’s best to be prepared for the worst if you or a loved one is regularly using heroine or other opioids.

An overdose of heroin will lower the user’s heart rate and breathing until the user is dead unless medical action is taken quickly.

Both Narcan and Evzio are drugs approved by the U.S. FDA for the immediate treatment of heroin overdoses until emergency medical help can arrive.

If you or someone you know regularly uses heroin, it’s a good idea to make sure that a reliable friend or family member regularly carries one of these treatment options and knows how to administer it correctly. It’s a good idea to review regularly the proper usage of these treatments so that the person administering it doesn’t panic under pressure.

Even if someone administers Narcan or Evzio, they should also call emergency medical personnel. These immediate treatments are not meant to be the only response in case of an overdose.

Cocaine overdoses can also kill a user very rapidly, so it’s important to think and act fast if you think you or a loved one has overdosed. First, call 911 immediately.

Once you have called 911, there are three things you can do while waiting for help to arrive:

  1. Apply a cold compress to the person who has overdosed. This will help keep their body temperature down at a safe level.
  2. If the person is experiencing seizures, try to move sharp objects or furniture away from them so they do not injure themselves. Lower them to the floor and keep their head far from hard objects. Do not try to restrain the addict if they are having a seizure, and if possible, ensure they have nothing in their mouth.
  3. Stay with the person until help arrives, and follow the instructions of the emergency line operator. Remain calm.

Prescription drugs are different, so overdoses will look different depending on the drug. In an emergency, you should always dial 911 and seek medical help.

You can also call your local poison control center for more information on what to do during a prescription drug overdose in Bellingham.

Washington Poison Center
Emergency Number: 800-222-1222

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How Northpoint Recovery Can Help

It can be difficult to realize that you or a loved one are an alcoholic or an addict. You didn’t start out as an addict, and how you got to be one is a little fuzzy. If you still aren’t sure whether you need help or not, consider taking one of our quizzes to determine if you’re addicted to drugs or alcohol, if a family member is addicted, or if you need a professional detox or rehab program.

If you determine that you are an addict and do need help, consider finding it at Northpoint Recovery.

Northpoint Recovery is an inpatient facility with a 2-to-1 staff-to-patient ratio, meaning that every recovering addict has the individual attention of two different staff members, all day long. Northpoint provides both detox and rehab services in a comfortable, high-quality facility.

While Northpoint Recovery is in Boise, not Puyallup, there are many benefits to attending rehab far from home. The most prominent of these benefits is that you have time away from the people, responsibilities, and other factors that influence your recovery and not worry about running into others you know.

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