Seattle, Washington, as anyone who has been there knows, is a culturally diverse city, gracefully poised among sparkling waters and surrounded by forests and snow-capped mountains. There are few cities that can rival its beauty. As the largest city in the state of Washington, it also has its problems. Substance abuse and alcoholism take their toll on rich and poor alike. Although Washington has legalized the recreational use of marijuana, drugs like heroin, meth, ecstasy and cocaine, and excessive alcohol are a threat to public health and safety like anywhere else. If your family is affected by drugs or alcohol, Northpoint Recovery can guide you to the local support you need.
Illicit use of prescription drugs like Oxycontin and the abuse of illegal drugs such as heroin, cocaine and methamphetamines rage across America among people of all backgrounds. Excessive use of beer, wine, vodka and other alcoholic beverages can spin out of control and devastate lives.
Even the “nicest” and most successful people can become addicted to drugs or alcohol. Most never dreamed that their use could result in an addiction that controls their life. In fact, the use of illicit and prescription drugs is so prevalent in the U.S. that in 2012, drug overdose caused more accidental deaths than motor vehicle accidents for people 25 to 64 years old. (Source: Centers for Disease Control).
There is help.
If the use of drugs or alcohol has become a problem for you or someone you love, there are caring people who want to help you, not judge you. To learn more about sobriety and support in Seattle, see the resources listed below. The city of Seattle also offers resources and information on its Human Services web page: http://www.seattle.gov/humanservices/foodhealth/publichealth/substance_abuse.htm
Resources available through the University of Washington:
Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is a well-known and highly respected 12-step program with groups across the country. NA welcomes those who are maintaining their sobriety after completing rehabilitation programs, or may be where a new attendee first learns about rehab programs and what they offer. Attending NA meetings is free. For NA meeting times in or near Seattle:
Seattle Life Ring Sobriety Meetup Group
Seattle Life Ring is a secular fellowship of those wishing to remain sober from drugs and alcohol. All are welcome.
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is perhaps the best-known support group in the world. A fellowship of men and women all helping each other through their journey to get and stay sober, AA has spawned many subgroups to offer guidance and encouragement to family members as well. The 12 Steps taught by AA help people regain control of their lives, and reach and maintain sobriety.
AA Meetings in or near Seattle:
Al-Anon and Alateen are there for family members, including children and teenagers, affected by a loved one’s drinking or drug abuse. Free, warm and welcoming, Al-Anon and Alateen provide guidance with boundary-setting, self-care and living with a person who is recovering from or still living with addiction.
Al-Anon and Alateen meetings located in or near Seattle:
Online support groups:
Not sure if you have a problem? This short quiz developed by Johns Hopkins University will help you determine if your alcohol or drug use is out of control. If you answer “yes” to three or more questions, you are encouraged to seek professional help or attend an AA, NA or other group support meeting for further information.
1. Do you lose time from work due to drinking or drug use?
2. Is drinking or drug use making your home life unhappy?
3. Do you drink or use drugs because you are shy with other people?
4. Is drinking or drug use affecting your reputation?
5. Have you ever felt remorse after drinking or drug use?
6. Have you gotten into financial difficulties as a result of your drinking or drug use?
7. Do you turn to lower companions and an inferior environment when drinking or using drugs?
8. Does your drinking or drug use make you careless of your family’s welfare?
9. Has your ambition decreased since drinking or using drugs?
10. Do you crave a drink or a drug at a definite time daily?
11. Do you want a drink or drug the next morning?
12. Does your drinking or drug use cause you to have difficulties in sleeping?
13. Has your efficiency decreased since drinking or using drugs?
14. Is your drinking or drug use jeopardizing your job or business?
15. Do you drink or use drugs to escape from worries or troubles?
16. Do you drink or use drugs alone?
17. Have you ever had a complete loss of memory?
18. Has your physician ever treated you for drinking or drug use?
19. Do you drink or use drugs to build your self-confidence?
20. Have you ever been in a hospital or institution on account of drinking or drug use?