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Addiction and Alcoholism Resources in Yakima, WA

“I didn’t really notice it was happening. It just started gradually happening, and then some people took me to one side and were like, ‘Calm yourself down.’ It’s all fun to begin with; it all starts off as a party, and then you’re doing it on your own and it’s not. So, that was a wake-up call."

~ Ed Sheeran on addiction

No one sets out to become addicted. And yet, addiction and alcoholism run rampant all over the world, destroying lives and stealing joy and success from people of all demographics. Even Ed Sheeran, an accomplished musician, took some time away to recovery when he realized he had a problem.

Perhaps you’ve realized you have a problem with alcohol or drugs, or suspect that could be the case. You’ve realized that your addiction is already causing negative consequences in your life, making you a less effective employee or harming those you love.

If this is the case, you have nothing to fear. All over the country, there are resources available to help individuals and families beat alcoholism and addiction and reclaim their lives from this disease.

Live near Yakima, Washington? The same is true for you. Below, we cover topics related to drug and alcohol use and addiction in Yakima, including:

  • Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in Yakima, WA
  • Narcotics Anonymous meetings in WA
  • Al Anon and Alateen meetings in Yakima, WA
  • Inpatient vs. outpatient addiction treatment
  • What to do in the case of alcohol poisoning or a drug overdose in Yakima, WA
  • How Northpoint Recovery can help you or a loved one recover from alcoholism or addiction
Alcoholics Anonymous

Free Addiction Resources in Yakima, Washington

For some, the biggest barrier to finding help for drug addiction or alcoholism is the cost. However, many widespread, tried-and-true resources for those who have struggled with addiction or alcoholism are available to anyone at no price at all.

Narcotics Anonymous

These resources mostly take the form of organized support groups, both of former addicts and the loved ones of addicts. Four of the most popular of this kind of group are Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Al Anon, and Alateen - and all of these groups can be found around Yakima and the surrounding cities.

Alcoholics Anonymous is a widespread group in which many have found great success in recovering from alcoholism. The group follows the 12 steps to recovery and makes use of a sponsorship system to measure progress and hold members accountable.

These sponsors are AA members who have been making their way through the 12 steps and now act as mentors to newer members. The goal is that eventually, these newer members have come far enough to become sponsors themselves.

The 12 steps of AA 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 that Alcoholics Anonymous could be a healthy step towards recovery for you or a loved one, consider one of these regular AA meetings in Yakima, Washington, listed here.

Narcotics Anonymous, or NA, uses the same structure and steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, but with one main difference: instead of being geared specifically towards alcoholics, NA is designed for addicts of any substance.

If Narcotics Anonymous sounds like it could be beneficial to you or someone you know, check out one of the many NA meetings in Yakima, Washington:

Saint Michael's Episcopal Church
5 South Naches Avenue
Yakima, WA 98901
Daily at 6:30 pm

Serenity Hall
1422 South 3rd Avenue
Yakima, WA 98902
Daily at 6:30 pm

Saint Timothy's Church
4105 Richey Road
Yakima, WA 98908
Fridays and Mondays at 7:30 pm

Mountainview Christian Church
7105 Alpine Way
Yakima, WA 98908
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:00 pm

The loved ones of addicts and alcoholics are often just as harmed by the addiction as the individual themself. These friends and family members are often neglected or abused, all while watching someone they care about become someone they don’t know. These loved ones often feel confused, angry, guilty, ashamed, or alone.

Al Anon and Alateen were both designed as support groups specifically for these populations - Al Anon for those of all ages, and Alateen specifically for older children and teens who could benefit from a group all their own.

Both groups focus on explaining what addiction really is, reassuring participants that their loved one’s addiction is not their fault, and teaching healthy coping strategies. Alateen usually also focuses on breaking any generational cycles that so often lead to the children of addicts or alcoholics becoming addicts or alcoholics themselves.

If Al Anon could be a good fit for you or someone you know, consider these Al Anon meetings in Yakima, Washington:

Lunch Bunch AFG
Friday 12:00 PM
Vineyard Church
221 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Yakima, WA, 98901

Door to Hope AFG
Monday 5:30 PM
Grace Of Christ Presbyterian Church
9 S 8th Ave
Yakima, WA, 98902

Steps To Recovery AFG
Wednesday 5:30 PM
Unity Church
401 S 8th Ave
Yakima, WA, 98902

Serenidad GFA (Spanish language)
Mondays, Wednesday, Friday 7:00 PM
Beige building on the corner of 10th ave and Yakima ave
1001 W Yakima Ave
Yakima, WA, 98902

GFA Esperanza Para Hoy (Spanish language)
Tuesday and Thursday 6:00 PM
503 N 20th Ave
Yakima, WA, 98902

Moving On AFG
Sunday 6:30 PM
Memorial Hospital
2811 Tieton Dr
Yakima, WA, 98902

New Life AFG
Tuesday 7:00 PM
St Timothy's Episcopal Church
4105 Richey Rd
Yakima, WA, 98908

Family And Friends AFG
Saturday 9:00 AM
Wesley United Methodist Church
14 N 48th Ave
Yakima, WA, 98908

Unfortunately, the closest Alateen meeting to Yakima is nearly 70 miles away, in Kennewick. For information on how to start an Alateen group in your area, click here.

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Inpatient Addiction Treatment

Inpatient and Outpatient Addiction Treatment

Sometimes, support groups and accountability just aren’t enough. Whether you need detox, counseling, or just additional structure and guidance, sometimes professional help is necessary to really kick an addiction. In this case, you’ll have to make plenty of decisions regarding what this professional help looks like. In this case, your first decision will be whether inpatient or outpatient treatment is best for you.

Outpatient Addiction Treatment

The best way to make this decision is to learn as much as you can about each option - you can keep reading to do just that.

Outpatient addiction treatment facilities, or outpatient rehab, refers to programs that patients attend regularly for some sort of treatment session, but leave at the end of their appointment. Those taking part in outpatient treatment still live independently, but agree to program rules and see counselors and other professionals regularly to continue treatment and hold themselves accountable.

If you think that outpatient addiction recovery sounds like the right option for you, consider the pros and cons.

The benefits of outpatient treatment include:

  • 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.
  • Money. Outpatient rehab is usually cheaper than inpatient rehab because the patient is paying only for treatment.
  • Support System. For those with a strong support system, outpatient treatment can be a good option because they can continue to be around these supportive people while they recover from their addiction.

The potential downsides to outpatient treatment can include:

  • Unsupervised Time. Any time during treatment that’s spent away from the treatment facility puts the recovering addict at risk for a relapse. Outpatient treatment means that the patient has a lot of unsupervised time that could easily turn into seeking out or using drugs or alcohol again, which is exactly what the patient is trying to avoid.
  • Unenforced Appointments. Nobody’s perfect, and even the most committed patient can oversleep or have car trouble and miss an appointment. Once a patient has missed an appointment, they’re much more likely to relapse. Living away from the facility where they’re receiving treatment - choosing outpatient rehab - makes this possible and likely.

Inpatient drug addiction treatment is what most imagine when they hear the word rehab. It involves the recovering addict or alcoholic living in a treatment facility while they detox, withdrawal, or otherwise recover. Inpatient treatment facilities are staffed with trained medical professionals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and provide constant supervision and support.

Inpatient rehab has been very helpful for many former addicts or alcoholics - in fact, inpatient treatment has the highest success rate of any addiction recovery option. This means that of all of those undergoing treatment for addiction or alcoholism, those who complete an inpatient program are least likely to relapse.

That said, though, inpatient treatment isn’t for everyone. Consider the pros and cons of inpatient treatment, below.

The benefits of inpatient rehab include:

  • Constant supervision. This decreases the risk of medical emergencies during withdrawal. It also lowers the likelihood of a relapse during recovery, because there is always someone nearby to hold recovering addicts accountable. There is also no chance that patients will come into contact with drugs or alcohol inside the facility.
  • Structure. Most inpatient rehab facilities provide their patients with a full schedule of activities, including different forms of counseling and activities with other patients. This full schedule means that patients have less time to think about the substance they were abusing or addicted to and are learning healthy coping strategies for cravings once they return to normal life outside of the facility.
  • Time away. Often, those who are addicted to drugs or alcohol recover best by removing themselves from their normal life, including any activities they did or people they saw regularly. Inpatient rehab allows the patient to focus on themself and not be influenced by friends, family, or environment.
  • Support. Inpatient rehab facilities offer constant support for those going through withdrawals or cravings. This decreases the chance of a relapse because someone is always there to encourage and enforce sobriety. Each person around is also prepared to provide medical assistance, coping activities, or other solutions.

The potential drawbacks to inpatient rehab can include:

  • Time. Those staying at an inpatient rehab facility while they recover must have the time to take off of work or school to recover. They are almost never allowed to leave the treatment facility during their stay, and will have many other things to do while they’re there.
  • Removal from Support System. For many people, being away from their loved ones during treatment can be difficult. In inpatient facilities, patients have limited, supervised contact with anyone outside the facility in the hopes of cutting off all contact with anyone who would encourage the patient to relapse and decreasing the chances of drugs or alcohol being snuck into the facility.
  • Money. Because inpatient treatment is all-inclusive, it is usually the most expensive treatment option for those recovering from drug addiction, drug abuse, or alcoholism. Not only does the price include treatment, but also room and board, food, and other normal living costs. It’s important to keep in mind that you’ll likely be paying many of these costs regardless.

Despite the high success rate of inpatient addiction treatment, it’s not the right option for everyone. Because addiction is different for everyone, the route to a successful recovery will be too.

You know your body and addiction best, so while it’s wise to listen to the counsel of others, don’t let others’ opinions sway you from what you know to be the best option for you.

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What To Do In Case of Drug Overdose or Alcohol Poisoning in Yakima, Washington

What To Do In Case of Drug Overdose or Alcohol Poisoning in Yakima, Washington

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 or alcohol poisoning. Never let fear of the law keep you from seeking professional help for a drug overdose or alcohol poisoning.

Opioids have become more and more of a problem in the U.S. and worldwide, and people die from opioid overdoses every day. If you or a loved one regularly uses heroin or other opioids, you’re putting yourself at great risk. If this is the case, it’s best to prepare for the worst, because you never know when an overdose could occur.

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

If you or a loved one regularly uses heroin, the best thing to do is stop using. The second-best option is to make sure that someone who is often near you has and knows how to use one of these drug. Forms of these drugs are available as injections and nasal sprays.

The person who has the drug should make sure they regularly review how it is administered, to be sure they don’t panic if the time comes to use it for real.

Even if someone administers Narcan or Evzio, they should still call emergency medical personnel. These immediate treatments are not meant to be the only response in case of an overdose, and they don’t fix the overdose longer-term.

Cocaine overdoses can also kill a user quickly, so it’s important to think and act fast if you think you or a loved one has overdosed. As always, you should 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 regulated.
  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. Stay calm as you wait.

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 Yakima.

Washington Poison Center
Emergency Number: 800-222-1222

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How Northpoint Recovery Can Help You

It can be difficult to realize and admit that you or someone you love are an alcoholic or a drug addict. You didn’t start out as an addict, and how you got to be one may be a little unclear. If you still aren’t sure whether you need to find 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. Most importantly, the staff at Northpoint Recovery want to see you succeed.

While Northpoint Recovery is in Boise, not Yakima, there are many benefits to attending rehab far from home. The most prominent of these benefits is that you have the chance to spend time away from the people, responsibilities, and other factors that influence your recovery while not worry about running into others you know. This way, you can fully focus on the task at hand: a full recovery and the skills necessary to avoid a relapse.

You can recover. It may not be easy, but it will always be worth it - for you and those you love.

We want to help. Contact us here to get started and reclaim your life.

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