Northpoint Seattle serves addicts and alcoholics with our drug rehab in Washington State. If you’re struggling with addiction, our program can help you get back in control of your life. But before you make that decision, you should be informed. Here’s what you need to know about the nature of addiction, how it takes shape in Washington, and what kinds of treatment you can find for it – both with us and otherwise.
What Does Addiction Look Like?
The best first step to overcoming addiction is understanding what it does, whether it affects yourself or a loved one. It’s more complicated than a simple choice about whether or not to use drugs.
It’s true that in most cases, an addict’s first encounter with drugs is voluntary. But much of the time, that one little “experiment” is all it takes. Nobody wants to get addicted. But it happens anyway because drugs alter your brain chemistry in such a way as to take away your agency and self-control. Addiction is a physiological reaction that is beyond your control. It’s nothing to be ashamed about, especially if you seek help.
Most people don’t understand this about drug addiction, and many of the perceptions about addiction are wrongly geared towards shaming the addict. This is not only unhelpful; it is, in fact, directly harmful to the process of recovery.
You must recognize that addiction is not a choice or a moral failing on your part. It doesn’t make any more sense to shame an addict than shame a diabetic or an asthmatic for seeking treatment. Addiction is a disease, and the American Medical Association recognizes it as such, as do most addiction treatment centers and professionals worldwide.
And like any disease, certain risk factors make it more likely to fall victim to it. Addiction is more common in those who have:
- Recurring health problems
- Family History
- Addiction in your History
- Mental Illness
Drug and Alcohol Rehab and Treatment
Addiction is more than just a personal decision, and it affects more people than just you. It drags down everyone around you – friends, family, neighbors, and loved ones of any kind. The problem is, you may not even notice it happening until it has already started doing damage.
The disease of addiction doesn’t appear overnight, and it doesn’t stop once it appears. At least not on its own.
The most destructive aspect of addiction is that it creates a hunger within you that you can never quite satisfy. Addiction starts with one hit of drugs to see what it’s like. Then a couple more to get that feeling again.
But soon, that won’t be enough, and you’ll need more and more and more to achieve the same “high.” Eventually, you’ll stop at nothing to sate that need, and that all-consuming desire frequently causes problems with loved ones or the law. This is the true face of addiction.
In many cases, those who suffer from addiction don’t realize they’re suffering. Getting their fix makes them feel good, or so they think. What’s happening is that their addiction isn’t making them happy when they’re on the drug. It’s making them miserable when they’re off it, so much so that they have all-consuming desperation to get back on it.
Drug treatment and drug rehab in Washington is the single best way to maximize your likelihood of long-term recovery. Addiction treatment helps you learn the skills you need to get and stay sober. When you’re done with your treatment program, those skills can help you resist temptation and avoid relapsing.
Discover How Northpoint Seattle Can Provide the Support Necessary
Northpoint Seattle is here to help patients achieve and maintain sobriety. That’s our purpose and our entire reason for being here. Our mission is to help every person who walks through our doors, no matter what. With our drug rehab in Washington, we can help you, too.
Of course, treatment doesn’t start when you walk in. It starts from the first time you contact us.
We’ll immediately work with you to assess your needs, evaluate your current situation, and provide you with what we feel is your best course of action – and if we don’t think we’re the best option for you, we’ll tell you so, explain why, and point you in the right direction. We’re not wasting your money on treatment plans unless they’re proven to work, and they’re right for you.
Our highly-qualified team of addiction treatment experts will treat you like an individual, not a numbered patient. You’re a person, unlike anyone else. We work to understand you, your problems, your background, the reasons you turned to drugs in the first place. By understanding these things, we can better personalize your treatment plan and make sure you kick your habit and keep it kicked.
If you’re sick of fighting the battle of addiction on your own, then it’s time you stop suffering alone. Contact us at 425.414.3530, and take the first step toward the rest of your life.