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Drug Addiction Treatment in Washington

Widespread Substance Abuse in the Pacific Northwest

Despite consisting mostly of mountain ranges, rainforests, and national parks, Washington is dealing with its own problems of widespread substance abuse. The state has one of the highest rates of young people addicted to drugs in the nation, and an unusually high occurrence of methamphetamine abuse - as many as 30% of state admissions to drug addiction treatment in 2006 were admitted for meth abuse. Washington also has an active medical marijuana policy that is a significant contributor to non-medical marijuana  use by young adults.

Addiction Problems And Misperceptions in Washington

Addiction problems in Washington State are contributed by location and overall availability of drugs. Many locations for example, such as urban areas, cities and densely populated communities, are locations that attract drug distribution activity and usage. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), from 2007 to 2008, Washington was one of the top ten states for rates in several drug-use categories in people 12 and older, past month illicit drug use, and past year non-medical use of pain relievers. This indicates a high level of illicit substance abuse compared to many more states. The national average of past month use of illicit drugs was 8 percent, while Washington was at 10 percent. In addition, the rate of drug-induced deaths in Washington was higher than the national average. As a direct result of drug use, 1,003 people died in Washington in 2007, which is higher than those who died from motor vehicle accidents and firearms that same year. Statistics indicate that drug-induced deaths at a rate of 15.5 per 100,000 passed the national rate of 12.7 per 100,000.

Washington like everywhere else in the US deals with common misunderstandings of how people believe they can defeat addictions due to misinformation and a lack of awareness. Today, addiction is a brain disease that is masked by myths and misguided perceptions about what an "addict" really is. Many believe a person can just stop abusing a drug they are addicted to, or they believe an addict is just taking the easy route by doing drugs. However, withdrawal symptoms, psychological distress, and physical dependency are very real, making addiction much more difficult and complex than it seems. Yet most people who try to manage and quit their addiction try to do it alone. It is best to seek professional rehab treatment because it is all too common that tempting environments and negative peer pressure influence recovering addicts to go back where they started. Professional drug rehab is important because it separates addicts from their enabling environments and surrounds them with trained people who want to help. Above all, intense and uniquely suited addiction treatment therapies and counseling are offered over the course of several months that will build the self-esteem and courage necessary to go back to being around the temptations of daily life without succumbing to them.

Washington cities with high drug abuse trends: Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, Vancouver, Olympia, Everett, Kent, Renton, Bellevue, Puyallup, Yakima, Bellingham, Bothell, Auburn, and Lynnwood

Washington counties with statistically high substance abuse: King, Pierce, Snohomish, Spokane, Clark, Thurston, Kitsap, Yakima, Whatcom, Benton, Skagit, and Cowlitz

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