Drug & Alcohol Rehab Centers in Washington

Washington is a calm, beautiful, and evergreen state. The state is named after the 1st president of America. It is the 13th most populous state and had a population of about 7.6 million as of 2019. The beauty of the state does not make it immune to drug abuse. The struggle to combat the drug abuse menace is evident in the state.

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Washington Addiction Treatment

Washington is a calm, beautiful, and evergreen state. The state is named after the 1st president of America. It is the 13th most populous state and had a population of about 7.6 million as of 2019. The beauty of the state does not make it immune to drug abuse. The struggle to combat the drug abuse menace is evident in the state-- for instance, the availability of several rehab facilities and drug awareness campaigns. The most abused drugs in Washington include alcohol and opiates-synthetic and prescribed, methamphetamine, heroin, and cocaine. As shown below;

Behavioral Health Barometer Washington, 2015 shows that;

  • In 2013-2014, about 60,000 (11.4% of all teens in that age-group) teenagers aged 12-17 had been using the illicit drug the month before the survey was undertaken.
  • In 2013-2014, about 383,000 persons (6.6%) of age 12 and above reported alcohol abuse the year before the survey.
  • From 2010-2014, Washington's illicit drug abuse was higher than the national one for persons aged 20-17.
  • The heavy alcohol use percentage for persons above 21 years was higher in Washington (6.9) than the national percentage (6.7) from 2010-2014.

  • In 2018, Washington registered 1302 drug poisoning deaths in which;

  • Common opioids deaths were 232, while those involving common synthetic opioids were 229.
  • Methamphetamine related deaths-531
  • Heroin-related deaths-341
  • Cocaine-related deaths-137
  • Alcohol-related deaths-129

  • In America, more than 14% of teenagers abuse alcohol or other drugs. In 2016, a survey undertaken depicted that grade 10th students' in Washington drink or uses marijuana, 20% and 17% respectively. Additionally, prescription opioids are a threat to residents of Washington.

    Other non-prescribed opiates like heroin also pose a threat as shown below;

  • In 2018, Washington physicians issued 49.3 opioids prescriptions (per 100 persons) while the average rate nationally was 51.4 prescriptions.
  • In 2018, about 63% (737) of all overdose deaths in the state involved opioids.
  • In 2018, opioid-related deaths involving heroin and prescription opioids were 328 and 301, respectively.
  • Washington Drug Statistics

    1302 In 2018, Washington registered 1302 drug poisoning deaths.
    328 328 persons overdosed on heroin in 2014.
    89.5% In 2010-2014, 89.5% of individuals with illicit drug dependency did not receive treatment.

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    Washington Drug Laws

    In Washington, illegal possession of drugs is referred to as a Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substance Act (VUCSA) VUCSA crimes are felonies. The crimes are charged under felonies C to felonies A. The penalties for those who commit VUCSA crimes are determined by the factors below;


  • Previous conviction
  • The amount of controlled drug possessed
  • The type of drug in possession.
  • Any indication that the offender had the intention to sell
  • The age of the offender-minor or adult

  • Possession of any quantity of drugs like cocaine, crystal meth, heroin, unauthorized prescription drugs, inhalants, amongst others (excluding marijuana), is considered a Class C felony. Violators are punished by;

  • Up to 5 years' incarceration and a fine of $10,000 for Class C Felony.
  • A maximum of 10 years' incarceration and a fine not exceeding $20,000 for Class B Felony.
  • Life imprisonment and a fine of $50,000 for Class A Felony.
  • Harsher penalties apply if the offender performs the crime near a school, in the presence of a minor, selling the drug to an under-age, or has firearms. Possession of marijuana for personal use/recreational is legal in Washington but under several limitations;

  • Illegal for persons under 21 years.
  • Possession of not more than one ounce.
  • It is illegal to smoke the drug in public places.
  • Persons should not drive under the influence of the drug.

  • Violators of the guidelines face stringent penalties and jail terms. If you violate any of the stipulated drug laws, you risk a jail term and hefty penalties. Getting a competent attorney can lead to the least charges and fines.

    Washington Alcohol Laws.

    In Washington, licensed stores are supposed to sell alcohol between 6 a.m. to 2 a.m., but the selling hours are subject to the County laws. Additionally, persons under 21 are prohibited from purchasing or drinking alcohol unless in the presence of a parent or guardian.

    In Washington, licensed stores are supposed to sell alcohol between 6 a.m. to 2 a.m., but the selling hours are subject to the County laws. Additionally, persons under 21 are prohibited from purchasing or drinking alcohol unless in the presence of a parent or guardian.


  • Persons under 21years who purchase or attempt to buy alcohol; get a jail term of up to 90 days. Also, a fine between $250-$1,000. Or undertake a minimum of 25 hours' community service.
  • If caught in possession of another person's ID-you risk a jail term of up to 90 days and a fine of $250-$1,000 or even a minimum of 25 hours' community service.
  • The acts of making fake ID, forging, or alterations of ID are severe crimes. The crimes are punishable by a minimum fine of $2,500 and a jail term of up to one year.
  • Opening or drinking of alcohol in public is prohibited in Washington. Violators pay a fine of up to $1,000.

  • Persons below 21 years should not drink and drive (BAC 0.02%). Violators face the following charges;


  • 1st offense: BAC between 0.02% to 0.07 %; DL suspension for 90 days. Also, a maximum jail term of 90 days and a fine not exceeding $1,000.
  • 2nd offense: the DL may be revoked until the person is 21yrs or a DL suspension for at least one year. Up to 90 days in prison and a fine not exceeding $1,000.

  • Persons over 21 years should not drive with a BAC of 0.08% or higher. DUI charges are;

  • 1st offense: mandatory 90 days' license suspension, a one day in prison, or BAC monitoring at home for 15 days. The offender can pay a fine amounting to $8,125 and an ignition interlock device placed on their car.
  • 2nd offense: The offender's DL is revoked for two years. A minimum jail term of 30 days and BAC home monitoring for 60 days. A fine not exceeding $8,125. The offender's vehicle imposed with the ignition interlock device for up to five years.

  • Violation of alcohol laws is a severe offense in Washington. You need to seek an attorney to represent you in court. A great lawyer will ensure you face the least charges.

    Washington Addiction Treatment

    The state of Washington is among the most stricken by drug abuse. The federal and state government are in the frontline to combat the substance abuse predicaments through;

    Grants provision

    There is the availability of grants concerning drug addiction treatment, anti-drugs campaigns, youth employment, and youth empowerment. The grants offered to rehab facilities has led to affordable treatment cost to the residents.

    Medicaid

    The insurance covers the addiction treatment in several rehab facilities in Washington.

    Prescription Drugs Monitoring Programs- PDMD

    There has been an increase in abuse of prescription drugs and thus the need for monitoring. Washington state has a monitoring program that keeps track of all prescribed drugs through the health centers or the pharmacies. Physicians are required to record all the prescriptions made and send the data to the state's database. The program manages to curb patients' tendency to go from one doctor to another to obtain more drugs (doctor shopping).

    Alternatives to Incarceration for Drug Offenders

    In Washington, non-violent offenders may receive addiction treatment under court supervision instead of jail terms. You may need a good lawyer to get such privileges. They include;

    Washington Drugs Courts

    The drug courts are mostly for non-violent drug violators. There are juvenile drug courts and adults drug courts in Washington. The offender undergoes treatment instead of being jailed. They enroll in a treatment program where they receive counseling, detoxification, guidance on living a sober life away from crimes, and therapies.

    The treatment is under strict court supervision, and the offenders are supposed to attend frequent court sessions, undertake regular drug tests, and occasionally meet up with the probation officer. After a successful recovery and mentorship session, the charges can be reduced or dropped altogether. Failure to meet the treatment requirements may lead to the offender being charged with the original crime.

    DOSA (Drug Offender Sentencing Alternative)

    DOSA program reduces the sentence period of the offender alongside receiving addiction treatment. The offenders undertake supervised community service while attending outpatient rehab center for addiction treatment.

    To be eligible for DOSA, the offender;


  • The offense committed should be non-violent.
  • They should not have been convicted of any sexual assault crimes.
  • In the case of VUCSA crime, the offender should have a small quantity of the drug.


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    Drug addiction is treatable. Seeking treatment in the early stages of addiction results in a shorter treatment period and minimal relapsing incidences.

    In Washington, several addiction treatment facilities offer varied services to patients. Also, there are several state-funded and community-based facilities that provide affordable addiction treatment to low-income earners.

    There is no reason to stick in the addiction quagmire. Choose a facility that fits your addiction problems. Some facilities offer several addiction treatments while others specialize in one or two programs, e.g., alcohol only or alcohol and marijuana.

    If possible, chose an out-of-state center. Traveling to seek addiction treatment translates to a new beginning. During the treatment period, you can concentrate with minimal distractions. Plus, you are out of the toxic environment that triggered drug abuse.

    The journey to sobriety is challenging at times, but it is worthwhile. Seeking addiction treatment is a step to your freedom. Recovering from addiction is an achievement for you and people who care about you.

    If you are getting trouble finding the ideal treatment center, we are here to help. Call us today (844) 377-8070. We will match you with the perfect facility as per your expectations.

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    Education And Information About Addiction

    There are a range of websites providing easily accessible information about substance use disorders.

    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    Has free resources and publications, including pamphlets for families where addiction is present, information on family therapy, and what is involved in substance use disorder treatment and a treatment finder tool.

    The National Institute on Drug Abuse

    Has provided helpful, easy-to-read drug facts. The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism also contains information about alcohol and alcohol use disorder.

    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

    This crisis hotline can help with a lot of issues, not just suicide. For example, anyone who feels sad, hopeless, or suicidal; family and friends who are concerned about a loved one; victims of bullying; or anyone who is interested in mental health treatment referrals can call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Callers are connected with a professional who will talk with them about what they’re feeling or concerns for other family and friends.

    NIDA for Teens

    The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) developed this website. Teens can get facts about drugs and drug effects, read advice from fellow teens, watch educational videos, download cool anti-drug stuff, and try their hand at brain games.

    Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

    Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help other recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees, and AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization, or institution.

    Narcotics Anonymous (NA)

    Narcotics Anonymous is a 12-step fellowship of recovering addicts. Membership is open to all drug addicts, regardless of the particular drug or combination of drugs used. Meetings are free.

    Al-Anon

    Al-Anon is a free, nonprofit organization that supports and provides literature to family members and friends of alcoholics.

    Nar-Anon

    Nar-Anon is a 12-step program designed to help relatives and friends of addicts recover from the effects of living with an addicted relative or friend.

    Families Against Narcotics

    At Families Against Narcotics, we believe that compassion > stigma, and we assist individuals and families affected by substance use disorder with the respect, empathy, and compassion they deserve.

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