Some people can use prescription medications or even recreational substances without any problems occurring. However, for many others there are negative consequences, problems, and the inability to stop taking the substance when they choose, despite attempting to do so. Some may experience difficulties at work, home, or school, which may progress beyond mere loss of productivity to an inability to function normally in everyday activities. If you have a substance abuse problem, you may have noticed some degree of these types of problems in your life. Perhaps you’ve also noticed problems with relationships due to arguments or feelings of guilt over taking the substance. This may have left you feeling isolated and alone.
If you are experiencing problems with substances, other symptoms you may have experienced include:
- Neglecting responsibilities in various areas of your life
- Taking risks when using substances or using them under hazardous conditions
- Experiencing legal problems as a result of your substance use
- Loss of control over substance use, such as taking more than intended or failed attempts to stop using the substance
- Much time is spent obtaining, using, or recovering from the substance
- You no longer engage in activities that you once enjoyed
- Using the substance to prevent or alleviate withdrawal symptoms
- Tolerance has developed, meaning that you need to use more of the substance to experience the same affects you once attained with smaller amounts
- Continued use of the substance despite knowing it is hurting you and causing or exacerbating physical or mental health problems
It is also not unusual for substance abuse to co-occur with other substance related disorders, which may be due to a desire to escalate the effects of the primary drug or to self-medicate away some of the negative effects of the primary drug. Substance abuse disorders also co-occur with a number of mental health disorders. In fact, almost 9 million people have co-occurring substance abuse and mental health problems, though of these less than 7.5% receive treatment for both disorders and over 55% receive no treatment at all.
Don’t let yourself become part of these statistics. At Cascade, we have specially trained staff who can help you fight your addiction, whether it occurs alone or in conjunction with another substance abuse or mental health disorder
Why Seek Treatment for Substance Abuse at Cascade
Initially, substance use generally results in positive effects, which is a main cause of the development of abuse. If you have been suffering from a substance use disorder for a period of time however, you likely have noticed the negative consequences. While the effects of substance abuse differ based on substance, there are some common effects of substance abuse including:
- Short term and long term mental and physical health problems
- Blackouts, coma, seizure, and death
- Catching a communicable disease due to sharing needles or unsafe sex practices
- Accidents and injuries
- Family problems
- Work and school problems including increased absences and loss of productivity
- Heart or respiratory failure
- Anxiety and agitation
- Memory impairment
- Unpredictable and/or violent behaviors
- Dizziness, vertigo
- Sleep problems
- Loss of self-esteem, self-worth, and negative self-evaluation
Cascade is focused on providing complete service to all those who come to us for help. We pride ourselves on our unique ability to offer a variety of psychiatric services, including addiction treatment. We will provide you with psychosocial treatment to help you begin to make strides in fighting your problems and help you manage any negative physical withdrawal symptoms or subsequent physiological difficulties.
Our staff functions as a team no matter their specialty area, and is well trained in treating the various forms of co-occurring disorders often experienced by individuals with substance abuse conditions. At Cascade, our goal goes further than merely addressing your symptoms. It is our goal to enhance your overall quality of life and restore the hope in a future filled with happiness and satisfaction that you may have lost along the way.
Our Philosophy and Benefits
Cascade has designed a behavioral health center with the patient and their family in mind. We understand how difficult it is to make the decision to seek inpatient care. As such, while you may have experienced negative judgments aimed at you or lost relationships due to others not understanding your struggles, we will always see you as a unique person with strengths as opposed to just a combination of symptoms. We conceptualize addictions based on the most recent knowledge and understand that the condition is an illness that results from recurrent exposure of the brain to toxic chemical compounds. Therefore, we firmly believe that the symptoms of your addiction do not define you and we will help you re-establish your belief in your own self-efficacy and self-worth.
At Cascade, we also understand that while you have made the commitment to change your addiction related behaviors, that does not necessarily equate with complete readiness to change. For individuals who have been addicted for a long period of time, the physical and psychological dependence on the drug often affects how ready the individual is to completely let go of what is oftentimes a coping strategy on which they have come to depend. Our skilled staff assesses the stage of readiness for change the individual is currently at and works to address problems based on that level, while also using therapeutic skills to help motivate the patient to move to a higher readiness stage. In order to accomplish this we treat you in a holistic manner focusing on your psychological, emotional, physical, cognitive, spiritual, and occupational well-being.
Treatment at Cascade for Substance Abuse
We provide comprehensive care for those fighting a substance use disorder, employing a variety of techniques, as we recognize each individual is different and has different issues and problems. Some of the specific components of our treatment program include:
Medical Detoxification – We provide medically supervised and monitored detox for several substances, such as Alcohol, Opiates, and Sedatives. We use medication to make the detox process as comfortable as possible while you work to rid your body of the substance you have been addicted to. For some other substances, including Cocaine, Methamphetamine, Marijuana, Hallucinogens, and Club Drugs among others, we provide medical detox as necessary and when not necessary, admit individuals with abuse issues related to these drugs directly to our Inpatient Stabilization Unit.
Disease and Treatment Education- We work with the patient and any family members who may be involved in the treatment process to help them better understand the nature of addiction in general, the specifics of the addiction process related to the specific drug the individual is taking, the nature of co-occurring disorders, the different type of treatment modalities and what each entails, as well as what to expect after discharge.
Group Therapy – Group therapy is one of the most effective motivational and reinforcing formats for the beginning stages of addiction therapy.
Goal Setting – Every individual will have different treatment related goals as well as additional goals that are separate from specific abstinence goals, such as going back to school or getting back into the work force. We work with each individual participating in our program to establish an appropriate set of goals for their treatment plan that are challenging, but which the individual can succeed at meeting. This plan will usually be utilized in our Partial Hospitalization Program or Intensive Outpatient Program, which we frequently encourage individuals in our program to enter after leaving our unit.
Relapse Prevention – We understand how difficult it is returning to the world where your addiction developed and that is filled with possible triggers to your abuse behavior. We help you learn which triggers are best to avoid, new coping strategies to use when coming into contact with potential triggers you can’t avoid, and how to handle situations you will be reentering that are associated in your mind with your abuse behavior.
We also offer experiential options to allow you to approach your recovery in different ways. These may include:
- Art Therapy
- Clinically-based aromatherapy
- Patient comfort touch
- Pet Therapy
- Spiritual Care
Continuing Care – What Comes Next?
We are aware that as discharge approaches it is not unusual to feel anxious or for your cravings to increase. We are completely committed to continuity of care and have developed two highly structured outpatient programs for you to transition to after you leave our program. Our Partial Hospitalization Program is similar to our inpatient program, although you sleep at home. Services are provided 13 hours a day. For those who do not need this level of care or degree of structure, our Intensive Outpatient Program is designed for those who are ready to re-assume the responsibilities of their life yet still need more intensive services than traditional outpatient therapy. The program provides 24 three-hour sessions in addition to individual and group therapy, 12 step meetings, and education.
In addition to these programs Cascade offers additional opportunities.
Family Program – We recognize that addictions do not affect the individual alone. They also significantly affect all those close to the individual. Our Family Program helps the family process issues related to their loved one’s addiction and to develop the skills to better cope with the process of the individual’s recovery, as well as skills needed to take care of themselves no matter what course their loved one’s healing takes.
Relapse Prevention Program – This is for individuals who may have difficulty maintaining abstinence and need further focus on prevention methods. This 15 week program uses role plays, exercises, homework, and other practical methods to help individuals cope with their individual triggers and develop plans and techniques to better cope with the life stressors that have served to trigger relapse in the past.
Pregnant Women’s Program – This inpatient program is designed to help women who are currently addicted to a substance detox to begin to recover in a caring, warm, and safe environment. The program is specifically for women in their first or second trimester and runs for 26 weeks.
At Cascade, we believe in supporting you not just when you are with us, but even after you are no longer enrolled in one of our programs. Once you have established a relationship with us, we will be there for you, whether you simply have additional questions or concerns or whether you need additional care through one of our programs. We are committed to not just get you well, but to help you establish the path that will enable you to create the life you have always dreamed of living.
Serving the Greater SeaTac Area
Our location in Tukwila allows for us to serve residents from all over Seattle, including Renton, Burien, and Des Moines. Call us today to begin the process of recovering from a chemical dependency.