Chemical Dependency in Washington State

Located in the State of Washington, Free by the Sea focuses on a three-prong approach that includes treatment, recovery, and diagnosis. If any one of these three elements is missing, individuals have a higher risk of relapsing and worsening their dependency. Diagnosing chemical substance dependency, much like diagnosing any other serious disease, is the first step in treating an individual and in helping them on the path to recovery. The process is the same regardless of the chemical dependency involved. Our goal is to treat chemical dependency like any other chronic health problem.

Serving the Pacific Northwest, including Washington (Vancouver), Oregon (Portland), and Alaska.

Our dedicated staff plays a fundamental role in helping individuals recover from dependency and build a life of strength and happiness. During the entire process, our residents are provided with a wide array of treatment options and are given a high level of care that allows them to stay safe and facilitate their success.

What Is Chemical Dependency?

Many people use chemical dependency as an alternate way of saying drug abuse or drug addiction. However, chemical dependency can also refer to a specific clinical disorder defining the illness of addicted individuals. A person dealing with chemical dependency may rely on alcohol and drugs, but they do not necessarily display the symptoms of classic addiction. They may not have obsessive behavior or compulsive behavior. A person may have chemical dependency and at the same time deal with a wide array of additional issues, but those issues are actually caused by the latter disorder.

An example is an individual who receives a prescription for opiate pain medications following a medical procedure. If these drugs are taken over an extended period of time, the body will develop a tolerance to the drug, and the person will need to increase the dosage to receive the same effect. The end result is that the individual maintains their dependency on the drug even after the pain they were treating is gone.

Drugs Associated with Chemical Dependency

Alcohol, opiates, cocaine, marijuana, and inhalants are some examples of drugs that are commonly connected with chemical dependency. Other examples are the following:

  • Amphetamines
  • Methamphetamine
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Hallucinogens
  • Anabolic steroids
  • Nicotine

Chemical Dependency Symptoms

Symptoms of chemical dependency are usually shown after an individual loses control of their drug use as a result of their abusing a substance. Many people who are battling chemical dependency deny their dependency because they are enamored by the euphoric effects of the drugs.

Signs of chemical dependency are as follows:

  • Needing to take larger doses of a drug to achieve desired effects as a result of increased tolerance
  • Inability to regulate the use of the substance
  • Constantly thinking about the substance
  • Experiencing withdrawal when not using the substance
  • Lying about dependency on the substance and suffering from a skewed viewpoint about the issue
  • Continuing to use the substance, even though, the effects of the substance are harmful

Without intervention, chemical dependency becomes exponentially worse, as well as the negative effects. Professional treatment is required to help an individual gain control over their substance abuse.

Chemical Dependency Treatment

The first step to successful treatment is admitting that a problem exists. An individual must overcome their denial before treatment can begin. An individual with a chemical dependency issue must first see that there is a problem that requires resolution.

Next, an assessment must be made of an individual’s current drug abuse and their substance abuse history. The information will be evaluated along with basic information about the individual’s health. Medical professionals then create a personalized comprehensive rehabilitation program that will meet their patient’s needs. Therapies including education, coping skills, stress management, and relapse prevention can then be employed.

Why Choose Free by the Sea

  • Dual diagnosis services in the State of Washington
  • Psychologist and psychiatrist on staff
  • Long-term transitory living
  • 30-, 60-, and 90-day programs
  • Men and women in separate buildings
  • Eating, activities, and classes are all gender-specific

Don’t Wait. Call Today.

Rehab offers many benefits. If not dealt with, chemical dependency will harm not only the addicted individual, but it will also have a negative effect on their friends, family members, and close associates. As the problem grows, the addicted individual is at risk of losing everything. Learn how we can help. Contact Free by the Sea today at 800-272-9199.

Contact Free by the Sea

Contact Free by the Sea if you or someone you love is currently dealing with chemical dependency. Let us show you how Free by the Sea, located in the beautiful State of Washington, can provide you with the help you need. Our professional counseling staff is able to provide treatment services that can help you or a loved one recover from addiction and get your life back on track permanently.