The rehabilitation process for heroin addiction generally involves medically supervised detox and residential drug rehab in Washington. According to SAMHSA, there are over 30 long-term residential programs and 15 hospital inpatient centers.

Most heroin addicts require medical detox and inpatient therapy. According to the National Institutes of Health, behavioral therapies like cognitive behavioral therapy and contingency management have proven effective. In addition, pharmacological therapies are used to manage withdrawal symptoms. agrees with long-term heroin addiction programs being the most effective.

These programs provide optimal structure, stability, and routine. provides a comprehensive directory listing of numerous treatment services in the state. Contact one of our addictions counselors or consult our directory for more information.

Heroin Education

TIPS: If you feel you're going to use

  • Call your sponsor or a friend who doesn't use it and understands your situation.
  • Extrovert your attention. Walking and spending time outside can be very therapeutic. 
  • Find a hobby or activity to take your mind off of using. (i.e., art, music, cooking, gardening)
  • Find a purpose in your life and pursue it. (i.e., school, career, volunteering)
  • Recognize the people in your environment who affect you emotionally. They could be one of the reasons for your emotional problems.
  • Make sure to eat healthy foods. A deficiency in vitamins and minerals can create a drop in mental and physical energy.

TIPS: If you want to help someone

  • Don't enable the addict. This includes not giving him any money, not paying their rent, etc.
  • Encourage the person to seek help. This can be done by finding a treatment or a form of support.
  • Be aware of signs of overdose. If you see one of your friends blacking out, or showing other severe side effects, get help immediately.
  • Support the person while they look for rehab since the process can be overwhelming.
  • Don't wait for rock bottom; it may be too late.

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List of Heroin Detox Centers in Washington

Below, you will find a list of heroin rehab in Washington state. The list may be incomplete so if you have a hard time finding the proper service, call one of our treatment specialists at 1-800-304-2219.

Different Types of Heroin Addiction Treatments in Washington

Here is an overview of the kind of heroin rehab centers available in Washington state.

  • There are outpatient heroin treatments that can be more suitable if someone cannot afford to leave their jobs and family for the duration of treatments.
  • Non-12 step heroin rehabs will offer specialized treatments outside of the AA steps. This can be especially useful for people who have gone through 12-step programs in the past and relapsed.
  • Holistic heroin rehabs focus more on the spiritual, emotional, and physical sides of addiction with various non-medical therapies that can usually be customized.
  • Some heroin rehabilitation facilities have beds for the client's children so that the parent undergoing treatment can also provide care for their children.
  • Some heroin treatments will be geared towards teenagers exclusively, giving them specific services adapted to their needs.
  • Wilderness heroin rehabs exist and focus on adventure therapy to help someone cope with their life by finding solutions to challenging situations during the program.

It can become overwhelming when faced with all those options. In that case, one of our referral specialists can help find the right Washington heroin rehabilitation program.

Heroin Laws in Washington

The following Washington heroin laws are for educational purposes only. If you or someone close to you is facing charges regarding heroin, you should use the services of an attorney. Attending a Washington heroin rehab center could help reduce the penalties associated with some heroin charges. Furthermore, a heroin rehab can help ensure that someone does not have future problems related to heroin.

Heroin possession in Washington is punishable by a sentence of up to 5 years and/or a fine of up to $10,000. A subsequent offense carries up to double the penalties.

Selling heroin in Washington is a Class B felony punishable by a sentence of up to 10 years and/or a fine of up to $25,000 ($100,000 if over 2 kg plus $50 for each gram over 2 kg). If the sale occurs within 1,000 feet of a school, it could double the penalties.

Washington Heroin Abuse and Addiction Statistics

  • From 2018-to 2019, 23,000 people in Washington used heroin in the past year. 83% of them were 26 years old or older, and around 3,000 of them were aged 18 to 25 years old.
  • In 2017, 8,333 people attended a publicly funded drug rehab treatment in Washington with heroin as their primary drug of choice. This represents around 36% of the number of people using heroin mentioned above.
  • In 2020, 363 people died from a heroin overdose in Washington state.

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Marcel Gemme, DATS

Marcel Gemme, DATS


on April 25, 2022

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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people. He is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist graduate with Honours of Stratford Career Institute. Marcel has also received a certificate from Harvard for completing a course entitled The Opioid Crisis in America and a certificate from The University of Adelaide for completing a course entitled AddictionX: Managing Addiction: A Framework for Succesful Treatment.

Michael Leach, CCMA

Michael Leach, CCMA

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on April 25, 2022

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Michael Leach is a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant, who has over 5 years of experience working in the field of addiction. He spent his career working under the board-certified Addictionologist Dr. Rohit Adi. His experience includes working with families during their loved one’s stay in treatment, helping those with substance abuse issues find treatment, and teaching life skills to patients in a recovery atmosphere. Though he has worked in many different areas of rehabilitation, the majority of his time was spent working one on one with patients who were actively withdrawing from drugs. Withdrawal and the fear of going through it is one biggest reason why an addict continues to use and can be the most difficult part of the rehabilitation process. His experience in the withdrawal atmosphere has taught him that regardless of what approach a person takes to get off drugs, there are always mental and emotional obstacles that need to be overcome. He believes having someone there to help a person through these obstacles can make all the difference during the withdrawal process.