When searching for opioid treatment in Washington, there may be different options. It can be difficult for someone to choose a program when all rehabs look the same or believe their method is the best. This can lead someone to select a program based on how long it is or how close it is to their home. But neither of those are good methods for choosing a rehab, so it's essential to first establish the patient's goals.

For example, many people want their old life back. If they were to select the most prevalent form of opioid treatment today, they'd never achieve that. Opioid-specific treatment programs often use substitute opioid medications to replace the ones the person was abusing. This transition from illegal to legal opioids may reduce some of the risks of opioid addiction, but not much else. This wouldn't be recommended to anyone that wanted to get off opioids.

Another form of treatment that is more successful in treating opioid addiction is traditional rehab. Tradition programs are usually around a month in length and require an inpatient stay. These programs have saved countless lives, and most have a drug-free philosophy at their core. Twelve-step programs are examples of traditional drug and alcohol rehabilitation.

One of the most successful forms of treatment for opioid addiction is holistic drug rehab. Holistic programs use no unnecessary medications. Instead, they have a drug-free approach that focuses on nutrition and health to combat the effects of addiction. These programs also use intensive counseling to address why people begin using drugs and relapse after treatment. This can dramatically increase success rates, despite taking longer and being more rigorous than other forms.

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Washington Opioid Possession Penalties

Because there are so many different opioids and they vary in potency and deadliness, there is no blanket penalty for all opioid possession charges. Opioids are arranged by a process known as scheduling, where they are broken down into categories. Schedule I opioids are the most dangerous and have no medical value, so they are illegal.

Going down the list, prescription opioids of varying potency are assigned to each schedule. Penalties are less for schedule V drugs than they are for Schedule I, etc. Per the Revised Code of Washington, possession of heroin and is considered a class C felony. If found guilty of heroin possession, a person could face up to five years in prison and fines reaching $10,000.

Washington Opioid Statistics

In Washington, an estimated 63% of drug overdose deaths involved opioids in 2018‒a total of 737 (a rate of 9.4).

  • Among opioid-involved deaths, those involving heroin or prescription opioids remained steady with a respective 328 (a rate of 4.2) and 301 (a rate of 3.8) reported in 2018.
  • Deaths involving synthetic opioids other than methadone (mainly fentanyl and fentanyl analogs) increased to 221 (a rate of 2.9) in 2018.

In 2018, Washington providers wrote 49.3 opioid prescriptions for every 100 persons compared to the average U.S. rate of 51.4.

List of Medical Detox Programs for Narcotic Abuse in Washington

Here is a list of medical detox for opioid addiction in Washington. The list can be incomplete, so please do not hesitate to contact one of our treatment specialists at 1-800-304-2219.


Marcel Gemme, DATS

Marcel Gemme, DATS


on December 21, 2021

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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.