Drug Rehabilitation Centers in Pierce County, Washington

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Last updated: 21 December 2021

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Located in the northwest portion of the state of Washington, Pierce County is the second-largest in the state. Home to Tacoma and approximately 800,000 residents as of the 2010 census, Pierce County has a history of issues with drug abuse. But with America's drug epidemic growing worse over the past two decades, it's no surprise that things haven't gotten any better. From 2015 to 2017, there were 454 drug overdose deaths in Pierce County, according to a report published by County Health Rankings and Roadmaps. This shows how badly the area needs help fighting drug and alcohol abuse by getting people effective rehabilitation and treatment services.

Not only could those lives have been saved, but the many more people who are currently using drugs could get help to keep from becoming the next statistic. Overdose death is the ultimate penalty for drug use, and the most effective way to prevent this is by getting treatment sooner rather than later. There will never be a "good time" to go to rehab, so just get help now. Too many lives have been lost waiting for someone to be finally ready to get help. It doesn't get any easier the further you go into addiction. A leading cause of overdose death continues to be opioids. Given all we know about them and how terrible they are, you'd think people just wouldn't do them. Unfortunately, it's not that simple and opioids are one of the only effective ways that modern medicine knows how to control pain. Because of this, they're used regularly to treat everything from a sore back to terminal cancer. Often, addiction to opioids starts with one of these legitimate prescriptions. The problem with opioids is they work, for a while. Then they don't work as well, and the person needs more to achieve the same level of pain relief. Now, when the person doesn't take them their pain may be worse than before the got the prescription. So, they must take more opioids to get relief. As you can see, the cycle becomes out of control and the person's prescription may only last them a few days now, and they resort to illegally purchasing heroin which is both stronger and cheaper than pills.

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Any time someone stops taking a drug they were dependent on they can experience withdrawal symptoms. These are physiological changes that are the opposite of what the drugs produce in the body. So, a drug that makes a person alert will have a withdrawal symptom of tiredness. Drugs that kill pain will have severe pain as a withdrawal symptom, and those that induce sleep will leave a person with insomnia if they don't take it. Sometimes, as is the case with opioids, these withdrawal symptoms can be so excruciating that the person doesn't have the will power to withstand the days of torture from getting clean. Other drugs may not even be safe to stop taking, as they produce dangerous withdrawal symptoms like seizures which can be deadly. Thankfully, medical detoxification programs were made for such situations.

Medical detoxes use medications to help a person gradually come off drugs. These medications may be similar to the drug the person was taking but will be gradually decreased as the person's body adjusts to having less and less of the drug. This allows the person to safely and comfortably become drug-free. Anyone struggling with substance abuse can find help in Pierce County. The sooner, the better.

List of Drug Rehab Centers in Pierce County, Washington

Here is a list of the different treatment centers in Pierce County, Washington. The list can be incomplete so please do not hesitate to contact one of our treatment specialists at 1-800-304-2219.

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Marcel Gemme, DATS

Marcel Gemme, DATS

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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.