Addiction - Recovery & Housing

“Addiction is a serious and growing problem.  Almost 22 million people in the U.S. are addicted to alcohol or other drugs.  If you add smoking cigarettes in there, it pushes the number up to 60 million people - that’s like saying everybody in California and Texas is addicted.  That is just the individuals.  It is not just a profound effect on the individual, but it affects families and the workplace and the community and society overall.  

This is really a serious issue.  People who are addicted to drugs and alcohol have a chronic, relapsing brain disease.  Addiction is a brain disease, because alcohol and other drugs hijack the brain’s reward system.  This can lead to intense cravings, and if those cravings are not met, people experience physical withdrawal systems, that may include a rapid heart rate, feelings of anxiety, and feeling physically ill and nauseous; and in addition to that, they may hallucinate.

The risk of addiction is increased if you have a mental health disorder like anxiety or depression; also, peer pressure, as well as experiencing traumatic life events. In addition to that it seems that the tendency for addiction can run in families.  The genetic component can really dictate who can, and not who will, become addicted.

The first step in treatment is breaking through the denial and recognizing that you have an addiction. You are not going to ever change something that you don’t acknowledge, so you have to get through denial and recognize that you have a problem. This is not just a bad habit or a moral law issue of some sort. So, getting past the denial both for the family and friends, as well as the person who is addicted, is really a big deal. Once you make it past that denial, you have an opportunity to get to that first step, which is into treatment.  

Many people feel that intervention is an important way to start. That is when family and friends together, and with help, break through that denial wall; and intervention should not be taken lightly. It should be carefully planned, in concert with a doctor or a trained addiction counselor.

Dr. Phil said that timing and planning is really important.  "I always start with the end in mind, and work backwards. In other words, you have to have something for them to do at the end of that intervention, before you ever begin."   Dr. Lewis-Hall agreed that what is needed is “…inpatient, outpatient, individual and group therapy, or combinations of those things. Period.

You cannot give up. This is a disease that is chronic and relapsing. Estimates have it that 40% to 60% of people who complete treatment may experience a relapse. So, acknowledge the relapse, and try to figure out what it was that contributed to that, so you can avoid it the next time.

Early education is critical, especially if there is a family history of addiction.  We try to pull some of that together on our website
including signals for some of the early warning signals, or signs that someone may be struggling with addiction."  (Source:  “Addictions:  Bad Habits, or Bad Genes?”, Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of Pfizer, Dr. Phil Show, April 15, 2016)
Local Organizations
Additional Resources
(see Addiction Recovery Housing at the bottom of this list.)

Abuse Recovery Ministry & Services (A.R.M.S.) 
(509) 484-0600

ADEPT Assessment Centers
1321 N Ash Spokane, WA
and 104 W Crawford Deer Park, WA
(509) 327-3120
(509) 276-2797

Alanon / Alteen Family Groups
(509) 456-2125

Alcohol / Drug Help Line

Alcohol / Drug Network
(509) 324-1420

Alcoholics Anonymous of Spokane (AAA)
1614 W Riverside Ave
(509) 624-1442

Breakthrough Recovery Group
Valley Redwood Plaza
11711 E. Sprague, Ste D4
Spokane Valley, WA   99206
(509) 927-6838
Outpatient drug and alcohol treatment services and programs.  We incorporate the latest research in neurology and pharmacology, offering an innovative, evidence-based, patient centered substance and mental health treatment experience.

Christian-based 12-Step programs
Celebrate Recovery is one of the Christian-based 12-step program that helps heal the hurts, habits, and hang-ups that hold us back.  Eating disorder, Chemical Dependency, Alcoholism, Family Dysfunction, Co-dependency, Physical/emotional/sexual abuse, Relationship addiction, Sexual addiction, Compulsive behaviors.  Join a group to receive support and encouragement as you work towards freedom.  Groups are entirely confidential and open to newcomers, at the following locations: 
Faith Baptist Church
Reformers Unanimous
2804 E. Euclid
Spokane, WA
(509) 482-6101
Friday, 7 - 9:00 pm  (includes dinner) 

Family of Faith Community Church
Pastor Danny Green. 
1504 W Grace Ave
Spokane, WA   99205
(509) 325-0343
They have 7 men’s and women’s recovery houses. 
Reaching Out Advocating Recovery - ROAR
Help addicts and families overcome personal addictions.

Life Center · Foursquare Church 
1202 W Government Way
Spokane, WA   99224
(509) 327-4422
Pastor Sean Stone
Steps to Life - Thursday 7-8:30  Men going thru AA.  12-step all or drug addiction
Divorce Care
Lifeline Recovery class - for women.  A Christ-centered support group to overcome the affect of infidelity and be in a close relationship with a man with a sexual addiction.

Spokane Valley Church of the Nazarene
15515 E 20th Ave
Spokane Valley, WA   99037
(509) 926-1545
Substance abuse, and any addiction
Justin & Jolene Lakey    

Turning Point Open Bible Church
11911 N Division St
 Spokane, WA   99218
(509) 467-5122
email:   Richard Flatt at

Victory Faith Fellowship 
2024 N. Argonne Rd
Spokane Valley, WA   99212
(509) 922-1724
Saturdays.  Dinner at 5:30 pm, Meeting at 6:30 pm

Valley Real Life
1831 S. Barker Rd
Greenacres, WA   99016
(509) 232-0840
email:   Celebrate Recovery coach:  Terry Janke   
Monday, 6:30-8:30 or 9:00 pm.  no dinner…dessert afterwards
Daybreak of Spokane (youth)
Daybreak Youth Services
628 S Cowley
Spokane, WA
(509) 624-3227
Inpatient      (509) 624-3227
Outpatient   (509) 444-7033

Drug Rehab
Addiction to drugs, alcohol and prescription drugs.  Their mission is to equip patients and families with the best information, resources and tools to overcome addition and lead a lifelong recovery. 

Excelsior Youth Services
3754 W Indian Trail Rd
Spokane, WA
(509) 328-7041

Greater Spokane Substance Abuse Council  (GSAC)
8104 E. Sprague Avenue
Spokane Valley, WA  99212-2900
(509) 922-8383

Healing Lodge of the Seven Nations  (13-17 yrs)
5600 E. 8th Ave
Spokane Valley, WA
(509) 533-6910

Lakeside Recovery Center
(a for-profit business)
3710 N Monroe
Spokane, WA
(509) 328-5234

NATIVE Project
1803 W Maxwell
Spokane, WA
(509) 325-5502

NE WA Treatment
1224 N Ash
Spokane, WA
(509) 326-7740

New Horizon Counseling Services
504 E 2nd Ave
Spokane, WA
(509) 838-6092

Recovery Resources

Spokane County Community Services
312 W 8th Ave
Spokane, WA
(509) 477-4577

Spokane Heights Detox
(for-profit business)
524 E. Francis
(509) 919-4150
Spokane Heights Detox seeks to bridge the gap between the need for physiological and psychological aspects of detoxification from addictive substances and alcohol. Their method encompasses an individualized approach to the beginning stages of the recovery process. Medical and therapeutic professionals work together with each individual in order to motivate lasting recovery opportunities and maximize treatment effectiveness.

Spokane Treatment and Recovery Services
(formerly Community Detox Services of Spokane)
312 W. 8th Avenue
Spokane, WA
(509) 477-4631

Stepps / YFA Connections
22 S Thor St.
Spokane, WA
Drug treatment center providing substance abuse treatment with outpatient care.
YFA Connections (adult)
22 S. Thor Street
Spokane, WA
(509) 532-2000

YFA Crisis Residential Center (Teens)
201 W. 6th Avenue
Spokane, WA
(509) 747-1730
Van Services - Sobering Unit
(509) 477-4625

Addiction Recovery Housing

Spokane provides housing for recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction.
  • Miryam's House
    (program of Transitions)
1805 W. 9th Avenue 
Spokane, WA  99204
(509) 747-9222
Housing for women recovering from crises related to homelessness, abuse, addiction and displacement.  Housing is offered for one year with a focus on promoting permanent changes through healing, learning and growth toward self-sufficiency and financial stability.
  • Oxford Houses.  There are more than 25 Oxford Houses in Spokane County.  Oxford House is a concept in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. In its simplest form, an Oxford House describes a democratically run, self-supporting and drug free home.  The number of residents in a House may range from six to fifteen; there are houses for men, houses for women, and houses which accept women with children. Each House represents a remarkably effective and low cost method of preventing relapse.
Oxford houses in Spokane County:

Oxford Houses Vacancies - by State, County and Gender

Oxford Houses in Washington

Oxford National site: