Drug & Alcohol Treatment

“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 http://www.GetHealthyStayHealthy.com, 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

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

Alanon / Alteen Family Groups

(509) 456-2125

Alcohol and Drug Rehab Centers (in every State)
treatment facilities: 
Spokane Valley
treatment facilities:

Alcohol / Drug Help Line


Alcohol / Drug Network
(ADN) @ the Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD)
(509) 324-1420

Alcoholics Anonymous of Spokane (AA)
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. 

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. 

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

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

Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center
(formerly Spokane Veterans Affairs Medical Center
4815 N. Assembly Street
Spokane, WA   99205
(509) 434-7000
(outside Spokane)  (800)  325-7940
No. of Doctors / Nurses on Staff:   59 / 219

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

Pioneer Center East
3400 W. Garland Avenue
Spokane, WA 9205
(509) 325-2355
A 48-bed semi-secure residential facility specializing in treating behaviorally challenging, treatment-resistant, high-need individuals who have been unsuccessful in other substance use disorder treatment programs.  (A program of Pioneer Human Services, providing services for people with criminal histories, substance use disorders and mental health issues, now accepting referrals from other agencies)

Providence Holy Family Hospital
5633 North Lidgerwood St.
Spokane, WA   99208
(509) 482-2233
No. of Doctors / Nurses on Staff:   1,050 / 390  (Doctors operating at both Sacred Heart and Holy Family.  This number includes oral surgeons, dentists, and podiatrists.)

Reaching Out Advocating Recover (ROAR)
(program of Family of Faith Community Church)
1504 W Grace Ave. Spokane
(509) 326-7627
Help addicts and families overcome personal addictions.

Recovery Resources

Spokane County's Therapeutic Drug Court (TDC)
1116 W. Broadway
Spokane, WA  99260
(509) 477-6355
Phone and Office Hours: 
M-F  8:30 am - 5:00 pm (closed Saturday and Sunday)

Spokane's Therapeutic Drug Court puts drug-addicted criminal offenders through a yearlong program of treatment and oversight in exchange for a dismissal of their charges. It addresses crimes committed by non-violent, substance dependent individuals. Instead of a trial and incarceration, clients will enter a pre-release program, which provides education, treatment and supervision. This includes frequent drug testing, alcohol/dug treatment, and counseling.  If a client successfully completes the treatment program, the charges will be dismissed.  More importantly, they will gain the necessary tools to rebuild their life. 

Pioneer Counseling Services
910 W. Boone Avenue
Spokane, WA 99201
(509) 325-7232
Spokane provides intensive outpatient substance use disorder treatment and mental health services to individuals who are in the pre-conviction Spokane County Therapeutic Drug Court program and also those who are Medicaid eligible and meet CJTA criteria.  (A program of Pioneer Human Services, now accepting referrals from other agencies)
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

Teen Challenge

Van Services - Sobering Unit

(509) 477-4625