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Did You Know...

Addiction Statistics - The  population of Thurston County was 252,264 in 2010. (Pierce County 811,681, Grays Harbor County 71,692, Lewis County 75,621, Mason County 60,832)  In 2010, an estimated 27.3 million persons (8.7 percent of the population aged 12 or older) were classified with substance dependence or abuse in the past year based on criteria specified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Washington State estimated 479,549 with substance dependence or abuse. Thurston County addicted persons totaled 21,946; Pierce 70,616; Grays Harbor 6,237; Lewis 6,579; Mason 5,292

Detox Facilities in the State - 22. Total acute detox beds in Washington State  - 171

Detox facilities in Thurston and neighboring counties - 3 facilities - 36 total beds

More about Phase Two...

Forward planning for Phase Two means we have pinpointed a nearby available property with five sets of duplexes that would serve as a detoxification center as well as housing for the residents. This will allow us to move away from renting scattered properties, bring our facilities to a central location, and enhance the sense of community for all who are involved.  Staff and Board strongly believe we would be growing further in our mission to “create a community of health, hope, and wholeness” with this endeavor.

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In addition to medically assisted detoxification services, we are also positioned to begin offering comprehensive counseling services at the same site. The Director of Truly Motivated House 4 for Women, having walked her own road to recovery, has successfully coupled her experiences and 13 years of sobriety with training as a Genesis Relapse Prevention Counselor. Over the last 12 months, we have witnessed amazing results from the women she has worked one-on-one with, particularly new (or newly) single mothers as well as mothers that have lost their parental rights due to their disease.  Nearly 100% of the women participating in Genesis Relapse Prevention Therapy and Change Groups have been reunited with their children.  We look forward to being afforded the opportunity to continue to produce these tangible results by continuing to move the organization forward in our goals. In a study published in 2006 that set out to understand the rate of detoxification readmission, a sample was drawn from an integrated database that included Medicaid and state mental health and substance abuse agency data from three states (Delaware, Oklahoma, and Washington). Twenty-seven percent of the sample was readmitted for detoxification within 1 year of their index detoxification. The question we must ask is, "What was missing?" The study went on to find that clients who received two or more substance-abuse-related services within 30 days of their index detoxification were less likely to be readmitted and had a longer time until their second detoxification admission. We seek to offer a minimum of three substance abuse-related services – Detoxification, Housing and Counseling. We believe that offering Genesis Relapse Prevention counseling services and affordable, supportive transitional housing post-detoxification will produce even greater results then those indicated in the study.


The Bottleneck is in Detox...

Pain Meds Overdose Deaths Decrease - Heroin Use and Overdoses Increase Due to Lower Cost and Easier Availability - Nisqually Valley News 1/30/14

The Washington State Department of Health released a statement Tuesday [1/28/14] that overdose deaths in the state from prescription pain medication dropped 27 percent from 2008-2012. The decrease in overdoses from pain meds came after an eightfold increase in deaths in the decade preceding the study. With the decrease in prescription pain medication, however, Washington has seen a rise in heroin overdose deaths — from 146 in 2008 to 231 in 2012. Since the late 1990s, prescriptions written for pain medications — most of which contain addictive opiates or opioids — increased dramatically which led to misuse and abuse. “The state did a really good job of regulating four things and putting programs in place between 2008 and 2010,” said Joe Avalos, Drug and Alcohol Coordinator for Thurston and Mason counties. “They started the Prescription Monitoring program, which is statewide but voluntary so all pharmacies don’t have to participate. The state also changed the dosing guidelines for hospital associations and the ERs started employing better practices, which limited the number of opiates they prescribed. “Heroin and opiates are similar in structure, so the brain can’t differentiate between the two,” Avalos said. “When prescription drugs were more readily available on the street they were about $1 per milligram, so that’s about $80 per pill, and folks needed to use more than that to get high or avoid going into withdrawals. Heroin is more readily available and cheaper now.” It’s difficult for state-funded programs to combat this change in overdose trends, as the funding isn’t what it used to be. “We’ve lost funding for drug and alcohol treatment by about 20 percent over the last six years, so the treatment infrastructure has taken a hit because of that,” Avalos said. “We’ve seen the closure of at least four agency locations. The bottleneck is in detox, which is an inpatient service, but we don’t have a lot of those facilities or services available. That’s been tough on our community... Click here to read the full article published in our local paper.

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