Drug Rehabs in Olympia, WA

Rehabs in Olympia, Washington, have seen simultaneous increases in rates of substance abuse and homelessness. Still, drunk driving remains an issue.

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Drug Abuse Trends in Olympia, Washington

The capital of the state of Washington, Olympia is also the county seat of Thurston County. With a population of 46,479 as of 2010, the city is a cultural hub at the southern tip of the Puget Sound area. Because the city is within 60 miles of Seattle’s metropolitan borders, crime and substance abuse rates tend to follow those of the Emerald City. As such, the Opioid Epidemic has had a major impact on the region. However, increasing rates of drunk driving threaten to overtake synthetic opioids and heroin as the most dangerous substance of abuse.

Heroin Abuse in Olympia

Beginning in the mid-2000s, Thurston County began taking steps to combat the effects of the Opioid Epidemic. While prescription opioid overdose deaths have fallen, heroin overdose has continued to rise at a rapid pace. Subsequently, Olympia opened several syringe exchanges across the area. Between 2006 and 2014, there was a 500% increase in syringes exchanged by the county. In 2013, the program reportedly handed out 1.2 million clean syringes to prevent diseases like Hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS from spreading further.

Treatment admissions for opioids climbed 197% across the state of Washington in 2015. Still, all drug-related deaths went up by 31% in that time. Opioid-related deaths also increased by approximately a third. In 2013, research revealed that only 3 of 5 doctors authorized to prescribe buprenorphine to treat opioid addiction had written at least one prescription for it. This, despite the 134.7% increase in opioid addiction admissions in Thurston County between 2002 and 2013.

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Drunk Driving Rates Climbing in Olympia

For years, alcohol has been a primary substance of abuse in the Olympia area. Within the 27 blocks of downtown Olympia, public drinking, in particular, has become a mounting problem for residents. In 2014, approximately 8 of 10 arrests in the downtown area were for public drinking and urination. In fact, all calls to downtown police for help increased by 50% between 2009 and 2014.

Additionally, rates of excessive drinking and drunk driving remain higher than the national average. According to law enforcement, most incidents of impaired driving result from poly-drug use. The most common combination is alcohol and marijuana, though other depressants (i.e. painkillers) are often co-abused prior to driving. The number of fatal traffic crashes involving poly-drug impaired drivers has increased an average of 15% each year since 2012. In 2017, a quarter of all traffic fatalities were a result of poly-drug impaired driving.

Substance Abuse Statistics for Olympia



Of all traffic-related fatalities, 48% involved alcohol in Thurston County between 2009 and 2013.



16% of adults report heavy drinking in the past month in Thurston County.


drug-related deaths

Between 2006 and 2012, Thurston County had 213 drug-related deaths (heroin overdoses may be underreported).

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The state of Washington has enacted a number of programs to reduce drug-related overdose, as well as rising rates of Hepatitis C infections and infants born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (i.e. opioid withdrawal). The state funds multiple crisis intervention hotlines to help residents navigate emergency situations (i.e. what to do when someone is overdosing, suicide prevention, etc.). Some healthcare providers in Olympia are authorized to prescribe addiction treatment medications to aid individuals in their recovery. However, many publicly-funded programs carry waitlists for addiction treatment services.

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If you’re ready to change your life, don’t be afraid to ask for help. There are a variety of inpatient and outpatient residential rehab centers across the state of Washington to help you through recovery. In addition to support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, you have many options to support your sobriety following any drug or alcohol rehab program.

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Government Programs

Find local government programs that promote sober living and will help you find peace in your day to day life.

Pierce County Area Narcotics AnonymousPO Box 706
Tacoma, WA 98401
The Lewis CountyPO Box 852
Centralia, WA 98531
360- 754-4433

College Programs

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Saint Martin's University

Our student services at the Saint Martin’s University include a Counseling and Wellness Center that can help with their personal or academic issues. Hence if you have a problem with alcohol or a close friend does, you can get the necessary information and emotional support required over here.

5000 Abbey Way SE
Lacey, WA 98503-7500

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The Evergreen State College

We use a variety of tools which include problem solving techniques, healthy decision making, and cognitive and behavioral strategies for coping and managing thoughts, feelings, and behaviours when working with students.

2700 Evergreen Parkway NW
Olympia, Washington 98505

The PLU Counseling Center

Pacific Lutheran University

College is a period for self-awareness, learning, and self-information, yet it isn’t generally simple. A few students require a place to create adapting abilities for social, scholastic, and self-improvement. Other students confront more perplexing issues like tension, despondency, and comparable concerns. All services are given at no charge, and are accessible for PLU students who are at present selected in classes. We empower guardians, workforce, staff, and companions to elude students to the Counseling Center.

12180 Park Avenue S.
Tacoma, WA 98447


Faith Evangelical College & Seminary

The university has accomplished a drug-Free Awareness Program. It includes the way of maintaining a drug-free school, rehabilitation, drug counseling and student assistance programs. There will be penalties for drug violation.

3504 N Pearl St
Tacoma, WA 98407

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