“Just this month, a 41-year-old inpatient treatment center in Madrona and a detoxification facility in Everett are closing. Other facilities are teetering on the brink, downsizing, merging or shedding jobs to stay above water. Recovery Centers of King County is losing $20,000 a month on outpatient care.”
“It’s gotten so bad, so quickly, that state regulators are scrambling to ensure some smaller rural counties don’t lose their sole treatment facility. I’ve heard it described as the state’s most serious crisis in chemical-dependency treatment in a generation.”
Toward the end of the article, a treatment provider points out that many of the patients in her detox center (which is closing) are young. “When she looks around the facility, 'It looks like high school.' Prescription painkillers and heroin are surging, and hook the young. 'They look like babies.'" Even prior to current cuts in treatment funding, the majority of Medicaid-eligible adolescents who needed substance abuse treatment were not able get the help they needed.
This is a particularly bad time to lose treatment providers because painkillers and heroin are not the only drugs for which adolescents and young adults seek help. In fact, marijuana is the primary drug for which adolescents seek treatment and it is about to become much more available throughout the state. Teen marijuana use rates are expected to increase.