Therapeutic Health Services Pregnant & Parenting Women’s Program
Offers a parenting group called Nurturing Parenting. Nurturing Parenting uses an evidence-based curriculum. The program admits clients who are parenting and/or pregnant and are engaged in treatment for substance abuse. Treatment for pregnant women can be challenging but is a huge step in rehabilitation and reunification of the family. Nurturing Parenting works on building and establishing trusting relationships between parent and child. It also explores the hardships and successes of parenting during treatment and recovery.
THS Offers Nurturing Parenting at Summit/Seneca, Shoreline and Eastside Branches
This group is open to any clients who are parenting and/or pregnant.
• Shoreline: Tuesdays at 11:15am-12:15pm
• Summit/Seneca: Wednesdays at 10:15am-11:15am
• Eastside: Fridays 11am-12pm
If you are interesting in learning more about the Pregnant and Parenting Program at THS, please call 206-323-0930 or visit the P&P Program page.
In my office, I have a picture
One that I had found at a local thrift store. It is a simple picture of a Bicycle and a caption that reads: “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” Patients comment on this picture. Drug and alcohol treatment and recovery are the same way. To keep our balance, we want to keep moving forward in order to maintain a steady and vibrant pace. Moving backwards means we are merely spinning our wheels and going nowhere. Slowing down the momentum, or coming to a stop, we begin to lose our balance.
Within our drug and alcohol treatment program, the focus is on how to assist our patients in moving forward
Like riding a bicycle, there is some awkwardness. However, with time and patience, an individual begins to discover certain freedoms. Freedoms that come with learning and growing as we stabilize and find new ways to enjoy life. Therapeutic Health Services focuses on helping our patients improve overall quality of life. This is accomplished through fostering an atmosphere of healing while engaging in the recovery process. THS accomplishes this through cultural humility, integrity, professionalism, quality, respect, and providing a safe environment for all.
Our approach to recovery is a person-centered approach
We strive to meet where our patients are at in the present moment. Developing a therapeutic alliance with them as they navigate treatment and recovery. Regardless of what brought a person into treatment (i.e., DUI, CPS, or other Legal, Medical, Family, or Work related issues); our main focus is on the individual and how we are able to work with them in forging a new path. Whether it is to assist them in maintaining compliance to resolve presenting legal issues; or working with them in identifying ways to continue to build upon the improved quality of life they desire. THS strongly believes that each individual is unique. We offer different perspectives, insights, and work with them in a collaborative environment. As a result, we can help them find their own balance to move forward.
To learn more, visit our Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program page
Therapeutic Health Services locations at Summit/Seneca, Shoreline, Eastside and Everett provide specific treatment for pregnant and parenting women who suffer from substance use disorder and opiate addiction. Our counselors have considerable knowledge and experience working with:
- CPS and Family Court assessments and evaluations
- Parenting groups and classes
- Public health nurses
- Inpatient services
- Pregnancy and methadone
What are the steps to have an assessment?
The first step is to contact and schedule assessments at the front desk. Let the front desk know that you are either pregnant and/or parenting a child under the age of 17. Our goal is to get you an assessment within 48 hours. You can reach the front desks of the branches that offer Pregnant & Parenting services at the numbers below.
Summit/Seneca – 206-323-0930
Shoreline – 206-546-9766
Eastside – 425-747-7892
Everett – 425-347-5121
Hours of operation and directions can be found on our Locations Page.
What type of outpatient treatment does THS offer?
In addition to having individual services with your CD counselor, THS offers weekly parenting classes and groups, mental health counseling, family therapy, and support that can help in aiding your recovery and rehabilitation.
We strive to treat the whole family and provide childcare for children while their caregivers attend their treatment services.
Please visit our Pregnant & Parenting Program page to learn more.
What are the steps to enrolling in drug and alcohol treatment?
The first step is to contact and schedule a drug and alcohol treatment assessment. You can do this through the front desk of any of our branches. Just call the number listed on the THS Locations page. You can also complete our Drug & Alcohol Get Help Form. A clinician will then contact you within 24 hours. We schedule all assessments for 120 minutes.
In addition, if your assessment is required by law enforcement, please have your probation or referral source provide a copy of the police report for charges from substance use. They must also provide criminal history and a 5 year driving abstract. You can either bring these documents in at the time of your scheduled assessment or you can fax them to the office. For more on this, see the question below.
Finally, you must attend your scheduled appointment by arriving 30-45 minutes early to complete the intake paperwork and packet. At that time, you will provide an observed urine sample that we send to the lab. This is required for all alcohol/drug assessments.
Upon completion of your evaluation, the intake coordinator will provide your referral source an assessment summary letter within the next 7 days. If there is a treatment recommendation, you will be informed of the recommendation (pending verification of the urine analysis) and provided necessary group start times.
Therapeutic Health Services provides drug and alcohol treatment and assessments in King and Snohomish Counties for the following:
- DUI/Reckless Driving infractions
- DOC Intakes/Evaluations
- Family Court – Custody Evaluations
- Employee Assistant Program referrals
- CPS and Family Court assessments and evaluations
We are committed to providing a thorough and timely assessment. To assist patients, we have a collaborative relationship with various probation, attorneys, and courts within the King County and Snohomish County areas.
What if I disagree with your assessment or I am unable to participate in the treatment with THS?
Therapeutic Health Services is committed to meeting each individual where they are. They recognize that each person is a consumer. If you disagree with the assessment, or your attorney disagrees with the assessment, you are welcome to seek a second opinion.
If you are unable to attend the recommended group sessions, we will provide at least three referrals to other local area agencies. They may be able to accommodate your schedule.
Why do I need to provide a copy of my police report, driving abstract, and criminal history?
For any pending adjudication of DUI or other court-related issues which are due to recent use of alcohol and/or drugs, state law requires us to:
- Obtain and review the recent police report of the incident
- Document review of the BAC/BAL level (if obtained and recorded)
- Document review of the criminal history and driving abstract
Without these, the assessment may be incomplete – pending verification of the documentation.
What type of outpatient drug and alcohol treatment does THS offer?
THS offers various groups for outpatient treatment services. These include: Intensive outpatient treatment groups that meet for three hours, three times per week; Weekly outpatient treatment groups that meet weekly for an hour and a half; and a variety of other groups that meet weekly for an hour.
Locations for Drug & Alcohol Services
Each of our branches has different group schedules and times. The group days and times will be provided at the time of your assessment.
Please check the THS Locations page to find the branch closest to you and the phone number to call during business hours. We offer Drug and Alcohol services at our Summit/Seneca (First Hill Seattle), Shoreline, Eastside (Bellevue), Kent, and Everett branches.
You can visit the Greater Seattle Intragroup Alcoholics Anonymous page for more resources.
THS is proud to announce our 2017 Mental Health and Substance Use Program Outcomes
For both youth and adult clients, we track progress every 90 days on a number of general measures of improvement towards treatment goals. For the Substance Use program, we track measures of improvement such as basic medical care received, alleviation of chronic symptoms and reduction in use of alcohol and drugs. For Mental Health, we track the development of self-management skills, improvements in mood and behavior, and client ability to engage positively with family.
By now, it is well known the United States is facing a devastating opioid crisis. Large cities and small towns across the country are feeling its effects as more and more overdoses are reported every day. Despite widespread awareness of the issue, many people don’t understand the underlying details of the epidemic. Check out this article to learn more about how it got started and what is being done to help stop it.
Check out our new THS Adult and Youth Program brochures.
To view or download a copy:
Click HERE for the Adult Programs Brochure.
Click HERE for the Youth Programs brochure.
The University of Washington Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute (ADAI) has posted its 2014 Drug Abuse Trends for Seattle and King County and the current trends for the region are not looking good.
Major highlights of the 2014 study include:
Drug caused deaths involving heroin and/or methamphetamine peaked in 2014.
Prescription opioid involved deaths are at their lowest point in a decade.
The number of treatment admissions with heroin as the primary drug doubled from 2010-2014 and are higher than any drug since at least 1999.
10% of high school seniors used marijuana on at least one-third of the days in the prior month, up significantly from a decade prior.
The study itself paints a very concerning picture. We are, without a doubt, facing a distinct increase in Heroin use, a trend we are seeing not only in Seattle & King County but throughout Washington State and the entirety of the United States.
Some quick examples of increases in abuse and the ramifications there-in can be found in the graphs found on pages 8 and 11. On page 8, a direct correlation can easily be drawn between the three year decrease in Prescription Opioid use and a stead three year increase in Heroin use.
Page 11, the goes on to show Drug induced death trends measured over the previous 17 years with Heroin, Alcohol, Cocaine and Methamphetamine have incredible upswings over the course of the last 4 years. As can also be seen, Heroin not only held the most dramatic year-over-year increase but also had (by far) the most attributed deaths.
Additional information can be found at the University of Washington’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute’s website, or you can directly downloaded the study in its entirety here.
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