Ground-breaking addiction treatment center aims to battle Seattle’s opioid epidemic

The new treatment center is located in a Safeway grocery store.

RENTON, Washington – A groundbreaking new treatment center at a Safeway grocery store in Renton is making it easier for people with addiction problems to get the help they need.

While it might seem out of place to have an addiction treatment center alongside egg and bread sourcing, Ideal Option said that was the point.

“Individuals struggling with addiction are often judged in their communities. And based on that judgment and their fear of healthcare facilities, they will avoid treatment and not receive treatment, ”said Benjamin Rae, director of vendor relations at Ideal Option.

The center’s aim is to normalize addiction treatments and break down barriers for those seeking help, with data showing a growing need.

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There have been 240 fentanyl overdose deaths in King County so far this year. That’s a 40% year-over-year increase, according to the King County Media Examiner’s Officer.

Anyone seeking help is seen at Renton Safeway, but new patients seeking treatment for fentanyl, heroin, and other substances are referred to an Ideal Option Clinic first. Then after about three to four weeks you can switch to the Safeway center for further advice and medication.

The transition will come after providers believe the patient has achieved reasonable success.

“Where some people say, ‘I want to go from being a three-bottle wine drinker a day to a glass of wine a day,’ we can help meet those needs with bespoke and bespoke medicines,” said Rae. “With fentanyl and opioids, recovery means abstinence 99% of the time because it has such a high lethal component and the overdose death rate is so high.”

Rae added that their centers have not had any significant incidents or disruptions from so-called maintenance patients and that the public has supported them.

However, he also added that these two sites are still in the testing phase and the company will continue to learn and evaluate their success and patient success before a third site opens.

“As mental health has evolved today, people are not shy about seeking help with depression and anxiety that they might have been shy or ashamed of 10 years ago, and we see this happening in addiction medicine as well,” explained Rae.

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