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Mental Health, Chemical Abuse and Dependency Services

Department of Community and Human Services

Mental Health, Chemical Abuse and Dependency Services Division
Chinook Building
401 Fifth Ave., Suite 400
Seattle, WA 98104

Jim Vollendroff, Dir.
e-mail us
Phone:  206-263-9000
Fax:   206-296-5260
TTY:   711 Relay Service

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Department: Community and Human Services
Adrienne Quinn, Director

Detoxification Services (Detox)

People who are alcoholic or addicted can get help for withdrawal from alcohol or other drugs. Detoxification is often the first step toward recovery for those who develop physical dependency

Detoxification from alcohol and other drugs is available in King County. The detoxification center medically supervises the withdrawal from alcohol and other drugs.

The goal of detox is to keep people medically stable and safe during the withdrawal, and then assist people to ongoing treatment and recovery. Individuals are offered the opportunity to be referred to inpatient or outpatient treatment after completing detox.

People usually stay between three to five days, but length of stay varies depending on the substance they have been using, how sick they become when they quit drinking or using, and other factors.  A person may also stay longer if they are waiting to directly enter a treatment program.

King County contracts with Recovery Centers of King County for this service.  Call (206) 325-5000 for information on admission criteria and bed availability.