Highlands treatment center moving

Lack of public transit options cited as reason for move to Kent.

Come August, residents in South King County seeking medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction will be able to do so closer to home.

The Renton Comprehensive Treatment Center on Sunset Boulevard will be moving to 84th Avenue South in Kent. The new location will be called Kent Treatment Solutions.

The new location will be “considerably bigger,” said Deb Cummins, regional director for Acadia Healthcare, which will allow them to accommodate more people.

Acadia Healthcare operates these facilities.

The Renton Comprehensive Treatment Center’s programs are geared toward individuals aged 18 and older who are battling an addiction to heroin, morphine, or prescription painkillers. The team works with clients individually to ensure that they receive the proper type and dosage of medication as well as the appropriate therapeutic interventions to ensure a positive and sober outcome.

The medications that are used at Renton Comprehensive Treatment Center as a part of the medication assisted treatment include Subutex and methadone, though Suboxone is not currently offered at the Renton office.

The specific medications used vary between patients as each individual’s requirements and health status differ.

Along with the drugs, the center uses a comprehensive approach and patients are given the opportunity to discuss their treatment, progress, as well as any setbacks that may take place with our highly qualified counselors. Once patients understand the underlying causes for their initial opioid use, as well as what caused them to return time and time again, patients will be able to gain the tools necessary to handle future situations in a healthy manner without resorting to opioid abuse.

The center also believes that patients benefit from the use of group therapy, where they are able to create bonds with others who truly understand the struggles associated with addiction.

But for some in need of treatment, traveling to the Renton location can be an obstacle and may take hours using public transportation, according to Cummins.

A study released by University of Washington last year indicated that heroin deaths of all ages increased by 58 percent in 2014. In 2013, 99 deaths were recorded and 2014 saw 156 deaths. According to King County, 3,615 people were receiving methadone treatment in King County as of October 2015, while 150 people were on wait list each day.

Data for 2015 has not yet been released.

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