With a history dating back to 1968, Seattle Drug and Narcotic Center (which uses the abbreviation Seadrunar) was the first residential drug treatment facility of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. It is a long-term program with a highly-disciplined approach to recovery. In its 40 plus years of operation, it has helped more than 8,000 clients.
Accommodation and Food
Once a nursing home, Seadrunar’s facility is large and can hold up to 150 at a time (though they rarely house more than 70). Rooms are shared with two other roommates and come equipped with twin beds and basic furnishings. Most also have private bathrooms, though sometimes clients must share a bathroom in the hallway. Seadrunar can also provide housing for those with children under the age of 12. While residents can expect three meals a day, there is no chef on staff. Instead, clients prepare all of their own meals taking turns as part of their weekly chores, all with staff supervision.
Treatment and Staff
Seadrunar’s program uses a therapeutic community model, in which professional counselors help clients identify destructive behavioral patterns and learn new coping skills with peer enforcement from the residents themselves. Their initial plan provides a structured environment which emphasizes behavior modification. Another key element is the Seadrunar Recycling work program, where clients work eight-hour days at the facility’s recycling plant. Transportation and meals are provided, and after work residents participate in group therapy or individual counseling. There are also daily morning group seminars, before work days begin.
What might be the most impressive element of Seadrunar’s program is that clients are able to use their work hours at the recycling plant to fully subsidize their treatment. Though working at the recycling plant is not mandatory, all residents must choose some kind of job at the facility—this can sometimes just mean doing laundry or cleaning. This phase lasts about six months, after which some clients continue into a second stage where they look for outside employment and living arrangements. Phase two typically lasts an additional six months. Seadrunar serves an average of 60 to 70 clients at a time in the initial part of treatment, and about 30 to 40 for the second.
There is no medical doctor or psychiatrist on staff at Seadrunar, but it does offer referrals for outside services; there is also no medical detox available on-site.
Aside from the above, Seadrunar has a small work out room on the premises as well as a private park with a track for jogging. Other bonuses include a five-day camping trip every summer. More frequently, staff also try to offer other regular off-site outings like trips to baseball games or to the movies.
For the most part, Seadrunar’s year-long recovery program is not a place to relax—it’s a place to get sober and learn the skills necessary to stay that way. Though the days are long, the facility’s rigorous schedule yields good habits designed to carry clients into successful routines once they are on their own.
Seattle Drug & Narcotic Center
P.O. Box 80864
Seattle, WA 98108
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