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This is a contagious disease. At least 60% of all transmission is by sharing unsterilized needles for injection drug use. NWIH tests and successfully treats Hepatitis C at our clinics.
Hepatitis C/Hep C is a disease caused by HCV (Hepatitis C Virus). Hep C usually does not cause any symptoms until it causes the host to develop other diseases, which can be fatal. If untreated, Hep C can cause liver cirrhosis, liver failure, liver cancer, and dilated blood vessels in the stomach and esophagus, which risk severe internal bleeding.
Symptoms of Hep C include fatigue, nausea and vomiting, muscle and / or joint pains, abdominal pain, decreased appetite and weight loss, jaundice, dark urine, and reddish, clay-colored feces.
This is a contagious disease. 60% of all transmission is by sharing unsterilized needles for injection drug use. It can also be spread by blood transfusions, medical procedures, or even body modifications (e.g., tattoos, piercings), if the tools used are not sterilized.
Hep C can be cured by antiviral drugs. NWIH tests patients with SUD and successfully treats Hepatitis C at our clinics.
When you come here to NWIH, and go to the groups, and see all the people around you who are there for support, it can be really reassuring to know that you’re not alone. And when patients feel that support and they see the community that’s available to them, I've seen plenty of patients feel really relieved, and they can keep moving forward in their journey.
At first I was hesitant to do the shot. I wanted to do the sub’s. The doctor “Khan” said the shot would be better so I trusted him and went for the Vivitrol treatment. The hardest part was the 7 day withdrawal before the shot. Dr. Khan gave me some medication to help with the withdrawals which helped but it was still really hard. I got to the point where I couldn’t wait to get the shot so I could finally start this recovery process. I’ve only been on the shot for one month and what a huge difference it made! Before I couldn’t control or stop myself from going and getting high. The addiction controlled me. Now after the shot, I can control the desire to go get high and the desire to get high is less and less everyday. This shot gave me the biggest tool to finally say no! I think about my addiction less and less and more about my future and what I want out of it. This shot saved my life and brought me back into reality.
Thank you Dr. Khan, you are amazing!
I remember a father who came to NWIH. He had been desperately seeking an addiction specialist for his 16 year-old son. He took his son to many treatment places but no provider knew how to treat that patient. We took on that case and successfully treated him. The first thing he asked for was food when he felt well again. His father was so happy. He has finished high school now. That case motivated me to pursue addiction medicine. I want to be that provider who patients would seek out for treatment regardless of the distance needed to travel, and NWIH would be the place they would come to.
The days when I was emotional and crying, they were there to put a hand on my shoulder and say, hey, you’re alright, you’re gonna get through it, here’s a tissue, c’mon dry it up. that’s what’s needed in some of these programs, those moments to acknowledge the feeling, to accept the feeling, and to move on from the feeling, and to have a person next to you, especially clinal staff where they’re not just pushing you aside. That’s what keeps you engaged with the program, that’s what helps you get here on days when its sunny out and you don’t feel like coming. ‘Cause you wanna see the staff who held you up.
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Honestly, like they are really nice people here. They're with you every step of the way.
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What keeps me coming is you know the bottom line, they saved my life.
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NWIH does not deny services based on inability. Discounts are available based on family size and income. A discounted/sliding fee schedule is available to all our patients.
We accept the following insurances:
Aetna, Amerigroup, Cigna, Coordinated Care, First Choice Health, Molina Healthcare, Optum, Premera, Regence, Washington Apple Health