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Debbie Graham, Executive Director

A Letter from Our Executive Director

Welcome to Sound Pathways. Or rather, welcome back to Sound Pathways. As Pacific Treatment Alternatives we have been a part of the Snohomish community for more than fifty years. Our work in supporting at-risk families and individuals facing alcohol and substance use disorders is woven into the very fabric of this community.

With every passing year, we learn more about how to best serve our community and continue to grow and evolve as a social services agency. Part of our recent growth has been to examine how we represent ourselves to the public. And while the name Pacific Treatment Alternatives benefited us for many years, it no longer fully represents who we are and what we do…

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Drug and alcohol addiction is relentless. So are we. For more than 50 years, Sound Pathways has worked diligently to keep families together.

We have been at the forefront of supporting at-risk individuals facing alcohol and substance use disorders in Snohomish County. While we focus primarily on supporting pregnant and parenting women, we have expanded our services to assist men with similar alcohol and substance use disorders throughout the county.

Working to provide wrap-around social services in this close-knit community has taught us many things.

What We Have Learned.

We know that between 5,000 – 10,000 Snohomish County residents suffer from opioid use disorder. While it is estimated that between 35,000 – 80,000 county residents misuse opioids.

We understand that substance use disorders take many forms. We know addiction affects every gender, identity, race, color, religion, and age. A person’s marital status, income, sexual orientation, zip code, or profession are not solely an indication of their likelihood to abuse alcohol or drugs. There simply is no typical substance use disorder story.

We also know that alcoholism and addiction radically harm families. These diseases can tear them apart emotionally and literally. The long-term effects of drug and alcohol addiction often keep families from ever fully healing.

We work tirelessly to combat these diseases in order to help people regain their health and their self-reliance, to keep families safe and together, and to create a stronger community for all.

Why Our Work Matters.

50,000
People in the United States

In 2019, nearly 50,000 people in the United States died from opioid-involved overdoses.

700
Individuals Die Each Year

Approximately 700 individuals die each year from an opioid overdose in our state with 180 (25%) of those deaths occurring in Snohomish County.

#1
Leading Cause of Accidental Deaths

Opioid overdose deaths are now the leading cause of accidental deaths in almost every part of Washington State.

1,400
Emergency Room Visits

1,400 emergency room visits are caused by substance misuse each year in Snohomish County.

42,600
People in Snohomish Co.

Drug use isn’t always illegal. Nine million Americans misuse prescriptions drugs every year, 42,600 of those people live in Snohomish County.

105
Unsheltered Households

At any time, Snohomish County has on average 105 homeless families with children and only 70 bed spaces allocated for households with children.

Our Wrap Around Social Services

We serve and support more than 5,000 people each year. As a result, hundreds of families have been reunited or have been spared the trauma of separation.

Sound Pathways Programs & Services

Over several decades, our core programs have been refined to effectively support people struggling with the generational cycles of trauma, addiction, and abuse. Our focus is to help people find safe pathways to recovery so that they can become healthy and self-reliant.

Sound Pathways serves people seeking recovery from substance use disorders who are low-income, need mental health support, are currently homeless, or are part of other underserved populations in Snohomish County. All services are free to eligible clients.

Your donation can help us change lives and strengthen our community.

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Client Testimonials

……Our job is to create a safe and supportive place for our clients to become self-reliant, sober, and successful. We know that every client walks their own path to recovery, and we honor, support, and guide those individual paths.

Our new name Sound Pathways speaks to the journey each of our clients takes as they work toward recovery. It speaks to the journey our staff takes as they partner with our clients. And it speaks to the journey our community takes as they partner with us.

Our tagline, A Way Forward, shines a light on the optimism we feel for our clients. For the strength, respect, and hope we share with them on their journey.

While our name and look have changed, we remain steadfast in our mission to aspire to give our clients and community hope for a better future and our vision to end substance abuse and generational trauma in Snohomish County.

Throughout this new website, you can learn about the challenges our region faces in addressing substance use; explore the evidence-based programs and services that support our mission, and meet the people who bring our mission and vision to life every day.

We’ve also created exciting ways to engage with us including a convenient online donation portal and ready-made social media donor campaigns as well as updated volunteer opportunities.

We look forward to many more years of walking beside our clients and serving our community. Together, we will always find a way forward.

Thank you,

Debbie Graham
Executive Director