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Modern Views on Drug Addiction and Treatment are Changing


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September 17th, 2014 No Comments

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The modern recovery moment traces its origins to Alcoholics Anonymous, in 1939.  Over that long period, science has made many advances in understanding the nature of addiction and different ideas of how to treat it.  Even as the motivation and need for sobriety has remained unchanged, there are new and innovative methods for accomplishing these goals.  Here are some of the recent innovative ideas that are affecting how addiction and treatment is understood.

A push for integration between the worlds of medicine and recovery

 Scientific research, particularly in how an addict’s mind and body operates, has led to a shift away from understanding addiction as a moral failure, or something requiring stronger will power, to an illness requiring medical treatment.  In light of this, it is a disturbing reality that most people with the illness of addiction do not get needed medical care.  According to a report from the Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, while 80 percent of people who have high blood pressure get medical attention, only about 10 percent of people with addiction are receiving evidence-based treatment.

Many medical doctors are unaware of the reality of addiction, and many people in the recovery movement have very little medical training.  Thus, there is a need for addiction medicine to come more in line with medical practice. This means that doctors and other health care providers are becoming need to be made more aware of the issues of substance abuse, learning to test for and diagnose addiction the way they would for any other illness.

A realization that care should be long-term based, and not one-size-fits all

A week or month long stay in a rehab center can do some good helping you get over the initial problems of withdraw, a serious substance abuse problem cannot be “fixed” in such a short period of time. With just one short-term program, it can be easy to relapse as you settle back into a life otherwise unchanged. Recovery should rather be thought of as a long-term process, spread out over months or even years.

Treatment for addiction should be individualized and long-term, responding to your unique needs and caring for you as a whole person, focusing on the biological, emotional, and social challenges of withdraw and sobriety. Cognitive-Behavioral therapy can be a useful way of dealing with root causes, and this is sometimes combined with medications that can lessen withdraw and addiction symptoms.  This may also involve the input of a social worker to address living conditions that precipitate addiction.  In short, addition counselors are working to make use of a variety of perspectives to get a full picture of a person’s individualized needs, and adjust their program based on which available options will work.

A shift away from merely solving the “negative” issue of getting rid of the addiction, towards a “positive” push towards living a full, sober life

The positive psychology movement of Carl Rogers has led to a shift away from therapists only thinking about people needed treatment as people with problems that need solving. Rather, the important thing is to help all people reach a state of self-actualization, in which an individual is aware of what he or she wants out of life and how to strive for it. In this way of thinking it is not enough merely to understand sobriety as a way of life that avoids substance abuse. Rather, we should look at what can motivate the person to replace addiction with a healthier lifestyle.

The emphasis should be on empowering the individual to work towards something positive, not merely avoiding an addictive substance. While traditionally addiction has been understood primarily as a moral, medical, spiritual, social, or psychological issue, contemporary ways of dealing with the issue integrate all these areas, using a variety of “lenses” to determine how an addict can feel like a whole person again.

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5 Ways To Overcome Fear In Recovery


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August 27th, 2014 No Comments

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There are lots of reasons to feel afraid. Some fear is legitimate, protecting us from danger. However, a lot of the time, fear is counterproductive, keeping us from taking steps towards positive change or improved relationships, and maintaining a harmful but comfortable status quo. Recovery is a huge change, and some hard actions you take to alter behavior, and so it can bring a lot of powerful fearful emotions along with it.  Rather then letting fear hold you back, here are some ways you can learn how to respond to fear, listen to it, and ignore it enough to do what is right for you.

1)    Identify the thing that makes you afraid

Naming fears is the first step to dealing with them.  Often fear comes amorphously, a simple feeling of dread that feels unexplainable. Rather then give in; pause to ask yourself, “What do I really have to be afraid of? What worst-case scenario am I picturing that’s making me want to hold back?”  Sometimes simply by stating your fear of change outright, you can realize that in reality, you have nothing to be afraid of.  If the fear remains even after being named, you can analyze the fear and figure out how to best approach the situation with a more a level head.

2)    Use gratitude and a positive mindset to focus on good in life

Look around at your life, and realize that you’ve made it through hard times before. There is a lot that is going well in the world, and by brining your focus on that, you can take it off the parts that feel intimidating. Realize too that there will continue to be good things in your life no matter what will allow you to have less anxiety about the future, allowing you to accept whatever outcome happens. 

3)    Do the thing that you are afraid of, one baby step at a time

Such a huge goal as “get sober” is too much for any person to do at once. Naturally, with such a huge task ahead of them, it would be easy to feel fear at the possibility of failure. The way to address such a huge fear is by taking small steps, making smaller goals, and realizing you have the capacity to meet them.  In this way, you will not allow fear to stop you from doing something, but in small ways that will boost your confidence.  Like the man moving a mountain with a spoon, who simply keeps at doing a small action, again and again, until it all adds up to something huge.

4)    Share your fears with others who are supportive, especially with a group of people also in recovery

There is an African proverb that goes “sharing joy multiples it, and sharing trouble divides it.” Although it may sometimes feel like it, you are not the only person who has ever faced whatever you are going through. A good support group or trusted friend may be facing issues very similar to what your own fear. They can encourage you, empathize with you, and tell their story of getting over their fear, in a way that could be encouraging to you.

5) Visualize yourself as you would most like to be

A lot of times, fear is rooted in the imagination. Your mind creates scenes of things going badly, and your body responds by trying to retreat or panic, so the bad thing imagined doesn’t happen.  Counteract this tendency by creating your own visualizations, but ones that are full of gratefulness and hope. Imagine yourself, living confidently and victorious over your addictions, able to lead a happy life where you are in control of doing what’s truly enjoyable and good for you. This exercise will give you confidence as you go through life, and helping you face your worst fears. 

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What Parts Are Necessary For An Intervention


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July 25th, 2014 No Comments

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Orchestrating an intervention for a loved one can be a delicate and stressful endeavor. However, when the people close to an addict feel like they need to stage an intervention, chances are the addict is in desperate need of help. Interventions are often considered the last resort to get someone help. An intervention shouldn’t be staged without careful planning and the assistance of a professional interventionist. The ultimate goal of an intervention is to get the addict to agree to get treatment, and not to estrange them even more. Relations between the two parties can be so strained, that a professional interventionist needs to be present to provide the proper moderation and guidance. For anyone wanting to stage an intervention, here are the parts necessary to perform one successfully.

Carefully Research The Situation

A lot needs to be considered before putting the wheels of an intervention in motion. Things that need to considered are:

  • What treatment center will be offered to the addict?
  • Will insurance cover the costs?
  • Who are the closest people to the addict?
  • Is the addiction immediately life-threatening?
  • Are there children involved who might be affected?

All of these things need to considered to set a time-frame. For example if the addict’s personal safety or safety of children involved in the situation are at stake, then the intervention needs to be put in motion right away. However, if the situation isn’t that immediate, more time can be taken to research the right treatment center, who is available to be involved in the intervention, and where it should take place.

Gather The Right People

Once the situation is assessed, then one of the most important parts of the intervention needs to be organized, which is gathering the right people to stage the intervention with. Gauge who is willing to take the time to attend and when they are all available, and where the meeting will take place. Then ask them to write a letter stating to the addict why treatment must be sought immediately, and how it has negatively affected them. Then the order of who reads their letter should be decided. As mentioned before, a successful intervention needs to be orchestrated with care and planning to have the best chance of convincing the addict that treatment is the right solution. Once this part has been organized and planned, then the final part of planning the intervention can be done.

Find A Professional

It’s essential that an intervention professional be brought on board to make sure that everything is done to ensure success. The professional can help with the letters, figuring out the best location, and the best way to approach the addict. The professional can also provide some counseling and advice to the people who will be staging the intervention, so as to avoid conflict and figure out the best way to interact with the addict. Once the professional has been consulted, the team is in place, and the location figured out the intervention can then be staged.

Consider All Outcomes Before Going Forward

However, one more important thing the people who are staging the intervention should consider are all the possible outcomes. The best case scenario is of course the meeting going smoothly, and the addict willingly decides that getting treatment is the best option. Unfortunately, even the best laid plans can go awry. There is also the possibility of the addict refusing treatment and the intervention causing an estrangement. In this case, the people staging the intervention should be prepared for that outcome, but understand that they are going to lose that person to addiction anyways, so the benefits far outweigh the consequences. And with the proper planning, an intervention may even save that person’s life and future.

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5 Physical Activities That Benefit Health And Sobriety


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July 23rd, 2014 No Comments

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Incorporating physical activity into a regular routine is essential to facilitate health and sobriety. While it’s important for every person to do, it’s even more important for someone trying to maintain a long-term recovery from addiction. When someone is working on maintaining sobriety the process involves strengthening themselves physically and mentally. Besides working out nutrition plays an important role in recovery as well.

The body has already been weakened and is used to being abused, and physical activity helps the body become healthy and strong again. Many people now take the holistic approach to sobriety, and that means finding balance in their life, which involves integrating physical activities that help calm the mind and keep the body active. Here are 5 physical activities that benefit health and sobriety.

One: Walking Or Running

One of the simplest and most effective physical exercises that people can do is walking, or running if they feel like they are already in good shape. The great thing about walking is that it can be done by anyone no matter where they are located.

It’s free and doesn’t need any equipment or require any training. People can also vary the location of their walks, such as hiking on a nature trail or forest. Besides keeping a person in shape, it will lower the risk of heart disease and will help clear the mind. And when someone gets into the regular routine of walking, it helps add structure into their lives.

Two: Yoga

Yoga has been noted as being particularly effective in helping break the addiction patterns that the brain forms. Yoga increases body awareness and helps a recovering addict connect with the body in a more intimate way, through breathing and guided exercises. Yoga can help someone learn how to manage their emotional stasis and discover how strong and powerful their body actually is.

Three: Painting Or Drawing

In this day and age, when most people are glued to their smartphone or tablet, the physical act of drawing and painting can be incredibly therapeutic. The value of using one’s hands to create something is underrated and can have a calming and healing effect on a person. When someone in recovery paints or draws it’s not about creating the finished piece, but accessing the creative and happy part of the mind that probably had previously been lying dormant.

Four: Building Something

Likewise building something can help stimulate the mind in a way that it hasn’t been before. And it doesn’t have to be, and probably shouldn’t be complicated, unless someone has previous experience. It can be as simple as building a wall hanging or folding origami or constructing a simple piece of furniture, but the act of building something creates an innate sense of satisfaction and helps build self-esteem.

And in a more abstract sense, building something can even mean planting a garden or landscaping a yard. Overall it means just putting time and energy into a project and creating something.

Five: Swimming

If someone is lucky enough to be near water, whether a public pool or beach, then swimming is an amazing physical activity to take part in. Easier on the body than almost any other form of exercise, it nonetheless has great cardiovascular benefits, and helps a person feel stronger and happier. Being in the water is always an enjoyable and satisfying workout, where a person utilizes all parts of the body during swimming.

And like walking or yoga, regularly scheduling swimming sessions will help add structure to a person’s life. And by incorporating exercise on a regular basis, over the long-term the individual will look better, and be stronger mentally and emotionally. Exercise is an essential part of finding a holistic balance in one’s life. People can learn to interact with their bodies in kind, compassionate, and nurturing ways.

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Do Women And Men Have Different Types Of Recovery?


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July 9th, 2014 No Comments

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There is no question that women and men have a number of physiological differences when it comes to the development and progression of addiction. Alcohol and other drugs affect women and men differently and can ultimately impact the way that they recover from their substance abuse problems. Neither gender seems to recover more quickly or easily, but the path that each takes throughout the journey to sobriety is slightly different.

The experience of drug use and addiction varies greatly between men and women who have physical, psychological and emotional differences that factor into their dependency. As the number of women suffering from alcohol and drug abuse continues to grow it is important to look into these differences to improve the recovery process for them and attend to their specific needs.

Gender Differences In Addiction

Historically, addiction is a problem that is much more prevalent for men than women. Even in today’s world, men are twice as likely as women to become addicted to drugs or alcohol except in the case of prescription drugs which is about equal. When it comes to alcohol abuse the rates of addiction can be as much as three times greater for men. In spite of these numbers, the amount of women seeking recovery for alcohol or drug addiction has been on the rise in recent years. Although addiction is more prevalent for men, it remains a significant problem for women who are struggling with a dependency.

The reasons that men and women tend to gravitate toward drug abuse can also differ. Men may use drugs to amplify positive moods and cope with social problems while women may use alcohol or drugs to self-medicate their emotional and psychological issues. Studies show that women are more likely to have issues like depression, anxiety or eating disorders which can contribute to their risk of developing an addiction. Stress factors such as relationships, childhood trauma, and victimization can also be serious risk factors for women who begin engaging in substance abuse.

Challenges in Recovery

When it comes to addiction recovery, women are actually less likely to seek help for their substance abuse problems than men. This can be due to the social stigma that is associated with being a female alcoholic along with practical concerns such as cost, child-care arrangements and responsibilities at work and home. It can also be more dangerous for women to wait too long to seek treatment for their addiction. The stages of alcoholism and drug abuse tend to progress more rapidly for women and the effects on their body are more severe. If a woman waits until she hits rock bottom to get help for her addiction then it may already be too late.

When women and men are in the process of recovery they may have to experience different barriers and obstacles to overcome. Women more often must deal with symptoms of depression that can represent a major challenge in their recovery. They may also have more issues with self-judgment and a critical inner voice that can make it difficult to fight cravings.

Once women and men reach the stages of recovery in a treatment center, they can both be equally successful in their attempts to become sober. They both have similar rates of abstinence and relapse making them about the same as far as their ability to recover. Women, however, tend to have shorter relapse periods and a greater willingness to seek help after a relapse. When given treatment for their specific needs such as group therapy or treatment for mental disorders, women can be as successful as men in recovery. Each gender may have certain needs in their recovery but both can become sober and avoid relapse with the right kind of treatment.

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The Most Integral Changes in Addiction Treatment of the Past 20 Years


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July 7th, 2014 No Comments

Changes In Addiction Treatment

Recovering from addiction is often a difficult and heart-breaking process for everyone involved. Depending on the severity of their addiction, substance abusers may have to return to rehab treatment several times before finally becoming sober for good. The treatment approach for many decades has focused mainly on 12 step programs and a medication-free recovery. Now doctors and scientists are beginning to change their views of addiction therapy and push for more recognition of addiction as a disease that can be treated through medical approaches. In the past, addiction has been considered a behavioral problem rather than a medical problem but there have been significant changes in the view of addiction and methods of treatment in recent years.

Medical Treatment for Addiction

In only the last couple of years a top addiction society officially declared addiction a “brain disorder” that could be treated by doctors as well as addiction specialists. Medical schools can now offer a specialty substance abuse training program for doctors to be able to treat people suffering from addiction. The government has also created new resources to help guide patients, families and doctors toward science-based addiction treatment and there have been more developments in medication to treat addiction. Now instead of being viewed as a moral failing of the individual, addiction is considered more of a chronic disease of the brain that can be treated.

Addiction Treatment in the Past

Addiction is a significant problem in the U.S. with about 21 million Americans suffering from a substance abuse disorder for which they need special recovery treatment. There are more deaths caused by drug overdoses than traffic accidents in America. Unfortunately, the vast majority of Americans who are addicted to drugs other than nicotine do not receive treatment. Most of those people who do receive addiction treatment are provided help by programs that are not proven to be effective and are run by people with no medical training. The most popular recovery programs using the 12 step method do not have enough solid data to show their effectiveness. The history of the recovery movement of the past 20 years shows that addicts were shunned by the medical establishment and were forced to receive help outside of it. This is why most drug abuse treatment has been developed outside of mainstream medicine and fails to prove its effectiveness. 

More Effective Treatment for Addiction

Over time, laboratory science has revealed addiction to be a true medical problem involving serious brain alterations caused by drug use. Alcohol can alter brain circuitry and most drugs affect the brain’s ability to produce normal levels of dopamine. Even after abstaining from drug use for a period of time, the brain of an addict can often fail to return to normal. Addicts must cope with severe mood swings and intense cravings or urges to use again. These types of brain changes make addiction a disease that should also be treated medically rather than simply through behavioral therapy. Addiction often proves to be a chronic disorder that requires multiple rounds of therapy and treatment to reduce the risk of relapse.

The most significant contributions to addiction treatment have been the development of medications used for treating substance abuse such as methadone for heroin or Antabuse for alcoholism. The future of addiction treatment will most likely involve more medications that can work effectively and be obtained through medical treatment. This type of medical treatment should be incorporated with the therapy available through existing substance abuse treatment centers. Drugs that can reduce cravings and prevent relapse are now becoming a key element in addiction treatment. The biggest changes in addiction treatment have come because of the shift in the view of addiction as a medical disease rather than a social or behavioral issue.

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5 Tips To Get You Through Early Sobriety


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June 18th, 2014 No Comments

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The journey of recovery is long and arduous, but extraordinarily fulfilling when one has been able to overcome obstacles. Anyone recovering from a severe addiction should remember that there is not a single roadmap to success, but varies depending on the individual and the circumstances. Most addicts in recovery agree that the hardest part of the journey is the early stages of sobriety. This is when someone has to learn how to live life in a completely different way. Sobriety isn’t only about the addiction, but the lifestyle that has come with the addiction, and learning to find another way to live. Here are five tips to get you through the early stages of sobriety.

One: Find A Support Group

There are twelve-step groups for every type of addiction, but particularly for drugs and alcohol. So when someone is first starting to live a sober life, a support group can always be found in the local chapter. There are even mentors willing and able to help others who are starting their journey. The individual can also look for other means of support, whether it’s through friends, family, or even religion. There is no wrong or right way to find a support group, only that it aids the individual in getting through the initial stages of recovery.

Two: Understand Relapse Doesn’t Mean Failure

Even if an individual does relapse, that doesn’t necessarily mean failure. People are not perfect, and even those with the best attentions can have a weak moment. What matters most is that the addict gets back up and works on being sober again. The worse thing one can do is to think that recovery is already a failure and go back to being an addict. If relapse does occur, speak to someone with experience in addiction about the relapse, whether it’s a mentor or an addiction treatment professional. Then try to understand what caused the relapse and how to avoid it in the future.

Three: Stay Away From Alcohol-Related Situations

Particularly during the early stages of rehab, stay away from situations where alcohol will be involved. And people will understand if one explains the recovery process. In the fragile early stages of recovery, stay away from all alcohol-related social events, get-togethers, and friends who drink. While this may seem severe, it’s crucial that any type of temptation be avoided.

Four: Go To Bed Early

Nightlife, partying, and feelings of loneliness are a toxic brew during the nighttime. When someone is alone at night, particularly if they had previously lead a lifestyle of partying and alcohol, going to bed early is one of the most effective things they can do to avoid getting into that lifestyle again. If they stay up late, feelings of loneliness and restlessness can be overwhelming. This means that the individual should go to bed early, get up early, and integrate that routine into their life, so they can learn to function without the allure of alcohol.

Five: Eat Healthy And Exercise

Eating healthy and exercising will help an individual get into the routine of going to bed early and getting up early. The exercise is particularly important because it will help the individual burn energy, and feel good because of the endorphins that exercise releases in the body. And eating healthy will help rebuild the body and mind from the abuse it has suffered because of the addiction. This is part of the overall lifestyle change an addict should undergo to create a holistic change, so that sobriety can be achieved long term. Addicts in recovery should also remember that recovery is an on-going process, and sobriety should be considered a work in progress. 

10 Ways To Help An Addict Find Treatment


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June 9th, 2014 No Comments

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1. Learn all you can about addiction.
Addiction means so much more than just a physical reliance on a substance. Addiction is a behavior that can be a symptom of underlying emotional issues, a chemical imbalance in the brain, or another disorder that has not been addressed and has led the person to self medicate. Addiction isn’t just about drugs or alcohol either. A person can be addicted to food, sex, exercise, work, or another behavior. It’s important to look at the bigger picture of an individual’s addiction. This means looking at whether there are co-occurring disorders such as anxiety, OCD, or depression present. Knowing about these underlying disorders is an important step in determining what kind of treatment is right for the person.

2. Give the right kind of support.
Supporting a loved one with an addiction is a tricky thing. On one hand, you want to do whatever you can to get them the help they need. On the other hand, you don’t want to enable their addiction or make excuses for their behavior. It’s a fine line to tread, so it’s important to remember that putting a stop to any enabling behavior and taking action are the best things you can do to help.

3. Do not give financial support.
This is another enabling behavior that will only the path to recovery harder. Financial enabling can take the form of paying an addicted family member’s bills or letting them stay in your home while abusing substances.

4. Set up boundaries.
Once you put a stop to enabling behaviors, it’s time to set up boundaries to protect yourself and your family. This step can feel harsh and can be very difficult, but remember you’re doing it out of love and a desire to get help for the loved one with an addiction. Set the boundaries and make the decision to stick to them no matter what.

5. Be kind to yourself.
Not many are aware that the recovery process doesn’t just involve the person getting treatment. Because their addiction affects family and other relationships, each person will be affected by it and will handle it in a different way. Addiction will bring out all sorts of complicated emotions, so it’s important to deal with them in a kind and supportive way. Family members and others can seek support through therapy or by joining a group specifically for loved ones of addicts.

6. Don’t let the addiction take over your life.
It can be easy to get so caught up in your loved one’s struggle, you neglect your other family members, job, or relationship. Care for yourself and carry on with regular life activities. Joining a support group can really help in this area as well.

7. Don’t try to control the addiction yourself.
Often family members will try to take matters into their own hands by using guilt, intimidation, or fear when dealing with the addict. This approach will only make things worse. Let go of control and leave the matter to professionals. The best thing you can do is act with love and offer support for their recovery.

8. Point your loved one in the right direction.
Seeking treatment is not as easy as it sounds and your loved one may not know where to begin. Do a little research and see what kinds of treatment are out there. An intervention may be a good idea if you need professional help approaching them.

9. Offer encouragement.
Once your loved one agrees that they need treatment, offer encouragement to help them stay on the right path. Recovery is hard, so all the encouragement you can give will really help.

10. Stay involved.
Many addictions are rooted in family problems, so it’s a good idea to stay engaged during the recovery process so your loved one doesn’t feel alone. It’s a time when not only the addict can heal, but the whole family does as well.

Seasons In Malibu


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April 30th, 2014 No Comments

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Why Seasons in Malibu is different:

“From our revolutionary guarantee to our state of the art treatment program to our three amazing ocean front residences, Seasons in Malibu stands above and leads the treatment community in the standard of care we can give our patients.”

More about Seasons in Malibu:

A Leading Drug Rehab and Treatment Center in California

Every day, thousands of people cross over from substance abuse into full-on drug addiction. The stakes are incredibly high, as their dependence on cocaine, heroin, prescription medication or other substances puts their health, their relationships and even their families at risk. When an individual comes to the realization that they are in dire need of professional help, drug rehab programs are there to turn things around. Read more about our the treatment programs we offer at our drug rehab center.

Comprehensive Alcohol Rehab Programs for the Entire Family

Alcohol addiction can be an everyday struggle. Alcoholism impacts the lives of more American families than any other drug – leaving in its wake a myriad of health problems, social issues and broken families. For those who seek real change, there are alcohol treatment programs. Designed to help individuals overcome the physical and psychological addiction to alcohol these programs have saved countless lives. Read more about our Alcohol Rehab Center.

Offering Freedom from Prescription Drug Addiction

One of the fastest growing drug problems in the United States is prescription drug addiction. With more young people, elderly individuals and everyone in between turning to prescription drugs as a means for coping with life stressors or to get high, drug rehab facilities are seeing a rapid rise in the number of patients addicted to these medications. The need for Oxycontin rehab, Vicodin rehab and treatment for the abuse of other painkillers is more necessary than ever before, as more people find themselves dependent before long. Thankfully, help is available for those who are ready. Read more about Prescription Drug Rehab at Seasons in Malibu.

Continuing Recovery With Aftercare Programs


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April 26th, 2014 No Comments

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The 5 Ways Aftercare Can Help Build A Foundation For Long Term Recovery

Completing a drug or alcohol treatment program is a big accomplishment, but the hard work doesn’t stop there. If you’re committed to living a sober life, then there are additional steps you must take.

Some common obstacles to recovery and relapse triggers:

- Not having the right tools to deal with stress and emotional turmoil after completing a treatment program.

- Not accepting professional help or guidance from therapists, counselors, or doctors.

- Conflicts with friends, family, or peers.

- Not having support from friends, family, or peers. Not living in an environment that supports a newly sober lifestyle.

- Losing or waning motivation for staying sober and changing a lifestyle.

- Negative thinking and feelings of low self esteem and self worth.

Choosing continued support after completing treatment helps you deal with these common challenges and significantly lowers the chances of a relapse. Aftercare should follow a structured program and should go on for a long period of time after treatment. Aftercare has been proven to improve the chances of a successful and long lasting recovery, as well as minimizing the likelihood of recovery.

What Aftercare Can Do For The Recovery Process

An aftercare program is specially structured to offer the kind of ongoing support needed to encourage a lasting and successful recovery. Someone who begins aftercare treatment has usually completed a detox, inpatient, and outpatient program. Aftercare is a good idea for anyone with any amount of treatment completed. It will increase their chances of staying sober and building a lasting foundation for recovery.

Aftercare consists of a few basic components, including but not limited to clinical and social support. Therapeutic services with the original treatment center are a good idea, as well as help from other sources. These other sources can include 12 step meetings, group therapy, individual therapy, medication, or sober living.

Support is a huge part of a successful recovery. This can come from a biological family, or a community of other sober people, or even both if possible. The transition isn’t easy, so any help or support received goes a long way.

How Aftercare Helps A Newly Sober Person

Some of the specific ways aftercare can help someone recovering from a drug or alcohol addiction are included below:

- Increasing awareness and knowledge of their triggers.

In recovery, you learn what your addiction is made of, specifically what forces in your life contributed to a substance or alcohol abuse problem. The more knowledge you have, the more power you gain over your addiction. This self awareness should continue to be a focus in aftercare, where counseling and group therapy can be used to identify addiction triggers.

- Learning how to cope.

It may seem like part of recovery is learning how to avoid triggers to stay sober, but oftentimes that goal is unrealistic and impossible to achieve. Instead of avoiding triggers, it’s a good idea to learn how to cope with them as they arise. In your recovery, you will inevitably confront some obstacles. Developing the skills to deal with these obstacles is a major part of aftercare and an important building block of recovery.

- Developing positive, supportive relationships.

Love and support are other building blocks of a successful recovery. Aftercare focuses on finding and building that kind of support. Family, friends, therapists, and group members can all fulfill the role.

- Keeping stress in check.

It’s impossible to avoid or eliminate stress altogether, but you can definitely find healthy ways to manage it. Stress management activities are included in any aftercare program and can include activities such as exercise, meditation, or volunteering.

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