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Tips for Staying Sober in Social Situations

Posted on: March 14th, 2017 by The Gooden Center No Comments

 Tips for Staying Sober in Social Situations

However long you’ve been sober, you will inevitably end up having to attend social events or obligations around people that are drinking and who may not be familiar with your situation. There can be any number of awkward incidents that come up in a social gathering when you are one of the few sober people attending. People might politely offer you alcohol or even mistakenly buy you a drink without realizing that you quit drinking. It can be stressful to be in this type of environment especially if you are used to spending time mostly among other sober people. Although you may feel uncomfortable there is no reason to avoid social obligations simply because you are sober.

These are some strategies you can take to help you cope with parties, conferences, weddings or any social event that might involve alcohol.

1. Bring a Sober Friend

If you are really worried about attending a certain social event where you don’t know anyone, it may be helpful to have a safety net. Inviting a sober friend as your plus one can make you feel less isolated when everyone around you is drinking. You will have someone there who understands your situation and may be experiencing a lot of the same feelings. With a sober friend you will have someone supporting you and you can rely on each other to get through the night. Bringing someone from your inner circle will almost certainly guarantee you will have a better time.

2. Drink Non-Alcoholic Beverages or Mocktails

Sometimes it may feel strange not to have a drink in your hand or something to do as you walk around and mingle. You can drink plenty of water, soda, juice or even order a virgin drink or mocktail. This can help you avoid people offering you an alcoholic beverage because you already have a drink in your hand. It can also make you feel less like you are sticking out like a sore thumb when everyone else is drinking something. If the party offers food or snacks they can also be a good distraction and will help you enjoy the experience a little more.

3. Be a Designated Driver

If you have the option to be the driver for someone else who is drinking then this can help you feel more comfortable in social situations. If you don’t feel like going into detail about why you don’t drink, being a designated driver gives you a quick explanation about your sobriety for the night. If you want to leave early you can always offer to drive someone else at the moment they are leaving so you won’t have to stick around longer than you want to. Being a designated driver also gives you a sense of purpose and can keep you focused on staying sober.

4. Be Prepared with What You Want to Say

Although you may find ways to avoid the conversation, you should always think about what you want to say if someone asks why you aren’t drinking. In some cases you may feel comfortable enough to tell them that you quit because it was a problem. With someone you don’t know very well, however, you might not be ready to tell them something so personal. There are plenty of answers that will suffice such as saying that you are not drinking for health reasons, you want to drive home sober or that you have to wake up early. It is always your choice who you want to tell about your personal life and there is nothing wrong with skirting the issue or giving lighter answers.

5. Have a Backup Plan

Even parties you are really nervous about may end up being uneventful, but in the case where you are really starting to feel anxious, tempted to drink or simply too uncomfortable it always good to have a backup strategy. You should have someone on hand that you know you can call for support if you can’t physically bring a friend. This could be your sponsor, someone you know from recovery or just a close friend that you trust. Talking to them might help you deal with the feelings you are having so that you can calm down and return to the party. If you are still feeling out of sorts should always have an excuse ready in case you need to leave early. When you are too stressed out the best option is just to tell the host you aren’t feeling well and leave right away.

As time passes, attending social obligations as a sober person becomes much easier and you learn how to handle any situation that comes up. The important thing is to be prepared and take care of yourself in whatever way necessary so that you are able to stay sober.

How to Motivate Your Loved One to Go to Drug Rehab Treatment

Posted on: February 9th, 2017 by The Gooden Center No Comments

How to Motivate Your Loved One to Go to Drug Rehab Treatment

When someone you love has a drug problem and you feel that there are clear signs and symptoms of an addiction then the next step is talking to them about treatment. Telling someone that they need help is a very delicate subject and requires a lot of tact so that you don’t end up offended them or pushing them further away. People with addictions are often in a very complicated psychological state because of the effect that their drug use has had on their brain and emotions. They could be defensive and want to protect themselves and their ability to continue their habit without any interference. Sometimes their level of denial is so strong that they may believe that they do not need help or their drug use is completely under control. Understanding how to motivate someone to get help can make you an important catalyst for change in this person’s life. When you know for sure that a person has a dangerous addiction, you should get educate yourself on how to approach the situation and get involved so that you can prevent the problem from getting worse.

The Wrong Approach for Helping Drug Addicts

Before you get a sense of how to talk to someone about their addiction you should first learn the “don’ts” of approaching an addict. If you have a negative, angry attitude then you will not be able to convince them to get help because they will try to defend themselves. Being accusatory, preachy or condescending will cause more harm than good because they might only get more upset and turn back to drugs to escape. On the other hand, pleading or begging them to quit may cause them to ignore you because they are in a self-centered state of mind and do not care about pleasing other people. Even telling them about the dangers of their addiction will not always work because they may have little regard for their own life or health at this point. A better approach helping drug addicts is to help them see for themselves and lead them to the conclusion that they are drinking or using too much. This can be difficult because of the problem of denial.   

Overcoming Denial to Fight Drug Addiction

One of the biggest obstacles to someone deciding to seek treatment is their own powerful sense of denial that prevents them from seeing the situation objectively. Denial makes it almost impossible for people with addictions to admit that they need to quit and if you want to talk to someone about their drug use you need to have a strategy for approaching their denial. At times addicts can begin to break through denial on their own because the negative consequences of their drug use have built up and led them to hit rock bottom. It can actually be a good time to talk to someone with an addiction when they have just experienced a very serious consequence for their behavior because they may be more inclined to listen and admit that they have a problem. Timing is important and certain circumstances can make someone more prone to reach the conclusion on their own that they need to get treatment for their substance abuse.

Helping them Consider Rehab Drug Treatment

To get someone to at least consider rehab drug treatment you need to avoid being too aggressive or commanding about the situation. Sometimes the best way to start the conversation is to ask questions and get them discuss what is going on in their life. The more questions you ask, the more you are getting them to really think about the negative things that are happening in their life and whether their drug abuse is root of most of their problems. The truth is that addicts may think more positively about treatment if they feel that they have really made the decision for themselves. It is truly the best scenario because instead of them entering treatment as a way to fulfill an obligation to the people around them, they are choosing sobriety for themselves. Asking a lot of open ended questions can help effectively lead an addict to consider treatment rather than ordering them to get help because you believe it is the right thing for them.

Empathy for Addiction Recovery Help

Whenever you speak to someone about their addiction, you will have to constrain certain emotions and judgments that you may have about them. Even though you might feel angry, frustrated, or fed up with their behavior you will have to put those feelings aside and focus on empathy in your conversation. You might feel that you want to disagree with them when they say certain things but being antagonistic or not going with the flow can cause the discussion to go off the rails. Before speaking with them try to tap into your feelings of empathy and love for them. Try to put yourself in their shoes and understand where they are coming from so that you will be less likely to lash out or say the wrong thing. Always make empathy a priority when you are attempting to motivate someone to go to treatment. As long as you realize that underneath all of their selfish behavior, they really are suffering in their addiction and hurting themselves more than anything you can show compassion rather than judgement.

Encouraging Responsibility to Get Help for Alcohol Abuse

If you are trying to motivate someone to enter treatment your role is to help them recognize they have a problem and personally choose rehab as the right solution. The most effective way to do this is to encourage the addict to take responsibility for their actions and their addictive behavior. People with addictions often blame others for their problems and may want to avoid taking responsibility by saying their alcohol or drug use is everyone else’s fault. They may try to say that family difficulties or other people’s treatment of them drove them to addiction. While there could be family dynamics or other issues that influenced them to drink, it is important for them to realize that their behavior has always been their own choice. Taking ownership of their problems and taking responsibility for what they have done in the past helps to create a greater desire to change. Once they realize that it is up to them to make changes they will be more open to getting rehab treatment.

Creating Boundaries before Treatment for Drug Addiction

Sometimes when you have a close relationship with a person who is addicted to drugs or alcohol you end up getting too involved in the situation. As the friend or family member of an addicted person you can get caught up into the chaos and lose your sense of freedom and personal space, causing you extra stress in the process. One way to motivate a person to seek treatment is to begin to set boundaries with them so that they begin to realize how their actions are affecting other people. It is also the healthiest choice for everyone involved so that you do not fall into the habit of enabling the addict and putting the burden of their mistakes on yourself. You can tell them that you will not lend them any more money, bail them out of jail or even be around when they are drunk or high. Setting these boundaries is not an attempt to punish them for their actions but rather to keep you at a safe distance and allow the addict to fully experience the consequences of their actions. If you are always there to soften the blow of their mistakes, they will never completely understand the problems they are causing.

Enlisting Help for Drug Treatment Options

It might feel overwhelming and too complex to be responsible for helping an addict to get drug treatment options. If you feel that you can’t handle the task on your own, you should find help among a group of concerned friends and family members who also want them to start rehab. You may feel embarrassed or scared to bring up the subject to other people but you might find once you open up the topic that they are experiencing a lot of the same feelings that you are. Sharing your concerns about the conversation with a group of other people will help you collectively come up with a strategy that everyone thinks will work best for convincing them to get treatment. You can also reach out to a counselor and discuss your plans with them to get some professional advice about how to deal with an addicted person or even talk to someone you know who has been through treatment themselves and might have some personal insight into the situation.

Staging an Intervention for Recovery from Addiction

In the end you might decide that the best way to motivate your loved one to get treatment is to set up an intervention rather than have a one on one conversation. If you have tried to talk to them before and have made no progress than getting the help of a professional interventionist could help you ensure that you get the best possible outcome. An intervention can be carefully planned with the help of an unbiased third party who is there to facilitate conversation and prevent emotions from running high. Professionals with a lot of intervention experience will know the right way to approach the addict and handle their reactions to anything that is said. They know how to deal with issues of denial and defensiveness that might be preventing your loved one from making the decision to get help. An intervention is also a way to include a group of people in the person’s life that are worried about them and want to see them get better.

Talking about How to Treat Alcohol Abuse

Whether you choose a one on one conversation or a group intervention about the treatment for alcohol abuse, the discussion should always circle back to professional treatment as the solution. The first step of course is getting the addict to admit that they have a problem but the ultimate goal of talking to them is to convince them that they must go to rehab. Some addicts might insist that they can handle recovery on their own and can either moderate their drinking or go cold turkey without any help. You must be firm in persuading them that this is not an option because it will only create more problems and be dangerous to their health. By the end of your conversation they should be resolved to go into treatment starting with detoxification and then living in a residential facility. The only way to fully treat an addiction is with an intensive program that will help address the many physical and mental health issues that accompany substance abuse. Always make sure that your loved one will go to treatment and not attempt to quit on their own before the conversation ends.

Support as the Best Way to Beat Addiction

If you are successful in convincing someone to enter a treatment center for their addiction, then your involvement should not stop there. The best way you can help them recover is to be there for them and support them throughout the whole process. Stay in contact with them while they are in treatment and check in to see how they are doing and what kind of progress they have made. People with addictions need friends and loved ones to rely on for help when they are struggling to stay sober. Your role should be to keep encouraging them, listen to them and allow them to confide in you because recovery is too difficult to accomplish alone. You can be involved in their recovery by spending time with them doing sober activities and providing positive reinforcement whenever they need it the most. When they complete their treatment, they will still need your help in the transition to living at home again. If you help them stay on track and avoid relapse then they will be able to achieve a successful recovery.

 

Most Important Things to Consider Prior to Choosing a Drug Rehab Facility

Posted on: February 9th, 2017 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Important Things to Consider Prior to Choosing a Drug Rehab Facility

Choosing to enter a rehab center is a major decision that will cost money and time so anyone looking for treatment should be cautious about moving forward until they are certain it is the right situation. If you are suffering from a serious addiction, it is better to get treatment sooner than later but rushing into a decision could lead to disaster if you end up in a facility that doesn’t suit you and your specific needs. The unfortunate reality of addiction is that many people complete rehab treatment but still end up relapsing and eventually return to start treatment all over again. To avoid this from happening you need to carefully weigh the pros and cons of each treatment center you are considering so that you know you are going to be in an environment that will allow you to be successful. Each program is completely unique and has different services, amenities, and goals for their patients. There are certain things you need to think about before entering treatment so that you will be more prepared and ready to take on the program.

The Results of Drug Rehab Facilities

First you should think about what kind of results you are expecting for yourself and where you hope to be when you finish your treatment. Then you can ask each treatment center what they consider positive results in their patients and see if they measure up to what you want. Some rehab centers might consider it a success if a patient simply gets through detox, attends meetings and is taking medication. Others might consider completing a month long program to be the best result or staying abstinent after returning home. Some drug rehab facilities might go the extra mile and want patients to find gainful employment and improve relationships with their families in order to be fully successful. Speaking with a consultant at a facility and asking them what type of results they normally see from patients can help you find out if it will work for you and what your personal goals are with treatment.

The Length of Stay for a Live in Rehab Facility

If you are certain that you want to sign up for residential treatment and live in rehab facility rather than opting for an outpatient program you should think about how long you want to stay. Every treatment program will have different options for their live in facility with some providing short-term and long-term and others having only one length of stay to choose. You should think about how much time you want to spend in recovery and what will be the most effective way to ensure that you are ready to return home. Some people with milder addictions might prefer a short term program so that they can get back to living their normal life and other people may need extra time because they have more issues that they need to address. The most common length of stay is 28 days but some people with very severe addictions may need up to 90 days to fully recover. Finding the right length of stay for you will give you a better chance of success in the long run.

Medication in Treatment Facilities for Drug Addiction

Something to think about when you are looking at treatment facilities for drug addiction programs is whether you will need some type of medication either to reduce cravings or to help with coinciding mental health issues. Some programs offer substitute medications for people addicted to opiates such as methadone, buprenorphine or Suboxone while they are in detox or even while they are attending a rehab program. If you think that your addiction is so strong that it will not allow you to get through recovery without some type of substitute then find a program that offers these resources. On the other hand, if you want to go cold turkey off of any kind of substances and focus on sobriety right away then avoid any program that offers these options. Rehab programs may also offer other types of medications such as Xanax or Valium for issues of anxiety, sleeplessness or pain. If you don’t feel comfortable having those options because you want to stay fully sober then look for a program that offers more holistic solutions such as nutrition and exercise for mental well-being.

Focus on Health in Residential Rehab Facilities

Some rehab programs may focus mainly on keeping patients sober but a more complete treatment should include some measures to improve the health of everyone in the facility. Studies have shown that most addicts who arrive to rehab are in a very poor state of physical health. Depending on the type of drug they abused they could have a variety of different health issues including malnutrition, intestinal problems, anemia and other illnesses resulting from nutritional deficiencies. People with addictions often neglect their own physical health and do not eat the right kinds of foods to keep their bodies in good condition. If you are concerned about your own physical health prior to treatment, look for a program that offers nutritional support and emphasizes patients getting proper diet and exercise. Deficiencies in a person’s diet can cause depression, anxiety, insomnia and a number of other issues that can make recovery much more difficult. A good nutritional and exercise program can lead to more success for patients in sober living and healthy.

Mental Health Services for Substance Abuse and Treatment

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Aside from physical health you will need to think about what kind of mental health options are available at a rehab facility. If you have ever been diagnosed with any kind of mental illness such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety, depression, borderline personality disorders treatment then you will need to make sure the program accommodates these illnesses. Mental health issues can make addiction much worse and vice versa so it is important that any co-occurring disorders are both treated simultaneously. Even if you have not been diagnosed with any disorder but are worried about your state of mental health, make sure to find a facility that will provide you with a psychiatric evaluation prior to treatment so that you can be treated accordingly. You may have an undiagnosed illness or developing symptoms that need to be addressed before they get worse. Addiction can often cause mental health problems so a mental health treatment center with psychiatric resources is a good choice for most patients.

 Life Skills at Drug Rehabilitation Programs

Before choosing a rehab program you should look into what they offer in terms of teaching important life skills and any assistance with relationships or employment. Even if you are able to stay sober throughout rehab, once you leave the facility you will be faced with real life problems that can trigger stress and sometimes relapse. People in recovery need to make sure they have worked on a number of different life skills that will help them feel more prepared to face the world with confidence after treatment. Addiction can cause people to perform poorly at work and school and they might have lost their jobs or experience long term unemployment as a result of their substance abuse. They might also have broken relationships because of their addiction and experienced divorce or other types of separation from loved ones. Life skills training can help people in rehab to have better communication skills so that they can improve their relationships and build more confidence in the workplace. They will have the ability to handle their personal and professional lives without turning to drugs as an escape from problems.

Quitting Drinking at Alcohol Rehab Facilities

Some rehabs can be more general as far as the type of addictions they treat but if you are looking for something more specific then there are programs that focus on certain issues. People who want to quit drinking and don’t have any problem with other types of drug use may look for an alcohol rehab facilities that is designed for the issues that pertain only to alcoholism. Choosing a rehab with a more narrow focus may make it easier for you to relate to your peers in treatment and talk about how drinking specifically has affected you. Every addiction is different and comes with symptoms and behaviors that arise from the type of drug being used. Alcoholics may want to be in an environment that treats their illness alone so that they can feel that their individual needs are being met by the treatment staff. Although general rehab can also be effective, alcohol rehab may be the best choice for some patients who are concerned about their drinking.

Different Options for Detox and Rehab

Another thing to consider when looking into rehab programs is their requirements for detox before treatment takes place. It is crucial to get through detoxification in a professional facility before entering rehab and most residential programs require this first step. Some rehabs might incorporate detox as a part of their overall program and others may ask that you go to a separate facility unrelated to their treatment. You should talk to someone at the rehab of your choice and find out if they can offer detox or refer you to a licensed detox center that will prepare you to enroll. Planning your detox is one of the most important aspects of recovery because it will help get rid of your physical dependency on drugs or alcohol so that you can focus on the mental and emotional issues that keep you involved in addictive habits. Whatever choice you make for detox always plan to be in an environment with medical staff on hand so that you can get through withdrawal safely.

Locating Drug Rehabs Near Me

People may have their own personal preferences as far as the location of the rehab that they want to attend. Some might prefer to go out of state or somewhere far from their own city so that they really feel they are taking time away from their normal life and focusing on recovery. Others may feel more comfortable with a rehab that is close by so that they can continue to contact friends and family or incorporate them into their counseling sessions. The location of a rehab can actually be a significant consideration because it can either create a sense of comfort or anxiety treatment depending on the patient and where they want to be for treatment. You can look at a list of local rehabs to see if there is a suitable facility in your town or something relatively close by if you need to be within driving distance of your home.

Rehab as Help for Drug Addiction

Although there is a lot to think about when you are researching rehab facilities, your top priority should always be to find a place that you believe will do the most to help for drug addiction. In the end only you know what your needs are and what will be the best situation for you. Talk to friends and family to get their opinion or ask for recommendations from someone who has extensive knowledge about addiction treatment. You should never take shortcuts when looking into rehab centers and should always talk to the staff at the facility to get an idea of what a typical day in the program looks like and ask them any questions that you need answered. When you find the right place for treatment you can start to think about what you can do to get the most out of your time there. Even in the perfect treatment program, it is up to each patient to put in the necessary work and follow the steps they need to take to achieve their sobriety goals. Addiction recovery is not something to be taken lightly because it can either end in a positive transformation or in a painful relapse. Success in rehab is possible as long as you are serious about your recovery and want to immerse yourself in the drug rehabilitation programs that you choose.

Symptoms of Alcohol Addiction – Quit Drinking Today with These Treatment Options

Posted on: February 8th, 2017 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Symptoms of Alcohol Addiction – Quit Drinking Today with These Treatment Options

Alcoholism is a very common disease in the U.S. with nearly one in twelve adults suffering alcohol abuse or dependence. Unfortunately there are also many adults who are engaging in risky, binge drinking patterns who may not be aware that they are developing an addiction. Because alcohol and even binge drinking is considered socially acceptable for most young adults, the line between recreational alcohol use and dependency can be hard to define. If you or a loved one have been drinking excessively and you are feeling concerned then it is helpful to learn the signs and symptoms of alcohol addiction so that you can determine if professional treatment is necessary.

Alcohol can be a very addictive substance and some people are more prone to developing habits of addiction than others because of certain genetic or personal factors. When you begin to realize that you might have an addiction because you are exhibiting a number of the symptoms of alcoholism then it is important to enter a treatment center and get professional care for your problem. Quitting drinking in a safe environment can be a positive, life-changing experience for people and it will help eliminate the symptoms of addiction over time.

Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol Abuse

Recognizing alcohol abuse can be tricky because some addicts can become very adept at hiding their symptoms or may be deep enough in denial to believe they have control over their drinking. However, one of the most common signs of abuse or addiction is the tendency for alcohol use to interfere with normal daily life. Someone who abuses alcohol may miss a lot of work or school or not perform as well in these areas because of frequent hangovers and sickness. Another characteristic of addiction is that in spite of the growing number of negative consequences caused by drinking the person will not be able quit their consumption. They will continue to drink even after problems come up such as having accidents or injuries related to drinking, physical or mental health issues, loss of relationships or run-ins with the law. Alcohol abusers will either disregard the consequences or will attempt to moderate their drinking without much success.

Progressing Signs of Alcohol Addiction

When alcohol abuse evolves into a full-fledged addiction, it may become clearer to the people around them that something is going on. They will often have a very high tolerance, needing to drink more and more over time to get the same buzz. They might also experience withdrawal symptoms any time they are not able to drink or are trying to minimize their consumption. Addicts also become less involved in some of their old hobbies or favorite pastimes because so much of their time is spent drinking or recovering from drinking. Most of their social activities will include drinking and they will always make sure that there is alcohol on hand for any gathering. In other cases they might instead drink alone or hide how much they actually drink so they don’t arouse suspicion among loved ones about their addiction. If you notice any of these signs in yourself or someone you know then it could mean that you are dealing with an alcohol addiction.

What to Do About the Symptoms of an Alcoholic

When you start to see the signs of alcohol addiction, the next step is think about how to approach the subject if it is someone you care about. Talking to loved ones about their drinking issues can be a difficult subject and you don’t want to offend them or send them further into isolation. However, it is important not to ignore the problem and hope it will get better because they may continue to cause a lot of damage to their health and personal life if you don’t step in and say something. Sometimes the best option is to consult with a group of the alcoholic’s family members and friends to come up with a plan on how to address their issues. You should never talk to an alcoholic when they have been drinking or are experiencing high stress. Waiting for the right moment and talking them in a calm, non-accusing way is the best approach. Expressing concern and compassion rather than anger or frustration will be more productive at convincing them to enter treatment which is your ultimate goal.

Is it Hard to Stop Drinking?

If you are worried about your loved one or your own issues with alcohol abuse then you might wonder how difficult it really is to stop drinking. The truth is that quitting an alcohol addiction can be very challenging and requires a lot of hard work and commitment. However, giving up an addiction is also one of the most rewarding and transformative experiences that a person can go through. There are plenty of ups and downs that go along with sobriety because it is such a major change and the body has become so adjusted to alcohol. Drinking releases chemicals in the brain associated with pleasure and the longer you drink the more you rely on alcohol to physically and mentally feel good. Your brain eventually becomes wired to need alcohol to function and feel normal every day. Treatment is a way to retrain your brain and body to stop relying on alcohol and find other ways to relieve stress or experience pleasure.

How to Quit Drinking Alcohol

For people that have been drinking heavily for many years, the idea of completely quitting alcohol can seem intimidating and nearly impossible. However, it is possible for anyone to quit drinking as long as they have enough support and the resources that will help them stay sober. Giving up drinking starts with entering a detox center as the first and most important step in the beginning phases. Detoxification inside a licensed facility allows people the chance to rid their body of any alcohol or toxins that are causing dependency and keeping them addicted. After detox, it is necessary to enter a rehab treatment center that caters to your specific needs and will allow you to recover completely. The only way to completely quit drinking alcohol is to spend a month or more in an intensive treatment program that includes detox, therapy, twelve step meetings and aftercare. Following these steps will ensure that you have given yourself the chance to be successful in recovering from an addiction.

The Best Ways to Quit Drinking

While you are involved in a treatment program you will learn the skills and best tools that allow you to stay sober. Quitting drinking means developing other coping mechanisms that help you deal with stress, depression treatment and anxiety that do not involve any kind of substance abuse. There are plenty of natural, healthy and safe ways to deal with daily life that do not have the kind of negative consequences that drinking tends to have. People with addictions need to learn to communicate better with other people and create a support system so that they have people to talk to when they are struggling. When you have cravings you can teach yourself to do something else instead of drink like call a friend for help, meditate, exercise, go to a meeting or hang out with a group of sober friends. The best way to quit drinking is to have other activities that can help you cope with triggers so that alcohol is not your solution for emotional stress.

Finding Treatment Centers for Alcoholism

The only real solution for an addiction is getting professional treatment from a qualified program that will provide you with your recovery needs. When you are looking into local treatment centers you should find out what type of services they offer such as whether they include a detox program or if you have the option of choosing inpatient or outpatient treatment. It is also important to find a facility that incorporates mental health treatment if you have a co-occurring disorder such as bipolar disorder, major depression, anxiety treatment or other issues. Treatment for alcoholism is not a one-size-fits-all situation because each person has unique needs and will feel comfortable in different types of environments. It is a good idea to visit the facility first and talk with a consultant

Quit Drinking Today with These Treatment Options

about what the program is like, what activities and amenities are included and what they offer in terms of aftercare as well.

Treatment Options for Alcoholic Rehab

There are many types of rehab options to choose when you are looking for a place to go for recovery. There are rehab facilities specifically for men or women, some designed for professionals and executives, luxury facilities for people who want a relaxing environment, sober living treatment, and some with options for residential or outpatient care. They type of rehab that you choose will depend on severity of your addiction, your work status, your ability to take time away from family or other responsibilities and your own personal preferences as far as the facility where you feel most at ease. Living in the facility for a few months can be the best choice for someone with a very serious addiction but attending outpatient treatment while living at home may be ideal for someone who can’t take the time off work or needs to care for young children. Any treatment option can be effective as long as the patient takes the program seriously and follows all the necessary steps for recovery.

What to Expect in Alcoholic Rehabilitation

When entering rehab, it is helpful to be prepared by knowing in advance what type of program you are signing up for and what a typical day will look like in the treatment center. Most rehabs include regular meal times, therapy sessions, group or twelve step meetings, and recreational activities. Some programs may offer additional holistic treatment options such as a nutritional consultant, acupuncture, meditation or other therapeutic opportunities. Schedules might include some time for reflection or journaling but generally patients are not given too much time to themselves to be left to their own devices. Being bored or isolated in recovery can cause problems so a busy schedule incorporating group activities is usually to be expected in rehabilitation. It is important to keep in mind that although rehab can be very cathartic you will definitely experience a lot of ups and downs throughout your treatment. Over time however, it will get easier as you get accustomed to being sober and feel more confident about your new lifestyle.

Therapy in Rehab Treatment for Alcoholics

Every day in a alcoholics rehab center is different and there are a variety of activities that patients will be involved in throughout their stay but the core of every treatment program is therapy. Every person must attend individual therapy sessions that will allow them to talk one-on-one with a professional counselor that can help them deal with personal issues. Speaking with a therapist for the first time can be hard because it requires trusting them and talking about things you may have never told anyone before. Once you become more comfortable with your therapist you will develop a relationship with them and they can give you valuable insight into some of your problems and the issues that led to your addiction. It can be healing to finally talk about past traumas or pain from your childhood that could be holding you back from your full potential to be happy. Therapy is also the place where alcoholics learn the coping skills that will help them stay sober after they leave treatment.

What Happens After Alcoholic Rehabilitation?

If you choose the right facility, you will most likely have the option to continue some aspects of treatment after you have completed your rehab program. Aftercare is the final step in recovery because it allows you to transition from being in a supportive sober environment to living back at home and dealing with daily triggers on your own. Continuing care helps you receive support in times of need so that you are not overwhelmed by your new situation. Former patients can benefit greatly from going to twelve step or other group meetings either as a part of aftercare or on their own after they leave treatment. Many people keep going to meetings for years after they have left rehab. As long as you find what works for you to stay sober then you can avoid relapse and remain successful in recovery.

Different Types of Drug Rehab Treatment Programs in Los Angeles

Posted on: February 8th, 2017 by The Gooden Center No Comments

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Addiction is a serious illness that can have profoundly negative effects on a person’s life and create a number of issues that are too complicated to handle alone. It is important for everyone with an addiction to seek some kind of treatment so that they can have the opportunity to learn how to be sober through professional help. When it comes to choosing where to go for treatment, there can be plenty of options to choose from and each individual must figure out what will be the best situation in order for them to feel completely comfortable and at ease in their environment. Researching and spending time choosing rehab program that will work for you can help to ensure that you get the most of out of your time spent in recovery. Different rehab facilities cater to various needs and you will need to consider your own unique issues to find the treatment program that will work for you.

Looking into Drug Rehab Los Angeles

When you first begin looking at options for drug rehab Los Angeles you will need to think about what type of environment you need, what your insurance will cover, what your responsibilities are at home and how long you will need to stay in recovery. For some people, the cost may not be an issue and they might prefer a luxury facility so that they will feel more comfortable and relaxed in an environment that feels therapeutic to them. Others might simply need a treatment center that their insurance will cover so that they will not have to worry about financial issues and can focus completely on their rehabilitation. These are important things to consider before making a decision on a facility. It is a good idea to review a few different treatment centers and talk to them about their amenities, treatment schedule and any other options that are important to you so that you have a few facilities to review before narrowing it down to one.

Inpatient Treatment as an Option

One of the major decisions that people entering rehab will have to make is whether they want to enroll in inpatient or outpatient treatment. People that are more concerned about their ability to stay sober because they have been using drugs or alcohol on a regular basis for many years tend to choose inpatient treatment. One of the biggest advantages of choosing inpatient drug rehab Los Angeles is that patients reside in the facility for the entire duration of their treatment. This could be a month or a few months depending on the program and the specific needs of each individual. Living in a treatment center for that amount of time allows each patient the chance to completely immerse themselves in recovery and take themselves out of the type of surroundings and situations that often led them to substance abuse. People with very severe addictions or co-occurring disorders benefit the most from inpatient treatment because they are provided with structure, education and therapy every day. In the facility there are strict rules and guidelines which will keep patients safe and prevent them from relapsing during treatment.

What Happens In Inpatient Addiction Treatment?

When people seeking recovery choose inpatient treatment for their rehab program they will move into the facility for a few months and have all their days scheduled for them. They might have their own room or a roommate, and will be provided with nutritious meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The amenities of each facility are different but many might include a gym or a pool and some facilities might have more options like music and art classes. Each day includes scheduled activities including meal times, group sessions, educational seminars, chores, individual therapy, twelve step meetings, exercise, meditation and many other activities depending on the program. It is helpful for people in recovery to have a rigid structure to their day so that they not faced with too many triggers and can work hard on improving their mental and physical health in different ways every hour. Inpatient treatment is a great place for patients to bond with one another and learn to develop a support system with their peers who are also living in the facility.

After Inpatient Drug Rehab Los Angeles

One aspect of inpatient addiction treatment that can be difficult for patients is the transition from living full time in a facility to being on their own at home without the support of a team of professionals on hand at all times. There is more of a jarring shift for people who choose inpatient so it is important for them to have a plan for continuing care in place before they leave the facility. They can transition to outpatient or simply keep attending group meetings and check in with treatment staff who will monitor their progress. Inpatient treatment can have many benefits but often the most difficult part of recovery is learning how to stay sober while living at home and functioning in your daily life. Rehab programs usually work hard to provide patients with the skills they will need in the future so that they can stay sober permanently. The focus of rehab should really be on long-term recovery goals which means being able to be sober independently and live your daily life without being tempted to relapse.

Choosing Outpatient Drug Treatment

People who make the decision to use an outpatient rehab may have less of a dramatic shift when leaving treatment but they need to be under certain circumstances to choose this option. When someone has a very severe addiction and is concerned about the triggers and temptations they face at home then outpatient may not be a good choice. However, for those with less serious addictions or who feel stable enough to handle living at home while receiving treatment, outpatient can be equally effective for them. With outpatient treatment, people have the ability to care for their family or still attend work while going to therapy and group meetings at times that work for them. For those that have too many responsibilities or find it hard living away from home, outpatient gives them the chance to still get high quality, professional treatment without having to be a resident.

Understanding the Need for Outpatient Rehab Los Angeles

Treatment on an outpatient basis means having regular access to many of the same core activities in residential treatment. You will meet with a therapist for individual sessions and also be involved in group meetings so that you can still feel like part of the recovery community. People in the outpatient program can also be provided with medication and monitored by a physician to help them manage any cravings or existing mental health issues that need to be addressed. While outpatient programs can be effective, they are also typically less intensive than most inpatient options. Prior to enrolling in rehab, it might be a good idea to get an evaluation by an addiction professional to determine if you would be best suited for inpatient or outpatient treatment. Many recovery centers offer an initial assessment to give you a better idea of how serious your addiction, physical and mental health may be to help you decide on a program.

What to Do Before Residential Drug Treatment

When you are ready to enter treatment and have made a choice about the type of facility that you want to attend for rehab you will also have to make arrangements for detoxification before moving forward. Most recovery programs require that patients entering residential drug treatment or in some cases outpatient treatment as well, must complete a detox program. In some situations, detox can occur in a setting that is different from the actual rehab facility because it is a stand-alone program that must be completed before moving on-site. Other residential programs choose to incorporate a structured detox program that is considered part of their treatment. Whatever the case may be, detox is a crucial first step that helps prepare you for the kind of work you will do in rehab. Without detoxification, patients may struggle with their physical dependence and it can cause more problems in the long run.

Getting through Detox Treatment Safely

Detoxification is essentially a period of time in which a person with a serious addiction refrains from any substance abuse. Avoiding drug use completely, aside from prescribed medication, can help the body cleanse itself of the toxic chemicals that are causing physical health problems and dependency on the drug to function. The length of stay in detox can differ for each person based on the type of drug they are addicted to, the quantities they were consuming and how long they have been using it. A short detox stay might be about 3 days while a longer stay for a more serious addiction could be a week or more. Medical staff need to make sure that the patient has gotten rid of all of their withdrawal symptoms and any intense physical cravings. Once detox is completed, most patients feel physically healthier and more in control of themselves. The process of detox helps them feel strong enough to take on the type of intensive treatment that is part of residential rehab.

Experiencing Withdrawal Symptoms in a Detox Treatment Center

Once you quit using a drug, your body exhibits withdrawal symptoms because it has come to rely on that drug to function. Withdrawal symptoms are usually uncomfortable and sometimes painful physical reactions to the toxins leaving your body. While there is no way to completely avoid experiencing withdrawal, the staff at a detox treatment center will do all they can to make sure that patients are safe, healthy and as comfortable as possible throughout their detoxification. Depending on their symptoms, some patients may be provided with medication to help them get through the process. Withdrawal can cause sleeplessness, aches and pains, nausea, sweating and a number of other physical issues for a few days. For patients addicted to opiates, they may have very intense cravings for the drug and can be provided with a substitute medication such as methadone during detox. Other more mild addictions may not require medication but patients will still be given 24 hour access to medical supervision and care so that they get through detox successfully and don’t run into any significant problems. Medical care is vital to detox because many people who attempt to quit “cold turkey” in their own home might experience dangerous health issues or they could end up having a relapse and a deadly overdose. Detox centers offer their services to help people face their addictions and get through withdrawal safely so they can begin to path to permanent sobriety.

The Benefits of Los Angeles Drug Rehab Centers

Although there are different ways to go through rehab and each person can have their own unique experience, completing treatment can have many personal benefits no matter what the situation. Rehab is a place to develop understanding of the self and the many complicated factors that lead to addictive behavior. Inpatient treatment can give you more time to spend on personal growth and will put you in an environment where you will not be distracted by anything else. Outpatient treatment can help you become accustomed to being sober in your own daily life and give you real experience learning how to cope with stress without turning to substance abuse. Therapy sessions can be a place to finally confront some of the problems in your life that may have been unresolved for many years. Talking about personal issues with professionals and with a group of peers is a very cathartic experience that can truly transform people and improve their lives. Rehab always produces positive change as long as patients stay committed to their goals and listen to their treatment team. No matter what type of Los Angeles drug rehab centers you choose you will be able to benefit from recovery treatment and witness how it can change your life for the better.

 

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