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A residential drug treatment center for men located in Pasadena, CA. The Gooden Center is a proud member of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP).

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Breaking the Stigma of Treatment

Posted on: May 30th, 2017 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Breaking the Stigma of Treatment

Crippling fear, embarrassment and shame are all complex emotions that many who suffer with addiction are subject to. There are untold reasons why those who know they need help with their addiction avoid going to rehab in Los Angeles. But treatment methods are continually evolving and becoming increasingly effective. Furthermore, what was once thought of as a social stigma is now becoming an acceptable and responsible choice.

Why Seeking Treatment is a Good Idea

Realizing that there is an issue helps set in motion the process of recovery. When you seek treatment, you can finally start to address the years of addiction that you have suffered through. Trying to kick the habits cold-turkey, won’t necessarily yield the results that you would want.

The odds of relapse are greater, because you’re not working with someone trained to help those who are serious about recovering from addiction. A rehab facility on the other hand have experienced personnel and psychologists needed to help you through your withdrawal and help you address the underlying problems behind your addictions.

Growing Social Acceptability

It wasn’t that long ago that those who went to rehab were considered social pariahs as soon as others found out. However, this attitude has slowly changed over the years wherein due to greater awareness via information campaigns, people with hidden drug addictions are now being actively encouraged to seek treatment with little in the way of significant social stigma.

What to do About Work

In California, an employer with at least 25 employees must give unpaid time off for those who enter rehab, with few exceptions (one notable exception is if taking that time off would create an unreasonable burden on your employer). You would then use your accrued time off, and your company would be required to keep your treatment and reason for leaving private. Upon return, though, you have to be able to perform your job duties and not pose a risk to others. California gives additional protections to employees, particularly for alcohol rehab.

It wasn’t that long ago when addiction was considered a moral flaw and “treatments” ranged from imprisonment to asylums. But as the years have passed, our attitude towards drug usage and rehabilitation has drastically changed. Likewise, our understanding of what causes addictions has made treatments far more effective. Seeking help is no longer a big social stigma; rather, it’s seen as a necessary step in the right direction.

‘Study Aide’ Or Adderall Addiction

Posted on: May 29th, 2017 by The Gooden Center No Comments

'Study Aide' Or Adderall Addiction

Adderall is commonly referred to the ‘study drug’ by college students and its abuse is becoming more and more of a problem every year. Many students do not believe that Adderall is actually a legitimate drug due to overwhelming numbers of young children that have been prescribed Adderall. In truth, it is an amphetamine and is legally available by prescription only. It is actually classified as being a Schedule II drug and can cause both psychological and physical dependence. Because of this it has a very high potential for abuse and is thought to be more in the dangerous category of prescription drugs that get abused, according to the DEA.

Even with all this information available, there are many college students who still believe the drug is completely safe, even when they take it recreationally. However, if you are a parent, you may be concerned about your college student and want to be more aware of the symptoms of someone abusing Adderall. If you know what these are, you can seek treatment from a rehab in Los Angeles facility.

Who Needs Adderall?

Adderall is not considered a new drug. It was first designed for people who suffered from narcolepsy and ADHD with success for those who have legitimate symptoms. However, it has also earned the reputation as a ‘study drug’ event though there is no proof that it helps to improve a person’s concentration. It does work to help keep students awake during all-night drinking binges.

Why Abusing Adderall is Dangerous?

Even though it is thought to be a relatively safe drug, it is actually quite dangerous when a person doesn’t really need it. Many people who take this medication often wind up in the emergency room when combining it with binge drinking. If it is abused on a regular basis, addiction is most certainly bound to occur.

Symptoms of Adderall Addiction

If you are a parent who is worried your college student may be abusing Adderall, there are some signs and symptoms to be aware of. These include:

  • Malnutrition or weight loss
  • Psychological issues such as irritability, mood swings and depression
  • Insomnia, poor appetite, dry mouth and headaches
  • Tremors, convulsions, muscle twitching and jittery behavior
  • Low blood pressure and heart palpitations
  • Withdrawal symptoms including vomiting, nausea, exhaustion, increased appetite and stomach cramps

If any of these issues are noticed, it is essential to contact a rehab in Los Angeles facility right away. They will be able to determine whether or not someone is suffering from this addiction and how to get help.

Providing the Highest Standard of Care

Posted on: May 26th, 2017 by The Gooden Center No Comments

 Providing the Highest Standard of Care

At Gooden Center, we are a Los Angeles rehab center that provides complete care for individuals seeking recovery from addiction. Our drug and alcohol treatment center is focused on providing the highest standard of care for our patients. We work diligently to ensure the most effective techniques and treatments are utilized for the benefit of our patients. For families seeking a Los Angeles rehab center that is fully patient-focused, we are proud to provide our services.

Not every Los Angeles rehab center can provide the comprehensive care and treatment that individuals need. Some take on a singular approach that doesn’t address the root cause of the addiction. However our centralized focus is on ensuring our patients receive a multidisciplinary level of care that integrates different components. This approach encompasses body, mind, and spirit for a full and complete recovery process.

The 12 Step Process

By using the 12 step process, we have helped thousands of individuals seeking addiction recovery. This is one of the most successful approaches that has been proven time and time again. When an individual implements the 12 step approach in their recovery and healing process, they are better able to find the balance they need while developing the confidence to achieve their goals in the program.

We are proud to offer a serene environment where individuals can find the peace and relaxation needed for a better frame of mind. In this relaxing environment, it is easier to find peace and healing. In addition to our peaceful environment in Pasadena, The Gooden Center provides personalized treatment options for men in the local and nearby areas.

When you visit our rehab center, you will immediately feel the serenity and peace that is a natural part of our environment. We welcome you to experience healing and wellness through a uniquely personalized approach to recovery.

If you are seeking recovery from a drug or alcohol addiction, contact The Gooden Center by calling us at 1(800) 931-9884 today.

Focus For Those In Recovery

Posted on: May 24th, 2017 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Addiction is a disease that comes to many different kinds of people, in many different ways.  It claims the lives of people from every walk of life imaginable, and affects in different ways, creating millions of unique stories and struggles.  Both women and men suffer from addiction, but they often suffer in different ways, and may respond differently to treatment.

As a result, many places that offer treatment from addiction may provide gender specific services, and separate men from women.  Specifically, gender specific treatment promotes focus, removes distractions or anxieties that may otherwise take away from a focus on personal healing.  Here are some of the ways in which gender specific treatment allows people to better focus on their recovery.

Gender Specific Treatment Provides Support

Early recovery is an extremely stressful process.  It involves fighting against very intense physical and mental cravings, learning how to develop new coping mechanisms for stressful feelings that will crop up, and having to face hard moments in your life.

 There is enough stress in your life simply by being a part of this hard process of working towards sobriety and healing, and so it is good to do whatever you can to be as comfortable and focused as possible.   Having a space of men-only, or women-only space is one way to produce feelings of comfort, and make things as easy as possible.  

A Safe Place 

Peer support groups, in which a group of people struggling with addiction and recovery share their past and present issues, can be one of the most valuable and helpful ways for people to explore their inner feelings and learn from each other. However, the effectiveness of these groups is dependent on the willingness of its members to share honestly and be vulnerable with each other. Being honest with yourself and counselors is at the core of addiction treatment programs from initial treatment to after care.

The group must be a space where people can be totally safe with each other, and where people are encouraged and made to feel comfortable revealing their most vulnerable self. In a mixed gender space, the subconscious temptation for men or women to “impress” each other may kick in and prevent real intimate sharing.

Focus For Those In Recovery

Also, some people may feel less comfortable sharing about certain issues with members of the other gender present.  Creating men or women only spaces is one way in which a support group can work to make sure that everyone feels safe within it.  

Focus On The Ways Men And Women Experience Addiction Differently  

Both men and women come to the recovery process with a lot of stigma, guilt, and fear that sometimes gets in the way of letting them ask for help.  Yet this fear often gets manifested differently for men and women, in ways that reflect their different experiences, areas of concern, and social roles.

Women are often more likely to experience feelings of shame for needing help with addiction, whereas men may be more likely to deny there is a problem in the first place.  Women are often more anxious about things related to family relationships, whereas men are often more concerned about careers.  Limited our focus to one gender or the other allows for greater sensitivity and awareness to these issues.  

Takes The Focus Off Romantic Relationships

Recovery is one of the most intense and revolutionary things you will do as a person, and so the people you go through these experiences with can easily become some of the most intense and profound relationships in your life. These friendships can be extremely helpful in giving both people a sense of human connection, and hope from a common experience.

These relationships get a great deal of value from their stability, so that you continue to be sharing intimately as you work through complex feelings together. That is why deep friendships are so valuable. More whirlwind, unstable romances can have the opposite effect, and so should be avoided in early recovery. This is precisely why most rehab centers will not allow romantic relationships in their residential or sober living programs. A same-gender environment allows the formation of friendships, while making romances less likely.

The Psyche Of An Addict

Posted on: May 21st, 2017 by The Gooden Center No Comments

The Psyche Of An Addict

Addiction is a somewhat unique disease because of the fact that it affects both the mind and body of an addict. When a person is addicted to drugs or alcohol, their body is highly affected as virtually all of their major organs feel the effect of drugs or alcohol on them. Addiction also takes a huge toll on an addict’s mind.

When a person is addicted to a substance, their brain’s reward receptors are impacted and become so used to receiving the substance that brings them pleasure that the brain’s synapses are actually transformed and cause the brain to be singularly focused on finding and using more drugs. For this and many other reasons, a person’s psyche is truly transformed when they enter a treatment program.

Treatment And Detox

The first step in achieving a transformation in treatment is for an addict to go through the process of detoxing. Detox is a crucial step because it is the phase during which a recovering addict allows the drugs and alcohol to leave their body. Detox may be a very difficult process because of the fact that it is such a transformational time for both the body and mind. During detox, the mind must undergo the process of withdrawing from drugs or alcohol and transforming to a place where it is no longer dependent on drugs or alcohol.

Often, when the brain does not receive the substance it is addicted to, it will fire off signals to create withdrawal symptoms, which can include things like nausea, headaches, hallucinations, and tremors. In treatment, a recovering addict will have access to the professional help they need to get through withdrawing successfully.  Once they have done this, they will have transformed their brains to the point that they will no longer be chemically dependent on the substance they are addicted to.

Identifying and Addressing Triggers

When a person is addicted to drugs and alcohol, there are often a number of factors that drive them to use. These factors are often referred to as triggers and may include a wide variety of people, places, or events. It is very common for an addict to feel the urge to use when they are in the company of certain people or when the experience certain emotions.

In this way, an addict’s psyche has been built to revolve around using as well as to turn to drugs or alcohol as a solution for anger, sadness, boredom, nervousness. In treatment, a recovering addict works with a team of professionals who helps them not only identify triggers as they arise but also to find ways of addressing triggers without drugs or alcohol. The idea is that with a client-centered treatment philosophy, identifying and addressing triggers becomes a much more personal process.

Recovery Brings About Hope and Change

The road to recovery is a challenging one, but the total transformation that occurs in treatment brings about a lifetime of hope and a renewed sense of purpose for many addicts. With the right treatment program, it is truly possible for any addict to change the way they think and view the world. The idea of employing a change of perception does not come easily to one who is steeped in their addictive behavior. It is definitely going to be a road that requires some determination and an ultimate willingness to change.

Finding the willingness to change will be the catalyst for getting clean and sober, and by applying oneself it can ultimately lead to a change of perception. When one is struggling with addiction it is tough to see the big picture, and when you enter treatment you are blessed with the opportunity to give sobriety a chance. Treatment is an opportunity to change your life, and one gets out of it what they decide to put into it.