Gooden Center
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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191 North El Molino Avenue Pasadena, CA 91101 US

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Depression in Retirement

Posted on: March 16th, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments
Depression in Retirement

Most people look forward to retirement as a time to relax and spend time with family. However, depression can become an unexpected problem for people in retirement because of the sudden change to their routine. In many cases people experience a sense of purpose and value in working everyday and suddenly quitting can have a dramatic effect on their mental state.

Having a fulfilling career allows people to meet their drive to achieve something and be a provider for their family. When their career ends through retirement they may lose their sense of accomplishment that they were able to get out of working. They might feel a sense of loss, sadness, fear about their new lifestyle and confusion about who they are.

People that experience depression after retiring can cope with those feelings by finding new hobbies and activities that give them a sense of purpose and achievement. They can become active in the community by volunteering or spend more time with family. If they view retirement as an opportunity to do things they never had time for such as traveling or learning a musical instrument it can be a more positive experience.

The most important thing to do in retirement is to create a schedule for yourself so that your days don’t feel empty. An unstructured day can lead to boredom and depression so creating your own new routine can prevent you from feeling lost. Schedule time to exercise, do work around the house, visit friends and family or other activities that you want to do.

Retirement can be a major change but making the transition can be easier if you find a new purpose and create a routine. If feelings of depression persist it may be helpful to talk to a therapist and work out some of your issues surrounding retirement.

Socializing with People When You Don’t Drink

Posted on: February 26th, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments
Socializing with People When You Don’t Drink

When you are in recovery it can be challenging to maintain your commitment to sobriety, especially in social situations. Your coworkers might want to go out to get drinks after work or you might get invited to a party where everyone is drinking heavily. These situations don’t mean that you can’t socialize or have to remain isolated from people who drink, you simply need to develop strategies to handle it.

There can be a lot of awkward moments when you hang out with people who drink and you are sober. When someone offers you a beer or asks why you aren’t joining in you might feel uncomfortable. It can be helpful to have a plan in place so that you know how to respond to questions, cope with your feelings and safely get out of the situation if you should start feeling triggered.

You should have a prepared response for when people offer you a drink or ask about why you are sober. You don’t necessarily need to talk about your recovery if you don’t want to. You can tell them that you aren’t drinking today or that you are driving so you can’t drink which can easily and quickly end the conversation.

If you find social situations where alcohol is involved too uncomfortable you can bring a sober friend with you to make you feel less alienated. You can talk to them about what you are experiencing and they will understand and feel the same. Remember that you can always call a friend, arrange to get a ride home or leave early if you are feeling too upset or tempted to drink.

Being sober doesn’t mean completely giving up your social life, but it does mean that you need to be cautious and mentally prepared for situations where alcohol is involved.

What is Rejection Attachment?

Posted on: February 20th, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments

What is Rejection Attachment?

People who harbor many feelings of being hurt by others, humiliated or have feelings of social anxiety and low self-worth may have an attachment to rejection. This is a psychological syndrome where they have many limiting beliefs about themselves which causes them to feel rejected by people in their lives. The unconscious rejection attachment that they experience can affect their relationships, their work and their choices in life.

Someone who has an attachment to rejection may deal with a lot of feelings of hurt, betrayal, loneliness, humiliation, shame and disapproval. They may react to things people say or do very defensively because they fear and expect rejection in a lot of situations. They may react by being angry, confused, discouraged or hopeless which can create a cycle in which they experience even more rejection.

When someone fears and anticipates rejection from others they start to see the world in a self-fulfilling lense of being hurt. They may under-perform at work, provoke other people, choose romantic partners that are critical and mean, or generally engage in behaviors that encourage others to view them negatively. The behave in ways or even seek out rejection because of their tendency to create a self-fulfilling prophecy.

In order to treat rejection attachment the person needs to become more aware of their unconscious behavior and how it is affecting their life. Bringing the unconscious to the conscious level helps them see how their feelings about rejection influence their choices and shape their life. Talking about fears with a therapist and working through the focus on rejection can help them accept the possibility that others may be able to love and approve of them.

When rejection attachment is treated, the individual may learn to develop healthier relationships, perform better at work and feel more self-confident over time.

Addiction Treatment LA

Posted on: November 26th, 2016 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Addiction Treatment LA

If you feel like you’ve hit a “bottom” that goes lower than you ever thought you would, it may be easy to give up hope.  You may feel totally powerless, wanting desperately for things to change, but unsure of how that is possible. Falling back on old patterns, or simply trying again to strengthen your willpower to abstain or “control” your alcohol or drug use is not going to be enough. In order to overcome a lifestyle of addiction, you need a radical transformation of how you live your life, and this is not something you can do by yourself. Fortunately, you don’t have to continue in old patterns by yourself. An addiction treatment facility, like the Gooden Center in Los Angeles, can offer many different resources to help you turn your life around.

Outpatient Addiction Treatment

Some people assume “rehab” means spending an extended period of time cut off from their regular life, spending a month or more focusing only on issues of their addiction. However, there is another option for people to get the positive benefits out of a addiction treatment while living and working as normal. The Gooden Center offers intensive outpatient treatment (IOP) as another option that can work around your schedule and your financial needs. Each IOP session is three hours in length, Tuesday through Friday mornings and evenings, or Saturday mornings. Each session will include both processing groups where you can discuss your struggles with other people, and education opportunities to learn more about ways to care for yourself in all aspects. Both of these can be very helpful in helping you maintain your sobriety.  Here are some reasons why an intensive outpatient care might be right for you:

  • You have completed residential treatment, and need a boost to continue in recovery.
  • Your level of substance abuse and addiction has reached a level mild enough to not require full treatment
  • Active participation in a peer support group, like 12-step programs or their alternatives, doesn’t feel like enough.

The more you are able to keep up treatment for your addiction, the more likely you will be able to sustain your commitment to sobriety. Outpatient care can be a great way to extend your care, and continue gaining tools to hold onto your important, life-saving commitment.

Drug and Alcohol Treatment

In 2009, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that  23.5 million adults in the U.S. have a serious drug or alcohol abuse problem in need of addiction treatment. That’s 23.5 million people with their own stories and experiences. Yet it is also 23.5 million people with a lot of things in common. The right addiction treatment program for you will recognize these truths, and strive to create a balance, having both a solid foundation of evidence-based treatment that will work for everyone, and openness and flexibility to find the right treatment plan that works for your unique situation.

Addiction is something that affects every aspect of your being. Treatment must also deal with multiple aspects that contribute to your full thriving. Your physical health, emotional and mental well-being, social support network, ability to function with and feel supported by family, and ability to do well in school or employment are all important aspects that support full recovery. This is why a treatment should involve a wide variety of programs and therapeutic options, all of which can contribute to helping you get and stay sober.

How the Gooden Center Stand Out From Other Addiction Treatment Centers

There are many potentially wonderful addiction treatment centers out there – that may be capable of giving you personalized evidence-based care. The Gooden Center has a few particular strengths and uniqueness, including that it is gender-specific for men, allowing for greater intimacy, safety, and sharing.  It also offers a great deal of personalization, and a low staff to client ratio that insures you will always have access to its services. At the Gooden Center, there is space for  your needs to be truly listened to.

Dual Diagnosis Drug Rehab

Posted on: October 26th, 2016 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Dual Diagnosis Drug Rehab

Full sobriety is more than discontinuing substance abuse. Recovery must also take into consideration the factors that led to your addiction, helping you to heal from wounds of your past, and live a life where you can love yourself the way you are. This is especially true for dual-diagnosis, or people dealing with a mental illness or mood disorder alongside an addiction. Mental illness and addiction often have a strong symbiotic relationship, where having one can easily cause the other.

The 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that 25 percent of people with mental illness had used an illegal drug in the past year, compared with only 12 percent without a diagnosis. If you are struggling with both a mental illness and an addiction, it is vitally important to find a treatment that will take both of these conditions seriously, deal with them both, and recognize the ways they may be interconnected.

The Relationship: Many people afflicted with mental illness self-medicate, or turn to alcohol or drug use in problematic ways as a way to tamper down or deal with their disorder. If therapy or medication is unaffordable or unavailable, or trauma and painful emotions are not dealt with directly, they may turn to any number of substances that can dull the pain or distract them, using substance abuse as a tool for repressing. For example, people with depression or bipolar disorder treatment may use alcohol as a way to improve their mood in the short-term. This can make them feel better in the moment, but when the substance wears off, the unwanted feelings frequently come back stronger than ever.

Furthermore, long-term drug or alcohol abuse leads to tolerance, as the body and mind adjusts to the substance-abuse, and is no longer affected in the same way. This means the user must take more and more of a drug in order to feel “normal,” in a cycle that puts them at greater and greater risk. The relationship can also go the other way, as well. Many mental health issues can be caused or worsened by substance abuse.

Drugs can distort your grasp on reality, “turning up the volume” on your brain’s internal dialogue, in a way that often intensifies anxiety, paranoia, or depression as they do lasting harm to your brain chemistry. This means that a person with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders can easily get trapped in a cycle. They self-medicate to deal with unwanted thoughts or emotions, but they only end up feeling worse in the long-run, making them turn to even more and higher doses of a drug or alcohol. Treatment: For a person with a dual diagnosis, their challenges with mental health and substance abuse are intimately connected, and so should be treated together.

The main goal of Integrated Dual Diagnosis Treatment (IDDT) is to provide individualized care that places both the psychiatric disorder and the addiction on equal footing. This means that every provider should be aware of both issues, and treat them together. All areas of your unique situation are taken into consideration as we think about what treatment plan may best work for you to find both healing and sobriety.

Some of the methods used include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, meeting one-on-one with a trained therapist to work on ways to deal with self-destructive thoughts and behaviors, recognizing and replacing them with ones that can help you thrive. Mindfulness techniques that teach you to deal with painful emotions, and increase your ability to accept yourself. Holistic therapies can help you recognize triggers for depression treatment, anxiety, or mania, and work out developing replacement coping mechanisms, more effective and more healthy than self-medicating.

Group therapy and meeting in support groups, as people struggling with related issues practice vulnerable sharing and offering support to each other. Aftercare services to ensure you can continue to get help dealing with the stresses of the “real world,” maintaining your plan to treat the mental illness and remain sober.

Hope: Untangling the knot of co-occurring disorders or dual diagnosis can be a very complicated. These deeply entrenched difficulties may take a lot of work, and deep self-examination. The good news is that you are not alone; but a highly trained staff and people struggling with related issues can help you along, as together you take things “one day at a time,” and learn the best ways of making it through life, together.