The journey to recovery is not an easy one. It will involve a lifelong of dedication and hard work, of rebuilding your life from the ground up. You will have to go against many months or years of mindlessly giving into cravings, and instead find healthier coping mechanisms to make it through difficult times. The good news is that you don’t have to do this alone. The right rehab center for you can offer indispensable resources to help you make that significant first step. The Gooden Center in Los Angeles has several resources that can help you through entire drug rehab process.
Intake: The first step in a rehab is an intake process, where you are welcomed into a facility, and engage with staff who will determine how to design a treatment plan that will work well for you. You will have the opportunity to ask questions that can help and the center determine if this particular drug rehab center is a good fit for you, and vise versa. You may have a lot of questions, or even misgivings about what rehab will be like for you.
This is the time to be open and honest about everything you are thinking, to have your questions addressed by a compassionate and experienced staff so they can determine the best path forward for your care. This may include medical tests and other diagnostic exams to determine how substance abuse has affected your health. You may also engage with counselors or therapists who will want to know about your personal drug history, your own ways of dealing with struggles and hardships, as well as any struggles your family has had with addiction, substance abuse or mental illness.
Drug Detox Center: Detoxification is an important first step of healing the body from the negative impacts of your recurring substance abuse. Taking a drug, especially over a long period of time, can wreck a lot of havoc on your health and body’s functioning, and so it’s necessary to rest and care for yourself, while undergoing medical supervision and care to make you as safe and comfortable as possible. The length of time and the potential severity you will need to spend detoxifying will depend on several factors, including:
- Your own unique bodily composition and metabolism
- Your drugs of choice, and the doses and amount of time you have been using
- Any co-occurring addictions
With certain drugs, the withdrawal process can be very unpleasant or even dangerous, and so trained medical professionals will be present to monitor and treat your symptoms,and may have maintenance medication to help support these difficult first days of sobriety.
Drug Treatment Center: As your body begins to slowly heal itself and adjust to a life of sobriety, the real work on your inner transformation begins. An inpatient drug treatment center like Gooden offers intensive work and self-examination where you can examine the core reasons behind your addictive behavior, address those issues with a greater understanding and new coping mechanisms, and learn how to live a fulfilling life without the drugs on which you have grown dependent.
Intensive residential treatment at the Gooden Center takes place at the Bishop Gordon Home in Pasadena. With a very low client to staff ratio you will be connected to qualified and compassionate people who will offer you a wide variety of programs and options to support different aspects of your recovery. For 6 to 8 hours a day, you will be engaged in meditation groups, processing groups, therapy, opportunities for exercise, education groups. For the rest of the day, you can connect with people in recovery, or spend the time in personal reflection. When you are ready to go back into your life, it will be with an enlarged sense of purpose and knowledge about yourself, armed with skills and experiences that can make a huge difference in your drive to remain sober.