Addiction to drugs or alcohol is a complex illness characterized by intense and often uncontrollable drug cravings that persist even in the face of tremendous consequences. The path to substance abuse does begin with the voluntary act of drug use, but over time the choice to use becomes compulsive as the drugs change the structure and function of the brain. Addiction results from prolonged drug exposure on the brain; substance abuse and addiction affects multiple brain circuits, including those involved in learning and memory, reward and motivation, and inhibitory control over behaviors. If you’re addicted to drugs, you’ve found that the choice to simply quit using feels impossible – you may have tried a number of times to quit with no success. You know that the effects drugs have on all areas of your life are enormously devastating, but you may not know another way to live your life. You can beat drug abuse and remain sober.
Pacific Grove Hospital understands drug abuse and addiction have many dimensions and disrupt many aspects of a person’s life, and therefore supplies timely, multidimensional treatment approaches. Our clinic’s addiction rehab include many components, each aimed to treat a particular aspect of addiction and its consequences. We help drug addicts quit using, learn strategies to maintain a drug-free lifestyle, and teach ways to properly function both out in the working world and at home with family.
How to Help a Family Member or Loved One Seek Rehab
Drug abuse starts out small – your loved one was simply experimenting with substances and would soon grow out of this stage. When that didn’t happen, you may have noticed that your loved one began to rely upon drugs more heavily and he or she began to have troubles keeping up with responsibilities at home, work, or school. As the drug use continued, the problems it was causing increased as your loved one spiraled downward. What started out as an experiment soon became a raging addiction as all lives around your loved one were impacted – including yours. You know it’s time for your loved one to get treatment, but you may not know how best to guide your loved one into an addiction treatment clinic. Here are some tips for talking to your loved one about getting inpatient treatment for drug addiction:
Make a plan: You first must formulate a plan to address your loved one’s addiction. Talk to an addiction specialist, other loved ones, friends, and family who can help you to create a plan to determine what the next best steps are. An inpatient addiction treatment center is one of the better ways to help your loved one safely detox and begin down the road to recovery.
Gather information: Before you can successfully guide your loved one into treatment, you must learn much about his or her addiction. Try to find out what drugs he or she is abusing, where the drugs come from, who he or she uses with, and the extent of the addiction.
Approach the subject: Be gentle but persistent with your loved one – use “I” statements when talking about the addiction and behaviors, such as “I notice you have not been going to school.” Don’t approach the subject with judgment or anger as addiction is a disease of the brain and your loved one isn’t in full control of his or her actions. Offer several options for treatment and arrange to take a tour with your loved one. Be prepared for some resistance – but keep trying. Your loved one is worth it.
Why Those in Riverside & Corona, CA Should Seek Inpatient Treatment at Pacific Grove Hospital
Drug abuse actually changes the structure and function of your brain, which you’ve probably realized as you sunk deeper into the drug use. Your cravings for drugs are now what drives you each day – to score, use, and recover from the abuse. This leaves very little room in your life for family time, activities with friends, and causes problems in your ability to work or go to school. Drug abuse is hard on both the body and mind – you may find yourself facing bizarre mood swings and worsening of your emotional health. You want to get out but you don’t know how. It’s time to surrender and seek inpatient treatment for your drug abuse.
An inpatient addiction clinic with treatment based upon the 12-step model for recover that offers medically-monitored detox, behavioral treatment approaches, and treatment of any mental health disorders has been shown to be one of the best ways to begin the journey toward recovery. A rehab clinic will allow you the chance to get away from the stresses of your daily life and triggers for drug abuse and enter into a safe, secure environment that allows you to focus upon what matters most – recovery.
Our Rehab Clinic’s Philosophy
Pacific Grove Hospital understands that drug addiction is a chronic disease and we know that people cannot simply stop using drugs for a few days and be cured. Most of our clients require long-term care to achieve their ultimate goal – sustained abstinence and recovery of their lives. We’ve based our addiction recovery program for the chemically dependent upon the 12-step model for addiction, incorporating A.A. and N.A. meetings into our daily routine. As we understand that the best chance for long-term recovery involves the care and support of loved ones, we include family and loved ones into the treatment plan and allow both the client and their loved ones to take an active role in the recovery process.
Treatment Options Offered at Pacific Grove Hospital
When you first come to Pacific Grove Hospital, located convenient to Riverside & Corona, CA, you’ll undergo several evaluations designed to give us the most accurate picture of your struggles. The medical exam will determine the types of drugs in your system and diagnose any medical complications from drug abuse. The psychiatric exam will determine and diagnose any comorbid, co-occurring mental health disorders. We’ll take the results of your examinations and sit with you and your loved ones to create a plan of care for your stay with us and begin planning for your aftercare.
Detox is usually the first step in treatment for those who come to us addicted to drugs. In detox, our physicians will safely and effectively rid your body of any drugs, minimizing symptoms of withdrawal through usage of medications and around-the-clock care. You’ll be engaged in your addiction recovery program during detox as well.
Medication may be used at the beginning of your treatment to help ease symptoms of withdrawal and will slowly be tapered down as the unpleasant effects subside. Many clients discover that they need longer-term medication therapy to manage any co-occurring disorders such as depression, bipolar disorder, or anxiety. Medication is closely monitored by our treatment team and adjusted as needed.
Individual therapy, combined with other types of interventions, can be very helpful to recovering addicts. Using a technique called cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), our therapists will teach you to identify negative patterns of thinking and the ways they impact your behaviors. You’ll then learn to replace these thoughts with more positive ways of seeing the world.
Group therapy is held multiple times each day and covers a broad range of topics. You will learn ways to cope with strong emotions, relapse prevention strategies, and ways to solve the problems caused by drinking. Groups provide you the opportunity to work through your challenges and bond with others who are struggling with addiction.
Family therapy is very important to your continued recovery as loved ones provide a huge amount of much-needed support throughout your stay and after you leave our rehab clinic. Family sessions will focus upon ways your loved ones can support you, relapse prevention techniques, and education about the disease of addiction.
As a holistic treatment center, Pacific Grove Hospital offers a number of experiential methods designed to complement traditional therapeutic methods. These methods may include:
- Recreational therapy
- Expressive therapy
Continuing Care and Levels of Care
As your time for discharge from our rehab clinic draws near, we’ll work closely with you and your loved ones to create an appropriate aftercare plan that allows for continuity of care. Our discharge planner and therapist will work with you and your loved ones to make sure you have appropriate housing, provide access to available community resources, and help you find gainful employment, should you need it. Some of our clients find that they’d like to leave our program and step down into a sober living facility or a residential treatment program that allows for a structured recovery program. Pacific Grove Hospital is pleased to offer two continuing care options for our clients: a partial hospitalization program (PHP) and our intensive outpatient program (IOP). Both our IOP and PHP programs offer the opportunity to continue your recovery on an outpatient basis while slowly returning back into your home life in the evenings and on weekends. We’ve found that a few clients have made enough progress during their stay with us that they feel ready to discharge with referrals to traditional outpatient therapy and appropriate community resources.