What We Treat
Drug & Alcohol Addiction
Addiction as a Mental & Physical Illness
The outdated notion of addiction as a moral failing is something that all research categorically refutes. A doctor can scan the brain of someone suffering from drug addiction and see the physical differences that addiction causes. However, there is more to addiction than the idea that it’s a brain disease. This fact does not lead to negative judgment, but greater empathy that can allow rehab centers to treat addiction on a deeper level.
Addiction does not correlate with moral character, but it does have a close correlation with trauma and depression. It’s easy to draw a circumstantial link between these social ills and hardships, but the evidence backs it up as well.
One study revealed that therapy had a powerful effect in preventing relapse in people who suffered from alcohol addiction. We’ve used the evidence to craft a compassionate, comprehensive philosophy of addiction rehabilitation combined with science-based care techniques. One of the most important elements of our addiction rehabilitation program is the emphasis on individualization.
You or your loved one may benefit from treatment at a drug rehab center if the following signs and behaviors are present:
- You’ve been using higher doses of drugs for longer than initially intended.
- You’ve been planning to quit using, but prior attempts to quit have been unsuccessful.
- You devote lots of time to using drugs and recovering from the effects.
- You frequently experience strong cravings for drugs.
- Drug use is causing you to experience problems with family, friends, school, and work.
- Drug use has landed you in dangerous, risky situations.
- You keep using drugs despite knowing that doing so is causing problems with family, friends, school, and work.
- You keep using drugs despite knowing they are causing serious health problems or worsening existing health conditions.
- You’ve stopped engaging in your favorite activities so you can use drugs instead.
- You’ve had to use higher amounts of drugs to feel the effects.
- You experience withdrawal symptoms when abruptly stopping drug use or when using smaller amounts.
What Qualities Make Addiction Treatment Effective?
Drug rehab programs should be customized for each patient based on their unique problems and needs given how addiction affects each person differently. Though most science-based treatments are standardized and developed in a way that makes them effective for everyone, not everyone needs the same treatments. For instance, dual diagnosis therapy is a science-based treatment for patients with a co-occurring mental illness, but not all patients with drug use disorders suffer from a comorbid mental illness and need this treatment.
What is Alcohol Addiction?
Alcohol addiction is generally characterized by strong urges and cravings to drink alcohol, the inability to control alcohol use, and feeling irritable or anxious when not drinking alcohol. Drinking behaviors that cause stress and harm to oneself and others may be classified as alcohol abuse or addiction. California Rehab Campus can help you or a loved one overcome any form of problem drinking, no matter how mild or severe the case.
Alcohol Use Disorder is Characterized by the Following Signs and Behaviors:
- Drinking greater amounts of alcohol or drinking for longer than initially planned
- Having unsuccessful attempts to stop drinking
- Spending a lot of time drinking or recovering from drinking
- Feeling strong urges and cravings to drink
- Having problems related to family, work, or school that are being caused by drinking
- Continuing to drink despite knowing alcohol is causing serious problems with family, friends, career, and education
- Continuing to drink despite knowing alcohol is causing health problems, or worsening existing health problems
- Cutting back on enjoyable activities to drink
- Getting into dangerous situations (such as unsafe sex or drunk driving) while drinking or after drinking
- Drinking higher amounts to feel the euphoric effects of alcohol
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms after the effects of alcohol wear off (such as shaking, anxiety, nausea, sweating, and restlessness)
What is Evidence-Based Alcohol Addiction Treatment?
Evidence-based and science-backed addiction treatments go through a rigorous testing process and are carefully evaluated for their safety and efficacy for the treatment of substance use disorders. Evidence-based addiction treatments are designed to address certain aspects of substance abuse and reduce its impact and consequences on the individual, their families, and their communities.
Alcohol addiction can be safely and effectively treated with a combination of behavioral therapies and pharmacotherapies (medications). Below are science-based interventions commonly used to treat alcohol addiction:
- Medically supervised alcohol detox, which helps patients safely withdraw from alcohol while experiencing less discomfort and while facing a reduced risk of complications such as seizures
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy, which helps patients change their harmful attitudes and beliefs related to drug and alcohol use
- Contingency management interventions, which reinforce positive behaviors such as abstinence by rewarding patients with various incentives
- 12-step facilitation therapy, which uses 12-step self-help groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous that promote abstinence from alcohol
- Family behavior therapy, which helps patients and their families improve family dynamics and their home environments
- Naltrexone — a medication that reduces alcohol cravings and blocks the rewarding effects of alcohol
- Acamprosate — a medication that reduces long-lasting symptoms of alcohol withdrawal such as anxiety, restlessness, and insomnia
- Disulfiram — a medication that causes unpleasant reactions when patients relapse and drink alcohol
- FDA-approved medications for co-occurring disorders such as depression and anxiety that may be contributing to alcohol addiction
Drug & Alcohol Detox and Withdrawal Management
Medically supported detox at California Rehab Campus can help you or your loved one experience a safe, comfortable withdrawal from drugs and alcohol. Withdrawing from drugs and alcohol after becoming physically dependent on these substances can be painful, uncomfortable, and life-threatening, but detox can reduce your symptoms and the risk of related complications. California Rehab Campus offers drug and alcohol detox in a safe, medically supervised setting where you can be closely monitored by trained medical staff as you go through withdrawal.
What is Medical Detox?
Medical detox is a professional treatment that manages the physical symptoms of drug and alcohol withdrawal. People who use drugs and alcohol regularly in high amounts can become physically dependent – meaning their bodies eventually adapt and adjust to the presence of these substances. Quitting drugs and alcohol abruptly after becoming physically dependent can disrupt the body’s chemistry and trigger a range of mild to severe withdrawal symptoms. In some instances, drug and alcohol withdrawal can lead to death when taking place outside of a controlled medical setting.
California Rehab Campus uses evidence-based detox treatments that minimize the risk of withdrawal-induced complications. Patients who choose to detox at California Rehab Campus can receive quality treatment in a safe, controlled inpatient residential rehab environment where there are no distractions. FDA-approved medications are used to reduce and control withdrawal symptoms, while nutritious meals, yoga, and mindfulness meditation can be used to complement the therapeutic effects of detox treatment.
Detox programs at California Rehab Campus are customized for each patient based on factors such as the substances that were used, the length of time of drug use, and the presence of underlying health conditions. The length of your detox program will vary based on these same factors, and may last anywhere between a few days to several weeks. Our nurses and doctors will monitor you closely around the clock for the entirety of your detox program to ensure you remain as comfortable as possible.
The Benefits of Medical Detox at California Rehab Campus
Medical detox offers a countless number of physical and psychological health benefits. A top benefit to undergoing detox at California Rehab Campus is being able to safely withdraw from drugs and alcohol while facing a lowered risk of life-threatening complications such as organ failure, relapse, and overdose. Another top benefit is being able to recover from drug and alcohol dependence while facing less pain and discomfort than you would when detoxing at home or using non-evidence-based treatments.
- Eat nutritious meals that strengthen your immune system and help you recover more quickly.
- Rest and relax as you go through withdrawal without having to manage daily responsibilities related to work, school, and family.
- Recover in a safe, quiet environment away from distractions, violent situations, and negative influences.
- Receive medications that reduce or eliminate your withdrawal symptoms.
- Receive 24-hour monitoring and supervision by trained and experienced medical staff.
- Access therapies and amenities that boost your recovery from drug and alcohol dependence, such as fitness centers, yoga, meditation, and nutrition therapy.
- Recover in a beautiful, serene, and luxurious drug rehab setting in Orange County, California.
- Receive science-based therapies proven to treat drug and alcohol dependence safely and effectively.
- Transition to an inpatient residential rehab program to receive behavioral therapy after completing drug and alcohol detox.
Medications Used in Medical Detox at California Rehab Campus
Scientific evidence indicates that FDA-approved detox medications can help patients experience a safe recovery and achieve long-term abstinence from drugs and alcohol. Our detox program uses a wide range of medications and protocols proven to effectively reduce withdrawal symptoms and the risk of complications.
Heroin and painkiller dependence can be safely treated using methadone or buprenorphine — both of which can eliminate or reduce opioid withdrawal symptoms. Alcohol dependence can be treated using benzodiazepine medications that control and minimize symptoms of alcohol withdrawal. Those who are dependent on other substances may be given one or more other types of medications to control specific symptoms.
Patients dependent on certain prescription medications like benzodiazepines may not be given other medications during detox, but instead are put on a tapering schedule in which the dosage amount of their prescription drugs are slowly reduced over time. Tapering helps reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms in instances where it may be dangerous to abruptly discontinue a substance.
What Happens During Medical Detox?
Medical detox treatments at California Rehab Campus are tailored to each patient to achieve the best possible health outcome. Some patients may need prescription medications to manage withdrawal symptoms long term, while others may only need a few days spent relaxing in their rooms to experience a full recovery. Our staff members will collaborate to develop a personalized treatment plan for you based on your unique situation and health status.
First, our medical staff will review and evaluate your medical history and talk to you about your addiction so they can identify and choose treatments that may work best at treating your substance use disorder. Withdrawal symptoms usually set in within 24 hours of the last alcoholic drink or drug usage. By then, you may already have received one or more medications to prevent, reduce, or relieve your symptoms. Our nurses and doctors will monitor your vitals around the clock to make sure you stay safe and to reduce the risk of complications like seizures.
After your detox treatment ends, we will help you transition into a drug rehab program that uses science-based behavioral therapies to guide you through overcoming psychological addiction.
Our team at California Rehab Campus is devoted to helping you experience a safe, fulfilling recovery from drug dependence and achieve a healthier, drug-free lifestyle.
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