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Drug and Alcohol Addiction in California

California, the golden state, is well known for its beautiful beaches, warm weather and glamorous life style. It is also known for being the seat of Hollywood (Los Angeles), Yosemite National Park, the Golden Gate Bridge and many other sights. However the state has also been grappling with an addiction problem. Over 21 million Americans are suffering from addiction to substances and in California alone, 8% of the population has a Substance use disorder which is approximately 2.7 million people. Let's have a closer look at the commonly used substances in California:

  • Marijuana is legal to use for recreational purposes in California and is the most widely abused drug in the state, with 35% of the population consuming it.
  • Opioid pain medications such as fentanyl Oxycontin Percocet and Vicodin are a few of the most abused drugs in U.S.A, California included. 8% of the population in California abuses these substances.
  • The third most abused substance in California is cocaine- 7.2% of the population is dependent or abusing the drug.
  • Heroin takes fourth place, with about 0.4% of individuals between ages 18-25 being addicted to it.
  • The rate for death from fatal drug overdose is 12.8% in California compared to 14.5% which is the national average.
  • Opioid overdoses are responsible for the death of 5.8 people out of every 100,000 people in the country.
  • When it comes to alcohol, approximately 12% of the US population meets the diagnostic criteria for Alcohol Use disorder.
  • 6% of Californians meet the criteria for alcohol dependence and 3% for illicit drugs.
  • Excessive drinking results in more than 70,000 hospital admissions in California and results in more than 10,000 fatalities.

Treatment for Addiction in California

In California, 8% of the population meets the criteria for Substance Use disorder however only 10% of the people witha Substance use disorder receive any type of treatment. Treatment options involve outpatient services, Medicine-Assisted Treatment, rehabilitation centers, Psychotherapeutic interventions, Peer alumni services such as AA and NA, etc. In 2013, more than 150,000 people enrolled in a rehabilitation center for treatment of addiction.

The top 5 addictions for which treatment is sought in California are:

  • Methamphetamine
  • Heroin
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
  • Other forms of opioids, such as prescription painkillers

The Mental Health Substance Use Disorder Services (MHSUDS) is the division of the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) that handles substance abuse services throughout the state. Their goal is to reduce substance abuse through preventive measures and recovery programs across the state. Any individual can avail their services which include Emergency counselling, detox services, inpatient hospitalization, substance abuse assessment and long-term outpatient services.

The Affordable Care Act by expanding insurance rolls and required insurers to cover treatment of substance use disorders on Paris with other medical conditions, has helped progress in the rehab industry in USA. Rehabilitation centers are increasingly coming up with more efficient and long term treatment services for addiction.

Most rehabs in California work using the biopsychosocial model of addiction and aim to help individuals by using pharmacological and psychological interventions, build support systems and provide individualized treatment programs after careful psychological assessment of the individual. Popular locations for rehabs in the state include Orange County, Los Angeles County,San Diego County and the Bay Area.

Living in recovery Destination treatment in California

Most rehabilition centers in the Golden state function on empirical, which is evidence based treatment approaches for addiction treatment. Studies have shown that the centers overall environment plays an portent rile in the success rates for its patients' recovery. Our destination treatment program focuses on the following key areas:

  • Voluntary and non medical treatment: Our destination treatment program is completely voluntary. Use of pharmacological interventions is need-based and minimal.
  • Providing consistent care and a supportive approach: We understand that beginning recovery can be a frightening and stressful time for an individual and we aim to motivate them by providing a caring environment and a support system for them to rely on.
  • Psychological assessment: To design customized therapy programs, we evaluate the psychological issues, the nature of the individual's addiction- a thorough understanding of one's intensity, frequency and enforcing factors of one's addiction and co-occuring mental conditions.
  • Holistic treament: To sustain recovery, physical and mental health of the individual has to be improved simultaneously. Proper exercise, nutritious diet, psychological interventions to work on dysfunctional emotional and behavioral patterns, psychoeducation on addiction, family counselling and various other areas are given importance in our holistic treatment plan.
  • Psycotherapeutic interventions: By using different therapy approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Dialectical Behavior therapy, combining AA and NA step work with psychotherapy, Mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) programs, relaxation techniques, etc., we aim to help the individual in forming adaptive patterns of thought, emotion and behavior which are imperative in sustaining recovery.
  • Meditation and mindfulness training: More and more research is supporting the effectiveness of mindfulness and meditation practices in addiction treatment. Our team of experts facilitate different types of meditations and mindfulness activities. These help an individual to live more fully in the present moment with acceptance of oneself and one's life situations, while still acting effectively to solve one's problems.

Top reasons to choose California for treatment of Addiction

  • California is home to some of the most reknown and respected centers with specialized programs, using innovative therapeutic interventions combining traditional and new-age treatment solutions.
  • The level of expertise of mental health professionals is quite high and combined with the unique and beautiful scenery of the state, make California a desirable destination for treatment.
  • Our destination treatment program in California focuses on voluntary, holistic and non-medical treatment approaches.
  • Destination treatment in a place like California helps a person to stay in a new environment, away from their usually triggers for substance use and other unhealthy behaviors and brings a change in lifestyle which is vital for recovery.
  • There is no dearth of activities to engage in, sights to see and culture to explore in California such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Hollywood boulevard, Yosemite National Park, Lake Tahoe, Death Valley National Park, Disneyland, etc. Camping, hiking as well as immersing in the art and music culture are popular activities of interest.

Codependency in Addiction and Codependency counselling

Codependency occurs when one individual becomes dependent on another psychologically, in that the other's behavior affects the state of mind of the codependent. In the context of addiction, usually a close friend or relative of an addict becomesa codependent. In trying to help the addict, they increase the stress, guilt and shame of the addict, pushing them further into addiction and thus enabling their behavior.

Enabling does not mean they support the addiction of the person, but that they take certain actions which they believe are a better outcome for everyone involved but which turn out to be aiding the persons addiction indirectly. Enabling behaviors include covering up for the addict, financial assistance, tolerating or ignoring problematic behaviors such as stealing, etc. In Codependency counselling, we aim to work on the codependent's needs and expectations from the addict.

We focus on helping them derive their sense of self from within themselves and not from the addict's recovery or relapse. Codependency counselling aims to rebuild bridges between the addict and codependent so that the codependent can rediscover their individuality, balance their mental health and in turn provide a support system for the addict in recovery.

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