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To begin recovery from addiction for yourself or your loved one, it is important to lay a strong foundation in which one can understand and overcome the psychological and social barriers to recovery. Destination treatment offers a unique opportunity to do so. Please fill this form to know more about destination treatment.

Drug and Alcohol Addiction in San Francisco: The current scenario

  • San Francisco, "The City by the Bay", the economic and cultural hub of Northern California, has been facing a serious problem with addiction.
  • The estimated number of drug users is 25,000, meaning there are about 522 drug users per square mile in the city.
  • The number of drug users outnumber the high school students in the city by more than 50%.
  • In 2020, 621 people were killed by drug overdose, a higher number from 441 in 2019 and 259 in 2018. An average of 2 people per day were lost to drug related deaths in 2020.
  • In 2019, Heroin was the most abused substance in San Francisco and accounted for 3743 treatment admissions, according to the National Drug Early Warning system (2020).
  • Alcohol, methamphetamine, cocaine and prescription opioids were other most abused substances accounting for 1745, 1356, 476 and 464 admissions, respectively.
  • The drug problem is becoming more serious due to fentanyl flooding the city's drug supply, a drug that is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine.
  • Alcohol is also a major problem and according to two decades worth of research from Bureau of Labor Statistics' Consumer Expenditure Survey by the Delphi Behavioral Health Group, San Francisco spends more money on alcohol than any other major city in U.S.

What is destination treatment?

  • In order to achieve sobriety, it is advisable for one to leave their current environment and stay in a new, protected and supportive environment.
  • This enables the person to gain distance from their triggers and obstacles in their immediate environment which aggravated their drinking or using.
  • Destination treatment is voluntary, non-medical, completely confidential and offers an opportunity to employ a holistic approach towards treatment.
  • As the treatment is single-client focused, the individual gets adequate personal attention and the counsellors gain a detailed understanding of the person by engaging an ample amount of time and resources for the person in recovery.
  • In destination treatment, the individual gets a chance to see and work on how they respond to stressors and improve their coping mechanisms to adapt to various life situations.
  • The family or close ones of the addict are also involved in the therapy process so as to improve the social support for the addict when they're discharged and to strengthen their relations which may have been affected by the addiction or other interpersonal issues.
  • The destination that is chosen can be according to the client's preference, and the experience helps a person realise that their life without substance can be fun filled and that recovery does not have to be boring or tedious, but joyful and stimulating.

Top reasons to choose San Francisco for Destination treatment

  • San Francisco is a beautiful city with many scenic visuals such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz island, Palace of Fine Arts theatre and so on.
  • Destination treatment in San Francisco follows a single client focused approach, thus providing the client with consistent care and a personalized treatment program.
  • There are many recovery support groups in the city which help one feel integrated into the community and learn from individuals who have suffered through addiction and similar issues.
  • Our destination treatment program in San Francisco is managed by a team of trained mental health professionals made up of psychologists, recovery coaches, psychiatrists, etc. who are have ample experience in this field.
  • There is no dearth of activities in the city from theatres and museums to hiking trails and Cable cars, one can relearn how to enjoy themselves without the influence of substance.
  • Destination treatment has had a good success rate for clients, helping them sustain long term recovery and also beneficial for their loved one's and their mental health, who get to be a part of the therapy process.

Treatment for Drug and Alcohol Addiction in San Francisco

The steady rise of open drug use on the streets of San Francisco is a matter of concern for its residents. Fortunately, many treatment services are available for these individuals to life a life of sobriety. The San Francisco Community Behavioral Health Services (CBHS) offers a range of behavioral health programs that treat addiction.

There are many treatment programs in city districts such as the Mission district, Western Addition, Hayes Valley, etc. The Treatment Access Program (TAP) , another unit of CBHS is involved in assessment, referral and placement of people in need of treatment. There are many rehabilitation centers in and around the city of San Francisco which offer a wide range of treatment services.

These include outpatient programs, inpatient treatment, peer alumni groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous, Medicine-assisted treatment, harm reduction programs and relapse prevention strategies. Rehabs inpatient treatment typically involves staying in a protected environment away from substances, detoxification and management of withdrawal and appropriate psychological and pharmacological interventions.

Various therapies are implemented such as Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Motivation Enhancement therapy, Dialectical Behavior therapy and Mindfulness training. These help the individual overcome their compulsive dependency on substances and alter maladaptive behavioral and emotional patterns such as avoidance, aggression, resentment, etc.

Understanding Codependency

  • In codependency, the loved ones of the addict feel helpless and become codependent which means that they try to take over the life of the addict in a mistake attempt to help them.
  • The needs of the other become more important to the codependent than their own and they derive their sense of self from the other's behavior.
  • Codependency usually manifests as frustration over not being able to help the addict, a need for control, guilt, perfectionism, poor boundary setting, need to please the other on whom one is codependent and emotional instability.
  • It may result in increased stress for both parties, enabling behaviors which aggravate the substance abuse and a general toxic relationship between the addict and the codependent.

Codependency treatment

  • Treatment for codependency usually involves psychotherapuetic interventions, skill building with focus on communication and assertiveness and counselling for improvement of coping strategies and other behavioral and emotional patterns.
  • The addict and the codependents understand how substance abuse impacts the family or the relationships.
  • The addict can learn how to improve interpersonal connections in sobriety while seeking social support when needed.
  • The codependent learns to identify and overcome dependent patterns and deal with the highs and lows that may come even in sobriety.
  • This results in stronger relations that before. Instead of a hostile, guilt-ridden or resentful environment, the addict and codependent can both form a caring and supportive bind which enhances both of them individually and the relationship as a whole.

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