Drug and alcohol addiction are a serious and growing problem in the United States today. Though alcohol abuse has long been a serious social problem, today the addiction to prescription and street opioids is a dangerously out of control crisis that is taking lives in every part of the country. The problem started to grow twenty years ago when Oxycontin entered the market and was widely prescribed as a “safe” painkiller. Unfortunately, the drug’s value as a street drug that could be crushed and then inhaled or injected lead to its wide use, and today the problem is a major health crisis. Rehab in Pasadena is one solution for addicted people in the Southern California area, but the key is in seeking help before the problem becomes life threatening or fatal.
There’s no question that the path to sobriety is a challenging one. It’s a path that requires courage and honesty as well as deep humility. For people who have long depended on drugs or alcohol for a feeling of safety and confidence, living without intoxicants can seem very frightening. For many people, it’s impossible to ask for help until they have reached the lowest depths. “Hitting bottom” is the phrase often used in recovery circles, and for many people, it take hitting the bottom, with the loss of a career, family, and health, before they are able to face their problem and ask for help. When that time comes, entry into a reputable detox center that is open to hearing Sober Stories from those in recovery, is essential.
A reputable rehab center will start out with a new client by having an assessment consultation, in order to get a full picture of the person’s physical and emotional state. This assessment will help in creating a treatment plan that addresses all of the person’s issues, with the intention of moving towards healing. Once the plan has been signed off, the client will prepare for detoxification, and the start of real recovery.
Detox is a crucial part of treatment for the addicted person. It’s necessary for the person to have drugs removed from their system before they begin the hard work of counseling, so they can work with a clear mind and a clear body as they work towards healing.
Removing the client from drugs and alcohol may bring on withdrawal symptoms, which in some cases may be severe. Symptoms can include fever, vomiting, diarrhea and seizures. Some drugs bring on withdrawal symptoms so severe they can be life-threatening, so in some cases the client must be weaned off the drugs slowly. All of this is done under the supervision of a healthcare professional, who will ensure the client’s safety during the process.
Once the client is detoxed, they will rest and then begin counseling sessions.
Therapy is an invaluable aspect of recovery. A client will work with a counselor in an individual or group setting (or both), and address the issues that may drive the need for drugs or alcohol. Group meetings give the client support from others in the same situation, and give them the chance to offer others support as well. Through the hard work of honestly discussing the issues underlying addiction, recovery can become a reality for many clients.
Along with counseling, other activities like hiking, horseback riding, art classes and yoga may also be offered. These activities can connect a newly sober person to the joy of life and being physically present in ways they may have missed out on while they were using drugs.
Once the course of counseling is complete, the client must make a full commitment to their online healing and recovery as they re-enter the world outside of rehab. This is where the honest, deep work of maintaining sobriety really comes in.
Before release from rehab, the client will meet with a counselor to discuss their release plan. Some clients may continue on with Alcoholics Anonymous meetings after their rehab stay, in order to have the work continue to be supported. Some may need to stay in a group home for awhile, so they can have continual support without the temptations of their old life nagging at them.
There’s no doubt that recovery is an ongoing process. If you need help, call a treatment center today, and let the healing begin.