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5 Things To Remember If You Are Struggling In Recovery

Struggling In Recovery? 5 Things To Remember 

You made the choice to take your life back. You decided you’d lost enough, and that recovery was the new life you wanted to live. You wanted to break the chains of addiction, and you are in the throes of recovery. You’re surprised, though, because you find yourself sometimes struggling in recovery.

You knew it would be hard, but that’s why you chose Ocean Hills Recovery. Their caring and competent staff has customized a program for you and you know it was the right choice to make.

So why do you find yourself discouraged?

Do you feel like if you’re struggling in recovery that you’re not ‘doing it right?’

Because we know recovery is not always an easy path, here are five things we want you to remember if you are struggling in recovery.

You may not have chosen addiction, but you ARE choosing recovery and that’s commendable!

No one wakes up and decides to be an addict and even fewer have the strength to take the steps to recovery and regaining their life. You have made that choice, and that in itself is something to be proud of and know was the right thing to do for your family, friends and mostly, yourself.

Each day is a new day.

So today may have been hard. It’s probably not going to be the last hard day you’ll have in recovery, but it doesn’t mean it’s always going to be this hard either. Each day is a new day, and full of new opportunities to take advantage of the resources you have in recovery. Don’t let individual events or circumstances define your recovery path. Day by day, your recovery will evolve, and each day will bring new successes.

Progress takes patience.

A new baby isn’t grown overnight, and recovery is a process that takes time. You’ve taken the first steps for your new life, and that’s the hardest part. Watched pots don’t boil and if you’re judging your recovery process without allowing some time for you to work within the process, you’re always going to feel like you’re failing. You’re not. It just takes some time.

You’re doing the best you can; no one is perfect.

All you can do each day is the best you can do. You can’t expect perfection because that’s simply not real life. Nor is it fair to you. If you’re struggling in recovery because you find yourself taking steps backward, know that it’s part of the process and what matters is how you move forward. Doing your best doesn’t mean it needs to be perfect; it means it needs to be giving it all you can and accepting that you have strengths and weaknesses that every other human has.

You can do this!

You can! Struggling in recovery means you’re trying; you can get through the hard parts and you can do this. You have the determination, the resources, and the support to get your life back and be addiction-free and you can do this! Remind yourself of this 100 times a day if you need to because it’s true; you can!

Struggling in Recovery Does Not Equal Failure

You’re not alone. The recovery process is one that is fraught with steps backward for many steps taken forward, and that’s why you’ve surrounded yourself with the right recovery program.


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OHR Gives to San Juan Elementary School Students for Outdoor Science Program

OHR Gives to San Juan Elementary School Students for Outdoor Science Program

Science is so important for our children to learn and utilize. As part of a growing science program, the 5th-grade class of San Juan Elementary School planned to attend a 4-day, 3-night outdoor science program at Emerald Cove Outdoor Science Institute in December 2018.

San Juan Elementary School is located at 31642 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 – not far from the offices of Ocean Hills Recovery. When Ocean Hills Recovery heard about an opportunity for students to expand their knowledge of science in an out of the classroom experience, we wanted to help.

As you can imagine, the cost of this type of experience can be quite high. Ocean Hills Recovery, Inc. was able to provide a donation for the students to attend the sleep away camp.

The students attended camp on December 17-21, 2018. While at ECOS Institute, the students learned about wildlife biology, forest ecology, geosphere, astronomy, survival skills, careers in science and participated in night hikes. Getting outside, removing distractions like cell phones, and learning and working with a team were all a part of this experience – and we’re sure some S’mores were consumed as well. Through imaginative and creative lessons and experiential learning, students will carry what they learned through the rest of their schooling.

The students and teachers expressed their gratitude for the donation by holding an assembly to thank the staff of Ocean Hills Recovery in May 2019. They presented 170 handwritten thank you notes from each of the students in the 5th-grade class to the staff of OHR.

We are thankful that we are given the opportunity to give to our local community, especially to programs that help our children.

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Technology in Addiction Recovery

Technology in Addiction Recovery

Addiction is an expansive disease, with no 2 cases being the same. Unlike standard illnesses, there is no definitive guide or cure-all for treating addiction – you are simply given tools to cope with the disease. This means that while certain treatment types and combinations may work for some, they won’t necessarily work for you. Instead, the secret to successful rehabilitation is a tailored treatment plan that utilizes medical and technological advancements to provide more ways to help you recover.

Over time, psychiatrists and other mental health professionals have developed a wide array of potential treatment options for addictions of all types that can be used with their patients. As treating mental illness requires a lot of trial-and-error, newly developed treatments increase the chances of finding something that works for you – and technology may be one of the keys to your recovery.

Uses of Technology in Addiction Recovery

Technology has taken a huge step in recent years with the development of immersive technology and the advancement of programs and apps that can benefit your recovery. No longer are you restricted to simply talking about problems with your therapist – you can desensitize yourself from the safety of rehab, learn and be reminded of coping skills, and receive emotional support when you need it most, all thanks to the technology used in addiction recovery.

Immersive Virtual Reality

The controlled environment of rehab facilities makes them ideal for working on your addiction, but unfortunately, you can’t stay forever. Eventually, you’re going to have to return to your home or everyday life where potential triggers of your past can tempt you to relapse. This is why the hardest part of addiction recovery is the first few days after leaving rehab.

To help take some of the pressure and stress off of this transition, modernized addiction treatment facilities are using virtual reality programs – namely Dr. Phil’s Path to Recovery –  to simulate the situations that could cause a relapse. By putting a VR headset on, users can be transported to an entirely different location in virtual reality. This could be hanging out at an old friend’s party, visiting a restaurant with a bar, and other environments that can potentially trigger your addiction. However, the difference is that Dr. Phil himself is sitting there with you, providing words of encouragement, offering coping skills, and helping to desensitize you to the environment so that when you face it in reality, it is less of a shock to you. This program also helps identify the specific triggers that affect you, which allows your therapist to address these concerns to prepare you for leaving the facility.

Support Apps

Once you’ve left the rehab center, it’s common to feel lonely or unsure about your future. While you no longer have direct access to a therapist or mental health professional to help you cope during the harder times, technology has made getting help easier than ever.

There are apps for your phone, tablet, or computer that can be used to help fight off the urge to relapse. From accessing information quickly and easily to chatting with someone when you need it most, you have plenty of options to consider that can make recovery easier outside of rehab.

One of the main app types that are available is informational apps like Alcoholics Anonymous’s “Big Book”, which includes a collection of teachings, podcasts, and more to help guide you through sobriety spiritually. This app makes finding everything – including personal anecdotes from people who were in your shoes – easier than scouring the internet. You can also find meetings for a more personal experience.

Another type of app that may help you are social recovery apps like Nomo or SoberGrid. These apps add a social element to sobriety, allowing you to interact with other people who are recovering for emotional support or create markers, milestones, or clocks related to your progress. This helps to integrate accountability into the process and show you the progress you’ve made while sober. For Nomo, this could be money or calories saved from not using drugs or drinking. For SoberGrid, you may be able to help someone going through a hard time or get help yourself with peer coaching.

Finally, there are online “face-to-face” therapy sessions you can have with counselors through telemedicine. Similar to SoberGrid’s peer coaching, these apps link you up with a counselor either through video chat, online chat, or other messaging systems. If you don’t want to talk to family about your problems or don’t have anyone to talk to, these allow you to share how you feel without worrying about what you say.

While all of these apps are great examples of using technology in addiction recovery, they’re no substitute for the professional help from a licensed counselor. In many cases, the help you receive will be moral or spiritual rather than medical, as SoberGrid and telemedicine are not guaranteed to be medical professionals. Use them to help you recover – but don’t rely solely on them!

Leveraging Technology for a Better Recovery

When choosing your rehab facility, it’s important to ensure that your choice provides you the best chance at success with the most modern and best treatments available. At Ocean Hills Recovery, we implement Dr. Phil’s Path to Recovery alongside our holistic treatment approach to help you through the recovery process. From helping you better understand addiction to identifying triggers and building coping mechanisms through immersive VR, we’re equipped to provide the treatment you need to get better – and stay sober even after you leave.

To learn more about how Ocean Hills Recovery can help guide you to sobriety, give us a call today!

CA Dual Diagnosis Treatment

What Are the Important Things to Look for in a CA Dual Diagnosis Treatment?

What Are the Important Things to Look for in a CA Dual Diagnosis Treatment?

When you are looking for CA dual diagnosis treatment options, you may have a long list of options to choose from. By being intentional in your decision, you can ensure that you will receive the best care along the way and the best results overall.

When considering a CA dual diagnosis treatment, these are some of the things to look for in a dual diagnosis treatment center:

Accredited Dual Diagnosis Treatment

First, you should ensure that the treatment center you choose has accreditation. The accreditation process is rigorous. The facility is evaluated to see if they can offer successful treatment options to their patients. If a facility has not been accredited, you can’t be sure the care they provide you with is the care that you truly need. Ocean Hills Recovery has received continual accreditation from CARF so that you know you are receiving the treatment you need in a high-quality facility.

Comfort Level with Staff

Next, you should determine your personal comfort level with the staff. As you visit different treatment facilities, you will hopefully come into contact with the staff. Pay attention to how you feel around them and whether you truly feel comfortable. When you are receiving treatment at a facility, you will be spending time with the staff throughout your day. It’s best to determine your comfort level before making a final decision.

Comfort Level in Facility Environment

You should also consider your comfort level with the environment. Do you feel welcome? Do you feel like you belong? As you look around a facility, try to figure out how comfortable and supported you would feel. If you are uncomfortable, you should continue your search. You will be spending a good amount of time at the facility you choose so it’s important for you to feel safe, comfortable, and supported there. 

Treatment Options

Another thing to consider is the treatment options. As you begin your search, you should make a decision about either inpatient or outpatient care. Your doctor may guide you in one direction or the other. It’s most important to choose what works best for you. With inpatient, you will stay at the facility. With outpatient, you will go to treatment during the day.

Figure out what you would prefer and then look for a facility that offers that option. At Ocean Hills Recovery, the treatment options are tailored to your specific needs. Individualized programs are an essential part of recovery at Ocean Hills Recovery. This means that you will be receiving a plan that works for you specifically. This is the most effective way to receive the treatment that you need.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment Availability

Finally, if you are battling a co-occurring disorder and addiction, it’s essential to receive the right care for that specific situation. This is another reason that Ocean Hills Recovery is so successful in its treatment. By learning about a patient’s individual needs, professional staff can come up with the perfect solution and begin treatment. Co-occurring disorders and addictions can be complex, but the right plan can make a difference.  

Benefits of Choosing a Dual Diagnosis Treatment Center

According to a National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in the United States, 7.9 people experience a mental disorder and substance abuse at the same time. When people are experiencing two types of disorders at the same time, dual diagnosis is important. This allows both disorders to be addressed simultaneously.

These are some of the benefits of a dual diagnosis treatment center:

  • Your mental health will be treated first, which will allow you to be in the right mindset to make the journey to sobriety.
  • Dual diagnosis covers all kinds of mental disorders and substance abuse, which means that you can get the treatment you need.
  • It is more effective than other methods. This makes it worth trying, even if you have tried everything else.
  • Upon the doctor’s discretion, you may receive access to the proper medication for your mental disorder, which will aid in your journey to sobriety.

What Does Dual Diagnosis Treatment Look Like at Ocean Hills Recovery?

CA dual diagnosis treatment centers offer everything you need to treat your co-occurring disorder and addiction. Ocean Hills Recovery is one of the facilities that offer dual diagnosis treatment. At Ocean Hills Recovery, treatment for co-occurring disorders and addictions combines social, medical, spiritual, and psychological interventions.

To accomplish this, therapists, physicians, family members, and the community come together. This provides the patient with the support they need. The goal is to create an individualized plan for the patient. The methods are effective and ensure that the patient gets the proper treatment and care.    

Why Should You Choose a Rehab Center in California?

The location of your rehab center is important. Choosing a rehab center in California means that you will be in a place with beautiful scenery. This is uplifting, which can motivate you as you navigate treatment. A rehab center in California keeps you distanced from your triggers, which will allow you to be more successful in your recovery.

Because Ocean Hills Recovery is in California, it is a good rehab center to consider. You will receive all of these amazing benefits by choosing a rehab center in California.

Are you ready to get the treatment you need to live a fuller, healthier life? To get more information or to get started on dual diagnosis treatment, contact Ocean Hills Recovery.

Addiction is a Disease - Not a Moral Failing

Making the Case that Addiction is a Disease – Not a Moral Failing

Making the Case that Addiction is a Disease – Not a Moral Failing

When you think about illnesses that are classified as diseases, cancer, heart disease, and diabetes may immediately come to mind. Why? Because they are often referred to as such in the medical community and among others. But, when you’re talking about drug and alcohol addiction, some may argue that they are not a disease, but rather a moral failing. The truth is that addiction is a disease, one that can be overcome with the right help from an addiction treatment center.

Why Addiction is a Disease

The National Institute on Drug Abuse defines addiction as a “chronic, relapsing disorder characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use despite adverse consequences.” This is because often when people are addicted to drugs or alcohol their brain functions are altered and can be life-changing.

Addiction is a disease because it disrupts the normal functions of an organ just as heart disease affects the heart. When comparing addiction and heart disease, both can be treated, but when they are not, they can be deadly.

Much like heart disease, addiction can also be genetic. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, there are certain genes that can be carried on in those who are found to have an addiction. Many people are under the assumption that all addiction is a matter of a person making bad choices. When genetics and biology are involved, that argument is invalid because we can’t control our genes or our chemical make-up.

If you are aware that there is a drug or alcohol problem in your family, you can make an effort to be active in healthy activities and look for positive ways to reduce stress to avoid addiction.

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Other Factors That Can Contribute to Addiction

There are also environmental factors that can contribute to addiction. Stress, abuse, violence, access to drugs and alcohol at an early age, and being around people who do drugs or drink excessively can all have a role in a person’s addiction.

This is not to say that everyone who encounters those factors will become addicted. There are protective factors that can come into play for some people that will help them fight off an addiction before it starts. Self-control, family support, and anti-drug programs can all help people to avoid going down the path of addiction. Some people are fortunate to have these in their lives, while others aren’t, making them more susceptible to addiction. This is not to say that it’s a case of a moral failing for them, rather it can have more to do with circumstances.

How an Addiction Treatment Center Can Help

Understanding that addiction is a disease can help with treatment. When people believe it is a moral failing, it may prevent them from seeking help or affect the quality of treatment they receive. Depression and low self-esteem can begin to make an individual who suffers from addiction believe that they can’t get better or don’t deserve the treatment.

There is nothing further from the truth. An addiction treatment center can help those individuals get to the root of their addiction and help them understand what lead them there.

At Ocean Hills Recovery, California addiction treatment center, patients can get vital individualized treatment because all treatment plans are based on each patient’s needs. Since everyone’s addiction circumstances are different, their treatment plans need to suit their needs, not someone else’s.

A common part of drug and alcohol addiction treatment is therapy. Through individual sessions and group sessions, patients can begin to open up to what lead them to their addiction and get the support they need from others going through the same thing.

Besides therapy sessions, Ocean Hills Recovery also uses the 12-step method of recovery. This involves attending meetings where patients recognize several things including that they can make amends for mistakes they’ve made. They also learn to live a new life under a new set of rules.

During this process, patients not only get the support they need but also learn how to channel their emotions through positive activities rather than drug and alcohol abuse. As patients undergo treatment, many take up writing or painting as a way to work through their addiction.

Admitting there is a problem is the first, and often the most difficult step. If you or someone you know needs an addiction treatment center, contact Ocean Hills Recovery today. There is always a staff member available 24/7 to take your call and listen to your story. Call today to speak to someone, or fill out our online contact form. Let Ocean Hills Recovery help you to battle this disease with the right course of treatment.       


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How Important is Nutrition During Addiction Treatment at Dana Point Rehabs?

How Important is Nutrition During Addiction Treatment at Dana Point Rehabs?

Addiction treatment is often thought of as recovery for the mind, and frequently, nutrition during addiction treatment is an afterthought. For loved ones supporting a family member in recovery or those exploring Dana Point rehabs as a treatment option, it’s important to understand the effects addiction has on the body and how proper nutrition can help reverse those detrimental results.

Self-care is often lost in the eyes of those suffering from alcohol and drug abuse. So, when someone suffering from addiction takes the step into rehabilitation, it’s common to disregard proper nutrition as it hasn’t been a priority for some time. In addition, treatment at some Dana Point rehabs may be as short as 30 days, and while amazing work can be accomplished in that time, it leaves little room to concentrate on nutrition when sobriety is the main goal.

However, studies have found that when nutrition during addiction treatment is placed as the main concern, patients regain their health more quickly. They also have sharper mental focus and rely less on a substance replacement, such as caffeine, nicotine, or sugar.

How Addiction Affects Health

To understand why balanced nutrition is critical in addiction treatment, we must first understand what the reliance on drugs and alcohol can do to the human body. Alcohol and drug addiction can quickly cause malnutrition as it blocks the body’s ability to absorb nutrients.

The body is deprived of different, necessary nutrients based on the substance being used. Those addicted to opiates tend to show deficiencies in calcium, vitamins D and B6, and iron, while those addicted to cocaine generally have low levels of omega-3 fatty acids. Alcoholics often show more deficiency than other substance abuse victims as alcohol causes the body to expel larger quantities of nutrition.

The symptoms of malnutrition also vary by case. A loss of essential minerals and vitamins can cause weakness, anxiety, anemia, insomnia, weight loss, immune system challenges, slow wound healing and more.

David Wiss, a registered dietitian nutritionist and founder of Los Angeles-based Nutrition in Recovery, says individuals in recovery often desire immediate satisfaction, which lends their food choices to sugar-loaded options, refined carbohydrates, or foods high in fat and salt content. While vitamin supplements can be helpful for recovery addicts, true nutrition comes from real foods and helping the patient make the right meal choices each day.

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Nutrition During Addiction Treatment

Skilled doctors and recovery specialists in Dana Point rehabs understand that a detailed nutrition plan is necessary for an addict to experience long-term recovery. Nutrition cannot be a by-product of addiction treatment; it is a necessary step in the recovery process beginning on day one.

While an individualized diet plan is needed for each individual in recovery, there are good guidelines to follow when it comes to the best foods for addiction treatment.

  • Eliminate artificial ingredients: Processed foods are high in artificial ingredients, which can hinder liver repair. The fewer, the better.
  • Healthy fats: Foods high in healthy fats, like olive oil, salmon, flaxseed oil, and nuts, support the body in absorbing fat-soluble vitamins.
  • Increase fiber: Healing of the gastrointestinal system can occur more rapidly with a diet high in fruits and vegetables.
  • Increase protein: Behaviors of those suffering from addiction can eliminate neurotransmitters. A diet high in protein, specifically that of fish, can help restore the endogenous chemicals to the brain.
  • Limited caffeine: Early sobriety is often accompanied by anxiety and insomnia. A diet high in caffeine can worsen those effects.
  • Low sugar: Stabilizing blood sugar levels will help reduce signs of depression, anxiety and mood swings. By eliminating foods with added sugar, addicts can avoid intense highs and lows of addiction recovery.
  • Reduce carbohydrates: Whole grains are a healthy replacement for refined carbs.

A well-balanced diet is just as important for individuals who suffer from addiction as regularly consuming food. Addiction recovery should include a nutrition plan that allows patients to eat every 2 to 4 hours. It’s important for the body and mind to be balanced throughout the day. Mood swings and a blood sugar imbalance can be avoided when a patient avoids hunger and extreme fullness.

Benefits of Proper Nutrition in Addiction Treatment

While some Dana Point rehabs don’t place a major emphasis on nutrition during addiction treatment, the highly-skilled and supportive team at Ocean Hills Recovery knows that each patient needs to receive the education and life skills necessary to eat properly once they leave our treatment center.

Building a life that doesn’t revolve around alcohol, drugs or food is our goal. Recovering addicts need to eat from each major food group and understand that creating those meals at home is a key element to continued sobriety. Choosing fresh, whole foods boosts their nutrition and will help them feel better throughout the entire recovery process. Anyone who wishes to learn more about addiction treatment at Ocean Hills Recovery and our take on nutrition’s role in recovery is invited to contact our team today.

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Orange County Treatment Center Helps People Overcome Challenges of Addiction

Orange County Treatment Center Helps People Overcome Challenges of Addiction

Orange County ranks among the most beautiful places to live in America. Featuring affluent and beautiful cities like Anaheim and Huntington Beach, the city abuts the southern expanse of Los Angeles, providing a more serene and traditional backyard that many of the latter city’s middle-class commuters call home.

Orange County also features some of the best weather of any place in the country, with average January highs near 70 degrees and summer temperatures that are hot but not stifling as is so often the case in places with warm winters.

But despite its charming environment, just below the surface, Orange County suffers from many of the same pathologies as the rest of the Greater Los Angeles area. Among its biggest problems, Orange County suffers from rampant drug abuse among its poor and homeless residents as well as generally high availability of many different kinds of drugs.

Local estimates have placed the prevalence of drug addiction at 8 percent of the county’s population. But this hides the fact that those of lower socioeconomic classes tend to be vastly more afflicted by substance use disorders. In one of the most unequal cities in one of the most unequal states, Orange County is a place where the rich play and the poor often self-medicate just to get through their days.

Homelessness and Addiction Rates in Orange County

Drug use has long been a major problem throughout Orange County with a constant rise in homelessness. With the increasing access to potent drugs, including both illegal and prescription opioids, and the economic hardship brought about by stratospheric living costs, Orange County residents have been falling into addiction’s vicious grip in record numbers.

By some estimates, drug- and alcohol-related hospital visits have become the single most expensive public cost that the county faces, totaling an estimated $269 million per year and putting a dire strain on the county’s healthcare resources.

But the far bigger cost is measured in lives, both those that are outright lost to addiction and those that are destroyed in its wake.

While Orange County has, to a large extent, avoided the most serious consequences of the national prescription opioid epidemic, the raw statistics can hide the painful individual reality that hard street drugs, like heroin, crack cocaine and crystal meth, are probably easier to obtain in Orange County than perhaps anywhere else in the country. This is due, in part, to the county’s location as a strategic drug corridor for Mexican cartels as well as a thriving gang and dope-dealing culture in neighboring Los Angeles County.

What this means is that Orange County, despite its lower incidence of addiction relative to its sister city Los Angeles, is a particularly challenging place for those who are looking to make a full recovery from drug or alcohol addiction. California’s lax attitude towards drug enforcement combined with its large criminal underclass means that those who are attempting to conquer their own personal vices will be tempted at every turn to regress back to their old ways.

Our Orange County Treatment Center Can Help

Our Orange County treatment center is comprised of expert staff with a proven track record of helping Orange County residents to shed their destructive habits and begin a new and purposeful life.

Taking an evidence-based approach to drug treatment, Ocean Hills Recovery is able to help our clients through every challenging step of their journey towards sober living. Beginning with the initial detoxification period to the months, years and decades after leaving treatment and returning to a society offering ever-present temptations.

The Personal Touch of Holistic Treatment Combined with the Rigor of Medicine

Our highly trained, professional staff includes practicing doctors and mental health professionals. We have the means to safely and effectively help our clients through the addiction-recovery process, including handling care-intensive detoxifications that may require pharmacological and medical intervention. Our staff is fully qualified to help our clients through everything from a relatively symptomless period of amphetamine withdrawal all the way to the complex withdrawal syndrome of heavy, prolonged alcohol or benzodiazepine use. Ocean Hills Recovery is a fully licensed and accredited detox center for every major substance of abuse.

We also have trained mental health professionals on site who are able to make accurate dual diagnoses, helping to tailor each client’s treatment program specific to their individual needs. Research has shown that as many as half of all those who develop serious substance use disorders suffer from a combined mental health condition. In nearly every case, adequately addressing the underlying mental health issue leads to a far higher rate of relapse-free recovery.

But as a community-based program, we also believe that drug treatment is about far more than physical detoxing and optimal medical management. Our treatment center strives to connect those at similar points in their journeys to sobriety. In many cases, clients that meet in our programs form relationships that last a lifetime. Through fostering camaraderie and encouraging the externalization of feelings of guilt, anxiety and other potential emotional triggers, Ocean Hills Recovery will help our clients to relearn to walk through social life without the crutch of their preferred substance of abuse.

Contact us today if you or a loved one is struggling with substance abuse. 

Common Co-Occurring Disorders Seen in Addiction Treatment

Common Co-Occurring Disorders Seen in Addiction Treatment

Common Co-Occurring Disorders Seen in Addiction Treatment

Addiction treatment can be extremely complex. In addition to the fact that it may be a sensitive topic in certain families and communities, taking action to deal with dependency is rarely simple from a medical perspective. In many cases, the issues that influence and lead to addiction may be accompanied by co-occurring disorders.

How might co-occurring disorders impact the journey toward freedom from addiction? When you understand the following concepts, it can help make recovering from addiction that much easier.

Defining Co-Occurring Disorders

Co-occurring disorders are ailments that affect sufferers at the same time as other conditions. They aren’t limited to addiction or substance abuse. For instance, they may manifest in children who have behavioral issues and PTSD or persons with mental health problems and intellectual disabilities. The terms dual disorder and dual diagnosis were previously used to describe the same condition.

Now, dual diagnosis treatment is a type of treatment typically used when someone is diagnosed with addiction as well as one or more mental health conditions. The concept of dual diagnosis highlights the fact a person may be suffering from mental health and substance abuse issues simultaneously, and they need help with both. Dual-diagnosis treatments can be more involved due to the complexities of integrated care, but it is the most beneficial way to handle co-occurring disorders. Both substance abuse and co-occurring disorders can affect each other, so it’s critical to tackle them all comprehensively.

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Co-occurring Disorders That You Might Encounter in Addiction Treatment

According to psychologists, many disorders that co-occur with substance abuse involve mental health issues. For instance, individuals with bipolar disorders, anxiety or schizophrenia may be at an increased risk of developing problems with alcohol abuse.

Co-occurring disorders may be more prevalent among specific populations. Further complicating the issue, there’s no one-to-one equivalence between certain forms of substance problems and specific psychiatric problems. Common co-occurring conditions run the full spectrum of ailments, such as:

  • Depression
  • Social isolation
  • Antisocial personality disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar disorders
  • Anxiety
  • PTSD
  • Sexual or physical victimization
  • Chronic medical illness.

What Comes First? Exploring the Links Between Addiction and Other Disorders

One of the unique aspects of co-occurring disorders and substance abuse is that it’s not always clear how the two are tied. This reality makes it imperative to work with a rehab or treatment center that can provide personalized care in a controlled setting.

In some situations, individuals with existing disorders unknowingly use substances that end up worsening their conditions. For example, people who have mental health disorders under control might be prescribed painkillers after getting into accidents or going through surgeries. Opioid drugs, such as morphine, have been connected to increased levels of depression and control issues, and such links might make life even harder for individuals who were already at risk.

Although it’s somewhat inaccurate to assume that using a particular substance is guaranteed to cause a mental health issue or vice versa, the interactions are worthy of attention. Since each person has a different reaction to specific drugs and psychiatric influences, individually tailored assistance is key.

Treating Addiction Intelligently

Dealing with addiction requires a holistic approach that addresses the possibility and existence of co-occurring disorders as well as the problems brought on by drug use. It’s not enough to just treat one or the other. Addiction specialists need to be willing to provide comprehensive services that address a broad range of concerns.

How do reputable rehabilitation companies help individuals who struggle with addiction and co-occurring disorders? Here are some core concepts to keep in mind:

Safe Detox Environments Are Essential

Stress is a significant factor in substance abuse tendencies. Multiple studies conducted on significant population groups have discovered that stressors like conflict, relationship changes, hunger, insomnia and even exposure to extreme temperatures may make someone more likely to seek drugs. In some cases, binge-using drugs can be a stress factor that leads to a vicious cycle of abuse.

Detox environments that help individuals struggling with addiction feel safe may prove key to prevent relapses. Since having a co-occurring mental disorder can be a stressor itself, going to a rehab environment that doesn’t trigger the condition is wise.

Knowledge Furthers Your Ability to Bounce Back

Research has shown that being more educated about mental health makes people more likely to seek help with their addiction. Understanding the stress factors and being educated about the symptoms may make it easier to get them under control without using substances as an outlet.

People are more than their substance abuse struggles or co-occurring disorders. The most effective addiction treatments take care of the whole person — not just the symptoms they face. Learn more about finding a solution that fits by contacting Ocean Hills Recovery today. Our approach to treatment can make all the difference in recovery success!

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California Opioid Prescription Deaths

California Opioid Prescription Deaths

One ingredient in the messy stew of the current opioid epidemic is the intention and the cause of deaths related to the narcotics.  Researchers all across the country sift through the wreckage in a search for answers to myriad questions: what is intentional; what is accidental; what percentage of deaths as a result of opioid prescriptions; and who, if anyone, is to blame for these deaths?

Opioid Deaths in California

While the epidemic is sweeping across the United States, California, specifically is taking steps to address all incoming issues.  Their methods are proving to be a bit controversial.  According to a new report by NPR, the state is trying to find the direct link between deaths by overdose and opioid prescriptions by pursuing an unlikely middleman: the doctors. 

A Look At The Numbers

For a brief look at opioid statistics with regard to the state of California, reports that in the year 2017 alone:

  • There were 2200 deaths from opioid overdose
  • 1169 of those deaths (more than 50%) involved legal prescriptions
  • California providers wrote 39.5 opioid prescriptions for every 100 persons

The California State Medical Board is sending letters to the last doctor to write a prescription for any patients who then died as a result of said prescriptions. The doctors are given two weeks to respond with a written summary of care and a copy of the patient’s medical record.  Non-compliance could result in fines of $1,000 per day. If the doctors are found to have violated any state laws, there is a high chance that their license will be revoked. Thus far, the state has sent this type of letter out to over 500 doctors, based on information collected from over 3,000 death certificates where the cause of death was an opioid overdose.

Prescriptions: A Moving Target

Doctors who receive these letters are upset because as recently as 2013, the California medical board mandated that prescribing opioids should be “pursued vigorously.” Under such direction, many doctors don’t see their actions as negligent; they certainly don’t see them as criminal.  Where a patient had legitimate, intractable pain, doctors were all but obligated to prescribe the narcotics.  Now that opioid addictions reach epidemic proportions, the approach to prescriptions has changed and many doctors find themselves in a no-win situation.  If acceptable levels of pain management are a moving target, how do doctors within the state of California even know where to aim?

Further Consequences

With these new tactics, many doctors are concerned that the state is scaring providers away from prescribing opioids and/or addressing pain management thoroughly.  This could leave many patients inconvenienced and in an unnecessary amount of pain. 

While the cause and effect of opioid prescriptions and deaths from overdose may be argued ad infinitum, the choice to live on a healthier path can be a simple one.  All it takes is to reach out to Ocean Hills Recovery.  Doing so can lead you to the right people and the proper support system to start on the road towards rehabilitation.

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Things that Happen During Heroin Rehab California

Things that Happen During Heroin Rehab California

When it comes to drug addiction, statistics show the use of heroin is on the rise. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the number of people trying heroin for the first time has nearly doubled in the past decade. Many see heroin abuse reaching the epidemic status as statistics show the number of deaths due to heroin overdose increased more than six-fold between 2002 and 2015. In order to avoid becoming part of that statistic, many people are seeking help in the form of heroin rehab California.

What Happens When You Enter Treatment for Heroin Addiction?

Once a person acknowledges they have a problem and can’t fight their addiction on their own, the staff at Ocean Hills Recovery starts on a customized plan for treatment. Since each person and each addiction is different, a specific plan is put into place based on the patient’s history, learning style, and how they respond to treatment. This approach to rehabilitation is referred to as “Collaborative Recovery”.

Many times treatment will start with a detox program. As part of the Collaborative Care and Recovery offered at Ocean Hills Recovery, patients are placed in a secluded area in Dana Point, California where they can focus on changing the behaviors that have led to addiction. All negative influences are taken out so that each patient can focus on getting healthy and staying sober.

As a patient is undergoing detox, professional medical attention is often necessary. This is also offered at Ocean Hills Recovery.

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What Happens During Treatment for Heroin Addiction?

During treatment for heroin addiction, everyone’s path to sobriety will be different at Ocean Hills Recovery. Since each plan is customized to suit each patient’s needs, what works for one patient, may not work for another.

The following types of therapies and programs may be interwoven into a patient’s treatment program:

  • Individual counseling
  • Family therapy
  • Relapse prevention training
  • 12-step recovery & meetings
  • Workshops & lectures to learn coping skills

One-on-one counseling can help patients uncover what may have led to their heroin addiction. During family therapy, other issues pertaining to the heroin addiction may also be addressed.

The 12-step recovery process is based on the process described in the book “Alcoholics Anonymous” but is also used to treat a wide variety of addictions. The twelve steps included in drug addiction recovery include:

  1. Acknowledging you have no control over the drug
  2. Believing there is someone who is capable of helping you deal with the addiction
  3. Surrendering to the person you think can help
  4. Taking a self-inventory test
  5. Openly confessing the things that you have done that were incorrect
  6. Being ready to have any negative traits in your character pointed out
  7. Requesting help in getting rid of those negative traits
  8. Acknowledging that you have not only hurt yourself but others too
  9. Willingness to make amends with those you hurt
  10. Avoiding bad company
  11. Self-assessment for your progress
  12. Take up the responsibility of helping others

When someone seeks treatment for heroin addiction they will either enter an inpatient or outpatient treatment program. At Ocean Hills Recovery, both inpatient and outpatient treatment is offered to give patients the best chance at sobriety and restarting their lives.

Inpatient Treatment

Patients in this type of treatment benefit from around-the-clock care. This is a more structured environment that gives patients access to support, medical treatment, and anything else they need to battle their addiction 24/7. There are no distractions or negative influences to take away from the recovery process.

Patients learn new, healthy habits and how to implement them into their daily lives.  Over time, they learn how to become self-reliant so that they can transition back into the real world. These programs are offered in a 30, 60, or 90-day format at Ocean Hills Recovery.

For many patients, heroin addiction is also coupled with depression or other mental illness. This is referred to as a dual diagnosis and is something that is also treated at Ocean Hills Recovery. These patients need special care outside of typical treatment programs. The staff is trained and experienced to help these patients battle all of their demons. Many patients may have tried other heroin rehab California options but failed because the underlying issues of mental illness were never addressed. In order to fully enter sobriety, both chemical dependence and mental illness need to be acknowledged and treated.

Besides counseling and group meetings, regular recreation time is also scheduled to keep patients active. Patients can choose yoga, access the fitness center, or participate in art therapy sessions. Catered, healthy meals are also offered daily to give the body the strength it needs to fight heroin addiction. At Ocean Hills Recovery, the patient’s mind, body, and soul are taken into consideration to fight heroin addiction.

What Happens When Inpatient Treatment is Over?

While some people return home after their inpatient treatment, others may opt for transitional housing in our sober living program. Patients leaving the 30-day program or patients who are new to recovery and want a supportive living environment may choose this option.

Each sober home is managed by a staff member from Ocean Hills Recovery. At these homes, residents will have responsibilities, attend meetings, and follow a zero-tolerance policy for drugs and alcohol. The sober living program helps to bridge the gap from inpatient treatment to living in the real world where temptations exist.

Are You Ready to Seek Treatment?

If you’re ready to enter heroin rehab California, contact the staff at Ocean Hills Recovery today. Someone is always available 24/7 to take your call and listen to your story. Call us today at 866-303-2444 to speak to a team member, or fill out our online contact form.  Ocean Hills Recovery also offers intervention services to get individuals the help they need when they may not realize how badly they need it. Let us help you begin your road to sobriety and battle your heroin addiction.