Addiction is a terrible illness that can ruin lives if it is allowed to continue unchecked.
Part of what makes this so difficult though is the sheer lack of awareness and knowledge when it comes to this kind of illness. Many people think of addiction in entirely the wrong way, they think of it as a choice, or they think of themselves as being ‘to blame’. This results in a sense of shame that only hampers and prevents their recovery.
Drug and Alcohol Addiction Rehab for Long Beach Residents
Addiction is an illness. No one chooses to become an addict. And there are many underlying causes for what can trigger it.
At OceanHillsRecovery.com, we are highly sensitive to all these factors and we fully recognize the dynamic and complex nature of addiction. It is with this knowledge that we approach treatment and that we have been able to help countless patients to make a full and permanent recovery.
If you’d like to learn more about our addiction treatments and about the nature of addiction itself, then read on.
What is Addiction and How do You Treat It?
When looking at addiction and the best way to treat it, it is highly important to consider it in terms of multiple different factors. That means you need to look at it from a physical, mental and spiritual perspective and you need to look at the surrounding lifestyle that led to the situation.
So, what does this mean?
Firstly, you have the lifestyle. Many people turn to addiction because of other difficulties in their lives and because of circumstances that are outside of their control. In fact, many people will use drugs or alcohol as a form of self-medication to treat stress or anxiety. Others might unconsciously see it as a way out, or as a call for help. And of course, there are many scenarios where we might feel pressured by others into using drugs.
So, in one case, a person might have started using drugs because ‘friends’ were telling them too and they felt it was the only way to maintain their support network. In another, someone may have been prescribed drugs like benzodiazepines by their GP in order to treat a condition such as anxiety or even a phobia – they could then have found themselves becoming dependent on that drug. Someone else might have turned to alcohol because they aren’t happy in their relationships.
Whatever the case, these factors need to be acknowledged and then addressed.
The best way to address these factors is to come and visit us in rehab. This way you can escape from your usual surroundings and find calm and peace. If you’re only able to come and visit though, then we will discuss during therapy how you can change your lifestyle and we will provide you with a support network that can help you through difficult times.
Closely tied to the lifestyle factor is the fact that many people just don’t feel happy in their lives – they feel something is missing or they are filled with existential angst. The simple matter is that many people question the purpose of life and without that purpose, they feel they need to get stimulation from somewhere.
Again, this is something that we can address in therapy. We not only discuss the addiction itself and your lifestyle but also look for ways for you to find meaning. Often addiction is filling a void and there are plenty of ways to fill that – you might find it in our support groups or you might find it with our recreational activities.
While the emotional, spiritual, and lifestyle elements are highly important, what is undeniable is the physical aspect. That is to say that addiction will cause a series of physical and chemical changes in the brain. These trigger dependence and cause the brain to require the drug in order to feel normal.
To help deal with this, we provide a detoxification program to gently wean you off the drug that you have become dependent upon. We are not a prescribing medical facility but we work closely with professionals who can provide you with the correct medications to ensure a healthy and easy transition into your new drug-free life.
Of course, there are other physical considerations too. For example, you might be self-medicating for pain. If this is the case, then we need to address how you can heal without risking addiction.
Finally, we also look at the psychological aspect and address mental health issues that may have led to your illness or that may be contributing to it.
Mental health issues often ‘co-occur’ along with addiction. This can either mean that the mental health issue (such as anxiety, depression or low impulse control) is what caused the addiction, or it can mean that the mental health issue has been caused as a result of the chemical changes.
Either way, our therapists can help you to work through these issues and we can assess other potential problems that might stand in the way of a full recovery.
Why Ocean Hills Recovery?
Ocean Hills Recovery is located in a beautiful and scenic location within easy reach of Long Beach. We offer discrete, convenient, and affordable care. Moreover, we have a proven track record and a truly comprehensive approach that we believe is unmatched. To find out more and to discuss your custom program, get in touch today.