Drug and Alcohol Detox: Don’t Do It Alone

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It is often said that the first step in getting sober is to accept that you have a problem.  While that’s true, another essential first step is drug and alcohol detox.  Addiction is a disease that affects us mentally, spiritually and physically. Before you can begin to work on how to live a life without drugs and alcohol, you have to rid your body of the substances.  Detox can be difficult and even dangerous because your body has become dependent on these substances to function. As you remove the substances, your body may fight back.  Laguna View Detox is here to help you detox in a safe and supervised manner so that you’re ready to start your new life in recovery. 

What Is Drug and Alcohol Detox?

Drug and alcohol detox can be thought of as the bridge between using and getting treatment.  The symptoms you experience during detox and their severity will depend on many factors.  The drugs you have been using, the length of time you have been using, your overall health, and how many times you have detoxed will all impact detox. Supervised drug and alcohol detox allows for a medical professional to safely manage your detox symptoms; it can be done on an inpatient or outpatient basis depending on the predicted severity of the withdrawal.  

Why You Shouldn’t Detox Alone

Detoxing from drugs and alcohol alone can be dangerous because we don’t know how to detox from drugs and alcohol.  Some may try weaning themselves off by tapering their use, but often do not find success. Without professional help, we would be left to our own willpower which may not hold when our body starts to fight against the process. Withdrawing from drugs and alcohol can be fatal and alcohol is the most dangerous from which to withdraw.  Withdrawal can be very stressful for our bodies. Many who have tried to quit using drugs and alcohol have great difficulty in overcoming the physical aspects of the withdrawal process. Sadly, each time we put our bodies through withdrawal we increase the stress we’re putting on our body. By detoxing in a supervised environment, you can protect your health and increase your chances of successfully moving onto sobriety. 

Withdrawal symptoms range from minor discomforts such as sweating to life-threatening delirium tremens. You may experience many different symptoms including:

 

  • Increased heart rate
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Muscle Pain
  • Itchiness
  • Insomnia
  • Agitation
  • Hallucinations
  • Paranoia
  • Anxiety
  • Delirium

A medical professional monitoring and treating your symptoms can likely prevent your symptoms from increasing in severity. In a detox facility, health care providers can prescribe and administer medications that will help your body get through withdrawal more safely.  It may seem odd to take medications to get clean, but these medications are life-saving. The goal of medical detox is to get you through withdrawal as safely as possible. 

Benefits of Detoxing at Laguna View Detox

When you detox off drugs and alcohol at Laguna View Detox, you can feel safe.  We will regularly monitor your blood pressure, heart rate, breathing, and detox symptoms as your body clears itself of the drugs and alcohol.  Additionally, we have the tools and expertise to manage your withdrawal more comfortably so that you’re ready to begin the rest of your treatment.  You will get round the clock care at one of the leading drug rehab centers in Orange County. We provide luxurious, inpatient rehab treatment in one of the most beautiful areas in California. We are dedicated to helping you detox safely and seeing you succeed. Contact us today and let us help you with your addiction!  

The Benefits of Group Therapy for Substance Abuse

The Benefits of Group Therapy for Substance Abuse

Group therapy can take on several forms during substance abuse treatment.  Group therapy for substance abuse may be a group of individuals seeking treatment; alternatively, it may be the family group of the individual seeking treatment.  Alternatively, group therapy can also be used for addictions that are behavior-related such as gaming, gambling, and sexual addictions. Group therapy can also be instrumental in working through grief or developing social skills.  At Laguna View Detox, we believe that group therapy plays a vital role in substance abuse treatment. 

What Is Group Therapy? 

In the simplest terms, group therapy is a form of treatment in which a group of individuals meets together to discuss their problems with a therapist. While there is no set number of individuals, group therapy typically includes 5 to 15 people.  Group therapy can target a particular problem such as substance abuse, depression, anxiety, chronic pain, or other health issue. Group therapy enables patients to hear the experiences of others and also provides a platform for problem-solving. This listening and problem-solving can be instrumental in family group therapy as a family works to create their life after active addiction.  It is interesting to note that family therapy may occur with only one family or can be done with multiple families to allow everyone to share their struggles and possibly problem-solve together. 

How Does Group Therapy Heal Addiction? 

Group therapy may be formal, as with the presence of a licensed therapist described above, or it can be more informal, as with 12-step group meetings or grief support groups. Addiction group therapy enables those suffering from addiction to see that they are not alone in their addiction. Merely being able to see others struggling in the same way can help to lighten the burdens of addiction. By talking with others who may have seen and done the things you did while in active addiction, you will know that you are not alone.  Addiction can take us to dark places, and we shed light by sharing our stories with others in a therapeutic environment.  There is a saying in 12-step recovery that we are only as sick as the secrets that we keep. Group therapy allows us to release our secrets in a safe and supportive environment to continue to become healthier versions of ourselves.  Many of us in addiction find ourselves relatively isolated by the time we seek treatment, and group therapy can be a bridge back to interacting with others again. 

Can You Continue Group Therapy After Rehab?

Group therapy can be a part of your treatment plan after rehab.  Whether this is through attendance at formal group therapy with a licensed therapist, attendance at recovery meetings or a combination of the two, group therapy can play an essential role in your recovery. As you develop a new sober life, group therapy can provide a support network and some structure. Life after rehab can be difficult, and group therapy can provide a place of sanctuary while you’re navigating those early days. 

Get Help Today at Laguna View Detox

At Laguna View Detox, you will get round the clock holistic care for your addiction.  We are one of the leading drug rehab centers in California. We provide luxurious, individualized inpatient rehab treatment in one of the most beautiful areas in Southern California. We remain dedicated to helping you get and stay sober.  We help you succeed by providing you with the care you need while you’re with us and setting you up for continued success with our aftercare. Contact us today and let us help you with your addiction!  

Pros and Cons of Getting Sober With Your Partner

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You and your partner do everything together, and now you’ve realized you both have a problem with drugs and alcohol. After taking some time to review your options, you both decide it’s time to get sober, which is great news!  The bad news is that your collective drug and alcohol use has likely caused or deepened problems within your relationship.  It can feel overwhelming to begin working on getting sober and working through a relationship in crisis at the same time. You might be wondering if couples can go to rehab together.  At Laguna View Detox, the answer is yes, and we’re happy to welcome you to our couples’ drug rehab. 

Can Couples Go to Rehab Together?

The short answer is yes; couples can go to rehab together.  Couples’ drug rehab enables you to support each other through rehab.  Recovering from addiction is hard.  Recovering from addiction within a relationship adds layers to the recovery process.  Couples’ drug rehab positions you both to get the individual treatment that you need without having to go to separate facilities.  You will be able to work through the different phases of early sobriety at your own pace and also find opportunities to connect in a therapeutic setting. You know how your addiction has affected you personally; couples drug rehab will help you both to see how your addictions have affected the other. 

Pros of Couples Rehab

Relationships are hard enough without adding the chaos that is often caused by drug and alcohol use.  Getting treatment for your addiction while working together on your relationship will help you and your partner build a solid foundation for sobriety.  By going to rehab together, you will understand what the other has experienced from detox to discharge.  You will likely not progress in precisely the same way, but you will develop common ground in rehab.  Instead of sharing your active addictions, you can learn to share your sobriety as a part of your relationship. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) found that couples who engaged in therapy together reported greater success in staying sober, improved relationships, and better family lives. Couples’ drug rehab also enables you to formulate a post-rehab recovery plan for continued sobriety and work through relationship difficulties. 

 

Cons of Couples Rehab

Going to couples’ drug rehab is not always the answer.  It is an important decision that requires an honest assessment of what you need from rehab.  Some may find that gender-specific rehab is more suitable because of past traumas or other circumstances. Others may suffer from mental health disorders that require more intensive and personalized therapy. You may find that you need rehab to provide you with a sanctuary from your relationship so that you can focus on your own healing before you begin to work on your relationship.  Attending rehab together may make you feel pressured to remain in your relationship, even if it is not the best decision for your sobriety and well-being. 

 

Get Free From Drugs at Laguna View Detox

At Laguna View Detox, we know how to equip you to free yourself from addiction.  At our luxury facility, you will get round the clock holistic care for your addiction.  We are one of the leading drug rehab centers in California. We provide luxurious, individualized inpatient rehab treatment in one of the most beautiful areas in Southern California. We remain dedicated to helping you detox safely and seeing you succeed by providing you with the care you need while you’re with us and setting you up for success with our aftercare. Contact us today and let us help you with your addiction.   

Purdue Pharma Opioid Settlement: A Small Victory

Purdue Pharma Opioid Settlement

If you’ve watched or read the news in the last few weeks, you’ve likely heard or read about the Purdue Pharma Opioid Settlement.  You might be wondering who Purdue Pharma is, why the government sued them, and what it means for those who became addicted to prescription opioids.  At Laguna View Detox, we’re here to help you understand if and how this settlement affects you or someone you love who has been affected by prescription opioids. 

Who Is Purdue Pharma? 

Purdue Pharma is a pharmaceutical company that developed, manufactured, and marketed medications and consumer health products.  The company is not aligned with Purdue University but was founded and owned by the Sackler family.  The Sackler family, many of whom were physicians, were integral in the company’s running and are viewed as having significant responsibility for Purdue Pharma’s impact on the opioid crisis. 

What Is the Purdue Pharma Opioid Settlement? 

The United States Department of Justice recently resolved criminal and civil complaints against Purdue Pharma based on its business practices contributing significantly to the opioid crisis.  Quite simply, the Purdue Pharma opioid settlement acknowledges and attempts to rectify that the company put its business and the marketing of its drug, Oxycontin, above the health and safety of the patients to whom it was prescribed.  Because Purdue’s opioid practices were found to be egregious in nature, the settlement dissolves the company and repurposes its assets to benefit the public it has harmed.  Not only did Purdue Pharma misrepresent its anti-diversion program to the FBI, but it also continued to provide incentives to physicians encouraging the prescribing of Oxycontin unnecessarily.  Purdue Pharma downplayed the highly addictive nature of the drug and provided financial incentives for physicians to continue to prescribe the medication. 

Why This Is a Small Victory for the Opioid Epidemic

While this settlement does represent the most considerable penalties ever levied against a pharmaceutical company, it has not satisfied many of those who have lost family members to opioid addiction.  It is not hard to see why many see this settlement as a drop in the bucket compared to the created crisis.  While the fines being levied against Purdue Pharma are large, they barely compare to the opioid crisis cost.  

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the total economic burden of prescription opioid misuse in the United States exceeds $78 billion each year. This does not include the burden of illicit opioid use.  Beyond the financial costs, more than 120 people die from opioid overdoses every day, and no dollar amount can compensate for those losses. Many who are unhappy with this settlement believe that the Sackler family has managed to retain much of the profits that they made creating this crisis. However, this settlement is only with the federal government; Purdue Pharma and the Sacklers still face several state governments’ legal actions. What may be most confusing about this settlement is what the restructured version of Purdue Pharma looks like and who will own the company. 

Get Free From Opioids at Laguna View Detox

At Laguna View Detox, we understand how easy it is to find yourself addicted to opioids.  At our facility, you will get round the clock holistic care for your addiction.  We are one of the leading drug rehab centers in California. We provide luxurious, individualized inpatient rehab treatment in one of the most beautiful areas in Southern California. We remain dedicated to helping you detox safely and seeing you succeed by providing you with the care you need while you’re with us and setting you up for success with our aftercare. Contact us today and let us help you with your addiction.