How to Get Sober and More Importantly Stay Sober

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Once you decide to get sober, you may be wondering how to get sober and stay sober. The answer can seem simple; all you need to do is stop drinking and using drugs.  However, simple does not always mean easy.  Fortunately, there are many different paths and a lot of resources available to you in your journey. Exploring these paths is actually a part of the trip, but it can seem overwhelming. You might find that you have more questions than answers. Should you go to treatment?  Do you have to go live at treatment? What does intensive outpatient treatment mean? At Laguna View Detox, we are here to help guide you as you learn about the different methods and strategies to get and stay sober.

How to Get Sober

Once you decide to get sober, the first step is getting the drugs and alcohol out of your body.  Depending on how long you have been using, what you have been using, and if you have previously detoxed, you may need to detox under medical supervision. Detoxing can be very hard on the body, and doing it under supervision is the safest way.  Once you have detoxed, you’ll want to start working on staying clean.  Many people in early sobriety either attend treatment, attend recovery meetings, or attend both.  Treatment is often available on either a residential or outpatient basis at differing levels of intensity.  The length of treatment will vary depending on your particular situation.  You may find that you begin with detox, move on to residential treatment, and continue in an outpatient program so that you have additional support in early recovery. Not everyone’s journey into addiction is the same, which means that everyone’s journey into recovery is just a little bit different. The vital step is admitting that you have a problem and seeking help.  Once you’ve done that, the details of how will sort themselves out. 

How Do You Stay Sober?

Staying sober is an entirely different prospect than getting sober. It’s about maintaining your sobriety and your recovery, and that can feel less exciting somehow. It’s a bit like weight loss or getting in shape.  If you’ve been out of shape or overweight, many people will comment when you lose weight and get into shape.  They’ll notice the transformation and compliment you for it, but they likely won’t continue to applaud you as you maintain the changes.  Staying sober can feel a bit like that.  Everyone might be so happy when you get sober, and they may congratulate you for your efforts.  However, they won’t come to congratulate you every day or week for staying sober, and this is why it’s crucial for you to have a strong recovery program, including a relapse prevention plan. Many who suffer from addiction find that regularly attending recovery meetings is a critical part of their continued sobriety.  In addition to attending meetings, it is essential to have a support network. Some individuals in recovery also find it helpful to live in a sober living house.  

Ways Laguna View Detox Can Help You Stay Sober

At Laguna View Detox, we have a wide variety of programs to support you in your journey to and in sobriety. With our experienced, professional staff on your treatment team, you’ll learn the different ways to get sober and stay sober.  We provide luxurious, inpatient rehab treatment in one of the most beautiful areas in sunny Southern California. We are dedicated to seeing you succeed, and our programs will take you from detox to aftercare. Contact us today and let us help you with your addiction!

Why You Want to Go to a Luxury Rehab in Orange County

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Now that you’ve decided you want to stop using drugs and alcohol, you will want to determine how to stop using and where you might get help. Addiction is a mental and physical disease that requires treatment by those who understand this and have experience treating it. If you’ve been relying on drugs and alcohol to cope, a luxury rehab in Orange County may be the right choice for you. Early recovery is never easy, but attacking it from a luxurious, home-like environment can make it a little easier. At Laguna View Detox, we provide a beautiful setting and a wealth of experience to help those suffering from addiction. 

What Sets Apart a Luxury Rehab From Others?

By seeking help at luxury rehab in Orange County, you are setting yourself up for success. Created with the goal of patient comfort during early recovery, luxury rehab presents an excellent path to recovery. By blending evidence-based practices, luxurious surroundings, and healthcare expertise, we create an optimal environment for sobriety.  The ultimate goal of rehab is to live a life that does not require using drugs.  However, starting your sobriety journey surrounded by luxury can decrease the pain of early recovery.  It can be much easier to imagine the possibilities of sobriety when you’re staring out at the ocean. With the beautiful views offered, a luxury rehab in Orange County is bound to provide you with the space to begin your journey. With environments more like home than a hospital, luxury rehabs provide a welcoming and soothing environment for recovery. But it’s not just about the surroundings, luxury rehabs employ some of the most experienced addiction professionals in the industry. It is that pairing of exceptional experience and beautiful surroundings that sets luxury rehabs apart from the rest. 

Benefits of Luxury Alcohol Rehab Programs

Every person’s addiction, while similar, is also different. At a luxury rehab, your care team will tailor your treatment plan specifically to you.  Your plan will be based on your own drug/alcohol use history, your history of trauma, any co-occurring disorders, and your physical health. By incorporating your personal circumstances and history into the treatment plan, the counselors can better prepare you for success after rehab. Additionally, luxury rehab will likely offer more treatment modalities so that your addiction can be treated more holistically.  In addition to individual therapy and group therapy, you can expect your treatment to include things like art therapy, yoga, meditation, fitness, holistic practices, and more. Luxury rehabs can treat your addiction at all levels and on all fronts; we’re here to treat your mind, body, and soul. 

Accomplished, experienced professionals on your care team will create and manage a holistic treatment plan that will enable you to step solidly on the road to recovery. Imagine being able to leave rehab with a complete set of tools to lean on in your recovery including your own meditation or yoga practice, strengthened life skills, and a relapse prevention plan. Your experience at a luxury rehab will be a source of strength for your future self. 

Get Help Today at Laguna View Detox

At Laguna View Detox, you will get round the clock care for your addiction.  We are 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. Our staff includes some of the best in the industry, and we create a holistic treatment plan tailored to you. We are dedicated to helping you from safely detoxing to inpatient treatment to aftercare. Contact us today and let us help you with your addiction!  

Preparing Yourself for the Holidays and Addiction Triggers

Preparing Yourself for the Holidays and Addiction Triggers

Staying sober can be a challenge, and that is never more true than during the holidays.  From October to January, the world may feel like a field filled with holiday trigger recovery landmines. Time with relatives, dealing with strained relationships, and holiday parties can be very overwhelming. You might be wondering how in the world anyone stays sober during this time, but at Laguna View Detox, we’re here to help you see that the holidays and relapse do not have to go hand in hand. 

Why Holidays and Relapse Often Go Hand in Hand

Holidays and relapse often go hand in hand because the holidays are filled with a lot of stress.  Right or wrong, the holidays are often a time of financial stress for many of us as we feel obligated to buy presents we may not be able to afford.  Spending money we don’t have and straining our budgets is but one of the holiday stressors.  We may also find ourselves spending time at family gatherings sitting amid strained relationships, family drama, and even family trauma.  All of that would be stressful enough without alcohol or drugs present, but family gatherings and workplace gatherings will often have the alcohol available and flowing.  When you mix stress, family, and alcohol, it’s not surprising that anyone relapses at the holidays.  Still, it’s not a requirement. 

Tips for Managing Triggers Around the Holidays

The first step in managing your triggers is knowing what they are. Often the work we do in recovery helps us to learn these triggers.  Whether in rehab, therapy, or in recovery groups, we spend time and effort examining the things that may have contributed to our drug use. However, it’s common for us to discover some of our triggers at the moment we experience them. It is those triggers that pop up unexpectedly that can catch us off guard and require a plan. You might be wondering how you plan for something that you don’t know will happen, and that’s fair.  But let’s be honest, we all know we are going to be triggered at the holidays. Getting sober doesn’t create a problem-free world for us, only the ability to deal with it sober. 


Staying sober at the holidays is much like staying sober at any other time.  You need to have a plan. Most important, you must always have an exit strategy.  If at all possible, take your own car or plan your own transportation so that you can exit when it’s needed. If you’re traveling to see relatives or friends during the holidays, you may not be able to remove yourself from the situation entirely, so you need coping strategies.  Make a list of things you can do to reset yourself when you’re feeling stressed.  You might go for a quick walk, find a quiet place to meditate for a moment, practice box breathing, make a mental gratitude list, or even just go into the bathroom to take a break. Finally, remember that you have likely built a support system of other folks in recovery, and a quick call to talk can change everything. 


Avoiding Relapse With the Help of Laguna View Detox

Maybe you’ve decided that you need extra help during the holidays this year.  At Laguna View Detox, we have a wide variety of programs to support you. We have the tools and expertise to enable you to make it through the holidays without relapsing.  However, if you find that you’ve relapsed, we’re also here to help you get back on the road to recovery.  We provide luxurious, inpatient rehab treatment in one of the most beautiful areas in California. We are dedicated to seeing you succeed. Contact us today and let us help you with your addiction! 

Rehab and Work: How to Manage the Two

Rehab and Work

Once you realize that you have a drug problem, you might find yourself trying to sort through the details of what comes next.  If you have a job, you may wonder if you can balance going to rehab and work at the same time.  Likewise, you may have family responsibilities or other commitments that you must consider when deciding how to address your drug addiction.  At Laguna View Detox, we understand that your life won’t stop while you’re getting clean, and we’re here to find solutions that work.

Can I Go to Rehab Without Quitting My Job?

Roughly ten percent of those who work full or part-time have a substance use disorder. The good news is that this means you’re not the first person seeking to balance rehab and work.  Many people who find themselves addicted to drugs and alcohol cannot simply quit their jobs to go work on getting sober.  In fact, many need to maintain their employment in order to maintain their health insurance to help to pay for rehab.  Most employers are more than well aware of the cost of hiring a new employee and training that employee; that’s good news for you.  Many employers are more interested in working with a current employee than having to train someone new.

Tips for Talking to My Employer About My Addiction 

The steps you take in talking to your employer about your addiction will depend somewhat on the size of the company.  If your company is large enough to have a Human Resources Department, you may want to start there.  The Human Resources Department will be more versed in the procedure for your requesting a leave of absence or taking leave intermittently to attend treatment. You may also want to involve your manager in the discussion.  If your company is not large enough to have a Human Resources Department, you will start with your manager. Depending on the size of the company and the length of your employment, you may be entitled to protection under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).  FMLA will help to protect your job while you attend rehab.

Regardless of the size of your company, the discussion may be complicated by any current problems you are having at work.  Current performance or attendance problems will not disappear simply by going to rehab.  However, admitting that you have a drug addiction and explaining that you are seeking help for your addiction may go a long way with many employers. It’s important to note that if you are applying for protection under FMLA, you may be required to tell your employer why you need the time off, but your employer is not allowed to share that information with your coworkers.  Sharing this information would be a violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). It’s also important to note that once you have completed rehab and are sober, you are protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  No employer can discriminate against you based on past drug use; they can however take action based on current drug use. 

How Laguna View Detox Can Help

At Laguna View Detox, we understand the importance of maintaining your employment while seeking treatment.  We allow our clients access to their cell phones and computers to remain in contact with work.  You can keep your job while you get round the clock care at one of the leading drug rehab centers in Orange County. Our luxurious, inpatient rehab treatment center is located in one of the most beautiful areas in California. We are dedicated to helping you succeed in sobriety. Contact us today and let us help you with your addiction!