Addiction is a disease characterized by harmfully compulsive behavior, such as abusing alcohol or drugs. Those who suffer from addiction are likely to face significant challenges throughout life. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for an addict to supplant everything important in his or her life with a compulsion.

To the surprise of many, addiction is a worsening problem in the United States – it’s likely someone in your life struggles with substance abuse or another form of dependency. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), more than 21 million Americans over the age of 12 regularly abuse one or more substance, including alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drugs.

Thankfully, awareness of addiction is on the rise, and plenty of treatment options exist. It is recommended that those who have addictions seek help as soon as possible. Regrettably, because of the false negative stigma surrounding addiction, not everyone adheres to that important advice.

At Southern California Addiction Center, we are dedicated to providing patients with effective treatment programs in a comfortable environment that enables progress and success. While addiction is a complex issue, it is possible to overcome with the help of our medical professionals.

What is Addiction?

The DSM 5 considers addiction and substance-related disorders as being closely related. The ten kinds of drugs the DSM 5 acknowledges as being addictive are alcohol, caffeine, cannabis, hallucinogens, inhalants, opioids, sedatives, hypnotics, stimulants, tobacco, and unknown substances.

Diagnosis of addiction stems from a criteria list of 11 items, including “Taking the substance in larger amounts or for longer than you’re meant to,” and “Cravings and urges to use the substance.” Only mental health professionals can diagnose someone as an addict.  

People who abuse substances are typically symptomatic in one way or another – often seeing problems well after initially consuming the substance and experiencing its intoxicating effects. Addiction can also cause people to have erratic and unusual lines of thought and seemingly out-of-character conduct. It impairs motor skills, generates bevies of personal problems, and more.

Substance abuse is tremendously impactful to those who live with it, impairing people’s ability to complete dutiful tasks and sometimes compromising their financial status due to loss of employment. In fact, the fifth leading cause of homelessness in the United States has to do with substance abuse, as per the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty.

Further adding to the financial burden of addiction is tolerance. As people frequently abuse alcohol or drugs, their tolerance increases. Meaning, they must start buying and using more product to achieve the “high” or intoxication they desire. For this reason, experts frequently refer to addiction as a vicious cycle that’s difficult to escape.

Addiction alters the brain, creating powerful desires for the drug or behavior. Depending on the level of dependency and the substance or activity itself, interludes without it can cause addicts to experience severe withdrawal symptoms. These periods of withdrawal are a big reason why addicts continue their behavior.

Aside from health and other personal problems addiction creates, there is a significant societal cost as well. The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) reports addiction and substance abuse cost the United States almost $200 billion. Experts say health care, legal situations, and loss of production account for most of that figure.

The most effective treatment of addiction calls for more than one form of care – these can include medication and both individual and group counseling. What’s most important to recognize is an addiction is an individualized problem; everyone is different and requires their own treatment path tailored to them.

Addiction Disorders We Treat

Substance Abuse

Not everyone who abuses drugs or alcohol is open to receiving treatment. Their health, financial status, and relationships are likely to degrade – sometimes beyond repair – if they continue using. For addicts, a key milestone in their journey towards addiction-free living is acknowledging the problem exists, and change needs to happen. The best way to enact change is with the professional help of a professional treatment center like ours here at SCAC.

Our addiction recovery experts, who specialize in providing comprehensive treatment solutions are instrumental in our patient’s battle against addiction. The nature of substance abuse requires input from professionals for treatment to be effective. Without treatment, addicts’ situations are likely to continue to worsen.

Drug abuse is a mental condition affecting one’s thinking and behavior, often in significant ways. According to the DSM 5, the most commonly followed medical literature, victims of drug or substance abuse must meet a certain number of criteria within one year. Only mental health professionals can accurately diagnose someone as an addict.

People who struggle with addiction to alcohol or drugs often exhibit symptoms which negatively influence much of their life. For example, one of the criteria for substance abuse in the DSM 5 has to do with drugs causing the person to not take care of essential responsibilities relating to work or school.

Typically, the first thing people must go through as a part of recovery is detoxing themselves of their addiction. Many times, to alleviate the sometimes-intense symptoms of drug withdrawal, addicts will receive specific medication. This effort to combat addiction helps people deal with cravings and ultimately rid the substance from their system. Therapy is also a big part of rehabilitation. Patients at SCAC typically attend both group and individual counseling sessions. The goal is to use that time to help addicts understand and come to terms with what they are facing and learn how to deal with addiction going forward.

Are you or a loved one suffering from substance abuse? SCAC is here to help. Our staff has the knowledge and experience to help guide our patients through recovery.

Behavioral Health

The term behavioral health might seem interchangeable with mental health, but key differences between the two do exist. Mental health refers to the wellbeing of one’s psychological state; some examples of disorders relating to behavioral health are schizophrenia, depression, and ADHD.

Mental disorders and behavioral conditions are dissimilar in the sense that mental disorders generally have roots in biology and can be neurologically influenced. As the name suggests, behavioral conditions are driven by changeable activities. Addiction to specific activities or substances and eating disorders are seen as conditions in which the individual’s actions are what facilitates recovery.

The addiction treatment programs we offer may implement what’s known as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). First used in the 1970s, CBT is what mental health professionals today regard as one of the best methods for treating behavioral health conditions, such as depression or addiction. CBT also allows for ancillary kinds of therapy as well-meaning, patients are able to benefit from multiple approaches to counseling.

In short, CBT focuses on what is ahead in the short-term and emphasizes the importance of achievable goals. Practitioners who engage patients in CBT describe the style as more hands-on and pragmatic than other forms of therapy. The ultimate goal for someone in cognitive behavioral therapy is to change his or her line of thinking which encourages whatever behavior he or she is trying to cut out.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) was initially put into practice by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., ABPP. Initially, the treatment was used for suicidal women who have borderline personality disorder. These days, mental health professionals deem DBT as a leading form of effective counseling and use it for a wide array of psychological problems. Primarily, DBT stresses the importance of obtaining new skills in a group setting. The purpose of people’s new-found skills is to help them develop their lives into something they acknowledge as worth living and deter suicidality.

SCAC has expertise in treating behavioral health issues. If you or a loved one are suffering, contact us today.

Sex Addiction

The ICD-11 from the World Health Organization labels sex addiction as “compulsive sexual behavior disorder.” Roughly 12 million Americans live with sex addiction. Unfortunately, research indicates that the figure is poised to rise exponentially due to the widespread nature of sexual content on the Internet.

People who have this addiction often view sexual intercourse as something that takes priority over everything else in life, regardless of importance. Those who suffer from compulsive sexual behavior disorder even go as far as neglecting their health as well as work or school life. Sex addicts have problems concentrating on other aspects of life, often resulting in unstable interpersonal relationships. Physical problems can also come to fruition. Risky sexual behavior and anonymous sex are symptoms of sex addiction and are sometimes the cause of sexually transmitted diseases.

Psychological symptoms are also often present. Varying moods and depressive thoughts tend to be commonplace among those who suffer from sex addiction.

Not every rehab institution treats sex addiction. That’s why we are proud to open our doors and provide practical treatment solutions to those who battle with a compulsive sexual behavior disorder. Sex addiction is a behavioral disorder; the care someone who lives with sex addiction receives is typically very similar to what those who abuse substances receive. Rehab programs provide the most impactful vehicles for change. Counseling is a crucial aspect of the road to recovery. Individual and group therapy sessions give addicts a new perspective and try to find the driving force behind the addiction.

Unfortunately, sometimes people refuse to seek treatment. The stigma surrounding sex addiction can invoke feelings of shame and cause people to go through life without the care they require. It is vital to recognize the falsities of this stigma and the magnitude of reaching out for help. Sex addiction is treatable. Those living with it can restore their lives and alter their behavior with the help of the rehabilitation process.

Dual Diagnosis

Dual diagnosis is when someone suffers from multiple disorders that are co-occurring. Unfortunately, because of the inherent complexity of two disorders at once, diagnosis can be tricky. A lot of the time, people’s conditions remain without a diagnosis at all, resulting in the treatment of only one problem. According to 2014 statistics from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, more than 7 million Americans live with co-occurring disorders.

When it comes to dual diagnosis, symptoms can be all over the place, making exact disorders hard to pinpoint. As always, mental health professionals are the only ones who can accurately identify a disorder in someone. Specific diagnoses are commonly found in addition to others. For example, those who struggle with alcoholism are likely to have depression, personality disorders, and more. One in four adults with a mental illness has a problem with substance abuse as well.

Because of the likelihood of substance abuse and possible combinations with other drugs or illnesses, symptoms of dual diagnosis are difficult to analyze accurately. However, common symptoms include drug and alcohol withdrawal, exceedingly volatile behavior, and apparent incapacitation without ingesting drugs or alcohol.

While effective treatment is available, the effectiveness of said treatment relies on the rehab facility. Dependence on medication and not enough treatment personalization are common drawbacks of many rehab programs. At SCAC, we take a holistic approach to dual diagnosis without entirely discrediting medication. Our goal is to find the most suitable recovery process tailored to the individual. SCAC accounts for many factors when assisting with co-occurring disorders, such as how you eat and your level of physical activity. Balance is key to successfully treating dual diagnosis as is pace. SCAC emphasizes patient comfort and allows individuals to move through treatment at a pace in which they are at ease.

Gambling Addiction

Gambling addiction goes on more often than many people think. As per the North American Foundation for Gambling Addiction Help, nearly 10 million individuals in the United States (or roughly 2.6 percent of the population) suffer from gambling addiction. More people are addicted to gambling in America than most other countries combined. And, despite what most people first think, the term “gambling” refers to more than slot machines, poker, and other traditional casino games. To participate in this addiction, one does not even have to step foot inside of a casino. Something as simple as wagering a small bet with a friend is gambling, too.

The allure of betting comes from the opportunity it provides to make money quickly without much effort. Contrary Gambling addiction is especially sinister because of the myriad of significant problems it procures, including financial ruin. Also known as compulsive gambling, this disorder is characterized by the inability to not gamble on impulse. For compulsive gamblers, their relationship with gaming is similar to an alcoholic’s relationship with liquor – or a drug addict’s with drugs. Despite the negativity gambling addiction often inflicts on the lives of everyone involved, the gambler cannot get rid of their desire to keep betting.

Addiction is all about psychology, regardless of what the person is abusing. Thankfully, effective treatment for compulsive gambling exists. While a “cure” does not exist, proper care can diminish symptoms to the point of the disorder no longer being impactful on day-to-day life. Generally, gamblers require a similar path to sober living as those who abuse substances. Both group and individual counseling, as well as lifestyle adjustments, are what tends to benefit those with an addiction to gambling. Recovery from compulsive gambling is not obtainable via a generic, one-size-fits-all plan. At SCAC, we personalize rehabilitation by tailoring programs for recovery on an individual level to ensure we provide patients with the highest quality, most effective treatment possible.

Chronic Relapse

Addiction to substance abuse or particular behaviors is not acutely curable; it is a chronic disease.  However, people can learn how to change their future with the assistance of professional care. One of the first things you learn in Gamblers Anonymous, for example, is once you are an addict, you are always an addict. That’s not to say addiction cannot be treated successfully – it can. However, proper treatment plans can only provide addicts with the tools they need to move forward in life with fewer, less severe symptoms – but, never eliminate the addiction altogether. Sometimes, people fall into old habits and behaviors by using substances or performing activities again.

Relapse occurs when an addict begins participating in their addiction again after living sober for a while. Times in which people relapse differ, adding to the fact that addiction is chronic. An alcoholic can live sober for 20 years and still be prone to relapsing just as much as someone fresh out of rehab. Unfortunately, relapsing is not a rarity in the world of addiction. Approximately 80 percent of alcoholics fail to remain sober 12-months after participating in a treatment program. For an addict, the first year of sobriety is often the hardest, which explains the seemingly high rate of relapse. The good news is that after 24-months, 60 percent of former alcoholics remain sober. From there, the number continues to get better.

Chronic relapsing is when a person repeats the cycle of addiction and recovery multiple times. Typically, people who have chronically relapsed have gone through multiple iterations of rehabilitation.

At Southern California Addiction Center, we understand the seriousness of relapsing and the importance of sober living. We strive to provide our patients with everything they need to go through life with minimal relapse prospects.

Why Choose Us?

Southern California Addiction Center is proud to offer holistic treatment programs which take a non-generic, personal approach to healing. SCAC recognizes the strain addiction puts on individuals and their families and is committed to providing valuable professional assistance via a comfortable recovery process unique to the individual. The values that are most important to us are compassion, integrity, and respect – our compassionate staff exudes these values every day.

The eye-catching nature surrounding the facility, our professional staff, and nutritious food all help bolster the positive atmosphere at SCAC and promote sober living. SCAC faculty will go above and beyond to ensure you, or your loved one receives the treatment they need to succeed in living without addiction. Our uniquely pretty living spaces also aid in the recovery process.

Recreation plays a vital role in one’s journey to get better. SCAC is packed with convenient amenities that encourage restoration and fun. Golf courses, horseback riding, and even spas are available for use by patients on site.

The out-of-pocket expense of rehab justifiably concerns some people. We are happy to say we accept insurance at Southern California Addiction Center as we believe in rehabilitation as burden-free as possible. The cost of rehabilitation should not limit the quality of care you receive – you or your loved one deserves the best of the best regarding recovery.

Southern California Addiction Center offers highly customized treatment plans for substance abuse, behavioral health problems, sex and gambling addictions, dual diagnosis, and chronic relapse for the most effective recovery possible.

Are You or a Loved One in Need of Help?

If you or someone you know are suffering, and in need of help, we are here for you. CONTACT US TODAY and take the first steps toward the process of recovery. We believe that all of our guests deserve a second chance, and our mission is to make sure that everyone has that opportunity should they need it.

CALL 1-714-942-4942
EMAIL [email protected]

Are You or a Loved One in Need of Help?

If you or someone you know are suffering, and in need of help, we are here for you. CONTACT US TODAY and take the first steps toward the process of recovery. We believe that all of our guests deserve a second chance, and our mission is to make sure that everyone has that opportunity should they need it.

CALL 1-714-942-4942
EMAIL [email protected]

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