Knowing your drug addiction treatment options can be confusing. We can answer any questions.
Ventura Recovery Center provides all levels of care for adult men and women who require drug addiction rehabilitation. Comprehensive pre-admission evaluations and subsequent updates allow us to customize each client’s individual path to recovery. We implement a unique treatment plan for each client that takes into account the severity of the addiction, mental health issues, dietary needs and personal preferences.
A Comprehensive Drug Addiction Treatment Program offers several phases of treatment
As each person progresses, they “graduate” to a new phase of treatment that is tailored to their personal needs. Someone with only one day of sobriety needs a different level of care than someone with several weeks of sobriety. That’s why each phase is necessary for successful drug addiction treatment.
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While different drugs require specific protocols, chances are that you will need to go through medical detoxification to clear the body of toxins. Medically assisted detox at Ventura Recovery Center is closely monitored to assure the highest quality care for our clients. Our resident physician is nationally renowned and has decades of experience treating those with substance abuse issues.
Comfortable and Secure Drug Withdrawal
Many people fear that the detox phase will be painful or unpleasant. While it is not exactly fun, we strive to make sure that you are comfortable at all times. Rest is a big part of detoxing and we make sure you have a quiet, cozy place to rest and renew. Withdrawal from drugs usually takes about 5-7 days. Sometimes it is a bit longer for alcohol. Our nursing team supervises each client’s progress as the substances leave the body.
Medications are administered to alleviate stress and make the client as comfortable as possible. Our on-call staff immediately addresses any changes in a client’s physical, mental or emotional condition. Because your detoxification progress is so closely monitored, there is little risk of medical complications or relapse. There is really nothing to fear about the detox phase. In the scheme of things it is far less painful than prolonged drug abuse and it’s repercussions.
If you have other prescription medications you need, our nurse will administer those as well. To keep everyone safe, all medications are kept in a secure place that remains locked at all times.
Once physical detoxification is achieved, our clients become more active in our program. This is called Inpatient or Residential Treatment. They are still living in a residential home with other clients, but are now consistently attending group therapy, life-skills training, individual therapy sessions, and doing 12 Step work. We help each client find a sponsor to take you through the 12 steps. Clients attend daily AA meetings and start to meet new people in recovery.
It is not all work here at VRC. We often go on excursions. One day we might go for a hike. Another day we all go to the movies. There is also Equine Therapy, which many of our clients love.
Physical exercise is also very important to your healing here at VRC. We offer yoga, boxing, aerobics and strength training classes. Our amazing full time chef offers delicacies all along the way so your stay here is not only productive, but very enjoyable as well.
Everyone is still closely monitored by our medical staff so ensure everyone’s safety. Co-occurring disorders like PTSD, depression, bipolar disorder and other traumas are treated at this phase. This is commonly called “Dual Diagnosis Treatment.” It means, simply, that mental issues as well as addiction disorders are treated at the same time. We are one of the few drug rehabilitation programs that offer dual diagnosis treatment. It has been proven that treating co-occurring disorders leads to better success rates and less relapse. Treatment here at Ventura Recovery Center is more comprehensive than other treatment programs.
When our clients move into PHP, there is still structured, individualized treatment. Clients still attend daily 12 Step meetings. Group therapy and individual therapy are still offered several times a week. Many clients opt for EMDR treatment to minimize past trauma. We also offer CBT and DBT therapy options.
Partial Hospitalization also means that our clients enjoy a bit more freedom to engage with the local sober community. There is less need for medical care.
The recovery community is exceedingly strong here in the Conejo Valley. There are dozens of 12 step meetings every day in this area alone. We make sure you have access to these guiding forces through your sponsor and comradery with other people in recovery. We want to make sure you have access to all the resources that we know will get you sober and help you stay that way. We know, because we have been there. It is through community and continued interaction with others in recovery that you will be privy to guidance and a feeling of purpose in your life.
Intensive Outpatient Treatment is the part of your treatment with the least restrictions. While still attending weekly group and individual therapy sessions, you will transition to “sober living” apartments with other VRC clients who are in this phase of development. You will have full access to your phone, your car, and can even start part time employment after 90 days of sobriety!
During the IOP phase you will start transitioning into normal daily living situations. You can start your sober life with the new skills you have learned in therapy and life skills training. New friendships can develop. Your sober mentor will be available for guidance and advice. You will learn new coping skills.
You can explore employment opportunities and spend time with family members. You will essentially start returning to regular life while still living and interacting with other sober people in recovery. We make sure you have rides to therapy and meetings. We offer daily meals. The apartments are comfortable and well appointed, with pools and work out rooms. You also get a monthly membership to the local gym. Many of out clients love this phase and stay in the IOP sober living phase for many months, up to a year. It is an amazing way to transition into your new sober life.
I want to thank everyone at VRC for helping my son through his darkest time to being free of drugs. From detox to residential to sober living, this place is exceptional! The staff is kind and caring. I will always be grateful to everyone involved at VRC. If you are looking for a place for your son or daughter, look no further than VRC!
Phyllis G. Los Angeles, CA
If you are addicted to drugs or alcohol and want to recover, you will need detoxification. The toxins that are left in your body after drug or alcohol abuse should be safely removed before you can move to the other phases of recovery. Medically Supervised Drug Detoxification is the safest and easiest way to remove these toxins. We make sure you are healthy and safe by providing nursing care, medicine to ease withdrawal symptoms, and periodic examinations by a licensed physician.
Drug Detoxification is not always pleasant, but it is absolutely necessary. Without this phase, excess toxins remain in the body and cause cravings, emotional and physical pain and other disturbing medical conditions. Without medical supervision, dangerous health complications, emotional upset and relapse are possible. Quitting “cold turkey” can be dangerous and even fatal in some cases. Relapse after partial detox can have grave consequences. The body is no longer used to the doses before the detox phase. Overdosing is a very real danger. That’s why we strongly urge you to detox medically and completely. Our doctor and health professionals supervise the process to ensure a smooth and safe transition into chemical and emotional stability. Once the physical and emotional dependence on the drug is calmed, we can start the next phase of healing.
People with substance abuse disorders are often plagued with negative or irrational thought patterns they may not even be aware of. Here are some examples of harmful thinking patterns:
Step 1: Pre-Assessment: Our clients answer important questions about their drug use history with our intake coordinator. This is a completely confidential conversation, as are all interactions at VRC. Your privacy and dignity are jealously guarded here. When we know about your habits and past, we can make an accurate pre-assessment of your detoxification needs and be ready for you when you walk in the door for the first time.
Step 2: On-Site Intake: When you arrive, you will discuss your need in private with our intake staff. We can assess your dietary needs, the necessary level of care, and personalized program of action at this point. Paperwork is signed and you can begin the first phase of your new life.
Step 3: Clinical Evaluation: Our medical staff will visit with you to complete your medical history, physical health, and psychological status. Medications for the easing of withdrawal symptoms are prescribed at this time.
Step 4: Gradual Reduction: Drug type and usage levels determine how long detoxification meds are given and for how long. At a prescribed point in time, the drugs are tapered off. Each person’s experience is unique, so we take great care to make sure your individual needs are met during the withdrawal process.
Step 5: Start Recovery Treatment: Immediately after our client has successfully detoxed, we transition them into residential treatment. It has proven that those who wait for a period between detox and treatment are very likely to relapse. For that reason, we transition our clients as quickly as possible.
What is Detox?
Medically supervised detoxification is the first step in a successful addiction treatment program. When someone stops taking drugs or alcohol after a time of being physically dependent, they can experience symptoms of withdrawal. These can be fairly easy to take, like headaches, fatigue, or sweating. Withdrawal symptoms can also be much more serious, like seizures or stroke.
Each person’s body and history is unique, so it is hard to foretell how someone will react to cessation of the drugs they have taken for a prolonged time. That is why it is strongly urged by the medical community that drug detoxification be done while under the care of health professionals. That way, vital signs, physical and emotional symptoms can be closely monitored.
Doesn’t withdrawal hurt? I am afraid to go through detox.
Withdrawal symptoms are easily managed by our on-site nursing staff and licensed physician. We give you medication to counteract stress and anxiety. As time goes by, the symptoms of withdrawal lessen in severity and your return to physical and emotional health can be amazingly quick.
What is detox like at Ventura Recovery Center?
You will have a cozy room in a beautiful residential home. You will be able to rest in peace and quiet. Our house staff and our nursing staff are on hand to assure your comfort. You will be allowed to heal and renew at your own pace. Our licensed psychiatrist will visit and help with any co-occurring conditions like anxiety, depression, PTSD or bipolar disorder.
How long does the detox process last?
Each story is different so there is no hard and fast rule. Usually, with opiates, the detox period is 5-7 days. Alcohol withdrawal can take longer. The length of the detox process depends on several factors:
Addiction is a chronic medical condition that occurs when a person cannot control the urge to drink or take drugs, no matter how dire the consequences may be. If someone takes drugs or drinks for so long that the body experiences withdrawal symptoms when the person ceases use, it is called physical dependence. At some point, a person no longer takes the drugs or drinks to “get high.” They are now just trying to feel “normal.” The withdrawal symptoms can become so drastic that they rule a person’s life. Psychological dependence occurs when someone cannot function emotionally without drugs or alcohol. The drugs and alcohol become a psychological “crutch” to help someone get through the day.
Often, when someone is addicted to drugs or alcohol, no amount of logic or outer influence can make them stop. It seems physically and psychologically impossible. That is why medically supervised detoxification, long term therapies, and learned coping skills are necessary to put addiction behind you.
Addiction doesn’t happen to just certain people. No one is immune to addiction. While some people can abstain or drink moderately, a vast number of Americans struggle with addiction. Some studies say 1 in 10 Americans have an addiction disorder. Addiction affects everyone: all races, economic levels and faiths.
If someone experiences three of these problems within a year as a result of taking drugs or drinking alcohol, they are addicted and need treatment.
If you or a loved one struggle with addiction please call us. Have a confidential conversation with our Addiction Expert. (800) 247-6111
They just don’t feel well: Cold or flu-like symptoms happen often. They have fatigue or low energy.
Different eating patterns: Eating far more or less than normal, binging, going without food for long periods
Sleeping differently: Staying in bed more, sleeping at strange times, going without sleep for long periods of time
Developing new health problems: Asthma, problems breathing, liver problems, heart problems, mental health issues
Alarming mood swings
Physical illness that disappears when drugs or alcohol are used (withdrawal symptoms)
Will not spend time with family or friends
Will not handle commitments or go to work
Cannot handle finances
Will not look after one’s health
Changes in hygiene/ self-care
Sometimes addiction can develop over a long period of time. At other times, addiction can become apparent far more quickly. Women have been proven to develop substance addiction in shorter periods of time than men. Regardless of sex, age or culture, each individual’s experience includes specific stages. The difference lies in how long each person stays in each phase.
Attempting new drugs or different alcoholic beverages. Trying to experience different “highs.” This can be seen as a harmless rite of passage into adulthood.
Still using the drug or substance past the experimental phase. While many “normal ” drinkers can stay in this phase for a very long time, drug users can pass through this phase very quickly.
Continued substance use that can lead to dangerous life situations (driving while high) create health complications (heart problems) or endanger livelihood (losing a job or a home.)
Someone in this phase needs drugs or alcohol regularly to feel “normal.” They cannot quit by themselves. Life has become unmanageable. Relationships, livelihoods and health can be severely damaged.
Addiction affects everyone. Family members, coworkers, neighbors and friends can all be affected. Someone who has a substance abuse problem may not see how far gone the problem is. Often, but not always, once someone has reached the point of physical addiction to drugs, their life has become unmanageable, with harm done to relationships, livelihood and way of life. Others, who are “high functioning” can appear to “have it all together.” They may still have a job, home, car, intact relationships, but they are using drugs regularly in secret. These people can be very hard to help. They may deny their addiction or feel they have everything under control. Sometimes only close family members know the extent of the drug use. With these people, an intervention may be necessary.They may not see how much damage they are doing to themselves, their lives and their relationships. They may not be aware how much pain they are putting their loved ones through. They may not know how much treatment can help them or know all their options. That is one case where an intervention can help.
An addiction intervention is a planned meeting between family members, the person with the addiction disorder and perhaps a professional intervention specialist. In this meeting, the family is able to express to the person living with addiction how their lives are affected. The addict is made to see how their actions are harming themselves and others. They are also offered a chance at treatment and all the support they would need.
If you need help organizing an intervention, here are some tips to help you along the way:
The first step in successful long-term addiction recovery is medically assisted detoxification. Dependence on drugs and alcohol usually means that someone is taking them very often. The body has become used to having the drugs or alcohol in its system. When someone stops taking the substance, the body can exhibit a range of withdrawal symptoms. Depending on the health and age of the person and the severity of the addiction, the symptoms can be very mild to potentially lethal.
There is no way to predict how a person will react when they stop putting drugs into their body. Therefore, it is highly suggested detoxification be closely monitored by medical professionals. With the proper mix of non-addictive anti-anxiety drugs, therapeutic rest and nutrition, and a calm, restful atmosphere, detox can, in many cases, be managed with little or no physical discomfort.
There are a myriad of choices when it comes to types of addiction treatment. Different services, goals and modes of delivery, environments and philosophies all come into play.
Inpatient residential drug rehabilitation treatment is considered the best and most proven method of treatment. During the first phases of recovery, inpatient clients receive round-the-clock care and monitoring, and are immersed in a program dedicated to healing.
Outpatient services are for those who cannot attend inpatient treatment or who may already have extended periods of sobriety. Some outpatient programs require you to attend a certain number of group therapy sessions a week. Your room and board, when you enroll in outpatient treatment, is up to you. Some intensive outpatient addiction treatment programs provide a “sober living” environment for you to reside in while you attend treatment. Another option is a simple “sober-living” program. In this program, you stay in a home or facility with other people trying to live a sober lifestyle. You will benefit from living with others in the same situation as you. Often, all residents attend 12-step meetings together as well.
If it is at all possible, inpatient residential treatment is the best possible treatment choice. It has been proven to provide the most solid basis for continued sobriety. The foundations required to learn to live a sober, productive, healthy life are all provided for in a good inpatient program. People who have other mental health issues like depression, anxiety, or PTSD need psychiatric therapy to heal completely. This kind of healing is best achieved in an inpatient drug addiction rehabilitation program that offers dual diagnosis care.
Many people feel that 30, 60 or 90 days away from work, family and responsibilities is far too long. If you feel that way, ask yourself this:
Have I been able to get sober on my own in the past?
How much is time spent at work and with family worth if I continue to struggle with addiction and cause damage to my relationships and way of life?
Is 30, 60 or 90 days really that long on the scheme of things?
Wouldn’t I prefer to be sober and strong in 90 days, or to be still struggling and hurting my family and loved ones?
Alcoholism and drug addiction is a chronic disease. Like diabetes, it can be managed and minimized, but it requires continued attention. Inpatient drug or alcohol rehab or outpatient treatment is the beginning of an ongoing plan of action. Long-term recovery necessitates additional services and healthy habits.
Here are some aftercare options following treatment:
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