Frequently Asked Questions About Drug Rehab and Alcohol Treatment
What are some accepted insurances?
We accept most PPO Insurance policies. If you have a question about your insurance please give us a call to discuss your specific policy. Unfortunately, we do not accept medi-cal/medicare/medicaid at this time.
What are some signs of addiction?
Emotional withdrawal and isolation is one of the most damaging behaviors of an addict, because it destroys the relationships with friends and family members. Some addicts, alcoholics especially, will continue to use in public. They will isolate by pushing loved ones out of their lives, instead preferring the company of acquaintances who do not have an emotional stake in their addiction.
- General demeanor of secretiveness, being careful around your family members
- Changes in your energy level
- Extreme weight loss or gain
- Theft of substances, or money to buy substances
- Continuing to use the drug in order to achieve the desired effect
- Prolonged periods of extreme mood swings: happiness, sadness or anxiety
What is Dual Diagnosis?
Dual Diagnosis is the term used when a person has a mood disorder such as depression or bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression) and a problem with alcohol or drugs. A person who has a Dual Diagnosis has two separate illnesses, and each illness needs its own treatment plan.
Some studies indicate that as many as half of those with a drug or alcohol addiction also have a mood disorder. In fact, up to 65.5% of people with a substance dependence disorder also suffer from a mood disorder as well. and 51% of people with a mood disorder also struggle with substance abuse disorder.
We are a Dual diagnosis facility dedicated to treating both the psychological and addiction issues by creating distinct treatment plans focused on the co-occurring mood and addiction disorders, When both disorders are treated simultaneously, a clients have a much better chance at achieving Long-term Sobriety.
What is a withdrawal?
Withdrawal occurs when the brain and body are suddenly deprived of a drug after the user has become dependent on the substance. When you become addicted to a drug, your brain comes to depend on the chemical in order to function normally, and avoid withdrawal symptoms. The abrupt discontinuation of the drug, or a reduction in the dose, causes a chemical imbalance in the brain that triggers strong cravings, anxiety, and agitation. Withdrawal can manifest itself in the body through symptoms like involuntary body movements, nausea, headaches, sleep disturbances, muscle cramps, and bone aches. In severe cases, withdrawal symptoms may include fever, confusion, hallucinations, or seizures.
What are some withdrawal symptoms?
Withdrawal symptoms vary from one drug to another. Once you stop using you may experience early withdrawal symptoms such as:
- Watery eyes
- A runny nose
- Cold sweats
- Frequent yawning
- Muscle cramps
- Difficulty sleeping
As the hours pass, withdrawal symptoms can become more uncomfortable and more severe.
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Stomach cramps
- Bone pain
Can addiction be treated successfully?
Yes. Addiction is a treatable disease. Research in the science of addiction and the treatment of substance use disorders has led to the development of evidence based interventions that help people stop abusing drugs and resume productive lives.
How long is the program?
Addiction is a chronic condition that cannot be overcome by simply discontinuing the use of drugs or alcohol. Often 30 days is not enough to treat an addiction, which is why we offer long term 30/60/90 day treatment programs and even 6 months to a year, which includes detox, inpatient drug rehab, dual diagnosis, and intensive outpatient services.
Is the treatment confidential?
As a JCAHO Accredited Treatment Center, all information regarding treatment is governed by strict guidelines set forth to insure the confidentiality of all information relating to your treatment plan and stay here at Ventura Recovery Center.
Where can I find the best chances of long-term sobriety? Locally or Out-of-State?
Rehabilitation is a process regardless of location. Clients who travel out of state to treatment facilities traditionally do better. Removing the environmental triggers continue that prolong the addiction cycle and directly relate to it, Creating distance from the constant distractions of life for a period of time is the underlying premise of rehab. When it is time to start investigating rehab as a option, life had likely gotten out of control. An addict has a greater chance of maintaining sobriety if they are removed from a setting filled with environmental triggers.
What is detox?
Detox is a process of removing toxins from the body. When Detox is not managed by a qualified medical practitioner it can be both painful and dangerous. Detox is the first phase in the process of recovery focused on relieving the physical issues that come with addiction. Once detox from alcohol or drugs is completed the psychological journey to recovery can begin. Different addictions call for different treatments. Call to speak to our intake specialist today to see if a Medically Supervised Detox can get you started on the path to a new life.
Questions to ask when considering Medically Supervised Detox:
- Is the treatment facility licensed and the detox medically supervised?
- Is there medical supervision?
- Is the goal of the detox process to get the client to the point where they are not dependent on any substance for a long term period?
What happens after detox?
After the detox is completed, then the addict can enter rehab. In rehab, you’re learning to live daily without dependency. This helps to build bonds with other people that truly understand addiction. There is a common bond that develops. Often lifelong friendships are formed during this process. ‘What addiction do you treat?
We offer treatment for the following:
- Alcohol Dependency
- Opiates (Percocet, Norcos, Vicodin)
- Prescription drugs (Depressants and Stimulants)
Can I lose my job for attending rehab?
The answer depends on who the employer is, along with the particular situation faced by the employee. In all cases, active drug use can often be a valid reason for firing an employee. For example, if an employee misses work for several days as a result of addiction, the job would not be protected. Nor would it be protected if he showed up high or drunk. However, what if you are not actively using?
Many employers will either have favorable policies with regard to employee retention after substance abuse treatment, or will be under union contract to treat the employee in a certain way. For those without clear guidelines, the HR department can often address this concern.
What happens if I relapse?
The Truth: Relapse is common among addicts and alcoholics who go through treatment, and a shallow statistical analysis may make it seem as if rehab really doesn’t work very well. But all this really reveals is that successful rehabilitation from a drug or alcohol addiction frequently takes quite a bit of time. Relapses notwithstanding, if patients who enter rehab are willing to stick with their aftercare programs and are not afraid to return to treatment more than once should they run into trouble, they will have a solid chance of overcoming their chemical dependency. Addicts and alcoholics who try to get clean and sober on their own, on the other hand, are much more likely to relapse.