Drug Rehab Los Angeles
Addiction is a chronic, serious disease that affects every element of people’s lives. Anyone who has developed a dependency or an addiction should have the opportunity to find professional help. In Los Angeles, there are a lot of available rehab options, and it is important that you choose the one that best suits your needs. In fact, that is the second of the principles of effective treatment:
“Treatment varies depending on the type of drug and the characteristics of the patients. Matching treatment settings, interventions, and services to an individual’s particular problems and needs is critical to his or her ultimate success in returning to productive functioning…“
- Finding the Right Drug Rehab Center
- Drug and Alcohol Treatment in Los Angeles
- How Centers for Alcohol and Drug Rehab In Los Angeles Can Benefit People
Finding the Right Drug Rehab Center
When you start your search for drug rehab in Los Angeles, whether it is for yourself or for a loved one, there are a few key things that you will need to consider, including:
- The type of environment that is suitable for you
- Your insurance and what it covers (HMO vs. PPO)
- What your current personal, social, professional, and/or educational responsibilities are
- How much you can afford to pay
- Whether you require alternative treatments and/or a degree of luxury
One issue with addiction is time. It must be seen as a medical emergency, not in the least because addicted individuals often only have a short period of time in which they are motivated to seek out treatment. Hence, although you should take the time to review and visit some of the treatment centers, this is not always an option.
Choosing the right rehab to meet your treatment needs will consistent of several details to consider. If you will be utilizing your health insurance, they may require different medical necessity than you feel you or your loved one needs. For example, detox or detoxification – this can be done in a hospital, residential facility, or sometimes at an outpatient program like Matrix Institute depending on the severity of the alcohol or drug use. The Matrix Institute suggests always beginning your quest for help with a phone call to your insurance company, or to one of our California locations where we can verify your insurance benefits on your behalf. Our promise to you is to help you always find the best drug or alcohol center that meets your specific needs.
Drug and Alcohol Treatment in Los Angeles
Los Angeles is a unique place to receive substance abuse treatment. With the backdrop of Hollywood and the entertainment industry, there are a large number of people who have found substances, and recovery, in the city. For that reason, there are large numbers of treatment facilities. There is also a vibrant recovery community in Los Angeles. In the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), and other 12-Step programs are people who have come to Los Angeles in search of drug or alcohol treatment, but have stayed because of the recovery support.
The first option for alcohol and drug rehab in Los Angeles that is available to people is inpatient, or residential, treatment. This is particularly suitable for those who believe they will experience difficulties in staying sober unless they have around the clock support. You can remain in residential rehab for anything from 28 days to a 90 days or even more. It gives you the opportunity to be fully removed from the environment in which your substance abuse was facilitated and enabled. Each day in treatment, you will receive therapy, education, and structure. You will have to follow the rules designed to prevent relapse.
With residential treatment, you will actually move out of your home and into a center, where your days will be rigorously scheduled for you. You will also receive nutritious meals there, which is important because addiction and nutritional deficiency often go together.
“Addiction to the illicit and prescribed use of opiate is an alarming public health issue.”
Depending on the facility that you have enrolled in, you may also have access to other forms of treatment, including art and music therapy, pools and gyms, yoga, acupuncture, and so on. All centers, however, will offer a range of scheduled activities such as group sessions, chores, educational seminars, meal times, 12 step meetings, individual therapy, exercise, and so on. Days are rigidly structured, because this helps individuals to avoid triggers when they are at the greatest risk of relapse. Additionally, it enables people to build relationships with their peers, who understand their life and struggles.
Matrix Institute is Different
At Matrix Institute we do not offer residential treatment. We are renowned throughout the world for our model and approach as an outpatient treatment program for addiction and alcohol. Located throughout California, we help those individuals who know they abuse drugs and have the desire for recovery. We often will refer out to centers who offer inpatient programs for detox or residential when that level of care is needed.
Of key importance with all drug and alcohol treatment is that a proper aftercare program is set in place. Once someone leaves the program, the transition can be very difficult to manage. This is why an aftercare plan must be set into place, usually offered through a form of an intensive outpatient program (IOP), outpatient treatment or, in more serious cases, sober living facilities. It is recognized that it can be very difficult for patients to learn how to remain sober when they are once again on their own, which is why a large part of the time spent in residential rehab focuses on giving people the motivation and the coping skills they need to remain abstinent.
Outpatient Treatment at Matrix Institute
A different solution for alcohol and drug rehab in Los Angeles is to attend an outpatient facility, which means that patients can remain in their own homes during treatment. A lot of people opt for this because it is much more convenient and a lot more affordable. However, it is not suitable for people who have a serious addiction or who have relapsed in the past. According to the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS) report, a number of key services should be offered in order for this type of treatment to be effective, but not every outpatient center offers that. Treatment based on research, also called Evidence-Based Practices (EBPs), is an important factor in assuring a successful outcome.
“The use of varied evidence-based approaches demonstrates positive efforts on the parts of [rehab facilities] to consider the specific needs of different client populations.”
In outpatient facilities, individuals have to attend regular sessions at the center, which are the same as those during inpatient facilities. This means it offers individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, educational seminars, diet and nutrition advice, and more. Furthermore, outpatient facilities are able to provide individuals with medication, under supervision of a physician, that can help address mental health issues and cravings.
When patients enroll in an outpatient facility, they must be assessed and evaluated in order to determine whether they are a suitable candidate for this type of treatment. Here, the seriousness of the addiction will be determined. If they are deemed to have a serious condition, they will be referred to an inpatient facility instead.
Steps for Enrollment at Matrix Institute:
- Call one of our California Locations
- Schedule a face to face assessment with our staff
- Have your insurance available so it can be verified (Matrix Institute is contracted with most insurance companies as well as MediCal and MediCare)
- Come to your appointment to be assessed for appropriateness for admission
- Sign admission paperwork
- Begin your Journey to Recovery
Regardless of the type of alcohol or drug rehab in Los Angeles you choose to go to, you will need to go through a period of detox first, as explained by the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA).
“Detoxification is the process of allowing the body to rid itself of a drug while managing the symptoms of withdrawal. Detox alone is not treatment, but is often the first step in a drug treatment program. Treatment with behavioral therapy and/or a medication (if available) should follow detox.”
Usually, detox is a requirement before treatment can begin, as it ensures that the body is completely free of all remaining toxins and chemicals associated with the substance that was used. Detox can be very difficult and uncomfortable, for which medication can be provided, which is the 7th principle of effective treatment.
“Medications are an important element of treatment for many patients, especially when combined with counseling and other behavioral therapies.”
Because detox can be uncomfortable and, in some cases (such as with alcohol addiction), even dangerous, it is possible that some patients have to be hospitalized for the duration of this time. In residential treatment, the facility may have a detox area on site. Either way, getting through detox is the first step towards recovery and it must be completed in order for the entire process to be successful.
In Los Angeles, there is a strong focus on ensuring that people are safe while undergoing detox. As such, there is no time limit placed on it either. For some people, detox only lasts 48 hours, whereas it can last two to three weeks in others. It all depends on the substance used, how long they used it, at what dosage, and their physiology. During detox, trained medical personnel will be present in order to make sure patients are safe and comfortable. After detox is completed, the physical addiction has been resolved. However, the psychological addiction remains in place, and this is often the hardest to break.
Hollywood movies have glorified ‘going cold turkey’. In movies, people lock themselves in a room for two days and go stir crazy, but come out of it completely recovered. In reality, however, going cold turkey can be incredibly dangerous.
“The Director of the National Institute of Drug Abuse, Dr. Nora Volkow, says that detox is “the beginning of the road” of treatment. Take counseling out of the equation, and the treatment will go nowhere. In fact, it may even be harmful in the long run, because a patient will not have the skills and tools to cope with the temptation to relapse, that they otherwise would have learned in a therapeutic setting.”
With some substances, particularly alcohol, the withdrawal symptoms have the potential to be lethal. With all drugs, withdrawal symptoms can be severe and very uncomfortable, often leaving people feeling afraid and bewildered. If they are unsupported during that time, they are far more likely to return to their addiction. At this time, the chance of accidental overdose is the greatest, because people will return to the dosage they last took, which is much higher than a body that started the process of detox can cope with. In fact, it is believed that British singer Amy Winehouse died as a result of this.
How Centers for Alcohol and Drug Rehab In Los Angeles Can Benefit People
There are a lot of different options of alcohol and drug rehab in Los Angeles or people who want to break the cycle of addiction. Regardless of which option they choose, they will have a unique experience, including unique benefits. Everyone, however, will have the opportunity during rehab to learn to understand themselves, and what the complex factors were that caused them to become addicted in the first place.
Learn more about Matrix rehab centers in Los Angeles.
Choosing Inpatient Treatment
During inpatient rehab, people have the opportunity to focus on personal growth, while being outside of the environment in which they were able to use drugs in the past. Essentially, they can live in an environment completely free from distractions. However, patients often get somewhat of a culture shock when they return to the ‘real world’, meaning they need very intensive support if they are to continue on the road to sobriety.
Choosing Outpatient Treatment
The other option is to complete outpatient treatment, therefore, where they can access the same therapeutic services as they would in an inpatient setting, but with the convenience of being able to return home at the end of the day. The downside is that they also remain in the environment in which they were previously able to access their substance of choice. As such, the temptation can sometimes be too hard to resist.
Recovery Requires Support
Regardless of which treatment someone chooses, it gives patients the opportunity to reflect on who they have become and what they have done, but even more so on who they would like to be. Support is provided to ensure that they reach those goals through individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, and a range of other supportive services. This period is very confrontational and difficult to cope with, but things become easier over time. With the right support, things will get gradually better.
A final key thing to remember is that Matrix Institute centers for alcohol and drug rehab in Los Angeles offer fantastic aftercare services, which is vital for anyone who has gone through inpatient or outpatient treatment. This is the period in which patients are expected to have the coping skills they need to avoid and respond differently to triggers. Aftercare ensures those skills remain in place, for instance, through 12 step programs, sober living facilities, support groups, and continued therapy.