By Christian Castaneda, LCSW, Program Director at Promises Malibu
Addiction recovery cannot be achieved through one method alone. Research has shown that a multidisciplinary approach is essential for both healing from the ravages of addiction and maintaining sobriety. The best drug rehabs address addiction on all levels and offer support for mind, body and spirit.
Whether you are a loyal UCLA Bruin or you spend your Saturdays cheering on the “cardinal and gold” of USC, game-day tradition calls for a booze-filled tailgate party outside the stadium. Stuffing oneself with food and alcohol pregame is a ritual that even marginal fans don’t want to miss. So just how does a fan in recovery navigate this danger zone? What options do they have to stay sober at tailgates and continue to work their relapse prevention program?
Addiction can take our lives down a difficult path and set us off in the wrong direction. We may struggle, and we may fail on the first attempts at sobriety. But it’s never too late to seek help and get a fresh start. Everyone deserves a do-over.
Location, location, location! The three most important factors in choosing a property to buy can also factor into choosing a rehab center for alcohol or drug addiction treatment, especially if the location will enhance your overall recovery experience.
Thanks to several films and television shows featuring Malibu, California, this coastal community — a playground of the rich and famous — has become a popular destination for people seeking luxury rehab treatment at a premier Malibu rehab center.
Malibu Rehab: A Beautiful Destination Plus Excellent Results
When choosing an addiction treatment center for yourself or a loved one, does the destination make a difference? Of course! But location is not the most important factor. Whether you are considering a Malibu rehab or other options, the most important factor is a successful outcome — effective treatment and psychosocial training in the tools needed to sustain lasting recovery. A beautiful location just enhances and enriches the process.
You’ll want to make sure the Malibu rehab center you choose uses research-driven, evidence-based treatments, and is staffed with trained and experienced care providers who guide and support you through programs that get great results. You’ll also want to make sure the facility offers thorough clinical assessment, a range of therapies, recovery approaches and relapse-prevention strategies that can be customized to your individual needs to support your recovery. Will an addiction counselor work with you to develop an individualized aftercare plan for you to use post-treatment? Does the rehab center accept your insurance, and/or will they work with you on some different payment options (especially if your preferred location isn’t fully covered by insurance)?
Once you can confidently tick off those boxes, consider the rehab center’s location and the amenities and highlights it has to offer.
Why Malibu? Spending time in a serene hillside retreat overlooking the ocean minimizes the temptation to leave your program early and head home as soon as the going gets rough. Rehab is never easy, but you are more likely to stick it out if you’re soothed by daily views of the sun setting over the Pacific, refreshed by dips in the swimming pool or Jacuzzi and revived by the salt air in the ocean breeze.
Famous for originating the Malibu Model of treatment, which tailors treatment to match each unique individual, clients of residential programs at Promises Malibu rehab enjoy gourmet meals and therapeutic activities in a comfortable upscale home setting. Daily schedules are varied to suit a range of client needs, but typically include individual and group counseling, physical exercise, experiential therapies, and sessions on addiction-related issues like shame resilience and relapse prevention, among others. Staff also organize mountain hikes and beach walks, and plenty of breaks for clients to enjoy a game of tennis on the private court or some quiet reflection in the surrounding gardens, free from the stressors of daily life.
Clients at Promises Malibu rehab build recovery skills by meeting with alumni who have successfully completed the treatment program. These meetings are alternated with off-campus trips to community 12-step meetings for additional recovery networking and support. Weekly scheduling also includes evening social activities like game night, and family visitation weekends to facilitate healing in family relationships.
Rehab Far From Home Keeps You Committed, Provides a Fresh Outlook
Choosing an addiction rehab center in a beautiful, tranquil setting outside your local area is a great opportunity for you to escape the triggers of your home turf and get out of your natural element. Receiving addiction treatment in a scenic location can also be a great way for you to gain new perspective, focus on the recovery process, enjoy some “me time” and prepare yourself to make a fresh start into a sober lifestyle. Many alumni describe their Malibu rehab experience as transformative.
“It was a very wonderful, comfortable and luxurious treatment center,” reports one program alumna. “The food was great and the grounds were beautiful. I loved my group sessions and the recovery support meetings. I also appreciated the freedom we got. I was blown away by my whole experience. Thank You!”
You’ve made the important decision to enter inpatient rehab and understandably have questions and concerns. Addiction has been a long road full of angst, bouts of depression, health problems and a host of personal problems, but it’s familiar. For first-time clients, rehab represents uncharted territory, so it’s natural to feel some trepidation, not to mention all of the everyday matters you must attend to if you are employed and/or a parent. You’ve already toured the facility and talked to others who have been in rehab, but you still have questions. Below are practical tips including steps to take ahead of time (e.g. employment, childcare and financial issues) and what to bring to rehab.
Treatment for addiction saves lives. But there is still a lot of uncertainty about what rehab for substance abuse can or cannot accomplish. As a result, people have polarized views about inpatient addiction treatment, either idealizing it as a cure-all or cynically dismissing it as a recipe for failure.
Neither opinion is correct, but each is supported by myths that top rehab centers are doing their very best to refute. Here we will debunk some of the most damaging of these false beliefs, all of which could prevent people struggling with substance abuse from getting the expert medical assistance they desperately need.
By Jennifer Maguire, MA, MS, LPC, ACS, CCS
Clinical Director and Executive Director, Promises New Jersey
Failure to launch – the phenomenon of young adults being unable to leave home and support themselves in adult life – continues to grow, alongside the epidemic of opioid addiction among young adults. This is the population we specialize in treating at Promises New Jersey.
Recent research from a team of American scientists indicates that the presence of the hepatitis C virus is associated with a reduced level of success for people enrolled in some buprenorphine-based opioid treatment programs.
If you’re concerned that you may need treatment for drug or alcohol use, you likely do. According to Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, people with substance use disorders typically require professional, long-term care in order to achieve sustained sobriety. The agency also asserts that addiction is a disease of the brain that necessitates treatment to address co-occurring mental health disorders as well as contributing psychological and social factors.
A steady increase in the number of doctors allowed to prescribe buprenorphine has led to a widespread rise in access to the opioid addiction medication.
New research into mental health may explain why the 12-step model for treatment first developed in the 1930s by Alcoholics Anonymous still helps many people find sobriety from drug and alcohol addiction. Studies show, after all, that recovering addicts in 12-step groups are significantly less likely to relapse: those who attend 12-step groups are twice as likely to stay abstinent from drugs, and higher rates of attendance accord with better prospects of long-term sobriety, for example. But such successes have not insulated AA and its 12-step treatment program from a round of bad press lately, as embodied in Gabrielle Glaser’s scathing cover story in The Atlantic this past spring.
Choosing the right rehab facility is crucially important to getting well if you struggle with a drug addiction. You have a lot of options, and knowing which type of treatment is right for you is not necessarily obvious. You need to understand your options, what they mean and what kind of person is best suited to each. As you sort through the choices, make sure you have someone you trust by your side to help you.
It’s not far into the new year, and if you’ve already botched your resolution to curb your drinking or quit altogether, it might be time to reconsider your approach. In the words of inventor Thomas Edison, “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” So try a little reinvention. Pull yourself up by the bootstraps, and give your resolution another shot. This one is worth it.
Natural recovery refers to recovering from smoking, drinking or drug use without the assistance of professionals or a formal addiction treatment program. Some people do actually quit successfully in this way, but it isn’t easy and it doesn’t work for everyone. Who can go through natural recovery and who will fail and require professional help? Could you quit through natural recovery?