Finding Help in California

According to the Executive Office of the President, drug abuse is a major problem in the state of California. According to their research, about 9 percent of the state’s residents admitted to using illegal drugs within the past month, which is higher than the national average of 8 percent.

To make matters worse, the federal government also reports that 4,178 California residents died due to drug overdose in 2007 – a number that means that drugs killed more people that year than firearms. It’s easy to see that drug abuse and drug addiction are serious issues across the state, just as they are everywhere in the United States, but fortunately, there are treatment options available for those California residents who wish to overcome their addictions and/or substance abuse and live stronger, happier lives.

How Many Treatment Programs Exist in California?


While the United States may not be perfect in terms of its drug use, most states in the country do recognize that drug addiction and abuse are serious problems and, as such, have a variety of treatment programs available. In fact, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), there are currently more than 14,500 drug treatment facilities in the United States, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports that at least 1,820 of those facilities are in California. About 41 percent of these offer residential care; most offer outpatient addiction treatment services.

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Different Types of Treatment

Drug addictions are not one-size-fits-all problems, so it makes sense that treatment options should be unique, varied, and based on the individual’s specific needs and challenges. Each of California’s drug treatment centers is different and focused on its own style of help and healing, giving you the opportunity to explore different options and to accurately determine what works best for you and/or your loved ones. Some popular options for treatment in the state include:

  • Medication-based treatment
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Multidimensional family therapy
  • Motivational therapy
  • Residential or inpatient treatment
  • Outpatient treatment

It is important to note that many of these treatment options are not exclusive – that is to say, in other words, that many treatment programs utilize several different types of treatments to help their patients.

Medication-Based Treatments

Medication-based treatments, as you might expect, use certain medications to help people cope with some or all of the stages of recovering from their addictions. Addicts may, for example, be given medications to help reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms during the detox process, and/or they may be given medications throughout the treatment process to reduce cravings and to increase the likelihood of staying sober.

In most cases, though, medication is not enough to treat an addiction; instead, the medication is used in conjunction with other therapeutic options. It is also important to note that many people do not believe that medication during and/or after treatment is a good idea; they argue that, when that is the case, addicts are simply switching one addiction for another. In the end, only you can decide whether or not medication-based treatment is a smart choice for your situation. Those who do take advantage of medication-based treatment may be given one or more of the following drugs:

  • Methadone (used to help treat opioid dependence)
  • Buprenorphine (used to help treat opioid dependence)
  • Naltrexone (most commonly used to help treat alcohol and/or opioid dependence)
  • Acamprostate (used to help treat alcohol dependence)
  • Disulfiram (used to help treat alcohol dependence)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy is perhaps one of the most commonly used methods for treating drug dependence. In fact, no matter what type of treatment program you choose, it’s likely that cognitive behavioral therapy will be part of the therapeutic schedule. This type of therapy is focused on helping the patient to become more self-aware. Through cognitive behavioral therapy, the patient can, over time, come to recognize triggers that often lead to drug abuse, avoid triggers that lead to drug abuse or that are likely to lead to drug abuse, and cope with the emotions and situations that the drug of choice will usually allow the person to put aside. Cognitive behavioral therapy is incredibly effective at helping people to make smart choices related to drug use during and after treatment and is an integral part of any treatment plan.

Multidimensional Family Therapy

Multidimensional family therapy is most often utilized for teenagers who are struggling with drug addictions or substance abuse, but this type of therapy can prove effective for anyone hoping to improve relationships at home. This group therapy option focuses on fixing issues within the family unit as a whole, understanding how family dynamics play into the drug addiction, and helping every member of the family to play a role in the addict or abuser’s recovery.As with cognitive behavioral therapy and medication-based treatment, multidimensional family therapy is usually used in conjunction with other addiction treatment methods.

Motivational Therapy

Motivational therapy is typically made up of motivational interviewing and motivational incentives. Motivational interviewing comes first; it is the part of the therapeutic program during which the patient is encouraged to foster and develop a deep, sincere desire to change his or her behavior and to overcome the addiction or substance abuse. Once treatment begins and the person is working to change, positive behaviors are often rewarded or reinforced, a process known as motivational incentive.

Inpatient vs. Outpatient

Regardless of what types of therapy or treatment are chosen, individuals will have the choice of attending inpatient treatment, in which they actually live on site at the treatment center, or outpatient therapy, in which they live at an off-site location and attend treatment on a schedule that works for them.Both options have their pros and cons, and it’s all about choosing the right one for your specific needs. You can rest assure, however, that whether you receive inpatient or outpatient care, if you receive it in California, you’ll have access to some of the best, most advanced care provided by top addictions specialists.

Why Should You Choose a California Drug Treatment Program?

Nowhere in the country beats California for all it has to offer to those in recovery from any medical disorder. Here at Axis we have:

  • Educated and experienced staff members
  • The highest level of cutting-edge treatment and traditional, evidence-based care
  • Innovative approach to individual treatment
  • A healing atmosphere characterized by a temperate climate and a vacation-like feel that promotes the wellness of the mind, body and spirit

To learn more about how our unique California rehab experience here at Axis can change your life or that of your loved one, contact us at the phone number listed above today.

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