California Alcohol Addiction Treatment
For most addicts, the first step towards recovering from alcohol addiction is the individual’s willingness to seek assistance. The second step is finding the most suitable treatment program to restore your happiness, well-being, and overall health. At Design for Change Recovery, we offer an individualized and safe treatment approach to each client throughout their stay in our facilities located in Lancaster, California.
Options for Alcohol Rehabilitation
We offer numerous treatment options for our clients to select. Individuals with severe alcohol addiction may begin by undergoing a detoxification program before getting into our rehabilitation centers. Clients are also free to choose either outpatient or inpatient program, whichever suits them most. Our therapists will continue to reinforce the critical lessons after your treatment by incorporating you into therapy sessions and support groups.
We understand that overcoming alcohol addiction may not be so easy. However, by being a disciplined and proper collaboration with our specialists, we will help you achieve and maintain prolonged sobriety. Note that you will never be alone in your journey to recovery. Our team of physicians and therapists will help you build a good rapport with other clients so that you can share your experiences.
In our inpatient rehab, we have an individualized treatment program and unique setting to help you live an alcohol-free life. Our clients will have the opportunity to reside in our distraction-free and substance-free facility with full-time therapeutic support and medical monitoring. In case you experience chronic alcohol addiction, inpatient rehab is the most suitable program. Also, it is the most appropriate in the presence of co-occurring behavioral or mental disorders.
Our therapists are compassionate and thorough. They will assist you through the regular counseling sessions. At our premises, you will get the chance to internalize your past and tackle issues that propelled you to be an alcoholic. You will also participate in our therapeutic activities, workshops, and support groups. We will assign you a clinical team that will walk with you throughout the addiction treatment.
We also offer outpatient rehabilitation programs to clients. Mostly clients with more demanding careers undergoing mild alcohol addiction. It is comprehensive, just like inpatient care. You will attend the sessions while commuting from your homes. However, because of easy accessibility to alcohol, it may pose a significant challenge to the client’s sobriety and effective recovery.
Note that the decision to recommend inpatient or outpatient rehab depends on the findings of our counselors. The client’s drug history is one of the factors to consider in making such recommendations.
We understand the effects of alcohol addiction. Apart from the addict, families are the most significant casualties of alcohol abuse. Besides neglecting their responsibilities, the addicts spend many resources drinking alcohol, leaving their families languishing in poverty. Hence, the reason our specialists at Design for Change offer family programs to the whole family of an alcoholic. Families are critical in the recovery of addicts. They provide encouragement and other necessary support to these individuals.
For comprehensive alcohol addiction treatment, we not only focus on assisting the client in quitting alcohol, but we are also concerned about the client’s mental well-being. Holistic therapy involves guided meditation, acupuncture, yoga, exercises, massage, and spiritual treatment.
Our team of physicians may also prescribe various medications to assist in managing alcohol addiction. The medications include:
- Naltrexone: It binds to opioid receptors located in the brain to minimize craving for alcohol and block the feel-good effects that propel the victim to excessively drinking alcohol.
- Disulfiram: It is an alcohol sensitizing medication that lowers the desire to drink and makes you sick if you take alcohol. Interaction of alcohol and disulfiram leads to heart palpitations, nausea, flushing, vomiting, and headaches.
- Topiramate: It is sometimes available as off-label to reduce the persistent drinking behavior in recovering patients.
- Acamprosate: It acts on glutamate and GABA neurotransmitter systems. It manages restlessness, anxiety, and insomnia associated with alcohol withdrawal. By balancing the chemicals in the brain, it assists the alcoholics in a prolonged recovery. Mostly in patients who are chronically alcohol dependent.
Naltrexone is formulated as an injection and as a pill. Our physician will administer the Vivitrol infusion to the patient once a month. For the addicts, the injectable is more convenient and reliable as compared to the pills.
Recovery from alcohol addiction does not end upon the completion of treatment. It’s a long-term process requiring ongoing support, self-compassion, patience, and total commitment. Even after completing rehabilitation programs, our patients need continuing help.
At Design for Change, we connect our clients to various groups that meet with them and offer mutual support. With time, the patients will have a more robust support network, which reduces the chances of relapse. Long-term care and aftercare are vital in assisting past clients in avoiding relapse.
Besides, we have a strong alumni network at Design for Change committed to providing continuing support to the new clients. The alumni members who may not be physically present in the sessions join the sessions through virtual meetings. Note that regular participation in such programs is instrumental for complete recovery.
Some of the aftercare services we provide to our patients at our facility include group therapy, individual counseling, and 12-steps and non-12 step groups.
At Design for Change, we offer cognitive-behavioral therapies to our clients to reduce problematic thinking and prevent relapse. Through CBT, the patients will acknowledge the negative thoughts that propel them to abuse alcohol. CBT connects one’s actions and thoughts.
Our therapists will help the addicts identify the risk factors for alcohol abuse and stress management. At the same time, they will incorporate healthy habits and change of lifestyle after rehab. To prevent relapse, we encourage our clients to continue attending our cognitive behavioral therapy sessions so that the new patterns of behavior and thoughts get fixed.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapies
Our physicians and therapists apply DBT to manage both alcohol addiction and mental conditions simultaneously. Through this therapy, our clients will accept themselves and initiate positive change. We avail both an encouraging and supportive therapeutic environment to our clients suffering from alcohol addiction. DBT comprises of both individual and group therapies. Sessions on group DBT dwell much on distress tolerance, regulation of emotions, interpersonal effectiveness, and mindfulness.
Tips to Prevent Alcohol Relapse
It is important to note that recovering from alcohol is a process. At any stage in the recovery process, you are prone to risks that may lead to relapse. We encourage our clients to understand and practice the necessary skills in preventing relapse. Factors that may trigger relapse include anger, falling into old habits, particular places or people, specific smells and sights. Financial challenges, stress, and boredom are also risk factors for relapse.
At Design for Change, we assist our clients in practicing the following skills key in preventing relapse:
- Play tape: If you realize that you are getting high or developing a desire to take alcohol, you should play the tape. Playing the tape implies meditating on both the short-term and long-term effects of drinking. It will assist you in making a sober decision and avoid relapse.
- Understand your triggers: Relapse triggers could be either external or internal. Knowing your triggers will help you avoid relapse.
- Mindfulness meditation: The concept teaches people to develop self-awareness. With more self-awareness, we get the ability to cope up with the potential triggers and prevent relapse. With mindfulness meditation, we will experience long-term sobriety and with fewer cravings.
- Self-care: Proper nutrition and physical exercise are vital in improving sleep and reducing alcohol addiction triggers.
More tips on prevention of relapse are:
- Joining support groups
- Grounding techniques
- Deep breathing
- Creating emergency contact lists
We understand that fear of relapsing could be debilitating. Get comprehensive and confidential alcohol addiction treatment at Design for Change Recovery, Lancaster, California. For more inquiries, contact us today at 855-997-1372.