The Importance of Sleep During Drug Treatment

March 22, 2016

Whether you are in a low cost alcohol treatment center or a drug rehab, sleep plays an important role in your healing process. In fact, one of the main functions of sleep is to help the body heal and prepare for the coming day. Without it, you aren’t just tired, your entire process is thrown off, and you may not be able to think clearly or make wise choices—and those are just the issues that you can see on the surface.

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Going to sleep is like hitting the reset button. This is especially true when you are in drug treatment and still trying to help your body repair itself from the damage done by drugs and alcohol. While you sleep, your body releases anxiety. It also repairs blood vessels so that your blood flows more freely. At the end of the day, it’s a sort of reprieve for you.

California residential treatment centers and rehabs aren’t vacation spots. They are the places where you go when you have work to do—when it’s time to heal. That isn’t easy, because it means facing fears and looking at life in a new way. At the end of the day, your body needs a break from it all, as does your mind. Sleep is one way that you can do that, and it put the past behind you at the same time. You’re just a person, getting ready to start a brand new day and life— right after you get some sleep.

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What Are the Long-Term Effects of Meth Use?

March 8, 2016

As more ways to produce meth become known, more people are finding their way to California residential treatment centers. That’s because meth is so addictive and damaging, it isn’t something that can always be resolved in a brief detox stay. Not everything is known about the long-term effects of meth use, but what is known is quite frightening.

Impact on the Body

Meth targets the brain, reducing the way dopamine binds to its transporters. This means it doesn’t always get where it was headed and, sometimes, the pattern of how dopamine is exerted is changed. Since dopamine has an impact on the sense of pleasure, as well as motivation and memory, the problems can be numerous.

The impact isn’t only during use of the drug, either. Even after detox, there is evidence that the brain still struggles to use dopamine the way it once did. On top of that, meth also has an impact on the microglia. These cells are like the soldiers for the brain. While they don’t have neurological duties, they do fight off other cells and, when there are too many microglia, they attack healthy cells.

The combination of the impact on these two things in the brain can lead to addiction, psychosis, depression, and much more.

Method of Use

It isn’t just the meth itself, either. Meth is most often smoked, and it is manufactured from caustic chemicals. Many people come into California residential treatment programs with caustic burns and erosion of parts of the eyes and teeth from the smoke. Any way you put it, this drug has significant long-term ramifications.

If you’re struggling with meth addiction, it’s time to look to California Treatment Programs for help with coming to terms with your lifestyle.

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How Are Violence and Addiction Related?

February 22, 2016

When it comes to addiction and violence, there is usually at least one common factor. As many alcohol rehabilitation centers in Southern California can tell you, that common factor is control, or a lack thereof. No one wakes up and decides they want to be a violent person or an addict, but a lack of control in one or more areas of your life can lead to just that.

Childhood Behaviors

When someone grows up in a home that includes addiction or violence, they are more likely to show addictive or violent behavior themselves. It isn’t that they want to. Rather, it’s behavior that they know and are comfortable with. As children, they didn’t have any control over the situation, but had to remain in it. As adults, they aren’t able to erase those memories or have control over the past. This childhood trauma tends to build up so that the negative behavior presents itself.

It isn’t just about childhood trauma, either. People who use drugs and alcohol lose some of the control they have over their behaviors as their inhibitions are sedated. Someone who isn’t normally violent may become violent when they are using chemicals of some sort. As many alcohol rehabilitation centers have witnessed, there is often an element of regret afterwards. However, rather than addressing the root of the issue, the addict or violent person tends to use more chemicals, causing more violence, as they become more frustrated with their own behavior. In the end, it is often necessary to show the addict how they might take back some of that control over their life.

If you’re struggling with addiction and violence, and don’t know where to turn, feel free to reach out to the addiction specialists at California Treatment Programs today.

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What Is Mindfulness Meditation?

February 8, 2016

As you might learn in an inpatient alcohol treatment center, there are several different types of meditation. One theme that is usually common is that the practice is an effort to take yourself beyond where you are in the current moment. The difference between some types of meditation and mindfulness meditation is that mindfulness meditation involves embracing where you are instead of trying to escape from it.

Effort of Escape

Imagine walking down the street. You encounter a large building, with a thick door. You try the door, but it sticks, so you walk around the building. This is the way some types of meditation work. They require excess energy to walk around the unpleasantness. Mindfulness meditation would have involved simply knocking on the door or giving it a nudge with your shoulder.

Stop Avoiding

It takes a lot of effort to avoid things you don’t like, more than simply accepting them. That’s not to say that mindfulness meditation is easy, but it does take a weight off of you to accept that your surroundings or self exists in the current state. The relief comes because you stop trying to fight it. The less you fight those things, the less they matter to you, and the less energy they take from you.

Whether you are in an inpatient alcohol treatment center or not, practicing mindfulness meditation is a great way to relieve stress, but it’s also a great way to fully enjoy the positive things around you. So much so that the negative things might not even matter anymore.

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Symptoms and Risk Factors of Drug Abuse

January 22, 2016

As any California residential treatment facility can tell you, there are very different forms of drug abuse. While not all drug use leads to addiction, and not all drug use is abuse, it is almost a certainty that significant and prolonged drug abuse will eventually lead to addiction. This is because people are seeking more than just the intended medical benefits of a drug. They are looking for a change in their perception of the world or they wouldn’t be abusing drugs to begin with. If they find a perception they like better than their existing one, they are much more likely to stick with it.

Poverty and Mental Health

Living in poverty doesn’t mean that you are going to be an addict, but it does mean you are more likely to suffer from situational depression, which may lead to drug use. Mental health issues that are inadequately treated or not treated at all can lead to drug abuse. In either case, the individual is usually really seeking some level of happiness, rather than addiction. At the same time, even wealthy people can become addicts or abuse drugs, in some cases simply because they are bored. In general, the biggest risk factor is to be unfulfilled and in search of some way to feel fulfilled.


The details of the symptoms depend on the individual, circumstance, and drug of choice. However, you can always assume that a change in attitude, hygiene, and even eating and sleeping habits can indicate drug abuse. These behaviors can lead to lying, theft, and manipulation, as well. Contact one of the local drug rehab centers in Southern California today to learn more about the risk factors and symptoms of drug abuse, or to get more information concerning a loved one you think might be abusing drugs.

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Who Should Be Involved in an Intervention?

January 8, 2016

The simplest answer to the question of who should be involved in an intervention is the people who love the one who is addicted. This isn’t a time for judgment, but a time to take a stand with love and assertion. It is a useful tool used by several drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers in Southern California. The key is making the commitment to follow through with your intentions.

Closest Loved Ones

Naturally, the people who are involved in the everyday life of the addict should be involved. Hopefully, these are the people who genuinely care for your loved one. It’s important to realize the contribution that these people make in the life of the addict, because those people need to set limits. The point of the intervention is to let the addict know that the behavior has to stop. Either way, the enabling stops. Financial support and other things will only continue if treatment is sought.

Influential People

If your loved one has not been involved in the things that they used to be involved in, they may have lost touch with some of the most influential people in their life. This might include teachers, clergymen, or other leaders in the community who saw potential in your loved one. It may be helpful to have them there so that your loved one can hear the good things that people see and expect. These people may even be able to offer assistance in attaining goals, giving your loved one something to feel hopeful about. Contact a Southern California rehab center to learn more details about effective interventions today.

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Trends in Teen Drug and Alcohol Use

December 22, 2015

With every generation comes a new phase in drug and alcohol use. While each California alcohol treatment center may see a significant decrease in the number of patients when it comes to alcohol and opiate use, there are other chemicals that are on the rise.

Marijuana and the Media

The push for the legalization of marijuana has included a media frenzy that makes it look as if marijuana is better for you than broccoli. In a generation when teens basically live on social media as a means by which to communicate with each other and keep up with what’s going on the world, this is a dangerous trend. It has resulted in the increase of teens using marijuana; specifically, they are smoking marijuana more than they are smoking tobacco.

New Drugs

It isn’t just marijuana, anymore. Every generation has found a way to get around the laws that govern what is and isn’t legal to use. For today’s teens, that means things like “Spice” or “K2,” and Bath Salts, both more dangerous than the drugs they try to imitate. While “Spice” and “K2” attempt to duplicate the effects of marijuana, the unnatural combination of chemicals often produces negative effects not seen with marijuana. The creation of Bath Salts has led teens down fatal paths or into actions that they may never recover from, in an effort to duplicate the effects of amphetamines, cocaine, hallucinations, and/or the combination of all three.

Every inpatient alcohol treatment center has staff that breathes a sigh of relief at the reduction of numbers when it comes to users of prescription drugs and alcohol. At the same time, there is a growing concern about the chemicals that are replacing some of these more commonly known drugs.

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What Are Bath Salts?

December 8, 2015

If they’re lucky, California residential treatment centers get the chance to helps teens and others deal with the aftermath of Bath Salts. The luck comes in when the users make it that far, because many of them end their travels in an emergency room or ICU. That’s because while the short answer of what Bath Salts are is as simple as identifying a compound called methylenedioxypyrovalevone or MDPV, the full explanation is much more bizarre.

Misleading Name of Bath Salts

One of the most common questions is who in their right mind is ingesting bath salts? No one is. Bath Salts is just a street name for the drug that is sometimes sold by dealers in packages that are labeled as common household products, like bath salts.

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The Real Deal About Bath Salts

Most amphetamines increase the release and production of dopamine for a limited period of time. Dopamine is the chemical that creates a sense of pleasure or happiness, and it is being released in small doses all the time, but it comes back to the cell in an endless cycle. Most amphetamines increase the amount released, so the user experiences a sense of euphoria and increased energy before the dopamine goes back to its cell. Cocaine acts a bit differently, by preventing the dopamine from going back to its cell. Once the dopamine is released, it is held in place longer than usual, creating the sense of euphoria, until it surpasses the amount of time it usually takes to get back to the cell. This is most likely when the “crash” comes in to play.

Bath Salts do both of these things, and they have an additional chemical component that doesn’t seem to want to let the cycle end. They are also 10 times more powerful than cocaine. Essentially, what this means is that there is a surge of dopamine, followed by the prevention of dopamine getting back to its cell. The surge causes euphoria, and the “cocaine effect” maintains that euphoria longer than would normally be experienced. When the crash does hit, it simply doesn’t let go.

More and more patients are coming to California residential treatment centers not just to recover from addiction, but to try to recover from the damage that Bath Salts can cause to the brain. For more information, contact California Treatment Programs today.

Common Excuses Addicts Use to Get Out of Going to Rehab

November 22, 2015

If you’re trying to convince a loved one to enter into one of the California alcohol rehabs, it’s best to be prepared for excuses. In many ways, this is why an intervention with a professional is so helpful. The excuses tend to get things off track, but the professional can help keep the meeting organized. In any case, finding the answers for some of those excuses may go a long way toward a more effective approach.

Cost of Rehab

One of the most common excuses is the cost of the rehab. Some people really believe that they have to pay the cost out of pocket because insurance companies didn’t always cover the cost of addiction treatment. Today, most insurance companies recognize addiction as a medical issue and realize that the long term cost of not treating the addiction is much higher than treating the addiction itself. If you know which insurance company your loved one uses, contact them and ask general questions about what they cover. Don’t attempt to ask about the individual’s policy, because they aren’t allowed to share that information.

Career Obligations

Another common excuse is that they can’t take the time off of work. They may have a real fear that they will lose their job, especially if their employer finds out they have an addiction. The reality is that the employer probably already knows there is a problem. The employer is also bound by laws that prevent discrimination on a medical basis, so the risk may not be as high as the individual thinks.

From there, the excuses become things like pet care and other things that you can easily take care of. Finally, they may insist that they simply don’t need an inpatient alcohol treatment center. This is when you may have to point out the details of the escalation of the addiction.

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Alcoholism and Depression

November 8, 2015

One of the most common denominators that the staff at low cost alcohol treatment centers deal with when it comes to alcohol abuse is depression. In fact, alcoholism and depression go hand in hand, and tend to feed off of each other, creating a vicious cycle that can be hard to break.

Depression First

Depression usually comes before alcoholism, but, since alcohol is a depressant, it only makes matters worse. Many people are so encumbered by the feelings of depression that they turn to alcohol as a way out. The alcohol numbs them and, in some cases, even helps them sleep. When it comes to depression, sleep can be a sort of safe haven.

Contributing Factors

Genetics is often a contributing factor to both depression and alcoholism, but it is usually fueled by environmental factors. This means that a child raised in a home by a depressed mother who drinks to manage her depression is dealt all of the genetic elements that best create a depressed alcoholic. Since they grew up in an environment where those genetic markers were fed and thrived, it’s easy enough to adopt that behavior as their own.

Someone who comes to a low cost alcohol treatment center with depression and alcoholism must be treated for both. The detox process is the first step in treating the alcoholism, but the depression is also treated, sometimes with medication and always with coping skills. The idea is to learn new behaviors to manage the depression—behaviors that don’t involve alcohol consumption.

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