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By: Renaissance Recovery

Medically Reviewed by: Diana Vo, LMFT

Last Updated: 7/1/2021

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Authored By: Joe Gilmore

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Finding a suitable Los Alamitos rehab can help you to more confidently and comfortably navigate detox and withdrawal from alcohol or drugs rather than relapsing into active addiction.

Alcoholism and drug addiction are non-clinical descriptors for alcohol use disorders (AUD) and substance use disorders (SUDs). The most recent data from SAMHSA’s annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows a significant spike in both AUDs and SUDs in the United States from 2019 to 2020.

28.5 million over-12s meet the criteria for AUD (up from 14.5 million in 2019), while 40 million over-12s in the US satisfy the criteria for SUD.

To exacerbate this dramatic increase in alcoholism and addiction to illicit drugs and prescription medications, US depression rates tripled the post-pandemic and remain at all-time high levels, with one in three adults affected by depression.

With data showing that as few as 10% of those with addictions engaging with treatment, it’s more important than ever to discover how to get the help you need if you’re grappling with substance use issues.

Whether you need treatment for alcohol use disorder, substance use disorder, or co-occurring disorder, you have options:

  • Inpatient Los Alamitos rehab
  • Outpatient Los Alamitos rehab

The various levels of addiction therapy are subdivided according to the continuum of care set out by ASAM (the American Society of Addiction Medicine) as follows:

With the exception of an intensive and fully supervised residential treatment program, inpatient rehab is the most intensive form of treatment you’ll find in an Alamitos rehabilitation center.

Inpatient or residential rehab in Los Alamitos involves engaging with a highly structured and full-time program of therapy and counseling over 30 to 90 days. You remain at the treatment facility from detoxification to discharge. Many people step down from inpatient rehab to a less intensive form of treatment on the above continuum of care.

Although inpatient rehab is usually effective, some people are put off by the cost and the restrictive nature of heading to a residential facility for a month or more.

Most severe AUDs and SUDs respond most favorably to residential rehab, and also most severe co-occurring disorders (a dual diagnosis of addiction and a mental health condition like depression, anxiety disorder, or PTSD. Those with unsupportive or volatile home backgrounds often find inpatient treatment is a welcome break from triggers for substance abuse.

Stepping down to the second and third rungs on ASAM’s continuum of care, outpatient treatment offers you access to the same evidence-based array of therapies found in a residential Los Alamitos rehab. The only difference is that you go home between treatment sessions, or alternatively return to a sober living community.

Outpatient rehab is available at the following levels of intensity:

  • Standard outpatient program: 1 hour to 3 hours of therapy sessions per week.
  • Intensive outpatient program: 12 hours to 15 hours of therapy sessions per week.
  • Partial hospitalization program: 30 hours 35 hours of therapy sessions per week.

Current research suggests that an IOP can be just as effective as residential rehab for treating many mild or moderate addictions.

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Los Alamitos Alcohol Rehab

Anyone diagnosed with severe AUD would benefit from detoxing in a supervised medical setting, whether residential rehab or a licensed medical detox center. Although rare and only affecting around 5% of those detoxing from alcohol, delirium tremens (DTs) can be fatal if untreated.

After experiencing unpleasant withdrawal symptoms for 7 to 10 days, your body is purged of toxins, and you’ll be ready to engage with outpatient alcohol rehab.

There are several FDA-approved medications for alcohol withdrawal:

  • Naltrexone
  • Disulfiram
  • Acamprosate

NIDA (the National Institute on Drug Abuse) defines addiction as a chronic, relapsing brain condition. While there is no cure for alcoholism, it typically responds well to ongoing treatment.

The core of treatment for AUD is as follows:

Many people in recovery from alcohol use disorder find peer-support groups like SMART Recovery or AA complement the above research-based therapies and treatments.

Holistic therapies like mindfulness, meditation, yoga, and adventure therapy can all be valuable bolt-ons to an integrated and evidence-based treatment plan.

Los Alamitos Drug Rehab

Substance use disorder is the clinical descriptor for drug addiction. SUD is used to describe both addictions to illicit drugs like heroin and cocaine, as well as addiction to prescription medications – often opioids and benzodiazepines, both effective when used short-term and as directed, both with a strong potential for tolerance, dependence, and abuse leading to substance use disorder.

If you’re looking to engage with drug addiction treatment in a Los Alamitos rehab, you’ll need to determine the right level of care, as outlined above.

The primary evidence-based treatment protocols for drug addiction include these two prongs:

  • MAT
  • Psychotherapy

Medication-assisted treatment is effective for treating for heroin use disorder and opioid use disorder using these FDA-approved medications:

  • Buprenorphine
  • Methadone
  • Naltrexone

Although these medications have different mechanisms of action, they all serve to block the rewarding effects of opioids, or to partially block these effects. This should help to streamline detox, withdrawal, and ongoing recovery, reducing cravings for opioids or opiates.

Other drugs like cocaine and meth do not respond favorably to MAT, although psychotherapy can be beneficial for addressing the psychological component of these stimulant addictions.

Once you are physically stable after drug detox, you’ll work on what triggers you to use substances with a psychotherapist, discovering how to implement healthier coping strategies instead of falling back on self-medication with drink or drugs.

There is no cure for drug addiction, but this condition is eminently treatable with a personalized array of therapies and/or medications.

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Los Alamitos Rehabilitation Center Near Me

You should now have a clearer understanding of the various options at your disposal at a Los Alamitos rehab center.

Engaging with addiction treatment with the right level of support and intensity can mean the difference between a seamless sustained recovery and a series of frustrating relapses with recovery gaining no traction at all.To get started on the road to life substance-free, contact admissions right now at 866.330.9449.

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Pat C

“I owe my life and my happiness to these people. October 8th, 2019 marked two years of sobriety for me, and prior to finding Renaissance I hadn’t had 24 hours sober in nearly 20 years.”

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Paige R

“They truly cared for me and the other people that I served with! From this group, I have made 8 new brothers and friends for life! We have continued on, after the program, to take care of each other”

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Courtney S

“Great staff who took the time to get to know me. They have a lot of experience in this field and have first hand experience with what I was going through. IOP is outstanding and really built up a ton of great relationships and found this program to be a ‘breath of fresh air’.”

Diana Vo, LMFT

Diana is an addiction expert and licensed marriage and family therapist who has been in the field of mental health for over 10 years.

Joseph Gilmore

Joseph Gilmore has been in the addiction industry for three years with experience working for facilities all across the country