Rehabs that Accept Couples

Rehabs that Accept Couples

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3 Reasons Why Rehabs that Accept Couples Benefit Recovery

Sometimes there really can be too much of a good thing.  What may have started out as innocent partying during the early heady days of a budding romance has, over time, evolved into a substance use disorder…for both members of the couple.  In fact, it is not at all uncommon for a couple as a unit to develop a problem with drugs or alcohol.  Daily routines, such as having a couple of drinks after work and sharing a bottle of wine at dinner can eventually negatively impact both people.  Partners may use alcohol or drugs as a way to manage the stressors in life, to self-medicate anxiety or depression.  Incrementally, increased tolerance to the substance of choice results in each individual needing more of it to continue to achieve the desired effect.

When drug or alcohol dependency begins to cause serious trouble in the marriage, affecting health, or any other aspect of life, the couple needs to get some help.  While it’s true that each party can get treatment individually at separate treatment centers, increasingly couples are diving in to treatment programs at rehabs that accept couples.  Couples rehab may not be the answer for every situation, but there are solid benefits to recovery from seeking out this option.  Rehabs that accept couples are growing in number as the evidence of supportive benefits continues to add up.

3 Ways Rehabs that Accept Couples Can Help Addiction Recovery

It is important for each couple considering addiction treatment to assess their specific needs and relationship to decide whether individual or couples rehab is the better option.  For couples that decide to participate in a couples rehab program, here are three important benefits to recovery:

  1. Experiencing treatment together bonds the couple.  One of the biggest challenges to individuals in treatment for an addiction to drugs or alcohol is the lack of support they might have at home after completing the program.  When both members of a couple are struggling with addiction and go to rehab together, they will be going through the treatment process together.  Because of that, they will have a shared experience, learning how to stay clean and sober together as a couple.  When both parties are committed to sobriety and team up to tackle addiction as a joint force it can be an intensely bonding experience and a powerful motivator in recovery.
  2. The couple makes important changes.  An important part of the couples rehab program is delving into the dysfunctional aspects of the relationship.  A skilled couples therapist can identify such things as codependency, enabling behaviors, passive-aggressive behaviors, and poor communication practices.  The couples therapy component will be deeply personal, but can teach them better ways to communicate and look out for each other’s well-being in recovery, as well as reverse behaviors that contributed to the couple’s dependency on the substances.  The tools will be taught to them both at the same time, practiced in rehab, and then reinforced together at home.
  3. The couple can support each other.  The rubber meets the road after the couples rehab program has been completed and the partners will begin practicing the new skill set at home.  Because an intrinsic aspect of couples rehab involves the couple reaffirming their commitment to each other and to a sober lifestyle, the partners enter recovery with a common goal based on a promise made to each other.  The couple will strive to have each other’s back on the recovery journey, helping to lovingly correct or support each other as needed.  Attending outpatient aftercare counseling will continue to cement the newly acquired sober lifestyle.

Capo By the Sea Offers Couples Addiction Treatment

Capo By the Sea is a drug and alcohol treatment program in Southern California, offering both inpatient and outpatient rehabs.  Capo by the Sea is one of the rehabs that accept couples that will work on their recovery together under a skilled couples therapist.  This supportive and compassionate clinical team accommodates couples’ needs while providing the healing and restorative treatment environment conducive to recovery.  For more information about the couples treatment program at Capo By the Sea, contact us today at (888) 529-2114.

chronic pain and opiate addiction

Chronic Pain and Opiate Addiction

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Treating Chronic Pain and Opiate Addiction

Back in the late 1990s OxyContin (oxycodone) burst on the pharma scene as a wonder pain reliever for treating chronic pain.  Over the next few years, dosages incrementally went from 10 mg pills to the 160 mg dose pill introduced in 2000.  An aggressive marketing campaign commenced that same year, targeting the doctors who prescribe medication to patients with chronic pain issues, as well as post-surgery pain.  Notably, the manufacturer of OxyContin, Purdue Pharma, assured the medical community that the drug was not addicting.

A nationwide epidemic of opioid addiction has resulted from the highly addictive properties of this class of medications, directly cited in 23% of overdose deaths in 2016 alone, according to the Centers for Disease Control.  However, the total category of opioid-related deaths include heroin and fentanyl—drugs that a prescription drug addict may ultimately resort to when they can no longer obtain the prescription opioids.

There are now over 100 lawsuits filed by cities and states against the makers of these highly addictive drugs.  The CDC estimates that 91 Americans die each day from overdose related to opioids, a national tragedy.  Individuals with chronic pain and opioid addiction resulting are now seeking treatment for the devastating chemical dependency that they now suffer with.  Doctors who have been accused of over-prescribing the drugs are also being sued across the country.

The Connection Between Chronic Pain and Opiate Addiction

Controlling chronic pain presents a challenge to physicians, especially in light of the new awareness of the dangers of becoming chemically dependent on prescription pain medications.  Trying to find the best treatment strategy to both alleviate chronic pain while protecting the patient from developing an opioid use disorder (addiction) or dependency requires constant patient assessment.  Long-term use of opioid medications for chronic pain can actually cause changes in brain chemistry that can result in a drug dependency.

Addiction to the pain medications differs from dependency, as addiction refers to the maladaptive behaviors associated with drug use.  These include:

  • Compulsive use or preoccupation with obtaining the opioids instead of considering switching to a different treatment for pain relief
  • Escalating the dosage beyond what has been prescribed, leading to seeking more of the drug through requesting early refills, from doctor shopping, or showing up at an emergency room
  • Obsessing about taking the opioids and craving the next dose
  • Continued use despite the adverse effects, even if the medication is not effectively helping the pain

Treatment for Chronic Pain and Opiate Addiction

Long-term use of opioid therapy will result in a biological change in the brain’s reward system and dopamine production.  This means that when the individual attempts to discontinue the opioid therapy for chronic pain they will experience highly unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.  The first step in treating the opioid addiction or dependency is the detox and withdrawal phase.  With chronic pain patients, the best way to do that is with Suboxone, which is a combination of naloxone and buprehorphine.  Suboxone can ease the withdrawal symptoms, treat the chronic pain to some extent, and reduce cravings for the drug.  Methadone is also useful in early recovery and beyond.

The patient with chronic pain being treated for an opioid dependency will need to use other non-opioid pain medications in addition to the psychotherapy, specifically cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).  CBT is a short-term therapy that helps the individual identify the triggers that lead to behaviors associated with an opioid use disorder, and to develop new, healthy responses by adopting new techniques and skills to change the problematic behaviors.

Capo by the Sea Provides Treatment for Individuals with Chronic Pain and Opiate Addiction

Capo by the Sea is a premier residential and outpatient drug and alcohol treatment program located in a beautiful coastal community in Southern California.  Treatment for an opioid dependency that has resulted from pain management is a specialty program at Capo by the Sea.  The highly trained expert clinical staff at Capo by the Sea knows how to balance the delicate relationship between treating chronic pain and opiate addiction or dependency.  For more information about the program, please contact Capo by the Sea today at (888) 529-2114.

PTSD and Addiction

PTSD and Addiction

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The Link Between PTSD and Addiction

The deep-seated emotional effects of having experienced a life-altering trauma will often result in the use of coping techniques to help soothe the pain.  Those who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have a particularly difficult journey, as the pain and suffering connected to the traumatic event or events lingers, often causing debilitating anxiety and depression that can result in using drugs or alcohol to self-medicate. The link between PTSD and addiction is a common one.  In fact, according to a 2012 article published in Current Psychiatry Reports [Berenz and Coffey], approximately half of those receiving treatment for a drug or alcohol addiction meet diagnostic criteria for co-occurring PTSD.

About PTSD

When someone is exposed to a shocking, dangerous, or frightening experience the body will instantly release the hormone adrenaline, which causes the fight-or-flight response to kick in.  Our brains are wired to tell us to flee or do battle in order to survive a threatening event.  While most people will eventually overcome the shock and emotional effects of a traumatic event, some will continue to suffer the after effects, re-experiencing this fight-or-flight response ongoingly.

PTSD is the condition that reflects an individual being emotionally “stuck” in the trauma.  According to the National Institute of Mental Health, the diagnostic criteria that define PTSD include the following symptoms lasting at least one month:

  • A minimum of one re-experiencing symptom, such as flashbacks, nightmares, or recurrent frightening thoughts
  • A minimum of one avoidance symptom, such as avoiding places, events, or things that remind the individual of the trauma, or attempts to block thoughts and feelings related to the trauma
  • A minimum of two arousal and reactivity symptoms, such as being easily startled, feeling tense or on edge, sleep disturbances, and angry outbursts
  • A minimum of two cognition and mood symptoms, such as difficulty remembering details of the traumatic event, negative thoughts about self or the world, inappropriate feelings of blame or guilt, and loss of interest in activities once enjoyed.

The Relationship Between PTSD and Addiction

Those who suffer the ongoing symptoms associated with severe trauma may look toward drugs or alcohol to help them manage the emotional pain they live with.  The daily symptoms, such as a chronic sense of irritability or edginess, insomnia, anger, and feelings of guilt are hard to bear.  Using alcohol or drugs to numb the emotional pain or to promote relaxation or sleep is a common coping mechanism.

Addiction develops when tolerance to the substance continues to ratchet up, leading to more frequent and higher dosing of the substance.  The brain chemistry changes in response to the influx of chemicals of the substance of abuse, impacting the natural neurotransmitters and hijacking the brain’s normal responses and messaging.  Over time, the brain adjusts to the constant dosing of the substance, demanding it.  This process, chemical addiction, leaves the individual with not only the haunting effects of the trauma, but addicted to the substance as well.  This combination of disorders is known as a dual diagnosis, a mental health disorder coupled with a substance use disorder.

Treatment for Co-Occurring PTSD and Addiction

To treat the client with both PTSD and a co-existing drug or alcohol addiction it is necessary to use an integrated approach.  Both disorders must be treated simultaneously for the best chances of sustained recovery, so a treatment program that offers dual diagnosis treatment is essential, starting with a medical detox.

In addition to the addiction treatment elements that include detox and withdrawal, individual and group counseling (using cognitive behavioral therapy), addiction education, antidepressant drug therapy, relapse prevention planning, and medically assisted treatment (optionally), treating the PTSD piece relies on specialized therapy.  Exposure therapy is an evidence-based therapeutic intervention that slowly desensitizes the individual to the person, place, or object associated with the trauma through exposure.  Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is another therapy that has been used successfully to treat PTSD.  In EMDR the therapist will use movements that the patient follows with their eyes while the therapist has them recall the traumatic event, eventually weakening the impact of the negative thoughts and memories.

Capo By the Sea Offers Treatment for PTSD and Addiction

Capo By the Sea is a leading dual diagnosis provider of both inpatient and outpatient addiction treatment programs, located in beautiful Southern California.  Treating a dual diagnosis of PTSD and addiction is a specialty provided by the expert clinical staff at Capo By the Sea.  Each client is given a customized alcohol and drug treatment plan, addressing the unique features of the individual’s diagnostic needs and improving recovery success.  For more information about our dual diagnosis program, please contact Capo By the Sea today at (888) 529-2114.

How Healthy Living Can Fight Addiction

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Learn why you need a healthy lifestyle to stay off drugs and alcohol

If you’re attending a luxury rehab or other program to combat addictive illness, you’ve taken an enormous step towards a longer, healthier life. After all, nothing will steal your well-being faster than the degenerative nature of drug and alcohol dependency. But there are other steps you can take to maintain your newfound lifestyle that will continue to keep you in shape for years – both mentally and physically.

Eat the right foods

Good nutrition keeps you alert, energized, and well enough to resist the temptations of drugs and alcohol. Everyone has done something they wish they hadn’t when they were hungry and irritable, but by maintaining good eating habits, you can minimize the risk of this happening. Consider meeting with a nutritionist to develop a customized plan, and be sure to take any vitamins necessary. The assigned physician at your luxury rehab may be able to make recommendations for auxiliary practitioners, such as registered dieticians.

Get enough sleep

Lack of sleep can lead to all sorts of problems, especially if you have an addictive illness. Arrange your schedule so that you get an adequate amount of sleep. Otherwise, you may be prone to stress, poor decision-making, and getting sick or run down. A luxury rehab is a great place to learn good sleep habits, as your private room will be both comfortable and relaxing.

Relieve stress

Don’t forget to engage in stress-relieving activities such as yoga or other forms of exercise. In addition to providing an emotional and physical outlet for everyday frustration, exercise boosts “feel good” endorphins in your brain. For example, this is part of the frequently described “runner’s high” – a safe and legal way to enjoy yourself. Spending time outdoors in the sun is a proven mood booster, so consider a luxury rehab that has beach access and waterfront activities.

Start living healthy today

Our luxury rehab can get you started on the road to a healthier life. After beginning with our detox program, you may transition to an inpatient setting to treat addiction to drugs or alcohol. Located in the beautiful beach resort city of Dana Point, Capo by the Sea is a tranquil, peaceful facility about an hour south of Los Angeles. Enjoy our restful private rooms, outdoor activities, and other healthful tools to conquer addiction once and for all.

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The Top 3 Excuses to Ignore Addiction

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And why you can’t use them anymore

Maybe you’ve taken the first step in combating addictive illness — recognizing there’s a problem. There’s nothing to be ashamed of when you realize you struggle with the disease of alcoholism, or are unable to control your cravings for dangerous drugs. But if you’re putting off addressing it, it can be just as dangerous as not acknowledging the issue at all. Read on to find the top three excuses to ignore your addiction — and why you can never use them again.

I don’t have time

If you think you don’t have time to combat your addiction, or attend an executive recovery program, it’s highly recommended you take a second look. The truth is, you don’t have time not to combat it. If your cardiologist said you needed emergency surgery or you were at high risk for a heart attack, you’d schedule the surgery as soon as possible. If you had a broken leg that needed immediate treatment, you’d tell the doctor to get you a cast ASAP. Just because addiction seems to be invisible doesn’t mean it’s any less of a serious illness – one you need to make time to treat.

It’s not really that bad

“It’s not really that bad” and “I can handle it” are all offshoots of the “I don’t really have a problem” excuse. Like wolves dressed up in sheeps’ clothing, it’s your addiction telling you lies so it can continue running your life. You may tell yourself you have more important things to do than attend an executive recovery program – work more hours, for example, or deal with family issues. But addictive illness is degenerative, and if left untreated, can reach a critical point quickly. If you wait, there’s a chance you may not have a job, a family, or even a life to go back to.

I’ll get to it later

The sad and shocking part of addictive illness is that there may not be a “later.” For instance, all it takes is one drink too many behind the wheel to cause a fatal car accident. The last injection of an illegal drug could be the one that results in an overdose. When it comes to addiction, there’s not a moment to lose: you need to seek help now.

No more excuses: contact our intake counselors today, and let Capo by the Sea’s executive recovery help you.

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