How Do I Pick the Right Facility?

How Do I Pick the Right Facility for My Addiction? Finally making the decision to get help for your addiction is a huge, difficult step. Admitting you have a problem and expressing the desire to want to fix it is life-saving. Almost as difficult as making the decision to go to a facility is trying to pick the right facility. There are so many factors to consider, and finding the right facility can make all the difference in your long-term sobriety and recovery. As you do your research, we’ve compiled the most important points for you to keep in mind. Staff and Accreditations at the Facility When you are picking a facility, it is important to take a look at the staff’s accreditations, as well as the accreditations of the facility. A reputable facility should have a JCAHO Accreditation, which is earned by many types of health care organizations, including hospitals, doctor’s offices, nursing homes, office-based surgery centers, behavioral health treatment facilities, and providers of home care services. In addition, you will want to make sure that the clinical staff has been in practice for many years and specialize in addiction. At Cliffside Malibu, our facility attracts the best of the best. All of our employees have been in practice for an extended period of time in the addiction realm. We even offer an on-site addictionologist (a medical doctor that specializes in addiction) to help comfortably guide patients through medical detox. Inpatient Facility vs Ou...
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Addiction affects a staggering number of lives in the United States; not just those who use substances, but family, friends, co-workers and society at large. According to Defining the Addiction Treatment Gap, a CATG review of the annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and other national data sources, addiction continues to impact every segment of American society.  “Drug use is on the rise in this country and 23.5 million Americans are addicted to alcohol and drugs,” said Dr. Kima Joy Taylor, director of the CATG...
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Alcohol poisoning is a serious medical emergency due to the overconsumption of alcohol that can result in death. Overconsumption of alcohol affects many systems in the body. The liver, which works to eliminate toxins from the body, is not able to keep up with the high amount being ingested. In turn, the central nervous system becomes so depressed to the point that it cannot perform its normal, essential functions such as beating the heart and breathing. There are many factors that can determine whether or not an individual could suffer from alcohol poisoning, such as: Rate of alcohol consumption Tolerance and dependency ...
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Going through alcohol withdrawal can be an uncomfortable experience. Fortunately there are medical interventions that can ease the symptoms of detox as well as help individuals along their journey through recovery. Medically assisted treatment (MAT) is the use of medications in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, which is effective in the treatment of substance abuse and can help some people to sustain recovery. Medically assisted treatment for alcohol can help people recovering from alcohol use disorder by blocking cravings, avoiding relapse, and helping to rewire the brain’s chemistry. Medication...
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Asian-American Pacific Islanders, also known as the API Community, are one of the fastest-growing minority groups in America. Due to model minority stereotypes and a lack of empirical data, the API community has been thought to have lower than expected rates of substance use disorders and behavioral addictions. However, alcohol use disorder in the API Community still exists, and it presents its own set of unique issues compared to other ethnicities and communities. These can include specific risk factors and barriers to treatment that other groups do not face. What is the API Community? In 1968, the term “Asian Amer...
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This article includes references to self-injury, intravenous drug use and disordered eating.* One in five US high school students have reported being bullied. Approximately 160,000 teenagers have skipped school as a preventative measure. I encountered bullies for the first time in second grade, in the midst of such an innocent time of my youth. I dreaded entering my elementary school classroom, as I was well aware of what my presence would entail. I endured both verbal and physical harassment from my fellow peers for nearly a decade. I was passive, inevitably leading to the acceptance of my “fate,” in addition ...
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Most people know about the damaging effects that binge drinking can bring to someone’s life. Loss of enjoyment of life, losing family relationships, financial and career struggles, homelessness, and legal consequences are just the tip of the iceberg. However, it can be more difficult to realize the long-term effect of binge drinking on the body, because you cannot always see it. Frequent binge drinking poses many dangerous health risks, and many of them can lead to death. Facts on Long-Term Effect of Binge Drinking on the Body For men, binge drinking is defined as consuming five or more drinks within about two hour...
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With all the advances in modern medicine, it can be easy to wonder if there is a medication to stop drinking. Unfortunately, getting sober from alcohol isn’t as easy as simply taking medication. In addition to medication, therapy is required for the best long-term results, as well as support from loved ones and ongoing aftercare. However, there are some medications to help along in the process to stop withdrawal symptoms, block cravings, and create an aversion to alcohol. It is important to not rely only on medication to stop drinking. A commitment to behavioral therapy, holistic therapy, family involvement, self-ca...
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Alcohol is a toxic substance that can wreak havoc on the body, brain, central nervous system, internal organs, behavior patterns, emotions, and more. Long-term alcohol abuse can lead to serious damage to the body which, in some cases, can be irreversible and lead to certain chronic conditions. Detoxing from alcohol can present its own set of dangerous withdrawal symptoms and, as such, it is important to know what you need when you are ready to safely detoxify alcohol from your system. Preparation to Detoxify Alcohol When you’re ready to detoxify alcohol from your system, it is important that you and your loved ones ...
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The last man that used the words “I love you” used them to control me.  He used them by not saying it back, ever, when I said it.  He used them by smugly making me say it when he wanted to hear it.  He used them by only ever saying them himself when I would work up the strength to try to end things.   He used them to make me feel bad when I didn’t “behave” how he wanted me to.  He used them to convince me of a false future that he had no intention of ever providing.  The words “I love you” meant absolutely nothing. They were alternately a crowba...
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This study aimed to determine if patients with dual diagnosis (DD) are especially prone to have more clinical and neurocognitive deficits than addictive patients without psychiatric comorbidity. A cross-sectional study was designed to examine the clinical and neuropsychological profile of women with alcohol dependence (AD). The sample comprised of 178 AD patients and was divided into two groups defined by the presence versus absence of DD. DD-AD patients showed higher severity of the clinical pattern of alcohol consumption compared with AD patients. Increased risk of DD was associated with impaired subjective need for alco...
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