SMART Recovery vs 12 Step
What is the difference between SMART Recovery vs 12 Step? If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction and have made the decision to get help, choosing the right program can be difficult. There are so many options available as far as treatment centers, residential rehab, outpatient rehab, whether to go out of town, stay at home and more. There’s also the decision of whether SMART Recovery or 12 Step might be right for you. Finding a program that clicks for you will make all the difference, so read on to find out more about SMART Recovery vs 12 Step. Understanding SMART Recovery According to SMARTRecovery.org, SM...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - May 16, 2019 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction Recovery Complementary Therapies Comprehensive behavioral treatment Sober Living and Aftercare Substance Abuse addiction treatment alcohol treatment drug addiction treatment drug treatment drug treatment center SM Source Type: blogs

How to Get My Loved One Into Rehab
Do You Need to Get a Loved One Into Rehab? Watching a loved one struggle with addiction can be one of the most painful things in the world. Addiction can take hold and completely spin someone’s life upside down, often taking family and loved ones along with it. One of the biggest difficulties of addiction is making the decision to get help, and more often than not, help gets offered from loved ones. If you are ready to get your loved one into rehab, make sure you go about it the right way. It could be your only chance. Research All Options One of the scariest things in the world, to most people, is the unknown. This ...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - May 8, 2019 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Recovery Alcohol Rehab Information Sober Living and Aftercare Substance Abuse family family disease family involvement family program family support family therapy friends military families treatment treatment facilitie Source Type: blogs

What are the Different Drugs Used for Heroin and Opioid Detox?
Understanding Heroin and Opioid Detox When someone is struggling with addiction to heroin or opioids, it can be almost impossible to quit cold turkey. This is due to unpleasant withdrawal symptoms, as well as intense drug cravings. When someone quits cold turkey, they will have to experience all these debilitating withdrawal symptoms and manage strong cravings on their own. This is extremely hard to do without the assistance of medication during heroin and opioid detox. According to Medline, about 948,000 people used heroin during the past year. In the same year, about 11.5 million people were nonmedical users of narcotic ...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - May 8, 2019 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction Recovery Addiction Treatment and Program Resources Detox Resources for Alcohol and Drugs/Opiates Painkiller Substance Abuse drug detox heroin heroin addiction heroin users luxury heroin rehab medical medical det Source Type: blogs

What is the Timeline for Withdrawal from Opioids?
Getting Clean from Opioids Making the decision to finally get clean from opioids is the most important step in your life. Chances are, you have tried to control your use but are unable to withdrawal from opioids. This is completely normal because one of the major signs of addiction is the inability to control use. While this can be very frustrating and has likely caused a lot of negative consequences in your life, it is important to know that you’re not a failure. You are chemically dependent on a substance that is difficult to quit by yourself. In addition, you are certainly not alone. According to the National Inst...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - May 3, 2019 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Recovery Addiction to Pharmaceuticals Detox Resources for Alcohol and Drugs/Opiates Drug Treatment Substance Abuse medical detox medicated-assisted detox opiate abuse opiate addiction opioid opioids withdrawal Source Type: blogs

Can I Detox From Methadone?
What is Detox from Methadone Like? Methadone is a long-acting opioid medication. It was originally designed to help people in treatment struggling with addiction to opioids, such as heroin. It is used to slowly wean people off of heroin and opioids so that they do not experience sudden and unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. However, methadone in and of itself has addictive properties as well, as it is a Schedule II controlled substance. This means it has a high potential for abuse and can produce physiological dependence in users. Many people who were once addicted to heroin may become addicted to methadone for these reasons....
Source: Cliffside Malibu - May 1, 2019 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction Recovery Addiction to Pharmaceuticals Addiction Treatment and Program Resources Detox Resources for Alcohol and Drugs/Opiates drug detox medical detox medicated-assisted detox methadone opiate abuse opiate addiction Source Type: blogs

How Do I Detox From Benzodiazepines?
Detox from Benzodiazepines Benzodiazepines are highly addictive medications. They are used to help treat anxiety, sleep issues, and even seizures. They work to calm the body and can be a great, helpful tool for many people when used as prescribed. There are many different types of Benzodiazepines, as they differ in strength and onset time. Some Benzodiazepines, such as Librium, is used to help treat symptoms associated with alcohol withdrawal. Detox from Benzodiazepines can be difficult, but it is possible. The names that people know most commonly know Benzodiazepines as include: Xanax Valium Ativan Klonopin They are onl...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - April 27, 2019 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction to Pharmaceuticals Detox Resources for Alcohol and Drugs/Opiates Substance Abuse benzo benzodiazepines medical detox Source Type: blogs

What is the Best Way to Get Clean from Heroin and Opioids?
Ready to Get Clean from Heroin and Opioids? Opioids are an extremely addictive medication, so it is no surprise that opioid addiction and overdoses are on the rise. As opioids become more expensive and difficult to obtain, many people turn to heroin in order to fulfill their needs. The more opioids someone takes, the more their body requires in order to feel the euphoric effects. This tolerance building can quickly snowball to dependency and eventual addiction. You probably realize that your heroin and opioid use is out of control and your body’s need for it is too great to handle alone. The only answer to stopping t...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - April 26, 2019 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction to Pharmaceuticals Drug Treatment Heroin Substance Abuse detox medical detox opiate opiate abuse opiate addiction opiates opioid opioids Source Type: blogs

Does Clonidine Work Managing Withdrawal Symptoms?
What is Clonidine? Originally developed as a nasal decongestant, Clonidine has been found to work very well for patients experiencing withdrawal symptoms from opiates. According to the JamaNetwork, Clonidine produces a rapid and statistically significant decrease in opiate withdrawal signs and symptoms. Clonidine administration for 14 days enabled all patients to be successfully detoxified from chronic opiate administration. In all patients studied, clonidine was a safe and effective non-opiate treatment of opiate withdrawal that suppressed the effect, signs, and symptoms of opiate withdrawal. Withdrawal Symptoms When some...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - April 19, 2019 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction Recovery Anxiety Detox Resources for Alcohol and Drugs/Opiates Drug Rehab Information Drug Treatment Substance Abuse drug detox medicated-assisted detox opiate abuse opiate addiction opioid opioids prescriptio Source Type: blogs

What is Detoxing From Alcohol Like, and How We Can Help Make It Comfortable
Detoxing from Alcohol Detoxing from alcohol can look very different to many different people. The way you may feel when you detox from alcohol depends on the severity of your addiction and how long you have been addicted to alcohol for. If someone has had a few too many drinks at a celebration, chances are, they might feel hungover the next morning. They might experience nausea or a headache, but are able to feel back to normal later that day or the following day. However, for someone suffering from an alcohol addiction, the experience is much different. The body of someone suffering from alcohol addiction is chemically wi...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - April 17, 2019 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction Recovery Alcohol Alcohol Rehab Information Alcoholism Detox Resources for Alcohol and Drugs/Opiates Drinking Substance Abuse alcohol abuse alcohol dependence alcohol dependency alcohol detox alcohol treatment Source Type: blogs

What Do the Stages of Change Mean to Recovery?
What are the Stages of Change? At the University of Rhode Island, two researchers named Prochaska and DiClemente deciphered that there are 6 stages individuals go through and experience while seeking addiction, going through recovery and ultimately maintaining sobriety. These stages became a model known as “The Stages of Change”, which we base our individualized treatment plans on at Cliffside Malibu. This doesn’t end with the client – we use the Stages of Change to assess the family or loved ones of the person suffering from addiction. It helps us understand where they are in relationship to their ...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - April 6, 2019 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction Recovery Substance Abuse drug addiction recovery family family disease family involvement family program family support family therapy Stages of Change Stages of Change model Successful Addiction Recovery succ Source Type: blogs

Fentanyl, How Bad Is It?
How Bad Is Fentanyl? Fentanyl is an extremely dangerous synthetic opioid. Unlike some other opioids that occur naturally, it is man-made for the purpose of helping aid people suffering from extreme pain. It can be administered for recovery after surgery, during cancer treatments or for recovery after a painful injury. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) classifies fentanyl as a Schedule II controlled substance. This means that it is legal for medical use, however, it has an extremely high potential for abuse and addiction. Understanding Fentanyl Significantly stronger than morphine or oxycodone, Fentanyl can be fatal...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - April 2, 2019 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction to Pharmaceuticals Drug Rehab Information Drug Treatment Heroin Painkiller Substance Abuse Synthetic fentanyl prescription drug abuse prescription drug addiction prescription drug detox prescription drug use p Source Type: blogs

Repairing the Damage Addiction Has Done to Family and Friends
Addiction is a Family Disease Addiction is a destructive disease that can leave many things damaged along its path. Aside from health and behavioral issues, relationships are something that can become negatively affected by an addiction. Understanding that addiction is a family disease is an important first step in repairing the damage addiction has done, whether you are the person suffering from addiction or not. Understanding the Damage Addiction Has Caused If you are suffering from an addiction, it takes much more than sobriety on your part to repair relationships with loved ones. When seeking to repair these important ...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - March 21, 2019 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction Recovery Alcohol Alcoholism Relationships Substance Abuse family family involvement family program family support family therapy Source Type: blogs

Crystal Meth Addiction
What is a Crystal Meth Addiction? Crystal meth is the name for the street drug crystal methamphetamine. Crystal meth can also be known as ice or glass, and it can be either snorted, smoked or dissolved and injected. It is a very strong and highly addictive drug. It affects the central nervous system, and crystal meth addiction has dangerous life-threatening effects. Understanding Crystal Meth Crystal meth is a man-made stimulant drug that has no legal use. It is made with methamphetamine, pseudoephedrine and a combination of other chemicals. Methamphetamine has been around for a long time, originally created to keep soldie...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - March 14, 2019 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Drug Treatment Methamphetamines Substance Abuse crystal methamphetamine meth addiction Source Type: blogs

Ativan Addiction
Is Ativan Addictive? Ativan is the name for the generic drug lorazepam, is part of the drug class benzodiazepines. It is best known for treating anxiety, as it works by attaching to GABA receptors in the brain like other benzodiazepines. After it attaches to the GABA receptors, it slows down the chemical messages the nerve receptors receive. This causes an overall calming effect, and this euphoric feeling can quickly turn into an Ativan addiction for some users. Understanding Ativan Since Ativan is a benzodiazepine, it is considered to be highly addictive. It is very important that someone who has been prescribed Ativan is...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - March 12, 2019 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction Recovery Addiction to Pharmaceuticals Drug Rehab Information Drug Treatment Substance Abuse anxiety anxiety medication ativan benzo benzodiazepines prescription drug abuse prescription drug addiction prescript Source Type: blogs

Cocaine and Addiction
Is Cocaine Addictive? According to the Foundation for a Drug Free World, cocaine creates the greatest psychological dependence of any drug, next to methamphetamine. It stimulates key pleasure centers within the brain and causes extremely heightened euphoria. Cocaine addiction, tolerance and dependency builds quickly. If someone uses cocaine, they will not get the same effect as the very next time they do it with the same amount. Understanding Cocaine Cocaine is a white, powdery substance. It creates a high by reacting with the body’s central nervous system, releasing high amounts of dopamine. In turn, this creates en...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - March 4, 2019 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction Recovery Cocaine Drug Rehab Information Drug Treatment Substance Abuse cocaine addiction coke drug addiction drug addiction recovery drug addiction treatment Source Type: blogs

Can I Get My Life Back?
Rebuilding After Addiction Treatment When you enter treatment for addiction, you are leaving behind a lot of negative consequences from your addiction. Chances are, you are finally getting help because of all of these negative consequences. You may also be thinking, “can I get my life back after treatment”? It will be hard to repair a lot of the damage that addiction has left in its’ wake, but luckily, there is always a great chance for getting your life back on track. Repairing Relationships One of the most important things you will want to do when you complete treatment is to begin work on repairing you...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - March 1, 2019 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction Recovery Drug Rehab Information Drug Treatment Sober Living and Aftercare Substance Abuse addiction treatment drug addiction recovery sobriety successful addiction recovery program Source Type: blogs

What Are The Main Therapies Used to Help Get Me to Lasting Recovery?
Evidence Based Approach As understandings of addiction and addiction recovery change, we constantly work to bring best practices into our treatment protocol. We recognize that not every treatment works for every person, so we use our resources carefully to gain access to all the latest therapies available. No two addictions are the same, no two circumstances are the same and no two people are the same. This means that no two addiction treatment should be the same, and everyone has an individualized plan using different main therapies that are available. With all treatment plans that are developed, evidence-based practices ...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - February 26, 2019 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Acupuncture Addiction Addiction Recovery Complementary Therapies Comprehensive behavioral treatment Meditation PTSD behavioral therapy cbt dbt Equine Assisted Psychotherapy equine therapy holistic therapy massage therapy Source Type: blogs

Is Addiction a Disease or a Failure?
Disease vs Choice When someone is suffering from addiction, it can be very easy for those around them to wonder how it happened. How could this person choose to drink so much, despite the consequences? How can he/she possibly choose to pick up heroin for the first time? Why do they act the way that they do or say the things they say while they are high? Are they a failure? In addition, when someone is in the throes of addiction, it can be very confusing to realize how they got to where they are. How did I let it get this far? Am I a bad person? Why have I made these choices? Why can’t I stop, even though I am hurting...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - February 25, 2019 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction Recovery Alcohol Anxiety Depression Drug Treatment Mental Health Substance Abuse addiction treatment disease disease of addiction family disease Source Type: blogs

Suicide and Addiction
Are Suicide and Addiction Linked? When someone is suffering from an issue with addiction, there are many complications that can come along with that. These can include legal issues, family problems, declining health and even suicide. Suicide and addiction are absolutely linked. Addiction not only exponentially increases the likelihood that someone will commit suicide, but substances are often used as a means to commit suicide via overdose. According to the CDC, one in three people who die from suicide are under the influence of drugs. They are typically opiates such as oxycodone or heroin, or alcohol. When someone is suffe...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - February 14, 2019 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction Recovery Addiction Stories Addiction to Pharmaceuticals Addiction Treatment and Program Resources Depression Depression Treatment Mental Health anxiety Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD suicide suicide and add Source Type: blogs

Why Experienced Clinicians Are Important to Getting Lasting Recovery
Why Experienced Clinicians are Important When it comes to choosing the treatment center that is right for you, there are many factors that need to be considered. No two treatment centers are the same, and choosing the right one will make all the difference. You may find that the accommodations need to be at a certain level, the program’s philosophies need to align with yours, the cost has to be something you and your family can afford, or the training and experience of the clinicians needs to be at a high level. Whatever is most important for you to find in a treatment center, having experienced clinicians should be ...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - February 14, 2019 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction Recovery Alcohol Alcohol Rehab Information Drug Rehab Information Drug Treatment addiction treatment alcohol treatment clinicians staff therapist therapists therapy treatment center Source Type: blogs

How Important is Compassion in the Healing Process?
The Role Compassion Plays in Addiction Recovery There’s a lot that goes on when someone enters treatment for addiction. Not only have they made one of the biggest decisions of their lives, but it likely came from a place of hitting rock bottom. Getting to a place where you have realized that you can no longer live life the way you have been and that you need help getting out of it is a hard realization. Looking in the mirror and admitting your misgivings is tough, and so is working through sensitive issues in treatment. One of the most helpful things that can get someone through this time is compassion – and a ...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - February 8, 2019 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction Recovery Alcohol Rehab Information Alcoholism Drinking Drug Rehab Information Drug Treatment Relationships Sober Living and Aftercare Substance Abuse compassion detox family sobriety Source Type: blogs

Underlying Causes of Addiction
What Causes Addiction? When someone is suffering from addiction, it is a very dark and lonely time. Not only because of the addiction they are suffering, but because of the pain of the underlying causes. All addiction stems from a root cause, making the addiction impossible to overcome unless that cause is treated as well. There can be many different root causes that the addiction is a symptom of, and all need to be treated with compassion and care. Co-Occuring Mental Health Disorders One of the major underlying causes of addiction is a co-occuring mental health disorder. Some of the mental health disorders that addiction ...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - February 7, 2019 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Anxiety Depression Depression Treatment Mental Health PTSD Substance Abuse addiction treatment family root cause trauma underlying causes Source Type: blogs

Panic Disorders and Addiction
Panic Disorders Panic Disorders are a form of anxiety. They are sudden and repeated attacks of fear that last for several minutes or longer. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, panic attacks are characterized by a fear of disaster or of losing control even when there is no real danger. A person may also have a strong physical reaction during a panic attack, and they are often confused with having a heart attack since symptoms are very similar. Panic attacks can occur at any time, and many people with panic disorders worry about and dread the possibility of having another attack. Symptoms of a panic attack...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - February 1, 2019 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction to Pharmaceuticals Anxiety PTSD anxiety and addiction anxiety medication benzodiazepines general anxiety disorder managing anxiety Source Type: blogs

Benzodiazepines and Addiction
What is a Benzodiazepine? Benzodiazepines are a prescription drug sedative used to treat a variety of conditions. They are classified as Schedule IV in the Controlled Substances Act. Some of the conditions that Benzodiazepine can treat include: Insomnia Anxiety Seizures Muscle tension Panic disorders When used as prescribed under the supervision of a medical professional, Benzodiazepines can be very useful in the treatment of these disorders. Many people are able to live healthy, happy lives while taking Benzodiazepines to curb the symptoms of their various conditions. However, because of the addictive nature of Benzodia...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - January 31, 2019 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Uncategorized benzo benzodiazepines prescription drug abuse prescription drug addiction prescription drug use prescription pills Source Type: blogs

What is the Therapeutic Alliance?
The Therapeutic Alliance Simply put: the Therapeutic Alliance is the mutual bond between therapist and client, as well as the willingness from the patient to immerse in the treatment experience. While it seems like a little thing, it is the most powerful factor in the process of emotional and psychological healing, according to MentalHelp.net. If you do not trust your therapist, you will not be able to fully open up to them and have honest conversations. Without this openness, there will be no progress made on your past trauma. Without progress made on your past trauma, your addiction will fester again in the future and th...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - January 25, 2019 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction Recovery Complementary Therapies Comprehensive behavioral treatment Drug Rehab Information Drug Treatment behavioral therapy complimentary therapy holistic therapy Therapeutic Alliance therapist Source Type: blogs

How Much Support You Get at Cliffside
Support is here When you enter a treatment facility, it is an extremely life-changing moment. You’re leaving behind old, bad habits and coming to terms with the misgivings that your addiction has presented you. You may feel ashamed, judged, guilty and just at a general emotional low. Looking in the mirror can be tough, and while these feelings are all normal, you will need all the support you can get during this time. This includes not only from your family and close circle, but from your treatment center as well. Once you arrive From the moment you first walk in the door of Cliffside Malibu, you will be surrounded b...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - January 24, 2019 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction Recovery Alcohol Rehab Information Drug Rehab Information Sober Living and Aftercare family family support malibu support groups support system treatment treatment facility Source Type: blogs

Can I Quit By Myself?
Quitting substance abuse by myself? Have you ever asked yourself: Do I need to spend money on treatment? Do I really need to spend months away to get better? Can I quit by myself? You might be wondering if you can do it all yourself and quit cold turkey, without having to go to the “extreme” lengths of checking into a treatment center. The answer? Having an experienced team help you on your path to sobriety can be a great benefit in accomplishing long term sober living. Not only is the detoxification process in itself risky, it comes with many side effects and sometimes can be fatal. Having medically train...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - January 17, 2019 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction Recovery Addiction Treatment and Program Resources Alcohol Rehab Information Alcoholism Drug Rehab Information Drug Treatment Substance Abuse clean relapse sober sober living sobriety treatment center Source Type: blogs

Residential vs Outpatient: What is the difference?
Outpatient Treatment Centers If you are deciding between Residential vs Outpatient treatment, there are many things to consider. An outpatient treatment center allows the client to live at home while they go through treatment for their addiction issues, and visit a location for therapy work. Some of these programs may have a set schedule for you to progress through, as well as regular group meetings with times that cannot be adjusted. Other programs can be appointment-based, which will help to alleviate schedule conflicts like childcare and work commitments. The model for outpatient care offers more convenience. It is best...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - January 17, 2019 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Recovery Drug Rehab Information Drug Treatment Sober Living and Aftercare outpatient residential residential rehab treatment center Source Type: blogs

Why Making a Resolution to Get Sober Matters
Making the Resolution to Get Sober The new year is a time to reflect and plan for the brand new year ahead. Think about this: Have your relationship with friends and family been stressed over the holiday season? Have family and other loved ones distanced themselves due to your addictions? Or maybe, you feel this way toward a family member or friend of yours? It might be time to make the resolution to get sober. Approximately 40 percent of Americans make resolutions, viewing the new year as a fresh start. It can be an excellent opportunity to make a step in the right direction and conquer your dependency issues. Taking that...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - January 17, 2019 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Alcoholism Drug Rehab Information Drug Treatment Substance Abuse alcohol treatment alcohol treatment center alcohol treatment facility New Year resolutions sober sobriety Source Type: blogs

How to Get Someone You Love Into Rehab
Does your loved one need rehab? Getting someone you love to go to rehab can be difficult, especially if they are in denial about their addiction. As someone on the outside, you are able to recognize that your loved one has not been themselves and that they need help. To them, they are waiting for rock bottom and think that they have complete control over their addiction. Being able to talk to someone you love about the idea of treatment is difficult, but it can be done. Recognize the signs The first step to approaching your loved one with the idea of going to rehab is recognizing the signs. It’s important to document...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - January 17, 2019 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Alcohol Rehab Information Drug Rehab Information Drug Treatment Sober Living and Aftercare Substance Abuse addiction treatment center addiction treatmjent family family support intervention interventionist interventions Source Type: blogs

Why Malibu is a Perfect Place for Rehab
Start Your New Life in Malibu Living with addiction is a dark, scary and lonely place. Relationships are damaged, families are torn apart, living situations aren’t ideal and overall health and self-esteem are extremely poor. Making the decision to turn your life around is a big one, and while it can be scary, it is also the best decision you will ever make. Why not begin your new life in Malibu, where you can be completely relaxed, in a beautiful setting, with supportive people, and the best treatment options available? The Beauty of Malibu Malibu has long been known as one of the most beautiful places in the country...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - January 15, 2019 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Alcohol Rehab Information Drug Rehab Information Healthy Eating and Recovery Meditation Cliffside Malibu luxury luxury drug rehabilitation luxury heroin rehab ocean view yoga Source Type: blogs

Is Being an Addict a Stigma?
The Stigma of Addiction Stigma is defined as “a mark of shame or discredit”. This is especially damaging to people suffering from addiction, because it means that it should be something to be ashamed of. This thought process stems from actions and activities that happen as a symptom of the disease, such as: impaired judgement, legal issues, behavioral issues, damaged relationships and unscrupulous activities. These actions can be damaging to families, careers and lives, which makes it understandable for the people involved to feel embarrassment or shame. For example: if a family member of yours who is suffering...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - January 10, 2019 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Uncategorized addiction family family disease family program family therapy stigma Source Type: blogs

The Fentanyl Crisis and What You Need to Know
What is Fentanyl? According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid analgesic that is similar to morphine, but is 50 to 100 times more potent. It is a schedule II prescription drug, and it is typically used to treat patients with severe pain, for side effects surrounding aggressive cancer treatments or to manage pain after major surgery. It can be administered as an injection, a transdermal patch or as a lozenge. Under the medical supervision of a professional, there is little risk for addiction. However, that is not to be overlooked, as any exposure to Fentanyl at all will run the ...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - January 3, 2019 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction Recovery Addiction to Pharmaceuticals Detox Resources for Alcohol and Drugs/Opiates Drug Rehab Information Drug Treatment Heroin Medical Substance Abuse Synthetic drug abuse drug abuse epidemic fentanyl opioid Source Type: blogs

Why connecting to your therapist matters
Becoming serious about recovery When someone is in treatment, it isn’t always by choice. Sometimes, family and friends have to rally together and stage an intervention in order for their loved one to see that they need help. They are given harsh guidelines and consequences should they choose not to go, and are often feeling like they were “forced” against their better wishes. Some people who enter in these circumstances do so reluctantly, hoping to just work through the motions and get out as quickly as possible. However, there is hope for a successful recovery for each and every client who enters treatme...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - December 19, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction Recovery Addiction Treatment and Program Resources Complementary Therapies group therapy psychotherapy therapists Source Type: blogs

Why Get Treatment Away From Home
Take a break from the normal Let’s face it: you are ready to get help with your addiction because you need a new “normal”. Living with your addiction has caused not only severe physical damages to your body, but it has also caused emotional damage. You may have a strained, or completely severed, relationship with members of your family. You may no longer have a job. You may have gotten into legal trouble. The cycle you have been living in needs to be broken, and sometimes the best way to do that is to get as far away from it as possible to be able to start new. This can include traveling away from home fo...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - December 10, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction Recovery Alcohol Rehab Information Drug Rehab Information Drug Treatment alcoholism family travel Source Type: blogs

What to Look For in Luxury Treatment
Individualized Treatment When you are looking for a luxury treatment center, it is extremely important that you find individualized treatment for your needs. No two addictions are the same; everyone has different experiences, traumas and life stories that lead to addiction. Detoxing and withdrawal symptoms can differ in severity, circumstances are different from client to client and needs are constantly changing. That’s why it is important that you find a luxury treatment center that will take the time to develop a plan for your individual needs. Evidence-Based Treatment Upon entering luxury treatment, you will first...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - December 7, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction Recovery Alcohol Rehab Information Complementary Therapies Drug Rehab Information Sober Living and Aftercare luxury luxury drug rehabilitation luxury heroin rehab Source Type: blogs

What Life is Like in Sobriety
Live life on your terms, not your substance of choice Being able to break free that the prison of addiction has held you in will be one of the best benefits of becoming sober. You’ll finally be able to live life on your own terms, not whatever your addiction might have in store for you that day. Living a sober life puts YOU in control. You’ll be present in the moment Worrying about where and when you’ll be getting your next fix will be gone. You’ll be able to truly enjoy moments and experiences as you’re living them, rather than a constant nagging worry that is distracting you. Time with famil...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - November 29, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction Recovery Alcohol Alcohol Rehab Information Alcoholism Sober Living and Aftercare healthy life Source Type: blogs

Why connecting with therapists and staff can make all the difference
While you’re going through treatment, it is vital you take advantage of connecting with your therapists and staff in your residential treatment center. This means not only listening to them and sitting for sessions, but actively connecting and reaching out to them throughout the process. Being an active participant with them can help keep you accountable and become more serious about your sobriety. You don’t have to go through it alone Going through the addiction recovery process leaves you with about a million unknowns. How will you feel throughout detox? How long will it last? How do I control my temptations?...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - November 27, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction Recovery Addiction Treatment and Program Resources Alcohol Alcohol Rehab Information Alcoholism Drug Rehab Information Drug Treatment PTSD Relationships Sober Living and Aftercare Substance Abuse family therapy Source Type: blogs

Triggers to Avoid During the Holidays
Know your triggers A major part of a successful recovery process is knowing what your triggers are. During the holidays, it can be a time that they present themselves more often than not. It can also be time when new triggers can arise that you didn’t realize you had before. It’s important to sit down and make a list of all the triggers that you think may pop up, and come up with a plan for each of them. This will give you better confidence for handling the situation when it pops up, and you will be able to move past it successfully with your newly-honed coping skills. Common holiday triggers Traveling Pressur...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - November 13, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Uncategorized addiction alcohol family family therapy holidays PTSD relationships triggers Source Type: blogs

How to Avoid Relapse During The Holidays
The holidays can be a joyous time of year, but it can also trigger a lot of stress. There are many celebrations, social events and possible opportunities where triggers and temptations could arise. Whether or not it is your first time navigating the holidays sober, it’s always a great idea to know what may come, and that includes having a plan in place so that you don’t slip into a relapse. Make a plan and prepare Just like the rest of the year, it is important to take your sobriety one day at a time. Waking up in the morning with a plan on how to stay sober the rest of the day is important, especially during t...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - November 6, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Recovery Addiction Stories Healthy Eating and Recovery Holidays Sober Living and Aftercare christmas family holiday parties Source Type: blogs

Nutrition and Recovery
How Addiction Takes a Toll on Your Nutrition Drug and alcohol abuse can take a major toll on your body. The recovery process is gradual, and nutrition is one of the major issues that often get overlooked, yet need attention. Our brain functions are influenced by food, and when your brain isn’t producing the chemicals it needs to maintain balance you can feel irritable and anxious. Some of the effects of having an improper diet can also be: Paranoia Fatigue Depression Impaired memory There is a belief that in recovery you can indulge in sweets and junk food. Some studies show that these diets can hindering your path...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - October 31, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction Recovery Alcohol Alcohol Rehab Information Drug Rehab Information Drug Treatment Dual Diagnosis and Eating Disorder Treatment Eating Disorders Healthy Eating and Recovery Substance Abuse Sugar clean eating compu Source Type: blogs

Is Relapsing a Total Failure?
Relapsing is Part of Recovery Relapsing can be defined as going back to drug or alcohol abuse after a period of time of abstaining. Going through the treatment process can give you the tools needed to tackle coping with difficult situations and emotions instead of turning to drugs and alcohol. However, relapse can happen. Relapse shouldn’t be looked at as a sole event that has turned into a failure in your life. Rather, it is important to look at it as a process, and something that you are able to work through. When someone is relapsing, there are often many red flags that happen first. These red flags can include: ...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - October 31, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction Recovery Alcohol Alcoholism Drug Treatment Sober Living and Aftercare drug abuse and prevention prescription drug abuse prevention and treatment act relapse relapse prevention relapsing Source Type: blogs

What is Detox and How Long Should It Take?
What is detox? Detox is the very first step of recovery once someone enters treatment. When you have been abusing a substance for a period of time, your brain becomes chemically re-wired to depend on this substance. When the substance is no longer in your body, withdrawal symptoms begin. This is also known as being “dope sick” or “hungover”, and a quick way to get rid of those withdrawal symptoms is to provide the body with the substance again. However, instead of providing the body with the substance, detox works to comfortably wean the client from the substance and essentially rewire the brain bac...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - October 29, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction Recovery Addiction Stories Detox Resources for Alcohol and Drugs/Opiates Drinking Drug Rehab Information Drug Treatment Medical Substance Abuse anxiety in withdrawal medicated-assisted detox Source Type: blogs

The Top 10 Warning Signs of Becoming Addicted to Alcohol
Having a casual night out with friends and a few drinks is often not something to worry about. However, for many people, it can become easy to become addicted to alcohol. In fact, according to the 2015 NSDUH, 15.1 million adults ages 18 and older (6.2 percent of this age group) has alcohol addiction. If you think you might be becoming addicted to alcohol, read these 10 warning signs. Top 10 Signs of Becoming Addicted to Alcohol Trouble in Relationships Alcohol addiction can cause a strain on many, or all, of the relationships in your life. This can include a failed marriage, once close family members no longer inviting you...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - October 26, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction Recovery Alcohol Alcohol Rehab Information Alcoholism Drinking addicted to alcohol binge drinking drinking problems Source Type: blogs

PTSD and Trauma Leading to Addiction
If you feel as if your PTSD and addiction are linked, and your trauma is leading to addiction, chances are you are probably right. The good news is that you are not alone. Time reports that about 50-66 percent of those who suffer from PTSD also battle simultaneous addiction. In addition, around 50% of individuals seeking substance use treatment also suffer from PTSD according to MentalHelp. Co-Occurring PTSD and Addiction PTSD, which stands for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, is defined as a psychiatric disorder that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, a serio...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - October 23, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction Recovery Addiction Treatment and Program Resources Alcohol Anxiety Drinking Drug Treatment Mental Health PTSD Substance Abuse alcoholism co-occurring disorder co-occurring disorders co-occurring disorders trea Source Type: blogs

The Top 10 Warning Signs of Becoming Addicted to Medication
Substance abuse and addiction isn’t just limited to alcohol and street drugs. It can also be very easy to become addicted to medication. This can be very confusing and dangerous all at the same time, because medication has been prescribed to help treat something that might be wrong. While taking medication prescribed by a doctor and following all dosing instructions can be beneficial for many, it can also lead to addiction when tolerance builds and someone begins to take more than the recommended dose. If you feel as if you may be becoming addicted to your medication, read these warning signs below and seek help. Top...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - October 16, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction to Pharmaceuticals Anxiety Depression Depression Treatment Drug Treatment Painkiller Substance Abuse medication painkillers prescription drug abuse prescription drug addiction prescription drug detox prescript Source Type: blogs

Can I Become Addicted To My Depression Medication?
What is depression medication? Depression medication, also known as antidepressants, are prescription medications used to treat moderate to severe depression. When taken under the supervision of a medical professional and according to their prescribed dosage, depression medication can work well to help people manage their symptoms and lead happy, healthy lives. Depression is more than just feeling sad, or needing to be cheered up. Often times, people can become frustrated that nothing is making them feel better, when in reality depression is a chemical imbalance that needs to be treated. Depression symptoms can include: T...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - October 12, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Recovery Depression Depression Treatment antidepressants depression disorders depression medication dual diagnosis Source Type: blogs

Can I Become Addicted to My Anxiety Medication?
What is Anxiety? Having anxiety is a difficult issue suffered by millions. It is much more than just butterflies in your stomach before going on stage or before an important event – it can be crippling and can cause severe impacts on one’s life, and you may need to be on anxiety medication to help with the symptoms. According to anxiety.org, there are many anxiety-related disorders, and they are divided into three main categories: Anxiety disorders Obsessive-compulsive and related disorders Trauma and stressor-related disorders Anxiety disorders are characterized by a general feature of excessive fear (i.e. e...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - October 8, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction Recovery Addiction to Pharmaceuticals Anxiety Drug Rehab Information Drug Treatment PTSD anxiety medication benzodiazepines Source Type: blogs

Co-Occurring Mental Health and Addiction
What is a Co-Occuring disorder? The coexistence of both a mental health disorder and a substance abuse use disorder is referred to as a co-occurring disorder. Any combination of mental health and addiction can be referred to as having a co-occuring disorder. The combinations can be seemingly endless, and can even include more than one of either a mental disorder or an addiction. Combinations may include depression and alcoholism, anorexia and cocaine addiction, bipolar disorder and heroin addiction and the list goes on. Surprisingly, as many as 6 in 10 substance abusers also have at least one other mental disorder. There i...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - September 27, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction Recovery Addiction Treatment and Program Resources ADHD Alcohol Alcohol Rehab Information Alcoholism Anxiety Behavioral Addictions Depression Depression Treatment Drinking Drug Treatment Dual Diagnosis and Eat Source Type: blogs

Is Addiction Hereditary?
Looking at Your Family History It can be widely speculated that addiction can be hereditary. If there are addicts in your family, it could be possible that their behaviors can be passed on to you, as well. When considering this, it is important to look at your family history, especially your parent’s. Numerous studies show the cause of addiction can be broken down to 50 percent genetic and 50 percent issues with coping skills. Further studies have shown that children of addicts are up to 8 times more likely to also develop an addiction. One study in particular took 231 individuals who had been clinically diagnosed wi...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - September 20, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction Recovery Alcohol Alcoholism Depression Depression Treatment Drinking Drug Rehab Information Drug Treatment Dual Diagnosis and Eating Disorder Treatment Mental Health family family disease hereditary Source Type: blogs