Compassionate Therapy Inc.
Contact Phillip @ 760.443.1397
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What is addiction?

Substance Abuse and Addiction

Are you struggling with Alcohol and/or Drugs?

We imagine that you are here because either you or someone you care about has an issue with alcohol and/or drugs (marijuana, cocaine, heroin, prescription medication) and you think that counseling or psychotherapy might be helpful to help with the addiction.

Drug rehabilitation/treatment (often drug rehab or just rehab) is a term for the processes of medical or psychotherapeutic treatment, for dependency on psychoactive substances such as alcohol, prescription drugs, and so-called street drugs such as cocaine, heroin or amphetamines. The general intent is to enable the patient to cease substance abuse, in order to avoid the psychological, legal, financial, social, and physical consequences that can be caused, especially by extreme abuse.

 

Below you will find a list of ways that yours or someone else’s drug/alchol use might be affecting you or them.

Alcohol/Drugs

Alcohol/drug use in and of itself may not be a problem for some people, but there are others whose random use of alcohol and/or drugs can cause problems in their life.

Alcohol and/or drug use can:

  • Create a loss of inhibition (often referred to as “liquid courage”)
  • Medicate emotional pain and stress and
  • Lead to abuse and then dependence. 

Alcohol and/or drug dependence—called alcoholism/drug addiction—is a chronic, progressive and often fatal disease. This dependent relationship with alcohol and/or drugs is problematic and often life threatening.   It can mean daily usage needs an immediate intervention and a possible drug and/or alcohol rehabilitation/treatment referral.  All studies agree that the longer an addict/alcoholic  participates in a treatment/rehab program, the more likely it is that drug rehab works. One of the most important factors on whether or not drug rehab works is the person's ability to change their ways after drug reha/treatment. Rehab/treatment is almost always pointless if someone leaves drug/alcohol rehab/treatment and falls right back into their former comfort zone. To break a severe drug or alcohol habit a person must change their associations, daily habits, and daily routine. A person must identify his or her triggers and work to remove those from their lives, or recognize the ones that cannot be removed. 

It is a misconception to think that if you don’t drink every day you don’t have a problem with alcohol or drugs. One can abuse alcohol or another substance at any given time. You could have experienced a terrible loss or a serious event in your life or just encountered a period of high stress where you find your alcohol or drug use amplified or excessive.

There are several types of drug/alcohol rehab/treatment available: 
•Detox-  Some drugs like alcohol can be lethal if not appropriately detoxed.  This typically is about 7 days but can be longer.
•Outpatient-  Offered to people who are not in a severe state of addiction and are able to maintain sobriety/abstinence in an outpatient setting
•Residential-  The safest approach.  Controlled setting that is very structured.  Anywhere from 28 days up to 90 days. 
Phillip networks with several accredited drug treatment/rehabilitation centers across the nation.  Some drug/alcohol treatment centers offer amenities like: Yoga,  Aquatic Workouts,  5 Star Chef,  Personal Therapist,  Acupuncture,  Personal Trainer,  Saunas,  Indoor/Outdoor Pool

We offer FREE professional phone consultations for drug and or alcohol rehab/treatment placements, insurance confirmation and provide comprehensive treatment coordination services for therapists, families, employers or individuals looking for drug and/or alcohol rehab/treatment services.  We network with several drug rehab/treatment programs locally San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange Counties and across the country who take many insurances.

Contact Phillip at 760.443.1397     

If you find yourself identifying with even one or two of the issues on this list, you may have some bigger issues with alcohol.
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Signs of Abuse or Dependence

Some signs that alcohol or drugs may be a problem for you are:

  • Repeated efforts to control, modify, reduce your drinking or drug use
  • Preoccupation with thoughts about drinking or using drugs, like wondering or planning when you might drink or use next, how much will you use, etc.
  • Negotiating the amounts of drugs or alcohol that you will use
  • Rationalizing your drinking or drug use (e.g. “I was really tired that’s why I drank so much” or “It was such a stressful day at work, that’s why I got stoned”, “if you (wife, parent, child) didn’t make me mad then I wouldn’t have gotten drunk.”)
  • Hiding your usage
  • Lying about your drug and/or alcohol, either to yourself or others
  • Continuing to do the same behaviors that yield the same negative consequences
  • Getting annoyed with people who are talking to you about their concerns about your drinking or drug use
  • Needing more of a substance to achieve the same effect (developing tolerance)
  • Blacking out (periods of time that one does not remember anything while under the influence or intoxicated. 
  • DUI’s (driving under the influence)—less than 2 drinks can impair your ability to drive!
  • Quitting for a period of time just to “prove” it’s not a problem
  • Drinking or doing drugs while alone
  • Increasing difficulty abstaining from drinking, or drug use
  • More frequent and severe withdrawal symptoms (like tremors of the hands and sweating and fever). A hangover is a type of withdrawal.
  • Anxiety and guilt feelings following your drug and/or alcohol use
  • Drinking alcohol or using drugs more than your friends do

You may find that you can check off many of these. You may find that there are only one or two that are an issue. In either case, or anything in between, it may be helpful to talk with a counselor or therapist who specializes in working with drug or alcohol issues, including abuse, dependence, or addiction.  

You Can Get Better

Here is what we want you to know…you can get better! You can heal your problematic relationship with alcohol or drugs. 

In drug rehab, treatment or counseling, you can heal the issues surrounding your addiction by:

  • Exploring the issues that surround your drinking, drug or substance use
  • Looking at what might be the underlying issues that you are medicating and
  • Working on the source of the issue.

We offer FREE professional phone consultations for drug and or alcohol rehab/treatment placements, insurance confirmation and provide comprehensive drug and/or alcohol treatment coordination services for therapists, families, employers or individuals looking for drug and/or alcohol rehab/treatment services.  We network with several drug rehab/treatment programs locally San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange Counties and across the country who take many insurances.  

Contact Phillip at 760.443.1397
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