Drug Addiction & Mental Health Disorders

Drug Addiction and Mental Health

Drug Addiction and Mental Health

Drug Addiction and Mental Health Disorders

Drug addiction often goes hand in hand with mental health disorders. Not all people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol have mental health disorders. On the other hand, not all people with mental health disorders are addicted to drugs and alcohol. Part of treatment will be a psychiatric evaluation by Dr. Imani Walker, DO of Married to Medicine Los Angeles to determine if a mental health disorder is present.

Mental health disorders can range from situational depression to chronic depression.  Also, anxiety disorders or more severe mental health disorders or other chronic conditions. These can include mood or personality disorders or other  psychiatric conditions like schizophrenia.

Addiction and Mental Health Disorder Types

Some other disorders can include:

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Bipolar Disorder (Manic Depressive Disorder)
  • Dissociative Disorder
  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Panic Disorder, anxiety
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Addiction and Mental Health Disorder Treatment

During the psychiatric evaluation we will determine which disorder is primary. This will help us to decide which medications will be necessary to manage your condition(s) and interrupt your symptoms.  Consequently, finding the right medications best suited for relapse prevention with your drug addiction is an imperative component of medication management of psychiatric conditions.

During the course of treatment, your dual diagnosis will be managed as your addiction is being treated.

Addiction and Mental Health Disorder Recovery

While in treatment, you will learn new coping skills to manage your emotions, triggers, and cravings. However, your concurrent mental disorders will be treated through psychotherapy and psychotropic medications (if necessary). While in treatment you will have a treatment plan for continued support therapeutically during your course of care and at the time of discharge for aftercare.

Recovery is possible your dual diagnosis of drug addiction and mental health disorder is treated concurrently and if proper aftercare support is provided.

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Top 10 Excuses People Give to Not Enter Treatment

Excuses people give not to enter treatment

Here at ASAP Rehab, we have talked to many clients. Over the course of those conversations, we’ve noticed that people like to give excuses as to why they can’t enter treatment as soon as possible. We want you to know that whatever the excuse, we have a counter excuse.

You don’t have time for excuses. Your well-being is our priority.

  1. I’m going to try and quit on my own.
    • This is the biggest and most common excuse we get here at ASAP Rehab. If you’re reaching out for treatment, there’s a good chance you’ve tried countless times to quit on your own. Addiction is a disease that requires medical help, why not reach out and get it?
  2. My problem isn’t that bad.
    • A problem is a problem no matter the size. Addictions start small and will eventually spiral into something bigger. If you’re calling us, you’re probably slightly aware that your problem isn’t going to go away on its own. why not treat a smaller problem before it becomes a bigger problem?
  3. I’m going to try to look around at other facilities.
    • We agree it’s best to do all the research possible when choosing a facility to receive treatment.Our facility works with clients on a case by case basis, and we will adapt to fit your needs.
  4. I’ve tried treatment before and it didn’t work for me.
    • All treatment is different, and every facility is unique. ASAP Rehab can be that difference you’re looking for if you give it the chance. Things and circumstances were different the last time you entered treatment. Maybe, you were in a different state of mind where you didn’t think treatment was going to work. Treatment only works when you want it to work. Don’t let one or multiple failed attempts at treatment deter you from changing your life for the better.
  5. I’m going to get high one more time.
    • Every time you use, you are taking a gamble with your life. It’s going to take more and more of the substance for you to achieve that high, and eventually what it once took to get you high isn’t going to do anything for you. Why take the risk? Do what you can now to take care of yourself.
  6. I can’t leave my family for an extended period of time.
    • If you’re engaging in addictive behaviors, odds are you have already been withdrawn from your family. Take the time you deserve in order to be able to get back to your family in a healthier state.
  7. I don’t know if I can be without my phone for a prolonged period of time.
    • Technology is great, but sometimes we use it as a crutch to stay in an addictive behavior. Going technology free for a while is a necessary part of the detox process. When you’re here, your recovery is the most important thing to be focusing on. You need to take this time to focus on you. Cellphones and other technology only hinder that process.
  8. I don’t know anyone in that area.
    • It’s good to leave your current support system behind and create a new healthier support system. You don’t have to know anyone in the area. It will be beneficial for you not to know anyone so you can focus on true healing. Not knowing anyone will allow you the opportunity to change into the best version of yourself.
  9. I’m waiting for my refill for my prescription.
    • ASAP has a physician on staff who can write you a prescription for whatever medication you need while you’re in treatment. You’ll have a back up waiting for you when you return home.
  10. Let me take care of all of my bills first.
    • You only have one life to live. bills and finances can wait until you’re sober.

Excuses are NOT an option.

These are the top 10 most common excuses we get here. And all they are is excuses. Don’t let an excuse keep you from reaching out and getting the help you need and deserve.

Opiate Prescription Addiction as a Result of a Sports Injury

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At forty-six years old, I needed detox for an opiate prescription addiction that all started with pain management from a sports injury. I’ve always been athletic. In high school, I played football and track. In college, during my free time, I was always on the basketball court with my buddies or played a friendly game of football on the weekends. I went to a great university and landed a job that allowed me to grow professionally.

In my personal life, I got married at 32 years old and my wife and I now have two kids. At one point, our kids were in middle school and played club soccer. I would run around with them during my free time on the soccer field for practice for their games. In the early morning or on work trips, you could always find me on the green playing a round of golf.

Last year, I was playing with my boys on the field and my knee went out. I could feel the tear as I went down. After the surgery for the repair, over the next several months, I was in physical therapy and on pain medication. At the same time, my production network declined. It really affected how I felt about myself, how I interacted with my kids and wife, and how I performed at work. At 46-years-old, I felt like everything was falling apart.

Withdrawal Symptoms Increased When I Tried to Stop on my Own

What was worse was it seemed like every time I would try to reduce the pain medication the pain in my knee would increase. I became afraid it would never get better so I would increase the amount of pain medication hoping I would be able to pull it together. It was a disaster. Then I tried again to reduce the medication and I felt sick, my muscles ached, I got sweats, and threw up. Something changed. I began to question if I was addicted to pain medication. Had I become an addict?

Opiate Prescription Addiction Controlled my Life

My wife began to complain all the time that I wasn’t getting anything done around the house, and that I was sleeping all the time. I was agitated when I wasn’t sleeping and just wanted to be left alone. It was like I was under this dark cloud all the time, and didn’t know who to talk to. I couldn’t tell my doctor(s) because I needed them to continue to write prescriptions to feed my opiate prescription addiction. I was embarrassed and ashamed – is what my life and become, is this who I had to become? A prescription addict? I had three doctors that were treating me and prescribing me opiate medication like OxyContin, hydrocodone, and Percocet and I was clearly dependent and addicted.

Intervention Services When I Needed it

Finally, my wife found a collection of empty pill bottles. She knew I was taking far too many pills and made a phone call to get me into treatment. The staff were so helpful and gave me medication to detox in a way where I wouldn’t get sick. They began to help realign some of the thinking that had been so corrupted by that dark cloud that opiate prescription addiction created.

Today, my knee feels better and I am able to play golf again as good as ever. I am very careful with what I do and play with my kids. I’m available emotionally and to encourage them in their sports. I’m a hundred percent at work and as successful or more successful than I’ve ever been. Most importantly, I’m available for my wife and my marriage – I have my life back.

Drug Treatment Care: Making it Count

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Drug Treatment Care: Making it Count

Helena began her drug treatment care at 18 years old. She opened herself to drug treatment with the staff’s teamwork and her willingness. When her first family session was scheduled, she asked to talk with me. Helena shared her fears about returning home after drug treatment care to live with her parents. She said her family did a lot of entertaining that often included drinking and sometimes even drug use. There was a fair amount of alcohol and marijuana kept in the house. Helena felt her family would be unwilling to change their lifestyle to support her recovery. She did not feel it would not be a stable environment to maintain her sobriety. It is likely she was right.

Drug Treatment in a Veil of Denial

During the first family session, her mother said Helena had the addiction problem and that it was not her responsibility to change her lifestyle. Helena’s father said he was ashamed because all of his friend’s children were attending ivy league colleges and his daughter was in rehab.

Asking For Help

Helena and I had agreed that the best support her parents could provide for her continued drug treatment care was to financially help her get into sober living. Her parents were wealthy, however, they said they could not afford sober living. Helena, her parents and I had multiple family sessions to attempt to educate her parents about her need to live in a sober environment. By the end of each session, Helena would dissolve into tears feeling hopeless and unsupported by the only people she thought she could count on. She said she was afraid her parents would not agree to continued drug treatment care and pay for sober living. It was impressive to see that at such a young age she understood that returning home was not a good choice, that it would not be safe for her. And it was great to see that she did not simply give up in light of the initial resistance with her parents.

Protecting Your Recovery

During her third family session, something shifted. Helena’s father heard her. He heard her request for help. He said he needed to be supportive of her request for help. Helena did continue her drug treatment care and go to sober living. Many other challenges have come over time and she pushed through. Now she has been sober three years, has a full-time job with benefits and she and a roommate are sharing their own apartment. While she has no interest in changing her parents, Helena limits her exposure to her parent’s lifestyle to support her own recovery. Now, she runs community support groups, has a strong recovery support network, works with her sponsor and sponsors others.  It has been a pleasure watching her grow in her recovery.

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Drug Addiction A Young Adult Family Story

Drug Addiction Young Adult Family Story

Drug Addiction Young Adult Family Story

Drug Addiction A Young Adult Family Story

Almost everyone with drug addiction believes their drug addiction doesn’t affect anyone but themselves. This belief comes from the distorted thinking and secrecy from the disorder of the addiction itself. Somehow, the addict believes no one notices, mostly because no one says anything out of fear – What if I am wrong? Or what if the person gets angry? What if I am right? What do I do about it? It is without question “the pink elephant in the middle of the room.”

John talked about his son Dylan who sought help at 23 years old. He thinks back and remembers when he was 12 and played baseball. He was a good student and they were close. Then Dylan started high school and they were so excited he made the team. John went to every game. Dylan was doing great! John and Dylan started planning for college and talking about how he could get a scholarship either academically or for his sports. Dylan was taking some AP classes and by end of 10th grade was feeling some stress about getting into “good” university. John remembers the athletic drive seemed to get more competitive and so did the academics. He looks down sadly, and says, “I pushed Dylan to do his best always.” He says, “the truth was he already was doing his best, I just added more pressure.”

Drug Addiction Impact

John says by Dylan’s junior year, he didn’t want to play baseball anymore. He said he didn’t like it and quit. His grades dropped some. John started to get frustrated – it was like he wasn’t trying hard enough.

John recalls other things changed, “Dylan was harder to wake up in the morning, he had different friends, he wasn’t interested in sports anymore, he really didn’t seem interested in anything honestly, he didn’t want to hang out with the family as much, our relationship became argumentative and I missed my son – I became angry – I changed too and didn’t understand why.”

Growing Pains

Dylan did graduate from high school. John reflects on Dylan’s senior year of high school, “I did catch him smoking weed a couple of times, and he came home drunk after hanging out with his friends a few times.” John said. “I blew it off to he’s experimenting and that’s what kids do in high school.” Dylan didn’t get accepted to the university he wanted to go to, but did get accepted to a university and off he went.

By the end of his freshman year, Dylan was failing his classes in university and moved back home with his family to get a job and go to community college. He attended one semester and dropped those classes, and eventually moved into a small apartment with a friend. He waited tables at a local restaurant until he got pulled over one night for a DUI at 23 years old.

Drug Addiction Family Fear

John remembers that phone call that night. “As parents, we all dread that phone call in the middle the night. I felt relief that my son had been arrested. You know what I mean right? He was alive, he was safe!” John noted that Dylan certainly had legal issues now, but it was also a time for an intervention where Dylan’s drug addiction could be interrupted. Better yet, it gave us an opportunity.

Drug Addiction Recovery

Today Dylan is 27 years old and has 3 ½ years sober. He’s in university and doing great. “That night seemed like a nightmare but it was actually a blessing,” John says. “Dylan went to treatment for what we thought would be 30 days, but he stayed six months. We are so proud of him – we have our son back and he has his life back,” with grateful tears, John reports.

In reflection, both Dylan and John wish they had reached out sooner. However, they are acutely aware suffering alone is not the answer-seeking help is, asking for help, accepting help – and hope that anyone reading this that is struggling or family and friends will know that help is available.

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Eating Disorder Help

Eating Disorder Help

Eating Disorder

Eating Disorder Help

Having an eating disorder is an all-consuming lifestyle. There are few moments in any given hour of any given day that your thoughts are not on food, weight and body image. Everyone, including you at one time, thinks it is about the food, but it’s not, at all. It’s about control and at some point, what once was the one thing you could control now seems to control you. In essence, it has turned on you, taken you hostage. It is like being trapped in a prison in your mind.

Break Free of the Cycle

Does this sound familiar? Those of us that work in eating disorder treatment have sat with countless sufferers that share these very words or others like them. Some of us have even said them ourselves. We know your pain. We also know your fears. It is not an easy choice…to go on to the bitter end with your eating disorder or to give it up. It is hard to know what life will be without it. There is an old saying that goes something like “it is easier to stay with the pain you know then to change for the happiness you don’t.” Or is it?

Do you want to be free of the endless unsupportive thoughts and have a healthy relationship with your food? Do you wish to find happiness, joy, and freedom? How much longer can you stay a prisoner of your eating disorder?

The fear comes from the unknowing – what if? What if I don’t have my eating disorder. Who will I be without it? How will I survive without it? These are normal fears and resolvable. Getting eating disorder treatment and the tools to lean on to replace the reach for the eating disorder helps to get in touch with your true self. Treatment will help get you out of your head and in touch with your heart.

Healing and recovering from an eating disorder is possible. One thing that stands true for each and every person in recovery is that they did not do it alone and they rely on a support system to sustain it. You are enough. You deserve to be happy and you never have to be alone again. Take a deep breath and call. You are worth it.

We have expert addiction-specialists standing by ready to speak confidentially with you. Call us today!

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Men’s Addiction Treatment

Men’s addiction treatment

Men’s addiction treatment offers a clear focus that supports acceptance and community building to foster openness to help deal with specific concerns and co-occurring issues without distraction. Creating process groups that support the clients’ psychiatric assessment and individualized addiction treatment planning guides our certified counselors as well as professionally licensed therapists, to help men find recovery in men’s addiction treatment. Men’s addiction treatment is designed to support emotional, spiritual, character and recovery development that creates life balance.


Co-occurring Disorders and Process Addictions

Co-occurring disorders and process addictions often accompany addiction. Trust and therapeutic alliance is key to work through the needs of the treatment plan and addiction therapies provided for each client addresses any co-occurring and/or process addictions.


Men’s Addiction, Co-occurring mental health disorders & process addictions can include the following:

Often, these become more prevalent as the drug and/or alcohol addiction is treated. Therefore, it is important that co-occurring disorders and process addictions are addressed during the client’s men’s addiction treatment episode.

We have expert addiction-specialists standing by ready to speak confidentially with you. Call us today!

Women’s Addiction Treatment

Women’s Addiction Treatment

Women’s Addiction Treatment

Women’s Addiction Treatment

Our women’s addiction treatment addresses unique issues specific to women. We focus on the impact of women’s addictions and co-occurring disorders. Our compassionate approach addresses the shame, trauma, and unique challenges women face in their recovery. We help women process and address self-defeating thoughts, codependency, self-esteem, and attitudes and behaviors that hold women back from the belief that they can live in strength. We help them see the courage that they see in others, yet cannot see in themselves, within. Our program builds a strong community and develops therapeutic alliances that help with overcoming the shame and trauma needed to solidify recovery to create life balance.

When two diagnosable sets of symptoms apply to one person, this is known as a “dual diagnosis” or co-occurring disorder. In addition, process addictions may be present and become more evident as the women’s addiction treatment begins and the drug and alcohol addiction symptoms fade.

Co-occurring Disorders and Process Addictions

Co-occurring disorders and process addictions often go hand in hand. Addressing these through the needs of the treatment plan and therapies helps each client resolve any co-occurring and/or process addictions. While treating women’s addictions

Co-occurring Mental Health Disorders & Process Addictions can Include the Following:

Often, these become more prevalent as the drug and/or alcohol addiction is treated. Therefore, it is important to address co-occurring disorders during the woman’s addiction treatment.

We have expert addiction-specialists standing by ready to speak confidentially with you. Call us today!

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