Los Angeles is a beautiful city. It is known for its vibrant nightlife, cultural diversity, and being the center of style and entertainment around the world. Unfortunately, Los Angeles is not immune to the growing drug and alcohol problem plaguing the United States.
Addiction knows no barriers. It does not respect income, culture, or age. For this reason, Profound Treatment stands ready to help all who are searching for drug and alcohol treatment. If you have a loved one who needs treatment, we warmly invite you to speak to our addiction specialist today. Find out for yourself why so many people have turned to Profound Treatment to help them on the road to sobriety.
The Link between Substance Abuse and Mental Health
The National Institute on Drug Abuse confirms that there is a link between mental health struggles and substance abuse, which is what many in the mental health field had already proven. Many people who are battling with substance abuse have a co-occurring disorder. It may be bipolar disorder, depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, attention deficit disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, or others. The statistics are more sobering when talking about adolescence. Some studies claim that upward of 60 percent of adolescents who were in treatment for substance abuse are also dealing with a mental health challenge.
This underscores the importance of offering a dual diagnosis and a treatment that is tailored to address not just the addiction but also the co-occurring mental health challenges that have either been caused by the addiction or have led to the addiction. A failure to address both issues simultaneously is a failure to provide accurate and quality substance abuse care.
In times past, it was the opinion of mental health services that a patient is dealing with substance abuse first needed to get clean, and then the mental health issues could be addressed. For obvious reasons, this way of thinking was doomed to fail. If the underlying mental health condition is not treated along with substance abuse, no long-term treatment can be attained.
At Profound Treatment, our goal is to help our Beverlywood clients make sobriety a permanent part of their life. We do this by providing assistance during the rehabilitation process as well as providing assistance after they have completed rehabilitation.
Understanding the Role of Detoxification and Withdrawal
Many people who realize that they need to do something about their substance abuse challenges try to go at it on their own. They try to break free from whatever substance they have been abusing cold turkey. There are some rare instances where going cold turkey leads to long-term success. However, in most cases, the cold turkey approach fails.
When people try to break free from substance abuse cold turkey, they view substance abuse as a matter of willpower. They think to themselves that if they have enough determination, enough focus, and enough spirit, they will be able to get themselves cleaned up. The truth is that substance abuse is a disease. Like every other disease, it has symptoms and side effects.
No one would expect individuals who suffer from diabetes, cancer, or leukemia to try to get over the disease cold turkey without seeking the assistance of professionals. The same principles apply to substance abuse.
One of the reasons why people who try to go cold turkey fail is because they are surprised by the intensity of the withdrawal symptoms they experience. Substance abuse physically alters the way your body and brain work. Depending on the substance an individual is using, the dependency on the substance can be so strong that the body forgets how to work without the substance being present.
When a person is going through the withdrawal process, their body is attempting to adapt to functioning on its own. During that process, a person may experience pain, hallucinations, vomiting, changes in blood pressure, heart palpitations, and a whole host of other painful and uncomfortable symptoms.
When a person tries to quit cold turkey, and they are confronted with the symptoms, they will often turn back to the substance they were abused as a way of being able to make the symptoms go away. This underscores the importance of having the support offered at a rehabilitation center.
At Profound Treatment, we are experienced in working with people who are going through the withdrawal phase of detox. We appreciate that every one of our clients will have a unique experience as they go through detox, but some generalities affect most of our clients. Our goal is to help you or your loved one to go through the detox process in a safe and dignified way. We create a safe environment, and we provide the support needed to help you or your loved one get through this initial phase of recovery.
It would be disingenuous for us to say that we can make all of the discomforts of detox disappear. We cannot. But we can work to make you as comfortable as possible.
Treating Each of Our Patients As Individuals
Every person who walks through our door is unique. No two individual’s experiences are the same. This is why one of the first things that we do is conduct a thorough patient assessment to better understand you or your loved one as a person to get a better grasp of what is needed.
Next, we can work together to identify the treatment options that are right for you. If you have an insurance plan, we can review it together with the goal of finding out what things are covered under your plan. During this initial interview, we will answer any questions that you have about the detox and rehabilitation phases you will go through.
A Focus on Treating the Disease, Not Judging the Person
Beverlywood residents who have considered rehabilitation in the past may shy away because of a fear of being judged. Our desire is not to decide but instead to help. Society has often painted substance abuse as a moral issue. It is not. It is a health issue and needs to be viewed as such. Proof of this is seen in the fact that several individuals have tried addictive substances multiple times and never develop an addiction. On the other side of the coin, some individuals have been attempting addictive substances just once or twice and have developed a lifelong problem.
We are eager to help you or your loved ones make substance abuse a thing of the past. Whether you or your loved ones are visiting us of your own accord or if you are visiting us because a court has mandated treatment, we are here to help you. At Profound Treatment, we have seen that it doesn’t always matter why a person seeks help. What matters is that they are willing to accept the help offered and that they develop a strong desire to get better.
Time and experience have shown us that there is no such thing as an addiction that cannot be beaten. If you or someone you love is looking to turn their life around and put substance abuse behind them, then contact us today. We look forward to being your partner on the road to lifelong sobriety.