Choosing the Right Addiction Treatment in California

According to the Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality National Survey on Drug Use and Health, only about 12% of illicit drug users receive treatment for their addiction, and only 7% of alcohol abusers receive treatment. Maybe this is because looking for a treatment center in California can be a daunting process, there are countless addiction recovery centers. It’s hard to trust your own dedication to the treatment. It’s hard to trust the treatment itself when you’re a first time patient. And it’s hard to trust that your body can recover, that it remembers how to be without its addiction.


Even if a patient isn’t suffering with doubts and fear about going to treatment, knowing what kind of programs will work best for them, if the program will consider their individual dual diagnosis, or their military service, or their childhood trauma. Quality treatment is vital to a successful recovery. Here are some things to think about when looking for the best addiction recovery treatment in California.


What Does California Addiction Treatment Require?

No one person is the same, and so it goes that no addict is alike. They all have their individual mix of symptoms and comorbidities. Each addict has a story to tell that is solely theirs. Because of that the National Institute on Drug Abuse recommends treatment centers cater their recovery programs to the individual. Some other recommendations they offer addiction programs are:


  • Available quickly
  • Multiple levels of treatment
  • Dual diagnosis treatment
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Understanding of cognitive science
  • Availability of spiritual remedies
  • Continuous patient monitoring
  • Regular assessment of treatment plan
  • Testing for infectious disease


Patients will find some of these features more useful than others. For instance some drug or alcohol addicts will be more served by the dual diagnosis treatment than others, but having that opportunity available to all addicts gives way for the possibility that the patient does indeed have a co-occuring disorder like bipolar disorder or generalized anxiety disorder, and they weren’t aware. Regardless of the issue, be it mental health or withdrawal symptom, the best treatment facilities will be able to manage it with their qualified licenced medical staff.


There’s the subject of whether or not a patient would respond better to a spiritual based recovery versus a science based educational recovery. That’s a personal preference each addict must address for themselves. These kinds of questions are important to ask yourself when choosing a program. When looking it is best to research the programs that offer the most individuation within the programs themselves. Those are the most likely to provide you with the best quality of service, and likelihood of successful recovery.


Deciding Between In-State and Out-of-State Care

Some patients prefer to stay in-state for their treatment. They want that connection to home. They want to know the bonds they make in rehab and relapse prevention treatment will be relationships they can pull through and know face to face for years to come. But some people prefer an out-of-state option. Some Californians may want to take time away from where they developed and nurtured the very addiction they are receiving treatment for. Some believe it helps them to fight triggers and resist cravings.


If a drug addict or alcoholic is interested in pursuing treatment in a different part of the country, but don’t want to get too far away from home they would be advised to look into Aspire Health Network. Aspire Health Network runs some of the highest quality facilities in the nation. If you are interested in looking outside of California, perhaps Washington, Alaska, or even nearby Oregon sound nice to you.


If you are looking for treatment but don’t know where to start, give us a call. We would be happy to talk with you about our programs and we can also discuss making the choice between leaving California or going to another state all together.