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  1. What’s Involved in Addiction Rehab?

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    Addiction treatment focuses on helping chemically and psychologically dependent individuals stop using drugs. Total abstinence from drugs and a new lifestyle is the goal of rehab. The specific type of treatment or combination of treatments vary depending on the person’s individual needs or type of drugs used. Learn more about what’s involved in addiction rehab.

    What Rehab Looks Like

    Treatment may occur in a variety of settings, take lots of different forms and last varying lengths of time. Drug rehab is divided into short and long term stay. Short term is typically 90 days or less, long term rehab can last anywhere from 90 days to a year or longer. Drug addiction is a chronic disorder that results quite often in relapse for certain individuals so a one-time treatment option is generally not enough to help overcome the power of addiction. Treatment is generally a long-term process which involves multiple interventions and regular monitoring.


    Costs of rehab typically depend on the type of treatment and services needed. Addiction rehab centers provide a range of services from less expensive outpatient programs to residential settings where people live for 4 to 6 weeks or longer to get the necessary help.

    Outpatient programs: typical costs range anywhere around $10,000

    Residential programs: residential alcohol and drug rehab ranges anywhere between $20,000 to $32,000 depending on the level of services needed.

    Low Cost Options

    For some people, lack of financial resources can create a barrier to addiction treatment. Many low cost options are available. State vouchers for treatment can be investigated by contacting the State’s Department of Health and Social Services. An individual may also reach out to rehabs to ask about sliding scale or payment plans on offer.

    Stages of Rehab

    A person starting treatment must first complete a diagnostic evaluation to create a personalized treatment plan. The evaluation and treatment plan are used to determine the types, level and intensity of services received. The plan is also then used to manage the course of treatment over time. Stages may include:

    • Detox and withdrawal
    • Pharmacological therapy (medication)
    • Individual or group therapy
    • Family therapy
    • Ongoing drug testing
    • Case management
    • Support services

    Some help may be offered with case management services to support needs such as court advocacy, housing, child care or welfare issues and transportation. Supplemental services may be provided for STD treatment as well as vocational or job skills training.

    Addiction is a complex but treatable disease which impacts the brain and body. No one treatment is a cure for any person. Counseling is an effective and commonly used form of therapeutic support. Effective treatment focuses on multiple needs. Medications are also quite effective when combined with other therapeutic support. Co-occurring mental health conditions will require additional support and monitoring throughout the rehab process.

    Sustain Recovery provides an individualized approach to adolescent care for addiction recovery. Call us to find out about our treatment programs and to learn about how we support young adults through the journey of addiction to recovery.

  2. Things to Consider when Choosing a Residential Rehab Program

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    The illicit drug market nets $700 billion annually and costs the US alone millions and millions of dollars just to treat. As bad as those numbers may seem, it’s hard to grasp the severity of the problem in its entirety — until you or a loved one fall victim to the addiction.

    Some addictions can be handled at home, either by way of cold-turkey or a tapering program laid out by a doctor. Other times, the cravings are just too powerful, and inpatient treatment is necessary.


    What You Need To Know


    There are a variety of treatment programs out there. Determining the best one for your needs depends on you as the individual and your financial situation. The big ones to consider are:

    • Counseling (individual, group or family)
    • Intensive outpatient program (IOP)
    • Partial hospitalization
    • Residential treatment
    • Sober living


    Don’t Panic


    Above all, stay calm and collected. Having an addicted loved one is a tender situation, and you’re bound to take a misstep if you rush this process. Make a conscious choice to be thorough and to think positively.




    It’s in everyone’s best interest that everyone in the family unit works extra hard to be open and honest with each other, even the people who act that way normally. Many people struggle with this, for numerous reasons, which is a good reason to try out family counseling sessions.


    Consider Logistics


    How much does your insurance cover? How much can you allocate for program expenses? Don’t ignore the finances. Don’t be swayed by them, either. Treatment is always affordable somehow. The most expensive option isn’t always the best option for your friend or family member, so don’t feel like you’re buckled down to “Can I afford anything good?”




    At minimum, addicts generally require 3 months to jumpstart a lifetime of continued sobriety Some need longer; others, less. The aftercare should be worked out months before the recovering person completes their inpatient treatment. 12 step meetings, therapy sessions, family meetings are some services to consider. Most rehab facilities can direct you to these services or even provide them. All you have to do is ask.

    Rehab should help addicts heal within a reasonable time frame, and without taking on too much debt. To hear about some options at Sustain, browse our website or give us a call at 949-637-5499.

  3. Caffeine Addiction is a Telling Glimpse into the Pattern of Relapse

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    caffeine addictionMany people have experienced a “need” for a cup of coffee when they wake up in the morning and before they face any of the issues of their day. When they do not get their coffee, they might experience headaches or an inability to concentrate. They can become irritable and angry. Overall, the physical symptoms of caffeine withdrawal are the same as those experienced by individuals who are addicted to more dangerous substances. Even after those symptoms subside, a caffeine addict might still find himself craving the warmth, taste, and aroma of a hot cup of coffee. Those cravings mirror the type of cravings that drug addict experience, and that can result in a relapse after all physical withdrawal symptoms have ended.

    Caffeine is a Drug

    Caffeine is, in every sense, an addictive drug. Its addictive qualities are not perceived to be as nefarious as the addictive qualities of substances like heroin or methylamphetamines, but it is addictive nonetheless. Caffeine increases energy levels and promotes wakefulness, but it can also lead to headaches, nausea, dehydration, and restlessness. As a person consumes more and more caffeine, his body and nervous system develop a tolerance to it and he requires greater amounts of caffeine to achieve the same stimulating effects. Like other addictive drugs, caffeine stimulates the production of certain neurotransmitters in a person’s brain. When neurotransmitter levels begin to drop, as happens when a person stops consuming caffeine, that person’s brain sends signals out the increase cravings for the caffeine.

    Treating Caffeine Addiction

    Caffeine addictions can typically be interrupted within one or two weeks, but the psychological draw of caffeine can remain long after a physical connection has been broken. Again, as with other addictive substances, these cravings are analogous to the cravings that cause relapses in drug addicts. Because so many people consume caffeine and develop caffeine addictions through consumption of coffee, colas, energy drinks, and other beverages, the craving patterns they feel when they stop drinking caffeinated beverages can give them strong insights and a better understanding of the much stronger cravings that a drug addict might experience.

    Some research has suggested that caffeine addiction and the mechanisms which create that addiction can be a gateway to drug or alcohol abuse. A person who is a casual or regular user of drugs or alcohol might be tempted to alleviate the discomfort associated with caffeine withdrawal by self-medicating with drugs or alcohol. Caffeine also prevents the absorption of certain vitamins that a person needs to support healthy metabolism. Low levels of those nutrients can make a person feel lethargic or cranky, which can further increase cravings for some substance that can give that person a quick pick-me-up. Addiction counselors will often try to limit their patients’ caffeine intake to prevent these overlapping cravings.

    For the time being and likely well into the future, public health officials have no intention of banning caffeine or listing it as a controlled substance. Rather, they are working to create a greater awareness of how caffeine cravings might have a crossover effect with relapses in drug and alcohol addiction.

    If you have questions about your own caffeine intake or on how your reliance on caffeine might increase your risks of drug or alcohol abuse, please call Sustain Recovery Services at (949) 407-9052. We will not take your morning coffee away from you, but we can help you to gain a better understanding of how your brain and body are reacting to that coffee.

The people at Sustain Recovery are truly passionate about their work. They put all their love, energy and spiritual strength in to it. They continue to support me today as I continue my ongoing journey in my personal recovery. I now have over a year of sobriety, my own apartment, a job, true friends and a support network that is always available to me. Although all that stuff is great, what matters most today is that I love myself and have the ability to love others. Thank you to all who had a hand and heart in Sustain Recovery

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