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  1. Why Residential Treatment Is Good for the Entire Family

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    By the time an adolescent or young adult reaches the point that residential treatment becomes an option, their life has spun out of control. The process of looking for the right treatment program can feel chaotic to both the person and their family. In turn, everyone involved may decide that going into a residential facility is not an option worth exploring. Yet deep down, everyone likely knows that what they are currently doing is not working. This makes it that much more important to trust that the right residential program can prove beneficial to the entire family. Finding the plan that best suits the child’s needs may take some time but ultimately will be worth it. Make sure to ask any professionals the young person is already seeing, such as a therapist, group leader, or doctor, for recommendations.

    A Change of Scenery Helps a Young Person

    An adolescent or young adult who faces mental health challenges and any co-occurring issues like alcohol or drug abuse is often worn out with trying to cope. Their day-to-day lives can feel like the Bill Murray film Groundhog’s Day, in that it’s the same thing every day with no hope of change. Going to a residential program may seem intimidating because the person does not know what to expect and who else will be there. As much as they tire of their repetitious lives, predictability can feel comforting when the alternative is unknown. 

    What often surprises a young person who enters a long-term residential program is that it allows them to feel as if they have a clean slate. They have hit a reset button and are able to benefit from being away from the environment that left them feeling stuck and devoid of hope. Many clients in residential treatment report feeling they get a chance to develop a clear overview of their issues and what work they can do when returning home. While they may initially resist opening up to a new support system, they soon find a certain comfort level. Having someone neutral listen to them and offer their input and guidelines for moving forward can be just the lift they need. 

    A New Peer Group Helps With Feeling Less Alone

    Being prone to surrounding themselves with like-minded individuals, many teenagers spend time with friends who are also engaging in addictive behaviors and may have fatalistic attitudes. When the teenager moves to a residential center, their peer group changes. They become acquainted with and build bonds with others their age who can relate to their struggles, which helps them feel less isolated and misunderstood. It also ensures that their peers are not using alcohol or drugs, and everyone is being taught how to want and achieve sobriety. 

    How the Family Can Benefit From Time Apart

    The young family member who goes to residential treatment is not the only one who can benefit from the time spent apart. Often, a household trying to cope with someone who struggles with their mental health and any co-occurring alcohol or drug abuse has become burned out. The family deals with many of the same old arguments, frustrations, and fears on a daily basis. A break can be just what everyone needs. As much as family members may want to help the affected family member, they can also take a deep breath, get a better view of the family landscape, and be better prepared to support their loved one when they return home. 

    Residential School Classes Keep Kids From Getting Behind

    Many residential treatment programs for young people offer the ability to continue their schooling. This makes for an easier transition back home when their education has continued while they were gone. Treatment programs typically evaluate the student for their current academic status and offer them classes that meet them at their level. The continuity of still going to school while away from home helps establish a routine. This provides a reminder that treatment is not a vacation but rather a way to take advantage of a well-rounded treatment plan that addresses multiple areas of a young person’s life.

    The Benefits of Residential Treatment Last After It Ends

    Residential centers often prepare both their clients and their families for when they reunite at home. This allows everyone to view the reunification of the family as a fresh start that they all need. They can put to use any guidelines they were given to move forward, which increases the odds of a happier, healthy future for everyone. 

    Residential treatment for adolescents and young adults provides many benefits for the client. A change of scenery and a new peer group focused on recovery furnish a young person with a new platform on which to build a new life. When they can continue their schooling, it keeps them from being left behind scholastically. Families also benefit from having a break from an often tumultuous time at home. Sustain Recovery offers long-term residential programs that provide all of these benefits to our clients and their families. Our skilled team members help our clients learn to rebuild their lives, develop healthy coping skills, and understand their power in achieving their goals. They leave feeling empowered and with a fresh take on recovery. By the time they are ready to return home, everyone in the family will be better equipped to start anew. Call us today to find out how we can help put your family back together! (949) 407-9052.

  2. Steroid use Among Teenagers

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    Are Steroids Addictive?


    Absolutely. Anabolic steroids can be extremely addictive, and that’s partly why they’re illegal. Teen steroid users affected just like anyone else. Here we’ll address the behaviors and symptoms associated with steroid abuse.

    How Can I Spot a Steroid User?


    People who abuse anabolic steroids are known to spend a lot of money obtaining the drugs. They often withdraw from social relations as a means of concealing their habit; it’s not an easy addiction to hide. Apart from rapid muscle growth, there are other obvious symptoms, mainly aggressive behavior. Steroids affect the limbic system, the brain region that controls mood, in some scary ways. Users become aggressive for long periods of time. That’s much of the appeal, in fact. Many gyms rats enjoy the rush and believe that they benefit from it. Outside the gym, however, “roid rage” can lead to trouble. Paranoid, jealous, or otherwise delusional behavior is common among steroid abusers.

    What Are Some More Symptoms?


    As well as aggressive mood swings, steroids can cause fatigue, high-energy, loss of appetite, sleep disturbances, reduced sex drive, powerful cravings, and depression. All these symptoms can last for a year or longer.

    Traditional overdose through atherosclerosis, a condition that causes fat to build up inside arteries and block blood flow, is also common. On top of that, these drugs can also kill indirectly. People who inject anabolic steroids using needles may or other equipment may contract or spread a number of serious viral infections such as HIV/AIDS or hepatitis.

    Why Do Some People Abuse Steroids?


    At least some of the drawbacks of steroids are well known. Still, there is a big demand for these drugs, particularly among adolescent boys—which has led many experts to link steroid abuse with low self-esteem and poor body image, rather than athletic prowess.

    Teens who chronically use anabolic steroids can’t be expected to kick the habit on their own, even after detox. It runs too deep. They need to get their body image issues under control, and to do that, they need professional help as well as the love and support of a support network at home.

    Steroid abuse often requires inpatient treatment and rigorous psychological services. It can some time for the body and brain to heal itself from the significant damage to the central nervous system and the brain’s mood regulation system. Call (949) 637-5499 for help as soon as possible.

  3. 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.

Sustain Recovery changed my life in a way I never considered remotely possible. I arrived in a place where I knew nobody. Sustain Recovery gave me tools so that I never had to be alone again. I learned how to live like an adult and have genuine relationships with other human beings. I gained a sense of self respect, love, and pride from the challenges I was given by staff. I was able to work through the recent loss of my father and I achieved my goal of not taking any psychiatric medication.
I learned that life is an endless balancing act. I have to continually work on myself and my relationships with the people in my life. The staff at Sustain Recovery are all incredibly experienced and spiritual. They were available to me whether I wanted their help or not. Through their efforts and experience, I experienced the inner workings of having an intimate, loving relationship with a loving creator.
Sustain Recovery is “home” for me. I discovered a loving, caring family that helped launch me to a place I would have never dreamed and, if I would have dreamed it, I would never have believed I would be able to accomplish it.

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