Opioid Addiction and Dependence: A Crisis in America

opioid addiction in America

Unless you’ve been living under a rock or have managed to completely avoid the news for the last decade-plus (which honestly seems like a great idea at times), you’re painfully aware of the ongoing opioid crisis that’s been ravaging America.

Data from 2018 showed that 128 people died every day from opioid overdoses.

While there seems to be some semblance of light at the end of the tunnel with overdose deaths declining a touch recently, there’s still a long way to go. The number of drug overdoses deaths was still 4 times higher in 2018 than 1999, with ~70% of those involving an opioid of some kind.

Pretty brutal stats for a class of drugs that can genuinely do some good for the people that truly need it.

What Are Opioids?

As per the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), codeine, morphine, and many others”.

As you’ll no doubt note, those brands are extremely familiar. Add to that Percocet and Lortab and the picture gets a little clearer on how widespread these drugs are. Principally they’re prescribed for relief of moderate pain. For severe pain, like advanced cancers, synthetic opioids like fentanyl are prescribed which are 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. The power of these drugs is off the charts.

Doctors largely have our best interests in mind and there’s inherently well-deserved trust in the relationship but the scope of what opioids are prescribed for has expanded over the years and put more and more people at risk for falling into addiction. In 2017 alone, more than 191 million opioid prescriptions were filled. Overprescription and marketing of opioids have certainly played a sizable role in this ongoing crisis.

Other opioids, like Methadone, are used in the treatment of opioid addiction and themselves are inherently risky.

The last of the opioids worth mentioning is one that’s just entirely illegal: heroin. An absolute wrecking ball of a drug, heroin can be smoked and snorted but is most typically injected. There were 5 times more deaths from heroin in 2018 than there were in 2010.

Why Are Opioids Addictive?

Regardless of whether you’re taking a prescription or the illegal variety, opioid addiction and dependence principally stem from the same thing. They all act similarly in producing feelings of euphoria in addition to blocking pain to achieve the desired painkilling effect. It’s that euphoria from the release of endorphins that triggers the reward centers of your brain and gets the ball of addiction rolling.

Due to the strength of these drugs, even a short stint on opioids can activate that mechanism in the mind and have you chasing those euphoric sensations with larger and larger doses.

How to Get Help With an Opioid Addiction and Dependence

The process begins with an internal recognition that you’re ready to take your life back. Arguably the toughest thing to tackle before starting down the road of recovery is the detox. Depending on how long you’ve been hooked on opioids you’ll have built a strong dependence on the drugs to feel “normal”, therefore getting them out of your system can create some unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.

After detox, inpatient addiction treatment is a great way to address why you started using opioids in the first place. During this time, you’ll learn techniques and coping mechanisms for long term sobriety. 

Getting help with opioid addiction is genuinely a phone call away, so when you’re ready, reach out to us at Star Recovery Center and we’ll take you through the next steps.

Why Addiction Happens

why addiction happens

Addiction is somewhat of an enigmatic thing. There’s not one root cause of it for everyone. The uniqueness of what we see in nature and people is mirrored in the myriad of reasons why addiction can grab hold of someone so tightly.

A couple of things that aren’t causes are just purely bad decisions or inherent character flaws. That’s too simplified of a view and ultimately too easy. That type of view only takes into account the surface level of addiction.

Addiction runs deeper than that.

What Is Addiction?

The American Society of Addiction Medicine provides a thorough definition:

“Addiction is a treatable, chronic medical disease involving complex interactions among brain circuits, genetics, the environment, and an individual’s life experiences. People with addiction use substances or engage in behaviors that become compulsive and often continue despite harmful consequences”.

And, importantly they go on, “prevention efforts and treatment approaches for addiction are generally as successful as those for other chronic diseases”.

You can see from that definition that some of the complexities of addiction are already being teased out. That the narrow view of, “hey, bad choices” doesn’t take a holistic view of the person.

Why Do Some People Get Addicted to Drugs or Alcohol

Let’s break it down further and more in-depth, jumping off from the ASAM description.

Brain Circuitry

Drugs essentially toy with the wiring of our brains. As per the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Drugs interfere with the way neurons send, receive, and process signals via neurotransmitters…Although these drugs mimic the brain’s own chemicals, they don’t activate neurons in the same way as a natural neurotransmitter, and they lead to abnormal messages being sent through the network”.

Each drug messes with that network in a different way and with varying intensity.

The dopamine and endorphins that drugs release create and reinforce the pleasure a user experiences and helps bolster the addiction.

Environmental Factors

The nurture part of nature vs nurture, the environment in which someone lives and breathes can have a profound effect on the chances that addiction touches their lives. This is where things like home, school and work-life play a role.

If the situation at home is unstable and volatile, bullying is happening at school, stress levels are high at work, any type of abuse is happening and beyond. You can begin to see the difficulty of dealing with such a chaotic environment. Add to that friend groups who are pulling you down the wrong path or simply just socioeconomic status.

Drugs and alcohol can become coping mechanisms to deal with what life throws at you.

Biological Factors

This is the flip side, the nature part. What you’re born with. There’s a genetic component to addiction and it’s not insignificant.

Going back to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and a pretty mind-blowing finding, “family studies that include identical twins, fraternal twins, adoptees, and siblings suggest that as much as half of a person’s risk of becoming addicted to nicotine, alcohol, or other drugs depends on his or her genetic makeup”.

Half.

Half of the risk comes from factors completely out of anyone’s control: our genetic makeup.

Knowing is half the battle though. Armed with this sort of knowledge, “physicians might soon be able to incorporate genetic tests in their practice, allowing them to better match specific treatments to individuals”, according to the American Psychological Association.

Sobriety Is Possible With Star Recovery Center

The reasons why addiction happens are complex but what to do if you or a loved one is suffering from addiction doesn’t have to be. At Star Recovery Center we welcome the unique challenges and difficulties that led you to addiction and work with you to unravel them and get you recovered. Reach out and let’s start.

Establishing the Signs of Drug Withdrawal

drug withdrawal signs

Withdrawal is one of the toughest things a user or drinker must go through on their quest for sobriety. It’s something that wreaks havoc on the body as well as the mind and can get so bad that it makes an addict question if getting clean is worth the suffering.

That’s a testament to the power of these substances and how much they mess with the wiring of our systems. Knowing what withdrawal looks like from various substances can help you or your loved one get through it.

Withdrawal happens very shortly after you stop taking a substance. Even something as innocuous as skipping that standard coffee in the morning can lead to headaches in the afternoon.

Why Do Drug Withdrawals Occur?

Continual and persistent drug or alcohol use really does alter the circuitry of how our minds work. Constant abuse leads to increased cravings and ultimately a dependency on those chemicals to get through the day. Our minds and bodies yearn for the drugs or alcohol, scream for them in fact, which is why getting a drink or a hit starts to become priority number one for an addict.

This is also why withdrawals occur.

The brain simply gets used to the presence of a particular substance, as does the body. Your sense of normal is built on it and when you abruptly cut the supply, your body and mind react strongly to the break in that flow. The intensity of that reaction, of that withdrawal, and how long it lasts is dependent on the substance you were using.

Signs of Drug Withdrawal

Broadly speaking, some signs of withdrawal happen commonly across all types of drugs. Things like: changes in appetite and mood, nausea, fatigue, irritability, difficulties sleeping, sweating and vomiting are generally part of the experience of withdrawal.

There are however signs of withdrawal that are more specific to certain drugs and alcohol (please note this isn’t a comprehensive list):

Alcohol

Withdrawal from drinking comes with insomnia, anxiety and agitation.

Lighter drinkers are less likely to go through intense withdrawal but heavy drinkers are at a vastly increased risk of developing a serious form of withdrawal called delirium tremens (DT) which manifests in shaking, confusion and hallucinations. DTs are extremely severe and potentially fatal.

Opioids

Opioids are exceptionally addictive so dependence can happen quickly. Withdrawal is characterized by increased anxiety, sweating, muscle and body aches, diarrhea and general flu-like symptoms. Medical detox is commonly used to mitigate the symptoms.

 

Cocaine

Another highly addictive substance, cocaine’s withdrawal signs are much more psychologically based than physical. After someone stops using, they become more depressed and irritable. They can have hallucinations, psychotic episodes and be in a constant state of tiredness.

Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome

In addition to the immediate effects that withdrawal has on an addict, it’s important to keep in mind that that isn’t necessarily the end of the withdrawal process.

Acute withdrawal is the initial phase in which the aforementioned signs and symptoms happen and a lot of it is related to the physical recalibration of the body. Post-acute withdrawal is experienced psychologically, in the mind, and can happen weeks, or even months, after the last trace of drugs or alcohol have left the body. This is essentially part of the process of your mind dealing with the changes from substance abuse and can come and go. 

How to Get Help With Drug Addiction

The best odds for beating addiction are when you or your loved one seeks outside help from professionals. Withdrawal can be dangerous when dealt with alone and detoxing is only part of the equation. Lasting sobriety is much more likely to be realized by committing to a thoughtful and holistic recovery program. That’s just part of what we offer at Star Recovery Center, give us a call if you need more information on withdrawal.

How to Beat a Heroin Addiction

how to beat a heroin addiction

Addiction to any substance requires a battle to overcome. There is no easy way out of that minefield across the board but there are some drugs that take a much stronger hold. Some which don’t let go of your body or mind as easily. Heroin is one of those heavy hitters that’s highly, highly addictive and therefore exceedingly difficult to kick. At Star Recovery Center’s rehab centers in Orange County, we’re here to inform you of the dangers of heroin and how to break a heroin addiction. 

What Is Heroin?

The National Institute on Drug Abuse describes heroin as “an opioid drug made from morphine, a natural substance taken from the seed pod of the various opium poppy plants grown in Southeast and Southwest Asia, Mexico, and Colombia. Heroin can be a white or brown powder, or a black sticky substance known as black tar heroin”.  They go on to describe that the addictive nature of heroin comes from it binding to opioid receptors on cells in many areas of the brain, particularly those involved in feelings of pain and pleasure. And long term usage changes the physical structure and physiology of the brain, creating long-term imbalances in neuronal and hormonal systems that are not easily reversed.

It’s an extreme rush and additionally, because it’s an opioid, it works to dampen and minimize pain and promote relaxation. What ends up happening is that a user begins to build a tolerance and needs ever-increasing amounts of the drug to achieve the same feeling of euphoria. The danger here is self-evident, the more you take in one dose, the higher the chances of overdosing become.

The hazards and risk don’t end there though, unlike prescription opioids which have regulated usage, dosage and quality controls, heroin is illegal. You or your loved one is purchasing it on the streets. What the means, of course, is that there is no guarantee of the quality or strength. You may end up buying a significantly more potent dose than expected without even knowing it.

And to reiterate, all of this is made substantially worse because it’s such a highly addictive drug. It’s possible to get hooked from the first time and the chance of that happening isn’t exactly slim.

Best Way to Get off Heroin

The simple thing to do is seek help. Naturally, that is easier said than done since admitting to and opening up about addiction is extraordinarily difficult. Users go to great lengths to mask their drug use and deny a problem exists in the first place. This is par for the course.

After breaking through that difficult initial stage of admitting there’s a problem in the first place, the next step is to work on getting clean. Like all powerful drugs, quitting heroin abruptly poses its own profoundly serious health risks. Quitting cold turkey is not only tough but it’s dangerous. Detoxing at a facility that knows how to deal with your withdrawal symptoms and understands on a visceral level what that experience is like is crucial. Not only that but detoxing under the supervision of medical professionals means it’s guided, there’s the possibility of being prescribed medication to manage those uncomfortable symptoms and get you to the other side more comfortably.

After that comes the work of recovery and getting your mind, body and life back on track. At Star Recovery Center, how to beat a heroin addiction often looks like participating in a residential inpatient treatment program where you stay with us for 30-60+ days and receive a high level of care and attention, separated from the outside world. Distraction-free and able to focus fully on the task of recovery.

Inpatient treatment transitions to outpatient care where you reintegrate back into your life, with our support the entire way, and come see us for continued therapy, counseling or whatever your recovery plan entails.

The Best Way to Get off Heroin Is at Star Recovery Center

Here at Star Recovery Center’s drug rehab in Anaheim, CA, we understand that men have unique and specific needs through this process which is why we offer gender-specific, men-only inpatient treatment. If you or a man in your life is struggling with heroin addiction, reach out to us today and we can get you started down the road to recovery.

Benefits of Men’s Only Inpatient Treatment

mens only inpatient

Inpatient treatment, or treatment for addiction of any type really, is a very personal affair. One where an individual’s comfort with the process and the facility are supreme in the level of its efficacy. If you’re not feeling quite right at a particular rehab or treatment center, not in a place where you’re able to properly open up or that you believe yourself to be an outsider, the process and program simply aren’t going to work as well as designed.

Often, discomfort in inpatient treatment derives from it being a mixed-gender experience. Men and women perceive and interact with the world differently, their genetics and biology vary significantly and so gender-specific recovery programs can frequently be an easy remedy to avoid an unnecessarily complicated treatment regimen. 

 

What Is Men’s Only Addiction Treatment? 

Men’s only treatment is just as it sounds, a treatment center that’s purpose-built to accommodate the needs of men on their journey to sobriety. Pew notes that men are more likely to face substance abuse issues than women, specifically, the National Institute of Health adds, men are 2 to 3 times more likely than women to have a drug abuse disorder. Men are also more likely to drink excessively according to the Centers for Disease Control Prevention.

Truly astounding facts and figures and given those dramatic statistics, it would be foolhardy to paint treatment with broad strokes and lump everyone in together. Not to mention the fact that the source of addiction for some men is based on, and borne of, relations with the opposite sex. Of course, that’s not to say mixed-gender treatment doesn’t have it’s own very distinct benefits, it very much does, it’s just that some men need that space to themselves, particularly for addiction treatment. 

 

Benefits to Gender-Specific Treatment

As another study confirming from the National Survey on Drug Use & Health confirms, men are twice as likely to develop an addiction than women, so catering to them in treatment has distinct benefits. Chief among them are:

Comfort

As mentioned earlier, being in a comfortable place makes sharing those painful or traumatizing experiences easier. There’s a basic emotional understanding which lends itself to more trust and bonding. The safety in that type of space creates an atmosphere that promotes more openness. 

Fewer Distractions

Let’s be honest, being with the opposite sex can create distractions that take away from the inpatient treatment. Potential romantic involvement between patients can have seriously catastrophic consequences to a recovery program since folks will put more attention there than to their treatment.

At the end of the day, removing as many distractions as possible allows men to focus squarely on the task at hand; getting clean and creating the foundation for a sober life.

Relatability

Because men and women lead such different lives, mixed gendered inpatient treatment may end up delving into matters that both sexes find not particularly relevant to their recovery. Being surrounded by men means an inherent relatability factor is already built into the process. Moreover, being guided through the process by specialists and medical professionals who can fully relate makes the inpatient process all the more effective.

 

Get Help With Addiction Today!

If you’re a man suffering the scourge of addiction or substance abuse or it’s your brother, father, uncle or best friend, there’s no time like the present to get help for the men in your life. At Star Recovery Center in Costa Mesa, California we fully appreciate and understand the unique needs and lives of men dealing with these issues. Our men-only inpatient treatment exists for that very reason. Reach out to us today and we can tell you more about it.

Intensive Outpatient Treatment For Addiction

The amount of different addiction treatment options out there can feel overwhelming at times. After all, you’re probably just trying to get help for yourself or a loved one, and the last thing you want to do is bring more complexity into your life. For reasons like this, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration sadly reports that only a small fraction of the 21 million+ people who suffer from substance abuse ever seek treatment.

That’s why at Star Recovery Center, we’re here to help you navigate your options and make the whole process easier. If you do not want 24/7 supervision and still want to maintain a sense of normalcy, then intensive outpatient treatment may be the right fit.

What Is an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)?

Traditional substance abuse treatment involves residential treatment (checking in to rehab and staying there for the duration of the program with limited outside world interaction). However, this can be pretty disruptive to everyday life. After all, most people suffering from drug and alcohol addiction still have everyday responsibilities. And contrary to what the media may portray, some addicts do not actually have to go through a full detox process or need medical supervision around the clock. Others may even struggle to actually make progress in an unfamiliar setting without their personal belongings and comfort items. In these situations, an intensive outpatient program (IOP) can be the ideal alternative.

IOP is a more modern form of addiction treatment that helps you tackle substance abuse in a way that fits in more seamlessly with daily life. You come in for treatment during the day, but you return to the comfort of your home afterward. IOP treatment can be scheduled around family and work commitments, allowing you to achieve sobriety without missing out on other important things. An intensive outpatient program is considered a “level 2” treatment and is more rigorous in nature than doing a 12-step program alone or participating in other forms of outpatient care.

What to Expect With IOP Treatment

Though it means you still get to live at home, IOP treatment is called “intensive” for a reason. Your addiction treatment is spread out throughout the week, often with more frequent care at the start of the program. Depending on your specific needs and addiction(s), your care may consist of a combination of group and individual counseling, therapeutic activities, classes and medical treatment as needed.

You will work with a counselor to lay out your intensive outpatient treatment plan in a way that is conducive to your schedule and commitments. That said, it is important to know that you will still have easy access to additional treatment as needed. The amount of time that any IOP program lasts is largely dependent on the patient and their specific needs.

Benefits of IOP Treatment

In addition to the scheduling flexibility, an intensive outpatient program offers other benefits that are worth consideration:

  • Long-term treatment = long-term recoveryIOP treatment often lasts longer than outpatient treatment programs because of the flexible scheduling. But this is a good thing when looking at long-term recovery results. Intensive outpatient treatment allows you to make strong, steady progress every day.
  • Go beyond detox – The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that detox alone is not enough to end substance abuse. IOP treatment closely gets to the root of how your addiction started in the first place and helps you learn necessary coping methods.
  • No ‘real world shock’ – Many clients who go through full inpatient treatment in a facility must later transition back into the real world. This sudden re-entry can be very challenging and even cause individuals to go right back to substance abuse. But this situation is avoided entirely with IOP care.

Get Quick Access to IOP Treatment

If you or one of your loved ones is suffering from substance abuse, the time to get help is now. Our committed staff at  Star Recovery Center responds quickly to inquiries, and we are ready to change your life as soon as you contact us. Located in Costa Mesa, CA our luxurious, state-of-the-art facility offers intensive addiction treatment to Southern California patients in a serene, relaxing location close to home. Get in touch today!

Getting Help for Cocaine Addiction

Cocaine is a powerful stimulant often used in social settings such as college parties, post-grad ‘get-togethers’, and nightclubs. It’s also often glamorized in the media as being a drug used by celebrities because it has a reputation for being expensive. On the drug spectrum, cocaine is probably one of the more approachable drugs, which is why some people don’t think of it as being addictive. This is definitely not the case.

While heroin is portrayed in movies and books as a harmful, life-ruining drug, cocaine is usually portrayed as something to be ‘fun’. Unfortunately like any other drug, cocaine is extremely addictive and can also ruin someone’s life. If you’ve found yourself here and are addicted to cocaine, or think you know someone who is, keep on reading to find out more information about cocaine abuse and how you can get help. 

Establishing What a Cocaine Addiction Is

If you’re addicted to cocaine, you’re addicted to a drug made from coca leaves. Cocaine use dates back to the early 1900s, although it wasn’t used the way it’s used now. Pure cocaine was used in tonics and elixirs to cure illness and was also used in medicine to reduce pain before local anesthetics existed. If you ever found yourself wondering if the drink Coca-Cola has anything to do with cocaine, it actually does. It used to be an ingredient in the beverage. Although cocaine is a classified schedule II drug (meaning it can still legally be used for medical use), today we’ll be talking about the street drug. 

There are two main forms of street cocaine: cocaine, also known as coke, and crack. Coke is a white powder often diluted with talcum powder or cornstarch and is snorted through the nose. Crack is coke mixed with baking powder and it’s inhaled by smoking it. Both forms are extremely addictive. It’s common for someone who starts using coke socially to become addicted. 

When someone uses coke excessively and becomes addicted, their brain now believes it needs the coke to stay alive. If someone uses a drug enough it actually rewires the brain. 

Signs & Symptoms of Cocaine Addiction

Below are common signs of cocaine addiction. Please note this isn’t a comprehensive list. If you or someone you know is experiencing the symptoms below, please reach out for help as you may be addicted to cocaine. 

  • Frequent dilated, black, pupils
  • Excessive energy
  • Not being able to sleep / insomnia 
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Trouble breathing through your nose

The short term effects of cocaine use can seem relatively mild compared to other drugs but the long term effects can be detrimental to your health. Loss of smell, frequent nosebleeds, and paranoia, are all common in long term cocaine use. 

How to Get Help

If you or someone you love is suffering from a cocaine addiction, don’t wait to get professional help. We at STAR Recovery Center are experts in addiction and are dedicated to help anyone who is struggling. The first step to getting help will be calling our admissions line to tell us what’s going on. Our admissions team will then work with you to verify your insurance, pick a day for you to start treatment, and make arrangements for your arrival. During this time we’ll also determine whether or not you will need detoxification.

Detoxification, also known as detox, is the safest way to stop using drugs. You will be monitored 24 hours a day by our staff to ensure your safety as your body gets rid of all the toxins. We also strive to make you as comfortable as possible during this process. 

Our admissions process makes getting the help you need simple and easy. Don’t wait to overcome your cocaine addiction. 

Star Recovery Center Is Here to help

At Star Recovery Center, we are proud to be a state-of-the-art addiction treatment and drug rehab program located in the gorgeous area of Costa Mesa, CA in Orange County. We offer luxurious amenities as well as the latest in substance abuse programming at our residential inpatient and detoxification program. We have worked hard to procure these resources for the benefit of our clients. Our top priority is to not only help our patients get clean but help them remain sober. We would be honored to do the same for you. If you would like to learn more about our addiction recovery options in Costa Mesa and Orange County, CA, feel free to contact us today!

Why You Need Inpatient Addiction Treatment

Addiction sucks. Having your life ruled by a chemical dependency and experiencing obsessive thoughts on a daily basis can feel like a living hell. If your addiction goes on long enough, life can also start to feel seriously unmanageable. Constantly worrying about money, lying to your friends and family, and not having anywhere to live, are all possible outcomes of addiction. There is no reason to live like this. Everyone deserves to live a happy, carefree life, including you. If you’re suffering from addiction and are ready to take your life back, inpatient treatment is a great option for you. 

What Is Inpatient Rehab?

Inpatient rehab is often the first step people take on their journey toward recovery. By going to inpatient rehab, you’re making the decision to remove yourself from society for a period of time. Our program at STAR Recovery lasts anywhere from 30-60 days. During this time you’ll participate in a variety of therapy sessions which can include: individual therapy, group therapy, anger management, mindfulness, meditation, art therapy, and music therapy.

Upon arrival our staff will determine the best course of treatment for you. Depending on the substance you’re addicted to, you may require detoxification. The goal of detoxification is to get any drugs or alcohol out of your system. It’s important to do this under medical supervision as health complications can potentially arise. Our incidental medical services (IMS) provide trained medical professionals onsite to ensure you will have a safe detox.

After detox (if you require it) your inpatient program will begin. You will live at our facility during this time while receiving addiction treatment. While we will uncover and address all of your addiction issues, we will also help set you up for a smooth transition after treatment. 

How Does It Help With Addiction?

Inpatient treatment will help you with your addiction in many ways. During inpatient treatment, you’ll be under constant supervision during detox. Most people detoxing on their own end up relapsing because the withdrawals are severe or they just feel so sick and don’t know what to do. We will make you as comfortable as possible while detoxing at our facility which will help prevent the urge to relapse. 

While attending inpatient treatment, you’ll work with addiction specialists and therapists who will help you understand why you’re addicted to drugs or alcohol. After you figure out why, you’ll be able to learn the coping skills necessary to stay sober. 

Inpatient treatment will also provide you with a support system. Being surrounded by others who know exactly what you’re going through is a crucial component of recovery. You will see that you’re not alone in your addiction. You’ll be able to talk to people who can relate to what you’re saying. 

Why You Should Attend Inpatient Rehab

  • Supervision: There is 24/7 supervision at inpatient rehab. Help is available for you at all times should you need anything. This level of supervision will help you feel safe and secure.
  • Focus: During inpatient you’ll be able to focus 100% on recovery. There won’t be any personal or professional distractions.
  • Positive environment: By attending inpatient rehab, you get to leave behind the toxic environment you were living in. You will no longer be surrounded by anything or anyone that will remind you of your substance abuse. 

STAR Recovery Center Can Help! 

At Star Recovery Center, we are a state-of-the-art addiction treatment program located in the scenic area of Costa Mesa, CA in Orange County. We provide luxurious amenities and the latest in substance abuse programming at our detoxification and residential inpatient program. We have invested in these resources for the benefit of our clients. Our goal is to not only help our clients get sober, but help them stay sober. If you would like to learn more about our programs in Costa Mesa and Orange County, CA, please contact us today!

Reasons To Seek Addiction Treatment In Orange County

The rate of alcohol and drug addiction in the United States is on the rise. When it comes to seeking addiction treatment, you have to think about rehab critically and whether it offers the ideal environment & the right addiction treatment for you. Treatment programs for substance abuse focus on ridding your body from drugs or alcohol, group, and individual therapy, and prevention methods for relapse. It’s up to you to decide what kind of environment will help you heal the most. 

Why Should You Travel for Addiction Treatment?

Deciding to go someplace new for addiction treatment is a great first step to overcoming your addiction. By going somewhere new, you’ll feel compelled to complete treatment. If you go to rehab in your hometown, you can easily leave and return home. Treatment isn’t like jail, you can leave anytime you want. By leaving your familiar surroundings, you won’t feel like you have the option to just get up and leave. 

By seeking treatment outside your hometown, you’re giving yourself a ton of different options for treatment programs. There are a variety of facilities and programs available in the United States. You’ll be doing yourself a disservice by only looking at programs in your area. After doing research you may find a facility that specializes in exactly what you need that’s not near your home. 

The Benefits of Traveling to Orange County, CA, for Addiction Treatment

There are many benefits to travel to Orange County, CA for addiction treatment. First and foremost, the perfect weather promotes all-around wellness. Southern California is almost always sunny and warm. Activities such as running, hiking, and swimming are easily accessible. A big part of learning how to live without drugs or alcohol is becoming healthy and happy. Being able to exercise outside helps the brain release endorphins, the chemical that reduces pain and stress. 

Orange County is also easy to get to but can feel far removed from society. It’s not a place that’s known for partying or easy to get drugs. It’s a great place to travel to for recovery. It’s a calm place that has a lot of friendly people. It can be a place you may want to live in once you complete treatment. 

Another reason to travel to Orange County is there is a big recovery community. During and after treatment, there are an abundance of 12 step meetings you can attend. If you also choose to stay in the area and hope to begin a professional career in treatment, there are a lot of work options for you. It’s important to know that after you complete treatment, the real work starts. If you end up returning back home, your chances of relapse and falling back into old habits increase. By going to Orange County, you’ll see there’s a lot of opportunities to start a new life after treatment there. 

A treatment program should have everything a client needs to feel like they’re home. Orange County offers a safe environment with luxury amenities, beautiful weather, the beach, and a recovery community. Traveling from far to seek treatment from rehabs such as STAR Recovery Center in Orange County is a great way to begin your addiction recovery journey.

We want to Help!

If you or a loved one is addicted to alcohol or drugs, get the help you need. Untreated addiction is dangerous and can be fatal. The severe consequences can lead to serious health conditions, broken relationships, legal issues, and even death. 

STAR Recovery Center in Orange County, CA is the perfect place to start your addiction recovery journey. We offer detox, residential inpatient, and aftercare options. Simply checking into the nearest drug or alcohol rehab may not help and the chances of going back to addiction after treatment are higher than if you travel to a new place. Call us today! 

Drug Detox 101: What To Expect

If you want to get sober and don’t know where to start, detoxification is the first step. When you become dependent on a substance, you may find it difficult to stop using and may develop withdrawal symptoms if you try to stop. The side effects of withdrawal can be dangerous, especially if you’ve been addicted to a substance for a long time. This is where detoxification comes in.

Treating addiction requires taking a unique approach for every patient as there is no ‘one size fits all’ kind of treatment. The course of treatment heavily depends on what substance you’re addicted to, the symptoms you have, and how the drugs or alcohol have affected your physical and mental health.

What is Drug Detox?

Detoxification or drug detox is the process of gradually and gently easing clients off the addictive substance. While undergoing alcohol or drug detox can be mentally and physically uncomfortable, it’s a critical part of becoming sober. It’s also imperative you don’t do this alone. Stopping on your own can lead to severe health complications and can even be fatal. While detoxing, your body will experience withdrawal symptoms. At STAR Recovery Center we do everything we can to make this experience as comfortable as possible for you. 

The length of detox is dependent on various factors such as the health condition of the person detoxing, age, duration of substance abuse, and the type of substance the individual is addicted to. The body absorbs substances at different rates and the amount of time the substance remains in the system varies. This will dictate the length of the withdrawal and detox process. Detox can last anywhere from 3-10 days. 

How Drug Detox Can Help

Regardless of whether you’ve been addicted for one week or ten years, your body must undergo a detox process. STAR Recovery Center works with the client to put together a treatment plan specific to them based on their substance abuse history. Within 24 hours of arrival at our facility, every client meets with a physician and receives their Patient Plan. All medication to aid in the detox process is prescribed by a physician

Once your body is substance-free you’ll be ready to start the next phase of treatment. At STAR Recovery Center we offer residential inpatient treatment. Specialized counseling, mental health treatment, nutritional guidance, and round the clock medical existence are offered during this time. This gives the client the opportunity to discover the root of their substance abuse. It also allows them to gain knowledge and insight into how the substances have hurt them, their lives, and loved ones. The client begins to learn tools on how to remain sober and prevent relapse. 

What Should I Expect When Going to Detox?

The thought of detoxing may seem overwhelming, especially when you are not sure of what to expect. However, supervised medical detox is necessary and the safest option. Trying to detox on your own can be detrimental to your health. 

There are face-to-face physical checks with each patient every 15 minutes during your first 24 hours of stay at STAR Recovery Center. We take your health and well being very seriously. Staff is also available 24 hours a day during your entire detox. We closely monitor your progress and are able to determine if the initial course of treatment prescribed by a physician is working. Withdrawal symptoms vary from client to client which is why we keep a close eye on everyone. 

Let Us Help You!

STAR Recovery Center is here for you. If your life has become unmanageable with addiction, help is waiting for you. You don’t have to do this alone. We specialize in detox which is an integral part of getting sober.  Reach out to us for more information regarding our programs. We want to help you or your loved one.