Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment Programs in Santa Monica, CA
Chemical dependency can be one of the hardest conditions to overcome. The battle is a physical, mental, and emotional one. Sometimes the hardest step is just admitting that a problem exists.
Whether you or a loved one is struggling with an addiction, it's important to get help immediately. It's crucial to remember that drug and alcohol dependencies are curable conditions as long as the patient receives the proper amount of support from a health care professional, his or her family, and friends.
If you're battling alcoholism or any other kind of substance abuse, please call (424) 365-1800 or contact Dr. Jeremy Fischer online.
Drug and Alchohol Detoxification
No matter what the dependence, the first step is to remove the chemical from your system. This process could take between two and seven days, so it's best to get started immediately. Some of the most common addictions include addiction to:
- Depressants (barbiturates)
- Stiumlants (methamphetamine, cocaine)
- Opioids (heroin, morphine, oxycodone)
It is important that detoxification happens under the watchful eye of a medical technician because, in many cases, the patient may end up experiencing withdrawal.
Symptoms of Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal
These symptoms can range from anxiety and sleep deprivation to more serious conditions such as:
- Panic attacks
With the help of medications like naltrexone, doctors can control withdrawal symptoms to prevent them from reaching a dangerous level.
Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation
Once the toxins have been eliminated from the patient's body, the journey towards abstinence begins.
Some prefer a holistic method to rehab that involves counseling, medications and nutritional supplements .
When someone is suffering from a chemical dependency, his or her nutrition suffers as well, and this almost always leads to illness. These plans typically include dietary supplements early in treatment.
Some of these supplements include:
- Vitamins A, B complex, and C
- Folic acid
- Magnesium, selenium and zinc
- Fatty acids and antioxidants
Your professional may also recommend psychological counseling. The purpose of this form of treatment is to establish an open line of communication where you can get to the root of underlying conditions such as stress and depression that can contribute to your chemical dependency.
It's during these sessions that we'll also teach you how to set goals and change the negative behaviors that lead to cravings and relapses.
Maintaining Sobriety After Treatment
Staying sober requires the dedication of the patient as well as a healthy support group comprised of health care professionals, family and friends. Some patients prefer a 12-step program such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) that introduces patients to others who have struggled with similar addictions.
Support teams can also develop a fitness program to not only rebuild your health, but to introduce you to the positive feelings that exercise can bring about. These routines are usually coupled with relaxation therapies such as meditation and massage that stimulate natural pleasure responses within the brain.
Substance abuse is a serious issue for your short- and long-term health. If you or your loved ones are suffering, please call (424) 365-1800 or contact Dr. Jeremy Fischer online.
Vitality Integrative Medicine
Address4849 Van Nuys Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Wed: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thu: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm