What is Addiction?

Addiction is a chronic disease that’s characterized by continued drug use, despite serious consequences like physical health problems or financial instability. Addiction is complex and may have multiple causes and consequences that affect your physical and mental health as well as social, financial, and legal issues. Addiction is an officially diagnosed disease in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM–5), which acts as a guideline for doctors and therapists that treat mental health issues. In the DSM-5, addiction is diagnosed as severe a substance use disorder.

Addiction is a chronic and progressive disease, which means it may be long-lasting, and it could get worse without treatment. There are a variety of barriers to sobriety, including a person’s own readiness to change. Addiction affects the reward center of the brain and changes the way you perceive your own drug use. You may not realize that you’ve developed an addiction, or you may feel powerless to stop it. Treating addiction as soon as possible can help you avoid some of the severe problems that addiction can cause, like health issues or financial ruin.

How Does Addiction Treatment Work?

Addiction treatment is a holistic process, in that it addresses multiple needs, including physical, psychological, and social issues. When you enter an addiction treatment program, you’ll go through a medical and clinical assessment to determine your needs and the appropriate level of care that you should start with. Through the treatment process, you may work with both medical and clinical professionals that are designed to work through your personalized treatment plan. You may also work with case managers, career planners, nutritionists, and other professionals that are available to help you with your day-to-day needs.

The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) has outlined the four major levels of care as well as the criteria addiction treatment professionals use to place clients in one of those levels of care. The levels include the following:

  • Medically managed inpatient services (medical detox). Medical detox is the highest level of care in addiction treatment, and it’s typically reserved for people with high-level medical needs. Usually, these needs are related to severe withdrawal symptoms, but they may also be related to other medical conditions or complications. Detox involves 24-hour treatment from medical professionals, and it usually lasts between five and ten days.
  • Inpatient treatment. Inpatient treatment is the second-highest level of care, and it also involves 24-hour access to treatment. Treatment may include medically monitored or clinically managed care. You may start to address underlying issues in inpatient treatment, including mental health problems.
  • Intensive outpatient treatment. IOP is the highest level of care in which you can live at home. It involves nine hours of treatment services or more. If you go through partial hospitalization, you may go through more than 20 hours of treatment each week.
  • Outpatient treatment. Outpatient is the last step between addiction treatment and the end of formal addiction treatment. Outpatient involves fewer than nine hours of addiction treatment each week.

What Levels of Care are Offered at California Highlands Vistas?

California Highlands Vistas offers the highest level of care in addiction treatment, including medical detox and residential services. People that need detox will be treated with 24-7 medically managed support. This can include medical interventions in the form of medications that are designed to increase comfort, avoid complications, or taper off of drugs that you are chemically dependent on. Residential services are available for people with high-level medical or psychological needs. Residential treatment involves 24-hour access to medical monitoring or clinical services. This may be ideal for people that are likely to relapse on their own or experience other complications.

What Therapies are Offered at California Highlands Vistas?

We offer a variety of therapies that are designed to tailor treatment to your individual needs. Addiction can come with many different causes and consequences that need to be addressed through the treatment process. To personalize treatment plans, your therapist may recommend therapies that can help focus on your individual needs. Treatment often includes individual, group, and family therapy sessions multiple times per week. Other therapy options can include:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Dialectical behavior therapy
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Psychoeducation
  • Yoga
  • 12-step programming
  • Dual diagnosis
  • Life-skill development
  • Mindfulness
  • Client care coordination
  • Celebrate recovery
  • Trauma therapy
  • Relapse prevention

We offer a foundation of evidence-based treatment options with supplemental alternative therapies like yoga and hiking to increase your motivation and enjoyment of the treatment process. Staple addiction therapies like cognitive-behavioral therapy and relapse prevention can help address addiction and underlying issues. Services like life-skills development and client care coordination can help make the other aspects of recovery go smoothly.

Is Treatment Affordable?

Like other forms of healthcare, addiction treatment can be costly, but insurance providers can help offset some or a majority of the costs. We work with several private insurers to help make addiction treatment more affordable. We accept insurance from many insurance providers, including Aetna, Beacon, Cigna, and CompPsych.

Is Treatment Worth the Cost?

Yes. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, when you factor in the potential costs of healthcare, legal issues, accidents, and job loss that often come with a substance use disorder, treatment is a worthy investment. Addiction often leads to health issues and financial instability. Addressing addiction and achieving lasting recovery can help you avoid some of those monetary costs. Plus, it can help avoid other severe consequences like long term health issues and broken relationships.

Are the Facilities Comfortable?

Notepad that says "Frequently Asked Questions"Yes. Since addiction recovery can be a challenge that comes with uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings, maintaining a comfortable facility is a top priority after safety.

California Highlands Vistas is a luxury rehab facility. That means we seek to maintain a resort-like campus that’s surrounded by the natural beauty of the hilly landscapes of Southern California.

We have amenities that include a pool and spa, all in an intimate setting with a limited number of clients in the facility at one time. Our goal is to provide a pleasant place for you to focus on your recovery and healing.

The combination of evidence-based treatment and personal comforts creates an ideal recovery environment.

Is California Highlands Vistas Accredited?

California Highlands has been given the Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission, which examines treatment centers and rates the quality and safety of facilities and patient care.

What Should I Bring to Treatment?

When you enter an addiction treatment program at California Highlands Vistas, many of your needs and requirements will be met at the facility. However, there are a few essential items that you should bring. Since this is a residential treatment program, you will also need to pack clothing and toiletries needed for your stay. Your admissions team will let you know what you will need when you arrive, but here’s a quick list of items you can expect to pack:

  • A picture I.D.
  • Your insurance card
  • Any over-the-counter drugs you need
  • A prescription card for medications you’re taking
  • A credit or debit card
  • Contact information for doctors, emergency contacts, or attorneys if needed
  • A cell phone
  • A week’s worth of comfortable/casual clothing
  • Season/ weather appropriate clothing
  • A bathing suit for the pool
  • Reading material
  • A journal

You may also bring any entertainment devices that don’t connect to the internet. Though they are uncommon these days, cheap mp3 players can be found that aren’t internet-connected. You should also leave other internet devices at home, like laptops and tablets. You will need a cell phone for traveling to the facility and coordinating pickup. You should also not bring weapons of any kind, drugs, alcohol, jewelry, valuable items, aerosol product, products that contain alcohol, perfume, and inappropriate items like pornography or lewd pictures. You will also not need to bring any food except for what you will want during travel.

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