Addiction Treatment Program Overview
At Laguna Treatment Hospital, substance abuse rehabilitation brings together addiction therapy individualized for your needs and our exclusive curriculum, Embracing Change: Recovery for Life. As a preeminent co-occurring disorder treatment center, we can provide comprehensive care built on the foundations of research-based therapeutic modalities.
Addiction Treatment Modalities
As part of our individualized treatment plans, Laguna Treatment Hospital uses research-based treatment modalities in our individual therapy, group therapy, and psychoeducational or didactic sessions. These modalities have shown to be helpful in addiction and recovery treatment and help individuals struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders recognize that they have the ability to choose a life without addiction.
Treatment modalities in use at our facility include:
Motivational Interviewing (MI)
We practice MI as a major aspect of our programming because it allows our licensed clinicians to collaborate with clients to strengthen their motivation and commitment to change. Laguna Treatment Hospital seeks to “meet our clients where they are” and help them move from any ambivalent feelings about treatment and their addiction to a state of genuine desire for change.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Many individuals with substance abuse issues experience harmful thinking and negative thought patterns that drive their unhealthy behaviors. Laguna Treatment Hospital incorporates CBT into our programming because CBT allows the therapist to collaborate with clients and encourage them to question and examine their thought patterns so as to eliminate or phase out the unhealthy ones.
Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)
Similar to CBT, therapists use REBT at Laguna Treatment Hospital because it helps the client learn to identify and challenge any destructive thoughts and convictions. Empirical studies have shown that by replacing these negative patterns with healthier, adaptive thoughts, REBT often results in a sense of emotional wellbeing and goal achievement.
Alternative Therapies and Holistic Care
To better care for the whole person, we also offer alternative therapies such as expressive therapy (i.e. art therapy and music therapy) and recreational therapy. Laguna also offers opportunities for patients to improve their overall well-being through participation in yoga, meditation, and/or physical conditioning (with physician approval). Massage and acupuncture are available at an additional cost
Motivational Interviewing (MI)
Not all clients arrive at a treatment facility fully convinced they want to change their alcohol or drug behaviors. It’s one of the difficult aspects of the disease of addiction.
It’s tough for clients to enter treatment, no matter how devastating their substance abuse has been on their spouses, partners, children, family members, or themselves. Addiction consequences can potentially destroy every aspect of a person’s life – job, home, relationships, health, finances, and freedom. Those abusing drugs and/or alcohol are often torn between their romanticized memories of being high or intoxicated and the reality of the progressive, dangerous disease of addiction. Full commitment to rehabilitation and leaving destructive behaviors behind doesn’t come easy.
How do our therapists help YOUR loved ones?
Our licensed therapists use motivational interviewing (MI) techniques to work with clients in “meeting them where they are” and if necessary nudging them from ambivalence about treatment towards a genuine personal desire for changing their harmful behaviors. MI is one of the research-based treatment modalities that begin to empower the individual in his or her struggle with substance abuse and co-occurring mental health issues.
Co-Occurring Disorders Integrated Treatment
As a collaborative, client-focused approach, MI empowers clients with addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders by concentrating on their individual goals, strengths, and values along with issues and life priorities they feel ready to tackle. By guiding clients to establish healthy building blocks as they move towards areas of change, this approach helps clients know that healthy change is possible, and that change can grow and strengthen with positive lifestyle choices.
Individualized Treatment Plans
Where to begin in treatment? As soon as the client arrives at Laguna Treatment Hospital, we evaluate their substance abuse – from the beginning.
- When did the client begin experimenting with drugs or alcohol and what is the current drug of choice?
- When did acquiring and using the substance begin to be the ultimate, overpowering, and important priority over all other life and family obligations, despite legal and personal safety ramifications?
We begin to walk the client through the recovery journey, getting to know each person – individually. There’s no single program that works for everyone in their battle against the disease of addiction, that’s why we treat each client looking at their distinct addiction history and unique needs.
Thoughtful, Customized Integrated Treatment
Laguna Treatment Hospital acknowledges that since the path to addiction is distinct for each individual, so must be each client’s path to recovery.
By customizing treatment plans, we incorporate each client’s differing personal strengths, clinical needs (according to the severity of addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders), the ability to engage in and work our program, and treatment goals.
Culturally Competent Care
To better serve our Native American clients, we offer Wellbriety meetings, provide culturally-sensitive one-on-one sessions, and enable the practice of traditions such as smudging. We also offer LGBTQ-sensitive care for our LGBTQ clients. Religious clients have the option to attend religious services on Sundays, as long as they are medically cleared.
Seeking Safety & Trauma-Focused Therapies
Addiction research has found that individuals experiencing trauma-related mental health issues or those who have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have higher rates of substance abuse. As part of our integrated treatment, Laguna Treatment Hospital offers trauma-focused therapy and Seeking Safety to aid in the recovery of clients with addiction and co-occurring PTSD. Trauma therapies can be healing for our clients with a history of traumatic events such as domestic violence, sexual assault, wartime violence, or natural disasters.
When clients are comfortable and well-rested they can concentrate on working with their primary therapists, participating in group therapy, and developing their aftercare plans for life after treatment. In our treatment program, we want our clients to be comfortable in their rehabilitation environments, not punished for their substance abuse issues.
Inviting Residential Rooms
When you’re in residential or inpatient treatment for substance abuse, the rooms have to be bare and dismal right? Wrong. Laguna Treatment Hospital has designed the client rooms to provide a warm, inviting atmosphere for clients to relax and get plenty of rest while working on their addiction and co-occurring disorders. We offer our clients single and double residential rooms.
Common Areas to Socialize & Relax
While clients participate in a full schedule of therapy sessions and groups according to their customized treatment plans, there comes a time in the day when everyone can benefit by taking a break. When it’s time to relax between scheduled activities, Laguna Treatment Hospital features comfortable living areas where clients can gather, talk, watch television, read, or write in their journals. Clients can also play ping pong or swim in the pool during the summer.
Addiction treatment takes a great deal of client commitment, motivation for personal change, and personal strength. During this period as clients struggle to break free from a life-threatening disease and address their mental health issues, making beds and cleaning toilets are hardly a top priority. To help clients keep their focus on recovery, we are happy to offer housekeeping services for our clients in the residential and common areas.
When arriving at Laguna Treatment Hospital for treatment, clients may be underweight and/or malnourished following active drug use, potentially years of heavy, chronic drug or alcohol use. Forgetting to eat or using food money to buy the drug of choice is not uncommon in the midst of heavy drug use.
Healthy meals can be delicious and very helpful in recovery. The process of healing from the disease of addiction includes not only ridding the body of harmful drugs but also replenishing nutrients and restoring the client’s body to a healthy weight. In a welcoming dining room environment, our food services staff provides recovering clients with chef-prepared meals and dining options that are delicious, balanced, and appealing to many individual tastes. All patients meet with the dietician at least once during their time at Laguna, and then they can follow up if needed. Accommodations are made for any dietary needs.
For over 75 years, the 12-Step philosophy has helped millions of people improve their lives by attending meetings and adhering to 12-Step principles. The principles and spirit of this fellowship have been important components in the lives of many recovering individuals.
As a part of our program, we integrate 12-Step meetings into our addiction treatment philosophy and whole-person approach. A section in our co-occurring curriculum – titled “What are the Twelve Steps? Steppin’ a New Life” – introduces the 12-Step approach to recovery, explains the benefits of the fellowship, and clarifies any misconceptions about participation in 12-Step meetings.
We encourage our clients to attend 12-Step meetings during treatment as they often serve as a safe place for sharing with peers and processing feelings that may have been long buried. Aftercare plans should also include participation in local meetings to reinforce the recovery tools acquired during treatment.
Why is 12-Step meeting attendance recommended after graduating from the program? Wasn’t going through the treatment program enough?
A study published in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment in April 2014 shows that attending 12-Step groups after completing a treatment program increases lengths of abstinence.
What if I don’t want to participate in 12-Step meetings?
We recognize that 12-Step programs aren’t right for everyone, and so at Laguna we offer the option to participate in SMART Recovery or Wellbriety instead. For clients that prefer a program with no spiritual component, SMART Recovery focuses on self-help procedures designed to empower you to abstain and to develop a more positive lifestyle. Wellbriety is a culturally-sensitive program designed specifically for the Native American population.
Client’s Responsibility in Treatment
Some individuals have been to one or multiple drug treatment programs before coming to Laguna Treatment Hospital. Why do some clients graduate from a drug treatment program and remain clean for long periods of time while others relapse within 90 days? What happens following completion of a program?
While each story is different, it’s probably best to realize that slips, and even relapses, are a part of recovery. We don’t judge clients who have been in treatment prior to entering our facility. We’re here to help.
We will do our part. It’s also up to the client.
We reinforce the belief that change IS possible when clients:
- Have a support network of friends and family
- Engage actively in their program
- Have a strong aftercare plan
Our experienced staff at Laguna Treatment Hospital is made up of nurses, physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, therapists, and other behavioral health professionals who know how to help clients struggling with substance use disorders. Some staff members are in recovery themselves and can lend encouragement from the perspective of having “been there.” Our clinical staff have weekly treatment team meetings to ensure that everyone is updated on client progress and concerns, so they can better work together to provide our clients with the best care possible. A diverse and experienced staff, using a collaborative approach, can better guide clients on a trajectory towards self-directed living and long-term recovery.
Deciding to Change
Anyone who has ever tried to stop using alcohol or drugs will tell you – reaching a decision to change these deeply ingrained destructive behaviors associated with addiction is difficult. We agree. Sometimes, this first initial change decision can be the toughest choice on the path to recovery. But it’s not impossible. People have come to Laguna with ambivalence about discarding their addiction, even when they are exhausted by its demands and overwhelmed by its consequences on their lives, careers, and health status. And yet, they came, allowing themselves that small kernel from which to grow a new life.
Move Forward to Change
In working to change any negative behavior associated with substance abuse, the best results come when individuals acknowledge their problematic behavior, realize the need for change, and move forward by seeking help. Once someone is willing to embrace the process of addiction treatment and make a genuine commitment to take action, that person can begin to heal.
Our program can benefit all individuals who are interested in leading lives of health, interpersonal wellness, self-directedness, and achievement. In treatment, they can begin to develop their full potentials. By participating in their groups, being invested in their own recovery, and putting forth effort in therapy sessions, clients in treatment can set the stage for a higher quality of life after treatment.
Medical Detox – the First Step towards Recovery
Our Safe Detox Environment
Laguna Treatment Hospital recognizes that the drug or alcohol detoxification process is a major concern for potential patients and their families when they are selecting a substance abuse treatment facility. It’s natural to worry about this process. However, our depth of experience allows us to provide a safe, proactive environment for those undergoing detox. We support your health, comfort, and safety through whatever symptoms you may experience during withdrawal. Our team has a wealth of experience managing detoxification from various substances.
We want our clients and their families to be secure in the knowledge that Laguna Treatment Hospital will take into account the individual’s addiction severity, drug of choice, mental health, and physical condition prior to beginning the appropriate detox protocol or drug tapering schedule for their specific situation.
Laguna Treatment Hospital is one of the first AAC facilities to use EarlySense™ technology, an FDA-cleared patient monitoring system. It tracks and analyzes a patient’s heart rate, breathing rate, movement, and bed exit, without patient contact. EarlySense™ alerts nurses of any concerning changes through their chosen portable device and display stations. It can identify small vital sign changes that nurses may not detect and allows nurses to continuously supervise patients. EarlySense™ use is linked to a reduction in adverse events, and AAC’s use of EarlySense™ improves patient safety and overall quality of care during detoxification.
24/7 Medical Monitoring
In the detox process, our medical team of nurses, physicians, and other addiction professionals supervises clients and provides the highest level of care. Nurses are on-site 24/7 for medical monitoring, and there are always medical providers on-call in case of emergency. Our nurses’ station is in close proximity to the detox rooms, which are located in a quiet and serene area.
How Detox Fits in to Drug Rehabilitation
Detox is an important first step in addiction treatment. Due to the potentially dangerous nature and risk of complications when detoxing from some substances, medical supervision is needed for those individuals to ensure their safety. This is especially important for individuals with other physical or mental health concerns. Our medical detox program is the highest level of care offered at Laguna Treatment Hospital. Our 24/7 medical monitoring by experienced addiction professionals ensures a safe and secure environment during the often unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Our medical team of nurses and physicians keeps the client under close observation, administers detox medications when clinically necessary, and addresses any medical issues that may arise.
Is Detox Necessary?
Depending on the client’s drug of choice, severity of addiction progression, and intoxication on admission, a period of medical detox may be necessary. The clinical need for detox is determined at the client’s initial medical and psychological assessment.
Our medical team supervises the client 24/7 to safely manage acute withdrawal symptoms. Every individual’s detox progression is unique and varies depending on the specific drug detox guidelines. However, in general, medical detox typically lasts 5-7 days.
The withdrawal experience varies widely from person to person. Variables that may affect any case of withdrawal include:
- Whether or not the individual is physically dependent
- Whether the individual has a history of regular and/or heavy use
- Amount of time lapsed since last dose
- Presence of co-occurring mental health issues
- Presence of ongoing medical conditions
- Other medications currently taking
- Whether the individual has gone through withdrawal before
In consideration of the client’s symptom severity during peak withdrawal, our medical detox environment is located in a soothing, tranquil area of the facility. To allow for the close medical monitoring of our clients, detox rooms are in close proximity to medical stations.
Medical Detox for Different Drugs
Our licensed medical team uses the appropriate detox protocols for the client’s individual circumstances and substances to detoxify the client safely. Our skilled medical team monitors the client 24/7 and is knowledgeable in the nuances of different drug withdrawal symptoms and how to care for them.
Detox medications are not necessary for all clients, but this determination will be made based on medical and psychological evaluations.
Many times our clients struggle with one or more co-occurring disorders. Treatment that simultaneously addresses both the addiction and mental health disorders is often known as integrated treatment or dual diagnosis treatment. Laguna Treatment Hospital addresses addiction plus co-occurring mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The client actively works with his or her clinical team, who are trained in integrated care for co-occurring disorders. Together they develop the new behaviors and coping skills that will help manage co-occurring disorders and symptoms that may lead to relapse down the road.
With a team of highly-skilled staff, Laguna Treatment Hospital is equipped to accommodate high-risk populations, such as those detoxing from high doses of opioids, pregnant women, and individuals with chronic health concerns. As the first chemical dependency recovery hospital (CDRH) in Orange County, we are capable of performing wound care, dialysis, physical therapy, and more. However, all medically-compromised patients are admitted on a case-by-case basis, to ensure that we can safely and effectively care for all of your health conditions. Call now to verify that we can provide the care you need.
Our curriculum, Embracing Change: Recovery for Life, is an interactive program that focuses on treating the addiction and any co-occurring disorders. We developed this program using best practices in addiction therapy and the latest clinical research in co-occurring disorders.
We consider our dual diagnosis curriculum to be a primary strength and differentiator of our treatment program. Presented in a series of workbooks, our curriculum format is designed to be accessible to every client and all learning styles. Clients engage in our unique curriculum through interactive exercises, opportunities for self-examination, informative lessons about recovery and aftercare coping strategies that include a section on 12-Step meeting principles and benefits of the fellowship. Rather than receiving blanket or generic information on topics, the client is invited to work through this program, bringing the richness of his/her unique experiences to the recovery journey. As clients bring themselves to the workbook exercises, they make the lessons personal and useful.
We encourage the client to keep and review the completed workbooks for personal reflection and illumination as part of the long-term recovery process that continues to gain strength beyond treatment.
Length of Stay: Why 90 Days is the Ultimate Goal
Length of stay will be determined by each client’s unique set of circumstances, such as the progress of the addiction treatment, the needs of any co-occurring conditions, the level of care requirements, and insurance coverage.
Research demonstrates that the longer clients stay in treatment, the better their chances of sustained recovery. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, at least 3 months in treatment is needed for most individuals with addiction to significantly decrease or stop their substance use. Longer, 90-day treatment programs allow time for the diagnosis and treatment of co-occurring disorders, and they provide more time for practicing new skills and for new habits to take root.
Our 90-Day Promise
If you successfully complete our 90-day inpatient treatment program, we guarantee you’ll stay clean and sober, or you can return for a complimentary 30 days of treatment.
*Terms and Conditions apply. Full terms and conditions can be found here.
Laguna Treatment Hospital encourages each client’s family members, spouse, partner, children, and/or other loved ones to participate in periodic family therapy sessions during the client’s stay, if the client consents. These sessions help to reinforce recovery efforts and enable loved ones to better support and strengthen the client post-treatment. All individuals who play an important part in the client’s recovery and aftercare programming are encouraged to attend family therapy sessions on-site or via conference calls.
You’re Not Alone
We are aware that the post-treatment transition, graduating from Laguna Treatment Hospital and entering aftercare, can be daunting. That’s why we check in with our former clients periodically to hear how the big transitions are going – finding or returning to housing, re-establishing connections with family and community. We do this because we care.
AAC Graduates for Life
Our alumni department follows up on our program graduates on a regular basis with phone calls and emails. By checking in, we learn how we can help. We are always available to lend an ear, offer recovery advice, or connect you with treatment or counseling referrals in your community. We also encourage our alums to get involved with our AAC Alumni program, which holds regular events for graduates. Anniversary celebrations, whale watching, working together in Habitat for Humanity – events across the country offer fun, networking, and support, and all AAC alumni are invited.
Planning Begins at Admission
As the client’s graduation and discharge date nears, we’re not scrambling to create an effective plan – we’re refining it. That’s because our client aftercare efforts begin with the client’s admission. During treatment, the client works with his or her treatment team to put together his or her own aftercare plan that will assist in the recovery phase following treatment.
Life in an inpatient rehabilitation or residential treatment setting is scheduled and predictable, but real life is not.
Even after clients have gone through medical detox and have made positive changes, working to recover from their addiction and mental health issues, there will still be times when old friends and environments trigger the urge to use. If there’s not a specific strategy to avoid and/or cope with these situations, the possibility of relapse increases.
Some of the best ways to avoid triggers are to stay busy and to connect with other people who want to live self-directed lives, meet their goals, and be healthy. For those triggers that cannot be avoided, it is essential to be prepared with a plan for how to cope.
Preparation & Participation
While in treatment, developing an effective aftercare strategy is the best preparation for life after treatment. In the initial days of recovery, the temptation to relapse is strong and triggers seem to appear out of nowhere. We recommend establishing a peer group of friends who are also working to maintain sobriety. Involvement in 12-Step fellowships as well as participation in sober sports, sober social events, and other sober activities can also provide opportunities to share stories and common challenges and to obtain support and advice. Participation in these groups or events will create a busier schedule for graduates, and they will have less time to glamorize their drug use and become nostalgic about the disease that caused so much destruction in their lives.
Sober Living Referrals
As a part of their addiction and recovery continuum of care, some clients prefer to seek housing options that allow them to maintain a structured schedule and live with other peers and friends working on recovery. In a sober living home, residents must abstain from alcohol and drugs, adhere to curfews and other house rules, and encourage each other in their sobriety efforts. If Laguna Treatment Hospital graduates are interested in continuing to live in a structured environment, our clinical staff can offer recommendations for local sober living options.