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Program Overview

 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, and family members. Addiction consequences can potentially destroy every aspect of a person’s life – job, home, and friends. Those abusing drugs or alcohol are torn between their romanticized memories of being high or intoxicated and the reality of the progressive, dangerous disease of addiction. Fully committed 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.

Dual Diagnosis 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.

Thoughtful, Customized Dual Diagnosis 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 interpersonal 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 priorities for treatment goals aftercare.

12-Step Meetings

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 in the Journal of Substance Addiction Treatment (April 2014), along with other substance abuse research, shows that attending 12-Step groups after completing a treatment program increases lengths of abstinence

What can Laguna Treatment Hospital offer for you or your loved one?
We Respect the Entire Person

During their stay at Laguna Treatment Hospital, our compassionate, caring addiction staff works with clients to understand who they are as people, not just as individuals in treatment. We look at the entire person, and enjoy listening to the stories and experiences of their lives and accomplishments. We don’t view our clients as just another substance user.

Integration of Services

Our co-occurring or “dual diagnosis” treatment approach focuses on the origins of the addiction as well as the destructive behaviors and thought patterns that may result from co-occurring disorders such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or PTSD.

Through our integrated approach that addresses addiction and co-occurring issues, we’re able to collaborate with clients and work as a team in their recovery efforts. This allows us to give clients an understanding of how the substance abuse and co-occurring behavioral issues interact to perpetuate the disease of addiction. With dual diagnosis programming, the client is more likely to develop effective tools for managing the co-occurring issues during recovery. Without treating both, the co-occurring mental health issues may undermine the client’s best intentions and motivations for meaningful recovery. This is especially true if self-medicating for a behavioral health issue was the precipitating cause of the substance abuse.

No Addiction History is Identical

Laguna Treatment Hospital acknowledges that all people are different, as are the life experiences, mental health issues, or traumatic experiences that lead to a life of using alcohol or drugs. We recognize that many unique factors contribute to substance abuse and our dual diagnosis approach to treating addiction takes this into consideration.

Laguna Treatment Hospital focuses on the diverse individual treatment needs of each client and designs every rehabilitation plan accordingly.

Comprehensive Client Assessments

At admission, clients undergo an initial medical and psychological assessment to help our multidisciplinary team identify their necessary level of care, treatment intensity, and other medically acute conditions requiring immediate attention. This comprehensive assessment gives Laguna Treatment Hospital a clear picture of their substance abuse history, behavioral background, and medical needs.

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 of nurses, physicians, psychologists, therapists, and other behavioral health professionals who are very familiar with clients struggling with substance use disorders. Some staff members are in recovery themselves and can lend encouragement from the perspective of having “been there.” 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 this deeply ingrained destructive behaviors associate 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 classes, 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 those selecting a substance abuse facility, and their loved ones. 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 physical symptoms may accompany withdrawal with a wealth of experience in the pitfalls of each substance (e.g. opioid dependency).

We want our clients and families to be secure in the knowledge that Laguna Treatment Hospital will take into account the individual’s addiction severity, drug of choice, and physical condition prior to beginning the appropriate detox protocol or drug tapering schedule for their specific situation.

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 along with 24/7 medical monitoring. Our staff 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 medical complexity and acute nature of physical symptoms as the level of toxicity decreases and substances exit the body, medical supervision is required. 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.

Withdrawal Factors

The physical withdrawal experience varies widely from person to person. Variables affecting 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

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’s system safely. Our skilled medical team monitors the client 24/7 and is knowledgeable in the nuances of different drug withdrawal symptoms.

Detox medications are not necessary for all clients, but this determination will be made upon medical and psychological evaluation.

Co-Occurring Disorders

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 “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, trained in dual diagnosis. 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.

Our Dual Diagnosis Curriculum

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.

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) research has demonstrated that long-term recovery is related to length of treatment. In terms of continued long-term sobriety, effective treatment, in terms of length, is a 90-day program.

Our 90-day Brand 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.

Up to 30 Free Days of Treatment

In the event of a relapse at any time post-treatment, American Addiction Centers (AAC) will provide qualified individuals with up to an additional 30 consecutive days of treatment at one of its facilities at no additional cost to you.

Family Involvement

Laguna Treatment Hospital encourages the client’s family members, spouses, partners, children, and loved ones to participate in periodic family therapy sessions during the client’s stay. With the client’s consent, these sessions help to support, reinforce, and strengthen post-treatment recovery efforts. All individuals who play an important part in the client’s recovery and aftercare programming are encouraged to attend family therapy sessions onsite or via conference calls.

Aftercare Services
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 on putting 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.

After clients have gone through Medical Detox and have made positive changes in their addiction and mental health issues, there will be times when old friends and environments trigger the urge to use. If there’s not a specific strategy to avoid these situations, the possibility of relapse increases.

One way to avoid triggers is to be prepared. Staying busy. Connecting with other people who want to live self-directed lives, meet their goals, and be healthy.

Preparation & Participation

While in treatment, developing an effective aftercare strategy is the best preparation for life after treatment. When participating in sober sports, social events, or joining a recovery advocacy group, clients will have a busier schedule, and will have less time to glamorize their drug use and become nostalgic about the disease that caused so much destruction in their lives.

In the initial days of recovery, the temptation to relapse is strong and triggers seem to appear out of nowhere. We suggest establishing a peer group of friends who are also working to maintain sobriety. To help stay occupied, participation in sober activities, involvement in 12-Step fellowships, and social events can also provide opportunities to share stories and common challenges.

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 remain sober, adhere to curfews, and encourage each other in their sobriety efforts. If Laguna Treatment Hospital graduates are interested in continuing a structured daily schedule, our clinical staff can offer recommendations for local Sober Living options.