Why Is Family Involvement Limited During Early Recovery?

Why Is Family Involvement Limited During Early Recovery?

Many facilities either choose not to directly involve the family in treatment or increase their participation only in the later stages. Newport Beach Recovery Center allows families to contact their loved ones throughout treatment and may facilitate family therapy during later stages of treatment. We also provide support services, including referrals and information on community resources for families of individuals in recovery for substance use disorder (SUD).

We encourage treatment involvement when the family dynamic is healthy because it provides clients with an additional source of support. According to Social Work in Public Health, “Treating the individual without family involvement may limit the effectiveness of treatment for two main reasons: it ignores the devastating impact of SUDs on the family system leaving family members untreated, and it does not recognize the family as a potential system of support for change.” We believe the entire family unit should have support during the recovery process and provide referrals to family members who would like to attend individual therapy.

Why Is Family Often Not Involved in Early Recovery?

Early recovery, including treatment for detox and withdrawal, often does not include family therapy or much communication between clients and their loved ones. The reasons are practical. People in detox and withdrawal often have severe symptoms affecting their mental and physical health. Therefore, the best treatments are proper nutrition, therapeutic support, and a structured environment. In addition, contact with loved ones at that time might be emotionally destabilizing.

How Can Family Members Support Their Loved Ones?

Your family member will not be entirely cut off even during the earliest stages of detox and withdrawal, and they can do things to help support you throughout rehabilitation. For example, many facilities like Newport Beach Recovery Center will set up weekly calls with family members where they can check in with you over the phone to offer moral support and encouragement.

Can Anyone Attend Family Therapy?

Multiple therapeutic methods exist to treat family trauma and dysfunction. Family therapy is among the more popular options for individuals in residential or outpatient treatment for SUD. Anyone relevant to your recovery can attend family therapy, including:

  • Friends
  • Blood relatives
  • Adopted relatives
  • Roommates
  • Significant others
  • Mentors and sponsors

Although anyone can attend family therapy, not everyone should. In some instances, family therapy may exacerbate the issue. For example, if your loved one has opposing views on therapy or religious objections, having them attend sessions might cause more harm than good.

What Family Members Should Not Be Involved in Treatment?

Not every family member is willing or able to offer relevant support during recovery. In some cases, they do not have the emotional capacity to cope with their issues while providing compassionate encouragement to someone else. In those instances, some clients have a better outcome if their family members are not involved in the treatment process. At Newport Beach Recovery Center, we believe that families have a lot to offer, and their involvement can have a profound effect. However, in some instances involving family members may not benefit clients or their loved ones.

You should avoid regularly interacting with the following types of people during rehabilitation:

  • Anyone who reacts to treatment with shame, anger, or disgust
  • Anyone who constantly belittles you or uses your diagnosis as an excuse to blame you for their own choices
  • Anyone who has a strong religious or cultural objection to substance misuse and treatment
  • Anyone who frequently treats you disrespectfully and without regard for your mental health
  • Anyone who actively misuses substances

Individuals who will not uplift you and give you the time and space to heal should not have an opportunity to participate in your recovery. We understand relationships with family members can become strained, and you might feel compelled to “put up” with their behaviors to avoid conflict. However, allowing yourself to be emotionally mistreated or neglected can significantly impact your ability to prevent relapse during continuing care and ongoing recovery.

How Does Long-Term Recovery Affect Family Dynamics?

To succeed in long-term recovery, you should have a stable and supportive home environment and healthy relationships that encourage self-accountability. Positive family dynamics can motivate you to continue progressing in therapy despite the occasional setbacks that come with recovery.

Ongoing recovery can affect family dynamics in the following ways:

  • Improve verbal and nonverbal communication
  • Increase emotional support
  • Encourage better social interactions
  • Strengthen established boundaries
  • Improve conflict resolution and problem-solving skills

Every family member will benefit from you taking steps to repair the damage caused by maladaptive behaviors and past choices. You can take steps to strengthen those bonds and create a healthier and happier family unit using the resources at Newport Beach Recovery Center.

Newport Beach Recovery Center incorporates supportive family members in treatment when it will most benefit the client. If you and your loved ones share a strong bond and you want them to be a part of your rehabilitation, we can incorporate family therapy and support services into your treatment plan. For many people, early recovery requires complete focus on getting through the stages of detox and withdrawal. Family involvement in therapy is often limited during those stages because it can distract you from various aspects of therapy and treatment. You will collaborate with your care team to determine when or if to include your loved ones in the treatment process. Sometimes, family members cause more harm than good, and it might be in your best interest to avoid including them. To find out more about our treatment and family services, call us today at (888) 850-0363.

How to Build a Support System With Peers During Outpatient Treatment

How to Build a Support System With Peers During Outpatient Treatment

Peer support is essential for treating and recovering individuals with substance use disorder (SUD). Most treatment programs involve mandatory group therapy and community activities that encourage healthy social bonding in a structured environment. Newport Beach Recovery Center is a thriving community where clients can heal together.

Peer relationships provide an excellent source of support, encouragement, and accountability. An article in the Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation journal states, “Active engagement in peer support groups have shown to be a key predictor of recovery, and sustaining recovery.” The relationships you make within the recovery community can last a lifetime and can help you build a healthier future.

What Is a Support System?

A support system is a group of people who have your best interest at heart and provide practical support and emotional encouragement. The number of people in the system is less vital than the quality of their support. Recovery is a long process, and having peers who celebrate your successes and help you overcome challenges can make a significant difference in treatment and aftercare.

A support system can include the following individuals:

  • Care team and case manager
  • Medical professionals
  • Therapists or counselors
  • Friends
  • Family members
  • Social peers
  • Mentors and sponsors

Your support system should provide multiple levels and types of support to ensure you have someone to turn to in almost any situation. Having someone available and willing to help you during recovery can make coping with intrusive thoughts, cravings, triggers, and crisis moments easier.

How Can You Expand Your Support System?

Not everyone has a support system when they begin treatment. Many people isolate themselves while under the influence of substances. Part of recovery involves repairing relationships damaged by the effects of addiction and building new social connections. Close family and friends may choose to become a part of your support system. However, not everyone feels capable of providing emotional or practical support to individuals in recovery. Be sure to ask them if they would like to be part of your support system and make sure they understand the responsibilities before relying on them to help you.

You can expand your support system by actively reaching out to people who have shown that they care about your well-being. In some situations, including individual therapy, the people involved in helping you understand that their role inherently makes them a part of your support system.

You can also expand your peer support system by doing the following:

  • Volunteering within the recovery community
  • Attending sober events
  • Joining recreational clubs or groups within the recovery community
  • Actively engaging in your treatment and forming bonds with peers at the facility

Many people make lifelong friends and mentors by becoming part of the community and interacting with others who share a goal of sustained sobriety.

The Mental Health Benefits of Peer Support

A strong support system will improve your mental and emotional health. For example, cravings and intrusive thoughts can lead to backsliding or relapse. You can manage those symptoms by using your coping skills and relying on individuals that care about you.

The mental health benefits of peer support include:

  • Decreased stress
  • Less severe symptoms of anxiety and depression
  • Improved self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Emotional stability
  • Increased sense of self-worth

Self-Help and 12-Step Groups

Positive social interactions can help you feel motivated to continue moving forward in treatment. Almost every outpatient treatment program involves group therapy and complementary self-help groups. Self-help and 12-Step groups also play an essential role in aftercare support. Individuals recovering from SUD can benefit from attending the following:

  • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
  • Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
  • Al-anon
  • General support groups
  • Specific support groups

According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), recovery support services “provided by professionals and peers, are delivered through a variety of community and faith-based groups, treatment providers, schools, and other specialized services.” You can reach out to clinics, hospitals, therapy offices, and treatment centers like Newport Beach Recovery Center to get details on local meetings.

Maintaining Peer Support During Aftercare

Peer support is critical during aftercare when you do not have access to the same structured environment that facilitates accountability and positive change during residential and outpatient treatment. Peers can step in and motivate you to maintain healthy routines and new thought patterns that help you maintain sobriety.

The most common forms of peer support during aftercare include:

  • Mentors and sponsors
  • Self-help and 12-Step groups
  • Group therapy or counseling
  • Recovery organizations, groups, and events
  • Sober living communities

Outpatient treatment allows you to expand your support system to include self-help groups and peer groups that can help you cope with challenges during treatment and aftercare.

You do not have to go through treatment and ongoing recovery alone. Inclusive communities of compassionate and empathetic peers exist in cities around the country. People in these communities support one another through long-term recovery. You can find them by reaching out to local resources, including therapy and doctor offices, clinics, and rehabilitation facilities like Newport Beach Recovery Center. We believe everyone deserves to feel respected and supported during recovery. You will benefit from interacting with peers during therapy and aftercare. You will respond better to treatment if you have positive social bonds to rely on and a nonjudgmental community where you can safely practice social skills and coping mechanisms. Most cities have multiple self-help and 12-Step groups where you can attend meetings and interact with others with similar life experiences. To learn more about the programs and referrals we offer, contact us today by calling (888) 850-0363.

How Does a Family History of Mental Health Issues Affect Treatment?

How Does a Family History of Mental Health Issues Affect Treatment?

Individuals who grow up in a family where loved ones struggle with substance misuse and mental health issues have a much higher risk of developing substance use disorder (SUD) and dual diagnosis. In addition, adolescents and young adults are more likely to experience problems with substance misuse if a parent has untreated SUD. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), “about 12.3 percent of children aged 17 or younger” lived with “at least one parent with a SUD.” Being in such close proximity to the damaging effects of substance misuse can contribute to the following:

  • Behavioral issues
  • Lack of academic success
  • Reduced social skills
  • Family dysfunction

Treatment for individuals with a family history of substance misuse often involves trauma and family therapy to identify and resolve underlying issues. The rehabilitation programs at Newport Beach Recovery Center can treat SUD and help you recover from a family history of substance misuse or mental health disorders.

How Do Toxic Family Dynamics Increase the Risk of Substance Misuse?

The following toxic family dynamics can affect SUD treatment and recovery:

  • Generational trauma
  • Co-dependency
  • Domestic abuse
  • Childhood sexual or physical abuse
  • Parental fighting or a hostile divorce
  • Enabling behaviors
  • Stigmatizing behaviors
  • Indifference or neglect

Unsafe living environments also contribute to family issues during recovery. Newport Beach Recovery Center offers family therapy and support services. We also provide referrals and information on local community self-help groups and assistance locating financial or housing services if you do not have a safe place to return after treatment. We believe that education and a supportive community can help families heal and grow together while overcoming the effects of SUD.

How Can You Avoid Co-dependency and Enabling Relationships?

People with a family history of mental health issues have a higher risk of becoming part of an enabling or codependent relationship. You might not have had healthy role models to look up to during adolescence and young adulthood. Suppose you have difficulty recognizing or avoiding toxic relationships. In that case, it might be helpful to participate in a family-focused self-help group, family therapy, or classes on developing healthy family dynamics.

Below are a few ways you can avoid unhealthy relationships:

  • Learn to recognize signs of a codependent or enabling relationship
  • Set clear boundaries in your relationships
  • Communicate your needs clearly and actively listen to the needs of the other person
  • Increase your self-awareness and feelings of self-worth
  • Do not do things to please or protect the other person at the risk of your own mental or physical well-being
  • Practice conflict resolution and problem-solving skills
  • Do not be afraid to ask for help outside the relationship

In a relationship, people should healthily support one another. If you often make excuses for the other person or do things to make them happy, you might be in a toxic relationship. You can talk to an individual therapist or family counselor about ways to improve and repair damaged relationships and unhealthy dynamics. Romantic, sibling and parental relationships are the most common to develop co-dependency and enabling behaviors.

How Do You Break the Cycle of Multi-Generational Substance Misuse?

In some families, multiple generations actively engage in substance misuse. You can break the cycle by doing the following:

  • Entering a rehabilitation program and actively engaging in recovery
  • Cutting ties with toxic family members
  • Attending therapy and counseling to repair relationships
  • Becoming a role model to your family members by showing them how sobriety can improve overall health
  • Moving out of toxic home environments

When Should You Cut Ties With Family Members?

Breaking the cycle of abuse and substance misuse can sometimes mean cutting off ties with your close friends and family. You might hesitate out of a sense of loyalty or fear of being alone. However, you will not have to go through recovery on your own. A vibrant and diverse recovery community exists in most cities around the country. Deciding to distance yourself from the toxic people in your life can free you from their influence and allow you to build lasting, meaningful relationships with others who genuinely have your best interest at heart.

Cutting ties is a big step, and not recognizing when to take them can keep you living in an unhealthy environment. You would benefit from breaking off relationships with family members who do the following:

  • Verbally, emotionally, physically, or sexually abuse you
  • Dismiss your needs and concerns
  • Enable or actively encourage substance misuse
  • Engage in substance misuse or unhealthy risk-taking behaviors
  • Treat you unfairly or badly because of your past substance misuse
  • Judge you harshly for attending treatment

If the people in your life do not uplift you somehow, they may not have a place in your sober future. Not everyone wants to get better, and loved ones who choose to continue spreading negativity or hate should not inhibit your recovery. Cutting ties is not easy. However, sometimes it is necessary.

A family history of substance misuse and mental health issues can impact recovery in multiple ways. Some people may have a genetic risk of developing certain disorders, while others might not have a strong support system. If you feel like your family has contributed to your substance misuse, you can address that during therapy. In some cases, family-focused self-help groups and counseling can help heal the family. Suppose however, you are part of a family that actively supports addictive behaviors or undermines your choices. In that case, sober, you might benefit from setting clear boundaries and cutting ties with toxic family members. Making these changes is never easy, and you may need to overcome enabling or codependent relationships to maintain sustainable sobriety. To find out more about Newport Beach Recovery Center and the family services we offer, call us today at (888) 850-0363.

5 Common Avoidance Tactics to Be Aware of During Therapy

5 Common Avoidance Tactics to Be Aware of During Therapy

Treatment for substance misuse involves addressing underlying traumas and painful realities about the effects and consequences of addiction. Many people use conscious and unconscious avoidance tactics, including maladaptive ones, to minimize feelings of emotional distress. Unfortunately, maladaptive thought patterns, behaviors, and coping techniques can interfere with rehabilitation and continuing recovery.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), “In early treatment, clients can be emotionally fragile, ambivalent about relinquishing chemicals, and resistant to treatment.” At Newport Beach Recovery Center, we encourage clients to face their fears, overcome ambivalence, and work together with our care team to heal from the effects of substance use disorder (SUD).

Stress Management During Treatment

We use multiple therapeutic tools and stress management techniques to help clients manage their symptoms during treatment and aftercare. We help our clients successfully manage stress by doing the following:

  • We use a trauma-informed approach to care that reduces the risk of re-traumatization and decreases the severity of anxiety symptoms.
  • Our team uses gender-specific care to ensure clients feel safe and understood during treatment and therapy.
  • Clients can have weekly contact with their family over the phone or use video conferencing to encourage healthy relationships.

Many people miss their familiar routines and experience significant mood swings due to changes the body undergoes during detox and withdrawal. We help clients cope with symptoms and establish healthy habits. In addition, our team has decades of combined experience treating SUD, and we can assist clients in recognizing avoiding tactics and combatting ambivalence.

Common Forms of Avoidance

Substance use disorder can develop as an unhealthy coping mechanism to reduce emotional distress. Treatment will address underlying causes of avoidance related to substance misuse, including:

  • Ambivalence or uncertainty about treatment
  • Social stigmas and self-stigmatization
  • An unwillingness to change
  • Fear of facing the consequences of past actions
  • Anxiety or fear of the unknown
  • Lack of motivation

Understanding the cause of maladaptive behavior can make it easier to change. The most common forms of avoidance include:

  • Choosing not to reflect on personal thoughts, behaviors, or past actions.
  • Blaming others for personal failings and behaving passive-aggressively toward people who want to help.
  • Making constant excuses to procrastinate and put off treatment, therapy, and change.
  • Spending too much time thinking deeply about issues and possible solutions without taking action.
  • Not giving new routines a chance to become established before dismissing them as unhelpful and returning to old habits.

Fear of change or anxiety about the unknown might stop some people from ever seeking help for their substance misuse. Unfortunately, sometimes people do not realize their actions have delayed necessary treatments and lowered their quality of life.

Achieving and Maintaining Emotional Stability

Avoidance tactics are often a way to maintain emotional equilibrium by not engaging with people or activities that might trigger emotional distress. In many cases, individuals with SUD have historically used substances during moments of high stress. Encountering stressful subjects or situations in treatment might trigger cravings, flashbacks, or intrusive thoughts – typical symptoms of SUD. Learning how to cope with them in a controlled environment will decrease the risk of relapse and help you learn how to manage everyday stressors healthily.

5 Ways to Overcome Avoidance

Overcoming ambivalence toward treatment or fears related to triggers takes hard work and determination. First, you must actively choose to find new ways to cope with stressful situations instead of avoiding them. Below are five ways you can counter consciousness or unconscious avoidance tactics.

#1. Learn to Recognize Avoidance Behaviors

Learning to recognize avoidance behaviors is the most crucial step in retraining yourself to cope with challenges instead of avoiding them. Some common tactics include:

  • Rationalizing unhealthy behaviors instead of addressing them and actively working to fix them,
  • Putting off changes to another time when you “feel better,”
  • Not disclosing issues to your therapist or support team, and ignoring them

#2. Challenge Irrational Beliefs and Thoughts

Everyone has irrational beliefs and thoughts that affect their life to some degree. When those thoughts interfere with your ability to cope with specific issues in your life, then it might be time to analyze those beliefs and find ways to replace them with ones that will improve your mental health. When you come to a moment where you can avoid addressing an issue or face it head-on and deal with it, irrational beliefs might start popping up with inherent reasons to continue avoiding progress. You need to challenge those thoughts and find the motivation to continue making progress.

#3. Decrease Stress Using Mindfulness

Mindfulness-based techniques like deep breathing, grounding exercises, and meditation can decrease overall stress and help you think more rationally and clearly about situations in your life. In addition, you will be more mentally focused if you regularly practice mindfulness, making it easier to implement healthy strategies and recognize avoidance behaviors.

#4. Talk About Your Avoidance Behaviors in Therapy

Your therapist is there to help you work through problems and find healthy solutions that will improve your mental health and quality of life. If you identify an area of avoidance, bring it up to your therapist, and use their objective perspective to find new ways of thinking about the issue.

#5. Practice Self-Care and Maintain Self-Accountability

Self-care involves making choices that prioritize your health and well-being. By practicing regular self-care and maintaining self-accountability, you can avoid falling back into old thought patterns or behaviors. Some popular forms of self-care include:

  • Meditation or low-stress exercises like yoga
  • Doing something you love
  • Visiting with loved ones and friends
  • Taking time for yourself

Many people in early recovery struggle with ambivalence, fear of change, and an unwillingness to face challenging aspects of recovery. Therapy can help you recognize the value of addressing problem areas and positively changing your thoughts and behaviors. Accepting the need for change and learning to identify maladaptive behaviors can make it easier to start living a healthier lifestyle. For example, sustained avoidance causes severe issues with your personal life, relationships, and long-term recovery. You can stop consciously or unconsciously using avoidance tactics by using mindfulness techniques, increasing self-awareness, and practicing regular self-care. Newport Beach Recovery Center uses evidence-based methods to teach essential coping skills that will allow you to face and overcome challenges related to recovery from SUD. To learn more about our facility and the programs we offer, call us today at (888) 850-0363. Our team can help you find the motivation to stop avoiding progress.

How Are Guilt, Regret, and Shame Addressed During Treatment?

How Are Guilt, Regret, and Shame Addressed During Treatment?

Many people hold onto guilt, shame, fear, regret, and other negative emotions because they don’t feel worthy of self-forgiveness. Negativity can affect your mental and physical health during recovery and worsen symptoms. Facilities like Newport Beach Recovery Center encourage clients to find healthy ways to accept their circumstances while healing and moving forward.

According to the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, research “results suggest that individuals who accept rather than judge their mental experiences may attain better psychological health, in part because acceptance helps them experience less negative emotion in response to stressors.” Actively looking at the cause of negative feelings and accepting them will help you learn to recover from the various ways they have impacted your life. Recovery from substance use disorder (SUD) requires focus on the present and future instead of the past.

Do Past Choices Control Your Future?

Past choices will affect your future, but they do not control what you do next. You can choose to retake control of your life by addressing the underlying issues and finding healthy ways to overcome them. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), “Treatment enables people to counteract addiction’s disruptive effects on their brain and behavior and regain control of their lives.” Newport Beach Recovery Center can help you learn essential skills and coping techniques to decrease negativity and improve self-awareness. Your past does not have to define you.

How Does Negativity Impact Mental Health?

Negativity can lead to a host of mental and physical health issues, including:

  • Difficulty coping with daily stressors
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Increased risk of heart disease
  • Higher blood pressure
  • Mood swings
  • Sleep issues
  • Changes to appetite
  • Difficulty completing basic tasks of daily living

If you let negative thoughts influence your behaviors, it can have a detrimental effect on your general well-being.

How Can You Practice Self-Forgiveness During Recovery?

Not everyone feels capable of self-forgiveness in early recovery. The consequences of addictive behaviors and choices might become overwhelming and cause you to feel like you do not deserve forgiveness. At Newport Beach Recovery Center, we believe everyone in recovery deserves compassion, empathy, respect, and forgiveness for things they have worked to put right. By attending treatment and actively engaging in therapy, you have chosen to make amends for past decisions and make better choices moving forward. Self-forgiveness is a part of that healing journey.

You can practice self-forgiveness every day by doing the following:

  • Reminding yourself that you are more than your diagnosis
  • Educating yourself about how substance misuse may have affected you
  • Accepting that some things are entirely outside your control
  • Accepting responsibility for your actions and taking steps to repair the damage
  • Showing yourself kindness and empathy
  • Regularly practicing self-care

What Are the Healing Benefits of Thinking Positively?

The body and mind are connected, and improving your mental outlook can impact your moods, physical health, and day-to-day functioning. You can heal from trauma and the harmful effects of substance misuse by focusing your energy on embracing positive aspects of life, including everyday moments that leave you feeling good about yourself and others.

Some of the health benefits of positivity include:

  • Individuals with chronic pain experience decreased pain levels
  • Reduced stress, anxiety, and depression
  • Longer lifespan
  • Decreased risk of heart disease and other health issues
  • Lower blood pressure

Your entire life can get better when you decide to look on the bright side and accept your circumstances. Mindfulness-based techniques and other coping skills can facilitate healthier thought patterns and help you build new routines.

How Can the Brain Be Rewired to Think Positively?

Positivity does not mean ignoring negative thoughts or pretending they do not exist. Instead, you should accept the negative without judgment while focusing on the positive to improve mental health. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a “sign of emotional wellness is being able to hold onto positive emotions longer and appreciate the good times.” You can learn to rewire your brain by consciously choosing to remind yourself of the good things you have experienced and the positive aspects of difficult situations.

You can start decreasing negativity by doing the following:

  • In the morning, think about all the happy, enjoyable, or good things you plan to do that day
  • Every night think about all the good things you experienced
  • Write down a list of the things you enjoy about your life, including pets, loved ones, hobbies, and social groups
  • Celebrate every success and goal you achieve in recovery

You do not have to live with fear, grief, shame, regret, and other negative feelings. Instead, incorporating positivity and practicing self-care can improve your overall health and decrease symptoms related to SUD and mental health issues.

Negativity can lead to risk-taking behaviors, self-destructive tendencies, and difficulty coping with everyday life. The more you judge yourself and focus on your mistakes, the harder it will be to feel capable of real change. You can choose to replace those negative thought patterns by consciously choosing to focus on the positive things in your life. Being positive does not mean avoiding or ignoring bad things that happen. Instead, it allows you to accept those things in a nonjudgmental way and use them as examples of what not to do in the future. The care team at Newport Beach Recovery Center has created a family-like community where you can learn to focus on the positive aspects of recovery. To learn more about our facility or set up an admissions appointment, call us today at (888) 850-0363. We are here to help you regain control of your life. 

What to Expect if You Are New to Treatment

What to Expect If You Are New to Treatment

Many individuals in recovery have never left their families for an extended period. For some, it might be the first time they’ve ever attended therapy. Leaving loved ones behind for weeks or months and going to a strange place can feel overwhelming. In addition, stress and emotional distress increase the risk of relapse and can worsen symptoms of substance use disorder (SUD). Decrease stress and anxiety by learning more about what to expect from treatment. Rehabilitation programs can be a truly life-changing experience and provide you with essential tools for long-term sobriety.

Treatment for SUD can vary depending on multiple factors. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), “The type, length, and intensity of treatment are determined by the severity of the SUD, types of substances used, support systems available, prior life experiences, and behavioral, physical, gender, cultural, cognitive, and social factors.” Newport Beach Recovery Center treats substance misuse and co-occurring mental health disorders using personalized, evidence-based methods.

How to Prepare for Treatment

Being fully prepared to attend a treatment program is one way to reduce stress and anxiety. Our facility offers a full continuum of care for individuals with SUD. However, getting ready for weeks or months of treatment requires you to do the following:

  • Check your insurance plan to make sure it covers all rehabilitation services.
  • Gather all relevant medical data, including contact information for your doctor or therapist, a list of current medications, and details on your family medical history.
  • Inform your workplace that you must take a leave of absence and ensure all work tasks are reassigned.
  • Arrange for someone to look after your home and pets if you live alone.
  • Help your family prepare for your absence and make sure they have access to support resources.
  • Pack enough personal items to last through the treatment program, including weather-appropriate clothing.
  • Inform friends and family that you will be away for an extended period.
  • Prepay monthly bills and rent.

Contact our office today if you have questions about what you should bring and what to avoid packing when participating in one of our programs.

What Day-to-Day Treatment Looks Like at Newport Beach Recovery Center

We are a smaller facility that provides clients with personalized care that ensures you receive all the support you need to achieve and maintain positive mental health. Day-to-day treatment will depend on the severity of symptoms and can include:

  • Individual psychotherapy
  • Group therapy
  • Peer support groups
  • Medication and symptom management
  • Alternative holistic therapies
  • Development of essential skills
  • Relapse prevention
  • Psychoeducation

Newport Beach Recovery Center offers an individualized rehabilitation experience that can help you heal from the damaging effects of substance misuse. We believe everyone should access high-quality services and a supportive community during and after treatment. You will join in group discussions, activities, and community events.

The Benefits of Joining a Supportive Community

People new to treatment might be surprised by the many mental and physical benefits of joining a supportive community. Actively engaging in recovery alongside peers can provide you with the following:

  • Nonjudgmental understanding and support
  • A safe space to express yourself and explore self-growth
  • An opportunity to practice social and communication skills
  • Additional accountability and motivation for maintaining sobriety
  • Access to new ideas and fresh perspectives
  • A chance to help and encourage others

Facilities like Newport Beach Recovery Center prioritize creating a welcoming and inclusive community where everyone feels supported and respected.

Family Involvement in the Treatment Process

Individuals who are new to treatment may have never spent significant time away from their families. Unfortunately, most people leave behind loved ones when they attend rehabilitation. Family involvement is integral to continuing recovery at Newport Beach Recovery Center. According to Substance Abuse, “research has shown family support to be related to positive treatment outcomes, and that such support can influence recovery through motivation to change.”

Parents in recovery might have a more difficult time adjusting due to the following:

  • Regret, fear, or anger about having to leave their children for weeks or months
  • Shame for not being able to care for their child during the treatment period
  • Concern about their child’s welfare and emotional well-being

Families may also have attachment issues, codependency, or enabling behaviors that make it essential to avoid involving them in treatment during the early stages of recovery. However, after you achieve a certain degree of emotional stability, your family can become a more significant part of your recovery by providing support or attending therapy to address any maladaptive family dynamics that might increase the risk of relapse.

What to Expect From Aftercare

The Newport Beach Recovery Center care team will collaborate with you to create a comprehensive aftercare plan that might include family therapy, referrals to local family resources, a safety plan, and relapse prevention strategies. After completing the program, you will transition from treatment at the facility to local recovery services. The care team will ensure you have all the tools you need to overcome any challenges you might face during continuing care and long-term recovery.

The process might initially feel overwhelming or confusing if you are new to treatment. The care team at Newport Beach Recovery Center has created a family-like environment where peers can engage in positive interactions while undergoing treatment for substance use disorder. We believe that connections and healthy relationships improve the effectiveness of therapy. Your safety and well-being are our top priorities, and we use evidence-based methods to help you learn essential skills that lower your risk of relapse and improve mental health. We understand that being away from your family and allowing yourself to be vulnerable around strangers can be challenging. This is why we have created a place where you can become part of a supportive community of peers with similar life experiences. To learn more about Newport Beach Recovery Center and the programs we have to offer, call us today at (888) 850-0363.