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Holistic Approach is the Leading 12-Step Alternative Treatment

12-Step Programs Are Not a Good Fit For Everyone

Imagine trying to navigate the day in ill-fitting shoes.  No doubt feelings of annoyance and discomfort would accompany every single step, right?  Now imagine how disheartening it would be if you have been led to believe that this is your only option for shoes in which to walk through life.  In a similar way, an addict in recovery who mistakenly thinks there are no alternatives to a traditional 12-step program may bristle at the thought of participating in such a program that isn’t a good fit for them.

While Alcoholics Anonymous 12-step recovery program is immensely popular globally, there are many in the recovery community that are not in sync with its message.  Some may take offense to the core theme that declares the addict broken, powerless over the addiction, and dependent on God (or Higher Power) to put them back together via the steps.  Some may take exception to the underlying 12-step principle that one is an addict for life.  Others may simply not be comfortable sharing personal experiences in a group setting.  Whatever the reason for the dissonance, the constructive solution to this dilemma is to find a 12-step alternative.

Holistic Addiction Treatment Programs

Fortunately, over the past couple of decades there has been an emergence of non 12-step recovery programs that offer more choices for addicts in recovery.  Because 12-step alternatives are created in response to unmet needs in the recovery landscape, a variety of approaches within the non 12-step realm are now available.  One such 12-step alternative is the increasingly popular holistic approach to addiction treatment.

Holistic recovery simply implies that all aspects of the individual’s being—the mind, body and spirit—are addressed during and after treatment.  This approach places great emphasis on the addict in recovery getting in touch with their soul by engaging in therapeutic practices that enable self-discovery in tandem with psychotherapy sessions.  Examples of these activities might include:

  • Mindfulness training.  Teaching individuals to be cognizant of the present by centering themselves and learn to decrease impulsive behavior.
  • Relaxation techniques.  Deep breathing exercises send a message to the brain to calm down and relax, reducing stress and tensions.
  • Yoga.  Helps individual get in tune with their thoughts, to relax body and muscles, and improve sleep quality.
  • Meditation.  Leads to increased self-awareness and a decrease in negative emotional responses to life’s stressors.
  • Acupuncture.  May help reduce cravings and ease withdrawal symptoms.  Also helps decrease anxiety and stress.
  • Massage.  Helps to reawaken the pleasure pathways lost to addiction, and promotes general healing and relaxation.
  • Art and music therapy.  Helps develop self-expression and focuses on the individual’s thoughts and emotions through the use of music or art media.
  • Equine therapy.  Caring for a horse, including grooming, feeding, and exercising the horse, helps cultivate a sense of purpose and compassion.
  • Garden therapy.  Promotes physical activity, relaxation, sensory stimulation, and social development through gardening activities.

Ranch Creek Recovery Offers Holistic 12-step Alternative

Offering an individualized treatment plan that aligns with a client’s personal belief systems and needs, Ranch Creek Recovery understands that not everyone will fit or adapt to the 12-step tradition.  With a holistic approach as a 12-step alternative, RCR can create a therapeutic environment that promotes the healing of all facets of the individual in recovery.

Ranch Creek Recovery provides high quality holistic care in a private, intimate setting located in the hills of Temecula, California.  This beautiful and serene hillside location promotes relaxation and introspection so conducive to recovery from addiction.  The highly trained staff will tailor a treatment plan to each client, with a mix of therapy and activities that will enhance recovery and healing.  For more information about the program, please call us today at (877) 997-8931.

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Families of Addicts: How to Deal and Get Help

6 Tips to Help Family Members Cope with the Stresses of Addiction

The oft-used phrase, that addiction is a family disease, is absolutely true.  Drug and alcohol addictions do not develop in a vacuum.  Addicts are sons and daughters, they are husbands and wives, and they are sisters and brothers.  When a family member is drawn into drug or alcohol dependency, it isn’t only their world that is shattered—the damage reverberates through the entire family.

With the majority of the attention and energy swept up in the turbulence surrounding the addict, families of addicts simply don’t know how to deal with the fallout from the addiction that has impacted their world in every way.  As the family member’s addiction spins out of control, family members are left coping with anxiety over the financial impact, worry about their loved one not surviving the addiction, and the loss of trust as a result of being lied to, robbed by, or even threatened by the addict in the family.

Here are 6 tips suggested for the families of addicts how to deal with their disease:

  1. Get educated.  Before you can be of any help to the addicted family member, or yourself, you must learn all you can about the addict’s drug of choice.  Knowledge truly is power for the families of addicts, teaching them how to deal. Acquiring a clear understanding of the effects of the drug on the mind and body, the trajectory of the disease, and the treatment options is key to empowering the family and reducing fear of the unknown.  
  2. Find support.  As the stress and anxiety ratchet upward, family members may feel utterly alone with the challenges that accompany an addict in the family.  Seek out a local Al-anon group and listen to others share their own experiences with their addicted loved one.  Soon you will not feel so utterly alone, and you can benefit from the helpful materials available at the meetings.  Not a meeting kinda person?  Consider family therapy, with or without the addict present, where professional guidance can provide the tools family members will need to access while on this painful journey.
  3. Get exercise.  Getting regular daily exercise is an effective way to release stress and increase the “happy hormones,” the endorphins that elevate mood during exercise.  It doesn’t matter what type of exercise you choose, just so you do it regularly.  Studies show that cardio workouts, particularly, are excellent stress-reducers:  running, walking, hiking, dance cardio (Zumba, U-Jam), cycling, and swimming all improve overall fitness while reducing stress.
  4. Embrace your passions.  Being emotionally drained on a daily basis depletes not only your physical health, but trashes your spirit as well.  Make it a weekly priority to engage in a beloved hobby or passion to counterbalance the negative energy that addiction has brought into your home.  With so much energy and time demanded by the addicted family member, it is easy to lose yourself in the process.  Force some you-time into your schedule—be it reading, gardening, participating in a sport, taking a class, photography, playing a musical instrument, or going to the movies—and find a healthier mind-spirit balance amid the turmoil.
  5. See friends.  As your focus becomes centered more and more on your addicted loved one it is easy to become isolated.  Some family members might experience feelings of shame or guilt due to their loved one’s disease, and sense that they might be judged or shunned.  The path of least resistance, to hide at home, must be resisted!  Connect with trusted, loyal friends and relatives who won’t cast judgment, desiring instead to be a caring support source for you and your family.  Addiction touches most families in some way, and genuine friends will want to share their own stories and be there for you.
  6. Family sessions.  While your family member is in treatment, make every effort to participate in the family program offered there.  Family groups are a powerful place to uncover issues in the family dynamic that may have contributed either directly or indirectly with the substance abuse.  Even if there is no issue related at all, the family group work helps foster empathy among the family members, as well as providing tools to access in subsequent recovery.

Ranch Creek Recovery Offers Hope and Healing for Families and Addicts

Ranch Creek Recovery is an intimate, private drug and alcohol rehab located in the beautiful hills of Temecula, California.  The serene, natural setting is a perfect backdrop for the holistic treatment program that helps heal mind, body and spirit.  A core element of the program is family education and group work.  Believing that families of addicts need guidance in how to deal with the stresses and challenges associated with the disease of addiction, the certified counselors are there to provide this important direction.  For more information on our program, including the family component, please call us today at (877) 997-8931.

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Dealing with Alcoholic Relapse After Long-term Sobriety

You have diligently—and with great fervor—embraced a sober life, notching many years on your recovery journey while dedicating your new life to remaining sober.  You may have logged a thousand A.A. meetings.  You may have achieved the fourth level of the SMART Recovery model.  You may even be a sponsor or mentor to those new in recovery, devoted to serving others in their quest for an abstinent lifestyle.

Whether you have 30 days sober under your belt or 30 years, relapse is an ever-present threat to sobriety. In fact, not to recognize and respect this fact constitutes a dangerous form of denial.  Alcohol addiction is a wily foe, never to be thought of as under control.  No matter how methodically you have managed your long-term recovery, every recovering alcoholic is vulnerable to relapse—especially if complacency has seeped in.

What Causes Alcoholic Relapse after Long-term Sobriety?

Considering all the many roads that can lead a person to become an alcoholic, it should not be surprising to learn that alcoholic relapse after long-term sobriety can be triggered by a myriad of situations and reasons.  Among the most common include:

  • Memory fades.  After a certain number of years, the hard edges of the memories associated with active addiction can soften.  Wistful memories of drinking may become romanticized, weakening your resolve and tricking you into drinking again.  
  • You stop participating in sober fellowship.  Whether it is a 12-step program or a non 12-step program, the connections with others also battling the monster of alcoholism helps give you the support and accountability needed to remain sober.
  • Co-occurring mental health disorder.  Some alcoholics suffer from an underlying mental health condition such as depression and anxiety.  Both the alcohol addiction and the mental health condition must be treated if recovery is to be sustained.
  • Inadequate coping strategies.  Life will continue to throw curveballs and challenges, no matter how long one has been sober.  Never having acquired the tools to cope with significant loss, trauma, or life’s difficulties makes you vulnerable to relapse.
  • You buy the lie.  One of the most common causes of alcoholic relapse after long-term sobriety is coming to believe that, since you have been sober so long, you can have a drink now and then.  Alcohol dependency is a lifelong condition that will never morph into an innocent recreational habit.

What to Do if You Relapse?

Let there be no doubt about it: Alcoholic relapse after long-time sobriety can lead to death.  This is because the body has adjusted to having no alcohol exposure for years, but the alcoholic mind stubbornly retains the memories of active addiction practices.  A relapse after a long period of sobriety can overwhelm the body with lethal toxins and cause alcohol poisoning.  Alcoholics also have very high rates of suicide, with depression accompanying a sense of failure and despair among those who relapse.

Recognizing that sobriety is the only option for living a full and satisfying life, it is imperative that the individual who relapsed return to treatment, therapy, a sober living environment, or fellowship meetings immediately.  It is common for there to be feelings of shame and guilt after a relapse, but that must not inhibit the individual from returning to the necessary recovery activities that will save one’s life.  Seek the support of loved ones and humbly do whatever it takes to reclaim sobriety.

Ranch Creek Recovery Can Help

If you have found yourself in the state of relapse, the compassionate treatment team at Ranch Creek Recovery will “walk the path” of recovery alongside you.  Focused on providing a holistic approach to treating alcoholism, the many therapeutic options available are designed to treat the mind, body and spirit, not just the disease.  Located in the serene hillsides of Temecula, California, Ranch Creek Recovery provides a natural setting in which to overcome addiction and heal.  For more information about our holistic treatment program, please call us today at (877) 997-8931.

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Ranch Creek Recovery Featured in Psychology Today Magazine

Ranch Creek Recovery, a premier California inpatient, residential, and outpatient addiction and dual diagnosis treatment program, is featured in Psychology Today’s Magazine Solutions in Recovery 2017 treatment center guide. Ranch Creek Recovery is nestled among the rolling hills in Southern California on a private estate providing highly individualized drug and alcohol treatment to those who need detox and rehabilitation for substance abuse disorders. There are only 6 clients in treatment at any given time which provides increased confidentiality and individual care. Most private insurance plans are accepted, financing options, and private pay rates are available upon consultation.

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Why Holistic Addiction Treatment is Powerful for a Lasting Recovery

People don’t just become addicts for no reason. Underlying co-occurring conditions, such as depression or anxiety, can fuel a substance use disorder, as can deep-seated emotional pain or traumatic events. Drug and alcohol addiction is often a response to persistent feelings of not feeling valued as a human being, or sense of having no direction in life, no sense of hope.

For these reasons, holistic addiction treatment is an effective and powerful approach to conquering substance use disorders. By addressing all aspects of the person—the mind, body, and spirit—this rounded therapeutic model can get the recovering addict in touch with the parts of themselves that are in pain. Rather than focusing singularly on one element of the person, the addiction, holistic addiction treatment integrates complimentary therapies that augment the process of addiction recovery.

What is Holistic Addiction Treatment?

Let’s say you are struggling with anxiety that is related to a traumatic even, which results in sleep disturbance. You go to the doctor to get help, and the physician swiftly writes a prescription for a sleep aid. Sure, the sleep aid might help you nod off, but upon awakening the core issue is still roiling below the surface, impacting your mood, concentration, and productivity. The sleeping pill is simply a Band-Aid that only addresses one aspect of the problem.

Holistic addiction treatment is a specific treatment modality where adjunct therapies are integrated into the treatment plan to foster self-awareness and emotional healing. Therapeutic activities such as meditation, yoga, journaling, acupuncture, art and music therapy, garden therapy, equine therapy, massage, and exercise are used to promote overall wellbeing and improved mental and physical health. It is believed that by healing the whole person, not just the addictive behaviors, long-term recovery is much more likely to become a reality.

Stress reduction is a significant component of holistic addiction treatment. Most addicts have high levels of anxiety, and will face stress and uncertainty in the early days of recovery as they attempt to restore their lives. By teaching relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing and mindfulness, the recovering addict will have tools to access if and when anxiety ramps up. An environment that promotes a sense of calm and serenity is best during addiction treatment, allowing the mind and soul to be refreshed and healed in a safe and supportive space.

Just providing a more enjoyable and fulfilling treatment process with these alternative therapies makes it more likely that a client will remain in treatment for the duration of the program. The longer the individual remains in the program, the more likely he or she will discover the deep pain that triggers their addictive behaviors, leading to a more constructive treatment outcome.

Ranch Creek Recover Premier Provider of Holistic Addiction Treatment

With beautiful sweeping views of the rolling hills of Temecula, California, Ranch Creek Recovery offers the best in holistic addiction treatment. This spectacular private estate offers the perfect setting for relaxation and healing of the mind, body, and spirit. The luxury accommodations provide spacious common areas and well-appointed, comfortable rooms. The spectacular backyard lends itself to both active and passive past-times, including designated areas for various holistic activities like yoga, swimming, garden therapy, and meditation.

At Ranch Creek Recovery, an emphasis on the individual drives the recovery program. Understanding that no two people are the same, the treatment plan is customized so that each client will benefit based on their own unique needs and desires. In this intimate, natural setting, our clients have the ability to discover the essence of who they are, and where they want to go post-treatment in an unhurried, relaxed recovery environment. For more information about the holistic addiction treatment program at Ranch Creek Recovery, please call us today at (877) 997-8931.

Relapse Prevention Groups in Treatment

Relapse Prevention Groups in Treatment

How Relapse Prevention Groups in Treatment Can Prepare for Life after Recovery

The decision to get clean and sober was not an easy one. In some ways, severing ties with your drug of choice is akin to breaking up with a lover. Even if that lover is not good for you and your relationship is toxic, it is still hard to walk away. Deep-seated past emotional hurts can lay the foundation for coupling up in a dysfunctional romance, as well as finding oneself seriously addicted to a substance that can actually kill you. For this reason, detangling yourself from the grip of a substance addiction is a difficult endeavor that demands a proactive effort if one is to be successful in recovery.

No matter how pumped you are to start life over clean and sober that dreaded “R” word dangles there like low-hanging fruit….Relapse. While it’s true that 50-90% of recovering addicts will likely relapse within a year, that doesn’t have to be your fate. There are numerous actions one can take to anticipate the triggers and emotional baggage that could lead to a relapse, and a relapse prevention group is a great place to start the offensive planning.

What are Relapse Prevention Groups in Treatment?

Relapse Prevention Therapy falls under the umbrella of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) that focuses on not only identifying the possible triggers and situations that could trip up your recovery, but also teach new, healthy responses to them through the group exercises. By creating a relapse prevention plan in the early days of recovery—giving voice to the potential culprits that can undermine sobriety and learning techniques to dodge them—the chances of relapse will be dramatically reduced.

In a relapse prevention group a therapist will help each member identify certain thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that you associate with using. Just becoming aware of these triggers that, in the past, were followed by cravings and drug or alcohol use will help the newly recovering individual see them from a sober perspective and make a plan to respond differently to them moving forward.

Making an action plan to implement when the warning signs of impending relapse occur is learned in the relapse prevention group’s warning sign management exercise. Each group member will share their own personal warning signs, and how you plan to manage them. The group assists in helping each other with strategies, and challenge each other with “what if?” types of scenarios to help fellow members create a sound strategy for relapse prevention. All of the techniques taught in the relapse prevention group will help prepare you for life after rehab.

Other Relapse Prevention Tools

Relapses after recovery usually follow a predictable pattern. There is an emotional relapse phase where signs of anxiety and anger along with isolating behavior and skipping meetings can begin the process toward relapse. The mental relapse phase is characterized by fantasizing about using, hanging out with friends who use, lying, and beginning to plan a relapse around people’s schedules. Finally, the physical relapse occurs. It is during the first two phases that an impending relapse can be thwarted.

The acronym BHALT is important to preventing relapse, as it identifies the emotions that may promote relapse. BHALT stands for bored, hungry, angry, lonely, and tired. In relapse prevention group coping techniques are taught to help you pay attention to these emotions and how to cope with them to prevent a relapse.

Other relapse prevention tools are eating a healthy diet, getting quality sleep and establishing regular sleep hours, and getting exercise. In addition, relaxation techniques are taught to help calm the mind and reduce the anxiety associated with the early days of sobriety. Deep breathing techniques, yoga, meditation, journaling, and massage are all excellent relaxation tools.

Ranch Creek Recovery Relapse Prevention Groups in Treatment

Ranch Creek Recovery is a private drug and alcohol rehabilitation program located in the beautiful hills of Temecula, California. Their relapse prevention group is one of the many excellent features offered at this non 12-step recovery facility. With a focus on holistic and experiential healing, the compassionate clinicians at RCR walk the walk with the clients, offering a serene therapeutic approach to addiction recovery. For more information, please call (877) 997-8931 today.

Heroin Withdrawal

What Helps with Heroin Withdrawal?

Level of Dependency Dictates Severity of  Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms

Although there are different routes an individual may have taken to get there, once addicted to heroin the risk to life is homologous.  There is no difference in the deadly effects to the user who got there due to legitimately prescribed pain medications that turned into an opioid dependency, or the street user whose recreational drug use escalated to junkie status.   Regardless of the origin of one’s heroin addiction, the bottom line is the same:  heroin kills.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report that in the last decade heroin use has doubled.  In 2013, an estimated 8,200 people lost their lives due to a heroin overdose, and those numbers have continued to climb ever since.  Heroin abuse and overdose, including opioids in general, including fentanyl, has ballooned, becoming a national epidemic.

Once an addict reaches the point where they realize they will surely die unless they get help, the door has opened to recovery.  However, the knowledge that he or she will have to endure the daunting difficulties of withdrawal and detox may pose such a deterrent to receiving treatment that they may not pursue it at all.  Misinformation and fear combine to give the addict another reason to just remain in their deadly habit, which is why clear information about the heroin withdrawal process is so important.

What Heroin Withdrawal Looks Like

Withdrawing from any drug that the body has become dependent on is difficult and unpleasant at the very least, and could be fatal if not managed properly (in the case of alcohol withdrawal specifically).  Heroin withdrawal will vary depending on how dependent the brain has become to the drug, so the duration and severity of heroin use dictates the severity of withdrawal symptoms.

Medically supervised withdrawal is warranted for long-term users, as severe physical and psychological symptoms may become life threatening.  Those severe symptoms include depression, hypertension, rapid heart rate, anxiety, insomnia, muscle spasms, and intense craving.  Those who may attempt to go through withdrawals on their own may quickly relapse at the onset of such serious symptoms, so a supervised withdrawal is imperative for the entrenched addict.

For someone who hasn’t abused heroin in high doses over a long period of time, the withdrawal symptoms can be managed with some outpatient support.  Mild to moderate heroin withdrawal symptoms include nausea, abdominal cramping and diarrhea, sweats, fatigue, trouble concentrating, agitation, tremors, and muscle aches.  Symptoms generally begin within 8 hours of the last dosing of heroin and peak at 48-72 hours.

After the acute phase of withdrawal ends, some may experience post-acute symptoms, such as foggy thinking, difficulties managing stress, sleep disturbances, memory problems, concentration problems, mood swings, and occasional cravings.

Help for Heroin Withdrawal

The mindset that the addict takes at the outset of the decision to stop using heroin will heavily dictate the withdrawal experience.  Once it is determined whether medically-supervised detox is indicated or not, it is important to not expect the worst, as this causes tension in the body and only escalates the withdrawal symptoms.  Here are some things that will help with heroin withdrawal:

  • It is highly recommended for someone in the early phase of recovery to be admitted to a quality rehabilitation program where intensive therapy can solidify sobriety.  Discontinuing the use of heroin is simply the beginning of the process of living a clean and sober life.  The support and companionship found in a high quality addiction treatment program is invaluable to a long-term recovery.
  • Heroin addiction typically leads to a physically depleted body, and a quality rehab addresses this by providing a menu of nutrient rich foods.  To restore health, a diet rich in lean proteins (fish, chicken, turkey), vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes and lots of hydration will benefit recovery.  In addition, nutritional supplements like B complex, vitamin C, and magnesium are recommended.
  • Accountability to self. Write a letter to yourself describing the reasons why you have decided to get clean, including goals and aspirations for the future.  When cravings hit, continually revisit what you wrote and recommit to sobriety.
  • Stay distracted. Going through withdrawals is an unpleasant experience, so keeping yourself distracted will help you avoid dwelling on every little sensation your body experiences during the process.  Watch comedies, take walks, read something inspiring and motivational, and visit with non-using family and friends to help pass the time.
  • Some people might benefit from the supportive environment of an Narcotics Anonymous or non 12-step program, garnering strength from the members and making new sober friends as well.
  • Medically supervised withdrawals may include anti-craving medications such as buprenorphine, naloxone, or naltrexone.  These opioid antagonists help block the opioid receptors and help to maintain abstinence.

Ranch Creek Recovery for Quality Heroin Addiction Treatment

Ranch Creek Recovery is a private recovery facility located in a beautiful estate.  The calm serenity of the hillsides offer the perfect environment for recovery.  Ranch Creek Recovery offers both residential and intensive outpatient services to treat heroin addiction, with round-the-clock staffing to aid and assist in detox and withdrawal.  Our holistic approach addresses the unique needs of each client with a wide range of therapeutic options to enhance recovery.  In addition, our amino acid therapy helps the individual in heroin withdrawal by easing the symptoms of cramping, joint pains, headaches, nausea, diarrhea and cravings.  Contact us today at (877) 997-8931 .

 

Private Drug Treatment Center

Benefits of a Private Drug Treatment Center

Increased Confidentiality and Individualized Care at a Private Drug Treatment Center

Spending a period of time in treatment for a serious drug or alcohol dependency is a very personal and admirable decision.  Outside of family, it is nobody’s business and this important step should be treated respectfully.  Often shame and guilt accompany addiction—including the difficult decision to do a stint in rehab—so privacy is a concern for many.  High profile clients seek out private rehabs for just this reason, to keep their whereabouts to themselves.

The benefits of a private drug treatment center are many.  Not only is anonymity and discretion a top priority at these quality rehabilitation centers, but along with that focus on privacy comes a high level of treatment care.  Special accommodations and treatment elements abound at a private recovery program.

Special Benefits of a Private Drug Treatment Center

Seeking treatment at a smaller recovery venue has many advantages over larger, more institutional rehabs.  Having fewer clients to tend to, treatment professionals have more time to spend caring for them.  The ratio of client to recovery personnel provides a truly therapeutic environment, where the treatment staff can walk the path to recovery alongside the client.  This translates to a higher level of attention and support for the client.

In addition to the increased level of care in a small, private rehab center is the benefit of having an individualized treatment plan designed to align with a client’s unique needs and desires.  Some clients may respond well to group therapy, and others may clam up and do better in individual therapy sessions.  Some clients might favor a classic 12-step program, where others may prefer a self-empowerment-based non 12-step program.  These nuances are important in creating a program that is best suited for each individual client, which can result in a more engaged recovery process.

A private treatment rehab also provides accommodations and amenities that rival a high-end resort.  Offering creature comforts like beautifully appointed rooms, luxury linens, a state-of-the-art kitchen, and a backyard oasis with spectacular views are only a few of the additional benefits of choosing a private rehab for one’s treatment venue.

A Menu of Experiential and Holistic Therapies

When an individual enters a drug or alcohol addiction treatment program they are in a vulnerable and highly sensitive state.  Just the detox experience alone can be very difficult both emotionally and physically, as the person adjusts to life without their crutch.  Many have lost relationships, jobs, homes, businesses, and friends.  Drug or alcohol dependence has wreaked havoc on their personal finances and broken trust bonds with loved ones.

But in one’s brokenness there is opportunity to make significant changes through the process of self-awareness.  With skilled therapists walking the recovery path with each client, emotions, responses to stress, and plumbing deep-seated wounds are examined that unlock the pain and lead to self-empowerment.

A private drug treatment center utilizes a wide array of holistic treatment elements that can promote these new insights and lead to a strong, lifelong recovery.  These elements include:

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). DBT helps the individual stay in the moment, helping to teach copy skills to use in recovery.  It is divided into four stages:  Mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.
  • Acupuncture that targets areas on the ear has been found to help treat addiction and cravings.
  • Yoga and meditation. Yoga and meditation benefit recovery by enhancing a spiritual and interior life, and a form of existential honesty by asking what is real and true at this moment.
  • Garden therapy. Garden therapy, or horticulture therapy, promotes psychological well-being by providing relaxation, physical activity, sensory stimulation, and social development.
  • Equine therapy. Caring for horses can be highly therapeutic and build confidence and compassion.  By feeding, grooming, and exercising these gentle animals, individuals fear no rejection or judgment from them, and find the work soothing to the soul.
  • Therapeutic massage can be very helpful in relieving stress in the newly sober individual.  Massage helps to increase alertness, improve the efficiency of body functions, promote relaxation, and decrease feelings of depression and anxiety.
  • Sound therapy. Using gongs to elicit sound vibrations, it is shown to heal and rejuvenate by filling the body’s cells, bones, and organs with life force energy.  This promotes a sense of wholeness and resonance in the individual.

Ranch Creek Recovery is a Private Drug Treatment Center

Ranch Creek Recovery (RCR) offers a serene and therapeutic environment at a private estate. The many high-end amenities enhance the recovery experience, helping to make the experience a positive and comfortable one.  RCR’s compassionate, expert staff is committed to joining each client on their recovery pathway, tending to their recovery process with care and emphathy.  For more information about this program, call us today at (877) 997-8931.

Luxury Drug Rehab

Benefits of a Small and Private Luxury Drug Rehab

Addiction Treatment in the Lap of Luxury Drug Rehab

Nestled among the gentle rolling hills above Temecula, California, and cradled in the safe cocoon of a beautiful and inviting private residence, one might forget the reason for their stay. Ranch Creek Recovery, a specialized luxury drug rehab, offers luxurious accommodations, with amenities like those found at high-end resorts, in an intimate, family-like environment.

Ranch Creek Recovery believes that an individual who has made the decision to lead a clean and sober life will benefit from a recovery program that treats the whole person. The important creature comforts that can make a stay more enjoyable, combined with a peaceful and serene setting, come together to enhance the treatment process. Additionally, a wide array of holistic therapeutic options available ensures that all aspects of the individual—the physical, mental, and spiritual realms—are being cared for.

How is Luxury Drug Rehab Different?

The advantages of a small and private luxury rehab environment are many. Not only is the upscale living space uplifting, but the higher standard of care combined with a small, intimate client base allows for Ranch Creek Recovery’s compassionate team of recovery professionals to address each individual as a unique person, tailoring the addiction treatment program to meet their specific needs.

Someone who has made the life-changing commitment to get sober and to lead a life free from alcohol and drugs is often plagued with anxiety—even ambiguity—over this decision. A crowded, institutional-feeling rehab environment can exacerbate those uncomfortable emotions that many experience at the outset of addiction treatment. The one-size-fits-all treatment programs don’t address the special nuances that exist among clients, leaving some to feel either excluded or disengaged.

The benefits of a small-scale, private rehab program that offers quality accommodations and a high level of care include:

• A family-like, compassionate atmosphere
• A sense of safety and security
• An individualized recovery plan
• A wide array of holistic therapies
• An emphasis on self-empowerment
• An emphasis on improving physical and emotional health

Amenities Offered at Ranch Creek Recovery

Ranch Creek Recovery is a residential addiction luxury drug rehab that is located on a gorgeous private estate in a beautiful hillside setting. The bedrooms are exquisitely appointed, and include shared or private accommodations. The estate features high-end upgrades throughout, with a serene backyard oasis that fosters rest and relaxation. View Photo Tour of Ranch Creek Recovery: Click Here

Holistic and experiential therapeutic options have been found to enhance the recovery process and promote self-discovery. Ranch Creek Recovery offers:

• Garden therapy
• Yoga
• Acupuncture
• Meditation
• Equine therapy
• Therapeutic massage
• Sound healing
• Exercise
• Amino acids

Individualized Care at a Small Private Luxury Rehab

Because our program is client-centered, each individual’s recovery path may be unique and will evolve over time. Our counselors can adjust and refine the program to meet the clients where they are, and guide them toward where they want to go. We have a high staff-to-client ratio, allowing for the attention that we believe each client deserves.

Because some clients might prefer a traditional 12-step program and others might feel more comfortable in a non 12-step program, we provide both options for our clientele. Each client’s addiction story is unique, with differing factors that led to a drug or alcohol dependency. We believe that those differences should be respected. Each client will find a compassionate and therapeutic environment at RCR that allows for various paths to recovery.

Ranch Creek Recovery for Individualized Luxury Drug Rehab

Our treatment professionals view themselves as partners, willing to walk the recovery path alongside our clients. If you or a loved one would benefit from a small, intimate addiction treatment program surrounded by natural beauty and a caring atmosphere, then RCR is for you. Contact us today for a free, confidential assessment at (877) 997-8931. We look forward to answering all your questions about our specialized program.

Heroin Addiction in Orange County

Heroin Addiction Spike in Orange County, CA

A Surge in Heroin Addiction in Orange County, CA Sounds Alarm

Orange County, California is a beautiful metropolitan suburban enclave in Southern California.  The OC, as it is affectionately referred to, has always enjoyed a positive reputation—after all, it is the home of Disneyland, the happiest place on earth—featuring beautiful coastal communities and rolling foothills.  Affluence abounds in Orange County, and conservative values still generally prevail.  Parents still take the family to church on Sundays and about 70,000 OC kids attend pricey private schools.  Why then are heroin-related overdoses and deaths spiking in Orange County?

According to data from the Orange County Coroner’s office, fatal overdoses spiked to about 400 in 2015, a six percent jump from 2014, and a 63% increase since 2005.  The majority of these overdose deaths, 286, involved opioids such as heroin, Percocet, Vicodin, and OxyContin.

The epidemic is not just sweeping Orange County, but, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is claiming 78 lives a day across the United States.  In California, out of its 58 counties Orange County has the 17th highest rate of drug and heroin overdoses statewide.

Factors that May Contribute to the Rising Heroin Addiction in Orange County

While heroin was once considered the drug of the lower socioeconomic strata, afflicting poor minorities primarily, it is now permeating the population across income, race, gender, or geographic location.  Even small rural communities have seen an enormous impact of heroin on their youth.  The term “suburban junkies” has been coined to refer to the dramatic shift from urban-based addicts to those who reside in the toney communities like Orange County.

Some of the factors that may be contributing to the dramatic increase of heroin addiction in Orange County include:

Affluence

In many cases of opioid addiction and death, heroin was not the first drug of choice.  In this affluent county, teens and young adults have been recreationally abusing prescription opioids, paying upwards of $30 per pill, in their quest to achieve a high.  What often transpires is the desire to continue to relive that high, and through ready availability of cash or accessing the pills in parents’ medicine cabinets, they eventually develop a tolerance and become dependent on the drugs.

However, at some point in time, the cost becomes prohibitive and the young person, mostly white males, who is now addicted seeks a cheaper and more readily available substitute in heroin.  Because today’s heroin is more pure, and has also been cut with fentanyl in many cases, accidental overdose can occur.  Heroin addiction in Orange County is becoming rising problems in many affluent communities across the region.

The Drug Trade Contributing to Heroin Addiction in Orange county

The close proximity of Orange County to the Mexican border, where the majority of the heroin being distributed across the country comes in, keeps the costs down for local users.  Also, the type of heroin called black tar, coming in from Xalisco, Mexico, is extremely potent.

A trend has developed where fentanyl is being sold under the guise of heroin or in fentanyl-laced heroin, unbeknownst to users, contributing to many accidental overdose deaths.  Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, is about 50 times more potent than heroin.  Drug cartels in Mexico have been ramping up production of this deadly drug in recent years.

Prescription Pain Medications

Over-prescribing of pain medications like OxyContin has also been identified as a precursor to someone developing a heroin habit.  Recent legal action against certain doctors, referred to as “pill mills,” has sent a powerful message to the medical community about over-prescribing these dangerous and addictive medications.  Even though legitimately prescribed for pain following injury or surgery, it is now becoming apparent how addictive these drugs are and a return to former methods of pain management are evolving.

Dr. Padma Gulur, a pain specialist at U.C. Irvine, has established a coalition of hospitals, health insurance companies, law enforcement agencies, and public health agencies to collect drug overdose data and then encourage physicians to scale back on prescribing opioids.  In an interview this year with KNBC news correspondent Vikki Vargas, Gulur stated, “We prescribe these medications, but don’t have adequate safeguards in place to ensure that excess medications don’t flood our community.”

Naloxone Needed

Naloxone, known under the brand name of Narcan, is an antidote to heroin overdose that can be sprayed into the nose or injected into arm or leg muscles to stimulate breathing that has stopped during an overdose.  Naloxone is becoming more readily accessible to law enforcement, first responders, and hospitals potentially saving many lives that would otherwise have been lost to a heroin or opioid overdose.

“Naloxone saves lives; it just does,” Dr. Gulur stated.  “Looking at the data from the coroner’s office, these are preventable deaths.”

The cost of naloxone is skyrocketing, however, creating difficulty for communities to provide this important life-saving intervention harder to finance.  Nevertheless, in the past few years more than 30 states have established policies designed to increase access to naloxone.  In 2014, the U.S. Attorney General urged law enforcement agencies nationwide to train personnel to administer naloxone.  Naloxone is not the answer to the heroin epidemic, but until more education and awareness is available regarding the dangers of opioids, it will save lives.

Ranch Creek Recovery Treats Heroin Addiction

Because of its proximity to Orange County, California, Ranch Creek Recovery is an excellent option for receiving quality treatment for a heroin or prescription pain medication dependency.  Ranch Creek Recovery offers a holistic inpatient treatment program that is tailored to the individual and encompasses all aspects of well-being.  Located in the serene hills of Temecula, Ranch Creek Recovery provides just enough distance from Orange County to allow for treatment without the potential triggers or temptations of home.  Call us for more information about our innovative treatment program at
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