Treating Drug Addictions

Serenity Malibu Rehab provides safe and effective drug & opioid pill addiction treatment plans designed to address addictions to illegal and prescription drugs. For example, a heroin addiction may be treated by implementing the following strategies:

1.Initial detoxification that includes close medical supervision, counseling and addressing the patient’s unique psychological and emotional needs

2.Providing the patient with medications to assist in the detoxification process. A combination opiate antagonist and agonist such as naloxone and buprenorphine promotes simultaneous blockage and activation of opoid receptors which reduces cravings and the risk of relapse

3.Residential or outpatient treatment plans are established that incorporate cognitive behavioral therapy, rational-emotive therapy or psychotherapy as well as options for the patient to attempt 12-step programs and holistic therapies

In addition, Serenity Malibu Rehab also administers psychoeducation, neuroscience testing and life skills training to enhance a patient’s ability to cope with specific triggers that could cause them to relapse. All aspects of drug addiction therapy seek to find out what kind of stressful situations or self-defeating thoughts compel a patient to reach for a pill, the needle or pipe.

Once these triggers are identified, counselors then teach patients how to constructively manage and process painful, unpleasant feelings associated with unexpectedly encountering people that upset them, with memories of traumatic experiences or with experiencing the simple act of living day to day without using drugs.

Treating a Methamphetamine Addiction

Sometimes even tougher to treat than a heroin addiction is a methamphetamine addiction. “Meth” is a potent stimulant that targets the central nervous system by interfering with normal neurotransmitter release, specifically dopamine.

Primarily responsible for controlling the pleasure/reward centers in the brain, dopamine also influences emotion, movement and sensation-seeking impulses. Treating a meth addiction is complex and problematic, demanding the support of professional therapists working at Serenity Malibu Rehab who have specialized knowledge and experience in dealing with meth addictions.

Although a standard pharmaceutical treatment plan does not exist for a methamphetamine addiction, effective interventions involving cognitive behavioral therapy, improving coping skills and an intense focus on the modification of distorted thinking patterns and self-esteem issues are integrated in patient treatment strategies.

Because many meth users are erroneously labeled as being schizophrenic, the need to completely detoxify a patient before providing mental health therapy is vital for ensuring the patient receives the appropriate psychiatric services.