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MHS - East County Center for Change

MHS - East County Center for Change

Drug Rehab Center in El Cajon, California

  • Substance Abuse
  • Opioid Addiction
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Drug Addiction
  • Alcoholism

The East County Center for Change is an Addiction Treatment Facility in El Cajon, CA offering a range of evidence-based services including Aftercare Support, Drug Rehabilitation, Intensive Outpatient Care, Residential Programs, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychotherapy, 12-Step Meetings and Family Counseling, as well as specialized care for Dual Diagnosis patients. Accepting private health insurance and providing over four decades of experience in the field, the Center strives to help each individual achieve long-term recovery from substance use disorders.

About This El Cajon, CA Facility

MHS - East County Center for Change is an Addiction Treatment Facility located in El Cajon, California. Founded in 1978, this center has been dedicated to helping individuals struggling with alcoholism, opioid addiction, substance abuse, dual diagnosis, and drug addiction for over four decades. Offering various levels of care including aftercare support, drug rehab, dual-diagnosis treatment, intensive outpatient programs (IOP), outpatient services, and residential treatment options. MHS - East County Center for Change accepts private health insurance and is affiliated with Mental Health Systems.

At MHS - East County Center for Change, patients can expect a comprehensive range of services to address addiction and substance abuse issues. The facility recognizes the need for individualized treatment plans and tailors programs to meet each patient's unique needs. With a focus on holistic healing and recovery, they employ evidence-based practices such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing (MI), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and trauma-informed care. Through these approaches, patients receive not only effective addiction treatment but also support in managing their mental health conditions if present. The center values aftercare support and helps individuals develop relapse prevention strategies to maintain long-term sobriety.

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  • Female
  • Gender Exclusive Center
  • Ages
  • Children
  • Teenagers
  • Adults
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Modality
  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Family
  • Groups
  • Additional
  • LGBTQ+ Allied
  • Hearing Impaired
  • Veteran Specific
  • Multiple Centers
  • Conditions and Issues Treated

    Substance abuse refers to the intensive and inappropriate use of psychoactive substances. These include illegal drugs, alcohol, and even the excessive use of prescription drugs. Overuse of these substances leads to severe physical or psychological dependence.

    Substance abuse is treatable and the duration of treatment and most successful sobriety can require weeks or months of professional care at MHS - East County Center for Change in El Cajon.

    Opioid addiction treatment facilities like MHS - East County Center for Change support people struggling with opioid dependency, which covers illegal and prescription opioids. People often abuse prescription opioids to get high instead of adhering to a medical provider’s directions. Addiction forces people to crave for opioids impulsively without factoring in the dangers these drugs bring to them.

    Most opioid addiction treatment plans include detoxification and subsequent medications to ease the process. However, that’s only the beginning. Behavioral therapies and counseling are also necessary to resolve the root cause of addiction. This overall approach decreases the likelihood of falling off the wagon. In some instances, therapies can be done at home.

    An underlying cause often brings about addiction. Mental disorders can lie at the center, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or anxiety disorder. As well as the cause of the addiction, a dual diagnosis by MHS - East County Center for Change helps to treat the addiction. This ensures that after treatment is complete, the patient will not fall back on old practices.

    Levels of Care Offered

    This center offers a variety of custom treatment tailored to individual recovery. Currently available are Aftercare Support, Drug Rehab, Dual-Diagnosis, Intensive Outpatient, Outpatient, Residential, with additional therapies available as listed below.

    MHS - East County Center for Change offers an Intensive Outpatient Program is for those who need intensive care but prefer to spend the majority of their time in the comfort of their own home. The rehabilitation services differ in length and intensity. They are customized to meet the needs of the patient.

    When remaining at their job in El Cajon, or continuing their studies, the individual may live with their family while utilizing MHS - East County Center for Change‘s outpatient services. Treatment requires counseling the patient at the individual level, in a group setting, about substance addiction, drugs, and therapy sessions.

    Residential treatment programs are those that offer housing and meals in addition to substance abuse treatment. Rehab facilities that offer residential treatment allow patients to focus solely on recovery, in an environment totally separate from their lives. Some rehab centers specialize in short-term residential treatment (a few days to a week or two), while others solely provide treatment on a long-term basis (several weeks to months). Some offer both, and tailor treatment to the patient’s individual requirements.

    Help with aftercare applies to the follow-up care provided after the initial recovery program offered by MHS - East County Center for Change in El Cajon, CA. The level of support for aftercare plays a vital role in avoiding relapse and in maintaining sobriety. Aftercare support is tailored according to the patient’s needs.

    MHS - East County Center for Change‘s Therapies & Programs

    During individual therapy at MHS - East County Center for Change in El Cajon, California, the person in recovery meets with a therapist one-on-one to go over the situation and learn from their mistakes. The counselor or therapist will use this time to address causes of an addiction, triggers, any type of mental issue or dual diagnosis, and aftercare plans. They will help fill in any gaps in future plans to give the person the best chances of attaining and maintaining long-term sobriety.

    Patients who receive generous support from their loved ones have better chances of completing their recovery. Genetics play a role when it comes to addiction, so it’s better to approach the problem as a unit. Family members can help an individual avoid addiction triggers and guide him or her in making lifestyle changes.

    Group therapy is a type of counseling at MHS - East County Center for Change in El Cajon, CA that occurs between a bunch of strangers. The goal of group therapy sessions is to foster hope and a sense of belonging. It also helps to have people who can relate to what you’re going through. Good behaviors can also be contagious.

    Dialectical behavioral therapy focuses on eliminating negative thoughts such as suicidal thoughts. It is useful in the treatment of patients with uncontrollable emotions. The term “dialectic” means the integration of opposites. In the substance abuse context, DBT refers to accepting the patient’s addiction.

    Life skills training helps the recovering person gain the skills and confidence necessary to function well in the world. Life skills training focuses on practical activities like cooking, job seeking, social interactions, and money management. This kind of training at MHS - East County Center for Change helps fill in the gaps caused by addiction with useful, immediately usable skills.

    Patient Experience

    Experiential Therapy at MHS - East County Center for Change

    Experiential therapy involves having patients work through mental issues by engaging in real time activities. It moves away from traditional talk therapy having patients role play or use props to explore their issues and emotions. This treatment process, available at MHS - East County Center for Change, helps people process trauma and emotion in a healthier fashion eliminating the need to turn to drugs and alcohol.

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    MHS - East County Center for Change Location and Directions
    Address Information545 N Magnolia Ave
    El Cajon, California 92020 Phone Number(619) 579-0947 Meta DetailsUpdated November 25, 2023
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    El Cajon, California Addiction Information

    More than 3 million of California's citizens are addicted to illegal drugs. Almost 800,000 people use hard drugs, almost 5 million use marijuana, and another 2.1 million abuse alcohol every year. Other substance abuse issues such as binge drinking and teen drug use are also common. Many illegal drugs such as cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and marijuana are smuggled into the state from Mexico.

    There are about 9,000 people in El Cajon who struggle with drug addiction, which accounts for about 7% of the population. Prescription drugs such as Oxycodone and Hydrocodone have become popular because they are easier to get and less expensive. The type of treatment method that is right for one person may not be the best option for someone else, so an important part of recovery is choosing a plan that feels right and sticking with it.

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