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Conditions and Issues Treated
A detailed list of the primary issues commonly treated.
Dual Diagnosis, Mental Health
Getting sober on your own is not only dangerous during the initial detox, it is also more likely to result in a relapse later on. Addiction treatment centers provide a monitored environment where you will get the medical attention you need, as well as the emotional support to overcome drug or alcohol abuse.
Levels of Care Offered
VA Loma Linda Healthcare System - Palm Desert CBOC offers a variety of treatment.
This center offers a variety of custom treatment tailored to individual recovery. Currently available are Aftercare Support, Dual-Diagnosis, Outpatient, Residential, with additional therapies available as listed below.
After treatment, addiction treatment can be frightening for newly sober people. Aftercare support provided by VA Loma Linda Healthcare System - Palm Desert CBOC is designed to give resources and help on a continued basis. It can involve finding housing in and around California, setting up 12-step meeting groups, continued medical monitoring, and counseling.
People with dual diagnosis have coexisting addiction and a mental disorder. 9.2 million US adults had a co-occurring disorder in 2018, so not just limited to California residents. Best treatment combines medication, psychotherapy (talk therapy), support group, and inpatient rehabilitation. Sometimes, complementary therapies – yoga, massage, and acupuncture – may also be used.
Outpatient treatment can be considered the lowest intensity level of addiction treatment in Palm Desert, CA. It is ideal for early phase addiction or lower intensity addictions. VA Loma Linda Healthcare System - Palm Desert CBOC peer group support, 12-step programs, and individual counseling may still be involved.
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.
Therapies & Programs
The methods used to care for each individual at VA Loma Linda Healthcare System - Palm Desert CBOC.
Couples Therapy, Experiential Therapy, Family Therapy, Group Therapy, Individual Therapy, Life Skills, Nicotine Replacement Therapy, Nutrition Therapy, Trauma Therapy
Individual therapy aims to identify the core issues that would have led the patient to substance abuse and address the root cause effectively. Patients find the therapist as a person who they can trust. It helps them to open up and discuss personal and sensitive issues, which they may not be comfortable discussing in a group.
Couples therapy is an approach wherein the patients and their partners are engaged together as a part of the treatment process. When a person becomes a victim of substance abuse, it affects the patient and the people around him, particularly his partner. Their relationship can become strained due to lack of communication, financial issues, loss of trust, lack of intimacy, and physical abuse in more severe cases.
Couples therapy addresses these issues and tries to rebuild the trust between the partners. The partner’s involvement in the process will result in greater chances of treatment success and sustained recovery.
Family Counseling + Therapy
Family therapy is a set of therapeutic approaches that assumes that the entire family is a system. It utilizes the strengths and resources of the family to help the patient refrain from resorting to substance abuse. It helps to repair relationships and improve communication between family members.
Group therapy happens at VA Loma Linda Healthcare System - Palm Desert CBOC in a controlled group environment, as opposed to a one-on-one setting. It supports Palm Desert, CA patients’ recovery by offering a sense of comfort and letting them know that they are not alone. Through shared conversations, patients also learn to develop faith and understanding and gain insight on their addictions.
Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)
Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) is a treatment that helps people to quit smoking. NRT reduces the withdrawal symptoms by giving nicotine in low doses. It is safe for most adults, teens and pregnant women should not undergo NRT. Research shows that the use of NRT doubles the chances of quitting smoking.
Unresolved trauma is often a key reason why many patients resorted to substance abuse. Trauma therapy refers to treatment wherein specialist therapists help the patients to resolve the trauma that led the patients to substance abuse. The trauma could be physical abuse, sexual abuse, war, natural disasters, divorce, accident, loss of a loved one, etc. Thinking of these traumatic events causes emotional disturbances like anxiety, depression and results in addiction. If trauma is the primary cause of substance abuse, then both issues must be addressed. Otherwise, there is a risk of relapse. Trauma therapy also improves the cognitive functions and provides long term benefits.
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Experiential Therapy at VA Loma Linda Healthcare System - Palm Desert CBOC
Experiential therapy works on the principle that the perception of individuals determines their behavior. It is different from medication and talk therapy and suits those who have difficulty in expressing themselves and interact. Experiential therapy works by using tools and activities to recreate past experiences and encourages the release of suppressed thoughts that were responsible for the negative feelings and drug addiction.
Role-playing, arts and crafts, music, animal care, rock climbing, etc. are some of the activities used in this therapy. Gradually the individual will experience calmness and love and change their perception positively. Other than drug addiction, Experiential therapy is useful in various behavioral and eating disorders.
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