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Ventura County Behavioral Health

  • Ventura, CA
  • Outpatient

Ventura County Behavioral Health, located in Ventura, California, focuses on providing comprehensive mental health and substance use treatment services. This county agency offers a continuum of care, including outpatient counseling and residential treatment, to cater to a variety of populations, including adults, youth, and older adults.

Ventura County Behavioral Health’s mission is to deliver high-quality behavioral healthcare. Recognized nationally, they earned three awards from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2020 for clinical quality and health information technology advancements.

  • Comprehensive Services: Offers mental health and substance use treatment, including crisis intervention and medication management.
  • Specialized Programs: Dedicated programs for older adults, youth, and the criminal justice system.
  • Mobile Crisis Response: Provides timely assistance for mental health emergencies.
  • Recognized Quality: Awarded for clinical quality measures and health IT optimization in 2020.

Treating issues like addiction, serious mental illness, and more, their services benefit adults, older adults, youth, and families. Those involved in the criminal justice system also receive specialized attention.

  • 4 Conditions Treated
  • Insurance Accepted
  • 3 Levels of Care
  • 7 Therapies & Programs

Conditions and Issues Treated

Substance Abuse + Addiction Treatment at Ventura County Behavioral Health

Recovering from substance abuse is an essential part of a healthy life for many people. It’s a long and challenging process, but it can be worth it in the end if you manage to get through all parts. Detoxifying your body, rehabilitation after that time passes or when needed (depending on what type), and then recovery while also receiving therapy support throughout this entire process.

A standard route to starting recovering from substance abuse and addiction is through a detoxification center. There you can completely heal your body and mind and continue on the path of recovery without feeling any of the lingering effects of substances.

Opioid + Opiate Addiction Treatment in Ventura, CA

Within the past decade, opioid addiction has become a nationwide epidemic. The United States hosts one of the world’s highest rates of opioid use or abuse and has one of the highest rates of opioid-related deaths. In the United States, opioid drugs are classified as Schedule II-IV controlled substances due to their highly addictive properties and potential for abuse. These include morphine, opium, heroin, oxycodone, hydrocodone, methadone, and fentanyl. Physicians usually prescribe opioids to help control pain.

Over time, opioid users develop a tolerance for the drugs, which makes it difficult, if not impossible, to function without them. In turn, opioid users often resort to illicit means of obtaining the drugs. These means can include drug dealers, friends, and family members who do not have legitimate prescriptions for the drugs. Opioid addiction can quickly lead to heroin use, especially those seeking more intense highs than prescription opioids offer. Due to the high risk of overdose, heroin users are at a much higher risk for illness and death.

Dual-Diagnosis

A person who struggles with addiction and a mental health condition suffers from a dual diagnosis. This means that they have two issues that must be treated. The specific mental health issues that the patient at Ventura County Behavioral Health might have include but are not limited to:

  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Anxiety
  • PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)

The specific addiction issues that the patient might have include but are not limited to:

  • Alcoholism
  • Drug Addiction (i.e., Cocaine, Meth, and other stimulants, Marijuana, and Ecstasy)

The combination of the two illnesses can be tough to treat. Taking care of one or the other is tough, and taking care of both cannot be done alone. A patient who receives dual diagnosis treatment will be given the best chance at becoming sober.

Levels of Care

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

Intensive Outpatient Programs are similar to partial hospitalization, but they don’t require the patient to go home each night.

This means that while they have to attend meetings and receive other types of help at the facility, addicts are allowed to keep their jobs or continue with school without having to miss their classes or work opportunities. This is a great option for those who can’t take time away from their jobs or schedules to attend a treatment program.

During this type of program, the addict will be required to meet with counselors and other types of professionals throughout the day. This will help them stay on track and prevent them from relapsing after they leave the facility.

An outpatient treatment program is set up to help with alcohol or drug addiction or a co-occurring disorder. The treatment must attend the treatment facility for their therapy and other programs but return home each night. The frequency of mandatory attendance decreases after much of the treatment program is complete. The treatment programs are monitored by the treatment facility and case managers who work for a judge or judge’s office. A treatment program may be performed out of a treatment facility, treatment clinic, or treatment center.

The benefits of outpatient treatment programs are many. One of the most beneficial treatment programs is that it allows treatment for clients who cannot afford or may not be able to attend treatment at a treatment facility, treatment center, or treatment clinic full-time. Another benefit of treatment programs is that they reduce crime rates because treatment allows people to treat their addiction.

Therapies & Programs

Individualized Treatment is essential because it gives addicts the ability to participate in a program that meets their unique needs. An addict should work with professionals who understand what they’re going through, especially if the addict is actively using. Finding the right treatment program for an addict is difficult, but it’s even harder without communicating with those who have experience treating your specific situation.

The therapies typically involve all family members, potentially including siblings, children, and parents who play a role in their daily lives. These sessions can be essential because they address past issues that may have affected an addict or alcoholic’s recovery process. They provide support during this time when it is needed most!

A family therapy session, often called a family meeting or intervention, is a necessary process that helps loved ones of addicts see their situation in a new light. It’s also one of the most challenging things families will ever have to do when they’re facing a loved one battling addiction or alcoholism.

Group therapy sessions provide recovering addicts with a chance to cope with everyday situations that many face. Group therapy sessions are held in rehab facilities, clinics, churches or community centers that offer drug addiction treatment.

People who attend these groups are encouraged to voice their feelings and support other addicts in recovery. This helps group members strengthen their own recovery program while cheering on others who are struggling with sobriety.

Dialectical behavior therapy, or DBT, is one form of cognitive behavioral treatment. This type of therapy typically involves both individual and group sessions with a therapist on a regular basis.

It uses concepts like mindfulness training to help addicts learn how to identify their thoughts, feelings, behaviors and the experiences that trigger them so they can avoid relapse. DBT also teaches addicts how to regulate their emotions, which can make it easier for them to avoid or overcome negative thoughts and cravings.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a highly effective treatment option based on the idea that how we feel, think and act all interact together. Our thoughts determine our feelings and behaviors; our feelings affect our thoughts, and our behaviors change our thoughts and feelings. CBT helps people explore their thoughts for problems (or false beliefs) that influence their mood and actions. By examining their thoughts and beliefs, people can recognize distorted or irrational and modify them to more realistic, positive ones. CBT is very goal-oriented, which means that the therapist and patient work together on a specific problem while learning to become more adept at solving future problems.

CBT works well with a broad range of people, including those with depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, and problems with anger. In addition to helping a client focus on thoughts that can be changed, CBT also allows them to take an active role in their treatment. This is called a collaborative approach because both patient and therapist work together to produce the best possible results.

CBT is based on cognitive learning theory, which says that our behavior is a learned response to our environment. Cognitive refers to thoughts and beliefs, while behavioral relates to actions or deeds. CBT helps people learn ways of behaving to improve their quality of life by focusing on specific problems or goals they want to achieve. Sometimes, CBT is used alone; other times, it is combined with medications or brief counseling techniques such as solution-focused and motivational interviewing to achieve optimal results for the patient.

Payment Options

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  • Health Insurance
  • Self-Pay / Cash
  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Military Insurance
  • IHS/Tribunal/Urban
  • State-Financed
  • Sliding Scale
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    Location & Contact

    Ventura County Behavioral Health Location and Directions
    Address
    24 East Main Street
    Ventura, CA 93001

    Phone Number
    (805) 652-6919

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    Ventura County Behavioral Health Location and Directions

    Location

    • 24 East Main Street
      Ventura, CA 93001
    • (805) 652-6919

    Accepts

    • Gender
      Female, Male
    • Age
      Adults (20+), Children (0-12), Teenagers
    • Modality
      Family, Group, Individuals

    Listed December 11, 2022

    Updated July 2, 2024

    Ventura, California Addiction and Treatment

    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.

    Nestled on California's breezy coast, Ventura boasts a vibrant arts scene and ample outdoor adventures. Yet amidst its charms, the region grapples with alarming opioid addiction rates, surpassing statewide averages for prescription abuse and overdose fatalities in recent years.

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