Addiction Treatment in California
If it seems like there’s a myriad of options for addiction treatment in California, you’re assumptions are correct. California in recent years has been a haven for addiction treatment centers. Why? In the 1980’s, President Reagan’s administration turned responsibility for mental health and addiction treatment to the States, rather than have the Federal government manage it. Why? The thought was that the States could better manage their own needs and allocate more (or less) funding depending on their local needs. Since then, each State has steadily cut funding for mental health and addiction treatment. Things were getting bad before health insurance companies started covering treatment. When that happened, the private sector jumped in and new facilities for addiction treatment in California popped us, just as they did in many states. Because the private sector has proven to be far better at managing health care than any government agency, this provided many more options for patients.
Is Location a Factor in Recovery?
A person’s environment has been shown to play an important part in their recovery. In most recovery programs, patients will go through a 12-step recovery plan. One facet of this type of plan is the focus on “people, places and things.” In short, the key to recovery is changing the people, places and things that remind him/her of the addiction. As such, seeking addiction treatment in one’s hometown is never a good idea. It’s likely that the town and the people the patient know in the town were in some way an influence in the addiction. Some people prefer an environment that is in the mountains. Others prefer being in the midst of a redwood forest. Still others want to be near the beach. Being able to get fresh air and exercise is an important part of any recovery program. If patients can do that in an environment that they find personally healing, they are more likely to succeed. California is a destination state for many Americans and proximity to our beaches, mountains and cities represents a radical departure for some people. This is why there are more than 1400 recovery facilities in the state. Another consideration is the addiction treatment plan and what happens after a patient completes rehab. Rehab of course, is the first step of recovery. It includes a detox process and some early investigation into the root causes of one’s addiction. After that, the most success comes from continuation of treatment through programs like intensive outpatient (IOP) or sober living. In both cases (IOP and sober living), patients continue their therapy and counseling while they slowly segue back into society. During this process is when California becomes very attraction and why so many people seek addiction treatment in California. The job prospects, the schools, career programs, participating employers and quaint communities offer far more opportunities than in other parts of the country. In fact, The District Recovery Community has partnered with many local employers who eagerly welcome residents of our sober living facilities. Residents of California are also eligible for Medicare to help pay for treatment in many cases.
Activities While in Recovery
The District Recovery community employs a method called “adventure therapy” as part of our curriculum. These team activities are designed to foster bonds between residents and to build self-confidence. California is the perfect setting for this, with more than 300 days of sun per year. Most of our facilities are walking distance from the beach. Along with access to local beaches, mountains, biking trails and many other activity centers, there are few places better. This is another reason addiction treatment in California makes sense for many people.
Choosing Addiction Treatment in California
It’s no surprise that experts warn people to choose their addiction treatment providers carefully. You have to be careful and make your choice based on several factors including:
- Your specific needs
- Consideration of any co-occurring disorders (things like manic depression, bulemia, or any other form of mild/severe mental illness)
- Budgetary considerations (do you have insurance? Are you eligible for Medicare or other state-funded insurance?)
- Length of your addiction
- Family support
These are all things to consider prior to checking in to a facility. You’ll want to consult with the Admissions Director of any facility before you commit. It’s important to be honest about your condition and history if you hope to have any chance of success in recovery.