Drug Rehab Orange County for Addiction
Our detoxification and rehabilitation model is grounded in Alcoholics Anonymous’ Twelve Steps. At the same time, our Orange County rehab facility is a women’s only program that is oriented towards meeting the specific needs of this community – including women with families and children. We can offer several levels of care as they recover from chemical dependencies. We take a holistic, culturally relevant, and gender-separated approach for a number of reasons. In our experience, chemical dependency is usually also linked to co-occurring disorders like trauma, mental health problems, family dysfunction, and sex addiction. We also treat and address those disorders.
Why Women’s Only Rehab Facilities in Orange County?Why would you want a women-only facility for addiction rehab? Because until the early 1990s, most research on substance use disorders focused on men. That changed when U.S. agencies required federally funded studies to include more women. Since at that time, researchers have learned that there are important gender differences in some types of addiction. Although men are more likely than women to become substance-dependent, women face tougher challenges. These include:
- Moving more quickly from using an addictive substance to dependence (known as telescoping)
- Developing medical and social consequences of addiction quicker than men
- Having a harder time quitting addictive substances
- Being more vulnerable to relapse
Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) in WomenWomen develop AUD quicker than men. Problems such as brain atrophy or liver damage occur more rapidly in women. There are biological factors that make women more susceptible to the effects of alcohol than men such as:
- Women tending to weigh less than men.
- A woman’s body containing less water and more fatty tissue than a man’s. Fat retains alcohol and water dilutes it.
- Women having lower levels of two enzymes that break down alcohol in the stomach and liver. This results in a woman absorbing more alcohol in the bloodstream.
Stimulants, Opioids, and Marijuana Addiction in Women
StimulantsWomen report their first use of cocaine at younger ages than men. They develop a dependence quicker and are more likely to relapse after quitting. Hormonal changes may increase cocaine cravings during certain times in the menstrual cycle. Early evidence also shows that women experience more intense craving than men do when exposed to triggers that remind them of cocaine.
OpioidsWomen are more likely to get prescriptions for opioids than men. This is because they are more prone to have chronic pain from conditions like fibromyalgia. They are also more likely than men to visit emergency rooms due to opioid abuse, which suggests that they have more medical consequences from using opioids.
MarijuanaMen are almost three times more likely to report smoking marijuana daily. Early research suggests that women might experience more negative medical effects and progress to dependence more quickly. But so far, the only agreement is that more research is needed about gender differences in marijuana use.
Our Main Services at our Drug Addiction Rehab Orange CountyWe are a non-profit facility and offer a surprising array of services, from group and individual therapy to experiential therapies like rock climbing and equine therapy. This is surprising to many people, but our belief in a holistic approach to treatment demands that we address an individual’s body, mind, and spirit.
Holistic Therapy at New DirectionsHolistic therapy used to be considered a “fringe” therapy for people with substance use disorder. But there has been growing research that shows the healing benefits of these programs. Modern addiction treatment is more diverse with some rehab facilities in Orange County offering alternative therapies alongside the more traditional medical and clinical therapies. Substance use disorder is a complicated disease that affects the mind, body, and spirit. It often forms a sharp separation between these parts of the individual. However, successful recovery from drugs and alcohol dependence depends on strengthening the connections between mind, body, and spirit. This is how holistic therapies that treat individuals as a whole person, as compared to a body needing medication or a mind needing therapy. Holistic treatment strengthens the mind-body-spirit connection that is necessary to becoming a happy, healthy, and complete individual.
Individual and Group Therapies in our Rehab Orange CountyOur patients take part in daily interactive process groups with their peers and primary therapist. These groups give them a chance to address their issues as well as a way to learn new habits for living and functioning. Besides process groups and individual therapeutic sessions, we also have special psychoeducational groups which touch on:
- relapse prevention
- anger and grief management
- life skills workshops that help facilitate growth
Trauma Therapy for AddictionSince many patients come to us with trauma issues, their primary therapist is able to help them explore past traumas and possible factors that are contributing to their addiction. It’s our goal for this assistance to help patients have a challenging but of course safe experience, one where they can healthily connect with their own feelings.
Concurrent Medical Issues Program for AddictionWe are a residential recovery program operating on a social model and encourage our patients to use in-community services to help learn effective ways of caring for themselves. On staff are addiction specialists like a consulting medical doctor as well as additional care partners who help handle chiropractic, psychiatric, dental, and medical issues. There are also state-of-the-art medical facilities that are readily available – we give our women choices. We believe it’s healthy for patients to start making choices, researching, and choosing what their particular wraparound services should be.
Experiential Therapy for AddictionOur patients enjoy many different opportunities — hiking, rock climbing, equine therapy, and more. The goal is to give our patients an experiential avenue towards growth and healing while challenging personal limits. For example, our equine therapy patients groom, guide, and lead their horses through and past obstacles. We find that the experience of working next to horses brings reactions that range from fear to outright joy. Afterward, patients review and discuss their reactions in therapy. This gives them a new, different forum for them to connect with feelings. The process gives patients the chance to become better aware of how they communicate and improve their communication skills.
Children’s ServicesAs a women-only rehab facility in Orange County, we understand the importance of meeting children’s special needs. Prenatal alcohol exposure, for example, can cause a wide spectrum of disorders. Assessments that identify children’s learning disabilities, medical and clinical needs, and developmental delays are part of treatment. For children, family, individual, as well as play therapies are included (alongside Mommy and Me bonding time) in program services. Besides these services, we also offer many different classes oriented toward:
- art therapy
- spa services