Category: Before Rehab

Drug Use on the Job

Here in the Golden State, our communities bustle with a wealth of opportunity. There are countless ways to advance professionally, working alongside leaders in a variety of industries. Here in California, we’re proud of our workforce and all they’ve accomplished, but beneath the surface of career success and economic viability lies an unfortunate truth. Californians from all walks of life suffer from the negative impact of addiction, and countless individuals... Read More

The Importance of Leaving the City for Treatment

Stepping away from one’s everyday life poses many advantages when taking on the endeavor of becoming sober. Residential treatment, an option for care that enables men and women to fully focus on recovery in a setting that is free from the temptation of using substances, is a level of care that has helped countless individuals win the war against addiction and chemical dependency. However, for the busy professional, residential treatment... Read More

Is Outpatient Treatment Right for Me?

You’re a busy person—most of us are. You have a job, a family, a pet, a house to keep up with, and a long list of unchecked boxes on your bucket list. In short, you might not be able to take 30 or 60 days off from these responsibilities and pursuits to attend an inpatient rehabilitation program. If you’re in this boat, and you’re looking for addiction recovery help, outpatient... Read More

What Is the Cost of Addiction?

Addiction comes at a price. There’s no debate about it. But how much of a price? Addiction is really good at not telling us just how costly it really is. Addiction is costly in multiple areas: Financial People who may have a difficult time paying rent or buying groceries somehow find money to buy drugs. The true cost is variable and it often creeps into a person’s finances without notice.... Read More

What’s the Difference Between Public and Private Rehab?

If you’re reeling from the effects of addiction, it’s important to know that there’s help available. In fact, there are many different kinds of help to choose from. Some choose to get plugged into the A.A. program and get sober by attending meetings. For those who have been in their addiction for quite a while, residential care is the chosen route—and rightfully so. Addiction is a chronic disease and while... Read More

How the Environment of a Treatment Center Affects Outcomes

There are many factors that contribute to someone becoming addicted to a substance. While genetics play a part, environmental factors like personal experiences and physical surroundings also play a large role. Environmental factors can be a hindrance for someone even after they decide to get help. Overcoming the Environmental Cues of Addiction Simply put, it becomes extremely difficult to cease drug use for good when an individual is still visited... Read More

How to Know If You’re in Denial

I drank like an alcoholic for many years before I knew I had a problem. I drank at night, during the afternoon, during the day. I drank before advising sessions in college and at 8 a.m. Frequently, I drank to the point of blackout. I had a problem. But why didn’t I realize it? Psychologists term what I exhibited as denial, or “ignoring unpleasant aspects of external reality, even in... Read More

The Journey of Recovery Begins with a Step

There are those who would argue that addiction is a choice, and not a disease. There are those who would tell you that it’s simply a matter of choosing to stop—they say an alcoholic can put the bottle down at any time, and simply walk in the other direction. The people who speak these misguided statements have never been there. They’ve never awakened in a cold sweat at four o’clock in the... Read More

How do you know if your loved one needs alcohol or drug detox?

If you’re familiar with the recovery process, you know that detox usually comes first. Most rehab centers include medical detox in their programs, but is it really necessary? Is it possible to safely detox from home? The answer depends on your loved one’s addiction and health history. Detox offers the safest and most comfortable way to clean out the body from alcohol and drugs, but isn’t always necessary for everyone. So, how do you... Read More

8 Lies that Keep People from Getting Help for Their Addiction

Have you ever considered rehab, but then thought “No way?” If so, you’re not alone. While rehab isn’t the right solution for everyone, many have rejected the idea of rehab due to preconceptions that are completely false. To truly know whether rehab is right for you or a loved one, you need to separate fact from fiction. Many have ruled out rehab as an option because of one or more... Read More

How Do I Get Coverage through the Marketplace that Pays for Rehab

We’re only a few days away from the March 31 insurance marketplace open-enrollment deadline. And if you’re doing some last-minute shopping on Covered California and want substance abuse treatment, you might be asking: Q: What insurance plan should I sign up for through the marketplace to get coverage for treatment at Duffy’s? A: Any PPO plan or Anthem Blue Cross plan Explanation Some treatment centers do not accept insurance, others... Read More

How to Find the Best Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center

There’s so much pressure surrounding the process of finding a treatment center for alcoholism and drug abuse. People often think they have to find the one—that there’s just one perfect treatment center for them out of the more than 11,000 in the United States. Perhaps people think that the best treatment center is the one that will cure their addiction. That’s perfectly logical until you understand the nature of addiction—it’s not... Read More

Why Drug and Alcohol Treatment Doesn’t Work

Consider this: 7 out of 10 people who complete a treatment program of 90 days or fewer relapse within one year. And 64% of people entering rehab have already been to one before. These disconcerting numbers add fuel to the fire of the anti-rehab and anti-A.A. movement. They demand our attention—and some answers. Why do rehab centers in general not have more stunning success rates? Why doesn’t treatment always work?... Read More