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Drugs and Treatment in El Monte, CA

El Monte is located in Los Angeles County, California and has a population of 116,631. The city is known as an industrial, residential and commercial area and also known as “The End of the Santa Fe Trail”. This nickname is based on the city’s link to the Santa Fe Trail in the 19th century, now a series of popular pathways for people to walk and bike.  Within the city lies a popular tourist attraction, the American Military Museum. This museum is constantly changing out its exhibits and has onsite experts that present each visitor with educational information about American military history. Another tourist favorite is the Whittier Narrows Nature Center. With 400 acres of natural trails and a nature center, the spot is perfect to show off the city of El Monte. El Monte drug rehabs offer help for those suffering from addiction.

If you live in El Cajon or San Diego County and have fallen victim to substance abuse don’t hesitate to seek treatment. There are enormous resources in at your disposal.

El Monte not Exempt from the National Drug Concern

American cities all have a few things in common, one of those things is history. No matter where you tour, history is there from turn of the century events to low level events. Another thing too many America cities have in common is drug addiction. Turning on the TV or reading a news article online shows the impact drugs are making on the United States. Thousands of people die annually from a drug overdose and nearly 100 people die every day. Children and teens are using drugs earlier than they did back in the 80’s and 90’s and there are is baby born every 25 seconds with an addiction to opioids.

The drug problem is real and is considered a national healthcare crisis. The Centers for Disease Control states that 2 million people in America either abuse or are dependent on prescription opioids. Eighty percent of that 2 million do not get the treatment that they need. Opioids like heroin, fentanyl and prescription drugs like Vicodin and Percocet are common words seen in headlines around the United States. Addiction to these opioids is happening by the thousands and it’s not just to subjected to dark alleyways where people buy drugs. Drug deals take place in communities, right in people’s backyards, at work, or even in the movie theater. Families and communities of all race and status are being affected by opioid addiction.

Los Angeles, a large city and a 13-mile drive from El Monte reported that heroin-related emergency room visits skyrocketed by 227 percent during a seven-year period and hospitalizations due to heroin increased by 70 percent.

Opioid addiction is as bad as it is because pharmaceutical companies told doctors that the prescription pain medications were not habit forming. Fast forward to 2018 and note that 2 million people across America are either abusing or dependent on these prescriptions and we can all see they were wrong. While many states have already started the process of suing pharmaceutical companies and it can help prevent future opioid addiction, it won’t help people who are addicted now. Detox and rehab will. Education and awareness will.

Detoxing from Opioids

While not every person who takes prescription pain medication or experiments with drugs becomes addicted, a large number of people do. There is a way to detox at home but doctors recommend that people do a medical detox instead. By detoxing medically, a doctor can be there to supervise and offer medication to help with harsh withdrawal symptoms such as methadone, benzodiazepine, barbiturates or buprenorphine.

Withdrawal Symptoms:

  • Drug cravings
  • Agitation
  • Trouble breathing
  • Panic attacks and/or anxiety
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Tremors
  • Decreased appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Hallucinations
  • Muscle pain

Some people who are addicted to drugs, specifically opioids have a very hard time detoxing from it. Detoxing cleanses the body of all drugs and during this process, the body and mind don’t want to give it up. The body and mind are used to feeling a certain way and once that is gone, both body and mind go into a state of shock and panic. A large number of people get angry when they feel panic. Therefore, it is not uncommon to see violent outbursts in those who are detoxing. Another reason why its important to do a medical detox. Unfortunately, there are many people who just can’t afford to go to rehab because it’s too expensive. Most rehabs have a sliding scale system that can help with this. This means that the amount a person pays is based on their income. A lot of employee insurance companies will pay for rehab as well.

What is withdrawal? How long does it last?

What to Do If You Have to Detox at Home

Sometimes a person wants to get sober and there are no other options to financially do it other than a detox at home. Here’s some tips to work through that.

First, recognize that the body and brain has become accustomed to these drugs so the process isn’t going to be easy and you are going to want to quit. Certain cells just will not work unless the drugs are there because the is what the brain and body are familiar with.  A support system is a very good thing to have during this time. Someone you trust or a group of people you trust is a helpful approach to detoxing at home.

The Taper Process

Going cold-turkey means to stop using all drugs immediately but it’s recommended to taper off of a drug instead. To taper off means to take smaller doses periodically overtime until a person is not taking any drugs at all. This is also a good reason to have a strong support system around you. Support systems can administer the smaller dosages. By doing this, the withdrawal symptoms could lessen in intensity which could make the who process more bearable.

Dangers of Detoxing at Home

  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Heart palpitations
  • Hallucinations
  • Panic attacks
  • Psychosis
  • Seizures
  • Relapse
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart attack

Over-The-Counter Medication That Can Help

  • Anti-Nausea medications
  • Antacids
  • Tylenol/Aspirin/ Ibuprofen
  • Antihistamines
  • Sleeping aids

While these can help a person to feel better during the detox period, it is possible to become dependent on these as well. Not in the same way as addiction, but it is still possible which can present their own medical issues.

Relapse Increases When Detoxing at Home

The staff at a rehab center can provide all the tools and techniques needed to help a patient detox from drugs. They also have all the tools and techniques needed to help a patient to stay off of them. Therapy is one of those tools. Detoxing at home does not provide the therapy that comes with a medical detox. From small therapeutic sessions to months of recovery, words make a difference. At-home detox doesn’t supply the same as medical detox. It is the difference between studying online or physically going to school. A large number of people will not study if they are home, they want to do a million other things. If that same person is in a classroom, they will study like they need to. Some people will study either way.

Detoxing at home works the same way. Medical detox is always the better approach to prevent a relapse.

Drug Rehabilitation

Detox is usually the third step to drug rehabilitation because a doctor at the rehab center will want to ask some questions first, which is called an assessment. During this process, the doctor wants to make sure that there is an actual addiction and if the treatment center is the right place for the potential patient. When these two questions have been answered, the doctor will then move on to the intake process.

An intake asks more in-depth questions than an assessment. During this process, the doctor wants to know about personal drug use, family drug use, medical background (family and individual) and mental health background (family and individual). The doctor may also ask questions about social environment such as being married, being single, kids or no kids. Generally, a physical examination and a urine test is also completed at this time to check for drugs in the system and to make sure the body is well enough for detox. The doctor may also check for problems in the nose or lungs (from snorting) or needle marks in the skin (from injecting).

If the urine test shows that a patient has drugs in their system, detox will be the next stop. If there are no drugs present, the doctor will most likely recommend at patient for inpatient treatment. On average, detox is next in line. Detox, as mentioned above, cleanses the body. Due to the withdrawal symptoms, also mentioned above, a lot of patients struggle with it. The process usually takes about 5-7 days. For patients who are addicted to opioids, symptoms will pop up anywhere from 6 to 12 hours after the last dose of short-acting opioids and 30 hours for long-acting opioids. Generally, these symptoms will be at the harshest within 72 hours of a patient’s last dose. As mentioned previously, the doctor can and usually does prescribe a medication to help with withdrawal symptoms.

Inpatient treatment comes next. While detox cleanses the body and mind of the physical drug, inpatient treatment will cleanse the body and mind of the emotional and mental effects of the drug. Both processes are the very backbone to a healthy and long recovery. Inpatient treatment takes place in a facility and incorporates a program called Residential Inpatient Treatment (RTC). RTC has many different types of therapies but the most promising one that many people feel the most relief from is called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).  CBT is a type of psychotherapy that focuses on changing distorted thoughts that have been picked up through depression and anxiety. For people with a drug addiction, these thoughts can come from the drugs that are being used because they change the way the brain receives emotion and feeling.

Common Distorted Thoughts:

Mental Filter– Focusing on failure more than success

Jumping to Conclusions-Believing that you know what someone else is thinking (mind-reading) and predicting the future (fortune-telling)

Emotionally Reasoning– Believing that the way we are feeling must be true such as “I feel so embarrassed that I must be an idiot”

Labelling-Making labels for ourselves or other people such as “you’re an idiot” or “I’m an idiot”

Disqualifying the Positive-Overlooking the good things that have happened

Magnifying the Negative and Minimization-Blowing things out proportion and shrinking something else to make it look less important

The Should Argument– Using words like should or must can lead to feelings of negativity and can make people feel as if they have already failed

Personalization- Taking on a lot of self-blame for something that wasn’t even your fault or blaming someone else for something that was your fault

All of these different lines of distorted thinking are looked into when it comes to RTC. Other therapies are used as well to help with defining trigger points, little moments that flare up a ton of emotions that can cause a person to turn to drug use. Coping skills are also introduced to help a patient to know what to do when these trigger points happen. Also, patients will start to learn about how to manage their sobriety outside of rehab life.

RTC also incorporates other types of therapies such as: music, art, meditation and yoga. These are helpful in relaxing the brain while also giving an outlet to express oneself. Therapy is about learning but sometimes it can be overwhelming and this gives that brain the break it needs to process and then learn some more information.

Group therapy is part RTC as well. In fact, some patients who bond in rehab in group therapy continue to stay friends their whole life because the bond becomes unbreakable due to the feat they battled together. Alternatively, socializing with others is important for a healthy recovery process.

Within RTC, patients are responsible for their own recovery so it’s important that patients show up for therapy and contribute to their own needs.

Outpatient treatment follows inpatient treatment. Patients are typically released after a 28-day period of RTC and recommended to attend Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP). PHP is away for patients to slowly adjust back into their daily lives without being fully submersed back into it. PHP continues to touch on trigger points and coping skills while also providing a group setting that is helpful for socializing. Patients will also attend times devoted to individual therapy as well. The program takes place in a facility for 6 hours a day, 5-7 days a week.

Another type of outpatient treatment is called Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). IOP takes place in a facility as well for 3 hours a day, 3 days a week. During this time, patients will be placed in a group setting that is very familiar to support groups. Patients will able to talk about how they are adjusting outside of rehab and what sort of issues they have faced in their sobriety. This helps patients to not feel so alone which makes recovery easier. It also introduces patients to a support group setting that will be a part of the next process in drug rehabilitation.

Aftercare is the final stage but it’s not the last. While that can sound confusing, let me explain. Aftercare is the final approach that doctors will talk about when discussing the steps of rehabilitation but aftercare will be something a patient uses for the rest of their life. It never ends. Anyone who is in recovery for drug addiction will tell you that it is a daily battle and some people have been sober for 5, 10, 15 plus years. Staying sober is the highest point in which a person can hope to attain in their battle for freedom from drugs. Temptation is far too great and life is way too stressful for full on recovery to happen without the worry of ever turning to drugs again. There always needs to be watchful eye because addiction temptation is like a snake, it’s just waiting for the perfect moment to cut in and begin its coiling process. Once that happens, there is very little chance of getting free. With that, relapse happens.

To avoid that, there are some key points of aftercare to take advantage of.

  • Support Groups
    • The most rewarding thing that a person can do for themselves after rehab besides staying sober is signing up and attending a support group. These groups are designed for people just like you who are trying to stay sober. The group atmosphere helps patients to have another person who empathizes with them. Some family members and friends can’t really do that. Support groups also have sponsors, people who will do their very best to help in any way they can to make sure you stay sober.
  • Staying Busy
    • Staying busy after rehab helps to keep one’s hands and mind busy so there is less time to think about drug use. This can be by going to work, going back to school or picking up a new hobby.
      • Cooking and/or baking
      • Dancing
      • Singing
      • Reading
      • Writing
      • Knitting
      • Sports
      • Quilt-making
      • Upcycling
      • Scrapbooking
      • Graphic design
      • Wood crafting
      • Yoga and/or Pilates
      • Pottery and/or sculpting
    • Staying Fit and Healthy
      • Being fit and healthy is not only great for the body, it also boosts the mind. Eating the right vitamins and minerals can contribute to a balanced brain while staying fit can boost neurotransmitters that help us feel good about who we are and life as whole.
        • Eat plenty of vegetables, especially ones that are green such as kale, spinach and broccoli
        • Add more fruit to a daily diet like potassium-filled bananas
        • Exercising daily is recommended but just taking a walk can really help keep the mood balanced
        • Taking vitamin or herbal supplements can also be good, but it is important to read as much as possible about these supplements first. Too much of anything can be hazardous.

Leaving rehab can be stressful for a lot of patients because programs like RTC have a lot of structure to them. When patients are released from rehab, that structure isn’t there anymore which can cause a patient to freak out a little. This is often what leads to relapse in some patients. The thoughts of failure are often the reasons why we fail. Instead, think about other options like sober living homes. Sober living homes are popular choices for patients who are not ready to go back to life outside of rehab. It’s a great way to transition from rehab to the outside world and one can get a job while living in these homes so being able to save money is possible too. Sober living homes are setup just like any other home, with a kitchen, a common room and bedrooms. Residents are living together and so there is a social aspect to these houses too. Many of these houses have the same rules: no drugs or alcohol, no relations between residents and no smoking in areas not designated for it. However, generally the sober living home allows the transition phase to happen while keeping patients on track.

Should I choose inpatient or outpatient?

Get Help While You Can

Drug addiction, mainly opioid addiction is a major problem in the United States and many people are not getting the help that they need because people are still unaware of how harmful opioids are. Spreading awareness can show people that prescription pain pills like Vicodin and Percocet can lead to a fatal overdose. Teens are dying from these overdoses because they believe that since the medication is prescribed that it is safe. Teens and children need to know that all drugs are not safe, even over-the-counter medication. It’s important to spread the word and share that reality of what these drugs are doing. Thousands of people are dying every year from fatal overdoses of prescription pain medication. Something that is meant to help with pain, not kill us.

If you or someone you know is addicted to drugs of any type, get help. It could very well be the difference between life and death.