Located just outside of Los Angeles, California, Harmony Place offers drug and alcohol addiction treatment to individuals who are looking to overcome substance abuse for good. Over the years many have trusted us to offer expert guidance, support, and the very best in clinical care.
When you come to Harmony Place residential treatment center, you will have a dedicated team working with you on your behalf. You will know all of our names, and we will know yours. That is one of the first differences that you’ll find at our unique residential treatment facility in Los Angeles CA. We also only care for 12 clients at a time, which allows us to provide an extremely high degree of individual care.
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What is Detox for Substance Abuse?
Detoxification is a way to manage severe intoxication and withdrawal from substances. It is a process of clearing toxins from the body of the patient who is extremely intoxicated or dependent on substances of abuse. Detox seeks to reduce the physical harm caused by the abuse of substances.
Withdrawal from certain substances can be uncomfortable and even life-threatening in some cases. A medication-assisted detox can help ease the symptoms of stopping the use and abuse of drugs or alcohol. Since detox addresses the serious physical symptoms of withdrawal, medication-assisted and supervised detox is recommended for some substances more than others.
Withdrawal from Heroin and Prescription Opioids
- Runny nose
- Rapid heart rate
- Chills and sweating
- Muscle aches and spasms
- Abdominal cramps and diarrhea
Although withdrawal symptoms from opioids are not necessarily life-threatening, they are difficult to manage on your own. As a result, many people go back to using opioids just to relieve the symptoms before the detox is complete.
If you have been drinking alcohol heavily over the course of months or years, your central nervous system has adjusted to the presence of alcohol and you can experience withdrawal if you suddenly stop consuming it. Symptoms of alcohol withdrawal include:
- High fever
- Sleep difficulties
- Nausea and vomiting
- Difficulty concentrating
- Restlessness, anxiety, and irritability
In severe cases, alcohol withdrawal can be life-threatening. It may lead to seizures, delirium, and hallucinations.
Withdrawal from Benzodiazepines (Sedatives)
Benzos produce feelings of calmness and relaxation. Your body can develop a tolerance to them over time and you can experience withdrawal symptoms when you stop. Symptoms include:
- Sweating or chills
- Nausea and vomiting
- Restlessness and irritability
- Muscle spasms and tremors
The help and supervision of medical professionals in a specialized facility can help you get through these symptoms and stay safe and healthy.
What is Residential Treatment?
Detoxification and medically managed withdrawal is usually considered the first stage of treatment. However, detox alone does not focus on the psychological, social, and behavioral problems connected to addiction. Therefore, it doesn’t typically produce the lasting behavior changes needed for recovery. Ideally, detox should be followed by a professional assessment and a drug addiction program.
At residential treatment centers, you are able to receive a higher level of care than can be provided by individual, family, or group therapy alone. The intense therapeutic services an individual receives in a residential treatment center requires that you leave home and live in the treatment facility for the duration of the treatment.
These centers provide safe, structured, effective, evidence-based care for people who have suffered serious negative consequences from issues related to their substance abuse, addiction
One of the benefits of residential therapy is that it offers the person the opportunity to step away from their everyday environment and become deeply involved in therapeutic work at a dedicated facility.
Residential programs are highly structured and sometimes confrontational. Activities are designed to help residents explore their damaging beliefs, self-concepts, and self-destructive patterns of behavior. From this, they begin to adopt new, more constructive ways to interact with others.
At Harmony Place, we believe that recovery from addiction coupled with stabilization of emotional well-being is key components to successfully maintaining one’s sobriety. This is where the hard work comes in. An individual struggling with substance abuse or addiction needs to address the reasons for their substance use in the first place. In a residential facility, the patient can explore this issue without outside distractions or influences.
To achieve this goal, we offer:
During individual therapy, the individual has the opportunity to talk through problems privately with their counselor. It doesn’t automatically make problems go away but it helps with learning tools necessary to cope with problems.
Group therapy provides benefits that individual therapy can’t. Groups can act as a support network and offer ideas for improving a difficult situation. Members can help one another by holding each other accountable.
Psycho-Educational groups are structured to educate patients about substance abuse and the related behaviors and consequences.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
CBT explores the differences between what we want to do and what we actually do. The goal is to change the thinking and behavior patterns that led to your problems.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
DBT was designed to treat borderline personality disorder. In DBT, patients learn new skills to manage their emotions and decrease conflict in relationships.
When a family member struggles with a substance use disorder, the whole family is affected. Among other things, family therapy helps family members improve communication skills and resolve conflicts.
Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET)
MET is a method of counseling that helps individuals resolve their uncertainty about taking part in the treatment and quitting drug use.
Holistic activities help the patient heal their body, mind, and spirit and help people increase self-awareness, reduce stress, and anxiety. Experiential therapy also explores your spirit through experiences like equine therapy or gardening.
Healthy Living Practices
Healthy living practices look at the many lifestyle choices that support the effectiveness of psychotherapies and life-long well-being.
12-Step Facilitation (TSFs)
Twelve-step facilitation is mainly focused on linking individuals to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA). The emphasis is that the person actively participate with a 12-step mutual help organization
Treatment for Dual Diagnosis
Frequently, a person with a substance use disorder also has a mental health disorder. The terms used to describe this condition are dual diagnosis, comorbid conditions, or co-occurring disorders. The co-occurring conditions can occur at the same time or one after the other. Comorbidity also refers to interactions between the illnesses that could make each one worse than if they had occurred alone.
The combination of substance abuse and mental illness is so common that many medical providers that work with mentally ill patients now expect to find it. Studies show that many individuals who are living with a mental condition also have a substance use problem. Likewise, more than half the people with a substance use disorder also have a diagnosable mental illness.
Psychotherapy (talk therapy), medication, and sometimes electro-convulsive therapy combined with self-help and support groups help. But people with a dual diagnosis are very susceptible to relapse. Treatment programs that are structured only for substance abusers are not successful for people with a mental illness.
Research has strongly indicated that an individual with a co-occurring disorder needs treatment for both conditions to fully recover. Further studies show that when mental illness and substance abuse are treated by the same treatment team, psychotic episodes and suicide attempts decrease.
Patients with a dual diagnosis do not fit well into most AA or NA groups. Individuals who build positive social networks have a better chance of managing their illness. Peer relationships and healthy recreational activities are essential for recovery.
Detox and Residential Treatment Los Angeles
Harmony Place is certified to offer medication-assisted treatment (MAT) during detox.
What this means is that our acute-care detox process involves administering specific medications to address and alleviate the discomfort of withdrawal. For example, we may prescribe Suboxone to help someone who’s trying to detox from opioid addiction.
The difference at Harmony Place is we don’t function as a Suboxone or methadone clinic where clients indefinitely take one of these less-addictive opioid drugs. Our goal is to gradually taper the client down until he or she is off the potentially harmful, mind-altering drugs completely.
Harmony Place treats addiction from a “whole person” perspective. Our residential program focuses not only on the individual but the family system as well. We not only treat your addiction, but we also address any underlying emotional concerns that may escalate the manifestation of your symptoms.
Let Harmony Place Assist You Today
If you or someone you care about needs professional, caring treatment for a substance use disorder or a dual diagnosis, contact us right away. Harmony Place is equipped and prepared to address any of your concerns. Allow our team to help you and your family today. Let us walk with you, leaving addiction in the past!