Drug Rehab Ventura
The Genesis Programs Drug Rehab Ventura facility is the most established drug rehab program in Ventura County. We have been serving the families of Ventura County since 1993. We believe our long term success is directly related to our well-trained and experienced staff. Many of our patients, who might be called “functioning addicts,” are admitted directly into outpatient treatment and do quite well. Others are admitted as a “step-down” from residential treatment, insuring their success as they readjust to the stressors of home and work upon return to their local community.
Because we are experts in outpatient treatment we understand the differences from residential treatment. In residential treatment, which some people do require, you are in an artificial environment removed from the stressful issues of everyday life. You are introduced to basic recovery principles, which remain theoretic concepts until tested in the real world after discharge. You focus on underlying psychological issues and family of origin issues, hopefully developing some basic understanding of your use of drugs to help you cope.
Even with the best of intentions to stay clean, and armed with some new information and recovery strategies, many people still relapse upon discharge from residential treatment. The outdated model of the 28-day treatment program did not effectively address the everyday stressors of life, the negative influences of both friends and family, or the simple power of addiction. Twelve Step programs refer to the disease of addiction as “cunning, baffling, and powerful.” The cunning part of addiction is the same built-in denial mechanism that accompanies any chronic illness. Simply put, we deceive ourselves. We convince ourselves that we are cured, that it is not that bad, that this time it will be different, etc., etc. We are more receptive to the deception upon discharge from a residential program because we have completed the prescribed course of treatment with some sense of accomplishment and that accomplishment has been reinforced by some type of graduation ceremony. The baffling part of addiction is that it is usually the drug abuser himself who is most surprised at the loss of control leading to the inevitable unmanageability that always accompanies a return to substance use for those who suffer from this illness. It is often baffling how a substance that was never a problem before now seems to have a hold on us. It is baffling how though we have not returned to our “drug of choice” we are experiencing the same problems or worse. And the powerful part of addiction is how quickly we find ourselves in even worse situations than what led us to treatment in the first place—experiencing relational, financial, legal, occupational, medical problems that we were determined to avoid. Or we simply find ourselves once again having to lie to the very people we love the most, and experiencing the guilt and shame that follows.
How did this happen? Assuming that our intentions were sincere, what has often happened is that we simply did not have the opportunity to practice newly learned skills and techniques in the crucible of real life. It is one thing to identify personal relapse triggers within the safe confines of a residential treatment program. It is another to experience these triggers (people, places, things, thoughts, feelings, actions) all alone when no one is watching. It is one thing to rehearse new coping skills while sitting in a supportive group of peers and with your counselor. It is another to actually apply these new skills all on your own, perhaps under the influence of peer pressure, hurt feelings, or the expectation of others or yourself. A common mistake those just out of residential treatment make is to test themselves, thereby proving they are strong. You can pass the test several times, but you only have to fail once. We stay clean on the basis of acknowledging our weakness, not our strength.
In outpatient treatment you get the opportunity to practice practical application of recovery principles, new skills to help you better deal with a life without drugs—communication skills, relaxation skills, recreation skills, etc. While it is a drug problem that motivates you to seek help, we believe that your use of drugs is not your problem, but your solution. It has become the way you cope with difficult situations, uncomfortable feelings, and past trauma. Treatment, then, is about developing skills to better deal with life’s difficulties without the use of drugs. The advantage of outpatient treatment is that you get the opportunity to venture into life’s laboratory every day and then return to the support of the treatment program to process your progress or lack of progress. Like any new skill, it takes practice to attain proficiency. Often when you first attempt a new skill you are not very good at it. There is a tendency to see yourself as a failure or to conclude that “this doesn’t work.” In outpatient treatment you return to group the next day and process what went wrong and what went right. You receive feedback and support from both your counselor and your peers. You receive encouragement to try it again and to not give up. You hear others share their own experiences and you develop hope. You are learning how to put these new skills to work in your life, one day at a time.
How do we do this? Genesis Program’s drug rehab in Ventura, CA, is a combination of education, individual counseling, group therapy, and family counseling. Our programs are highly structured, with a strong component of accountability. We treat each patient with compassion and respect. We promote healing within the family. We recognize, and help families to understand, that addiction is a primary disease and perhaps the most treatable disease there is.
We can help you with strategies that can actually help you overcome your addiction!
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