Our Drug & Alcohol Treatment Program
"An Ironclad Commitment to Delivering the Highest Quality Addiction Treatment.”
Our 4 Treatment Components
A Better Life Recovery offers a comprehensive approach to drug and alcohol addiction rehabilitation and recovery. Our program includes the following four fundamental components all of which are maintained throughout each client’s individualized program of treatment.
1. Traditional Addiction Treatment
First and foremost our clients must fully confront their drug and alcohol addiction openly and honestly. We believe the best way to do that is through the tried and true principles practiced in Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-step programs, including a commitment to total abstinence from all mind-altering substances. Our clients all speak of the magic of “Group Process” in which they are both supported and encouraged by their peers and and our expert counsellors, a dynamic that often leads to the fundamental break throughs that change and save lives.
Our certified drug and alcohol addiction counselors possess extensive experience in working with recovering drug and alcohol addicts and are among the best in the industry. Our program offers our clients the opportunity to take all 12 of the 12 steps of recovery under the guidance of our dedicated clinical staff.
Our program includes a diverse mix of groups led by expert visiting clinicians, and a robust menu of experiential activities. Art therapy, music therapy, yoga, and surfing therapy are regular components of our program. Exercise and physical health are also prominently featured – all of our clients are given free memberships to “24 Hour Fitness” – a first rate gym facility that is walking distance from our treatment center. We play various sports such as basketball, softball, bowling, go-kart racing, etc. We have outings to theme parks such as Disneyland, and visit points of interest in Southern California including zoos, museums, the aquarium and beaches.
3. Medically Assisted Treatment (“MAT”)
A Better Life Recovery constantly evaluates new medical and pharmaceutical protocols to ensure we are able to utilize all the available tools of modern science in the fight against addiction. Our staff members include Physician Assistants who specialize in addiction treatment, and a Boar- Certified Psychiatrist who is also one of the owners of our Program. Each new client sees the Psyciatrist upon admission and for follow up visits as needed with the Doctor and/or our Physician Assistants. These seasoned medical professionals diagnose and prescribe one or more of several treatment and medicines that have proven highly successful especially in the early stages of recovery.
These treatments include Vivitrol injections which substantial reduce cravings and blocks the euphoric effects of opiates and alcohol. One Vivitrol injection helps protect our clients from relapse for up to 30 days at a time.
Other useful tools include slow release mood stabilizers, anti-depressants and non-addictive sleep assistance medications which are deployed when and as prescribed by our licensed medical team.
A Better Life Recovery does not however prescribe or condone the use of synthetic opiates such as Suboxone or Methadone. We do not believe that such “Harm Reduction” programs that do little more than substitute one addictive substance for another represent a valid long-term solution to the disease of addiction.
4. Reintegration Assistance
( Educational, Career, Family, Life Skills, and Community Involvement Counseling/Assistance)
Any reputable traditional addiction treatment program correctly focuses on healing the pervasive effects of chemical dependency – what it has done to our clients physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. However, few programs go further and attempt to also address that which often hasn’t happened as a result of addiction – namely the “normal” progression of life accomplishments and experiences that are needed to fully function as a healthy member of society.
Our clients are typically confronted with a myriad of practical as well as psychological deficits in their overall development. They have dropped out of high school or college. They have on-going legal problems and/or documentation problems such as having no form of ID or driver’s license.
They have little employment or vocational training or experience. They are encumbered with broken and dysfunctional family relationships and are often clueless in terms of involving themselves in positive social and community endeavors, In most cases they have been deprived of basic skills and knowledge required for modern living that most people take for granted.
Unlike any other program, A Better Life Recovery is geared towards assisting our clients reclaim these external components of healthy living, not just the internal changes that make external accomplishments possible. Our clients “graduate” from our program not just with a healthy smile, a positive outlook, and a renewed sense of confidence, but also with a good job, a bank account, a career plan, high school diplomas, college enrollment, healed family relationships, healthy friendships, and membership in community/volunteer activities. What we do for our clients during this later stage is nothing less than a revolutionary approach to addiction treatment – an approach that truly sets us apart.