Addiction is a disease that happens to the brain when drugs and alcohol are abused. It is a complex disorder that can be treated but may never be fully cured, as the chemical balances and structures within the brain are altered, sometimes permanently, due to a combination of physical changes, behaviors, habits, and reward chemicals that are released over a period of time, resulting in compulsive behaviors and changes in your thought processes and ability to resist temptations.
This means that when you develop an addiction to drugs or alcohol, most of the time it is not something you can easily stop through sheer willpower on its own, no matter how much you may want to. The feelings of distress, pain, discomfort, anxiety, emotional pain, and drug or alcohol cravings when you try to stop can become too overwhelming, feeling unbearable, and causing you to return to substance abuse.
Along with the physical and chemical changes in the body, many people with substance use disorders are also living with co-occurring disorders like mental health issues or mental illness, issues which are often interconnected with addiction on several levels. For example, using drugs like cocaine or amphetamines to “give you energy” or provide a false sense of euphoria while depressed may work on a very temporary scale but can worsen the depression while deepening the addiction, or drinking alcohol at parties or other events to avoid social anxiety can stop you from learning how to interact with people while sober, and without these normal coping tools, make the anxiety worse as you rely on alcohol more and more just to get by day to day, resulting in further addiction. Some drugs can cause latent mental illnesses to appear, and some drugs can get in the way of psychiatric medications. Both issues feed off each other and are also so connected that if you treat one while ignoring the other, symptoms can actually worsen.
Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) programs in Torrance are often integrated into people’s comprehensive treatment plans along with psychological, social, emotional, behavioral, and physical health care for a whole-patient approach to healing. Many people’s rehab plans cannot truly get started until they overcome the physical aspects of withdrawal, and with some substances, these symptoms can last for weeks or even months, and they can cause serious physical danger if untreated. When you come to The Detox Center of LA, we provide an integrated MAT program that provides all the support you need as you detox and rehabilitate, focusing on your overall holistic wellness through all levels of care, with continued medication management, a safe tapering schedule, and medical support available 24 hours a day as you wean off drugs and work through your treatment program safely.
Take a Tour
Addiction is a combination of interconnected issues, including:
It is complex and nuanced, and every person living with addiction is a unique individual who also has their own history, making it important for substance abuse treatment to be individualized to each person. A whole-patient approach to treatment that integrates mental health services with physical health, holistic treatments, and medical care will provide the best possible chance of overcoming addiction.
The Detox Center of Los Angeles is California’s top-rated drug and alcohol rehab clinic because we provide safe medical detox with medication assisted treatment programs that are effective and safe, followed by short- or long-term rehab programs that are customized to each person’s individual needs. Your treatments will include round-the-clock care, medications, groups, individual therapy, behavioral health care, and mental health care that will give you the best possible chance at achieving long-term recovery.
Once you have finished your time in our treatment center you are not on your own. We have connections to the entire continuum of care through trusted partners, providing extended treatment plans that include intensive outpatient programs, partial hospitalization programs, 12-step programs, family programs, online support and therapy, and family programs. Our case managers can work with you to figure out what your practical needs are as you transition back out into the world as a newly sober individual, connecting you with Torrance sober living homes and support groups in your area, as well as ensuring you have the resources and skills you need to live a productive, healthy, and sober life, long-term.
We are here for you and will help you address the underlying causes of your addiction, regain your strength, get control over mental health issues, and boost your spirit in our welcoming treatment facility. All treatments are given by experienced, accredited doctors, nurses, therapists and other care providers. Our team is non-judgmental, and truly wants to help you succeed in meeting your personal recovery goals.
To learn more about The Detox Center of Los Angeles and how we can help you quit opioids, alcohol, and benzodiazepines through a long-term medication assisted treatment program, please call us today. Our medication-assisted treatment plans can extend beyond your time within our walls, as you continue to receive treatments, support, relapse prevention strategies, and medication management from outpatient centers near you.
What Is MAT?
A medication-assisted treatment (MAT) program in Torrance CA is an integrated long-term detoxification schedule that goes beyond your regular acute detox program. Some substances, including opioids, benzodiazepines, and alcohol, cause physically dangerous, painful, or otherwise distressing symptoms that can last for months, or can go away and return over and over again as you are working through the initial stages of recovery. Without professional medical treatment, these symptoms may become a huge barrier in overcoming addiction.
In the MAT program at The Detox Center of LA, you will be provided with all the amenities, comforts, and care as anybody else in our inpatient detox program, with:
- 24-hour medical care available, with nurses available day and night to ensure you are safe and do not suffer unnecessarily
- Acute detox lasting for approximately 5 to 10 days to help you through any immediate withdrawal symptoms that come up
- Prescription medications to ease cravings, pain, restlessness, nausea, and other discomfort and anxiety
- Therapy, behavioral health treatments, and groups
- Dual diagnosis treatments for co-occurring mental health issues
- Healthy meals prepared by a private chef
Medical detox plans are provided to all our patients, in order to help them through the most difficult parts of detox. In a MAT program, your medication plan will vary depending on which drug(s) and/or alcohol you were using, and if you have a severe addiction to opioid drugs (heroin, morphine, oxy, fentanyl, etc.), or benzodiazepine drugs (Xanax, Ativan, etc.), a gradual tapering-off treatment plan will be created for you that will provide medications and tapers to help you slowly reduce the amount of drugs in your system in a safe, methodical way, using FDA-approved prescription doses of medications. This will help you avoid long-term or recurring symptoms including:
- Pain and discomfort
- Diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and cramps
- Increased heart rate and blood pressure
- Serious anxiety and distress
- Depression and suicidal thoughts
- Muscle aches and bone pain
- Fever, cold flashes, and other flu-like symptoms
- Severe drug cravings
- Psychiatric issues like drug-induced psychosis, hallucinations, depression, anxiety, fear, and paranoia
- Seizures and delirium tremens
Medications like Subutex, Suboxone, and benzodiazepine tapers are given as you move forward in your treatment program, continuing with therapies and programs that include group and individual therapy, behavioral therapy, psychiatric care, health and wellness programs, and case management for a whole-patient approach to healing that addresses not only your physical well-being but also your mental, spiritual, and emotional health.
What To Expect During MAT?
During medication-assisted treatment (MAT), the majority of our patients will move in for residential treatment, and starting medication management, along with medical care, therapy, and other services right away after a biopsychosocial assessment that will provide us with the information we need about your physical and psychological health, along with helping us get to know more about you as a person, and what your recovery goals are. Your assessment will also help us to determine which medications and scheduling will work best for your medication-assisted treatment.
Living inside our treatment center will provide you with a safe and supportive environment, and you will be comfortable, with good food, a comfortable bed, health care, housekeeping services, in-unit laundry facilities, and services like:
- Yoga and fitness classes
- Snacks always available
- TV and movie nights
- Outdoor games like basketball and cornhole
- Access to cell phone use at designated times
- A serene and peaceful atmosphere where you can relax
- 24-hour support from professional board-certified doctors, nurses, therapists, holistic treatment providers, and other addiction experts
Your days will be busy while in treatment, with drug and alcohol addiction treatments, beginning with detox, then inpatient rehab, lasting anywhere from 30 to 90 days, before you move on into outpatient rehab or further aftercare treatments through our partner outpatient rehab clinics, alumni services and other recovery resources. Some of the treatments and therapies you can expect while in residential rehab at The Detox Center of Los Angeles include:
- 40 to 47 hours per week of group therapy
- Interpersonal psychotherapy
- Psychoeducational programs
- Family therapy, with family contact encouraged throughout your treatment
- Individual therapy, with meetings with your primary therapist at least once a week
- Behavioral therapy programs including cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy
- Dual diagnosis programs
- Nutritional counseling
- Holistic treatments like art therapy, yoga, meditation, breathwork, acupuncture, and physical fitness
- Case management services, with help building a relapse prevention plan and an aftercare program