You know you have to quit. Your drug addiction is destroying your life. You are finding it harder and harder to work or may even have lost your job. Your relationships with friends and family are being destroyed because of your drug addiction and what it drives you to do. Lying about how much, how often, or perhaps even that you use. You’ve hit up your friends and family for money to feed your addiction knowing that you cannot pay them back. If you’re in school, your grades are falling, or perhaps you’ve given up and quit, or just plain flunked out. Your bank account may be dwindling; more likely, you’re already flat broke. Your body hurts, you can’t concentrate and all you can think about is when you are going to have your high.
Drug Detox Center vs. Quitting on Your Own
Detox: The Body Comes First
Getting drugs or alcohol out of your system physically comes first. Depending on the drugs you have been using, how long, how much, and how much substance abuse has damaged your body, symptoms range from mild to severe. The most common withdrawal symptoms are flu-like symptoms, nausea, vomiting, chills, fever, shakiness, and diarrhea.
For your own safety, the help of a team of professionals experienced with helping people detox is essential. With appropriate drug detox your symptoms can be minimized. With medical supervision, the use of FDA approved drugs may be used to make withdrawal less difficult physically and psychologically. At Cliffside Malibu you have a personal physician who manages the detox process. Cliffside’s team will be available so that if a serious complication arises, there is someone at your side experienced in drug withdrawal to handle it.
Once you have completed the initial detox, your body will need to recover from the damage done by your drug addiction. Cliffside Malibu’s world-class chefs work with nutritionists to create meals that will help you recover. Your body will benefit from the wide variety of evidence-based therapies available on site. Acupuncture specialists, yoga instructors, meditation guides, personal fitness trainers and massage therapists, among others, will strengthen your body and restore your energy so you can engage in the emotional and psychological therapy necessary to your recovery.
All your physical needs will be met by our treatment center staff. When you look out the window of your spa-like room, you will be greeted by a breathtaking ocean view. Lush gardens, paths perfect for hiking and long walks, the beach, and a swimming pool are all available for your enjoyment in our private Malibu setting.
Treating the Person & the Body
To prevent relapse, we will help you discover what caused you to use drugs or alcohol in the first place. You have to address the emotional traumas that you may have experienced that fueled your addiction. If you have a psychiatric disorder such as PTSD, ADD/ADHD, clinical depression, or bi-polar disorder, you must address that issue as well as your addiction. You must heal from the hurts that you’ve experienced, and learn to forgive yourself for what you may have done to hurt others.
Drug addiction treatment has a great deal to offer. You will learn new coping strategies for dealing with life, new ways to relate to those you love, and how to identify and avoid unhealthy situations that may tempt you into using again. You will regain your self-confidence and self-respect so you can begin to believe again – or maybe for the very first time – that a life of joy and fulfillment can be yours with the proper tools.