Misconceptions About Addicts

Truthful, brave and intuitive are not typically words people use to describe drug addicts. However, if addicts are given the opportunity, many addicts end up developing these merits and contributing to society and organizations in such a way, that they never dreamed to be a possibility for themselves. These achievements transpire in spite of major obstacles, from the chronic risk of relapse to the prevalent stereotypes addicts come across on their journey. Even with over thirty years of stereotype-breaking research, some of the most destructive views about addiction continue.Misconceptions about addicts

•    The abuse of prescription drugs has stretched to epidemically scary proportions in the last ten years. Regardless of that honest point, “legal” drug use for the main purpose of getting high, carries far less stigma than say, the use of illicit drugs. Since they are Doctor prescribed and “approved”, people tend to think that medications such as Xanax, Vicodin, Adderall, and even sleeping pills are moderately safe if you use them as prescribed by your Doctor. Oftentimes, these drugs or prescriptions are just sitting around in most medicine cabinets. There is a vast misunderstanding that has been circulating that prescribed drugs are in fact safer than their counterpart–street drugs.

•    Old or young, rich or poor, man or woman; If an addiction is developed by a person, regardless of their financial status, career, or any major achievements, there is an extensive assumption that they are weak, they have no willpower, and of course, they are likely immoral. The aggression toward drug addicts takes a unique form unparalleled amongst other many chronic illnesses, which prompt severe legal sanctions and judgments such as, “They asked for it. They did it. Let them kill themselves.” Unfortunately, it isn’t false that a vast amount of addicts commits reprehensible acts. Acts that were highly driven by alterations in the brain, which is a commonality amongst drug users. Prolonged drug use has caused good people to do terrible things. In turn, it is their fault since they chose to pick it up in the first place, but after they’re deep in the grips of addiction they will cheat, steal, lie, and hurt people they love solely to maintain their drug habit. People who are sick, need treatment. They do not always require punishment. They need treatment to get better.

•    Recovery is not as easy a task as exercising enough willpower. People certainly do not choose to develop cancer any more than they “choose” to become a drug addict. Half of the risk of addiction is genetics, while environmental influences like how you were raised/upbringing, your home life with your family, and influences from peers make up the other half. After brain imaging studies were conducted to show differences in the brain are equally a cause and effect of drug addiction. Prior to drugs entering the picture, there are neurobiological variances in drug-addicted persons in comparison to those people who do not become drug addicted. Once in the height of their addiction, each individual begins to experience brain alterations after prolonged use of drugs, the function and the structure of the brain of an individual is altered and it makes it quite challenging to control their impulses, feel any type of pleasure from “normal” rewards such as food, games, hobbies, music or sex, it becomes difficult to focus on anything other than getting their hands on their next fix.


Addiction - There is a way out. Ridgeview Ranch can show you the way
Although those are only a few of the many misconceptions about drug addicts, you can now likely see a bit more about why they are the way they are and what exactly is happening. Drug addiction is a disease. It should be treated as such. People are not ashamed to get help for cancer or any other illness, you shouldn’t be ashamed to get help for your disease, too. If you or a loved one are looking for drug rehabilitation centers in Los Angeles, or Rehab Center Los Angeles, give Ridgeview Ranch a Call Today at (800) 296-1868 — We understand. We care. And we are here to help you!

Families in Recovery

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As greatly as addiction interferes and tears an addict’s life apart, their families oftentimes go through the same heartbreak and exhaustion. While an individual in your family is addicted to a substance, they are no longer themselves. They are controlled solely by their want and need for their substance of choice. They are not thinking of others and how what they are doing is severely affecting those around them–those who care about them most. Loving an addict is heart-wrenching. You may try everything you can to help them, but sometimes that just turns into enabling them. You must, at some point, let them hit rock bottom, so they can find their way back. An addict has to have the urgency and want to seek help on their own. You cannot push them. You can stop speaking to them until they get clean. Anything you do seems painful. There is help out there.

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The pain of watching someone you love in such agony, suffering, and pain is not easy. There are many stories of addicts who got help and got clean and they will say that when they were in the grips of addiction nothing mattered except how to get their next fix. It truly is a sad disease. At least there is help out there, and things you can try to do to help yourself and the people around you. It’s best to know more about the situation.

Ridgeview Ranch is the first step to treating a drug or aclohol addiction

You can first try to educate yourself on recovery and addiction. Find out what is going through their mind and what they are physically going through. Don’t blame yourself. It’s best not to accuse or judge. This is why it is important to educate yourself, so you can better approach the awful situation. There is hope. Make sure you are able to provide a clean zone for them. Don’t do anything that might trigger them. There are many books about recovery and addiction, as well as programs specifically geared toward the families of drug addicts. There are meetings for you, too. Talk to others, share your stories, in a safe place. Make sure you don’t stop living. Take care of yourself. Always remember the three Cs of dealing with an addict: You didn’t cause the addiction. You can’t control the addiction. You can’t cure the addiction. At Ridgeview Ranch, we offer family programs. If you find yourself searching the internet for the best rehab center Los Angeles, give Ridgeview Ranch a Call Today at (800) 296-1868–We are here to help you!

Yoga and Recovery

Yoga and Recovery - A Holistic Treatment for Addiction

Addiction removes a human being from their body and averts them from truly connecting to who they really are both physically and mentally. This prevents the individual from feeling what their body is trying to let them know. When an individual is in the deep grips of addiction, they lose touch with themselves and their surroundings. After years and years of this, it takes its toll. At Ridgeview Ranch, we focus on different approaches to bringing that person back and helping them learn who they are again. Yoga and other holistic treatments are great avenues to slowly but surely reintroduce a being to physical sensation. Not to mention it is also supremely relaxing and highly beneficial for one’s health. When dealing with high amounts of stress, depression, and anxiety that become present during and after detoxing, yoga is perfection in terms of assisting in calming and grounding a person–reintroducing them to the world without their dependency to a substance.

In the steps of recovery, written in the ’30s, it is emphasized that the physical body is just as important as emotions. This whole-body approach to recovery resonates with many yogis. You can complete the steps and begin to recover mentally and make amends, but the body is still begging for help. They are still riddled with physical maladies and imbalances. The camaraderie provided by a 12 step program is helpful, yet it does not address physical pains and aches someone may be dealing with after years and years of self-medicating. Yoga opens your mind, body, and soul– while its benefits are utterly priceless, it will revive places that have been dead for so long and it will open you to a more spiritual path. Finding peace and serenity with both a structured program and a healthy diet and exercise– yoga– will be highly beneficial. You may find refuge and relief from feeling imprisoned by your own thoughts.

At Ridgeview Ranch, our treatment program includes holistic therapies such as yoga, meditation, hypnotherapy and other extraordinary therapies. We strive to maintain an environment of positive activities for the mind, body, and soul.

At Ridgeview Ranch, we believe strongly in a full and well-rounded approach to recovery. We don’t believe in only focusing on one aspect and brushing the rest off. Our treatment program includes holistic therapies such as yoga, meditation, hypnotherapy and other extraordinary therapies. We strive to maintain an environment of positive activities for the mind, body, and soul. If you visit our websites’ treatment methods/holistic therapy section, you’ll see a list of offerings. http://www.ridgeviewranchca.org/addiction-holistic-therapy/

Is My Loved One an Addict?

Today is never too late to be brand new - Ridgeview Ranch, Los Angeles, CAIn today’s society, drinking and using drugs is somewhat romanticized in the media. People of all ages, mainly those that are very impressionable, see various celebrities dabble with drugs, glorify copious amounts of drinking, going in and out of rehab as though it is simply a “normal” cycle, and people begin to think “Hmm, I’m okay. I don’t have a problem. It’s normal and possibly even cool”. Of course, that’s not to say that that is the sole cause of addiction; it’s an aid. Another wondrous aid– social media! It is the perfect outlet for people to paint a picture they want everyone to see– bottles on bottles in the VIP section, keg stands at tailgates, chugging from “fancy” bottles, etc. It’s difficult for some people to keep up (safely) with these pictures or differentiate perception versus reality. Some people are able to have one or two drinks and stop. Some people drink and their personalities don’t change except for an added tinge of happiness, but that is where they stop.

A person battling addiction doesn’t know when to stop. Once they have a sip– game on! You may notice your loved one drinking excessively and when they do, they are completely different people. There are many types of alcoholics, binge drinkers are just one of many varying forms. Drinking to the point of blacking out more than once in a month, is certainly not normal. If you cannot control yourself, and have absolutely no ability to stop yourself, you likely have a problem. Then you have the alcoholic that comes to most minds when the word alcoholic is said. The one that never stops drinking. From the second they wake up, to the minute they go to bed, they are deep into mass amounts of alcohol to keep from withdrawing. Once you become powerless to anything, you have no control. You can try everything to stop, and just can’t.

If your loved one is suffering from the disease of addiction, bombarding them with it constantly may push them away. They may begin to isolate and become distant. Their lives become a dark cave of lies, guilt, shame, hopelessness, and suffering. The people who love them; friends and family, suffer as well. There are tests they can take (see below), asking questions that may lead to the conclusion that maybe getting help is the next step. There is light at the end of the tunnel. Keeping yourself informed is the greatest way to help someone. Approach the situation from a sincere place. Knowledge is power, read about it, and ask about it.

H.O.P.E. - Hold On, Pain Ends - Ridgeview Ranch, Los Angeles, CAIf YOU think you are an addict and you don’t want anyone to know, and don’t know who to tell, or aren’t ready to stop, think about your life in the long term; will you live a deep and meaningful life that is not completely dependent on alcohol or drugs? Will you be able to develop and maintain successful relationships? Do you want the rest of your life, for your partner to be your drug of choice? Can you stop? Can you go months without it? Have you ever Googled “How can I get help” WHILE under the influence? Do you oftentimes find yourself waking up in the morning not wanting to talk to or see anyone because you are embarrassed about things you may have done or said the night before? Do you wake up worried about your drunken Facebook postings? If you’re answering yes to most of these, and you can relate to many of the things in this blog, call Ridgeview Ranch Treatment Center TODAY at (800) 296-1868 to speak confidentially with one of our recovery specialist, available 24/7, to answer your questions, provide you help and support and to guide you to a new life of healing and sobriety.

Remember, the first step towards a better life is admitting you have a problem! The rest will come and your life will start to change in beautiful ways. No one deserves a life of dependency and darkness. Live the life you deserve.

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Addiction: A Family Disease

Addiction: A Family Disease - Ridgeview Ranch treats the family as wellLife is a constant series of choices. Sometimes they are simple choices; wakeup or hit the snooze button, turn right at the light or go straight through the intersection. Sometimes the choices are much harder; speak up when you’ve made a mistake or let someone else take the blame. Making hard choices are never easy and sometimes doing what is right or even what is in our best interest is a painful road.

Getting help for an addiction is one of the hardest choices anyone can ever make. Do you walk a tough, scary and sometimes lonely road toward a better life or do you continue to do that thing that feels good now but causes unimaginable hurt to you and to the people you love?

Addiction is a progressive disease, and without treatment, it only gets worse. Addiction is also a family disease; everyone in the family is affected. “Addiction affects the stability of the home, the unity of the family, mental and physical health, and the overall family dynamic” (Research & News, 2010). Recovery is a lifelong process and the family requires treatment just as the addict requires treatment.

At Ridgeview Ranch, we support not only our clients but their families as well. In addition to the client’s recovery work, we offer family therapy to help ensure the best possible outcome. “With treatment, both the addict and family members can go on to live full, happy, and productive lives. For the addict, this will be the new normal. For family members who have learned how best to support their loved one in recovery and how to take care of themselves, it may well become the better normal” (Research & News, 2010).

Blog written by Leanne Reece, Substance Abuse Counselor, Ridgeview Ranch Treatment Center

Residential Treatment for Addictions

Ridgeview Ranch EastIn Residential Treatment, recovery is the sole focus of our client’s lives – this is what leads to long-term sobriety.

Addiction is chemical, psychological and behavioral.

Intensive and individualized Residential Treatment takes time [30 to 90 days or longer if necessary] after clients detox, to begin the psychological and emotional discovery of why they use. We help them discover and recover, in a positive way.

The body must first heal the damage, build back up and become physically strong. Our clients practice and participate in yoga, stress reduction, meditation, equine, art therapy, hypnotherapy as well as other therapeutic and holistic treatment to heal and calm the body and mind.

In conjunction, we help our clients rebuild their psychological and emotional health – to find the root of their addictions – so they become emotionally strong. We utilize Group Sessions, Coping Skills work, Relationship, Individual and Family Counseling and 12-Step/Concept meetings, and Education and Process Groups to build a firm psychological foundation for long-term sobriety.

Then, we help Transition [30 days or more – whatever time deemed necessary] clients back to their lives with Sober Living. Ridgeview Ranch provides individual, client and family After Care programs and Relapse Prevention Planning for one year after the client is discharged from residential treatment to help insure their long-term success.

Our Client’s Success is Our Success!