How Families Can Help Addicts After Rehab

The post-rehab period for recovering addicts presents its own challenges. Not only do they need to continue staying sober, but they also have to do it without the constant professional attention they had during treatment. Because of this significant change in their environment, support from family is critical. However, it’s common for family members to feel unsure about how they can help, so here are a few practices that have been successful for families in supporting their loved ones after rehab.

If you have a loved one who is preparing to complete an addiction treatment program and have questions or concerns about supporting them in their post-rehab life, contact Ridgeview Ranch (877-526-7706) to speak with one of our Clinical Professionals.

Learn All You Can

Being better educated on addiction helps family members comprehend what their loved one is going through. In understanding the causes of addiction, family members can avoid falling into a “blame game” and focus on productive approaches to helping and healing. There are many online resources dedicated to educating people on addiction, and most libraries and bookstores also have sections on the subject.

Go to Meetings and Therapy Sessions

Supporting an addict isn’t easy. Frustration can lead to issues in communication and trust. Connecting with other families of addicts through meeting programs like Alcoholics Anonymous allows family members to listen and talk with people who are going through a similar situation. Attending these meetings and learning from them can lessen the difficulties they experience with the addicted person and reduce stress through awareness.

It’s also good to enter a family therapy program or private therapy sessions where a trained professional can help identify and break down feelings of anger and frustration that block healthy relationships. By facing such problems and working through them in personal and group settings, families can build the strong bonds necessary for effective support.

Take Care of Yourself

Because supporting an addict is difficult, stress is inevitable. It’s important for family members to take care of themselves and deal with their stress so they can stay strong in their support. Much of this can be accomplished with exercise and sleep. Simple exercises and activities like jogging or a few laps in the pool are effective in relieving stress. And sleep has long been recognized as essential to mental health. One way to ensure good sleep is to establish a fixed bedtime/waking schedule, which lets your brain develop a natural pattern and “know” when it’s time to sleep.

Manage Your Expectations

It’s understandable that families feel hopeful when their loved one enters an addiction treatment program, and to feel excited when they complete it. But the reality is that it isn’t the end, and it probably will take more time for them to become “themselves” again in their post-rehab life. This is why it’s so important to understand that recovery is a work in progress. Even so, the fact that your loved one is present so the family can be together should be considered a great success in the overall process—so keep those hopes up, but also keep them in check. If you have a loved one who is preparing to complete an addiction treatment program and have questions or concerns about supporting them in their post-rehab life, Contact Ridgeview Ranch (877-526-7706) to speak with one of our Clinical Professionals. Or use our convenient Contact Form.

Staying Sober After Rehab

Recovering from addiction is a great achievement, but it’s also the beginning of a new process. After sobriety has been reached, maintaining it presents yet another challenge. Though treatment centers teach strategies to help recovering addicts deal with difficult situations that can trigger cravings, some fear relapse after leaving rehab. They worry that without the constant support they received during treatment, they will give in to the pressures of everyday life and start using again. But there are steps you can take to ease the transition into life after rehab and stay sober.

Recovering from addiction is a great achievement, but it’s also the beginning of a new process. After sobriety has been reached, maintaining it presents yet another challenge. Ridgeview Ranch is here to help!

Enter a Post-Treatment Program

Some centers offer post-treatment support administered by trained professionals to help recovering addicts stay sober after rehab. Support can come in the form of individual or group counseling, attending support groups, medication, drug testing, and even check-ins either in person or over the phone. If your treatment provider does not offer post-treatment services, ask for a referral to someone who can help.

Form Your Own Support Team

Friends and family members can be a vital source of post-treatment support. Ask some of the people closest to you to be there for you when you need it. You can also build relationships with other recovering addicts you meet through support groups. They are people who can relate to what you are going through and can become someone to lean on.

Practice and Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle

Living a physically active and nutritionally balanced lifestyle has been strongly linked to successful recovery and continued sobriety. You can use an exercise you enjoy as a distraction from cravings or as an “outlet” to reduce stress, one of the most common triggers for relapse. Also, a healthy diet provides your body with the nutrients and energy you need to feel good both physically and mentally.

Know Your Triggers and Manage Them

When you know what situations trigger the urge to use, you can take steps to guard yourself against them. Strategize ways you can avoid being placed in those situations or come up with coping techniques to use when faced with them.

Be Ready to Address a Relapse

Relapse is always a possibility after recovery, but you can plan ahead about what to do in the event of a relapse. Make a list of people to contact (family members, friends, sponsors, health care providers) and have a pre-planned set of steps to follow to seek immediate help from an addiction treatment professional. Having this kind of plan can give peace of mind that you have yourself covered in advance—just in case. On a more practical level, it also gives you a ready guide for finding support and treatment as soon as possible so you can continue recovering.Ridgeview Ranch provides addiction treatment and post-treatment services to help those with drug and alcohol addiction recover and lead healthy lives. Contact Ridgeview Ranch (877-526-7706) with any questions for our team of clinical professionals regarding treatment and assistance staying sober.

How Your Environment Can Help or Hinder Your Road to Recovery

Environment plays a huge factor in developing addictions or substance abuse habits, as Adi Jaffe Ph.D. explains in Psychology Today. Environments also play a big factor in how successfully you can recover.

As Dr. Jaffe explains, there are several important factors in your environment that can make addiction more or less likely: Family, Peers, Work/School, and Community. If people close to you have or foster an addiction problem, you are more likely to develop an addiction to alcohol, drugs, or other substances.

Likewise, if you are on or want to be on a pathway to recovering from addiction, your environment is equally critical. If you remain around people who are still struggling from addictions or are using the substances you’re trying to break free from, you will have a much harder time staying on track in your recovery. And people are not the only factor. Physical aspects such as places or even rooms in your house can trigger challenges in your recovery.

If you are on or want to be on a pathway to recovering from addiction, your environment is equally critical. If you remain around people who are still struggling from addictions or are using the substances you’re trying to break free from, you will have a much harder time staying on track in your recovery. And people are not the only factor. Physical aspects such as places or even rooms in your house can trigger challenges in your recovery.

The importance of a healthy environment is one reason why a recovery program like Ridgeview Ranch is life-changing. By going to a recovery facility, you are giving yourself the freedom to be fully present in an environment completely dedicated to your wellbeing and recovery.

Wherever you are in your recovery journey, your environment and the people around you make a difference! Recently, Ridgeview Ranch’s Program Manager, Denise Maupin, was honored and recognized at the Long Beach Recovery Awards Ceremony. Ms. Maupin received awards and certificates from the City of Long Beach, Office of the City Council, Sixth District, the United States House of Representatives, Congressman Alan Lowenthal, and the State of California Senate for her awesome service and dedication to the Recovery Community.

What makes her so successful in changing people’s lives? Ms. Maupin has gone through years of personal recovery and understands what it takes to sustain and maintain sobriety. For that reason, she is dedicated to helping individuals heal and recover from substance abuse in all aspects of life. She goes the extra mile to help individuals achieve healing mentally, emotionally and physically. We’re proud of Ms. Maupin for so tangibly showing our community what it means to make a difference.

Ms. Maupin and the entire team here at Ridgeview Ranch are dedicated to creating an environment that is judgment-free and conducive to recovery. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction or substance abuse, we encourage you to find out more about a community who cares and an environment that can help! Call 877-526-7706, or visit

Avoid Addiction Relapses by Avoiding Triggers

If you are recovering from addiction, it’s essential to remember that you avoid the situations and mindsets that trigger relapses. A successful recovery happens when you fight triggers by understanding and avoiding them. While everyone’s situation differs, research reveals some common relapse triggers that are helpful to recognize.

  • HALT (hungry, angry, lonely, tired) – Remember to initiate sleep schedules, eating plans, and support groups that help you avoid being HALT.
  • Stress – Understand what causes you stress and proactively prevent stress. Stress management can be as simple as diet changes, exercise, reducing sugar and caffeine, and sticking to three meals a day.
  • Over-Confidence ­­– This is one of the most confusing triggers because a healthy amount of self-confidence is essential to achieving your goals. Over-confidence is thinking you can ditch your recovery plans. Neglecting your rehab structure makes you vulnerable and removes the support that you need. Practice humility, reminding yourself that addiction is a chronic disease that can have power over you if you let it! Don’t’ get sidetracked by thinking you can “have just one.”
  • Mental and/or Physical Illness – Depression, anxiety, and other disorders are some of the most common relapse triggers. When seeking treatment for emotional or physical illnesses, be honest with your doctor about your recovery. This prevents prescriptions that might alter the mental clarity needed to pursue recovery, and potentially trigger a relapse or new addiction. Monitor your feelings to understand if medications are negatively affecting you.
  • Social Isolation – Take extra steps in seeking out to the community through a support system and regular counseling. Without a sober support network, it’s easier to rationalize relapses to yourself when you’re alone.
  • Sex and Relationships – Many experts suggest avoiding dating during the first year of recovery. The excitement of new relationships puts you at risk of relapse, and breakups create breeding grounds for old destructive habits. Relationships can trigger initial addictions to transform into addictions to love or sex. Consider completing a year of successful sobriety before dating.
  • New Jobs or Promotions – Don’t let the opportunity to celebrate cause a relapse. Ask your support group about healthy ways to celebrate. Talk with your counselor about the new role’s potential to increase responsibility and stress.
  • Glamorizing the Past – Don’t let your addiction-prone brain convince you that things were better back then. Be careful not to overlook the pain and suffering that addiction has caused you. Constantly remind yourself why you are choosing the path to freedom and recovery.
  • Harmful Situations or Locations – Avoid surroundings where drugs and alcohol are available or acceptable. This includes old haunts (even visuals and smells) and new places. Be upfront and say you can’t just “meet up at the bar” without serious risk of relapse.

A successful recovery happens when you fight triggers by understanding and avoiding them. Research reveals some common relapse triggers that are helpful to recognize. And remember, you are NOT alone. Ridgeview Ranch is here to help you.

Ruthlessly avoid triggers, even when it’s difficult or awkward. If you sense a trigger, distract yourself through exercise or hobbies, talk to your support network, and challenge your thoughts.

What if you relapse? Remember that you’re not alone. A relapse doesn’t mean it’s over, or that you can’t recover. Compassionate support is available to help you avoid triggers and overcome addiction. Start or continue your recovery today: 877-526-7706

No Turning Back

After rehabilitation, the mistakes you’ve made in your past can become all too real. The consequences, the hurt, and the gravity of all that’s happened becomes a reality, leaving you sober to hash it all out. Turning back, regressing towards your formerly dependent state, is all too easy, but it’s wrong. Further destruction of yourself and your relationships with loved ones will never be worth the fleeting comfort of the vices you’ve left behind. Don’t give into the temptation. Instead, focus on these 3 tips to build self-esteem after rehabilitating.

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  1. Understand that this is a long, oftentimes painful journey.
    1. Rehabilitation is never easy, but it is always worth it. Every morning, wake up knowing that it is a daily, but winnable struggle. Being aware of the long-term commitment will make it easier to say “no” during the times when the addiction is gnawing at you, begging for you to give in.
  2. Find a hobby that leaves you feeling fulfilled.
    1. Just because you no longer stay in a rehabilitation center does not mean that the battle is over. Minds tend to wander back to our past, thinking about how difficult it is to not just drop the habit but to not pick it back up. A hobby is a great way to keep your mind focused on a healthy habit, while also leaving you fulfilled.
  3. Surround yourself with people that have a similar, health-focused mindset.
    1. Having peers that are also committed to bettering themselves daily can act as a support group. Through spending time with them, they will reinforce your good habits, while also allowing you to drop the bad ones. Being around like-minded people and positivity can make the battle less difficult on a daily basis. You are who you surround yourself with, so make yourself better by associating with the kind of people you want to be.


The holidays can be a challenging time. If you or a loved one is tempted and need someone to talk with, give us a call. We’re open 24/7. Our treatment specialists can assist you. We’re here to help!

Behind the Screens of Internet Addiction

Where are the AA meetings for Internet addiction? Social media and television addiction are too often obscured by their more obvious counterparts, like alcoholism and substance abuse. While equally serious issues, internet dependency poses a set of unique challenges because it fits so comfortably within our lifestyles. The epidemic has even been filtered into our vocabulary. People can freely admit to “binge-watching” and “going viral,” indicating a malignant component to high internet usage. These kinds of social cues enable its persistence by dismissing actual indications of addiction. Furthermore, our daily routines frequently depend on a considerable amount of internet usage – even John Bernasconi of Rehab Pathway confessed that he, like many others, spends at least eight hours a day at work on the computer. Recovery starts with advocating for addiction treatment and legitimizing recovery options.

Behind the Screens of Internet Addiction

Rehab Pathway has made significant strides here – transposing the criteria from the American Psychiatric Association’s DSM-5 onto a survey measuring patterns of binge-watching, pornography, Internet, and social media use from a sample of 1,000 Americans.

A whopping 66 percent continued using the Internet at a high rate despite the negative consequences it incurred, such as sleep deprivation and late arrival to work. Additionally, half reported maintaining high use despite advice from a loved one to stop or uncomfortable physical side effects, like headaches. It comes as no surprise then, that addiction treatment centers in the Los Angeles area have started taking the matter seriously.

From a social standpoint, you can create an open discussion about Internet addiction by spreading awareness and acknowledging the condition. Ask yourself if you need to seek addiction treatment yourself, or if someone you know could benefit from visiting a center in Los Angeles. Don’t write it off, pay it forward. You owe it to yourself.

If you have questions or need assistance with locating the appropriate treatment center, give us a call. We’re here to help!

Smoking Marijuana Creates Stronger Potential for Harder Drug Use Later in Life

Smoking Marijuana Creates Stronger Potential for Harder Drug Use Later in Life

As marijuana heads for the mainstream, children are at risk

There’s no denying that marijuana is growing in popularity and acceptance within the United States, especially when taking into account that it is legal or at least decriminalized in twenty-eight states and the District of Columbia. While it’s true that there are positive uses for marijuana, such as treating chronic pain as well as illnesses like Crohn’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis, the rapid proliferation of the drug has made it difficult to track and control, which makes it much more easily accessible to minors, bringing with it a whole host issues, the most troubling of which is an early normalization of casual drug use that could lead to harder drugs in the future.

The dangers of early drug use

Because the brain does not fully mature until someone is in roughly their mid-twenties, children in high school and junior high who start recreationally smoking marijuana are extremely susceptible to dangers of cognitive impairment. Additionally, while marijuana is generally not considered “addictive” in the sense that it does not instill a physical craving in the user like other, harder drugs, it still can be a triggering factor for addiction, especially there is a genetic predisposition for it. Early use of marijuana makes children not only associate it with fun, therefore working to rewire their immature brains with the strong potential to make it habit-forming. Most pressing though, as we previously mentioned, creating an atmosphere that normalizes drug use could make marijuana serve as a gateway to harsher drugs that carry with them more intense physical, mental, and legal consequences. A recent study from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health showed that 16 to 25-year-olds had the highest rates of illicit drug use at around twenty percent, as opposed to people 26 and older, whose average rate was less than ten percent. In 2011, more than 2.5 million Americans aged twelve and older were diagnosed with Opioid Use Disorder, and these numbers show no sign of going down.

Final word

While many people want to celebrate the growing mainstream acceptance of marijuana, it’s important to keep in mind the potential dangers of making it more accessible, and the effect this can have on children and teens, who’s not yet fully-developed brains stand to be the most harmed by marijuana use. While it might not seem like it at first, smoking marijuana while in junior high and high school greatly increases the potential of these children struggling with addiction to stronger drugs later in life. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction or substance abuse, Call Ridgeview Ranch Today at (800) 296-1868. We’re Here to Help!

What to Consider when Choosing a Rehab or Treatment Center

Things to think about before checking in

Being able to admit that you are in need of a rehab or treatment center can be scary, but recognizing and understanding this is already a major first step on the road to recovery. So now it’s time for the next step: choosing a treatment center or rehabilitation facility. This can also feel like an overwhelming task. How do you know which one is best for you and can properly meet your needs? How do you know which one will be more effective than another? How can you discern a legitimate rehab from a scam? At Ridgeview Ranch, we’ve come up with a list of important factors to consider when it comes to choosing a rehab or treatment center that’s right for you.

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What you need to know

The most imperative thing to be aware of: is this treatment center licensed, certified, and accredited? Always make sure to inquire about a rehab’s qualifications before making a decision and ensuring you’ll be getting the highest quality care. They should also definitely have been in business for longer than a few months and can provide alumni for you to talk to about their experiences at the treatment center. If they cannot do this, it can be a red flag. Other warning signs for places to avoid include rehab centers that offer an “instant cure” or other unrealistic promises. Another major factor to consider is the different types of therapies offered at the rehab or treatment center, since an addiction treatment plan should include multiple therapies, including individual, group, cognitive-behavioral, etc. Also, is the treatment customized? Addiction is never “one-size-fits-all” and it’s important to make sure the treatment center you’re checking in to knows this as well and will help build a plan geared to your specific needs. Lastly, do they offer after-care? Addiction does not end once your time in rehab is over, which is why it’s critical that there is a plan in place for after you leave and are reintegrated back into your regular life.

Final word

This is by no means a comprehensive list of tips, but it does cover some of the most important ones that should be at the forefront of your mind when choosing a rehab or treatment center. And always remember, if you or a loved one is in need of help with substance abuse, Call Ridgeview Ranch Today at (800) 296-1868. We’re Here to Help!


What Happens When You Give Up Alcohol

Here are some things you can expect when you decide to stop drinking

Whether you feel like you’re just overdoing it on the drinking and want to stop before it becomes an issue or it has already become a problem that is affecting your work and personal relationships, giving up alcohol can be a difficult process, as it is still an extremely addictive substance. Nonetheless, there are so many benefits to giving up drinking that it is worth pushing through the pains of withdrawal. You’ll very quickly start to see how putting a stop to drinking can improve so many aspects of your life. However, there are some negative things to expect as well as your body adjusts to the lack of alcohol. That’s why we’ve compiled a helpful overview of some of the things – good and bad – that you can expect when you give up alcohol.


What you need to know

First, the bad news: There’s a strong chance you’ll be getting sugar cravings. The reason for this is that when you stop drinking, you’re denying your body a source of the “happy-making” chemical dopamine that it’s become used to getting from alcohol on a regular basis. With this sudden lack of a dopamine source, your body will more likely be making you reach for something sweet instead as a substitute. Another thing to expect is the difficulty while being around others who are drinking. If you’re just starting to kick the addiction, we recommend avoiding being around people who are drinking entirely. You’ll have to deal with the feeling of missing out, but being around people who are drinking, especially if you were frequently a social drinker before you quit, can drive you crazy with envy and desire for a drink and can make quitting that much harder.

But let’s move on to the good stuff: When you quit drinking, you’ll find yourself sleeping more soundly. While studies have found that alcohol may make you fall asleep more quickly, it disrupts the quality of sleep so you wake up feeling groggy and even more tired than when you went to bed. But when you stop drinking, quality of sleep improves, which not only is good news for your mood and concentration but your overall health in general. You’ll also find yourself losing weight without consuming all those extra carbs that hide in alcohol, especially sugary ones like margaritas and piña coladas. And a definite major bonus? You’ll have more money! Drinking, especially if you’re fond of expensive wine, scotch or whiskey, can leave you with an empty wallet. Take time to do the math and you’ll quickly realize that, while you may be missing out on those nights out, you’re saving yourself a bundle.

Final word

Quitting an addictive substance is never easy, but in the end, the benefits always outweigh any negative you might encounter. You’ll find yourself with an overall better quality of life and ensure that you’re there for the people you care about and who care about you. If you or a loved one is in need of help with substance abuse, Call Ridgeview Ranch Today at (800) 296-1868. We’re Here to Help!

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Prescription Pain Pills: The Dangers of Addiction

It’s important to know the signs and perils of prescription painkiller addiction

Painkiller abuse has been referred to as a growing epidemic. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, opioid overdose has been responsible for more than one hundred and sixty-five thousand deaths between 1999 and 2014. More than half of these overdose deaths involved prescription opioids and in 2014 alone, more than 14,000 people died of prescription opioid overdose. Efforts to combat it have included prescription drug monitoring programs, which is meant to combat things like “doctor shopping,” someone using multiple doctors in order to get as many prescriptions as they can. With all the clear dangers for prescription painkiller abuse as well as statistics about overdoses, some might wonder how someone can even let themselves get addicted in the first place. But addiction is, of course, not at all that simple. There’s a myriad of ways and reasons that people can become addicted to prescription painkillers, but luckily, there’s also help in the form of addiction treatment centers like Ridgeview Ranch.


Early warning signs

The first thing to understand is the difference between dependence on a drug and addiction to it. When you are dependent on a drug, that means that your body has built up a tolerance to the drug and you need to take more and more of it to feel its effects, and can suffer a withdrawal without it. While this is a facet of addiction, it does not constitute it. Addiction is dependency in the context of compulsive drug use, even in the face of dangerous and harmful consequences. It’s a dependency that becomes not just physical but mental, an inability to stop using and a failure to meet life responsibilities and obligations. Warning signs of the beginnings of an addiction can sometimes be difficult to spot until it’s too late, even if you’re the one who is sliding into addiction. It’s important to know the warning signs to watch out for:

  • You’re taking a different number of pills than prescribed by your doctor. Whether it’s taking more at once or more often than your doctor has told you to, this is an early sign of a budding addiction. Deciding your own dosage instead of following your doctor’s orders may be indicative of a problem.


  • You’ve been using painkillers for a long time. A doctor prescribes you painkillers after a surgery or otherwise because you hurt. But they are not meant to be a permanent solution. If you’re still taking prescription pain medication after the pain should have gone away, this is a big warning sign that something is wrong. It might be that you just enjoy the way they make you feel, or you’ve started to physically need them. Both of these are signs of addiction and reasons to get help before it’s too late.


  • You’re getting painkillers from other sources than a doctor. While there is a crackdown on “doctor shopping,” there are other places to get pills from, such as ordering them online, stealing from people’s medicine cabinets, buying other people’s prescription medication or even purposefully hurting yourself so you can get access to more. All of these are very serious signs that you have an addiction, both that you are getting drugs from illegal sources and that you feel the need to “stockpile.”

Final Word

It can be frighteningly easy to misuse painkillers, even when you try not to do it. The most important thing to remember is honesty. Be honest with your doctor, your friends and family, and of course, yourself. If there’s a problem and you see yourself or someone you care about exhibiting these signs, know that there are addiction specialists and treatment centers that are there to help and can get your life back on track and back to normal. Here at Ridgeview Ranch Treatment Center, we understand the roots of addiction and are committed to providing hope and healing.

If you or a loved one need advice or help with painkillers, please call our Hotline, 24/7, (800) 296-1868, to speak with one of our treatment specialists for assistance. We are here for you…

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