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.

Life Beyond Addiction

It’s common to hear stories about celebrities and public figures falling into substance abuse and addictions. But the stories that really impact us – the stories we should care more about – are the stories of recovery. And while the dangers of addiction and substance abuse is very necessary to stay aware of, it’s important to remember that recovery is always possible! If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction right now, it’s important to see the big picture by recognizing people who have recovered even when it seemed impossible.

Success stories:

Jamie Lee Curtis told CNN that she is proud to be almost 20 years sober from her addiction to painkillers. She says her recovery hasn’t been easy but that she thinks it’s important to talk about how possible recovery is. “There really is hope,” she told CNN, explaining that she has worked hard to break a cycle that she has seen destroy families.

We often hear headlines about celebrities spiraling out of control because of drug and alcohol problems, but the comeback stories are the ones that stick with us.

Another inspiring celebrity success story is Robert Downey Jr.’s recovery from a decades-long battle with drug and alcohol abuse. Downey credits his wife Susan with helping him kick his destructive habits by giving him an ultimatum. Downey told the Daily Mail that he stays sober through a combination of yoga, meditation, therapy, and 12-step programs.

While the dangers of addiction and substance abuse is very necessary to stay aware of, it’s important to remember that recovery is always possible! If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction right now, it’s important to see the big picture by recognizing people who have recovered even when it seemed impossible.

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe says that personal insecurities and the pressure of the spotlight led him to spend his 20s struggling with alcohol abuse. Radcliffe says that his alcohol problem took him farther and farther away from the person he wanted to be. He now maintains his sobriety by focusing on exercise, quality time with friends, and reading – one of his favorite hobbies.

American actor Rob Lowe spent much of his life in the habit of wild partying and alcohol abuse. He says that even as a teenager, he had a major drinking problem. But knowing his life was on a dangerous trajectory led him to pursue sobriety, live an inspiring success story, and even receive the Spirit of Sobriety award in 2015. To commemorate being a quarter of a century sober and to inspire those struggling as he had, Lowe tweeted “To those struggling with addiction, there is true, real, hope. Twenty-five years ago today, I found recovery and a life of promise. #Grateful.”

Success can be your story too:

As these recovery success stories remind us, hope is always within reach and it’s never too late to turn your life around. Ridgeview Ranch Treatment Center is committed to providing substance abuse treatment for men and women who are struggling with alcoholism, drug addiction, and co-occurring disorders. Don’t hesitate to find out what hope looks like for you by calling our confidential line at 877-526-7706 or use our convenient Contact form.

Pop Culture’s Responsibility for Displaying Addiction and Substance Abuse

From music to fashion modeling trends, much of pop culture glamorizes substance abuse and addiction, often by drawing a seemingly necessary correlation between substance abuse and fame and success.

This kind of portrayal not only leaves a misguided impression on people who might enter an addiction, but it’s also harmful to the addicts and loved ones of addicts who are navigating the very real and long-term horror of addiction.

Thankfully, some films are taking steps toward a more enlightened view. While A Star is Born might still be glamorizing addiction and substance abuse to some extent, but at least it’s showing some of the nuances of being in a relationship where addiction is involved.

One of the most important things to remember is the harmful effects that substance abuse and addiction have on relationships. At the same time, relationships are often some of the best healing paths for people struggling with addiction, because relationships make it harder for addicts to isolate themselves and makes compassionate intervention more natural. Whether it’s through relationships like in A Star is Born or not, the most important thing pop culture can do is remind us that addiction treatment and recovery are always options.

Because addiction is a disease, recovery isn’t a quick fix, but it is always possible. It’s a challenge to manage an addiction daily, which is why we need to remember to support recovering addicts as they navigate their unique challenge to maintain their relationships, jobs, family lives, and contributions to society. You need to call Ridgeview Ranch and speak with one of our Addiction Specialists today.

Pop culture’s responsibility is to navigate the fine line between showing the hope of recovery but also not watering down the dangers and negative effects of addiction and substance abuse. And while some movies like Requiem for a Dream do portray the authentic dark side of addiction, it also shows the addicts as beyond hope of recovery. Saying that recovery is out of reach is also harmful. Thankfully, culture’s perception is slowly changing, especially with the laws around narcotic possession. Many non-violent offenders are now given the option of going to addiction treatment instead of going to jail.

Whether we are making laws or making movies, it’s important to remember that there is always hope for addiction treatment and recovery.

The emphasis on hope is important in part because again, much of pop culture tends to display addiction or substance abuse as a choice, even as a “party lifestyle.” But once an addiction takes over, it isn’t a decision anymore, it’s a serious medical disease.

Just as the long-term effects of substance abuse are often downsized in pop culture, so are the recoveries, if they are shown at all.

Because addiction is a disease, recovery isn’t a quick fix, but it is always possible. It’s a challenge to manage an addiction daily, which is why we need to remember to support recovering addicts as they navigate their unique challenge to maintain their relationships, jobs, family lives, and contributions to society.

We need to do our best to empower our community towards understanding addiction better by removing both the glamor of substance abuse and the stigma of addiction treatment. If you or a loved one needs compassionate support and effective addiction treatment, we’re here for you with 30, 60, or 90-day Residential Treatment Programs. We believe there is always hope! Learn more by calling (800) 296-1868 or use our convenient Contact form.

Five Harmful Myths About Addiction

When it comes to drug use and addiction, there are no easy answers. As with many complex issues, several factors play a role in what leads a person to turn to substance abuse. Yet one of the more troubling aspects of this topic are the misconceptions surrounding the people suffering from this condition. The following are just a few examples of some of the commonly held beliefs when it comes to drug abuse:

  1. “Addicts can stop whenever they want.” The main flaw in this belief is that it operates under the assumption that the addict is always making a conscious choice. It’s common to hear “If he loves me, he’d stop” from the loved one of an addict. But unfortunately, the situation is simply not that cut and dry. Addiction stems from a mental dependency that can trigger a compulsive need for the addict to seek out comfort by way of the substance. While it is possible to break the cycle in time, it’s not something that can easily be ended on a whim.


  1. “Addiction is a sign of weak morals.” While it’s hard to define morality across the board, the issue of right and wrong become tricky when discussing substance addiction. Genetics, environment, and psychological factors can all play a role in driving someone to seek comfort in drugs and alcohol, not just what they’ve been taught as being good or bad.


  1. “Only ‘hard’ or ‘street’ drugs are dangerous.” This is a concept that is starting to be more openly discredited as addiction to prescription drugs has become more widely discussed. However, it’s still important to consider that an addiction can also involve other legal substances such as alcohol, sleep aids, or stimulants such as ADHD medication.


  1. “There is nothing friends or family can do.” It’s easy to see yourself as powerless when dealing with a loved one’s addiction, but there is always something that friends and family can offer to help. Being a consistent presence of positivity and support during hard times and offering guidance to those in need does a great deal to aid the recovery process.


  1. “Relapse is a sign of failure.” This view is probably one of the most dangerous as it can often breed feelings of shame, guilt, and hopelessness in the minds of those who had previously been attempting to seek help. Relapse is a normal part of the recovery process and when handled properly can be used as a tool to help steer those recovering back on the right path.


Lack of information on the true issues of addiction is often what causes these myths to thrive and over time can cause more harm than good when dealing with those who are recovering. If you need assistance with your substance abuse issues, remember that it’s never too late to seek help.  And if you are dealing with a friend or loved one who is on the path to recovery, remember to stay positive and open-minded during their challenging time.


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The Literal Road to Recovery: Travel for Rehab

Wanderlust mends the soul – and evidently, the heart. Sometimes the best thing for your relationship involves taking some space, especially if the familiar surroundings have started instigating counterproductive emotional and physical symptoms. Also, if the dynamic has turned more toxic, then flushing out interactions with your partner (whether for a brief or more extended period) could prove cathartic to both of you. Rehab centers vary greatly across cities and even states, so traveling to find the right fit may be worth the investment. The path to healing includes quite a bit of introspection, and what better way to look inside yourself when miles away from outside influence? The idea of remote or long-distance treatment intimidates many, but the benefits far outweigh the cons. Is it so hard to believe that a mental journey to self-fulfillment can also manifest physically?


Keep in mind that you can always leave should the facility not meet your needs or fit your expectations. When immersed in a setting far away from home, patients can better ward off temptation or distraction. All things considered, patients in these circumstances are more likely to see the program through to completion.

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Additionally, if you’re worried about stigma or facing judgment from people in your area, then moving for treatment can best uphold your privacy. Manage this time apart from all that on your own terms. The distance also makes treatment more enticing – travel incentivizes you, adding an adventurous quality to seeking treatment. You should embrace this opportunity and take the time to indulge in a new environment as much as possible.

Relocating freshens the mind, doing wonders for your energy levels and motivation. We often feel less inhibited when separating ourselves from stress triggers. Engaging in different activities outside of your normal routine lends itself to a surprising amount of comfort. Interestingly enough, we tend to open up more to people who are removed from the circumstances that prompted treatment in the first place. Maybe it’s because we don’t feel as persecuted, or that distance allows us to better dissociate and objectively determine a personal plan of action. In either case, traveling, when compounded with the rehab itself, can optimize results – and, you’ll feel freer while doing it. The path to recovery is just on the horizon.

If you or a loved one is thinking about traveling out of state for rehab, please give us a call. We’re open 24/7. Our treatment specialists can assist you. We’re here to help!


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!

Tips for Staying Sober

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Once you’ve made the courageous decision to get sober, and you have found your treatment center, you may be wondering what life will be like when you transition back into your life. When you’re seeking out addiction treatment in Los Angeles, be prepared for your post-treatment center process.

A treatment center is a highly-controlled, safe environment for your first steps in the life of sobriety. However, soon you will be back in your life, surrounded by the spaces you lived in when you were using. It is important to immediately break the habits you participated in within those spaces and create new habits. Below you’ll find new habits and methods as you begin your addiction treatment in Los Angeles.

Embrace Change

Explore new, healthy habits that you can begin upon your return. Start your day with a healthy breakfast, and get outside for exercise and fresh air. Change your mindset towards your life—think about how that healthy breakfast is giving you the energy to work or talk with friends and family. Notice how exercise changes your thought patterns, maybe even clears your mind.

Write about Your Changes

Keep a journal to log your changes in energy, feelings, emotions. This is a way to create accountability, while also building concentration. When you really begin to reflect on how you feel after your addiction treatment in Los Angeles, you can recognize the changes in thought patterns and behaviors.

Focus on Action Rather Than Inaction

Keep your mind focused on what you are actively doing. When you find yourself concentrating on the drugs, alcohol, or other substances you are not doing, your mind tends to fixate and spiral…stop that spiral by turning your thoughts to what you are doing now that is different. For example, you are seeking addiction treatment in Los Angeles. You are exercising every day to build your strength. You are eating healthy to build your energy.

Final Word

Remember all these steps when you are building sobriety and staying sober. If you are still seeking a positive, effective addiction treatment in Los Angeles, consider Ridgeview Ranch. To learn more about Ridgeview, visit the site at

5 Facts about Drug Rehab that You Should Know

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If you or someone you know is in need of a drug rehab facility, there are some important facts about drug rehab that you need to know. Most importantly, you or loved one is not alone.

A recent study found 23 million U.S. residents required treatment for drug addiction or alcoholism. However, this is still a major life decision, and it is vital that you do your research before you begin the process.

  1. Treatment Lasts Beyond In-Patient Rehab

One of the most important facts about drug rehab you should know is that many rehab facilities offer out-patient rehab, so that you can receive support after completion of the in-patient program. This can include group therapy or one-on-one emotional wellness counseling. This is a powerful way to maintain sobriety and help the patient adjusting to their life once again.

  1. Drug Rehab Centers Keep Drugs Out

A strictly controlled environment means drugs are not a possibility for patients—which highly decreases the chances of a relapse. Sometimes this means limited visitation from family and friends, to ensure that there are no drugs arriving on the premises. In time, and with the right exhibited behaviors, visitors are allowed.

  1. Initially, Communication May Be Banned

In an effort to create new lifestyle practices, habits, and behaviors, visitors are often banned from visiting patients temporarily. This decreases the likelihood that enabling loved ones will  interfere with the sobriety process. Controlled communication will be allowed as behaviors and habits are developed.

  1. Both Individual and Group Counseling Occur

Each method of counseling provides the patient with specific benefits, which provides different environments for sharing and levels of confidentiality. One of the most important facts about drug rehab to remember is that everyone is different—some people feel more comfortable in an individual setting, others in a group; by combining the two, everyone will feel ready to share their experiences and work towards sobriety.

  1. Holistic Treatments Are Becoming the New Norm

Drug addiction and the move towards sobriety necessitates a complete lifestyle change—which is why treatment centers are now including nutritional therapy, meditation, yoga, and physical exercise, which allows the patient to replace their current habits with new, healthy ways of living.

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