Sunday, October 21, 2018

El Dorado Hills

El Dorado Hills, California

El Dorado Hills is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) based in El Dorado County, California. It is considered to be a fraction of the Sacramento Metropolitan Area. This place is a celebrated destination by its inhabitants and they have decorated their community by embracing ‘ the village life’. It holds an estimated population of 43,495 with about 74% of Caucasian , 11% Asian , 9% Hispanic and about 2% African American ethnic groups. With a high average of education level and a median income which is more than that of the nation, El Dorado Hills is a place where people hold a sense of community and that shows in their  involvement in programs related to prevention of drug abuse. Also, there is an active participation from families in rehabilitation of a person. as well as how much families involve themselves in the rehabilitation of a person. This town is growing and each and every member is contributing to this dynamic development. This town is growing and each and every member is contributing to this dynamic development. 

If you live in El Dorado Hills, and have fallen victim to substance abuse don’t hesitate to seek treatment. There are enormous resources in at your disposal.

Causes for High Drug and Alcohol Consumption

The most abused substance in this town is alcohol and its consumers are majorly teenagers as well as young adults. The reason for their usage is majorly attritubted to their need to ‘experiment’  with various substances. Also, the free availability of vaping devices in shops and drugs on the streets is also responsible for high drug consumption in this town. The fertile grounds of this area are considered ideal for growing marijuana.

In term of opioids, the most circulated are heroin, pot and marijuana. Through strict laws and extensive police surveillance leading to several drug busts, the street drugs have become comparatively less in circulation but the rate of consumption is not on a down low. Also, the ratio of drug abusers is much higher than the appropriate rehabilitation facilities available in this area. There are some which are specialized towards alcohol and opioid treatment, but they have limited capacity for in patient treatment. 

Efforts by the Community

The police in the area has taken many successful measures to curb drug circulation on the streets and to foster drug abuse awareness, they expect and encourage the citizens of the town to educate each other and the member of their family about effects of substance abuse. The efforts made by the people show that they are more inclined towards preventive measures and thus, are trying to keep a tab on the spaces that bring substances in touch with the family members. Therefore, events like school prom/parties are under the radar of the parents and they seem to be working diligently to avoid the presence of drugs and alcohol at such events. On the other hand, people are educating their fellow townsfolk about prescription drugs, encouraging them to question their doctors about the medicines in order to ensure that what they receive is not addictive. This town is well aware of supply of substances around them and they understand the risk if these drugs were to reach their families. Hence, every part of the community is very focused on preventive measures and effective education.

Measures Against Prescription Drug Abuse

The fire department has been vigilant about the circulation of prescription drug and has urged the citizen to destroy all extra medicines in order to stop the pill and patches from reaching the wrong hands. They have given instructions on removing drugs from the original containers. By removing all of the unutilized, unwanted, or expired medication from its original packaging, one can ensure that  the tablets will not be used for abuse. Unfortunately, the common orange prescription bottles are easily recognized in the garbage or landfills and can be stolen. In such cases, one may remove  essential details from the bottles. It is also viable to either crush and mix the medication with undesirable materials like cat littler before throwing it in the garbage to avoid unwarranted usage. The fire department declares that  flushing the medicines may not be a good step as they may be very damaging for the environment.

Vaping THC Oil

The residents of El Dorado Hills have found the extensive presence of vaping devices which are being utilized by the school going and young adult population in bulk. The process of vaping or consuming e-cigarettes is a process of using electronic devices that create a feeling of tobacco smoking. School authorities in this town have been concerned of the fact that children believe that the act of vaping is harmless as it does not generate smoke. But unfortunately, the three types of vaping, that are, tobacco/nicotine vaping, flavored oil vaping and THC (an ingredient in marijuana providing a high) vaping are equally destructive as consuming tobacco or nicotine. 

Rehabilitation Centers

El Doraro Hills may not have countless rehab centres in their town, but because California is  on a drug alert , one can find a whole array of drug rehabilitation facilities in the surrounding areas. Ranging from treatment for alcohol abuse, heroin addiction and other opioids, treatment facilities are focused on mental health and offer dual diagnosis. El Dorado Hills has a broad variety of psychotherapists who can be of help to people, before and after drug abuse. Thus, be it marriage and family counselors, clinical hypnotherapists, trauma counselors, neuropsychologists, emotionally focused therapists and drug abuse specialists, they all are equipped with skills to help the citizens with issues one faces related to substance abuse.

The rehabilitation facilities in and around El Dorado Hills are capable of handling cases of all levels of multiple forms of substance addictions such as: 

Opiate painkiller addictions which include – Percocet (oxycodone), Oxycontin, Morphine, Vicodin/Norco (hydrocodone), Dilaudid, Codeine,etc., 

Alcohol addiction – as a standalone element or in amalgamation with other drugs, 

Benzodiazepine addictions which include – Xanax (alprazolam), Ativan (lorazepam), Valium (diazepam), Librium (chlordiazepoxide), etc.,

Other Opiate/Opioid street drugs  which include – methadone, opium and heroin,

Other mainstream street drugs which include – cocaine, crack-cocaine, hallucinogenics (mushrooms, acid, etc.),  methamphetamine (crystal, meth), marijuana, and finally those drugs which are familiar as “Club Drugs” which may include – spice, MDMA (ecstasy), flakka, molly, GHB, etc. ,.

Thus, the rehabilitation facilities provide a secure, comfortable and private residence or ‘boutique’ setting as well as a highly experienced team of medical and clinical professionals to support people on their road to recovery.

Assessment

The majority of the rehab facilities have toll free helpline numbers or chatroom based helplines where one can ask questions and post queries about treatment and healing. Each website has numerous  reading materials that can help a person understand their own issues and while feeling validated , get a brief knowledge of how they can move ahead, towards healing. Through the various articles that these websites publish, one can find out what precisely they will be signing up for in the form of treatment. One can also straightway walk into a facility and meet with the front office staff or related personnel, who is fully equipped to address any kind of concerns. When one is sure that they are ready for helping themselves, they are prepared for the ASSESSMENT phase of their treatment.

 Here they will meet up with doctors, addiction counsellors or advisors from a facility and receive an assessment about what kind of treatment might suit their healing regime. The process will involve listening to the patient’s story, their journey and understand the harmful patterns and events of their life that led them to substance abuse. The client will also be required to provide their medical information, mental health information, and undergo a basic physical and mental health examination. The entire process will be a confidential, non-judgmental procedure simply to determine the appropriate level of treatment in that particular facility to provide the client with sustained and long term rehabilitation.

Pre-intake and Intake

The following step is called PRE-INTAKE and at this point, the client is expected to answer further into detail, questionsrelated to the present state of abuse are askedin order to judge the right course of action required for his/her specific needs. The aim of this step will be to assess the level of physiological damage by detailed investigation of using habits and triggers of abuse. The understanding of all these facts in detail will greatly assist in creating an effective action plan for their rehabilitation.

The INTAKE process will be a step further in understanding the magnitude of damage done. Along with detailed therapeutic conversations with the in-house counselors about their lifestyle and life choices, the client will be registered formally into a program and preparations are made for the transition to a rehab facility. A person is oriented to the ways of life in the rehab center and made familiar with their schedule and activities in that institutional setup. In case, a client is not moving in the facility, they are provided with extensive treatment details and to do lists, for a successful recovery. Post all the medical assessments, this step is crucial because here one makes a commitment to the healing regime and moves towards a rehabilitated lifestyle.

Detox

The step of Detox, is a challenging phase. Detoxification is the procedure of enabling the body to emancipate itself of the drug and at the same time coping with the symptoms of the  phenomena known as withdrawal like body pain, anxiety, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, etc. Each substance, be it alcohol or heroine, has a different spectrum of withdrawal symptoms and the rehab facilities in and around El Dorado Hills has extensive methodologies to aid the client cope with withdrawal. The severity of abuse determines the gravity of the symptoms of withdrawal. Unfortunately, symptoms have a tendency to encourage relapse and despite the self control one exercises, they will experience an unreasonable urge to consume drugs to escape the discomfort of the withdrawal symptoms.

Alcohol and opioids , being some of the most used drugs in El Dorado Hills, has a whole palette of symptoms. In the case of alcohol, usually people can overcome the addiction with mild symptoms of withdrawal but many people suffer nausea, anxiety, trembling and hallucinations. The gravity of symptoms is majorly based upon the quantity the person has consumed and how much their body became dependant on alcohol.  Unfortunately, those who have had a long history of alcohol consumption, may undergo some very severe symptoms like irregular heartbeats, seizures, paranoia and high blood pressure.

In the case of heroine, the withdrawal symptoms are definitely more discomforting such as severe flu, vomiting, insomnia, body pains, restlessness, anxiety, and other overwhelming emotions. Withdrawal symptoms of other opioids are equally intense and can be extremely difficult to face all alone.

Med – free Detox

Rehab doctors, counselors and care giving teams stay round-the-clock with clients who are undergoing the stress caused by these symptoms. Though suboxone or subutex are required to subside the pain of the symptoms, the medication require strict supervision because they contain addictive substances like buprenorphine or methadone. Therefore, many facilities in El Dorado Hills are trying ‘med-free methods’.  Along with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), that enables people to reinstate themselves in the society, rehab centers are taking a more holistic methodology to make the process of detoxification more effective. Hence, methods such as trauma counselling, expressive art therapy, and movement-based exercises along with frequent massages and aromatherapy are practiced to ease the stress and pain of withdrawal. Additionally, nutritional supplements are provided, that significantly help during the withdrawal symptoms. These  methods of  holistic approach along with comprehensive medical assistance, not only monitors a client’s physiological and psychological withdrawal but create a concrete path to recovery via constant psychological counselling.

What is withdrawal? How long does it last?

Inpatient

Inpatient rehabilitation in El Dorado Hills is highly focused on round-the-clock care and along with battling the withdrawal symptoms, takes a  specialized methodology to sustain  physiological and psychological health of their clients. Thus, along with luxurious living spaces in the beautifull hills of El Dorado, each client receives a ‘Boutique Setting’, spa and pool facilities, a nutritious menu apt for detoxification and daily supplements as well as amino acid for brain health. Majorly based on 12-step process for addiction recovery, the client gets to live in an environment where they are completely immersed in their own healing by being completely being cut off from the triggers of addiction and by participating in a schedule specially prepared for them.

The rehabilitative regime is  heavily focused on regenerating the client’s physical body and the psychological body. Substance abuse results in physical weakness, and a user may become either underweight or overweight due to the drugs. They may also create severe chemical imbalances in one’s body and such a disparity may become hard to vanquish. Therefore, creating a balance in life becomes a focus.  So, as and when a person starts to get better from the effects of detox, they are put in a planned exercise plan along with a balanced intake of minerals, vitamins and amino acids. According to the damage of the abuse, nutritional plans are set in place for the client to recover their organic strength. They are also encouraged to take up healing practices like meditation, yoga or knitting to help them gather their thoughts and reflect back on their life choices from a new imporved prespective. Client is under constant contact and guidance of their counsellor who via group therapy as well as individual therapy begin to reflect on their bad life choices.

While reflecting and accepting, clients will be required to assess their next step, that is to plan how to not repeat the behavior that may lead them to substance abuse. With mindfulness, they are suppose to identify the stressors and  adopt tools  positive communication to learn to deal with those stressors. This opens the path where a person will have to initiate a line of thought about their life goals.

After this point, a client will be engaged in deeply understanding  their triggers and the reasons for their addictions in order to battle with relapse and other  urges. So by participating in daily group session that are meant to empower and  individual session for excavating deep seated issues hampering self actualization, clients will extensively work on themselves. In order to get a client out of  a rut, therapists have been known to utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in order to enable themselves to all their problems. 

Many rehab centers have family therapy or family weekends, to educate family members about relapse prevention and help the clients find a ground by guiding the family in how to support them in the right manner. This method also enables the client to keep in touch with their loved ones and access their support on a regular basis.

Outpatient

An outpatient facility in El Dorado Hills is most suitable for those who wish to successfully continue on the road to therapy once they leave the in patient arrangement. Also, those who cannot afford to leave their daily lives due to careers obligations, education or dependent family members. The outpatient facilities are well structured for all those people who do not require non-stop medical attention.Though this form of treatment molds itself according to the client’s schedule and allows them the freedom to live as normally as possible, people can continue healing themselves in a specially designed treatment program. Similar to the in patient programs, people can receive the viable tools to identify their stressors  here and curb the factors that encourage drug seeking. Likewise, therapists and counselors in these facilities assist them to identify their strong points and create the creative path towards recovery. 

The outpatient program includes group therapies and various forms of counselling formats.  Thus, along with individual counselling which may include evidence based treatment like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT),  outpatient program well includes the 12-step methodology and family education classes. The treatment will customize itself according to patient needs and focus on helping them gain mindfulness as well as diffuse the destructive patterns in their life.

The average duration is about 8 weeks, almost al possible healing techniques of the inpatient treatment program are provided ot the outpatient client’s and with compassion,they are guided about how to put their lives back on track.

Family Education

With the thought that every kind of addiction effects the client and each member of their family , that is , though the abuser may experience physiological trauma ,their family goes through a lot of strain and pressure to the level of breaking point, which negatively affects the family life. Therefore, addiction can strain the family and negatively influence the stability and solidity of the home, their unity, their mental health, physical health, finances, as well as overall family dynamics. Thus, rehabs arrange for such sessions and workshops where families of people affected by addiction or otherwise may receive education about topics such as knowledge about the indication and symptoms of addiction, how may they equip themselves to battle relapse, the meaning of co-dependency, how do drugs and alcohol effect our brain, in what  ways can the family help those who  suffering from addiction, etc.. This program is a very essential step towards healing because it focuses on understanding the burden of addiction on one’s loved ones. Such an understanding and the addressing of it will prove to be very potent in reducing any feelings of resentment that the family or loved ones may hold.  It will aid in reducing any blame and foster more empathy among the family members.

Aftercare

No matter how extensively one trains and prepares for the outside world, but the reality of going back out to their former lives can really cause anxiety in a person who has  just learned how to jumpback on their two feet. Thus, the challenge to stay sober in such stressfull stuations and for winning such a challenge, the facilities in El Dorado Hills focus on a post-treament plan. The clients are not expected to pay any extra costs for this.

Each client, after leaving the treatment recieve  certification in the form of encouragement that they pulled their life around. Everyone form the clients’ life, their family and friends, participate in congratulating them. They make each client an ‘alumni’ making them part of a larger family that will continue to extend its support all through out the client’s lifetime. They may come and meet new clients and advise them by sharing their own journey of recovery.

 The next step involves creating an extensive and customized support plan for the clients to continue their healing process. For this they may receive an array of personalized resources, both clinical and technological, to help them maintain their good health. Along with it, they will be a assigned a counselor who will be available to them as per their needs. They may have their individual sessions as and when the client requires their assistance,but the two will be encouraged to keep in touch and check up on each other.

El Dorado Hills gives home to many support groups ranging from drug issues to mental health to  family issues like divorces and teenage problems. They are conducted by appropriate professionals and have the capacity to provide immense support. One will also find the presence of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous in this town.

Sober Living

Some rehab centers also provide ‘sober homes’ for people who feel that they are not willing to go back out in the world or are not able to cope up in the real world. Thus, in case a client is not able to find a good support system for themselves, they may opt to receive their own apartment from where they can continue to work on their sober living and explore chances of employment around them or attend school. 

The facilities in and around El Dorado Hills are well equipped with best possible tools to assist people in not only recovering from the toxic effects of drugs and alcohol, but also  in ways they can guide a person to rehabilitate their life. Along with the luxury of the beautiful town, the process of rehabilitation ensures that the client is not alone at any stage. The sense of community that El Dorado Hills holds is very helpful for anyone who has been struggling to turn around their lives. The treatment gives them a hold on their actions, ancillary support and a capacity to reflect on their past, while the growing city gives them a rich cultural environment to find their calling and complete the healing process by initiating a new start. The rehabilitation system in this town consists of a new class of professionals that provide holistic therapy and treatment to give a sense of well being. The rehabilitation system in this town consists of a new class of professionals that provide holistic treatment to present a sense of well being. The most valuable effort is to include the family to foster empathy for the one suffering from addiction and enable compassion towards their struggles. Thus, a person forms space in their lives to receive much more love and support than before but also find within a capacity to give selflessly.