Sunday, October 21, 2018

Florin

Florin, California

Florin, California is 15 minutes away from West Sacramento, a Northern California city in Yolo County. Florin is census-designated as a city in Sacramento County, and it currently maintains an estimated population of just over 60,000 over an area of 8.7 square miles. Racial makeup is 30% Asian, 28.5% Hispanic, 19% Caucasian, 14 % African American, 3% Native American, 3% Pacific Islander, and the remainder listed as “Other Races.”

Florin’s estimated median household is $41,000 (rounded), as compared with the state’s average of $68,000. Present cost of living index in Florin is 99.2, close to the U.S. average of 100.

For those who have lived in the city for more than 25 years, 72% have completed high school, 12% have attained a Bachelor’s Degree, and 3% a graduate or professional degree. For those who have lived in the city 15 years or longer, 38% have never been married, 44% are currently married, 3% are separated, 5% widowed, and 11% are divorced.

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

Amtrak trains provide alternate transportation to Sacramento proper, and Los Angeles County. Religious affiliations in the city are predominantly Catholic or Protestant, though the majority claim no religious affiliation.

As compared with the state averages: the median household income, the median house value, and the ratio of college graduates to the city’s population are significantly below the state average, as is the average homeowner age. Florin exceeds the state average in terms of foreign-born population, and African American population.

Only 14.2% of the population does not drink at all, but that figure compares favorably to the 11.4% figure in the state.

Many of Florin’s drug and alcohol statistics mirror that of its neighboring West Sacramento, which is due largely to its proximity to both Sacramento proper, and the northern metropolis of San Francisco. The state of California is a HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) region, and Los Angeles to the south, and San Francisco to the north, are among the largest HIDTA strongholds in the country. Trafficking comes primarily from Mexican DTOs, who travel throughout the state to sell their wares.

In terms of treatment, Caucasian patients comprise the majority of hospital admissions for those seeking help with substance abuse, at 40% (across the board substance abuse). African Americans follow with 25% of all such admissions (primarily opioids, pot and alcohol), Hispanics with 22% (primarily opioids, pot and alcohol), and all other ethnic groups 8.6%.

Accidental drug poisoning, typically from pain-killers, is the most common cause of drug- and alcohol-related deaths, at nearly half. Alcoholic-related liver disease is a close second, followed by psychosis, dependence, myopathy, intentional overdoses and alcohol poisoning.

Drug issues in Florin remain substantive, with many illicit substances coming in our going out (primarily the former) from the larger Sacramento, or Sacramento County. The former, California’s capital, presently maintains the largest percentage of opioid abuse, overdose, and treatment in the state, though declined from 2010 peak levels. Further, the city maintains a high percentage of newborn drug addicts primarily from prescription painkillers as abused by expectant mothers – an unfortunate statistic shared with West Sacramento – based on a study from the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development.

The state’s widespread use of cars, especially along its interconnected freeways, create an ease of access to larger city travel. As such, DTOs perform their services in widespread areas without worry, as the vast majority of the Florin population, as with other California areas, either have a car, or use widely available public transportation.

Florin presently is battling a growing opioid problem that is close to the national average. Though not quite epidemic levels, the city’s issues are growing at a hastened pace.

As with other California cities, authorities in Florin have stepped up in response to drug demand, and the national opioid battle. Florin residents frequently visit centers either in their city, or elsewhere in Sacramento County. The city maintains a large number of highly-desirable treatment options for your consideration, both private and public. Regardless of the degree of your use, as ever, you will always be able to find an option that is best suited for your needs.

Pre-Intake Resources

We have discussed this in other articles here, and it is well worth repeating: Pre-intake questions to consider, which mimic certain applications, include many that require the individual seeking help to dig deep inside and be brutally honest as to the degree and severity of their substance use.

Some common questions that will likely be asked on an application form include the following:

“Do you use alone or with others?” “Have you ever substituted one drug for another, thinking one particular drug was the problem?” “Have you ever substituted one drug for another with the intent of a greater high?” “Does the thought of running out of drugs terrify you?” “Does your usage terrify you?” Why do you use?” And, “Have you ever been in a jail, a hospital, or a drug rehabilitation center because of your using?”

As with any other self-diagnostic tool, consider the preceding questions as exploratory only. You must speak to a trained and licensed professional for any true diagnosis. Still, such introspection can be extremely useful. Pointed questions such as these deserve honest, well-thought answers. You may be validated in your responses, or you may dislike your responses. Likely both will apply to an extent. Regardless, consider your results, and then take necessary action.

A caveat: Even if you don’t believe you are addicted, but are concerned that your usage is growing, or that you may be on the cusp of a problem, our The Recover resources are there for you. You do not have to be on the far side of addiction to reach out to trained professionals as listed here.

In the same spirit, if you are drawn to use, but have not yet, you may still want to speak to a trained professional. 21 million Americans suffer from substance abuse issues. You are not alone, nor do you have to be.

Intervention

If you believe you need help, then we strongly suggest you follow that gut instinct. If, however – for whatever the reason – you believe you need help prior to entering formal treatment, we have a suggestion.

Speak to a friend, a family member, or an otherwise trusted associate. In an ideal situation, speak to someone you trust who has dealt with addiction issues. Ask them if they could help you, whether practically or by recommending someone who can work with you towards treatment. If you have no one you can trust, which is common for a user, then we suggest contacting one of the organizations on this page and speaking to them about your issues, or concerns.

If you come to believe an intervention may be in your best interests, but want to know more, here are some common elements practiced by an interventionist:

  • Planning, preparation, and engagement of the intervention.
  • Advisement of specific and appropriate treatment and rehab programs.
  • Sensitivity issues in working with a user.
  • Preparing all arrangements, including family consultation so they know what to expect.
  • Continuing to work with the family – or friends – of the addict while they are undergoing inpatient or outpatient treatment.
  • Arranging of all logistics, including payment and/or insurance requirements, and arrival.

The interventionist also sets ground rules as to how to interact with the user:

  • Do not get upset with your family member, or friend, during the intervention.
  • Avoid verbal labels during the intervention, such as “junkie,” “addict,” or “alcoholic.” The mindset is to not have the addict defined by their addiction.
  • When deciding who to include in the intervention – again, friends and/or family of the addict (as we will continue to say for clarity’s sake in the context of these articles)  – the number of people who attend must be kept to a minimum, and managed.
  • Never perform the intervention if the addict, or another member of the group, is intoxicated.

Many interventions are initiated against the will of the user, by concerned associated parties. Television sometimes reinforces the myth that all interventions are violent, or potentially dangerous. Consider this: Is your addiction potentially dangerous?

If you find yourself as a surprised and unwilling subject of an intervention, those in charge are taking the action in your best interests. How you respond is, of course, up to you. However, note that the interventionist is there to help you, not hurt you.

Intervention can be a highly-effective tool when prudently undertaken. Those in charge have an immense responsibility to you and your safety, and they take that responsibility seriously.

Intake Services

Many addicts, or users with a problem whose usage is not yet defined as an addiction, make the mistake of not taking the first step towards sobriety as it regards intake. If you need help in making an informed decision as to what treatment method is right for you, we cannot encourage you strongly enough to, again, speak to family and/or friends who have been there before. Sometimes, a user has a difficult time making such decisions with a clear head.

You will hear it over and over in this article: Always remember, you are not alone.

And once more, if you know of no one who has been through these issues before, please contact one of the centers as listed on this page.

Also, we encourage you to ask yourself a few questions: 1) What is holding you back from getting help? 2) Do you believe you have a support system? If so, do you feel comfortable contacting them and speaking about your problem? If not, would you feel more comfortable contacting a professional? And 4) Do you believe you are capable of making an informed decision as to your treatment? If yes, you are well-advised to take advantage of one or more of the resources here. If no, you are strongly advised to contact one of the phone numbers listed here, and discuss your reservations.

They are there to help.

During the intake application process, you will be required to list your prescription medications and days and times taken (if “none,” you check “none”), an authorization of medical care, a list of allergies or other medical issues, and a waiver of responsibility. Some applications ask more. A physician or treatment center representative will then review your application for the proper steps, and treatment.

Detox Services

The concept and practice of detox is typically broken down into three distinct phases: Evaluation, Stabilization, and Transition to Inpatient Drug Rehab.

  • Evaluation: As overseen by a doctor, who will determine what drugs are presently being used, how long has the patient been using, and how much and how frequently the patient uses.
  • Stabilization: As expounded on the site, stabilization differs patient to patient, based on specific substance being abused. This is the end result of the withdrawal
  • Transition to Inpatient Drug Rehab: Many addicts believe that once they complete withdrawal, they are finished with their treatment. That is a dangerous belief, as withdrawal only releases the immediate physical hold of the substance.

Communication is key. Some users are resistant to treatment, most especially when in a treatment center against their will. In this instance, your communication with your specialists will be at risk. Remember, they are there to help you. You have the freedom to ask questions, and the right to receive answers.

That is one of the benefits of treatment, a better understanding of your illness.

What is withdrawal? How long does it last?

Inpatient Treatment Resources

Inpatient treatment can either be PHP (a partial hospitalization providing a highly-structured environment, with typically active treatment of 30 hours per week), the less-intensive IOP (intensive outpatient treatment plan, which requires up to three hours daily over 3-5 days, for a total of nine hours weekly; therapy is usually included, but the patient can live either at their own home or a halfway house during the process), and an RTC (residential).

Though you may be the best determinant of the degree of inpatient recovery resources best suited to your needs, frequently one may need the help of family or friends to help you more clearly identify the treatment options that are most prudent for your needs. From there, only your personal commitment will determine your success.

PHPs and RTCs are amazing resources for those with more severe or difficult abuse issues. Both options are highly-structured, especially the former. The importance of structure cannot be understated. You will have a time for medicinal treatment, a time for personal or group therapy, a time to rest, a time for activities.

Frequently, a user has little structure outside of the treatment center. The user is more interested in the high than by scheduling their day via their clock. The structure of PHP treatment, particularly, may be a challenge for some. But, if you allow the treatment to take its course, the end-result can exceed your most optimistic hopes.

We will talk more about commitment in a moment.

Outpatient Treatment Resources

Outpatient treatment is a comprehensive approach to wellness, and no less impactful than inpatient services. Please research the importance of outpatient treatment resources on The Recover, or speak to loved ones who have been through the process. Recovery is an ongoing process, which requires a substantive lifestyle change to avoid the ever-present threat of a relapse.

Let’s discuss a bit further. Outpatient treatment allows the patient a certain level of responsibility to remain clean while outside of the treatment center. You will face temptations but will have also learned specific strategies as to how to deal with them. It is up to you to take advantage of those lessons. There is a certain degree of trust on the part of the outpatient treatment administrators that the user will remain clean, and at the same time outpatient treatment allows for the user to remain productive on the outside while still receiving help. If you work, you can schedule your outpatient appointments or check-ins after hours.

One very important point, though, under this or any treatment circumstance: The entirely of your treatment is a commitment. Outpatient or not, if you miss one appointment you will likely miss another. That is a recipe for failure. What you allow, you encourage.

Never allow an excuse to fail.

On that note, let us discuss the concept of commitment for a moment. Some users resent the term, thinking many of those who do not use, or who are not otherwise plagued by addiction, tend to believe commitment is that much easier than it truly is. How can a user commit to anything at all, one may ask, much less treatment if said user is overwhelmed by their addiction?

It is very difficult. Really, it is. Understand that you have something very important in common, however, with a non-user: Specifically, nothing comes easy without work. And commitment, make no mistake, is work. This is why we mention that you may want to speak to a trusted confidante about your experiences. If you have trust issues, research your options on your own but once you make your decisions, without commitment your recovery will be that much more challenging.

You can do this, though. You can reclaim your life. A commitment is necessary, but we cannot make that commitment for you.

Always remember, you are not defined by your addictions. Make a decision, take action, and commit. You got this.

Should I choose inpatient or outpatient?

An Ongoing Battle

Florin, California has been proactive in its efforts to curb its drug issues. According to www.drugabuse.gov, the largest current apprehension is that heroin usage will evolve. The fear relates to its growing availability through the state’s drug traffickers, and a perception of increasing affordability. The economy is strong in Northern California, and there is no indication of a correction any time soon. However, Florin’s proximity to San Francisco, and the state capital of Sacramento, enables a certain accessibility and ease of attainment of illegal drugs. This is endemic to locales near large metropolitan areas.

As with Los Angeles County, savvy northern California DTOs have taken advantage of chemically altering the strength of meth. For addicts who require an ever-greater fix, the stronger version of the drug, though down somewhat in sales from prior years, remains a great temptation. Also, the ongoing issue of legal medical marijuana has created a new power-base for those who grow and traffic in cannabis. Further economic growth will be a large determinant as to where and how the illicit drug battle will change, or remain stagnant, from here forward. Current politics and ongoing issues regarding illegal immigration, particularly within the Mexican community – a group that has been particularly susceptible to engaging in Los Angeles and San Francisco trafficking – will surely have an effect.

Trafficking crosses lines between southern and Northern California cities, and is expected to do so for the immediate future,

Interestingly, many DTOs have left larger metropolitan areas in favor of  smaller communities. West Sacramento may be primed to pivot, positively or negatively, based on several outside factors over and above politics and ever-changing social policy. Where the DTOs will earn the most, where they will be considered “safe” from the local authorities or the federal government, where they can operate and continue to do so – and for how long a time – will all play a role.

The drug battle is ongoing. The availability will continue to be present, and, for many, so will the temptation. But the help is out there. 

Perhaps by necessity, West Sacramento is particularly active and supportive as it regards the fight against addiction. Their numbers of hospital admissions have substantially decreased since the beginning of the millennium.  The centers listed above have been positively reviewed, and friendly staff are readily available to meet your needs. Let the buyer beware, of course. Be sure to read all reviews including the negative, prior to selecting your treatment options. If you know of others who have been through these programs, speak to them. If you have a sponsor, all the better. Always do your own research as well.

You will become your own best friend in this process, by virtue of being aware of your issue and appropriately acting upon it.

One more point we should discuss. We mentioned that online research is a terrific option for trying to locate a treatment center that is right for you. We also discussed contacting the centers directly. When you do, be sure to ask any and all questions you may have. You are what matters in this process. And also this: If you know of anyone who has undergone treatment, and only if they have been open with you about it, speak to them. Ask them about their treatment. Unlike AA and other anonymous groups, in our experience we have found that, when asked, many who have become clean are willing to talk about their days in treatment. As we all know, the process of addiction is day-to-day. Treatment is no different. As long as you understand, however, that help is but a phone call away, taking action is the most positive step you can take for yourself.

Please feel free to keep us informed of your progress. If you need help, and if you can ask, please do so

This is why we are here. We are here to help.