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Addiction Treatment Information

Recognizing that you are headed toward addiction before winding up in its grasp is not a common occurrence. Once you realize that you have an addiction, it is likely that much of your life has been deeply impacted by its destructive nature. It does not have to continue. While recovery might seem like a daunting prospect, having a clear idea of what it entails can help you envision the future and what to expect from treatment and recovery.

At Luminance ® Recovery, a premier Orange County rehab facility, we offer a wide array of treatments which are adapted to suit your particular needs and circumstances. Our team of highly-qualified counselors and therapists are here to help you address your issues in one-onone therapy, dual diagnosis care, PTSD treatment, aftercare planning, full health assessments, and more. This is what the road to recovery looks like.

Admitting there is a Problem

It sounds easy enough, but admitting that you have an addiction is the start of also admitting that you need help. When an addict does not want to recover, it is likely he or she is not ready to acknowledge the problem, because it begs the question: What next?

Finding Help

After you recognize that you have an addiction, it is important to find help. Recovery is not a solo undertaking and finding the right treatment center for your specific needs is a crucial step. When choosing a treatment center, learn about the services that are offered. In-patient treatment typically involves 24/7 care that is usually intended for more serious cases. Out-patient treatment allows patients to come and go on a schedule, but is meant for less severe cases. Be honest with yourself when considering what is right for your situation.


Substance abuse affects the brain in a myriad of ways, depending on what you are addicted to and the length of time you have been using it. Given their differences, the process of detoxification differs between them as well.

  • Opiates: Opiates bind to the opioid receptor proteins in the brain, which diminishes physical pain. During the process of detoxification, one may experience nausea, cramps, and strong cravings.
  • Cocaine: Blocks the reabsorption of dopamine, which is a neurotransmitter associated with pleasure. Someone in detox for this drug may experience anxiety, depression, agitation, and strong cravings.
  • Alcohol: Facilitates a release of endorphins into the brain, creating a neuropeptide associated with joy. Symptoms associated with alcohol detoxification include anxiety, seizures, nausea, strong cravings, and risk of death.
  • Benzodiazepines: Increases the efficiency of GABA receptors, a protein complex targeted by the benzodiazepine class of tranquilizer drugs, causing relaxation. The detoxification process may result in anxiety, agitation, seizures, strong cravings, nausea, and risk of death.
  • Amphetamines: Floods the brain with an excess of dopamine, which causes an intense euphoric feeling. Detoxification may cause feelings of irritability, depression, agitation, strong cravings, and increased appetite.


To fully recover from an addiction, it is important to use one or more therapeutic methods. Recovery is about more than simply getting clean, but staying clean. These are some helpful therapeutic methods that are often used:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Helps patients learn how to identify, avoid, and cope with negative situations.
  • Motivational Incentives: Provides incentives for positive behavior.
  • Motivational Interviewing: Teaches patients to stay motivated when faced with temptation to use again.
  • Group Therapy: Offers emotional support through shared experiences and helps patients learn to address the harmful consequences of addiction within a group setting.


Recovery is an ongoing process of abstention from drugs and alcohol. It teaches you how to live your life without the crutch of substance abuse. Other helpful ways to leave your addiction behind include:

  • Remove friends who enable destructive behavior.
  • Exercise.
  • Change your environment.
  • Attend support meetings.
  • Stay busy.
  • Put recovery first.

While you ultimately make the decision to recover on your own, possibly with the urging advice of others, the act of recovery itself, the experience of it, is not something you go through on your own. This is how you get your life back.

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