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Attitude of Gratitude

Recovery is difficult, especially early recovery. It can be difficult to see past the guilt, shame, and depression that we can become engulfed in. It can be easy to resign into misery. Our view on life has been altered by drinking and drugs.

“Practicing an attitude of gratitude made all the difference.”

Becoming sober and having feelings that are unadulterated by drugs can

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Having Fun In Recovery

“I used to feel as though music festivals ran hand in hand with drug use; one doesn’t occur without the help of the other. But, from what I have learned, that doesn’t have to be the case.”

Festival Season

Festival season has finally arrived! The warmer weather brings lots of music and arts festivals and shows. When I was using, festivals would turn into a reason

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Happy New Year from Safe Harbor!

Midwinter is an especially ripe time of the year to reflect on the past and dwell in the possibility of moving forward in 2016. For many people across the globe, the New Year is viewed as a time of releasing and letting go of all the things in our lives that are no longer serving us. It is commonly believed to be the universe’s way of inviting us each to dream and create new intentions that will

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Yoga*

Yoga is a key element in our approach of Holistic Healing. In many cultures Yoga is used to strengthen the connection between body and mind. In addition to the practice of poses, Yoga Meditation is also an important practice and is used in many areas of recovery. Yoga is the balance between mind and body; mentally and physically providing women with a time of reflection and connection. We have fou

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12 Step Meetings

Safe Harbor believes in the fundamentals Alcoholics Anonymous. Every woman at Safe Harbor is required to attend at least one meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Overeaters Anonymous (OA), Sex and Love Addictions Anonymous (SLAA), Anorexics and Bulimics Anonymous (ABA), or related 12-Step Meetings, per day. Twelve-Step Meetings are a place where women are able to identif

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Big Book Study

Through studying “The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous,” the women at Safe Harbor learn to understand the principles of unconditional love, self-acceptance, unity and service. According to The Big Book, “the main problem of the alcoholic enters his mind, not his body.” (A.A., 23) We strive to teach women how to turn their will and their life over to the care of a spiritual entity. In turn,

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Process Groups

This group is an important opportunity for women to regularly process feelings, emotions and experiences and receive feedback, not only from the facilitator, but from their peers as well. Safe Harbor’s Process Groups are based on the idea that women intuitively possess the resources for their own personal growth and healing but are blocked by anxiety, depression, trauma and chemical dependency.

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Relapse Prevention

This group is essential to giving our clients the tools they need to enter back into society without returning to their addictions. From understanding triggers, to knowing your menstrual cycle, we are passing wisdom down to our clients in regards to being a woman in recovery. Through literature, videos, and hand-selected workbooks, clients will learn about the relapse process, including what signs

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Exposure Therapy*

At Safe Harbor we recognize that certain experiences may be difficult to face, and may be considered a “trigger.” In a controlled environment, women are able to face these experiences, head-on, and process as a group upon completion. These groups are generally food-based and offer “social” foods that, while we don’t frequently consume in treatment, are usually available at social gatheri

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Meditation and Contemplation

Reverend Arlene Hylton, Spiritual Director at Safe Harbor, guides our clients through meditation, both in an individual and group setting. Meditation can be a powerful tool when dealing with stress, past experiences self-discovery and even relapse. Each morning our counselors will lead a morning meditation, where clients can read and contemplate, allowing them to slow down the mind and prepare for

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Hypnotherapy – Facilitated by CatheCalwell, CCH

Hypnotherapy uses deep relaxation, motivation and concentration to organically create subconscious changes in thought patterns. Guided Imagery is frequently used in this group, depending on the needs of the community at that time. It is common for women who are recovering from an addiction to experience distressing feelings such as panic attacks, jealousy, anger, guilt, anxiety and inadequacy. Hyp

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Mindfulness* – Facilitated by Rupa Ward, MA, MFTI

Mindfulness Practice, inherited from the Buddhist tradition, is used to alleviate a variety of mental and psychical conditions, including obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, and for the prevention of relapse in depression as well as drug addiction. Mindfulness is a kind of non-elaborative, non-judgmental, present-centered awareness in which each thought, feeling or sensation that arises is ack

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Art Expression

We believe art endlessly nurtures the creative needs of the soul. Critical to recovery, it allows the free flow of mental process, where they can gain insight, cope with stress and work through traumatic experiences. This is a healing tool that is capable of creating life-enhancing clarity. Our Art Expressionist provides women with an assortment of art materials so that they may create unique mast

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Healthy Relationships

In the Healthy Relationships groups, women will be addressing issues of co-dependency, process love and/or sex addictions, and gain education on healthy boundaries and communication in a relationship. Our curriculum is founded on extensive works published by Pia Melody, Brene Brown and Patrick Carnes. Biblio-therapy is used, as well as recommendations and encouragement to read specific books outsi

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Nutrition Group – Facilitated by Lisa Licavoli R.D., C.C.N., N.D., co author of Love Your Body: Change the Way You Feel About the Body You Have

In this group, women will be educated about healthy eating habits, which include meal planning, purchasing and cooking healthy snacks and meals. Nutrition Group provides both academic and practical nutritional education for our women. This motivates them to want to make the dietary and, often, lifestyle changes that are necessary to ensure a healthy recovery.

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Body Image* Facilitated by Tami Brannon

Many of the women entering Safe Harbor come to us with body image issues, which can contribute to disordered eating, unhealthy relationships and social anxiety. This group helps women to recognizewhat healthy and accurate body image is and how to achieve it. “Body Image” involves women’s perceptions and attitudes towards their bodies; what women see and/or think of their body size, shape and

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Spirituality – Facilitated by Reverend Arlene Hylton, Licensed Agape Minister

We know and understand that spirituality is a critical component of recovery. Rev. Arlene supports each woman who walks through our doors in realizing her highest potential that is latent within her. Spirituality brings to each individual the understanding that she is not alone; that she is part of a greater existence. Through prayer and spiritual counsel, each woman is given the tools to remember

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Cinema Therapy* – Facilitated by Lisa Bahar, MA, LMFT

This is a unique group offered at Safe Harbor. Our therapist uses carefully selected film stories as a metaphorical approach to creating group process. This allows women to begin exploring more difficult emotions in a non-intrusive way. It is also an opportunity for creative women to process in a more informal manner.

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Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) – Facilitated by Lisa Bahar, MA, LMFT

DBT combines standard cognitive-behavioral techniques for emotion regulation and Reality-testing with concepts of distress tolerance, acceptance, and mindful-awareness. DBT Skills Training teaching provides clients with the “how” skills to deal with issues including emotionally reactive behaviors, the inability to express feelings and self-calm, and stress. The DBT Groups at Safe Harbor are de

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Experiential Therapy/ Psychodrama*

Psychodrama groups at Capella and Magellan are one of the most unique therapeutic modalities that Safe Harbor offers. This work is integral to the programmatic emphasis on Trauma Recovery. Sociometric techniques help build group cohesion and safety, so that women feel more comfortable sharing their trauma histories with each other. Psychodrama allows women to safely explore past experiences, or cu

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Power of Love

A few weeks ago we celebrated with our daughter her one year of her sobriety. It was an occasion of joy, hope and gratitude.As I reflect on this past year of her continual growth, I am grateful to all whose care and expertise have educated, guided, supported and encouraged her recovery. We are grateful her entire treatment team at her primary care facility recommended Safe Harbor as the best place

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Road to Acceptance

I used to feel lonely and scared all the time. I used to be angry when I woke up every day. A year ago, I was living in Boulder, Colorado and in an abusive, unhealthy relationship with a man that I resented, but I was terrified of leaving. I woke up every morning not wanting to live another day but I was too scared to change anything. However, by the grace of God, my family, aided by the help of a

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Kristin Brassfield – Director of Marketing

Kristin has always had a strong desire to help people. Her own journey through addiction and recovery led her to embark on a new career path, one in which she would dedicate her life to helping those who struggle with the anguish of addiction She continued her education to become a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor, and began her professional work in the treatment field at Safe Harbor. Kristin

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Dr. Andrew Schneider – D.O. Psychiatrist

Andrew Schneider is a psychiatrist in private practice in Irvine, California. In addition to his Adult Psychiatry training, he completed a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and has a M.S. in Sports Psychology. Dr. Schneider takes a holistic approach to psychiatry, offering both psychotherapy and medication management in his practice. His practice also includes complementary/alternative

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Drug Addiction Treatment for Women

The importance of offering drug addiction treatment for women cannot be over emphasized. Research has shown that women react more positively to treatment when they are in a gender-specific treatment environment. In the past, drug treatment programs were designed and driven by males. Though men and women both suffer and struggle with the disease of addiction, women have unique and differing needs t

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Signs of Alcoholism in Women

As alcoholics hardly ever admit their problem with alcohol and the signs of alcoholism in women can often be difficult to find, the disease of alcoholism can go untreated and multiple health problems can occur. Extreme alcohol use can cause exhaustion and short-term memory loss, as well as weakness and paralysis of the eye muscles. More seriously, however, are liver disorders, such as cirrhosis, w

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Causes of Alcoholism in Women

Society has a hard time understanding the causes of alcoholism in women and why women become addicted to drugs and how they affect the brain to necessitate obsessive-compulsive abuse. Society can view the causes of alcoholism in women in addiction as being morally deficient as drug and alcohol abuse is often seen as a social problem. Women often hear their friends and family members saying, “if

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Alcohol Abuse And Women

Alcohol abuse and women has many damaging results physically, mentally and socially. In truth, alcoholism and alcohol abuse and women is a sickness. Alcohol abuse and women is a very dangerous condition in that it can cause many problems in a person’s life and affect many aspects of their lifestyle. Alcoholism and/or alcohol abuse somehow have an effect on every persons life; through a friend, m

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Eating Disorders and Body Image in Women

There are two ways of meeting difficulties: you alter the difficulties, or you alter yourself to meet them.
– Phyllis Battome

Eating disorders are a big health care problem in the United States. Becoming a woman is filled with many challenges, especially in this day and age. We are often faced juggling school, family, friends, work, financial challenges, and, to top it all off, our own personal s

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Women Drug and Alcohol

Addicted Women: Drug and Alcohol Dependence and Treatment

What is addiction?

Addiction is a disease of the mind and body that causes an individual to use drugs and alcohol excessively, persisting even when the results are detrimental to this individual’s life.  The disease of addiction is characterized by obsession with alcohol or drug use, a preoccupation wh

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Women Recovery Center

Addicted Women: Recovery Center Treatment Programs

Addiction is a grave disease that has a devastating affect on all who suffer from it.  For both men and women, recovery center programs offer addicts and alcoholics the best odds of success in recovery.  For women, recovery center programs are especially beneficial, providing a safe and nurturing setting in which they are able

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Womens Trauma Recovery Program

Overcome PTSD in a Women’s Trauma Recovery Program

For women suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, finding help in a women’s trauma recovery program is nothing less than an opportunity to begin a new life.

What causes PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a debilitating condition that causes those it affects to live in perpetual fear of re

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PTSD in Women

PTSD in women, usually caused by abuse, is a life-impeding mental condition. Women who suffer from PTSD live their lives in constant fear of reliving their most horrific memories, an experience that happens regularly and can be triggered by almost anything. PTSD in women is persistent and will not subside until it is properly treated. Treatment for PTSD is a long-term process, and does not yiel

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Women with Eating Disorders

Women with Eating disorders are a big health care problem in the United States. Becoming a woman is filled with many challenges, especially in this day and age. We are often faced juggling school, family, friends, work, financial challenges, and, to top it all off, our own personal struggles within. All of the daily stressors are compounded by internal feelings of inadequacy, control, self-esteem

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Orange County Treatment Center

ORANGE COUNTY TREATMENT CENTER: Safe Harbor Treatment Center for Women

Safe Harbor Treatment Center for Women is the premiere Orange County treatment center for women suffering from alcoholism and drug addiction. At Safe Harbor, women have the opportunity to heal the wounds inflicted by addiction and move forward into a healthy and rewarding new life.

Safe Harbor’s 90-day reh

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Drug Rehab For Women

ADDICTION: THE GREAT EQUALIZER

Drug addiction is a chronic disease that, if untreated, destroys the lives of those it affects. The disease of addiction pays no mind to gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or any other outside identifier – it affects people from every walk of life.

Despite the fact that these identifying factors do not decide who becomes an addict, they ca

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Womens Addiction Treatment

Women’s addiction treatment begins with understanding the importance of drug and alcohol treatment in a gender-specific environment. Gender-specific recovery programs are especially important when treating drug addiction and alcoholism in women.

UNDERSTANDING DRUG ADDICTION

Drug addiction is a complex illness characterized by intense and, at times, uncontrollable drug craving,

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Women Drug Abuse

WOMEN: DRUG ABUSE ON THE RISE

Today there is a subtle epidemic striking young American women: drug abuse. Drug use may begin as a seemingly recreational behavior, but the powerfully addictive substances that young people presently experiment with, have the potential to render a person addicted in an extremely short period of time.

This epidemic is distinct from other illnesses,

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Alcohol Rehab for Women

ALCOHOL REHAB FOR WOMEN: SPECIALIZED RECOVERY

Within the United States alone, 14 million individuals abuse alcohol or suffer from alcoholism.  That comes out to one out of every thirteen adults.

The disease of alcoholism is widespread, and the epidemic is not hindered by the plethora of evidence that the misuse of alcohol can have devastating consequences. The physical results

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Women Substance Abuse Treatment

WOMEN: SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT

Alcohol and drugs devastate the lives of many women. Substance abuse treatment can help these women regain control.

ADDICTION AND GENDER

Because addiction and alcoholism manifest in distinct ways for men and women, substance abuse treatment must be similarly tailored to suit each gender. Just as the physical effects of drugs and

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Drug Rehab Programs

Drug rehab programs assist drug abusers in recovering emotionally, psychologically, and physically from long-term substance abuse. These rehab programs provide addicts with the tools and support they need to begin living a sober and healthy lifestyle.  Many drug rehab facilities offer a multi-step approach to treatment, as the highly trained caregivers know that each person is d

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Drug Rehab in California

Drug Rehab in California has a number of important benefits. The most critical of these benefits include emotional and environmental stress relief.  It often happens that women who are addicted to drugs and alcohol are in an environment surrounded by friends and family members who themselves are using or addicted to these substances. Common stressors in these women’s lives, su

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Drug Rehabs for Women

Drug rehabs for women offer specialized programs that are intended to meet the specific needs of women with addictions to drugs and/or alcohol.  When a woman decides to seek help for her addiction, she often finds that many of the rehabs available offer standard treatment programs that are not gender specific.  Any addiction to drugs or alcohol is a very serious, chronic, and o

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Long Term Alcohol Rehab

Long Term Alcohol Rehab centers are plentiful throughout the US and worldwide.  But not all centers are created equal.  Those that produce the best results offer treatment programs that allow an alcoholic woman to address more than just the surface symptoms of her addiction. Quality rehab programs also work to understand and deal with the underlying causes of a woman’s addict

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PTSD Treatment Programs – Women Choosing Wellness

PTSD Treatment Programs for Women can vary widely in their clinical approaches as well as in the long term results they produce.  First and foremost, any PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) treatment program specifically designed for women must recognize that PTSD Symptoms for Women are not always the same as those experienced by men.  Women deal with emoti

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Alcohol Detox for Women

Alcohol Detox for Women who have developed an alcohol addiction is offered by various Alcoholism Treatment Centers in California as well as throughout the United States and worldwide.  These centers provide a critical fist step in the process of women with an alcohol addiction turning their lives around and beginning a sober lifestyle.  While alcohol addictio

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Drug Addiction and Intervention for Women

Drug Addiction and Intervention for Women is a topic that deserves a lot of attention.  When women decide to seek help for their drug addictions on their own, they have clearly taken a very large, brave, and crucial first step in the recovery process.  Admitting that they have a problem and need help to overcome that problem is not

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Drug Abuse in California

Drug Abuse in California is a significant problem, as is the case throughout the US.  When thinking about Drug Addiction in California and elsewhere, many form a picture in their minds of a street “junkie” or strung out heroin addict.  The truth is, addiction takes many forms and can strike any segment of the

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Drug Treatment Centers for Women

Drug treatment centers for women offer a chance for women addicted to drugs and alcohol to finally get a handle on their addictions and begin to live a new life of sobriety.  Long term drug rehab centers in particular,

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Women and Alcohol

Women and Alcohol addiction is on the rise. In the past many felt that the only alcoholics were men. Over time however, many have started to notice the growing trend of women becoming alcoholics has increased. Women are under immense pressure to perform just as men are. An intricate juggling act of work and family has immerged as one of the major stressors that lead women to cons

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Drug Intervention for Women

Drug Intervention for Women is often initiated or at least encouraged by a female addict’s family and friends, and is a necessary step in the addiction recovery process.  Drug Addiction Treatment for Women usually follows an initial intervention and can be performed by long term or short term Drug Treatm

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Women and Drug Addiction

When we speak of Women and Drug Addiction, we must first acknowledge that we are talking about a very serious health issue that affects millions of women throughout the United States (and the world).  Centers offering Drug Rehab for Women know that the problem of drug addiction, in general, is a chronic one, as addicts are prone to relapse, and it affects both

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Drug Rehab in Los Angeles

Is Drug Rehab in Los Angeles different from Drug Rehab Recovery for Women anywhere else?  The fact is, the goals ofDrug Centers for Women in California are the same as those for rehab centers everywhere.  Every quality detox or rehab program, whether based in California or elsewhere, is dedicated to helping patients achieve long term sobrie

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Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation

Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation programs offer those addicted to drugs and alcohol an opportunity to first detox from these substances, and then work toward long term recovery from their addictions.  Alcohol and Drug Recovery Programs provide a structured method by which addicts are coached and counseled to help themselves break free from the bonds of their di

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Affordable Drug Rehab for Women

Affordable Drug Rehab for Women isn’t as difficult to find as one might imagine.  There are a number of very high qualityDrug and Alcohol Treatment Centers for Women that offer the kind of treatment needed by women addicted to drugs and alcohol, which provide services on a sliding scale or on payment plans.  In fact, some Drug and Alcohol Rehab Cent

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PTSD Symptoms for Women

PTSD Symptoms for Women include a wide range of specific neurobiological and physiological issues.  Overcoming PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) is made more complicated than many disorders, as the changes to the brain caused by PTSD often result in significant changes to brainwave activity.  Issues relating to memory, and a heightened (or, in some cases,

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Rapid Detox

Rapid Detox, or rapid detoxification, is a technique through which a drug or alcohol addict is able to quickly eliminate the offending substance from his or her system without experiencing extended periods of withdrawal symptoms usually associated with quitting substance abuse.  Read More..

Drug Abuse

Drug Abuse affects millions of Americans every day.  The effects of this issue are not confined to those actually suffering from Drug Addiction, or even just to the families and friends of the addicts.  People have a tendency to see new

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Drug Addiction and Intervention Services for Women

Drug Addiction and Intervention Services for Women are available from a number of qualified facilities throughout California and the United states.  These programs typically offer intervention services, detox (including, in some cases, rapid detox), and short or long term Drug Addiction Programs for Women.  While the first steps in most programs include interv

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Long Term Drug Rehab

Long Term Drug Rehab is a term that can mean many different things to many people, and Long Term Alcohol Rehab is similar in that respect.   The reason there is no blanket definition for these terms is that rehabilitation is an overall term for treating those addicted to any substance, from illegal drugs, to alcohol, to presc

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Trauma Center

TRAUMA CENTER: HEALING PSYCHOLOGICAL WOUNDS

A trauma center is a rehabilitative environment for individuals who suffer residual effects of past traumatic events.  A trauma center functions as a safe haven for trauma survivors – a place where these individuals can utilize all available resources to begin the process of healing their psychological and emotional wounds.

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Trauma Treatment

TRAUMA TREATMENT: PTSD TREATMENT PROGRAMS

PTSD treatment programs help these people regain the ability to lead normal healthy lives. Post-traumatic stress disorder is a debilitating condition that dramatically encumbers the lives of trauma victims.

WHAT IS PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental disorder that is caused by traumatic experiences.

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Equine Assisted Therapy

“The best thing for inside of a man is inside of a horse” – Winston Churchill

Equine assisted therapy in California is a powerful and advantageous therapeutic approach that has been proven to have a positive impact on young women who are struggling with a variety of behavior, developmental and psychological issues. Equine assisted therapy is an integral part of treatment for women at Safe H

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

The Cognitive Behavior Therapy approach of psychotherapy has proven to be one of the most effective psychological approaches for a wide range of behavioral problems. In Cognitive Behavior Therapy, the psychotherapist works with the client to identify and evaluate behavioral problems. The purpose of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is to focus on problems that arise from conflicting relationships betwe

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Addiction to alcohol, drugs and sex: yes, they are real diseases

With Tiger Woods in the media spotlight, the debate has sprung up yet again.  Is overindulgence in vices like sex, drugs and alcohol a symptom of an authentic illness, or is it just plain poor decision-making?

When an individual has an addiction to something that doesn’t sound like fun, for example self-mutilation or vomiting, people are less apt to argue about the addiction’s validity as a

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Residential Treatment LA

Residential Treatment: LA and OC Drug Rehabilitation

Southern California is notorious for its active culture of drinking and drug use, but when it comes to residential treatment, LA and Orange counties boast some of the most lively recovery communities in the country.

What is addiction?

Addiction is a mental and physical disease which causes a person to abuse d

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Residential Treatment Los Angeles

Residential Treatment: Los Angeles and Orange County Rehabilitation

Among the multitude of geographical settings for residential treatment, Los Angeles and its surrounding areas stand out as a stronghold of active recovery.  If you or someone you love has a problem with alcohol or drugs, help is available in residential treatment.  Los Angeles and the greater Southern Californi

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Residential Drug Treatment Program

Residential Drug Treatment: Los Angeles and Orange County Rehabilitation Programs

Southern California, viewed by many as the nation’s mecca of drinking and drug abuse, is also home to a plethora of world-class options in residential drug treatment.  Los Angeles and Orange Counties, rich with rehabilitation programs, are coming into new identities as they become increasingly po

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30 Day Rehab Centers

30 Day Rehab Centers: The beginning of a lifelong journey

For one whose life has begun to spiral out of control as a result of drug and alcohol abuse, 30 day rehab centers offer a safe and sheltered space to undertake the first segment of the voyage into a better life.

Understanding Alcoholism and Addiction

The disease of drug and alcohol addiction is often sti

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90 Day Rehab Centers

90 Day Rehab Centers:  Beginning to Recover

Though 30 day addiction treatment programs have long been the status quo, studies show that 90 day rehab centers offer addicts and alcoholics significantly better odds of maintaining sobriety.

Understanding addiction:

Addiction is often defined incorrectly as a poor behavioral pattern, when in fact it is a chronic di

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Rehab Programs in California

REHAB PROGRAMS IN CALIFORNIA: OVERCOMING ADDICTION: WHAT IS ADDICTION?

The disease of alcohol and drug dependence is a chronic condition that causes individuals to persistently abuse substances despite severe negative consequences. Those addicted to drugs or alcohol usually experience certain telltale symptoms, namely increase in tolerance (needing to ingest more substances to ac

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Southern California Drug Rehab

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: DRUG REHAB CAPITAL OF THE WORLD

Are you or is someone you know suffering from the grips of drug addiction? In the past few decades, there have been many changes in the field of drug rehab programs and addiction and alcoholism treatment. Innovations in neurosciences and cognitive and behavioral therapies have greatly advanced the care provided those in need of

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Orange County Treatment Center

ORANGE COUNTY TREATMENT CENTER: Safe Harbor Treatment Center for Women

Safe Harbor Treatment Center for Women is the premiere Orange County treatment center for women suffering from alcoholism and drug addiction. At Safe Harbor, women have the opportunity to heal the wounds inflicted by addiction and move forward into a healthy and rewarding new life.

Safe Harbor’s 90-day reh

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Inpatient Rehab Centers

Inpatient rehab centers are facilities that function as temporary homes to alcoholics and drug addicts who have decided they need help and are ready to sober up.  These residential programs offer the highest level of supervision, providing 24-hour staff supervision and on-call medical assistance.

Understanding Addiction:

In order to understand the way that inpa

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90 Day Treatment Centers

90 DAY TREATMENT CENTERS: LAYING THE FOUNDATION

Though 30 day addiction treatment programs have long been the status quo, studies show that 90 day treatment centers offer addicts and alcoholics significantly better odds of maintaining sobriety.

UNDERSTANDING ADDICTION:

Addiction is often defined incorrectly as a poor behavioral pattern, when in fact it is a chr

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Alcohol Rehab for Women

ALCOHOL REHAB FOR WOMEN: SPECIALIZED RECOVERY

Within the United States alone, 14 million individuals abuse alcohol or suffer from alcoholism.  That comes out to one out of every thirteen adults.

The disease of alcoholism is widespread, and the epidemic is not hindered by the plethora of evidence that the misuse of alcohol can have devastating consequences. The physical results

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Rehab Programs in Southern California

REHAB PROGRAMS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: OVERCOMING ADDICTION

WHAT IS ADDICTION?

The disease of alcohol and drug dependency is a chronic condition that causes individuals to persistently abuse substances despite severe negative consequences.

Those addicted to drugs or alcohol usually experience certain telltale symptoms, namely increase in tolerance (needing to i

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Art therapy working wonders in PTSD treatment

Post-traumatic stress disorder can be challenging to treat because simply discussing the original traumatic event is such a horrific experience for the trauma victim.  Because direct analytical approaches to therapy can be too overwhelming for some with PTSD, alternative methods are extremely helpful.

Traumatic experiences are stored in the brain in such a visceral way that words are often inade

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What is dual diagnosis?

Dual-diagnosis is a term used to denote individuals who suffer from drug addiction or alcoholism as well as another mental disorder (often bipolar disorder, PTSD, or eating disorders).

Considering the fact that addicts tend to be people who use and drink to self-medicate for pre-existing problems, it’s not surprising to learn that dual-diagnosis is incredibly common.

The question is: which cam

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Equine therapy for treating PTSD

PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, is a condition that is inherently difficult to treat.  Traditional methods of treating PTSD rely mostly on cognitive-behavioral therapy, in which patients work one-on-one with a therapist to assess situations that trigger traumatic re-experiences, and then intervene by retraining the mind to associate these triggers with new ideas, generally ones that are

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Study supports treating PTSD and substance abuse simultaneously

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Trauma induced changes in genes could cause post

Traumatic experiences “biologically embed” themselves in select genes, subsequently alter their functions and lead to the development of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a study has revealed.

Conducted by researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, the study is the first large scale investigation to search for trauma-induced changes in the genes of people wit

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PTSD and Drug Addiction

Simultaneous PTSD and drug addiction is a substantial problem among women. PTSD and drug addiction, according to an emerging body of research, have been documented to have a very strong association with one another. In many cases, substance use begins after the exposure to trauma and the development of PTSD, thus making PTSD a glaring risk factor for drug abuse.

It is critical to intervene in ord

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Symptoms of PTSD

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder affects men and women all over the world. PTSD is a psychiatric disorder that can occur after traumatic events and it often prevents people from living happy and fulfilling lives.

It has been documented that women are much more likely to display PTSD symptoms and suffer from the disorder. Of those women exposed to a traumatic event, 20 percent will exhibit PTSD symp

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Treatment of PTSD

Treatment of PTSD is imperative for the person who suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Fortunately, there are currently many successful ways of treating PTSD. Psychological treatments, including both cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic treatments, have been found to be successful in helping people manage and reduce their PTSD symptoms.

There is a great need for treatment of PTSD as a

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PTSD in Women

PTSD in women, usually caused by abuse, is a life-impeding mental condition. Women who suffer from PTSD live their lives in constant fear of reliving their most horrific memories, an experience that happens regularly and can be triggered by almost anything. PTSD in women is persistent and will not subside until it is properly treated. Treatment for PTSD is a long-term process, and does not yiel

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Drug Abuse and PTSD

Drug abuse and PTSD, both life-altering afflictions, compound the seriousness of each other’s symptoms when they affect a person simultaneously.

WHAT IS PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder, commonly known as PTSD, is a condition characterized by the residual effects of emotionally and mentally scarring experiences.  After surviving a traumatic event, some individuals will su

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PTSD Treatment Programs

PTSD Treatment Programs can help those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, a debilitating condition that dramatically encumbers the lives of trauma victims. PTSD treatment programs help these people regain the ability to lead normal healthy lives.

WHAT IS PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental disorder that is caused by traumatic exp

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PTSD Treatment Medication

PTSD TREATMENT: MEDICATION AND ITS ROLE IN RECOVERY

Though it can be an extremely useful component in PTSD treatment, medication is not in and of itself a solution to post-traumatic stress disorder.  Recovery from this debilitating mental condition depends upon thorough and intensive psychological treatment.

UNDERSTANDING PTSD

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PTSD Symptoms

PTSD SYMPTOMS AND TREATMENT

Post-traumatic stress disorder, commonly known as PTSD, is a psychological condition caused by living through emotionally and mentally scarring experiences. PTSD is a debilitating disorder, impairing the lives of trauma survivors by forcing them to live in fear as they perpetually re-experience traumatic events.

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Trauma induced changes in genes could cause post

Traumatic experiences “biologically embed” themselves in select genes, subsequently alter their functions and lead to the development of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a study has revealed.

Conducted by researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, the study is the first large scale investigation to search for trauma-induced changes in the genes of people wit

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PTSD Recovery

For those who have suffered from traumatic experiences and are left with the damaging and overwhelming effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD recovery is possible.

Trauma survivors who suffer from PTSD can often become stuck with problematic behaviors when the person’s pain is not acknowledged, heard, respected, and understood. Denial can play a huge role (convincing themselves that th

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PTSD and Drug Addiction

Simultaneous PTSD and drug addiction is a substantial problem among women. PTSD and drug addiction, according to an emerging body of research, have been documented to have a very strong association with one another. In many cases, substance use begins after the exposure to trauma and the development of PTSD, thus making PTSD a glaring risk factor for drug abuse.

It is critical to intervene in ord

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Symptoms of PTSD

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder affects men and women all over the world. PTSD is a psychiatric disorder that can occur after traumatic events and it often prevents people from living happy and fulfilling lives.

It has been documented that women are much more likely to display PTSD symptoms and suffer from the disorder. Of those women exposed to a traumatic event, 20 percent will exhibit PTSD symp

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Treatment of PTSD

Treatment of PTSD is imperative for the person who suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Fortunately, there are currently many successful ways of treating PTSD. Psychological treatments, including both cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic treatments, have been found to be successful in helping people manage and reduce their PTSD symptoms.

There is a great need for treatment of PTSD as a

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PTSD in Women

PTSD in women, usually caused by abuse, is a life-impeding mental condition. Women who suffer from PTSD live their lives in constant fear of reliving their most horrific memories, an experience that happens regularly and can be triggered by almost anything. PTSD in women is persistent and will not subside until it is properly treated. Treatment for PTSD is a long-term process, and does not yiel

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Drug Abuse and PTSD

Drug abuse and PTSD, both life-altering afflictions, compound the seriousness of each other’s symptoms when they affect a person simultaneously.

WHAT IS PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder, commonly known as PTSD, is a condition characterized by the residual effects of emotionally and mentally scarring experiences.  After surviving a traumatic event, some individuals will su

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PTSD Treatment Programs

PTSD Treatment Programs can help those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, a debilitating condition that dramatically encumbers the lives of trauma victims. PTSD treatment programs help these people regain the ability to lead normal healthy lives.

WHAT IS PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental disorder that is caused by traumatic exp

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PTSD Treatment Medication

PTSD TREATMENT: MEDICATION AND ITS ROLE IN RECOVERY

Though it can be an extremely useful component in PTSD treatment, medication is not in and of itself a solution to post-traumatic stress disorder.  Recovery from this debilitating mental condition depends upon thorough and intensive psychological treatment.

UNDERSTANDING PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder (P

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