Methamphetamine Program

Methamphetamine Treatment San Diego

APEX Rehab

An addiction to methamphetamines can impact every aspect of one’s life. APEX Rehab Methamphetamine program recognizes that methamphetamines are some of the most addictive and destructive drugs out there, and we strive to help clients identify other interests and activities that can be healthy alternatives to methamphetamine use.

Methamphetamine can be obtained through prescriptions in pill form. It is a central nervous system stimulant that can be used to treat attention deficit disorders in children and obesity, among other things. It floods the body with adrenaline and dopamine, a chemical responsible for the feeling of well-being and happiness. It also blocks a certain protein that allows the body to store dopamine.

When it’s smoked or injected, meth causes an intense euphoria for a few minutes, but when it’s swallowed or snorted a heightened feeling of well-being is brought on more gradually. This way, the effects can last for up to 12 hours and the user feels happy, alert and doesn’t feel the need to eat. They also experience a higher body temperature, blood pressure and pulse rate. All these effects make it comparable to cocaine.

However, when the effects fade away, the user is left with depleted supplies of dopamine, meaning they feel depressed, tired and annoyed. Prolonged abuse includes feeling paranoid and psychotic as well as unable to feel absolutely any pleasure without the drug.

Methamphetamines are extremely dangerous and at the same time, worryingly wide-spread. Many users see methamphetamine as a functional tool to be able to work more and eat less. The abuse of this originally legal drug started in the 1960’s in California, but the 1990’s saw an epidemic and the rate of patients in meth rehab programs increased by four times in California by 2002. 

Methamphetamine addiction is particularly devastating for the addict and the people close to them. Developing dependence is rapid and grave, while many users state they felt addicted after their very first use. This explains why rehabilitation has the best chances of success if it is undergone in specialized addiction treatment centers in San Diego like APEX Rehab.

APEX Rehab takes an integrative, holistic direction in treating meth addiction – the causes, symptoms and behaviors must all be treated systematically and carefully. The most important thing is that the patients learn better ways of handling stress and the feelings of inadequacy through various complementing therapies.

After medically supervised detoxification process is completed, rehabilitation takes place and then aftercare. Rehabilitation can be residential or outpatient, but because of the highly destructive nature of meth addiction, inpatient rehab is typically best.

At APEX Rehab, recovering meth users will deal with the underlying causes of their addiction through counseling and psychotherapies, backed by support from physicians, nutritionists, wellness instructors, holistic healers and experiential therapists.

The therapies can address a range of issues, such as behavioral patterns, family and social issues and sexual problems. Actually, methamphetamine is notable for its association with sexual issues. The users report that meth gives them more powerful and prolonged sexual pleasure, which makes them more prone to engaging in risky sexual behavior. This can be addressed through therapy that specializes in sexuality and LGBT issues.

Methamphetamine Program

Cocaine Addiction Treatment San Diego

Cocaine Addiction Treatment San Diego

APEX Rehab

Unfortunately, the desire to use cocaine continues long after the drug has left the bloodstream. There are a lot of mental instabilities which may be prominent in people detoxing from cocaine. The treatment team at APEX Rehab realizes that cocaine is a powerfully addictive stimulant drug that can have a variety of adverse effects on both the mind and body which is why the integrative Cocaine Therapy Program at APEX Rehab is focused on healing not just the mind, but also the body.

Cocaine-induced pleasure is enormous, at least initially. With time, the brain becomes accustomed to the presence of cocaine and cannot produce the feeling of pleasure on its own as well as it could before cocaine. Those who indulge in cocaine typically seek more of this powerful pleasure and keep increasing the doses in pursuit of the initial “high”. The vicious circle inevitably leads to physical dependency and a life oriented around cocaine acquisition.

Cocaine is an extremely dangerous and powerful drug and every recovering addict needs professional help in order to successfully escape its clutches for good.

First of all, cocaine is unbelievably addictive. Lab mice who were given hits of cocaine every time they operated a lever eventually died because they didn’t want to do anything else but get cocaine by pressing the lever.

Secondly, cocaine is exceptionally unpredictable. It increases the pulse rate, but heightens the blood vessels, which results in a higher blood pressure. Cocaine can induce cardiac arrest in users absolutely any time – the first or the five-hundredth.

Cocaine, like all drugs, rewires the brain and that’s the root of its addictive nature. However, there are also brains which are wired in such a way that makes them more susceptible to developing addictions. Actually, any addiction, including cocaine addiction, is 50% genes and 50% inadequate coping skills.

The fact that one half of the addiction are coping skills gives addicts a hope of recovery. APEX Rehab provides cocaine addiction treatment in San Diego that aims to improve the patient’s ability at effectively coping with everyday psychological, social and emotional problems. Cocaine abuse is predominantly a way of avoiding problems, because the user lacks the skills to tackle them. Durable effects of detox and cocaine rehab hinge on psychological therapy. 

APEX Rehab takes an integrative, holistic approach in our residential and outpatient cocaine addiction treatment in San Diego. We have highly qualified professionals who can support the recovering patient through multiple programs that include: individual, group and family counseling, behavior and experiential therapies such as music therapy, nutritional counseling, wellness and recreation, meditation, and therapies that focus on sexual issues and sexual identity.

A recovering cocaine addict needs professional help during rehab. Cocaine addiction rapidly ruins personal relationships and it has far-reaching and long-lasting health consequences. Actually, cocaine users are unusually impulsive, which has a detrimental effect on their decision-making skills and their willpower when it comes to indulging in any kind of opiate. Only with the help of experienced, specialized and compassionate staff do they have the best odds at conquering their addiction.


Cocaine Therapy Program

Prescription Drug Program

Prescription Drug Program

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Once clients have successfully detoxed from prescription drugs, our prescription drug rehabilitation in San Diego teaches clients to learn coping strategies they can use to help maintain their desired drug-free lifestyle.

Prescription drugs have been the topic of numerous debates in our society in the recent years. Estimates say that around 116 million of Americans suffer from chronic pain and that number is growing, with the rising number of the elderly population and the injured military. The dilemma with prescription drugs is that there are risks involved, such as drug tolerance that requires constantly increasing drug doses, hypersensitivity to pain and addiction.

Detoxifying from prescription drugs is only the beginning of a more demanding challenge. Detox only clears away the physical side of addiction, whereas the associated psychological and social problems remain to be addressed through drug rehabilitation programs.

Treatment can be done with the patient staying onsite – residential rehabilitation, and with the patient coming in for therapy and programs – outpatient treatment. The choice between these two types rests on the individual needs and stories of every patient.

At APEX Rehab, our programs for prescription drug rehab in San Diego treat this type of recovery on the psychological, behavioral and pharmacological plane. Counseling therapy and complementary approaches and programs are intended to help patients develop skills to cope with cravings and stress factors that prompted them into addiction initially. They should also learn how to avoid tempting situations, how to live a balanced life, how to maintain their motivation and how to manage a relapse, if it comes to that.

APEX Rehab provides a multitude of available therapeutic methods like individual and group counseling, counseling for families, cognitive and dialectical behavior therapies, sexual issues therapy, and so on. We are proud that we have the means to design a fully customized recovery plan for each and every of our patients.

These theoretical approaches are backed by auxiliary programs that focus on well-being, holistic healing and self-expression. What this includes are massages, recreation, yoga, meditation, nutritional counseling and artistic therapies, for example.

The counseling component of the treatment works very well when coupled with maintenance drugs for patients who are recovering from opioid addiction, such as prescription drug addicts. These medications must be administered by a qualified healthcare professional, like at APEX Rehab. Maintenance drugs can offer support to the recovering patient by combating cravings. Pharmacological treatment alone is hardly ever sufficient, but it is highly effective as an addition to counseling and other therapies.


Prescription Drug Program

Xanax Therapy Program

Xanax Therapy Program San Diego

APEX Rehab

Xanax is one of the most commonly abused drugs. Upon detoxing, here in our Xanax addiction treatment in San Diego at APEX Rehab, both individual and group counseling make up the core of the treatment approach, working to help the client overcome his or her psychological addiction to the drug. Counseling does much more than just focus on the symptoms of addiction to Xanax, but rather it goes to a much deeper level and helps clients identify what drove them to use in the first place.

Xanax is a trademark for a generic medication called alprazolam. This is a short-acting benzodiazepine prescribed to reduce general anxiety, social anxiety and panic attacks. Even when it is given by a doctor to treat a psychological problem, any misuse is a slippery slope into addiction. Xanax is a sedative that provides a sense of calm. The problem is that taking Xanax results in the brain shutting down the natural mechanisms for creating a feeling of calm, causing it to become dependent on the medication.

Tolerance isn’t the same as addiction. In prolonged use, patients typically need ever higher doses because the body becomes tolerant. Misusing the drug and developing addiction could mean abusing the drug to get the “high” by crushing it or snorting it, rather than swallowing it.

The fact Xanax falls in the “short-acting” or “fast-acting” Benzo means its effects manifest quicker, but it also means that the withdrawal is shorter and more intense. Xanax detox is best conducted residentially, with round-the-clock medical supervision, which ensures the symptoms are knowledgeably managed. Detoxification controlled by a physician and supporting staff makes for a more comfortable and safe process.

However, detox is only the initial step. Xanax addiction treatment in San Diego at APEX Rehab can be done in an inpatient setting and outpatient clinic. Both options are versatile, including counseling through individual and group therapy based on cognitive behavior therapy and motivational interviewing, but they can be complemented with auxiliary approaches such as recreation, holistic healing and experiential therapies, such as art therapy. APEX also offers other therapies that focus on the family, sexual and LGBT issues and traumas.

Inpatient rehab guarantees a pleasant, safe and temptation-free environment in which the patient can focus on dealing with the psychological background of their addiction problem.

Outpatient treatment can be beneficial if the patient is in the early stages of addiction and if they absolutely have to continue with their daily activities during the course of the treatment. However, because they are not supervised constantly, they should expect random drug testing. This policy has proven useful because it establishes trust and reinforces the patient’s decision to stay away from Xanax.


Xanax Therapy Program

Heroin Therapy Program

Heroin Therapy Program

APEX Rehab

The APEX Rehab team takes great pride in all of our programs, especially our heroin addiction treatment in San Diego. With the help of our medicine physician, Dr. Geno Salerno, clients are able to use Suboxone to help detox and stay focused on their recovery. Meanwhile, the clinical staff works to help change the individual’s behaviors and gives them tools to better deal with recurring cravings and urges to use.

It is important to note that heroin rehab is not the same as heroin detox. Detoxification is only the first, albeit an indispensable step in heroin addiction recovery. To truly break away from the addiction cycle, the patient must deal the psychological aspects of their addiction. Many do not understand this fully and they believe that experiencing the horror of withdrawal will be enough to ensure they don’t relapse. These individuals almost invariably discover, very quickly, that something more is needed to stay sober – learning how to deal with life challenges and problems through acquiring new skills and insights.

Heroin addiction treatment in San Diego can be done residentially or through outpatient programs. The choice depends on the specifies of individual cases. Residential recovery programs are a better fit for individuals who:

·        have gotten very isolated from their family and friends

·        have problems at work/ school

·        have experienced substantial financial losses as part of their addiction

·        have problems in their relationships

·        have stolen money or items to be able to come by heroin

Heroin is highly addictive and because of such nature, it is generally considered that residential programs are more beneficial for these patients. The reasons are varied – they have a round-the-clock support and supervision by professionals; they can connect with other patients who are going through the same process; they have access to other, non-counseling programs, that strengthen the effects of therapy, such as wellness regimens, proper nutrition, holistic healing and experiential therapies.

Outpatient programs require a considerable time commitment on the part of the addict. However, in cases when the addiction isn’t fully developed or hasn’t taken excessive toll on the patient’s relationships and career, and when they are undergoing rehab for the first time, outpatient clinic setting could work.

Every recovery process is as different as the patient recovering from addiction. APEX Rehab takes a multi-directional approach in treating heroin addiction, because only specialized and customized care gives the most effective and long-lasting results.

The goals of APEX Rehab heroin addiction treatment in San Diego is to help patients stop using heroin, improve their well-being physically, mentally and emotionally, and improve their relationships and social functioning. 

Even though the patient is in the focus of the therapeutic process, their family and loved ones can and should be involved in the recovery programs. This enhances mutual understanding and support, which increases the likelihood of success.


Heroin Therapy Program

Alcohol Therapy Program

Alcohol Therapy San Diego

APEX Rehab

Once alcohol detox has been safely accomplished, APEX Rehab’s Alcohol Therapy Program involves an intensive, integrative program that allows clients to get to the root of their out-of-control drinking and increase their chances of maintaining sobriety.

The rehabilitation can be done inpatient (residential rehab) or outpatient, depending on what suits the individual best. Inpatient programs can last for one, two, three months or maybe even more and they are best suited for patients who don’t have a good support network in their life (family, relatives and friends). During residential rehabilitation, the patient has constant and personalized professional supervision, which also aids the process if the patient has a history of unsuccessful abstinences.

Rehabilitation can be supported in a number of ways, with counseling and medication being fundamental. Proper nutrition is extremely beneficial because alcohol addicts tend to be deficient in vitamins A, B and C, folic acid, magnesium and zinc, selenium, carnitine, fatty acids and antioxidants. Appropriate exercise ensures the body gets a “natural high”. Finally, there are massages, acupressure, yoga, holistic healing and experiential therapies to complement the treatment and strengthen the effects of counselling and meds.  

At the base of counseling programs are two approaches: motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral therapy. These perspectives are then built upon to address the underlying and co-occurring disorders that contributed to the patient’s dependency on alcohol.

Medication which is administered under the strict supervision of our addiction physician consultant eases the abstinence symptoms, reduces the alcohol craving and/ or conditions negative reactions of the body to consumed alcohol. These meds are intended to eliminate physical distractions and allow the patient to focus on the core treatment. They can also target mental disorders the patient may be suffering from.

The final, third stage is maintenance of sobriety. This is a much longer process, which may take place for the rest of the patient’s life. Enlisting help and finding continuous support is vital, because alcohol is difficult to avoid in the modern society and temptations abound.

Alcohol is a huge, extremely serious and pervasive problem in the American society. According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), around 12 percent of American adults can be classified as alcoholics and even more engage in binge drinking. It is also among the top 3 lifestyle-related causes of death among Americans.

If you are looking for a safe environment that will provide you professional, personalized and caring guidance through your alcohol recovery in San Diego, APEX Rehab is your best choice


Alcohol Therapy Program