Substance abuse is a 100% treatable condition. But closing the chapter on the disorder requires getting the proper care. To this end, it’s important to understand that substance misuse falls onto a severity spectrum. The most effective treatment approach is going to vary based on the specifics of your situation. That’s why our philosophy is essential to your success; it ensures problems are treated individually. Thus, we adhere to the following ASAM classification scale for substance abuse/misuse disorders:
We don’t approach substance abuse as though it’s one thing; we calibrate treatment to your unique needs. This is more effective and makes your time with us count. If you’re unsure where you fall on this scale – don’t worry. We are here to help. Simply call us with any questions or send us a message.
The continued, harmful or hazardous use of psychoactive substances, including alcohol and illicit drugs is commonly now referred to as “substance misuse”. What may have started as a prescription to control, curb or relieve pain can sometimes end up controlling you. An array of cognitive, behavioral and physiological symptoms and problems can evolve or will occur with repeated usage. These may manifest in many ways and include, but are not limited to: an increased tolerance, desire to take more, or inability to refrain from how much or how frequently substances are taken. It is not uncommon for risky or illegal behavior to supersede common sense (such as filling false prescriptions or prescription ‘shopping’) to obtain larger quantities, or even impure forms or cheap substitutes, regardless of their source. Substance misuse damages the mind and body in numerous ways and has very real consequences. Living Sober LA is here to help you break the cycle.
Alcoholism, addiction, and substance abuse/misuse are chronic disorders that are treatable and can be successfully managed if treated properly. Intervention that employs a combination of medication and behavioral therapy (known as medication-assisted treatment) has proven to be the most successful, effective model for most patients with substance use disorder, research shows. A personalized, tailor-made treatment will approach and address a multiplicity of issues that need attention including medical, psychiatric and social problems associated with the patient and the patient’s drug-use patterns. Science and Psychology are only the beginning and we know that a ‘one size fits all’ model is not the answer. For nearly two decades, we have successfully worked with patients one by one, on a 1-on-1 basis to guide people to recovery. Individual problems need to be treated individually, in individual ways. At Living Sober LA, we work with you to create a personalized program that works for you.
Our unique, three-fold approach begins with a carefully customized plan that is tailor-made to match your objectives and needs. 1-on-1 therapy, evidence-based services like medication management, psychiatry, and mental health screening as well as holistic treatments are just a few of the things that set us apart from other rehabs. Your program is continually fine-tuned to maintain focus on your mind, body and spirit and have them work together in harmony. The Stages of Change model is used in conjunction with your treatment along with our specialized Health and Fitness Program with specific protocols for addiction, dual diagnosis, and mental health issues. Utilized in synergy with cutting-edge neuroscience, Applied Breathing Science, and empirically based measures from the field of Integrative Biology and Physiology, at Living Sober LA, your program is designed individually, for you.
The roots of self-destructive pathology, including addiction are tangled and deep. We work with you to help you uncover unresolved sources of pain, trauma and suffering. And then we dig deeper to discover their origins and core issues so that you may find the tools to break the cycle of negative behaviors that come with addiction. A stronger, healthier sense of self emerges as you gain clarity and develop new skills. We guide you on a path where you walk with a greater sense of yourself and can enjoy healthy, renewed relationships that may have been damaged along the way.
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Per the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), addiction is defined as, “a chronic, relapsing disorder characterized by compulsive drug-seeking, continued use despite harmful consequences, and long-lasting changes in the brain. It is considered both a complex brain disorder and a mental illness. Addiction is the most severe form of a full-spectrum of substance use disorders, and is a medical illness caused by repeated misuse of a substance or substances.”
The NIDA and many treatment professionals no longer use the term ‘substance abuse’ and have replaced it with ‘substance misuse’ in order to help reduce the stigma and shame often associated with the disorder and to encourage more people to seek the qualified professional assistance they need. Living Sober LA is nationally recognized as an award-winning treatment program for those facing the challenge of addiction and substance misuse.
The new DSM describes a problematic pattern of use of an intoxicating substance leading to clinically significant impairment or distress with 10 or 11 diagnostic criteria (depending on the substance) occurring within a 12-month period. Those who have two or three criteria are considered to have a “mild” disorder, four or five is considered “moderate,” and six or more symptoms, “severe.”
The diagnostic criteria are as follows:
An important aspect of effective substance abuse treatment is to provide the right treatment in the right way at the right time. Every situation is different and every treatment plan must be unique. If you approach someone who’s just beginning to slip into SUD with the same techniques as a “hardcore” crack or heroin user, the treatment is misguided at best and harmful at worst. That’s a key element in what makes LSLA such a highly sought-after program: We understand the nuances of substance use disorder and treat each case accordingly.