La Jolla Healing Center

Addiction is a condition that results when a person ingests a substance (e.g., alcohol, cocaine, nicotine) or engages in an activity (e.g., eating, gambling, shopping) that can be pleasurable but the continued use/act of which becomes compulsive and interferes with ordinary life responsibilities, such as work, relationships, or health. Users may not be aware that their behavior is out of control and causing problems for themselves and others.

Most addictive behavior is not related to either physical tolerance or exposure to cues. People compulsively use drugs, eat, or shop nearly always in reaction to being emotionally stressed, whether or not they have a physical addiction. Since these psychologically based addictions are not based on drug or brain effects, they can account for why people frequently switch addictive actions from one drug to a completely different kind of drug, or even to a non-drug behavior. The focus of the addiction isn't what matters; it's the need to take action under certain kinds of stress. Treating this kind of addiction requires an understanding of how it works psychologically.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) are helpful for those recovering from an addiction that may not be able to commit to an inpatient program due to work, family, or other restrictions, or do not meet the criteria for an inpatient level of care. When a patient chooses an IOP they are choosing to seek treatment for their addiction all while maintaining some normalcy with their home life. These programs are also essential for those on the addiction treatment continuum. Whether you are newly out of an inpatient rehab program, or just looking for some support for your struggle with drugs or alcohol, IOP is sought after by those with varying levels of substance abuse and addiction.

La Jolla Addiction Healing Center’s Intensive Outpatient Program offers individualized treatment schedules in 8 to 10 week tracks which offers participants more positive outcomes on their journey of recovery from addiction and substance abuse.

  • Participants have the ability to maintain their daily activities, such as attending work, being with their families, and having the comfort of their own home.
  • When enrolled in our intensive program, participants have access to a variety of support systems.  Support includes medication prescription and management, individual treatment, group therapy, family therapy, couples therapy, and evaluations, assessments and other clinical services provided by our licensed medical staff and counselors.
  • Our IOP offers participants the ability to practice coping skills in a safe, real-world environment to combat relapse triggers found in daily life.
  • Participants enrolled in our program have a significantly reduced chance of relapse than those who choose to abstain from treatment programs or continued recovery care. With increased support from trained staff, and those going through similar experiences, participants are more likely to achieve long term sobriety.

Our IOP program includes:

  • CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy)
  • Individual and Group Therapy
  • Alcohol and Drug Education
  • Relapse and Coping skills
  • Anger Management
  • Stress Management
  • Communication skills
  • Self Esteem Building
  • Career And Educational Counseling
  • Community Outreach
  • Personal Training
  • Nutrition in Recovery
  • Harm reduction (medication-assisted treatment)

While it may require some creative thinking, support, and discipline, you CAN manage the daily demands of your life while treating your substance abuse. The cost of leaving an addiction untreated is extremely high. You put everything at risk— your relationships, job, physical and emotional health, and even your life.

Our flexible outpatient programs are designed to fit into your schedule. Combined with personalized individual treatment from our team of skilled professionals we design a tailored treatment program that will provide the care you require while leaving the time necessary to continue with your daily routine.

Step One: Seek Treatment

The decision to seek treatment is the first step to recovery. A consistent program is essential for those on the addiction treatment continuum. Whether you are newly out of an inpatient rehab program, or are looking for some support for your struggle with drugs or alcohol, we have programs that can be customized to varying levels of addiction.

Please call for a confidential evaluation 858-454-4357 (HELP).

Detox Assistance

Outpatient detox allows participants, in most cases, to attend outpatient treatment while going through the detox process. Outpatient Detox assistance requires a medical evaluation and clearance by appointment only. For participant's who meet the criteria for Outpatient Detoxification, La Jolla Addiction Healing Center collaborates with licensed facilities and doctors.

Participants requiring inpatient detox services are referred to area facilities that collaborate with La Jolla Addiction Healing Center for a safe, medically supervised detox prior to entering into our outpatient treatment program.

Though La Jolla Addiction Healing Center does not offer onsite detoxification services,  our credentialed staff will support you or your loved one through the process to ensure a continuity of care.

Family Education and Interaction

According to The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, 4 out of every 25 people over the age of 12 have an addiction. When six addicts are put together, one of them will have multiple addictions. This means that for every standard classroom size of 25, there are four middle/high school kids who are already an addict. This does not include those who will develop an addiction in their later years.

La Jolla Addiction Healing Center, in conjunction with the CYMO Foundation, has been working with and educating families on alcohol and substance abuse for over 8 years in La Jolla and San Diego County. Our Family Education and Interaction Program teaches participants how to recognize substance abuse, what to do if your loved one is using, the signs of use, and steps to take to ensure the addict has the support system they need to remain sober.

12 Step & Non 12 Step Support

The 12 step program is based upon the foundation of Alcoholics Anonymous and can be tailored to fit into any addiction. It has proven successful for millions of people and is a suggested aspect of any Treatment offered by La Jolla Addiction Healing Center. The 12 Step Program addresses the person behind the abuser and helps to establish long term sobriety for anyone who wishes it. Meetings for types of addiction can be found daily through La Jolla and San Diego.

Maybe you have tried the 12 Steps and are looking for an alternative to your recovery strength. Many Non 12 Step programs are available and have proven successful. LJHC will help you find what works best for you.

Relapse and Coping SKills

A major benefit to Intensive Outpatient Programs is the client's ability to experience the stresses, emotions and triggers of real-world life, while receiving treatment. This allows the issues that may have led to dependency and/or relapse to be addressed by our professional staff. Studies show that relapse may be avoided with the correct coping skills.

You are sober, possibly because of rehab or detox, and now you're not sure if you want to stay sober. La Jolla Healing Center’s staff are experts in recognizing signs of possible relapse, and teaching clients the tools to avoid relapse through essential coping skills. Don’t throw away your recovery and hard earned sobriety.

Integrative and Holistic

The process of addiction causes damage in every area of a person’s life; Biological, Psychological, Social and Spiritual—these become stressors that play a key role in the cycle of emotional pain and addiction.  Our program treats the whole person by integrating solution focused resources and coping skills for regaining balance in the fundamental areas of life; relationships, career, school, community and health.

Recognizing Chemical Dependence

Alcohol dependence is a very serious and widespread medical issue that can cause permanent physical damage to the body if it is not addressed and treated properly. When an individual experiences withdrawal symptoms from alcohol if he or she does not have a drink for any extended period of time, then an alcohol detox is necessary.

Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms:

  • Anxiety
  • Shakes or tremors
  • High blood pressure
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Seizures

Opioid dependence Opiates are most often used medically to alleviate pain. Drugs containing natural or synthetic opium are legally obtainable through a prescription from a qualified professional, but they can also be illegally purchased on the street. Opiate drugs are both physically and psychologically addictive when used over extended periods of time or in high doses. The misuse of opiates is often linked with accidental drug overdoses and death. Opiate Dependence is extremely difficult to overcome regardless of whether the opiate is a prescription medication or an illicit street drug such as Heroin.

Common Opiates Include:

  • Heroin
  • Syboxone
  • Oxycontin
  • Vicodin
  • Norco
  • Morphine
  • Oxycodone
  • Hydrocodone
  • DemerolCodeine
  • Darvocet

If the appearance of opiate withdrawal symptoms are present, if a dose is missed or not received, then an Opiate Detox may be deemed medically necessary. Opiate withdrawal treatment must be medically supervised because the symptoms can be quite severe. Outpatient opiate detox treatment is typically 4 to 6 weeks from start to finish. An opiate detox treatment program generally requires a total of 6 to 8 office visits.

If the appearance of opiate withdrawal symptoms are present, if a dose is missed or not received, then an Opiate Detox may be deemed medically necessary. Opiate withdrawal treatment must be medically supervised because the symptoms can be quite severe. Outpatient opiate detox treatment is typically 4 to 6 weeks from start to finish. An opiate detox treatment program generally requires a total of 6 to 8 office visits.

Benzodiazepine withdrawal have been associated with suicide and self-harming behaviors, especially in young people. The appearance of these symptoms causes patients to continue to use the drugs longer than originally intended and further increase their dependence.Physical dependence causing benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms is a frequent complication for patients who are prescribed or are using the drugs for 2 months or more, but drug seeking behavior can also develop as dosages increase. Once an individual ceases to take benzos, withdrawal symptoms begin to occur almost immediately and can last days to weeks.

Common Benzodiazepines include:

  • Ativan
  • Xanax
  • Klonopin
  • Valium
  • Halcion

Our Benzodiazepine detox treatment program is typically 90 days from start to finish. The 90-day treatment program generally requires a total of 10 to 12 office visits.