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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Benefits of Our Southern California Retreat

Southern California Holistic Drug RehabComplete Harmony’s facility is an oasis appointed with comfortable furnishings, private and semi-private rooms, and beautiful natural surroundings that play an integral role in the holistic healing process. Home to in-state and out-of-state guests, we offer customized addiction rehab programs that encourage men and women to take advantage of all that So-Cal has to offer.

Southern California’s Recovery Community

Southern California is home to a growing sober community. Proud to be part of this amazing recovery initiative, Complete Harmony welcomes women and men of all ages and all walks of life. Our location has something for everyone: from surfing and fitness fanatics to theme park enthusiasts and history buffs. Perhaps most importantly, our center provides the privacy clients seek when then turn their focus to mind, body, and spirit health. As you begin rehabilitation, outside diversions understandably take a backseat. Your body needs time to physically heal; you need time to develop clarity about your treatment program; and your spirit needs to be renewed. You can do all of this from the comfort of our near-coastal location.

Over time, recreation and activities will become a positive way to get your mind off of relapse triggers and difficult relationships. A beach BBQ, surf lesson, mountain hike, or kayaking session may be just what you need to commune with nature and enjoy the company of sober friends. Many of our clients take advantage of the close proximity of Universal Studios Hollywood, Disneyland, and other theme parks when they need a day of old-fashioned fun—and Complete Harmony guests participate in these types of recreation as a group or during family visitation.

Many celebrities, executives, and high-ranking officials seek confidential treatment in Southern California, as well. Luxury facilities and the opportunity to rehab in complete anonymity is an appealing feature of Complete Harmony and its family of centers. In some cases, clients travel from out of state to distance themselves from the temptations they might have on their home turf, and Complete Harmony is happy to accommodate guests from outside the So-Cal region.

Experience the Complete Harmony Difference

If drug rehab in Southern California sounds appealing to you, step out of the confines of your addicted life and call 866.930.4673 today. Our beautiful beach community retreat offers alternative and conventional therapy methods, and our compassionate team is available 24/7 to answer your questions and pre-authorize your admission. Take the first step toward vibrant health—and welcome the Southern California sunshine. Tomorrow is a brand new day!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Binaural Beats: Technology Meets the Ancient Art of Meditation

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Meditation is widely used in drug and alcohol rehab programs as a supportive therapy for reducing stress and anxiety naturally. Proven by centuries of practice and by recent scientific studies, it provides mental, physical, and spiritual benefits that are especially important to someone in recovery. These include:

• Decreased anxiety & stress
• Calming of internal dialogue
• Relaxation & restfulness
• Increased energy & awareness
• Improved focus & mood

Meditation Is Easy to Learn, But…

Even beginners can reap benefits from meditation, but achieving the profound brainwave changes of deep meditation takes concentration, dedication, and usually many years of daily practice. That’s a challenge that is often too much for busy Americans.

Now there is an alternative.

An audio technology that has been around for 75 years is now being combined with neural-science to produce programs that induce the same brainwaves as deep meditation. Here’s how it works:

1. The listener uses stereo earphones to listen to an audio track of relaxing music, ocean waves, gentle rain, or musical chimes.
2. The stereo soundtracks actually contain binaural tones, which are delivered separately to each ear at slightly different frequencies.
3. The listener does not consciously hear the difference in tones; instead the brain synchronizes the sounds into a third tone.

The ability of the brain to synchronize electrical patterns is at the heart of this neural-audio technology. Embedded binaural sound patterns can induce the brain to produce different wavelengths and even to synchronize the hemispheres of the brain. These are the same changes that occur in people who have spent many years perfecting meditation techniques.

Relax, Listen & Feel Better

Like meditation, binaural beats technology is not a cure for the stresses of modern living, including substance abuse. But for those who are having trouble with the focus and time required by traditional meditation, it is an effective and easy way to achieve similar results. Just put in your ear buds, sit back in the recliner, and let your brain do the work.

CA Rehab at Complete Harmony Wellness Retreat 

At Complete Harmony, we know that recovering from drug and alcohol dependence is a struggle that requires a major lifestyle adjustment. At our beautiful CA wellness retreat, our goal is to empower our clients to live successfully in sobriety. Cutting-edge treatments and holistic alternative therapies distinguish our program. Call 1-866-930-4673 to speak confidentially to an intake specialist and begin the admissions process today!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Overcoming the Pain of a Dual Diagnosis

California dual diagnosis rehab programAddiction is one of the most painful things a family can go through, but when there is a complicating co-occurring disorder, life is even more painful and unpredictable. Whether you began using drugs and alcohol to dull the impact of mental illness, or you have developed a mental impairment after years of drug abuse, the results are often the same. Your life begins to feel as if it has been taken over by fear, depression, panic attacks, anger, paranoia, and an inability to focus. The good news: Complete Harmony’s team of addiction experts can help.

Dual diagnosis is common among the chemically dependent; yet, according to a study conducted by a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, only 12 percent of the 4 million Americans suffering from a dual diagnosis received treatment for drug addiction and their co-occurring condition. Unfortunately, the chance of sobriety is drastically reduced when both conditions are not dealt with simultaneously.

Dual-Diagnosis Treatment at Complete Harmony

If you meet the criteria for a mental health disorder, Complete Harmony provides customized dual-diagnosis treatment plans that address both your mental illness and your addiction. When therapists and physicians understand both portions of your struggle, they can provide mental health care alongside addiction recovery for more successful results. Treatment methods include, but are not limited to:

• Parallel therapy for addiction & mental illness
Holistic therapies that induce calm & improve mental clarity
• Nutrition & exercise plans for improved wellness
• Psychotherapeutic medication management from specialty physicians
• Family therapy & counseling sessions
• Inpatient & outpatient rehabilitation
 • Support groups & community sober living situations
Smart Recovery programs
• 12-step and non-12-step therapy

Does Someone You Love Have a Dual Diagnosis?

You may be aware of a loved one’s addiction, but how do you know if they also have a dual diagnosis? Sometimes it is difficult to tell where addiction stops and mental illness begins. If your friend or family member exhibits the following symptoms, have them evaluated by a psychotherapist or a physician to determine if they struggle with a co-occurring disorder:

• Helpless or hopeless behavior
• Loss of energy
• Disinterest in daily activities or recreation
• Sudden & frequent panic attacks
• Insomnia or decreased need for sleep
• Hyperactivity & increased energy
• Anger & rage
• Impulsivity & judgment impairment
• Behavior that alternates between euphoria & sadness
• Inability to concentrate
• Sudden, unexplained weight loss or weight gain

Get Help in CA for Dual Diagnosis

Fortunately, when you have a care team that understands addiction and mental illness, there is hope for a new tomorrow. The Complete Harmony team provides specialized counseling and medical treatment for dual diagnosis clients, and our team will help you identify the root of your addiction and set achievable recovery goals. To learn more about the connections between mental illness and addiction, or to speak with our admissions team about residing at our beautiful beach community during your recovery, call 866.930.4673 today.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Acupuncture & Addiction : Holistic Healing During Recovery

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Acupuncture has been used for the treatment of illnesses and pain for hundreds of years. It was first encountered by the Western world in Portugal, and its popularity has been steadily on the rise since then. Acupuncture is a holistic way of treating and managing pain, and yes—even drug addiction and alcoholism.

The Acupuncture Process

There is a preconceived notion that acupuncture is painful. The important thing to remember—as with any treatment—is to relax and approach the procedure with an open mind. The needles that are placed gently and slightly into the skin are only the width of a hair. When inserted, there can be a tingling sensation, but once the session is complete there is a general sense of calm and tension release.

Acupuncture has been successfully used to treat many different ailments like muscle pain, insomnia, depression, and food allergies. While this Chinese modality has been around for hundreds of years, its use for alcoholism and addiction is relatively new. Studies have shown that acupuncture helps to release our body’s natural painkillers, called endorphins. Endorphins positively affect one’s physiological and emotional wellbeing, helping people overcome addictive behaviors.

Advantages of Acupuncture for Addiction

While the advantages of acupuncture for addiction vary from person to person, many cutting edge facilities like ours have seen benefits such as:

·      Managing withdrawal symptoms during the detox process
·      Ridding the body of built up toxins from years of abuse
·      Achieving an overall sense of contentedness and wellbeing
·      Releasing natural chemicals that encourage relaxation

More Than Just Acupuncture

At Complete Harmony, we incorporate the use of acupuncture as part of our cutting-edge holistic treatment program. When used in conjunction with other evidence-based treatments, acupuncture can be highly effective in addiction recovery—and even preventing relapse. Many people continue to benefit from it long after they have made it through the active recovery stages.

Acupuncture is only one a small portion of our full-service holistic healing program. We will help you choose the services that are best for you in order to create a truly customized addiction recovery experience. Begin the admissions process online, or call 866.930.4673. We can also assist you with payment and insurance options, and your call is always 100% confidential!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Making Peace with Addiction

“What happens to a man is less significant than what happens within him.” 
-       Louis Mann

Addiction or no, life will always be difficult in some way. We’ll face consequences resulting from poor decisions, health conditions that are out of our control, overwhelming relationship conflicts, and career decisions that keep us up at night. If we’re not careful, peace can elude us—and life can seem relentless. But, when we seek inner peace, even the most burdensome problems seem more manageable.

As addicted individuals, there are a few ways we need to make peace:

  1. With ourselves. With time, therapy, and mindful meditation, we can learn to forgive ourselves for the bad choices that led us down the road to substance abuse. Learning this now is important, because there will be missteps later—and you’ll need to give yourself grace. 
  2. With addiction. Addiction is an equal-opportunity destroyer. It did not “target you” specifically. Remember that you are accountable for your decisions, and that addiction cannot destroy you once you decide to fight.  
  3. With family and friends. Whether you’ve been addicted for months or years, you’ve burned bridges. You’ve hurt loved ones. You’ve ruined relationships. Once you are sober enough to recognize this, it’s time to make amends, develop healthy boundaries, and work to rebuild trust.

How to Embrace Peace on Your Addiction Journey

Learning to be at peace with yourself and others is a marathon, not a sprint. Your therapist will work with you to achieve these goals over time, but it may take awhile. At first, most of your energy during treatment goes toward educating yourself about addiction and staying clean for short periods of time. When the time comes to revisit your peace and happiness, consider:

-       Engaging in regular mind-body exercise, acupuncture, massage, and other holistic practices. These complementary modalities help you to release tension physically and emotionally so you can feel at peace. At first, it may be fleeting peace. But, as you learn to concentrate and center yourself, it will last longer.
-       Attending family counseling. Addiction is a family disease, and many people are suffering. Having a trained, unbiased counselor to help can facilitate healing and encourage cleansing dialogue.
-       Working to let go of regret. Yes: You made bad choices; you put your addiction ahead of your loved ones. But holding onto regret will only keep you in bondage. Tell yourself things like, “I can change. I am taking steps to heal. I made mistakes, but I can also make amends.”  

Drug and Alcohol Addiction Recovery in California

At Complete Harmony, we help you learn to be at peace as you pursue the day-to-day challenges of sobriety. Our drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs include evidence-based holistic therapies, counseling, and family therapy, and we are hear to support you from your first phone call to your customized aftercare program. Click here to begin the admissions process.  

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