I’ve spent decades of my life trying to find sobriety. The pattern was always the same… it never varied once… I’d find myself:

  1. addicted to drugs and alcohol

  2. check into rehab

  3. suffer through detox

  4. stay for 30, 60 or 90 days

  5. come home

  6. relapse

I couldn’t break free from the thing that was killing me. Was I constitutionally incapable of getting and remaining sober? Was it my destiny to die like millions before me of a disease that is 100% treatable?

The answer to these self-defeating questions is a resounding no!

My problem was I never actually got sober in drug rehab. I got detoxified on lots of occasions and spent hundreds of thousands of dollars doing it…. but I never got sober.

This problem is common for people seeking a life free from drug and alcohol addiction. I sought a solution, but I didn’t seek the right solution for me.

Treatment centers are as varied as the cars you see on a freeway… they will get you from point “A” to point “B” … but they don’t all accommodate your needs. Think of it like this, if I go to Home Depot for lumber, I’m more likely to successfully get it home in a Toyota truck over a VW convertible. The same holds true with recovery programs… you have to find one that will get you home safely.

Every addiction story is as unique as you are. You need a treatment solution that fits your needs and your situation. You need a rehab program that treats you as an individual and specializes in your areas of concern. For most of us, searching for rehab treatment is an overwhelming process. A yellow pages or Internet search can return thousands of results from a variety of locations. You may have a difficult time finding reliable reports or explanations of treatment through online searches.

Studies have proven that inpatient rehab facilities are the most effective and medically sound way to treat addiction. The first phase of inpatient rehab often includes detox. During detox, the patient is slowly weaned off their substance of abuse. Because the body has become accustomed to specific levels of drugs or alcohol, withdrawal symptoms may occur as the substance leaves the body. These withdrawal symptoms can be very severe, and even life-threatening. As a result, detox should be medically supervised in a professional facility. Those suffering from behavioral addictions, such as to gambling or sex, generally do not undergo a detox period.

Residential treatment programs come in a variety of types. There are holistic programs that approach treatment from a whole-body perspective, incorporating various natural therapies to promote overall health and contentment. Gender-specific rehab programs offer care for women or men only, allowing each gender to focus on their recovery without distractions from the opposite sex and to address certain issues that are particular to their gender. Teen rehab programs address the unique challenges of teens in recovery, and religious rehab programs incorporate various religious philosophies into their treatment models.

Statistically, the longer a patient remains in rehab, the greater the chance they won’t suffer a relapse when they return home.

A few years ago, I realized what was happening in my own recovery. I’d just finished a 90-day program in the California desert, and as before, I knew I was destined for a relapse. Fortunately, I took an action that saved my life.

Before I left Palm Springs, I contacted La Fuente Hollywood Treatment Center (lafuentehollywood.com), a facility in Hollywood that specialized in issues relevant to my life.  There I was able to focus on life issues that repeatedly caused me to stumble and return to addiction. The program allowed me to realize I was not alone in my struggles. I’ve always said, I got clean in Palm Springs… but I got sober in Hollywood.

If I’d only known how to seek treatment in the beginning my journey could have been so much easier!

Substance abuse recovery programs are not a “one size fits all” process. If you’re living in active addiction, find the program that will address your needs. Mine was found at La Fuente Hollywood Treatment Center. Yours is out there waiting… maybe it’s time to make a call….

Don’t waste another minute of your life.

This is my journey… this is my life.

Rob Cantrell

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