What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Teens?

What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Teens?

Cognitive behavioral therapy is problem-oriented talk therapy that is focused on helping individuals help themselves. Cognitive behavioral therapy for teens enables teens to examine their current problems, emotions, and circumstances with an objective adult. Simultaneously, the therapist can help the teen develop coping skills to sort through their feelings and life events. At Thrive Treatment, we can help your teen by pairing them with an experienced therapist familiar with working with teens. 

What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT therapy, has much more of a present focus than other therapy types. CBT therapy is appropriate for conditions such as depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and addictions. While CBT therapy can be done alone, it can also be paired with other therapies such as group therapy to provide a more robust treatment plan. CBT therapy for teens will often begin with an initial meeting between the teen and the therapist.  This initial meeting will allow the two to meet and establish the rapport vital to positive therapeutic outcomes. Cognitive behavioral therapy often begins with the patient telling the therapist what is happening in their lives in their own words. This sharing of information can, on its own, prove to be very therapeutic; it provides an opportunity for the individual to start to release the burdens they’ve been carrying alone. 

Following the initial meeting, the focus of CBT therapy is on problem-solving and coping. CBT therapy focuses more on current events than delving into the past; past events may be examined as they relate to the present.  The therapist may help the individual develop multiple coping skills and stress reduction techniques.  Such skills and strategies might include role-playing difficult conversations, breathing exercises, journaling, and exploring hobbies as an outlet. The goal is to enable the individual to examine their thoughts and their stories to see what is real and untrue.  This examination then allows for actions and responses to be more intentional. Continuing CBT therapy allows the individual to continue honing these skills. 

How CBT Therapy for Teens is Beneficial

CBT therapy for teens can play an essential role in teenagers successfully navigating the teenage years and any substance misuse.  Often teens may feel isolated and be unable to share these feelings with their friends or their parents.  As they continue to withdraw, they may be unable to accurately interpret their environment and others’ actions. For example, a teen feeling isolated might interpret another teen’s actions as being directed at them personally or an appropriate parenting decision as an excessive personal attack.  CBT therapy can help teens to navigate these circumstances and to separate fact from fiction.  Not only does CBT therapy for teens help them understand their environment, but it can help them to develop coping mechanisms to thrive within it. CBT therapy provides a teen with a safe environment with a trained therapist to help them move through the teen years’ difficult times and any mental health issues. 

Why Your Teen Should Go To Thrive Treatment 

At Thrive Treatment, we believe in treatment that blends modern and traditional practices rather than one specific modality. We integrate relational and behavioral therapies, along with holistic, medical, and psychiatric interventions, to help your teen receive treatment for any mental health issues early on.  

Research has demonstrated that earlier treatment of mental health disorders often results in more positive outcomes. Located in Santa Monica, we have what is needed to provide you with an individualized plan to help your teen find their footing, both during inpatient treatment and beyond. We’re also here to help your family understand the process and support your teen. Contact us today and let us help you and your teen face any mental health issues.  

Opioid Epidemic 2020: It’s Real and It’s Happening

Opioid Epidemic 2020: It’s Real and It’s Happening

If you pay attention to the news, you know that the United States continues to face an opioid crisis.  Data from 2018 shows that 128 people die from overdosing on opioids in the United States every day, and sadly, we continue to face an opioid epidemic in 2020.  The 2020 opioid epidemic effects are not limited to public health but reach over into social and economic welfare.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the total financial burden of prescription opioid misuse in the United States exceeds $78 billion each year.  This cost does not include illicit opioid use. If you have found yourself misusing opioids that have been prescribed to you or have made the switch to illegal opioids such as heroin, Thrive Treatment is here to help.  

What Are Opioids?

The word opioid is a term describing a class of drugs that includes both legal and illegal drugs. Oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine are examples of prescription opioids. These medicines may be prescribed for different reasons, but the most common reason is to treat pain. Fentanyl is a prescription opioid but is also made and sold illegally.  Heroin is an illegal opioid.  All of the opioids are chemically related and work on the body in the same way.  Opioids don’t just treat your pain; they also release dopamine, which produces feelings of pleasure. Long-term opioid use can change the brain’s pathways as the user develops a tolerance from long-term use. 

Why Is There an Opioid Crisis in 2020?

The opioid epidemic in 2020 has resulted from years of the pharmaceutical industry inaccurately representing prescription opioids to medical professionals. Companies such as Purdue Pharma assured physicians that prescription opioids were not addictive.  Having been reassured and, in some cases, incentivized, healthcare providers prescribed opioids freely. Most people can indeed take prescription opioids for a short time without developing an addiction.  It is also true that there is a risk of addiction. 

Because of the euphoria that comes with the pain relief, there is a risk for misuse. Too many patients were not educated about the dangers of taking opioid pain relievers and the critical need to store these drugs properly.  By not securing the opioids safely, many adults provided their teenaged children with access to opioid drugs to misuse. The pharmaceutical companies’ misrepresentation and the lack of education provided to patients contributed significantly to the current opioid epidemic in 2020. 

In some cases, patients found themselves switching to illegal forms of opioids such as heroin or illicit fentanyl.  A doctor’s refusal to prescribe more opioids, the cost of prescription medicine, and increasing tolerance to opioids can all lead someone to turn to illegal opioids. Much of the research shows that the misuse of prescription opioids often leads to heroin use. It is the use of heroin or illicit fentanyl that is even more deadly.  With no marked dose, the risk for overdose is significant.  

How to Get Help With Opioid Abuse

Finding the right fit for treatment is a critical part of getting clean and sober. At Thrive Treatment, we believe in treatment that blends modern and traditional practices rather than one specific modality. We integrate relational and behavioral therapies, along with holistic, medical, and psychiatric interventions, to put you on the path to sobriety, emotional health, and overall well-being.  

We have what is needed to provide you with an individualized plan to help you succeed in sobriety, both during your inpatient treatment and beyond. Our intensive outpatient program in Santa Monica can help you manage the delicate work-life-sobriety balance you’re looking to find.  Contact us today and let us help you with your addiction!  

Why You Should Go to an Intensive Outpatient Program in Southern California

Once you’ve decided that you have a drug or alcohol problem, you’ll find yourself faced with choosing how and where to get help. Nearly all individuals trying to get sober will begin with detox to safely rid their bodies of the substances they have been using. Depending on your own length and amount of drug use, you may require an inpatient detox or can complete detox at home. Once detox is complete, it’s time to explore the different drug rehab programs available and choose the one that is appropriate for you. 

Drug rehab programs come in a variety of levels and include intensive residential, intensive outpatient, low-intensity outpatient, and sober living.  Deciding on the right plan for you is an important decision, so it’s good to learn about the options. At Thrive Treatment, we’re ready to help you choose the program that is best suited to you. 

Defining Intensive Outpatient Treatment

Intensive outpatient programs are, in essence, the halfway point between residential treatment and traditional outpatient treatment, which is usually lower in intensity.  Intensive outpatient programs in Southern California have proven to be comparable to residential programs in terms of effectiveness without the higher cost of residential programs. Additionally, intensive outpatient programs are able to provide treatment for any co-occurring disorders such as depression, anxiety, and more. If you choose an intensive outpatient program, you can still expect your treatment to include individual and group therapy, case management, treatment planning, drug screens, pharmacotherapy, and more. Intensive outpatient programs will often include education on ways to support our health in recovery such as nutrition, movement, and meditation.  

How Does Intensive Outpatient Treatment Help With Addiction?

Intensive outpatient programs are often longer than residential treatments and offer a great deal more flexibility.  Intensive outpatient programs are an excellent alternative for those who do not need 24-hour supervision but want an extended program.  Intensive outpatient programs enable you to continue to get treatment for your addiction while being able to maintain employment or provide care to your children. Most programs are structured so that you attend treatment 3 hours for 3-5 days each week. This structure allows you time to engage in other efforts to support your recovery such as attendance as 12-step or other recovery program meetings.  

Intensive outpatient programs in Southern California allow you to spend time with others who are also fighting their addictions and begin to build a network of support.  In early recovery, it is critical to change our routines so that we are no longer spending our time with those with whom we used drugs.  Intensive outpatient programs provide us with something to do to work toward our sobriety and also introduce us to activities that we might do when the program is complete.  Perhaps most importantly, intensive outpatient programs provide us with a safe space in which to discuss the difficulties in early recovery as we are learning to navigate living our lives without drugs and alcohol. 

Intensive Outpatient Treatment at Thrive Treatment 

At Thrive Treatment, we believe in treatment that blends modern and traditional practices rather than one specific modality. We integrate relational and behavioral therapies, along with holistic, medical, and psychiatric interventions, to put you on the path to sobriety, emotional health, and overall well-being.  We have what is needed to provide you with an individualized plan to help you succeed in sobriety, both during your inpatient treatment and beyond. Our intensive outpatient program in Santa Monica can help you to manage the delicate work-life-sobriety balance you’re looking to find.  Contact us today and let us help you with your addiction!

Anxiety: What Is It and How Is It Treated?

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We all experience times when we feel worried, nervous, or tense. Circumstances with our families, changes in our jobs, world events, or any number of factors can increase our stress and make us feel anxious.  But does feeling anxious mean that you have an anxiety disorder?  Well, that depends. At Thrive Treatment, we can help you evaluate your anxiety and assist you with any disordered substance use that may have started as you tried to cope on your own. 

What Is Anxiety?

Anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness, or fear about an event or situation.  It is “normal” to have these feelings in many situations.  These feelings are often accompanied by physical symptoms such as increased heart rate, sweating, and tension in the body. Anxiety can sometimes serve to help you to cope.  However, when these feelings continue for an extended time and affect your daily activities, you may have an anxiety disorder. 

What Is An Anxiety Disorder?

Anxiety disorders fall into multiple categories: generalized anxiety disorders, panic disorders, phobia-related disorders, and social anxiety disorders. Generalized anxiety disorder is characterized by excessive worry or anxiety about things such as their own health or daily life circumstances.  Those with generalized anxiety find that their anxiety is present several days each month on an ongoing basis.  Conversely, panic disorders involve panic attacks that can come on rather quickly.  During a panic attack, the individual might experience shortness of breath, increased heart rate, sweating, shaking, and an overwhelming sense of impending doom. Panic attacks may occur after a particular trigger or seemingly out of the blue. Because of this, the focus becomes managing and avoiding additional attacks which may prevent the individual from engaging in normal daily activities. 

Agoraphobia (fear of public places), acrophobia (a fear or heights), and claustrophobia (fear of closed-in spaces) are just a few examples of phobia-related disorders.  Those who have phobia-related disorders may find themselves experiencing symptoms similar to a panic attack when confronting the subject of their phobia. Social anxiety disorders relate to anxiety that occurs in social situations.  The anxiety is actually increased by worrying about how the anxiety manifests itself and how others will view the person’s anxiety. Sadly, it is possible to suffer from more than one type of anxiety disorder. 

Treatment for Anxiety Disorders

Treatment for anxiety disorders often includes a blending of traditional medical, psychiatric and holistic approaches. Doctors may prescribe anti-anxiety medications and also refer you to a therapist for cognitive behavioral therapy.  Additionally, you and your provider might explore strategies for you to use when dealing with particularly stressful or triggering situations.  As with finding the right medication that is a fit for you, you will do the same with tools such as meditation, massage therapy, acupuncture, and yoga. Because the symptoms experienced with a general anxiety disorder differ from those of a phobia-related anxiety disorder, the treatments are not a “one-size-fits-all”.  Here at Thrive Treatment, we can work with you to find the best treatment for you. 

If you have been self-medicating your anxiety with drugs or alcohol, you may have found that, in the end, they had the opposite effect. By pursuing a path to sobriety, you will enable yourself to approach your anxiety in a more holistic and healthy way.  

How Thrive Treatment Can Help With Your Anxiety

At Thrive Treatment, we believe in treatment that blends modern and traditional practices rather than one specific modality. We integrate relational and behavioral therapies, along with holistic, medical, and psychiatric interventions, to put you on the path to sobriety, emotional health, and overall well-being.  Located in Santa Monica, we have what is needed to provide you with an individualized plan to help you succeed in sobriety, both during your inpatient treatment and beyond. Contact us today and let us help you with your addiction!  

What Drugs Are Smoked In A Glass Pipe?

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Drugs can be ingested in various ways, and this makes it more confusing to determine if a friend or family member is using.  Some drugs are swallowed as pills, some are snorted through the nose, some are injected, and still, others are smoked.  Some drugs, such as cocaine, can be taken in more than one way.  While the choice of drug is the major factor in what the effects are, the way the drug is taken will impact how quickly the effects are seen. While you might see changes in behavior in your loved one, you might also notice different items that might cause you to wonder if drug use is occurring. 

Glass Pipes Explained

Drugs that are smoked are sometimes rolled in paper, while others are smoked out of pipes.  Pipes can be made out of tin foil, metal, glass, or other materials.  Glass pipes allow users to inhale their drugs of choice.  Interestingly enough, some glass pipes are nearly works of art, and some users may opt to collect different pipes during their drug use. Even more, pieces that may look like a work of art, such as a flower in a glass, may serve a dual purpose as a pipe. Some may be so cleverly disguised that people don’t even realize what they have purchased. Other times, the items are intentionally disguised in an attempt to hide their true purpose. 

What Drugs Are Smoked in a Glass Pipe?

Drugs that are smoked in a glass pipe include cocaine, marijuana, opioids, and methamphetamines. Crack cocaine is often smoked in a glass cylinder pipe. Heroin and methamphetamine vapors are inhaled after being heated in the bowl of a glass pipe.  Marijuana is usually smoked out of a metal pipe, glass pipe,  or out of a bong. A bong is typically made out of glass, but can also be made out of plastic.  Bongs usually have a bowl outside of a vertical tube, with water being in the bottom of the pipe to serve as filtration and can vary quite a lot in size. The long-term use of drugs can change the pathways in the brain which can make it much more difficult to stop using. Smoking drugs in a glass pipe can cause long-term damage to the lungs and other parts of the body.  

How to Get Help With Addiction

If you or someone you love has a problem with addiction, the first  step is to identify a problem.  Once the problem has been identified, it is crucial to start talking with professionals to find the treatment that is the best-suited to the individual.  Different drugs cause different withdrawal symptoms and additional risks during withdrawal.  Because the symptoms and risks are not the same across all drugs, it is imperative to seek professional help – especially during detox to preserve physical health.  At Thrive Treatment, we have physicians on staff to monitor an individual’s progress from the time treatment begins right through until it’s time for discharge to aftercare. Once detox is complete, the focus changes from stabilizing physical health to creating a life in sobriety. 

Get Help Today at Thrive Treatment

At Thrive Treatment, we believe in treatment that blends modern and traditional practices rather than one specific modality. We integrate relational and behavioral therapies, along with holistic, medical, and psychiatric interventions, to put you on the path to sobriety, emotional health, and overall well-being.  Located in Santa Monica, we have what is needed to provide you with an individualized plan to help you succeed in sobriety, both during your inpatient treatment and beyond. Contact us today and let us help you with your addiction!