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America’s Surprising History With (What Are Now) Illegal Drugs

Heroin Cocaine Marijuana Illegal Drugs In US - Summit EstateMind-altering drugs have played a role in recorded history for thousands of years. Pain relief, treatment of illnesses, spiritual experiences and expanding one’s consciousness have all been cited as reasons for experimentation with well-known potent substances. Medical necessity has driven such experimentation, as has simple curiosity, for millennia.

The United States has been embroiled in debates over the dangers and possible benefits of drug use since our nation’s founding, and some of the history behind American drug use may surprise you. For example, many of the most well-known hard drugs today started as over-the-counter remedies for common ailments, while others were once acceptable in medical settings.

Opiates

Opiates In The US Since The Pilgrims - Summit EstateThe opium poppy has been considered a medicinal herb for as far back as 5,000 years ago in ancient Sumer. Opium and its derivatives are some of the most powerful and useful medicines on the planet.

Some of the earliest Pilgrims to arrive in North America brought opium tinctures, especially laudanum, a potent pain and cough suppressant, as treatments for various illnesses and infirmities, such as:

  • Smallpox
  • Dysentery
  • Cholera
  • Pain
  • Trouble sleeping

Opium-based tonics were especially popular with women at the time, as they were commonly used to alleviate menstrual cramping.

Thomas Jefferson, one of the U.S.’s most well-known and influential founders, resorted to using laudanum to treat his various afflictions, despite his marked history of skepticism toward medicine. Eventually, he began growing his own poppies at his Monticello estate in Virginia.

Recreational Use

While laudanum was an oft-used medical treatment for various ailments, many people were beginning to experiment with opium use for recreational purposes. Opiate use was prevalent during that era, and by the mid-19th century, opium dens were a common sight in the Americas. This was one of the first times that widespread public drug use was acknowledged as a societal concern, and “Yellow Peril” became a term used to describe Chinese immigrants who were accused of luring Americans into depravity and addiction with their popular opium dens.

The Arrival Of Morphine

The next major breakthrough regarding opium development came in 1803, when Friedrich Sertuerner of Germany synthesized the first batch of morphine, an injectable and highly potent opiate painkiller. Morphine was widely used and available, and wounded veterans heavily relied upon it during the American Civil War. This led to a widespread wave of addiction in the United States during the late 1800s.

Heroin: From Accepted Treatment To Epidemic

In 1895, chemist Heinrich Dreser developed heroin while working for the Bayer company in Germany, and the substance quickly gained traction as a treatment for morphine addiction. However, the drug’s immediate success did not adequately show that physicians were simply trading one addiction for another. Heroin addiction became the new epidemic.

Over the next 50 years, heroin would remain a prevalent force in American culture. The infamous “French Connection” led to an enormous supply of heroin being brought into the U.S., fueling the rebellious subcultures of the beatnik and hipster scenes. During the Vietnam War, American servicemen commonly fell victim to heroin abuse, and the addiction rate among this group was an ominous 10 to 15 percent.

Synthetic Opiates Gain Prominence

Over the years, opioids (synthetic opiates) have collectively evolved into one of the most commonly used prescription medications in the United States. Unfortunately, while opioids possess real pain management capabilities, the potential for addiction and abuse goes hand-in-hand with the drugs’ possible benefits. The CDC reports that nearly 3 million Americans are facing some kind of opioid abuse problem in 2016, and this class of meds has helped make drug overdose the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. In fact, more than half of all drug-overdose deaths are attributed to either prescription opioids or heroin.

Cocaine

Cocaine Reached Peak In Usage In 1982 With 10.4 Million - Summit EstateCocaine, a stimulant taken from the leaves of the coca plant, is powerful and highly addictive. It was first discovered by Spanish explorers who reached South America, where the indigenous people commonly chewed coca leaves for their stimulating effects. The Spanish saw an opportunity to bring this plant home to Europe, but shipments rarely survived the journey across the Atlantic.

It would not be until the late 1800s that the potential of the coca leaf would be unlocked. Although illegal today in the U.S., cocaine became known for its medical applications after its successful synthesis in 1855. The drug was a common ingredient in tonics and medicines meant to treat impotence, depression and a host of other common ailments.

Cocaine-Infused Beverages

In 1863, Angela Mariani, a Corsican chemist, developed a mixture of cocaine and wine that was sold to cure stomach ailments and suppress appetite. It was wildly popular among the European elite and led to countless copycat products.

One such facsimile was a new soft drink made by John Pemberton in 1886, who was hoping to replicate Mariani’s successful formula in America. Contention over alcohol in the South led to Pemberton’s being forced to reformulate his invention with soda water. Cocaine lent its name to this concoction, and it became one of the most well-known commercial products in world history: Coca-Cola.

Evolution Of Cocaine Use

In the 19th century, cocaine was also known as a reliable local anesthetic for dentistry and oral care. Cocaine lozenges and cough syrups were very common, and syringes for injecting cocaine were later given to soldiers during the First World War.

The beginning of the 20th century saw a huge spike in recreational drug use, and cocaine was among the most ubiquitous and easily accessible. One of the major contributing factors to the increase in drug use in the U.S. was alcohol prohibition, which inadvertently steered many citizens toward other methods of inebriation.

The first half of the 1900s saw an explosion in the popularity of cocaine among the stars of Hollywood. Strangely enough, despite its popularity, cocaine’s addictive properties and potential for overdose went largely unreported. This only helped the drug’s popularity to soar, cementing its spot as a prime recreational drug over the next several decades. Several publications included depictions of cocaine use as a luxurious habit reserved for the upper strata of the social elite.

Glamorization Of Cocaine And The Emergence Of ‘Crack’

Unapologetic reports that showcased cocaine use as harmless, classy and opulent led to a dramatic spike in public consumption. This uptick peaked in 1982 with an estimated 10.4 million cocaine users in the U.S. Demand was widespread at the time, and urban areas began to see derivatives of this upper-class sensation in the form of crack cocaine, or simply “crack.” Crack was cheap to produce in large quantities, and it helped fuel in huge spikes in violent crime, as competing drug syndicates fought over territory.

One of the major incidents that helped change the public’s perceptions about the apparent safety of cocaine use was the death of basketball player Len Bias in 1986. Bias was a star rookie drafted by the Boston Celtics. While celebrating his addition to the team, he died of a cocaine overdose and heart issues the drug caused. This high-profile death coupled with a dramatic rise in violent crime led to harsher sentencing for drug-related offenses – especially those involving crack.

Marijuana

How Did Marijuana Reach Schedule I Status In US - Summit EstatePublic opinion of marijuana has swayed greatly in recent years. Many American states have decriminalized its use, legalized it for medicinal applications and/or fully legalized it for adult for recreational use. Marijuana’s history in the United States dates back to the Jamestown settlers around 1600.

Being that hemp and cannabis sativa plants contain one of the strongest natural fibers in the world, early American settlers used hemp for ropes, clothing, sails and many other products until the end of the Civil War. During this time, marijuana was prized for its usefulness in manufacturing, rather than its effects on the human body. Hashish was made from the resin of the marijuana plant and was only mildly popular for smoking in the U.S.

Recreational Use

Marijuana’s popularity as a recreational drug did not gain much traction until the early 1900s. Between 1850 and 1937, anyone could purchase marijuana over the counter at pharmacies for medicinal purposes. The Mexican Revolution of 1910 led to a drastic increase in the number of Mexican immigrants coming to America, and marijuana was widely used for recreational purposes in Mexico at the time. Marijuana’s popularity jumped again following the Volstead Act, which sharply increased in price in 1920 due to the nationwide prohibition of alcohol.

Outlawed

Eventually, marijuana use became synonymous with violent crimes, and the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 criminalized its consumption. Despite these changes, marijuana’s popularity as a recreational alternative to alcohol grew and reached new social spheres over the next several decades.

In the 1970s, Congress repealed mandatory minimum sentences for drug charges, and President Jimmy Carter’s administration pushed to decriminalize marijuana. However, public opinion swayed in the opposite direction, which led to President Ronald Reagan signing the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986, which reinstated mandatory minimum sentences for drug-related charges.

Evolution Of Public Opinion

In the 2010s, marijuana has become much more widely accepted for its medical applications and relative lack of dangerous side effects. It is impossible to overdose from using it, has never been linked to any fatal bodily harm, and is not physically habit-forming, like cocaine and heroin.

However, despite a great deal of public support for marijuana decriminalization, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) still considers marijuana to be a Schedule I narcotic – on par with heroin in terms of danger.

How Did Marijuana Land On The Schedule I List?

Marijuana was assigned its Schedule I status as part of the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. Many members of the scientific and medical communities argue against the DEA’s stance on marijuana, citing their sources as incomplete, archaic or outright erroneous.

Recordings of President Richard Nixon from 1971 showed that he intended to uphold the country’s prohibition of marijuana in an effort to combat detractors of the Vietnam War. The Shafer Commission was created with the sole purpose of engineering damning scientific evidence meant to maintain marijuana’s Schedule I status.

Unfortunately for Nixon, the Shafer Commission’s results proved exactly the opposite of the intended results:

  • Marijuana was as safe (if not safer) than alcohol.
  • It had no addictive qualities.
  • Public health would benefit from ending marijuana prohibition.

Ulterior Motives

An interview with John Ehrlichman, one of Nixon’s aides, revealed that the War on Drugs was largely spurred by the perceived need to discredit minority communities and anti-war, leftist opposition to Nixon’s re-election and the war in Vietnam.

Ehrlichman said in the interview:

“By getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and the blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meeting, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”

The DEA has repeatedly stonewalled any and all attempts to reclassify marijuana and take it off of the Schedule I narcotics list. The DEA even denied a petition to reschedule marijuana that came from its own administrative law judge, Francis Young, in 1988. In 2011, the DEA again denied a petition due to an apparent lack of available research dedicated to analyzing the effects of smoking marijuana.

Medical Professionals’ Current Stance

A 2014 Medscape survey showed that 56 percent of reporting physicians supported national legalization of medical cannabis, and 82 percent of reporting oncologists said the same. Perhaps one of the most critical examples of the DEA’s intransigence was Administrator Michele Leonhart’s inability to explain how marijuana was just as dangerous as heroin at her appearance before Congress. Marijuana has no lethal overdose threshold, whereas prescription opioids caused 19,000 American deaths in 2014 alone.

Changing Public Perception On Illegal Drugs

Alternatives To Punishing Drug Addicts - Summit EstatePublic perception is one of the biggest issues surrounding drugs in modern America. Many people believe that decriminalization of drug use will lead to improved public health for several reasons, including the chance that it might quell the stigmatization that commonly accompanies Americans who have faced drug-related charges.

In terms of prescription opioids, despite the number of deaths they cause every year, they are still widely available and frequently prescribed. Opioid addiction is seriously debilitating and remarkably difficult to overcome. Rather than looking for alternatives to these dangerous medications, legislators seem to expect those who are prescribed these medicines to use them diligently, lest they suffer the consequences or become addicted. And when they become addicted to these prescription drugs, many resort to heroin as a cheaper and more accessible alternative once the prescription runs out.

The War on Drugs has essentially become a war on public health. Addicts are ostracized and criminalized rather than afforded the treatment they need to become functional members of society again. Hopefully, as public opinion shifts toward compassion and logical legislation, the stigma surrounding drug use will not have such deleterious effects on public well-being. Addicts would then be able to safely pursue treatment and rehabilitation for their afflictions.

When Prescription Drug And Heroin Addiction Hits Close To Home In The Bay Area

Prescription Drug, Heroin Addiction Hits Close To Home Bay AreaWith the recent news that Prince’s death was due to the prescription painkiller Fentanyl, increasing light is being shed on America’s growing epidemic of prescription painkiller and heroin addiction. Individuals from all walks of life are becoming addicted to these powerful drugs and even suffering from lethal overdoses. Just how widespread is the problem with heroin and prescription painkillers?

In 2014, there were over 47,000 fatal overdoses related to these drugs.

And, the number of those becoming addicted continues to skyrocket, despite increasing efforts to address the problem.

Addiction Hits Close To Home In The Bay Area

Recently, one family’s story of addiction was shared in the San Jose Mercury News. D’Anne and Bruce Burwell never thought they would have to deal with the scourge of prescription drug abuse while raising their family in Silicon Valley. Their two children were getting good grades and were both on the fast track to college and successful careers. Yet, a problem was lurking just beneath the surface.

The Slippery Slope Of Drug Addiction

Something began to change for their son Jake who had always been a good student. Jake’s efforts in high school began to decline, and D’Anne caught him using marijuana. After suspending his driving privileges and sending him to a psychologist, she thought that the problem was solved. However, it was actually only the beginning. Jake started college and proceeded to flunk two classes his freshman year. In his second year of college, a friend of Jake warned D’Anne that he was engaging in “risky behavior.” Jake was smoking OxyContin, a drug that is in the same family as heroin. Over the next two years, Jake had three unsuccessful stints in rehab. Finally, Jake finally realized that his addiction could kill him, and he agreed to enter detox and start a six-month program. To read the rest of Jake’s story, click on the button below.

Jake’s Addiction And Recovery Story

Jake’s Story Is Not Unusual

Many parents have the same perspective that D’Anne once did – addiction is something that happens to others. However, many parents, especially in the success-driven Bay Area are finding themselves struggling with addicted children and wondering what went wrong. Without a doubt, there is a tremendous amount of shame and stigma associated with addiction in the Bay Area and beyond. Many teens start using drugs because they feel insecure, anxious or depressed.

Identifying The Signs Of Prescription Painkiller Addiction

Often, an addiction problem is happening in a family for a significant length of time before it is addressed. It can be easier to overlook common symptoms such as:

  • Problems in school
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Moodiness
  • Missing or stolen money or valuables
  • Questionable friends
  • Anger
  • Depression

What Should You Do?

Because prescription drug and heroin addiction is progressive and can lead to a fatal overdose, taking a “wait and see” approach to the problem is a serious mistake. First, it’s important to discuss the problem and work towards a solution. In most cases, the best option is professional addiction treatment. Many treatment programs can be tailored to the individual and address underlying or root causes that helped perpetuate the addiction. It’s also important for parents to focus on their child’s recovery as opposed to blaming themselves for the problem. A group like Al-Anon can be beneficial in understanding the challenges of being a parent of an addict.

Does Your Adult Child Need Addiction Treatment In The Bay Area?

You’re not alone. The number of young adults addicted to prescription pain killers and heroin is growing at a shockingly fast rate throughout Northern California. Don’t try to weather through this problem alone. Help is available at Summit Estate Recovery Center. Call now to speak with an addiction specialist or click the button below to learn more about our prescription drug addiction treatment program.

Prescription Drug Treatment

Born Addicted: Baby Recovers
From Mother’s Heroin Addiction

Could anything be more heartbreaking than a newborn entering the world dependent on drugs? A recent article chronicled the crucial first eight weeks of life for a baby born suffering from withdrawal due to her mother’s heroin addiction. Weaning addicted infants off drugs is a difficult, intensive, multi-step process. Babies suffer withdrawal symptoms similar to adults, such as fever, aching muscles, tremors, diarrhea and sleeplessness, and to make matters worse, they have difficulty eating. Nurses give around-the-clock special care to these infants in recovery, holding them, speaking to them softly, playing music and doing whatever needs to be done to ease their pain.

The Heroin Epidemic

The recent dramatic increase in heroin use has had an unfortunate ripple effect that is being felt throughout the United States. Hospitals report deaths due to heroin have nearly tripled in the last three years, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Often initiated by abuse of opioid prescription painkillers, heroin use is impacting all demographics, including even pregnant women and their babies. It’s a sad reality that some pregnant women suffer from addiction and continue to abuse prescription painkillers or illicit drugs like heroin throughout their pregnancy. The impact of the drug use can be significant and long-term. With the use of prescription opioids during the first trimester of pregnancy, there can be substantial heart problems, and fetal heroin exposure has been linked to a variety of serious complications, including preterm labor and even death. There are also painful withdrawal effects after birth and other serious health consequences for the newborn baby.

Addicted Baby Recovers From Heroin Addiction

As TheWashingtonPost.com reported, in Baltimore, MD, a newborn struggled through weeks of difficult withdrawal and the aforementioned symptoms after being born with heroin addiction. Her 31 year old mother has fought with being addicted to heroin for over 10 years. The hospital where the newborn fought for life, weaned her off of the toxic substance through constant and intensive care. Find out how the baby and mother are doing now by reading the full story: Read The Full Washington Post Article Here

Getting Help For Opiate Addiction During Pregnancy

Walking Through Flowers-Opiate Addiction Treatment Do you know someone who is pregnant and struggling with addiction to heroin or opioid prescription pain medications? This is not a problem that is going to go away on its own. Help is available. The first step is reaching out for local treatment through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. A directory of local treatment programs is available on their website and is categorized by state with phone numbers you can call to obtain immediate help.

Opiate Addiction Treatment After Birth

Being a new mother is difficult enough without also struggling with addiction. If you or a loved one needs help with overcoming an addiction, call Summit Estate now to speak with an addiction specialist. Our caring and professional team will guide you or your loved one to a new life filled with hope and freedom from addiction! Learn More About What We Treat At Our Luxury Facility

What Are Dissociative Drugs And How Does Treatment Work?

Dissociative drugs, such as PCP (Phencyclidine), DXM (Dextromethorphan), Ketamine and LSD, are a class of hallucinogenic drugs that alter user’s perceptions of sight and sound. They also produce feelings of detachment or dissociation from one’s environment or self. Some types of dissociative drugs can be found in over-the-counter cold and cough medicines, others are prescribed to sedate patients who are experiencing severe pain or to sustain general anesthesia during surgery and still others are found as street drugs.

Side Effects Of Dissociative Drugs

Dissociative drugs block signals to the conscious mind and produce hallucinations and even dream-like trances. Side effects of taking drugs in this classification include:

  • Memory loss
  • Feelings of panic or aggression
  • Changes in blood pressure, respiration, or heart rate
  • Sleeplessness
  • Tremors
  • Appetite loss

Treating Dissociative Drug Addiction

It Takes Nothing To Join The Crowd-Dissociative Drugs-SummitEstate.comLike with other types of drugs, users can develop a tolerance to dissociative drugs that can lead to cravings and addiction. Over time, there is also a risk of acquiring a condition called hallucinogen-induced persisting perceptual disorder (HPPD) that is a result of the negative impact of flashbacks caused by the drug. If not treated, an addiction to dissociative drugs can be fatal.

In many individuals, long-term side effects can last long after they stop using a dissociative drug. These include speech difficulties, memory loss, depression, and social withdrawal. For some, these side effects will last for a year or even longer.

But there is hope…

Holistic and personalized, ongoing addiction treatment is focused first on overcoming the initial symptoms of withdrawal such as drug cravings, headaches, heart palpitations, and profuse sweating. Once the initial detox has been completed, the focus shifts to ongoing care, encouragement and relapse prevention tools to live healthy and drug-free.

Personalized Addiction Treatment

At Summit Estate, we offer both an inpatient program as well as an outpatient rehab in Saratoga to provide our clients with the right level of care. We assess each individual, taking into account their background and specific addiction, as well as their mental and emotional needs. With this background information, we are able to create a personalized treatment program that can includes group, individual, family, or couples therapy, as well as holistic therapies and more to offer the best chance of long-term recovery.

Are you or a loved one struggling with an addiction to a dissociative drug or any other substance?

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Top Drug Addiction Programs in Saratoga

For those seeking outpatient drug addiction treatment, drug addiction programs in Saratoga provide the perfect setting. Whether a person is seeking outpatient treatment as their first treatment option or is looking for a place to transition to after inpatient it is important to find the best treatment facility for their addiction recovery.

Alcohol-RecoveryWhen evaluating drug addiction programs in Saratoga, be sure to consider the following:

Location

It is important to select a drug addiction program that is convenient to your lifestyle. Unlike an inpatient program where the goal is to step away from everyday life, outpatient programs must coordinate with a person’s existing responsibilities. Look for programs that are easily accessed and offer treatment during times that work for your schedule. It is much easier to stop attending a program that is not easily reached or is inconvenient. No matter how good a treatment center is if you do not regularly attend the program will have no effect.

Program Style

Twelve step programs are often thought of as the norm when considering drug addiction treatment. While the twelve step process is well known, it is not a one size fits all approach. Twelve step programs focus on peer coaching by others who have battled addiction for ongoing support after treatment. For some, particularly those who have lifestyles that do not allow for the regular attendance of meetings, an alternate treatment approach may be a better fit.

Non 12 step programs include CBT or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. A CBT approach does not rely upon peers for further support. Instead, clients learn to change the way they think in order to change their behavior.

Approach To Treatment

Addiction treatment centers that offer a holistic approach to treatment will focus on all aspects of your life. In addition to addressing the addiction and the addictive behavior, a holistic approach to addiction recovery addresses all aspects of a person’s life. Clean living extends to the food a person eats, the way they manage stress and physical fitness. All of these things affect a person’s brain chemistry and have the ability to influence a person’s ability to stay sober. Look for an addiction treatment center that aims to improve all aspects of life.

Staffing Levels

Personal attention and focus is the hallmark of a high quality treatment center. No two people have the same issues. Therefore, no two people should have the same treatment plan. A center that is fully staffed has the flexibility and the focus to understand the unique needs of each patient. Centers with low staff to client ratios are unable to provide the much needed benefits of individualized treatment. Be sure your chosen center is adequately staffed to serve the needs of all of their clients.

Family Therapy

dual-diagnosis-treatment-centersIndividual therapy is a key component of the recovery process. It is extremely important for clients to look into themselves, and with the assistance of a professional, to identify and deal with the root cause of their addiction. Without this step, no recovery plan can be effective. However, the effects of addictive behavior is not limited to the client. The addicted person’s family and friends are harmed as well. Family and group therapy sessions allow addicted individuals and their families to recover together. Additionally, family therapy can help to set the stage for a healthy living environment outside of treatment.

Summit Estate Recovery Center is an industry leading provider of outpatient drug addiction programs in Saratoga. The Summit Estate team has found success for their clients by personalizing their treatment approach based on each client’s needs. By involving clients in their recovery, clients are more engaged and more satisfied with the addiction recovery process. Their luxury settings in both their Saratoga and Los Gatos locations provide the perfect balance of comfort and structure to enable their clients to receive the tools necessary for lifelong recovery.

For additional information on Summit Estate’s drug addiction programs in Saratoga, contact their team today. The admissions team can answer questions you have about the process and work with your insurance company to determine your specific out of pocket cost. To get started, complete the form linked below and a Summit Estate team member will reach out to you. Or speak to Summit Estate directly by calling 800-701-6997.

Best Drug Addiction Programs in Los Gatos

For individuals seeking professional assistance with substance abuse, drug addiction programs in Los Gatos provide the ideal setting for focusing on recovery.  Selection of a treatment facility is one of the biggest decision someone facing inpatient rehab treatment has to make.  It is important that the chosen facility allow each client to feel comfortable while they receive intensive therapies that support them on their road to recovery.

drug-addiction-treatmentSeveral things set the best drug addiction programs in Los Gatos apart from other facilities.  As a part of your selection process, be sure to evaluate each of the following:

Personal Attention

The best, most successful treatment programs will focus on each client as an individual.  No two people are the same and, therefore, no two people should have the same treatment plan.  Personalizing treatment gives clients the specific tools they need to be successful in recovery and long term sobriety.

Amenities

In order to feel comfortable during the treatment process, clients must be in an environment where they can feel at home.  Look for a center that provides amenities that enhance the treatment process.  It can be difficult to fully submit to the recovery process when a person feels uncomfortable in their surroundings.

Treatment Philosophy

Twelve step programs are popular ways of addressing addiction. Despite this popularity, twelve step programs are not the ideal treatment for everyone.  People who have been unsuccessful with twelve step programs in the past or those who are unlikely to regularly attend meetings may find success in an alternate approach.  Be sure to find a program that matches your personality and style.

Cost

While cost should not be the primary factor, it should be evaluated when comparing centers.  Acceptance of insurance coverage as payment can dramatically reduce a client’s out of pocket cost.  Take time to understand your coverage and ask perspective drug addiction programs in Los Gatos about payment options including the use of insurance.

Summit Estate Recovery Center is one of the best drug addiction programs in Los Gatos.  Their six bed, luxury treatment facility sits on 23 acres at the base of the Santa Cruz Mountains.  This picturesque landscape allows their clients to relax and focus on their recovery.  Summit Estate offers a virtually unmatched staff to client ratio, with 30 team members focused on providing each client exactly what they need to recover from their addiction.

Summit Estate offers a number of amenities to ensure clients are comfortable during their stay in residential treatment.  Those amenities include:

  • Luxury bathrooms
  • Comfortable and luxurious private and semi-private bedrooms
  • Exercise studio with personal trainer
  • Spa facilities that include hot tub and sauna
  • Optional personal services including massage and acupuncture
  • Comfortable community areas for socialization and relaxation including a business center
  • Outdoor areas for retreat with hiking trails and a fishing pond
  • Yoga studio with master yogi
  • Gourmet meals that are freshly prepared daily by an onsite chef

The personal attention at Summit Estate begins with a client’s initial contact.  The admissions team takes time to understand each potential client as an individual in order to provide detailed answers to each client’s questions.  The admissions team can coordinate payment with insurance companies as well as schedule a client’s arrival to treatment.

After arrival, each client receives a personalized detoxification protocol that allows for detox in a comfortable and controlled manner.  Reducing the discomfort commonly associated with detox and withdrawal allows clients to begin their recovery sooner.  The next step of the treatment process takes place during an individual counseling session.  The counselor asks detailed questions in order to gain additional background information on each client. Additionally, the counselors identify the client’s wants, goals and objectives for their inpatient treatment experience.   The counselor is then able to craft a unique treatment plan that is tailored to the needs and goals of each client.  Personal attention allows clients to be both successful in their sobriety and satisfied with their inpatient rehab experience.

end-drug-addiction-nowOnce a client leaves their inpatient program, Summit Estate continues to provide support in a number of ways.  An optional outpatient program allows clients to gradually return to their everyday lives while continuing to receive support during working hours.  Once clients leave Summit Estate they automatically receive aftercare where they are followed up with regularly to ensure they have the support they need to remain sober.

To receive additional information on the drug addiction programs in Los Gatos offered by Summit Estate, contact them today.  Please complete the form linked below and a Summit Estate team member will reach out to you.  Or, speak with an admissions representative at 800-701-6997.  Thank you.

Non 12 Step Treatment Program Options

Recovering from a drug or alcohol addiction is a very personal process.  In order to successfully overcome addiction, it is important that each individual discover and address the root cause of their addiction.  Although popular, 12 step programs are not the ideal solution for everyone.  Successful addiction recovery depends on finding the right fit so that each person receives the treatment that addresses their specific needs. Non 12 step treatment programs provide an alternative for those who have been previously unsuccessful with a 12 step approach or who are not likely to benefit from a peer lead treatment program.

CA-bay-area-addiction-recoveryTypes of non 12 step treatment programs include:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, commonly referred to as CBT, helps individuals become and remain sober by changing the way they think.  The belief is, that by changing the way a person thinks, you can effectively change their behavior.

There are six phases to CBT non 12 step treatment programs:

  • An assessment
  • Reconceptualization
  • Acquisition of skills
  • Consolidation of skills with training and application
  • Maintenance and generalization
  • A post treatment assessment and follow up

SMART Recovery

SMART Recovery provides non 12 step treatment programs that help clients remain sober through self-empowerment.  The SMART Recovery program uses a 4 point approach:

  • Building and maintaining motivation
  • Coping with urges
  • Managing thoughts, feelings and behaviors
  • Living a balanced life

This approach teaches self-empowerment and self-reliance and gives participants the tools they need for self-directed change. The SMART Recovery system is recognized by a number of medical and addiction treatment professionals including the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Center for Health Care Evaluation, the United States Department of Health and Human Services and the American Society for Addiction Medicine.

Rational Recovery

Rational Recovery provides non 12 step treatment programs that focus on each individual’s ability to make the decision to stop their addictive behavior and providing clients with the tools needed to continue a sober lifestyle.

The Rational Recovery program is based on AVRT or the Addictive Voice Recognition Technique.  The addictive voice is each person’s internal dialogue that supports the addiction.  The belief is that by recognizing this voice for what it is, clients are able to control their urges and remain sober.

Summit Estate Recovery Center provides inpatient and outpatient rehab treatment in their northern California locations.  By focusing on each client as an individual, Summit Estate is able to prepare clients for life after leaving treatment and to build the foundation for lifelong sobriety.  Summit Estate’s facilities provide luxury addiction treatment, with environments that allow clients to feel comfortable.  Summit Estate offers non 12 step treatment programs including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Rational Recovery and SMART Recovery.

drug-rehabs-with-yogaOne of the first steps in for those receiving treatment at Summit Estate is an evaluation and therapeutic one on one session with a counselor.  The counselor takes care to understand each client’s goals and objectives for treatment as well as to begin to uncover what led to the addictive behavior.  It is only at this point that the client’s treatment program is created.  Because clients are actively involved in the process of designing their treatment, they are more engaged in the program and more satisfied with the outcome.  Summit Estate furthers these objectives by providing an unmatched staff to client ratio.  At their inpatient facility in Los Gatos, 30 team members are assigned to no more than six clients at a time.  This personalized attention helps to build the foundation necessary to overcome addiction and to remain sober after leaving treatment.

For additional information on the non 12 step treatment programs Summit Estate provides, contact them today.  Their admissions team can answer questions about the treatment process, coordinate your arrival in their program and begin to learn more about you as an individual.  The admissions team can work with your insurance company to identify your coverage and can provide you with your specific out of pocket costs.  In many cases, insurance coverage makes luxury treatment affordable. For those individuals that have concerns about paying for treatment, Summit Estate works with two finance companies that specialize in funding addiction treatment.

To get started, please complete the form linked below and a Summit Estate team member will reach out to you.  Or, contact Summit Estate by phone at 800-701-6997.  Thank you.

Non 12 Step Treatment Programs in California

Seeking treatment for a drug or alcohol addiction is commendable.  Professional assistance through non 12 step treatment programs can provide the perfect path for addiction recovery and long lasting sobriety.  Selection of a treatment center is an important part of the journey to recovery.  The program you choose ultimately plays a large role in your recovery and your ability to remain sober after treatment.

dual-diagnosis-treatment-centersWhen looking for a residential non 12 step treatment programs, be sure to evaluate potential centers on the following:

Accreditation

Having accreditation means a recovery center, their facility and their treatment methods have been reviewed by an independent third party as recognized as providing quality service.  You can also check with the state for additional information on the program’s history.  You should also ensure that the program is being run by individuals that are qualified to run a treatment program.

Treatment Methods

Be sure to ask about the facility’s treatment methods.  12 step programs are popular but are not effective for everyone.  It is important that the programs the program uses are recognized by the industry and a good fit for your needs.  Additionally, perspective treatment centers should be able to provide statistics on their success rates.

Aftercare and Follow Up

A high quality program will provide extended support through an aftercare program.  For some, transitioning to an outpatient treatment program after their residential experience is ideal.  This allows clients to begin returning to their everyday lives while still benefiting from treatment.  After leaving treatment, all programs should provide ongoing follow up, especially in the first weeks after exiting the program.  Ongoing support is important for long lasting sobriety and being able to resist cravings.

Length of Treatment

At a minimum, residential treatment programs should last 30 days.  This amount of time is required to detox, find the root cause of addiction and to develop the tools necessary to deal with stress and cravings.  For some, 30 days is not long enough.  Look for treatment programs that have flexible treatment terms.  This way, your treatment can be based on your specific needs and not limited to a predefined length of stay.

Staff to Client Ratio

Personal attention and support is important in receiving intensive inpatient treatment necessary to overcome addiction.  Centers with a low staff to client ratio are not equipped to provide personalized addiction treatment.  Ask about staff to client ratios and if treatment programs are customized to the needs of each client.

Summit Estate Recovery Center offers non 12 step treatment programs for dual diagnosis, drug, prescription drug and alcohol recovery.  Their center focuses on treating each client as an individual and providing the specific support and therapies they need to recover from addiction and life sober lives outside of treatment.  Summit Estate is able to do this through a virtually unmatched staff to client ratio, with 30 team members available for the treatment of six clients at a time.  By having a six bed facility, Summit Estate is able to provide private, non 12 step treatment programs with an individual focus.

Treatment plans at Summit Estate are based on a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, CBT, approach.  CBT changes a person’s behavior through changing the way they think.  By changing thought patterns, clients are able to manage stress and cravings and engage in healthy behaviors. During their treatment, all Summit Estate Clients experience the following:

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  • Personalized treatment plans that look at clients as individuals in order to identify and address the root cause of their addiction.  Each client is involved in the creation of their plan.
  • Highly trained staff including medical team, therapists and clinical experts.
  • A non 12 step treatment program with available alternatives such as Rational Recovery and SMART Recovery.
  • Group counseling, individual therapy and available family therapy.
  • A best practice approach to dual diagnosis treatment including accurate diagnosis of underlying mental health issues.
  • A holistic program that focuses on clean living in every aspect of life, including physical fitness, nutrition and healing the mind, body and spirit.

Contact Summit Estate today for additional information on the non 12 step treatment programs they provide in Northern California.  Please complete the form linked below and a Summit Estate team member will reach out to you.  Or, contact Summit Estate by phone at 800-701-6997.  Thank you.

Where is The Best Place For Drug Help in San Jose

For those seeking treatment, drug help in San Jose can provide a location close to home.  For the best chance at success, a luxury treatment center that focuses on the unique needs of each individual is best suited for recovery and lifelong sobriety.

california-addiction-recoveryWith both outpatient and inpatient treatment facilities, Summit Estate is the best place for drug help in San Jose.  Summit Estate offers both residential and outpatient programs to help clients become and remain sober.

Residential Program

Located near San Jose in Los Gatos, Summit Estate’s residential treatment program provides a private, serene setting for clients to relax and focus on their recovery.  Limited to six clients at a time, Summit Estate’s inpatient program provides one on one attention and personal development that is nearly impossible to find elsewhere.  With a three to one client to staff ratio, Summit Estate is able to customize treatment plans, make adjustments when necessary and provide the specific support each of their clients need.

This level of individualized care is provided in a luxury treatment facility that offers a number of amenities for client comfort:

  • Luxury accommodations
  • On site chefs who provide delicious, nutritious meals that aid in balanced brain chemistry
  • Yoga and art therapy
  • Natural setting with hiking trails, orchards, greens and a fishing pond
  • Spa facilities
  • Available personal services such as acupuncture and massage
  • Exercise room with personal trainer

In this setting clients can feel at home and focus on their recovery.  Inpatient treatment is an intense process complete with group and individual therapy, offsite 12 step meetings, group outings and family therapy.  Although the treatment plan for each client varies based on their specific needs, there are several goals that apply to all clients:

  • Discovery of the root cause of the addictive behavior and addressing those issues
  • Creation of coping skills for dealing with stress and anxiety
  • Implementation of a plan for handling cravings and avoiding the use of drugs or alcohol after leaving treatment
  • Identifying healthy behaviors and interests while sober

Outpatient Program

As a complement to their inpatient program, Summit Estate offers outpatient drug help in San Jose from their Saratoga location.  Outpatient programs can either be a way to transition back into normal life after leaving the inpatient program or may be the initial step for individuals who are unable to commit to a residential program.

california-addiction-recoveryThe effects of drug abuse often extend to the addicted person’s friends and family members.  Therefore, the Summit Estate’s outpatient program offers couples therapy and family therapy to help heal family relationships and to establish a positive support system.  In addition to providing group sessions, the communal rooms of the outpatient treatment center serve as an area for sober socialization and relaxation.

Contact Summit Estate Recovery Center today for additional information on their programs that provide drug help in San Jose. Please complete the form linked below and a Summit Estate team member will reach out to you.  Or, give Summit Estate a call at 800-701-6997.  Thank you.