This beautiful and historic river city is the capital of California, and it’s also the county seat of Sacramento County. With just over a half million residents, the city is the sixth-largest in the state by population. Sacramento is a bustling political, economic and cultural center.
Historical attractions include Old Sacramento, a nod to the city’s Gold Rush era, and the California State Railroad Museum. With a vibrant and ever-changing culture, Sacramento is sometimes referred to as California’s “hipster city.”
Drug and alcohol abuse impacts people of all ages in Sacramento. Finding and enrolling in a comprehensive addiction treatment program can help a person to begin living a more fulfilling, drug-free life.
Sacramento Addiction Treatment
Before a person’s treatment plan can be designed, clinicians need to understand the addiction and the ways it’s affected the patient’s life. A clinical assessment will likely be used to help these professionals obtain this perspective.
This evaluation should determine:
- What the drug or drugs of abuse are
- How long a person has been addicted for
- How severe the addiction is
- If a person has relapsed in the past, and if so, how often
- If a person has a co-occurring disorder, or mental illness that occurs with addiction
- If there are any other health or medical conditions that may influence a person’s treatment
By pinpointing these factors, clinicians are better able to deliver customized care. In Sacramento, a person’s individualized treatment plan may use the following addiction treatment services:
- Professional intervention services
- Medical detox programs
- Inpatient addiction treatment
- Outpatient addiction treatment
- Aftercare and alumni support services
Sacramento Intervention Services
A professional Sacramento intervention helps friends and family to have a structured conversation about the effects of addiction on their loved one. By enlisting the aid of an interventionist, the stress of planning an intervention can be greatly reduced.
An interventionist will help friends and family to communicate with their loved one in a loving and nonjudgmental way. If a person decides that they’d like help, a good interventionist may even accompany them as they travel to treatment.
Sacramento Drug And Alcohol Detox Programs
Detoxing from drugs or alcohol is an important first step in a person’s recovery. While a medical detox isn’t necessary for every form of drug abuse, it is often recommended for people who are addicted to alcohol, benzodiazepines or opioid drugs.
A Sacramento medically supervised detoxification program helps a person to safely and more comfortably detox. Medications are a critical element of treatment for many people at this time. Medications can reduce withdrawal symptoms and the temptation for relapse, allowing a person to focus on their recovery.
Sacramento Inpatient Addiction Treatment
The most comprehensive Sacramento inpatient drug rehab programs build a recovery-focused community that promotes personal growth. This individualized care model grants clients the greatest opportunity for healing and sobriety. Additionally, residential treatment programs better insulate a person from distractions and triggers for drug abuse.
Behavioral therapies are often used to help a person develop dynamic recovery principles that will protect their sobriety. This skill set includes sober-living, stress-reduction and relapse-prevention skills.
Many treatment programs blend alternative and complementary therapies with research-based treatment. This holistic approach may include acupuncture, biofeedback, massage and yoga.
Specialized addiction treatment in Sacramento appeals to a wide variety of interests and lifestyles and may include:
- Art or music therapy
- Dual diagnosis
- LGBTQIA+ friendly
- Gender-specific men’s- and women’s-only programs
- Medication-assisted treatment using Suboxone or methadone
- Pet or equine therapy
- Religious or faith-based
- Wilderness or adventure
If a person is struggling to find the form of treatment they need in their community, they may want to consider out-of-town or out-of-state addiction treatment. These programs will likely increase a person’s chance of finding individualized treatment and more diverse therapies.
Sacramento Outpatient Addiction Treatment
While the flexible format of outpatient treatment can seem appealing, it isn’t always the best fit for everyone. During outpatient treatment a person may still be exposed to relapse triggers when they return home after treatment each day. These services also don’t offer the intensive degree of treatment that inpatient rehab does. For this reason, outpatient treatment may not be the most effective program when used to treat addiction for the first time.
Instead, outpatient care may work well for a person who has experienced a mild relapse, who fears they may relapse for the first time or who needs to step down from an inpatient program.
Sacramento Aftercare And Alumni Services
Many cities have a local recovery community that provides aftercare and alumni support services. These programs can help a person get connected to other people who understand the challenges and joys of recovery. A person’s treatment program may also offer aftercare support upon graduation.
Aftercare and alumni support services in the Sacramento area may include:
- Family therapy and support
- Job coaching
- Mentorship programs
- Online recovery groups
- Self-help groups
- Self-improvement classes
- Sober-living homes
- Therapy or counseling
Sacramento Addiction Treatment Program Length
Every person in recovery has different needs, both within and outside of treatment. The unique dynamics of a person’s life, including family, job or school responsibilities, can influence how long a person is able to enroll in treatment for.
People with demanding jobs or who are caregivers of small children or elderly parents may not be able to go to treatment for a prolonged period of time. For these people, a 28- to 30-day or 60-day treatment program may be ideal.
Any amount of treatment can be beneficial, however, going to treatment for three months or more has been shown to increase treatment outcomes. In Sacramento, these options can include programs lasting:
- 90 days
- 120 days
- 6 months
- A year or more
How To Pay For Sacramento Addiction Treatment
The amount a person pays for treatment can be an investment in their sobriety, health, family and future. Even if a person cannot afford the entire cost of treatment on their own, they may be able to use other resources to help them pay, including health insurance.
Insurance benefits may include coverage for detoxification, outpatient or inpatient treatment. In Sacramento, a person may have this coverage through plans offered by:
- Anthem Blue Cross
- Blue Shield of California
- Health Net
- Kaiser Permanente
In addition to insurance, Sacramento rehabs may work with or provide the following forms of financial assistance:
- Income-based sliding-scale fees
- Medical credit cards
- Payment plans
- Scholarships or grants
Other resources could include help from family and friends, crowdfunding or taking out a personal loan.
Substance Abuse Trends In Sacramento
Alcohol Abuse In Sacramento
Alcohol abuse and addiction can cause a variety of health problems, including injury, illness and serious disease. In Sacramento:
- Nearly a third of residents binge drank over the past year, as reported in 2015.
- From 2013 to 2015, 9.8 people for every 10,000 adults were hospitalized because of alcohol abuse.
- Out of all motor vehicle crash deaths, 31.5 percent involved alcohol in the years 2012 through 2016.
- From 2013 to 2014, 34.9 percent of teens had used alcohol.
The Opioid Epidemic In Sacramento
In 2016, the California Department of Public Health issued a statewide Drug Overdose Health Alert in response to a rash of fentanyl-related deaths in the Sacramento area. Authorities linked the deaths to counterfeit hydrocodone tablets that contained fentanyl. Fentanyl may be either illicit or prescribed and is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine.
Even though California hasn’t been as hard hit by the opioid epidemic as other states, this crisis has affected many Sacramento lives. In 2017 there were:
- 61 opioid overdose deaths
- 207 emergency department visits for opioids other than heroin
- 157 opioid overdose hospitalizations
In addition to heroin and illicitly produced fentanyl, the following prescription opioid painkillers can cause overdose when abused:
- Actiq (fentanyl)
- Duragesic (fentanyl)
- Norco (hydrocodone)
- Vicodin (hydrocodone)
- Dilaudid (hydromorphone)
- Demerol (meperidine)
- Dolophine (methadone)
- Methadose (methadone)
- Duramorph (morphine)
- MS Contin (morphine)
- OxyContin (oxycodone)
- Percocet (oxycodone)
- Opana (oxymorphone)
Methamphetamine Abuse In Sacramento
The Sacramento Department of Health Services cautions that methamphetamine abuse is one of the most pressing issues in Sacramento County. A 2017 report cited that 8,642 people over the age of 12 have a methamphetamine diagnosis. From 2016 to 2017, 38 percent of all detox, outpatient and residential treatment admissions listed meth as the primary drug of abuse.
In 2016, almost three percent of the total bookings in Sacramento County jail facilities were for methamphetamine-related arrests, a total of 1270 arrests. At this time, there were:
- 2,402 simple possession misdemeanor cases for meth
- 175 misdemeanor under the influence cases for meth
- 572 felony possession or sale of meth
Signs And Symptoms Of Substance Abuse And Addiction
When a person begins to abuse a substance more heavily they will likely begin to act in uncharacteristic ways. A person may begin sleeping at odd hours of the day and become excessively tired or extremely energized. Some people may begin to have financial problems due to the amount of money they spend on the drug. Others may steal the drug or buy it off the street so that they can take it on a regular basis.
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As drug abuse begins to change the way a person’s body and mind function, they will likely begin to exhibit the following major signs of a substance use disorder:
As a person tries to hide their drug use they may become secretive, lie when confronted about drug abuse and become highly protective of their personal space. Many people push loved ones away and instead spend large amounts of time with other people who use or sell the drug. Compulsive drug abuse can cause a person to ignore their health, relationships and job, even when they know that substance abuse is causing problems in these ways.
Drug And Alcohol Abuse In Sacramento
In addition to alcohol, illicit and prescription drugs contribute to rates of addiction in Sacramento.
Illicit drug abuse
Some of the most addictive substances are illicit drugs. In Sacramento, illicit drug abuse may include:
- Cocaine, including crack
- Illicit fentanyl
- Synthetic cannabinoids (“fake weed”)
- Prescription drugs
While some people abuse prescription drugs to obtain a high, others begin by misusing these substances to self-medicate a health problem. Either behavior can lead to the compulsive patterns of addiction.
In addition to opioid pain medications, the following prescription drugs are frequently abused:
- Ativan (lorazepam)
- Klonopin (clonazepam)
- Librium (chlordiazepoxide)
- Restoril (temazepam)
- Valium (diazepam)
- Xanax (alprazolam)
- Prescription ADHD stimulant medications
- Adderall (dextroamphetamine/amphetamine)
- Concerta (methylphenidate)
- Dexedrine (dextroamphetamine)
- Ritalin (methylphenidate)
- Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine)
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Contact Vertava Health today for more information on drug and alcohol addiction and treatment in Sacramento.