How Long Does It Take To Get Addicted to Xanax?

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If you or a loved one have an anxiety or panic disorder, your doctor may have spoken with you/them about a medical prescription to reduce the symptoms of this mental health disorder. The most commonly prescribed benzodiazepine for panic and anxiety disorders is alprazolam, brand name Xanax. 

You probably have many questions about Xanax use including whether or not it’s addictive and even how long it takes to become dependent or addicted to Xanax. These common questions are thoughtful and logical. 

At Stillwater Behavioral Health, we want to help provide the answers to these questions and more. Our substance abuse treatment programs are designed to help people who are struggling with mental health disorders and utilizing legal and illegal drugs to manage the symptoms. Contact us today to see how our dedicated staff can support you through addiction treatment at Stillwater Behavioral Health.

What Is Xanax?

Xanax is the brand name of the drug Alprazolam. It is prescribed for anxiety and panic disorders. Xanax is an extremely addictive benzodiazepine that works to decrease panic attacks, motor tension, autonomic hyperactivity, and vigilance and scanning; all common signs of anxiety and panic disorders. 

Taking Xanax regularly over a short period of time can create a calming feeling with the following side effects: “drowsiness, dizziness, fatigue, dysarthria, headache, memory impairment, and depression.” 

Individuals who are prescribed Xanax should be closely monitored by their doctor. Alprazolam, while it is the most popularly prescribed benzodiazepine, is also appreciated in more intentional overdose deaths, lengthier hospital stays, and birth defects like dysmorphism and mental retardation. 

How Long Does It Take To Get Addicted to Xanax?

If your doctor has prescribed you or your loved one Xanax, you may be wondering “how long does it take to get addicted to Xanax?” Wondering about this question may be due to concerns about starting a new medication, concern about continuing to use a medication prescribed, or worry about a loved one’s use. 

How long it takes to get addicted to Xanax depends on several factors, however, it is mostly dependent on the amount prescribed. Based on studies analyzed by the FDA prior to Xanax approval, individuals who were prescribed more than 4mg per day had difficulty weaning down to 0mg. Similar studies indicated that there was no difference in weaning down to 0mg based on length of use (3 months or 6 months). However, the FDA access data does indicate that doses between .75 mg and 4mg still pose a risk for dependence. 

Another factor that has been noted to be associated with Xanax addiction is the prior misuse of alcohol or opioids. Individuals who have a history of substance abuse are more likely to misuse Xanax (alprazolam) because of the effect it provides the body. 

Xanax use can also lead to addiction based on the severity of withdrawal symptoms. Individuals who wish to stop using Xanax after a period of time should consult with their doctor about the best way to ween usage, as withdrawal reactions to Xanax include potential life-threatening seizures. Seizures only occur in a small percentage of the population, but are most common in the first 24-72 hours after reduction in use. 

How To Get Help With a Xanax Addiction

At Stillwater Behavioral Health, we pride ourselves in providing high-quality rehabilitative treatment and care for individuals struggling with addiction. Through individualized treatment plans, our clients can access supportive care to address their recovery goals and help heal their mind, body, and spirit. 

Stillwater Behavioral Health is a leader in providing combination treatment with evidence-based therapeutic treatment with alternative high-quality creative treatments designed to support mental, physical, and emotional health. We utilize the best and newest treatments, including Medication-Assisted Treatment, to support individuals in improving their mental health. 

Contact our luxury addiction treatment center today for a tailor-made experience in sustainable recovery.

Why Is Alcohol Addictive?

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In a society focused on alcohol and socializing, one topic that isn’t focused on heavily is the addictive nature of alcohol. 

In fact, alcohol use disorders, more commonly known as alcohol dependence or alcoholism, impact approximately 14.5 million people according to a 2019 study. Additionally, this same study found that 1 in 4 individuals over the age of 18 binge drinking, which can be a contributing factor in the development of alcoholism.

Through Stillwater Behavioral Health, people are taking back their lives and their sobriety by participating in our alcohol addiction treatment programs. Our tailored treatments are specifically designed to meet the client where they are and help them grow to achieve their sobriety goals.

If you are interested in improving your physical and mental health, contact us today at Stillwater Behavioral Health. 

What Is Alcohol?

Alcohol is the intoxicating ingredient in beer, wine, and liquor. Produced through the fermentation process, alcohol is a depressant. This means that it slows down the central nervous system and all other functions in the body. 

The affect that alcohol has on the body is dependent on the amount consumed. Because it is processed at approximately one “drink” per hour, the remainder of the alcohol stays in a person’s system until it can be flushed out by the liver.

You may be able to identify someone who is under the influence of alcohol by the following symptoms:

  • Reactions
    • Slow or delayed reactions
  • Inhibitions
    • Loud, annoying others, drinking more/faster than usual
  • Physical Appearance
    • Disheveled appearance, watery eyes, lack of focus
  • Coordination
    • Fumbling, spilling drink, falling, bumping into others
  • Judgment
    • Argumentative, careless with money, irrational statements, making risky/unsafe choices

While these symptoms aren’t exhaustive, the impact of alcohol is. Alcohol impairs motor coordination and affects the ability to drive and even see straight. 

If you or a loved one are struggling with alcohol by consuming it illegally or in an unsafe manner, contact Stillwater Behavioral Health today. Our personalized alcohol addiction treatment programs are designed to meet your specific needs. 

Why Is Alcohol Addictive?

Alcohol is addictive because of the way that it impacts the body. When your body has alcohol in it, it may feel relaxed and you may have fewer inhibitions, which is a very positive feeling for individuals with anxiety or stress disorders.

When the body feels good it releases endorphins and dopamine. This physical response to the alcohol can trigger the reward center of the brain indicating that this is what is making it happy and that the person should do it again. Soon, more alcohol needs to be consumed to get the same effect creating a tolerance to alcohol. 

What Are the Signs of Alcohol Addiction?

According to the CDC, “Drinking is a problem if it causes trouble in your relationships, in school, in social activities, or in how you think and feel.”  This means that if you are struggling because of alcohol, you may have a problem and alcohol addiction treatment may be necessary to support it.

Can Stillwater Behavioral Health Help Me?

Stillwater Behavioral Health can help you every step of the way through the addiction treatment and rehabilitation process. 

Individuals who are struggling with alcohol and/or drugs may find themselves feeling overwhelmed at the process and thought of recovery. But at Stillwater Behavioral Health, we provide a safe environment with compassionate and supportive care starting in detoxification and continuing through treatment and aftercare.

Our clients work with our medical experts to create treatment programs that work to support them on a personal level. Through intensive individual counseling and group therapy, clients struggling with addiction can develop the self-management and coping skills necessary for success. 

Through our luxury treatment center, we have helped individuals overcome their addiction and live and maintain sobriety long-term. Contact us today to see how we can help you.

How To Get Help With a Heroin Addiction and Depression

How To Get Help With a Heroin Addiction and Depression

Major depressive disorder and addiction have been linked through years of study and observation. In fact, major depressive disorder is one of the most common factors in non-fatal opiate overdose.  Heroin, a common illegal opiate, is most often the culprit. 

If you are struggling with heroin addiction and depression, get help today at Stillwater Behavioral Health. Our dual-diagnosis addiction treatment programs provide a safe and stable luxury environment for rehabilitation and recovery. Through compassionate care and high-quality medical supports, our clients have access to holistic wellness and retreat.  

Signs of a Heroin Addiction

Heroin is an opiate pain reliever. It is a fairly common street drug and highly addictive. Individuals experimenting with drug use, who no longer have access to prescription pain medications, or who are addicted to stimulants are likely to utilize heroin for the calming euphoric high.  However, heroin addiction can create some noticeable physical symptoms. “Drowsiness, respiratory depression (slowed breathing), [small] pupils, warm flushing of the skin, dry mouth, and heavy extremities” are all common with heroin use. Overdose can cause fatal respiratory depression and seizures.

Even when an individual is not high, heroin addiction can be noticed. Changes in behavior may include secrecy, paranoia, and other mood or personality changes. The individual may lie or behave unlike themselves. You may also notice the individual has bloodshot eyes, has bruises from injections, and/or is experiencing extreme weight change. 

Signs of Depression

In the last year, 2020-2021, depression disorders have increased to 30% per the CDC and the Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey. This increase in mental health-related symptoms is associated with COVID-19, but not that alone. In 2019, 18.5% of adults had symptoms of depression that were mild, moderate, or severe within a two-week period. 

Signs of depression include:

  • Feeling sad or “empty”
  • Loss of interest in favorite activities
  • Overeating, or not wanting to eat at all
  • Not being able to sleep, or sleeping too much
  • Feeling very tired
  • Feeling hopeless, irritable, anxious, or guilty
  • Aches or pains, headaches, cramps or digestive problems
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

This brain disorder impacts over 19 million people, so if you are struggling, get help now through Stillwater Behavioral Health. Our treatment programs are designed to meet your specific mental health needs. 

Why Should You Get Help for Both Heroin Addiction and Depression?

Medical professionals speculate that the neurobiology of clients experiencing depression and drug use could be significantly altered based on which came first.  This means that changes in brain chemistry, how thoughts are processed, stored, and remembered, which can be significantly altered by both depression and drug use can become more damaged through the combination of both.

By addressing both depression and addiction, dual diagnosis treatment, clients can achieve a better quality of life, manage necessary medications, and develop a more stable basis to build their mental health upon. 

How To Get Help With a Heroin Addiction and Depression at Stillwater Behavioral Health

At Stillwater Behavioral Health, our clients can experience a tailor-made addiction treatment program for a sustainable recovery in a safe and structured environment. Our luxury facility supports clients with addiction and additional mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, mood disorders, personality disorders, and trauma. 

Our complex and inclusive addiction treatment programs are designed to meet each client’s specific needs with a combination of traditional and unique therapies. This combination works to support the client’s total well-being and improvement of the mind, body, and spirit. 

Experience exclusive treatment and care in one of our facilities. With a 3:1 staff to client ratio, our clients receive high-quality personalized care and support through treatment.

Contact us today to see how Stillwater Behavioral Health can help with your addiction and mental illness treatment. 

MAT: Medication Assisted Treatment Explained

MAT: Medication Assisted Treatment Explained

If you’re looking into rehabilitation options, you may have seen MAT offered at several locations or the designation of “medically-supported treatment.” But what is it? 

MAT is a treatment program that uses FDA approved medications to help individuals addicted to alcohol and opioids reduce or quit using or drinking. MAT is used in combination with counseling and behavioral therapy to provide a total-body wellness plan for addiction treatment.

If you are interested in learning more or finding a program that utilizes MAT, medication assisted treatment, contact Stillwater Behavioral Health. Our progressive addiction treatment program combines evidence-based addiction treatment with MAT to provide a holistic healing experience. 

What Is MAT (Medication Assisted Treatment)?

MAT, medication assisted treatment, is the process of using medication to help treat drug or alcohol addiction. These FDA approved medications are used in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, like cognitive behavioral therapy, to provide a holistic approach to addiction treatment. 

According to SAMHSA, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, “The prescribed medication operates to normalize brain chemistry, block the euphoric effects of alcohol and opioids, relieve physiological cravings, and normalize body functions without the negative and euphoric effects of the substance used.” By removing cravings and normalizing body functions, clients can focus on their goal of sobriety and ween off using medications to complete this process.

For alcohol, MAT approved medications include acamprosate, disulfiram, and naltrexone. These medications encourage individuals to stop drinking through psychological deterrents. Acamprosate, for example, makes individuals sick if they drink while taking the medication. Additionally, it is important to note that naltrexone should not be prescribed to individuals with an opioid use disorder as this can initiate opioid withdrawal causing extreme reactions to the medication.

Opioids have a different set of MAT approved medications. “Buprenorphine suppresses and reduces the cravings for opioids, methadone reduces opioid cravings and withdrawal and blunts or blocks the effects of opioids, and naltrexone blocks the euphoric and sedative effects of opioids and prevents feelings of euphoria.”  Additionally, opioids have an overdose prevention drug, Naloxone which blocks the effects of opioids and can sometimes prevent an overdose from being fatal.

If you think that MAT (medication assisted treatment) may be right for you, contact us today, at Stillwater Behavioral Health.

Is It Ok to Treat Drug Addiction With Other Drugs?

By making the distinction between drugs and medication, individuals can get treatment for their drug addiction with medication. MAT, medically assisted treatment, when used in combination with counseling and behavioral therapy, is believed to increase the likelihood of sustainable recovery. “Improving access to prevention, treatment, and recovery services, including the full range of medication-assisted treatment (MAT), is a focus of the FDA’s ongoing work to reduce the scope of the opioid crisis.” Through this process, it is becoming a common and recommended method for addiction treatment.

How Can Stillwater Behavioral Health Help You or Your Loved One Overcome Addiction Today?

Stillwater Behavioral Health is an addiction rehabilitation program that provides the option of MAT, medication assisted treatment, to our clients. Medically assisted detoxification and rehabilitation options improve client experiences and allow them to focus more on sustainable recovery.  Our Porter Ranch and Montecito, California residential treatment programs combine high-quality care with a luxury environment to ensure a safe and relaxing rehabilitative experience.  

At Stillwater Behavioral Health, our addiction rehabilitation programs are specifically tailored to meet the individual addiction treatment needs of our clients. By combining alternative and traditional therapy options, our clients can experience a holistic treatment program designed to meet the needs of their mind, body, and spirit. 

Contact us today at Stillwater Behavioral Health to see how our MAT, medication assisted treatment, can support you on your journey of recovery.

How to Find Opioid Treatment Centers Near Me

How to Find Opioid Treatment Centers Near Me

In California, over 70% of all overdose deaths occur due to prescription or illegal opioids. This is because opioids, even those prescribed by a doctor, have a high chance of being misused, mismanaged, or mishandled.  

If you are concerned that you or a loved one may be struggling with an opioid addiction and may need to go to an opioid treatment center, contact Stillwater Behavioral Health today. Through our effective and comprehensive treatments, our clients leave with the skills necessary for sustainable life-long recovery. 

What Are Opioids?

Opioids are pain killers that can be prescribed by a doctor or illegally obtained and taken. Opioids block the opioid pain receptors in nerves blocking and stopping pain. Because of how quickly and efficiently opioids work, the body responds positively to the lack of pain by releasing dopamine and rewarding the body for the positive action causing a lack of pain. This causes the addiction cycle to begin. 

The body can eventually become accustomed to the amount of medication taken and not work as effectively, this is called developing a tolerance and requires more of the drug to create the same feeling. This happens with many other types of drugs and alcohol as well. 

California doctors prescribe over 17 million opioid prescriptions per year. Opioids are depressants that slow down the system. Codeine, morphine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, and many others are examples of prescription pain medications that can be addictive. Heroin and fentanyl are the two most popular illegal opioids. In fact, fentanyl has been the only drug in the last few years to have consistent increases in use and overdose rates. 

Because of the increasing numbers of overdose deaths around the United States, doctors have worked diligently to find effective ways to manage opioid addiction. Now, FDA approved medications methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone are available in medically assisted treatment (MAT) and naloxone is available to first responders and at pharmacies nationwide to reverse an overdose. 

Opioids can cause uncomfortable symptoms from the first hit. Things like “drowsiness, confusion, nausea, constipation, euphoria, and slowed breathing” are all possible side effects. Additionally, for those who become addicted to opioids, withdrawal symptoms can be even worse. 

What Are the Signs of an Opioid Addiction?

Millions of Americans suffer from opioid addictions. There are several important signs to look for when it comes to monitoring yourself or a loved one for an opioid addiction. According to the CDC if opioids have caused financial hardships, family difficulties, or work challenges, it may be time to see help. Additionally, they list the following symptoms:

  • Trying to stop or cut down on opioid use but not being able to
  • Making mistakes at school or on the job because of using opioids
  • Hurting relationships with family and friends because of opioid use
  • Developing a tolerance and needing larger amounts of opioids to get high
  • Overdosing on drugs
  • Having strong cravings for opioids

If you feel like any of these descriptions match you or your loved one’s behavior, contact Stillwater Behavioral Health today. Our opioid treatment center provides the supportive and caring addiction treatment support you need.

How to Find Opioid Treatment Centers Near Me

If you are wondering how to find an opioid treatment center near where you live, look no further than Stillwater Behavioral Health. Our addiction treatment centers provide a tailor-made experience for sustainable recovery. Through holistic treatment plans, designed to heal the mind, body, and spirit, we offer an accredited program in a boutique, luxury environment. 

With multiple locations and a 3:1 staff to client ratio, we provide around the clock care and structure for individuals seeking a change in their lifestyle. With private rooms and multiple recreation spaces, clients can spread out and relax while recovering from the trauma of addiction.

Let us support you on your journey of recovery at Stillwater Behavioral Health.

The Difference Between DBT and CBT in Addiction Treatment

The Difference Between DBT and CBT in Addiction Treatment

If you are considering alcohol and drug addiction treatment, you’ve probably read that most inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation facilities offer both CBT and DBT as part of their therapeutic treatment plans. This is because these two types of therapy are the gold-standard of evidence-based addiction treatment.

If you’re looking for an addiction treatment center that offers both CBT and DBT addiction treatment, consider Stillwater Behavioral Health. Our fully comprehensive rehabilitation centers located in Southern California can support your transition to a sober lifestyle.

What Is CBT?

CBT stands for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. CBT is used to modify problematic behaviors in an effort to unlearn negative and damaging coping skills. The main goal of CBT is to make clients aware of the likely problematic situations they may encounter and how to implement positive coping skills and self-management skills in those situations. 

Studies have proven that skills learned or developed in CBT therapy are often used with success after completion of a treatment program. Some have even shown that CBT in combination with medications for drug abuse have a greater likelihood for success. 

CBT involves motivational interventions, contingency management, relapse prevention, and other treatments that may include psychoeducation, cognitive reappraisal, skills training, and other behavioral strategies. 

What Is DBT?

DBT stands for Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and is classically used to treat borderline personality disorder, but has been proved to support individuals with substance use disorders as well. 

DBT is a part of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, but has several different requirements. “Some of these elements include (a) serving the five functions of treatment, (b) the biosocial theory and focusing on emotions in treatment, (c) a consistent dialectical philosophy, and (d) mindfulness and acceptance-oriented interventions.”

This style of therapy consists of weekly individual therapy sessions and group skills training sessions. Studies have shown that DBT can reduce “suicide attempts, deliberate self-harm, inpatient days, suicidal ideation, impulsivity, anger, and global mental health problems.”

What Is the Difference Between DBT and CBT?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy acts as an umbrella approach to addiction treatment. The main differences between DBT and CBT include dialectical philosophy and mindfulness. 

In dialectical philosophy, individuals recognize the personal truth that may not be logical. Dialectal philosophy is about finding an adaptive behavior within maladaptive behaviors. Through this process clients and therapists collaborate to discuss the possible challenges and changes. 

Additionally, DBT includes a focus on mindfulness that is not present in all CBT. DBT utilizes nonjudgmental mindfulness to create a sense of improved emotional regulation. By making mindfulness nonjudgmental, individuals can focus on the present and not on how they feel others might think of them. By focusing solely on their personal actions and feelings, individuals participating in DBT can analyze the situation and determine what that adaptive behavior is.

How Can Stillwater Behavioral Health Help You Get Sober Today?

Stillwater Behavioral Health focuses on healing the mind, body, and spirit through holistic treatments in a luxury facility. Our high-quality treatments, environment, and care make this the best first step you can take on the path to recovery.

At Stillwater Behavioral Health, we take traditional evidence-based therapies like DBT and CBT and combine them with alternative motivational, mindfulness, and yoga therapies to encourage healing throughout our clients. 

Our compassionate staff support individuals struggling with alcohol, narcotics, and dual diagnosis use disorders. By creatively tailoring treatment plans to meet the specific individual needs of our clients, we can help our clients develop the skills and strategies they need to be successful in recovery.

Contact Stillwater Behavioral Health today to see how our luxury treatment experience can support your addiction needs. 

Why Should You Go to a Montecito Rehab?

Why Should You Go to a Montecito Rehab?

If you are considering rehabilitation for a drug or alcohol substance abuse problem, you should consider going to rehab in Montecito. 

Montecito rehabs offer some of the most comprehensive luxury treatment programs in the United States. In this idyllic environment, clients can access fully comprehensive addiction treatment in intimate luxury boutique treatment facilities that cater to the specific needs of each individual client.

If you have already decided to attend a Montecito rehab, consider Stillwater Behavioral Health. With limited occupancy, our highly-qualified staff provides individualized care in a compassionate and personalized setting. 

Where Is Montecito?

Montecito is located just below Santa Barbara on the coast of California. Montecito takes up 9.264 square miles and houses approximately 8,500 people. The local population is 90% white and the remaining 10% is a combination of Asian, Black, and mixed-race individuals. Montecito has a 6% poverty rate and an average family household income of $202,500 dollars. 

The beautiful area has a relaxing and comforting feel, enhanced by the smell of the ocean and breezes that flow off the water.

Why Should You Go to a Montecito Rehab?

With an average temperature in the 80s and no summer rainy days, going to a Montecito rehab offers a premier experience with multiple opportunities for individuals to relax and rehabilitate in a luxury environment. 

Going to a Montecito rehab, like Stillwater Behavioral Health, offers clients a high-class boutique treatment experience. Montecito rehabs offer small individualized treatment and private personalized care with high-quality medically trained treatment professionals. 

Luxury top-tier amenities, facilities, and treatment opportunities in Montecito rehabs provide each client with catered rehabilitation experiences to promote holistic healing of the body, mind, and spirit. 

From medically supported and monitored detoxification with state-of-the-art treatment processes, to tailored rehabilitation treatments, Montecito rehab centers can offer a variety of substance abuse treatments. They can discuss options for individuals with alcohol and drug abuse, but also, assist individuals with dual-diagnosis disorders that require substance abuse support as well. 

Luxury Montecito rehabs also offer many amenities that make choosing them your best option. Not only do they tailor their addiction treatments, but many Montecito rehabs will offer nutritional support, medication management, and fitness training. With the goal of focusing on total body healing, Montecito rehabs provide every luxury opportunity for individuals to heal their mind, body, and spirit. 

What Do You Do After Attending a Montecito Rehab?

After attending a Montecito rehab, there are many opportunities for individuals to continue living a sober life. Through this process individuals can access sober living, long-term residential care, or return home to complete other outpatient treatments to maintain a sober life. 

Opportunities like individual therapy, medical checkups, 12-step programs, and alternative support groups are all available to clients who are interested in completing additional addiction treatment. 

By building a sober social life after attending a Montecito rehab, individuals can decrease the likelihood of relapse. Individuals can build healthy lifestyles by engaging in sober activities with people who both know, accept, and support the individual’s sobriety. Sober activities include going to the movies, taking academic classes, volunteering, participating in sports, dancing, learning a new instrument, or playing video games.

While some of these supports might seem difficult to find on your own, these supports can be made available and even scheduled through the high-quality Montecito rehab aftercare programs. Luxury rehabs provide multiple opportunities for continuing to engage in therapy, support groups, and sober outings to support their clients after completing addiction treatment.

Reach Out to the Team at Stillwater Behavioral Health Today

By attending Stillwater Behavioral Health, our clients have the opportunity to access individualized health treatment and programs through our state-of-the-art rehabilitation center. We support individuals struggling with alcohol and drug substance abuse and dual-diagnosis disorders that require rehabilitation. Our intimate facility transitions clients through detoxification and residential inpatient care. Our compassionate and experienced staff also support our clients in finding appropriate aftercare once they have completed a program with us. 

At Stillwater Behavioral Health, we believe in individuality and the importance of personal choice. Our staff works with each client to develop a personalized treatment plan that supports their holistic healing while in our care.  By providing alternative and unique therapies, in addition to commonly used substance abuse treatments, we believe our clients have a greater opportunity for continued sobriety and more developed self-management skills when returning to the real world.
Stillwater Behavioral Health is the luxury Montecito rehab for you. Call today to speak with a medical professional about how we can support your efforts to get sober, today.

Why Should You Go to a Santa Barbara County Mental Health Facility?

Why Should You Go to a Santa Barbara County Mental Health Facility?

Are you struggling right now? Do you or a loved one need support to make it through the day? 

There is no shame in asking for help and a Santa Barbara county mental health facility is the best way to get that structured support. 

Stillwater Behavioral Health is a prime example of a structured and supportive mental health facility in Santa Barbara. Let our professionals help you get back on track. 

What Is a Mental Health Facility?

A mental health facility is a residential care center that helps clients focus on their mental health, manage medications, and develop a system that works for them.

A mental health facility in Santa Barbara can help individuals focus on their mental health by offering consistent therapy and a variety of treatment options to promote overall mental wellness. Through mindfulness activities, meditation, and centering, clients seeking mental health care can regain some stability in their life. 

Santa Barbara mental health facilities can also support individuals with medication management. This process may include detoxification from overuse or illicit drugs use and will help clients develop a safe and steady management process for after completion of the treatment program.

Mental health treatment centers in Santa Barbara help clients develop a healthy lifestyle that works for them. Through this process clients learn better social interaction skills, coping mechanisms and self-management skills that support everyday living.

By choosing a mental health facility in Santa Barbara you have the ability to regulate your medication, improve your response and interaction skills, and focus on healing and your mental health.

Stillwater Behavioral Health is a luxury mental health facility in the Santa Barbara area. 

What Kind of Therapy Supports Mental Health?

Many types of therapy can support better mental health. A licensed clinician should develop a treatment plan that specifically addresses your mental health needs. 

Traditional therapies offered in Santa Barbara mental health include several types of behavioral therapy. Behavioral therapy is used to modify risky behaviors and increase life skills to defuse challenging situations. The most common types of behavioral therapy include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Desensitization. 

Mental health facilities in Santa Barbara may also offer alternative or more specialized therapies to support specific diagnoses. For example, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is specifically used to support trauma and PTSD treatments. Alternative therapies also include creative arts therapies like art and music therapy or movement and mindfulness, like yoga and meditation. 

When considering individual needs, it is important to consider what will be specifically beneficial to you or your loved one’s mental health. 

Stillwater Behavioral Health for Your Mental Health Needs

Stillwater Behavioral Health is a premier mental health facility in Santa Barbara, California. Our specialized treatment programs are tailored to meet the individual needs of our clients. Through a unique combination of both traditional and alternative therapies, improving our clients’ mental health and helping them meet their mental wellness goals is our priority. 

Our treatment programs boast luxury accommodations and privacy in our intimate facilities. With our unique therapies we encourage our clients to learn to live again. By promoting total body wellness, we offer nutritional and fitness services.

At Stillwater Behavioral Health, we want to support our clients as they battle the physical, mental, and emotional trauma mental illness can cause. By helping our clients identify the base cause of addiction, we can support their healing and mental health. 

From start to finish we can support our client’s detoxification, residential inpatient care, and supported aftercare that includes vital ongoing recovery elements, like therapy and follow-up medical appointments. 

Choose Stillwater Behavioral Health for support with all your residential mental health needs. 

Benefits of Going to a 12-Step Rehab Program

Benefits of Going to a 12-Step Rehab Program

Are you or a loved one struggling with addiction? Have you tried treatment programs that didn’t work for you?  

One option you may not have considered is a 12-step program. Through 12-step rehab programs addicts are able to work together and support one another in a community or group therapy setting. Through this process individuals sponsor and support one another with real-life experience handling addiction.

Contact Stillwater Behavioral Health to see if their unique combination of 12-step program and alternative therapies is right for you.

What Are the 12 Steps?

The 12-steps are similar across Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Sex Addiction Anonymous, etc. These 12-steps along with sponsorship work to break the cycle of addiction that keep people hooked. 

While the 12-step rehab program does have a religious component, not all parts are inherently religious and many programs have non-religious meetings if you feel strongly about it. 

THE TWELVE STEPS OF ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS

  1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.

4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

6. We’re entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.

9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.

12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.”

What Are the Benefits of Going to a 12-Step Rehab Program?

12-step rehab programs allow individuals struggling with substance abuse to participate in self-help in a community-based setting. Many times, individuals will feel shy or embarrassed about sharing their struggles in a setting with individuals they are familiar with. In an anonymous setting, the 12-step rehab program is more accessible and realistic. 

In 12-step rehab programs, you choose a sponsor who you feel has a similar experience as you to support you through the challenges of recovery. This person is there to challenge your thinking, support your recovery, and acknowledge your weaknesses. They too have struggled with addiction and are familiar with the challenges it presents in your life. 

If you think a 12-step program could be beneficial to you, consider Stillwater Behavioral Health for detoxification and a 12-step rehab program.

The Stillwater Behavioral Health Way

At Stillwater Behavioral Health we support holistic healing with our treatment plans, our staff and our luxury environment. With locations in Montecito and Porter Ranch, we are your premier Southern California addiction treatment rehab.

Our individually constructed treatment plans include a 12-step rehab program and alternative therapies that support the unique and individual needs of our clients. We offer yoga and mindfulness skill building to promote holistic healing in our relaxing facilities. Through this combination of traditional and alternative therapies, we promote life-long learning and skill development for long-term sobriety.

With Stillwater Behavioral Health, our staff is medically and expertly trained to monitor detoxification, support you through a residential inpatient program, and provide assistance with monitoring and setting up supports through aftercare. Our compassionate clinicians are 3:1 with our clients, creating dedicated teams to support you throughout your stay.

In a boutique luxury environment, our clinicians encourage relaxation and recovery. Private rooms and modern amenities allow clients to feel at home while experiencing the challenges of addiction treatment. By providing world-class service our clients know that their recovery is our goal. 
Contact Stillwater Behavioral Health today to see if one of our treatment center’s meet your needs.

Stop Drinking Today at an Alcohol Rehab in Santa Barbara, CA

Going out for an occasional drink with friends might be fine, but when it turns into more than that, alcohol addiction can have an overwhelming impact on your life. 

Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) is a medical condition “characterized by an impaired ability to stop or control alcohol use despite adverse social, occupational, or health consequences.”  Both men and women are at risk for developing AUD at any age, though binge drinking, health concerns, and biological makeup make women slightly higher risk.

Why Alcohol Addictive? What Does It Do to the Body?

Alcohol is closely monitored and has many laws restricting use due to the impact it has on the body. People under 21 are not legally permitted to consume alcohol and there are laws against drinking and driving because of the way that alcohol impairs brain function.

Alcohol is an addictive depressant that impairs brain and body function as quickly as the first drink. As a depressant, it slows everything in the body down. Alcohol is addictive because of how it impacts the brain and the body.

Alcohol causes the brain to release increased amounts of dopamine, impacting the pleasure sensors in the brain. This is how alcohol impacts mood. Dopamine and endorphins create a sense of euphoria for the brain making people “lighten up.” It lowers inhibitions and gives a false sense of reduced stress. This “freeing” or “less stressed” feeling makes consuming alcohol more enticing for people with anxiety or other mood disorders. 

Alcohol impairs the body’s ability to react and respond to external stimuli after approximately two drinks. According to the CDC, 29 people a day die in alcohol-involved-accidents, which is why it is illegal to drink and drive. By five drinks (BAC equal to .10%) speech is slurred, muscle coordination is dramatically decreased, visual perception and information processing are impaired. 

Women are typically more affected by alcohol consumption based on their body composition and have a higher risk of health concerns. 

If you are concerned about you or a loved one’s alcohol consumption, contact us at Stillwater Treatment Center today. 

What Are Symptoms of Alcohol Addiction?

Alcohol is also addictive because of the withdrawal symptoms related to use. Alcohol withdrawal from a nonchronic user might include a hangover with headache and dehydration. However, chronic alcohol consumption withdrawal can cause symptoms like shaking, nausea, depression, anxiety, and even a heart attack. 

Chronic alcohol consumption wears down the body’s natural defenses against illnesses. Alcohol can weaken the muscles of the heart, cause irregular heartbeats, and high blood pressure. Aside from the heart, alcohol damages the liver and pancreas. Studies have also proven a direct correlation between chronic alcohol consumption and certain types of cancers like head, neck, liver, and breast. 

Benefits of Going to an Alcohol Rehab in Santa Barbara, CA

Stillwater Treatment Center is a premier detox and alcohol rehab in Santa Barbara, CA. Our state-of-the-art treatment center caters to the needs of each individual client with personalized treatment plans in a boutique facility. 

At our alcohol addiction treatment centers, we treat our clients with compassion and understanding. Addiction is a devastating disorder, and our expert staff have decades of combined experience treating the root causes of addiction and helping our clients manage their mental health. 

Our luxury detox facility and alcohol rehab in Santa Barbara offers multiple traditional evidence-based treatments, alternative treatment styles, and amenities for your stay. Through the recovery process, our goal is to create a comforting and relaxing location to provide holistic healing.

Here at Stillwater, we combine medically supervised detox with inpatient therapies to reduce the risks of relapse and promote overall wellness and healing. Available 24-hours a day, our leading alcohol rehab Santa Barbara, CA is available to support you through the first steps on your journey to sobriety.

Get sober today with Stillwater Treatment Center