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Pathways Recovery is an option for anyone seeking a qualified San Francisco drug rehab center. We are located in Roseville, California, and offer inpatient addiction treatment for men and women and an intensive outpatient center. If you’d like to learn more or take the next step, our team can help.

Pathways Recovery is a top-rated drug rehab in Sacramento. Contact us today to learn more about how our treatment program services the San Francisco area.

Why Addiction Requires Professional Treatment

Research and science have brought the world a long way to better understand what addiction is and isn’t. Addiction is a chronic brain disease. This disorder is characterized by drug seeking and use that are out of control, even though negative consequences occur.

Addiction is a brain disorder because it involves brain circuit changes. These functional changes affect the circuits in the brain that play a role in stress, self-control, and reward.

We can compare addiction to other chronic diseases, like heart disease. Both addiction and heart disease disrupt an organ’s normal, healthy function and have serious harmful effects. These effects are largely preventable and treatable, but untreated can be lifelong and lead to death.

There are diverse reasons someone might initially use an addictive substance

  • They might want to feel good. Drugs and alcohol create an initial feeling of euphoria in many cases and other positive effects, such as self-confidence or relaxation, depending on the substance.
  • Some people with co-occurring mental health disorders will use drugs to self-medicate, especially when they aren’t treated or well-managed.
  • Another reason for initial substance use is to improve performance in some way, such as at school or work. 
  • Finally, especially for young people, social pressure and a sense of curiosity can contribute to trying potentially addictive substances.

Regardless of the reasons for the initial use, once an addiction develops, as is true with any other chronic disease, professional, evidence-based treatment is needed to get the symptoms under control and into remission. Remission from addiction is also known as recovery.

If you’re looking for addiction treatment in San Francisco, Pathways Recovery is a nearby option. Our programs are individualized and based on research and your needs as a person.

When someone first uses a substance that’s addictive, it activates the reward response of their brain. This reward response is something we need because it reinforces certain behaviors like eating or sex that are pleasurable but are also an important part of life. If drugs or alcohol affect the reward system, then it becomes hijacked.

Large amounts of dopamine are released, making it difficult to experience pleasure from normal activities. Eventually, someone’s use of the substance isn’t in their control. Their brain is compelling them to seek it out, and larger doses are needed to get the desired effects, known as tolerance.

Significant risks come with substance abuse and addiction, including mental and physical health and relationships.

The loss of self-control is one of the defining characteristics of a substance use disorder.

Some people might use addictive substances and never develop an addiction, while others can develop one quickly. The likelihood of developing an addiction is like other disorders and diseases in that it differs for everyone. No single factor determines if someone develops an addiction, but the more risk factors someone has, the higher the chance of an addiction. Protective factors lower addiction risk.  

Both risk and protective factors are either biological or environmental.

Risk factors for addiction include aggression in childhood, lack of parental supervision and involvement, and experimentation early in life. Protective factors include parental support, positive relationships, and community resources.

At Pathways Recovery, our goal isn’t just to help you stop using drugs or alcohol. It’s also to delve into the underlying factors that contributed to the development of an addiction in the first place. If you’re searching for a holistic San Francisco drug and alcohol rehab center, our comprehensive programs improve the likelihood of a successful recovery over the long term.  

Among substances, some of the most common addictions include:

  • Alcohol
  • Prescription stimulants like Adderall
  • Benzodiazepines such as Xanax
  • Cocaine
  • Heroin
  • Fentanyl
  • Marijuana
  • Methamphetamine
  • Prescription opioids

At Pathways Recovery, a Northern California addiction treatment center, we work with clients addicted to the above substances and others. We treat not only substance use disorders but co-occurring mental health disorders.

Treating Addiction

Since no two people or their histories and experiences are the same, an addiction treatment program has to be based on each individual. Treatment plans usually combine behavioral therapies, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, medications, and holistic treatments.

Specific treatments that may be part of your rehab plan include:

  • Dual diagnosis treatment: It’s very common to have a mental health disorder with a substance use disorder. When choosing substance abuse treatment in San Francisco or elsewhere, it’s important that you find a program that can treat all of your needs. Dual-diagnosis treatment is available at Pathways Recovery, and we have a team of mental health professionals, including psychologists, psychiatrists, and therapists.
  • Medically-assisted treatment: MAT integrates medications with behavioral therapy and counseling for a whole-patient treatment approach. Medicines used as part of MAT plans can help with substance cravings and withdrawal symptoms.
  • Holistic treatment: If you’re looking for a San Francisco drug and alcohol rehab center that takes a holistic approach, Pathways Recovery is nearby. Holistic addiction treatment looks at your needs to put you on a path to recovery. Research shows holistic treatment approaches can improve program participants’ long-term recovery success rates and overall well-being. As part of the holistic approach we use at Pathways Recovery, plans often include nutrition, yoga, and fitness.

Consider their expertise and approaches when seeking a San Francisco drug rehab center for yourself or a loved one. Addiction is complex, and a treatment program must be comprehensive enough to address each person’s needs.

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Levels of Care

Levels of care in addiction treatment are different in terms of intensity. It’s not uncommon to go through several levels of care or a continuum of care.  

Programs available at Pathways Recovery include:

  • Medical detox: If you’re dependent on drugs or alcohol, you may have withdrawal symptoms as you stop. These can be mild to severe, and a medical detox is a way to receive clinical supervision and medications when needed. Medical detox improves your comfort level and keeps you safe so you can move to the next phase of your treatment plan.
  • Inpatient: During an inpatient, residential rehab program, you can leave your current environment and be somewhere stable, safe, and supportive to focus entirely on your recovery.
  • Intensive Outpatient: An intensive outpatient program is an option after you complete detox if you can’t go to an inpatient program or don’t need that level of intensity. You can return home in the evenings during outpatient treatment, which meets some people’s needs more effectively.

A top-rated rehab in Sacramento, we are nearby for anyone seeking a San Francisco drug rehab center. Please contact our team to learn more, ask questions, verify insurance coverage, or take the next step.