5 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Rehab

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Data on substance abuse in the U.S. is alarming. According to the 2021 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 29.5 million people (12 years and older) developed an alcohol use disorder (AUD) in the past year. Over twenty million were also diagnosed with drug addiction in the past year, per the findings of a 2021 report by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

Approximately 95,000 alcohol-induced deaths occur each year, and according to the National Safety Council, 98,268 people died from preventable drug overdoses in 2021, an all-time high.

Alcohol addiction has been around for centuries but has dramatically increased since the pandemic. According to a 2020 study, some of the most commonly cited reasons for increased alcohol consumption were stress, alcohol availability, and boredom. On the other hand, those with interpersonal trauma, peer pressure, mental health disorders, genetics, and more were far more predisposed to drug-addictive behaviors.

However, only 10% of addicts seek treatment and rehab.

What is Rehab?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), rehab is

“A set of interventions designed to optimize functioning and reduce disability in individuals with health conditions in interaction with their environment.”

Rehab generally comprises focused and supervised programs that help individuals kick their addiction- such as drugs or alcohol. While every rehab program is different, they usually have three general steps toward recovery:

  • Detox or withdrawal management
  • Various kinds of therapy
  • Resocialization

Why is Rehab So Essential?

The U.S. National Center for Drug Abuse Statistics (NCDAS) enlisted alcohol, cannabis, cocaine, fentanyl, opioids, prescription stimulants, methamphetamine, and heroin as the most commonly abused substances.

Extended periods of substance abuse severely impact normal brain functions, rendering them dependent on their use, leading to addiction. It devastates a person’s physical and mental well-being and social capabilities.

So, if you’re someone with a SUD or know someone who is, it is crucial to know what rehab is like and how to get the most out of it.

How To Determine If Someone Needs Rehab?

Someone with a SUD will continuously seek out alcohol or drugs, even though it harms themselves or others. You most likely need rehab if it starts impacting your daily personal and professional life.

How Long Does Treatment Take?

Rehab programs can be 30, 60, and even 90 days long. Patients should determine the period that works best for them for optimal change.

Signing up for rehab requires the utmost self-awareness and conviction. Professional intervention is paramount to expunge a life filled with addiction and embrace a new, wholesome existence.

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Top 5 Ways To Get the Most Out of Rehab

Here are some of the ways you can make the most out of your time at rehab:

1. Find the Right Program For You

Determining the right program is particularly true for shorter-term rehab courses. Different centers approach rehab treatments differently. One size does not fit all.

It is essential to carefully research different programs, understand the type of treatment approaches they follow, the kind of addiction therapies offered, and the payment options they support, along with lodging options, aftercare support, and more.

2. Approach Rehab With an Open Mind

There’s a lot of information on the web about rehab. It’s easy to go down the Google rabbit hole and get lost in other people’s perceptions of rehab programs.

Here’s the thing — each person is unique, and your experiences are also unique. Letting go of what you ‘think’ rehab will be like is the first step to success. Get rehab-ready by looking at the bigger picture, understanding what you need to do to change, and focusing on your journey.

3. Proactively Participate in the Activities and Meetings

Sometimes during rehab, and especially when experiencing intense withdrawal symptoms, it’s easy to shut yourself off from the rest of the world. Rehab programs have schedules to keep your mind occupied with fruitful discussions and activities.

Commit to the program and attend the meetings. Listen to other people’s experiences, heed your guide’s advice, and share your own stories.

The goal is to show up!

4. Stick to the Program Schedule

Let’s be honest — a lot of free time fueled your addiction.

To counter this, rehab programs are structured with strict routines to help get your life back on track. Rehab programs end at one point or another. Learning to create and stick to a routine with productive tasks can help you live a healthier lifestyle.

5. Be Kind to Yourself

Your state of addiction may have developed over many months, even years. It is unrealistic to expect to be free of it overnight. It can be very easy to get frustrated and unkind to yourself when you feel your progress isn’t as quick as expected.

Give yourself the time to recover, rewire, and regroup.

Choosing the Right Rehab Program

While plenty of rehabilitation options are available, choosing the right one is essential to ensure your experience is worthwhile. OC Revive is a leading drug, alcohol, and mental health treatment provider in California.

OC Revive’s programs are highly comprehensive, with innovative treatment options to help patients recover from substance abuse, including alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, meth, opioids, stimulants, and more.

Mental health treatments are specially crafted for patients with panic attacks, depression, bipolar disorders, trauma- and stress-induced disorders, dissociative experiences, and more. The center also extends help and support to inflicted family members.

OC Revive’s aftercare services include Sober Living facilities offered to patients who wish to spend more time in a structured environment while still in recovery. The living environment includes routines to help ease the transition to sobriety. A high level of accountability is required from residents, and access to a supportive community among other patients is also available.

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Treatments

OC Revive’s highly trained substance use and mental health professionals operate innovative intervention programs, including Addiction Treatment, Partial Hospitalization Program, Intensive Outpatient Program, Outpatient Rehab, Evening – IOP, Medication-Assisted Treatment, and Drug Court Programming.

Set in place to ensure SUD patients commit to recovery, the program stipulates the minimum number of times patients must be present before progressing to the next level.

Specialized Approaches

Treatment approaches vary by case and include:

  • Evidence-based treatment
  • Adventure therapy
  • 12-step addiction programs
  • Gender-specific treatments
  • Veteran rehab
  • Holistic treatment
  • Brainspotting
  • Neurofeedback
  • Women’s rehab
  • Men’s rehab
  • A. alternatives
  • Co-ed rehab
  • Dual diagnosis
  • Professional treatment

Trained professionals guide SUD patients on the best course of action for their recovery based on their circumstances, type, and level of addiction.

OC Revive encourages easier access to treatment by pairing with most insurance providers such as Cigna, Humana, Magellan, Health Net Insurance, and countless more.

Substance abuse is a rampant issue in the U.S. In fact, with the legalization of marijuana across most states, the possibilities of addiction continue to be a growing concern. Further, easy access to substances has propelled its consumption and addiction.

Identifying your addiction and seeking timely intervention are the first steps to recovery. Staying strong in your convictions and following through with the program is equally essential to reap the benefits of a fulfilling, substance-free lifestyle! Reach out to start your recovery at (844) 954-3890

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Tyler Michaelis

Founder & CEO

Tyler is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to teens and their families. Once a teenager that struggled with addiction, mental health, and poor choices, Tyler is aware of the growing demand and need for early intervention in adolescents and young adults. Growing up in Orange County, he battled addiction and peer pressure all throughout high school and during his time at Saddleback College. During those troubled years, Tyler’s parents and family were emotionally drained and heavily impacted by his addiction. Unfortunately, they did not know where to turn for help nor did they have the courage to set boundaries with him.After 7 painful years, they finally forced Tyler out of the house and into treatment at the age of 23.

April 5th, 2010 is a date that Tyler and his family hold dear. On that date, Tyler enrolled in a 4-month treatment program which laid the foundation for his recovery. With the help of treatment professionals, supportive friends and family, Tyler was able to build a better version of himself. This started with slowly building his self-esteem, and growing a community of peers to support him throughout recovery.

In 2011,with the desire to help others struggling with addiction, he decided to start working in the addiction field. Tyler obtained his CADAC || Counselor certification and graduated from Cal Sate University of Long Beach with a degree in Health Care Administration. Since then, Tyler has worked all areas of treatment starting as a detox technician and working his way up to Program Director. Today, Tyler feels blessed and grateful for getting a second chanse at life. He has a great relationship with his family, is happily married and has a great group of friends. Once a lost teen, Tyler now has purpose and passion. He’s dedicated his life’s work to helping teens and their families. As the Founder, Tyler Michaelis is confident that OC Revive will renew the lives of struggling teens while bringing back hope to their families

Kelly Pearson

Therapist

Chandra Medina

Lead Therapist

Brian Welsh

Director of Admissions

Levi Sweet

Director of Operations

Anthony Fletcher

Director Of Business Development

Anthony is an Orange County local and has been a great addition to the Oc Revive team. Since 2015, Anthony has been working in the substance abuse field and has also pursued his drug and alcohol counseling license. Since being with Revive Anthony has established a relationship within the School Districts and serves as a voluntary speaker for substance abuse awareness in the community. By sharing his personal testimony, he has excelled in gaining trust and building rapport with others. He always seems to have a smile on his face and brings a positive vibe wherever he goes. With that being said, Anthony is very passionate about the work that he does and goes above and beyond to provide our struggling youth the care that they so desperately need.

Patrick R. Smith

Program Director

Patrick is a mental health and addiction professional who has a passion for recovery and helping others. He was inspired and encouraged by his mentors to work with individuals and families that have been affected by mental health issues, and alcohol and drug addiction. He has been working in the field of addiction recovery for 23+ years and is an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and a Licensed Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor through the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals. Patrick is also certified in Adult and Adolescent Anger Management. His career in addiction treatment began in 2001 at the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage CA. as an Addiction Specialist working on the inpatient campus and is the co-creator of Betty Ford Center’s “Young Adult Track” specializing in work with 18-25-year-old Patients. He also excelled in working with addicted and impaired professionals in the “Relapse and Recovery Program”.

Patrick transitioned to Orange County in 2011 where he accepted a position as the Program Director for Orange County Recovery Services. Patrick is a gifted lecturer, group facilitator, and counselor with a passion for recovery who has been an active recovery member for over 25 years.

Brittany Astrom

Clinical Supervisor

Brittany joins the OCR team with over 15 years of experience in the Mental Health adn Substance Abuse field. Brittany has been licensed for almost 8 years and has worked in various settings throughout her career, including inpatient psychiatric treatment, outpatient, residential treatment center, PHP and IOP settings. Brittany has been supervising Associate Marrige and Family Therapists and Associate Social Workers for almost 6 years and works in compiance and auditing to ensure that treatment centers are up to par with biling regulations. Brittany has worked with young adults and adolescents for most of her career.

Brittany earned her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at California Baptist International University. Brittany enjoys working with adolescents and young adults and believes that ever single person has the ability to set goals and meet them, even when they can’t see it themselves. Brittany loves spending time with her family, traveling, good coffee, and being outdoors.

Derek Walsh COO and Co-Founder

Derek Walsh

Co-Founder & COO

As Co-Founder & COO of OC Revive, Derek has a wealth of personal and professional experience dealing with the issues faced by today’s troubled teen. Throughout High School and College, Derek struggled with peer pressure, learning challenges, and substance abuse. Working with the support of family and friends, Derek set out to conquer those obstacles and find a richer, more fulfilling life.

On 15 October 2012, Derek overcame his own substance abuse problem and dedicated himself to help others work through their own addiction. A year later, Derek began a new journey and started his career in the recovery industry. Throughout his career, Derek has worked his way through numerous roles at top-rated treatment centers. While working at those treatment centers, Derek began to see a pattern that those struggling individuals would’ve benefited immensely from receiving earlier in life.

Derek decided that he wanted to be a part of the solution, and find a way to address those issues at an earlier age. He concluded that there needed to be interventions before adulthood, and he didn’t want to see anyone going through the same cycle that he did. That was when he and Tyler Michaelis decided to start OC Revive, to make sure teens get the help they need to find a purpose that leads them to a life of happiness and success.

Derek attended college at Orange Coast College and Santa Barbara City College.

Stephen Carmel

Co-Founder & CFO

I began my journey to recovery back in 2011 when i moved to California from New York.Along with my recovery and beginning a new way of life, I began to develop a heart for others struggling with sobriety.My journey to California was filled with many trials and lessons learned, but most of all, personal growth. I truly believe I would not have found success if I didn’t come to California.

I first opened an adult treatment center, California Prime Recovery(CPR) as a way to work with those struggling on a daily basis. Over the last 3 years, CPR has evolved into someting much more impactful and beautiful than i could’ve ever imagined. I have come to realize that my own happiness and growth depends on being involved in the lives of others in recovery. Helping people through recovery is a cornerstone of many 12 step programs, and it has become the most important aspect of personal life. Giving back to those still suffering is the only way not to lose what you have gained.

Throughout this journey, and by mentoring many adolescents, I realized i wanted to offer more to teens who were struggling just as i was. This is when i decided to start OC Revive. I had built many wonderful relationships throughout my professional journey and found two others who shared the same vision, and passion that i had for the youth. It didn’t take long for myself, Tyler Michaelis, and Derek Walsh to turn our dream into a reality. We are committed to providing the best possible treatment for adolescents and truly believe “their future is our collective responsibility”.

Tyler Michaelis

Founder & CEO

Tyler is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to teens and their families. Once a teenager that struggled with addiction, mental health, and poor choices, Tyler is aware of the growing demand and need for early intervention in adolescents and young adults. Growing up in Orange County, he battled addiction and peer pressure all throughout high school and during his time at Saddleback College. During those troubled years, Tyler’s parents and family were emotionally drained and heavily impacted by his addiction. Unfortunately, they did not know where to turn for help nor did they have the courage to set boundaries with him.After 7 painful years, they finally forced Tyler out of the house and into treatment at the age of 23.

April 5th, 2010 is a date that Tyler and his family hold dear. On that date, Tyler enrolled in a 4-month treatment program which laid the foundation for his recovery. With the help of treatment professionals, supportive friends and family, Tyler was able to build a better version of himself. This started with slowly building his self-esteem, and growing a community of peers to support him throughout recovery.

In 2011,with the desire to help others struggling with addiction, he decided to start working in the addiction field. Tyler obtained his CADAC || Counselor certification and graduated from Cal Sate University of Long Beach with a degree in Health Care Administration. Since then, Tyler has worked all areas of treatment starting as a detox technician and working his way up to Program Director. Today, Tyler feels blessed and grateful for getting a second chanse at life. He has a great relationship with his family, is happily married and has a great group of friends. Once a lost teen, Tyler now has purpose and passion. He’s dedicated his life’s work to helping teens and their families. As the Founder, Tyler Michaelis is confident that OC Revive will renew the lives of struggling teens while bringing back hope to their families