Coming to terms with addiction is an important and life-changing step. At John Muir Health, we don’t blame you for your addiction. We’re here to work with you and your family as you recover and begin to build your new life.
I’ve been to other treatment facilities; this is by far the best. It works! It saved my life.
– Gabriela H. (Patient)
A Holistic Approach
We believe in the “medical model” for treatment of drug and alcohol addiction. This means that we view your addiction as a disease for which you can receive treatment and learn to manage, similar to other chronic, lifelong diseases. Your disease is not your fault, and we never treat you as if it is. We focus on helping you make positive changes in your life by working with you to put together the individual treatment plan that’s right for you.
Our goal is to help you achieve a lasting recovery and a full life without drugs and alcohol.
We treat voluntary adults ages 18 and up for chemical dependency including all types of alcohol and drug addiction, including prescription medications such as Vicodin, OxyContin, methadone, and Valium; street drugs such as methamphetamines, heroin, cocaine, and crack; and designer drugs such as Ecstasy and GHB. We have inpatient and outpatient programs to help people with different needs or at different stages in their recovery. And we’re conveniently located in Concord, helping you or your loved one recover close to home and build a local support community.
We don’t believe in painful, “cold turkey” detoxification methods. We evaluate each person’s unique situation and provide non-addictive medications to allow for a comfortable and controlled withdrawal phase and help make the transition into early recovery more comfortable.
During your 72-hour detox, you will be given a combination of non-addictive medications to allow your detox to be as smooth as possible, without a lot of uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. Our nursing staff will care for you in a compassionate and non-judgemental manner 24 hours a day, monitoring your progress and helping you to be comfortable.
During your 3-5 day detox, you will meet with one of our licensed social workers to design your recovery plan so that you have the tools you need to avoid a relapse.
My detox was handled almost painlessly, very comfortable.
– Peter N. (Patient)
For some people, going directly into our outpatient programs is the right first step. And, more than 70 percent of the people who have been through our inpatient programs continue treatment in our outpatient program. Once your body has become free of drugs and alcohol during your detox process, our outpatient program is here to support you in developing the tools and resources you need for a life in recovery, free from drugs and alcohol.
Education is a key part of our program, and we provide you information on topics such as relapse prevention, how to cope with cravings, developing coping skills, exercise and nutrition, healthy models of communication, and the role the family plays in helping you maintain a successful recovery. We also offer cognitive behavioral therapy to assist you in learning new ways of handling stressful situations. And perhaps one of the most important tools in helping you build your new life, our support groups offer you the opportunity to meet with and learn from other people like you, in recovery from addiction and building their lives again. This community-building is vital to creating and maintaining a long term recovery and avoiding relapse.
I wish I would [have] come here sooner - they teach you so much in ALL areas of your life - mental, physical, spiritual & emotional. I'm very thankful [for] this place”
Our residential program allows patients from outside our area or who want to stay more closely connected to us to stay with us while attending outpatient day treatment groups and educational programs at the Behavioral Health Center. After treatment, we provide the tools and ongoing support needed to continue living a healthy and substance-free life.
Young Adult program:
Young adulthood is a time when socializing is often a priority, and young adults often have unique challenges as you navigate recovery. Many of your friends in your age group are going out to clubs and drinking or using drugs, and sobriety can feel isolating. Our program for young adults, ages 18-30, offers community building through group therapy and social events and gives young recovering addicts an opportunity to rebuild your lives in the company of sober friends.
Unsure If You Need Help?
The first step towards freeing yourself from a chemical dependency is recognizing you are addicted to alcohol and/or drugs, including prescription drugs. We are committed to helping you recognize, understand, and ultimately recover from your drug and alcohol addiction in a safe and supportive manner. Please take a minute to think about the questions below to help you recognize when a problem may exist.
- Has anyone ever asked you to cut back on your drinking/drug use?
- Has anyone ever been annoyed by your drinking/ drug use?
- Have you ever felt guilty about your drinking/drug use?
- Have you ever drank or used drugs for an eye opener to feel better the next morning?
If you answered yes to two or more of the above questions, please contact us. We will work with you to explore whether drug and/or alcohol addiction treatment is the right step for you.
Following a brief, confidential phone assessment, you can make an appointment with an assessment specialist.
- The specialist gathers clinical information to help determine the appropriate level of treatment, as well as whether medical assistance is needed for safe withdrawal.
- The assessment specialist then discusses the recommendations with you.
- The specialist can help you utilize your healthcare benefits. We are contracted with most health plan providers and is a preferred provider in some cases.
- We can also help you by working with your human resources department or employee assistance professionals.
- Federal law protects your right to privacy. All of your information will be kept confidential and private, and will not be shared unless you agree to it in writing
For more information about Drug and Alcohol Addiction Recovery Services at John Muir Health, please call (925) 674-4100.