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When fighting addictions of any kind there are many important elements that support sobriety, but one of the most crucial ways to prevent relapse is by creating and maintaining healthy routines. In my experience, when you are missing aspects of your personal healthy routines, you are more susceptible to unhealthy thoughts, damaging choices, and most important, relapse. What Happens...
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Anyone can help stop the stigma of substance abuse. A major obstacle to addiction recovery, stigma, is a set of negative beliefs that a group or society holds about a topic or group of people. Stigma results in prejudice, avoidance, rejection, and discrimination against people who have a socially undesirable trait such as drug abuse or...
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“Awareness is the birthplace of possibility. Everything you want to do, everything you want to be, starts here.” ~Deepak Chopra Ever wonder why some people respond in the same destructive way over and over even though they keep getting the same bad results? Many of us can relate to having unhealthy coping mechanisms and responses...
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“When I loved myself enough, I began leaving whatever wasn’t healthy. This meant people, jobs, my own beliefs and habits—anything that kept me small. My judgment called it disloyal. Now I see it as self-loving.” ~Kim McMillen I like to think of my inner self as a curly-haired stick figure who lives inside my chest...
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Are you considering whether you or a loved one needs treatment? Do you feel overwhelmed by all the dizzying and confusing medical terms associated with going to rehab? When locating the best rehab treatment, it’s reasonable to have many questions or concerns. After all, treatment for addiction may be an emotional, physical, and financial consequence....
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I have recently been doing a bit of reading about something called liminal space, or liminality. Liminality isn’t as spooky as it sounds. It is essentially a kind of threshold period—that sense of no longer belonging to the old and not quite yet belonging to the new. This is the season where life has moved...
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Molly Peterson (name has been changed) is still the same girl she was sixteen months ago. She’s smart, funny, sarcastic, and, as she puts it, “a little crazy.” But after spending most of her young life high on drugs and alcohol, for the first time in fourteen years, she’s sober. It all started when her two-year-old...
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Substance Abuse in the LGBTQ Community –25 % of the LGBTQ population abuse alcohol, while only 5-10% of the heterosexual population abuse alcohol. –73% of lesbians have used alcohol in the last 30 days and 81% have used alcohol in the last year. –80% of gay men have used alcohol in the last 30 days...
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Depression is a terrible illness that not only affects your mood, but lifestyle as well. It can make you feel sad, less hungry, and very lethargic. In the United States alone, over 17 million people often fight with depressive problems. While it can be very difficult to overcome, it’s possible to do so. Even when...
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As we start the New Year, I thought it would be a good time to address some of the things that active addiction steals from your life. Addiction is a thief of many things, and it is a horrible, ugly place to be. I know, because I have been there. It’s a place filled with darkness, hopelessness, and...
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Located in beautiful Southern California, South Coast Behavioral Health helps individuals achieve sobriety and begin their journey to recovery.

We believe South Coast Behavioral Health provides the best levels of care to ensure a complete and lasting recovery with individualized treatment plans. Our inpatient and outpatient programs provide a peaceful atmosphere because we know that if you feel safe in your environment your internal life has a better chance to heal quickly. We filled our staff with fully licensed clinicians, medical team, psychologists, nurses and other mental health professionals for the sole benefit of your recovery.