Treatment

An Overview of the Treatment Process

Making the decision to seek treatment is a brave step. There are a lot of unknowns that can cause anxiety. Let this detailed overview of the treatment process help you navigate recovery. The Canyon gives you an idea of what to expect at each step of the journey to health and wellness.

Entering Treatment at The Canyon

The pool at The CanyonThe unparalleled beauty of our Malibu campus provides an ideal backdrop for residential treatment. Our therapeutic setting encourages long-term healing. When you arrive at The Canyon, you will be warmly welcomed by our staff of counselors, therapists, psychologists and medical professionals. Every employee is invested in your success. We understand the early days of rehab can be daunting. We strive to create an environment where you feel comfortable, encouraged and safe.

Detox at The Canyon

Detox is often the first step in drug recovery treatment. The National Institute on Drug Abuse[1] defines detox as, “the process of allowing the body to rid itself of a drug while managing the symptoms of withdrawal. It is often the first step in a drug treatment program and should be followed by treatment with a behavioral-based therapy…Detox alone with no follow-up is not treatment.” Detox is the process by which the body reestablishes natural balance. Detox may be accompanied by mental and physical withdrawal symptoms. At The Canyon, medical professionals carefully monitor your health, safety and comfort during detox. We work with you to minimize withdrawal symptoms and transition seamlessly into integrated therapy and treatment.

A Co-occurring Treatment Model

The Canyon offers treatment for co-occurring mental health and addiction issues. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration[2] (SAMHSA) reports, “Approximately 7.9 million adults in the United States had co-occurring disorders in 2014. People with mental health disorders are more likely than people without mental health disorders to experience an alcohol or substance use disorder.”

Mental health issues often lie beneath the surface of an addiction issue. Mental health treatment doesn’t always acknowledge this connection. SAMHSA continues, “In many cases, people receive treatment for one disorder while the other disorder remains untreated. This may occur because both mental and substance use disorders can have biological, psychological, and social components. Other reasons may be inadequate provider training or screening, an overlap of symptoms, or that other health issues need to be addressed first.” While these two problems are often intertwined, many treatment programs can’t or don’t address both problems at the same time.

At The Canyon, we know that integrated, lasting healing takes place when all of the problems a person faces are treated at the same time. As SAMHSA concludes, “People with co-occurring disorders are best served through integrated treatment. With integrated treatment, practitioners can address mental and substance use disorders at the same time, often lowering costs and creating better outcomes.” Our science-based dual diagnosis approach allows us to provide this integrated care. We address addiction and mental health issues simultaneously. This uncovers underlying issues such as trauma and deep-rooted emotional pain. These serious mental health concerns contribute to substance abuse issues. They lead to relapse if not addressed. We help you build a foundation for sustainable, long-term recovery. We help every individual rediscover joy and health in everyday life.

Early Stages of Drug Treatment

DrugsThe initial goal of any drug treatment program is to get patients interested in their own health and recovery. This is closely followed by early efforts to reduce and control compulsive drug use. The American Psychological Association[3] shares, “Engaging an individual to participate and remain in treatment that may eventually lead to further reductions in substance use and its associated morbidity is a critical early goal of treatment planning…Reduction in the frequency and severity of substance use episodes is a primary goal of long-term treatment.” While goals are similar, the path to reach them varies. Treatment for drug abuse or dependency can take many forms. At The Canyon we believe your recovery should be as unique as you. We work with you to create a customized treatment plan. This plan includes a variety of proven treatment methods and holistic offerings.

Core Elements of Our Treatment Program

In order to meet the varying needs and interests of our patients, treatment at The Canyon is composed of a wide range of therapies and activities. You can choose from the following recovery resources:

  • Individual and group therapy led by master’s- and doctoral-level consulting staff
  • Specialized attention from a personal therapist
  • Meditation sessions and spirituality groups
  • Relapse prevention education and recovery coaching
  • Holistic options including equine therapy, yoga and massage therapy
  • Alternative therapies including experiential therapy and expressive arts
  • Wellness and nutrition groups
  • Community and in-house 12-step meetings
  • Family therapy including monthly family weekend events and educational healing programs
  • Gender-specific and co-ed therapy groups
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Diverse educational groups on trauma resolution, building healthy boundaries, ending codependency and managing moods, grief/loss and anger
  • Adventure therapy including a ropes course, climbing tower and hiking trips
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Our wide variety of offerings ensures you get the treatment you need. No two recovery journeys are the same. We want your specific path to lead to complete, long-term health.

Treatment Specifics at The Canyon

There are many specific options to choose from at The Canyon or any comprehensive rehab center. We offer drug-specific care guided by experienced professionals. For example our alcohol treatment program is led by individuals with a successful history working with those battling alcohol addiction. We strongly believe in the importance one-on-one time between patients and therapists. This allows for safe discussion and individual attention. We also find great value in the interaction and support that comes from peers. Group sessions may utilize traditional group therapy, structured experiential group work, metaphor therapy and adventure-based counseling. Most of our programs ask patients to participate in at least 100 hours of group work and 2 hours of individual therapy per week. These treatment guidelines are adjusted on an individual basis and are reassessed throughout the recovery process.

Climbing wall at the CanyonYou can choose challenge activities such as our ropes course or climbing tower. Your recovery may benefit from equine-assisted therapy. You can opt for quiet time spent reflecting on the beach. Any and all of these practices address basic recovery issues and move you toward deeper insight and healing. They help you learn and internalize healing concepts of limits, boundaries, self-care, acceptance, letting go and accountability. You are welcome to try any and all therapy methods. You can adopt and practice those that support your personal recovery journey. The Canyon is here to guide you as you explore, grow and heal.


[1] https://www.drugabuse.gov/frequently-asked-questions#detox. “Frequently Asked Questions.” National Institute on Drug Abuse. Aug 2015. Web. 16 Nov 2016.

[2] http://www.samhsa.gov/disorders/co-occurring. “Co-Occurring Disorders.” Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. 8 Mar 2016. Web. 15 Nov 2016.

[3] https://psychiatryonline.org/pb/assets/raw/sitewide/practice_guidelines/guidelines/substanceuse.pdf. Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Substance Use Disorders. American Psychological Association. Aug 2006. Web. 15 Nov 2016.

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