Positioned near the famous Warner Hot Springs, Fresh Start California is nestled in the majestic hills of Northern San Diego County. As a previous executive retreat, Fresh Start California delivers a welcoming therapeutic setting and is one of the best locations for conquering drug and alcohol addiction through rehabilitation. Due to the considerably distant and rural setting, our clientele can focus on their recovery while leaving the re-stimulating and tempting outside world behind that had been influencing their addictive behavior.
Complete physical, mental and spiritual recovery from drug and alcohol dependency is what our long term rehabilitation program achieves. Many who have conquered their addictions find that recuperation is one of the most tough, yet individually satisfying, accomplishments in their lives. For this motive we recognize it is important that our rehabilitation program include everything needed to complete our client's recovery process. This is accomplished by delivering a safe and peaceful ambiance with healthy fitness and recreational activities.
Our clientele find that the rural placing with its broad open spaces, panoramic sights and fresh air are a welcome change from their daily life. Fresh Start California delivers all this while preserving an inviting feeling throughout the center. The heart of our expansive campus is the warm yet spacious Main Lodge. This is where our clients come together to dine, relax in the lounge, watch a movie or play cards. Situated just outside the Main Lodge are the many recreational areas Fresh Start California offers: the pool and deck, volleyball, tennis, basketball, ping-pong, a fitness center including workout machines, free weights, spin bikes and a jogging/walking path.
Full recovery from drug and alcohol abuse is not easy. recovery includes making changes to give your life meaning, purpose and direction. Our long term drug rehabilitation center is primarily based on the cognitive behavioral modification approach for drug rehabilitation. We are proud to share with you that for over 45 years our program has been successful at helping addicts obtain lasting sobriety. Our very high success rate in achieving genuine alcohol and drug rehabilitation speaks volumes on how our graduates go on to live sober healthy lives once they complete our program.
The program we provide is different than others. This is because our rehab philosophy is not centered on the disease model of drug rehabilitation. Other programs which use the disease treatment model have the person in treatment believing that their addiction is an incurable disease which they will never break free from but can only hope to manage throughout their life. This is a far cry from the positive view of addiction recovery we stick to. Our educational philosophy on drug abuse restoration is centered on helping the recovering man or woman find and confront the many causes of their addiction. Whilst in our program the recovering man or woman will handle the several behavioral issues connected with their addiction and work towards resolving them. When an addict or alcoholic enters our drug rehabilitation center they become students who through the study of our Life Skills program complete treatment truly rehabilitated. Their complete recovery from alcoholism and drug dependency means that they no longer have to wear the tile of "alcoholic" or "drug addict."
Physical drug and alcohol rehabilitation is accomplished through involvement in our New Life Detoxification program. This unique program eliminates the person's bodily cravings and impulses produced by the drugs residuals left in the user's body even when they have stopped using. Our New Life Detoxification program coupled with the cognitive behavioral modification Life Skills courses that the recovering man or woman receives while in our drug rehabilitation facility is why our program is so successful. This is why our graduates can say they have produced a complete recuperation from their addictions and now lead sober and fully enriched lives as members of society.
We utilize an established addiction recuperation program that has several parts, that are incredibly organized and is set up in a specific set of steps in order to obtain the best outcome. Lasting addiction recovery is a long road usually with many hurdles to overcome. But, when the right rehabilitation method is matched with the willing addict who is looking to end their addiction, recovery can be achieved.
Location - Fresh Start California is located in the picturesque hills of the Warner Springs community located in California's Northern San Diego County. This rural location is a ideal atmosphere for those searching for a comforting, and calm environment to focus on their drug and alcohol recovery. Clientele are supervised twenty four hours a day to assure their needs are met.
Program Length - The duration of our program is diverse for each client but generally takes 3-4 months to complete. This is because the program is not set to follow a specific time table that each client needs to fit into. Alternatively, their graduation from the program is based on their successful completion of all the program's steps. The recovering person is asked to demonstrate their new life skills while their case supervisor evaluates each phase of their program as they finnish them.
Success Rate and Guarantee - Our program has the highest success rate in the drug and alcohol rehabilitation field. Our exceptional level of positive drug and alcohol addiction recovery results are supported by our 6 month guarantee. This guarantee states that a graduate who has issues with drugs or alcohol once they finnish the program can return for free within 6 months of their graduation.
Secular Program - Our Program is a non-religious drug and alcohol rehabilitation program. We respect our client's religious beliefs and offer transportation to local churches and places of worship when possible.
Holistic Approach - A completely drug-free holistic approach to addiction recovery is the basis of our program. We utilize vitamin and mineral supplements to enhance our client's health as well as serve delicious and nourishing meals three times a day.
Relief from Drug and Alcohol Cravings - When a man or woman stops abusing drugs and alcohol, residuals or metabolites continue to be in the user's body. They are stored in the fat cells of their tissues and organs. When the recovering man or woman becomes stressed these drug metabolites are released from their cells into their blood stream. When this transpires it causes the man or woman to have withdrawal symptoms, anxiety, depression, and drug and alcohol urges. Our program addresses this situation with its New Life Detoxification sauna program. The sauna program works by accelerating the body's natural elimination process and expedites the elimination of drug and alcohol metabolites. When these drug and alcohol metabolites are removed from the user's system cravings lessen if not vanish entirely and their physical compulsion to use drugs or alcohol is lowered. At this point clients are prepared to work on a deeper level of their recovery, dealing with their personal life issues and striving to repair them.
Cognitive Behavior Modification Therapy - Our program uses specific educational Life Skills courses, counseling methods and case supervision to allow its program participants to have their own cognitions (realizations) relating to their actions. Clients are educated to be self-determined in altering their actions. This helps them improve their survival and achieve lasting sobriety. Graduates of the Fresh Start California program embody honesty and personal responsibility for their actions. They become productive members of their community and have a impressive amount of personal ethics behind the decisions they make once they have finished the program.
Social Interaction - An important element of the program is students finding out how to build constructive relationships. Even though clientele spend a great deal of time working on their personal issues they also learn to cooperate with others by helping their peers through various parts of their programs. Helping others with their programs helps our clients by teaching them to become productive team members.
Activities - Healthy activities are a part of our client's recuperation process. Our program individuals are provided with access to the following amenities and activities at the Fresh Start California location: exercise and weight area, pool, sauna, tennis, basketball, volleyball, walking/jogging path, ping-pong and occasional trips into town. For further information and availability please check with your intake counselor.
Legal Liaison Services - Individuals who have any current or pending legal problems are encouraged to speak with our Legal Liaison Officer (LLO). They will work with you on dealing with your difficulties during your program. All of our program locations are staffed with a Legal Liaison Officer who has many years of expertise handling issues such as probation demands and court related issues. Please note that court costs, legal representation, fees and any travel bills are the responsibility of the client and are not included in their program cost.
Medical Liaison Services - Our program employs a Medical Liaison Officer who will make arrangements so clients have transport to local doctors and/or dentists to handle any present or pending health problems. The program cost covers a medical physical exam but all other medical and/or dental fees are the responsibility of the clients and are not covered by the cost of the program.
Our program is unique in that we do not call our clients are addicts, but students. This is because they are becoming educated on how to handle life without the desire for drugs or alcohol.
Withdrawal - This part of the program is conducted by highly trained specialists who supervise new clients 24 hours a day and help them with the many physical symptoms of their withdrawal process. Clients work through their detoxification procedure in a private, calm, therapeutic atmosphere utilizing special withdrawal treatments, vitamin supplements, nutritious meals and of course lots of rest. These elements help the client achieve a successful drug free withdrawal.
Life Skills Courses - Our program utilizes a distinctive series of educational courses. Students are taught how to change their behavior, to become conscious of the causes that have brought troubles into their lives and how to create solutions so that these problems no longer negatively affect them. The Life Skills Courses are always overseen by the course supervisors and each student's case supervisor makes sure their personal requirements are met throughout.
Communications Course - Communication drills, better known as training routines (TRs), are employed to enable our students to better confront themselves and those around them comfortably with good communication capabilities. Working on communication capabilities is helpful for the student to address any past personal troubles that they have been avoiding through their drug or alcohol abuse.
New Life Detoxification Program - Our specially designed detoxification program works to eliminate the drug and alcohol residuals from the cells of the user's body. This method helps to eliminate the student's urges for drugs or alcohol on a physical level. The New Life Detoxification program takes several weeks to complete and when done the student is better able to work on their personal concerns that brought them into rehabilitation initially.
Learning Improvement Course - This course is an invaluable instrument during and after the student's program completion. We have found that several of our students have never really learned how to study effectively. Our Learning Improvement Course helps them to recognize and conquer the numerous difficulties they have fought with when learning new information. Communication & Perception Course - The preliminary part of the Communication and Perception course (Part A) is basically an advanced gradient of the previous Communication Training Routines (TRs). The second part (Part B) uses specific and objective exercise/drills that help to rehabilitate the student's individual awareness and their capability to control themselves, others and their surroundings.
Communication & Perception Course - Part A of this course is a higher gradient series of communication training routines (TRs). Part B is a series of objective exercises or drills that rehabilitate person's awareness and ability to control themselves, others and the things in their environment, while also bringing their attention back from the past and into present time, so they can move forward.
Ups and Downs in Life Course - The Ups and Downs in Life course educates the student on social and antisocial personalities. This information aids the student to better differentiate between those who are constructive or destructive to their well being. Upon completion of this course the student is no longer connected with those in their lives who are detrimental to their sobriety. They are also able to deal with suppressive individuals and scenarios when they arise once they depart the rehab. Our course supervisors and counselors help to guide the student in making good choices but it is ultimately up to the student to pick who they stop associating with because they are harmful influences on their individual recovery.
Personal Values and Integrity Course - This course helps our students to take responsibility for their past destructive actions while helping to unburden them from regret, guilt and the blame that comes with these memories. Once this course is finished the student feels a strong sense of individual ethics, higher morals and integrity. This makes their road to recuperation that much lighter because they now feel better about themselves.
Changing Conditions in Life Course - Students are educated on the several states of existence or conditions in life. This course helps the student learn how to raise their condition using particular formulas for each condition they find themselves in. They also learn how to repair previous relationships that have been hurt by their destructive actions. They will be able to use these formulas once they depart the program to restore their standing in their home, work, with friends and in their community.
Way to Happiness Course - The Way to Happiness Course uses 21 common sense rules to show how to live a moral and ethical life. An example is precept nineteen, The Golden Rule: "Try not to do things to others that you would not like them to do to you."
Battle Plan - A very important part on the road to graduation from the our program is the development of the student's battle plan. A battle plan is a written comprehensive map the student creates that applies the information they have learned throughout the course of their program. Their battle plan is then checked by the course supervisor and their personal case supervisor to make sure the correct course of action is mapped out.
Aftercare Options - Graduates are provided numerous different choices once they have completed the program. They can select to return home, enter a sober living home, volunteer or even enroll in our internship program which is the most popular and successful of the above choices. Please speak with your intake counselor for more details on aftercare options.
Internship Program - Our graduates are offered the chance to enroll in the our internship program. This is a structured program where the graduate pays a small fee to stay for up to 3 months. Room and board is supplied as the intern is trained in the field of rehabilitation services. Enrolling in our internship re-establishes quality work ethics and can lead to a rewarding career in drug rehabilitation services or prepare them for a productive career once they return home.
We have incorporated useful guidelines and suggestions that are based on successful actions we have seen work over the many years of our program. Our trained staff is skilled in detecting drug "re-stimulation" and how to calm down or "de-stimulate" students so that they can go on to work on their program. This is why the staff should be consulted on a normal basis during the program. We encourage you to apply these recommendations at your discretion and urge you get in touch with our Director of Consultation or Family Consultant for any questions or concerns you may have at (760) 782-0471.
While the student is in the withdrawal phase of their program we do not allow them to make or receive phone calls. This is because they are just becoming adjusted to the program and are often experiencing serious withdrawal symptoms. Instead we ask that you converse with our center's Director of Consultation or Family Advisor for their progress reports during this time. Drug and alcohol withdrawal usually lasts anywhere from 2-10 days and once finished the student will be able to make and receive personal phone calls. When this point in their program is reached please be sure that discussions are supportive and upbeat.
When withdrawal is finished you are likely to observe your loved one's tone and attitude are improved and they may wish to return home or have you come for a visit. We strongly advise that you do not visit them until they have completed their New Life Detoxification sauna program, typically four to six weeks after their arrival. Also, we advise you not to encourage them to come home for a visit while they are in the program. This allows them to stay focused on their course work and complete the entire program without interruption. Returning home for a visit before graduation from the program may leave them vulnerable and unprepared for circumstances that they may come up when they are home.
For many, going through the drug addiction recovery process is one of the most difficult challenges they face during their life. This is why it is important to note that students might become irrational and/or irritated during the process. If this happens to your loved one please refer them to our center's Director of Consultation or Family Consultant and advise them of the difficulties your loved one may be having (760) 782-0471.
Withdrawal: During this phase of recovery the student is still addicted to drugs or alcohol. Their minds are focused on how they can get their hands on drugs. They might even make up reasons and voice grievances to trick or pull at the heartstrings of their loved ones so they are allowed to leave the rehab center. These made up issues are not to be trusted.
The Communication Course: Initially, numerous students do not see any value in the communication training routines (TRs). Even so, after they go on to participate they begin to have an appreciation for them and recognize their value.
New Life Detoxification Program (Sauna): This is the component of our program where drug residuals are flushed out of the student's body. Some encounter severe mood swings but as their body flushes the leftover drug residuals out of their system they begin to feel much better. Often students mention that they notice an improvement in their skin tone, sleep patterns and their overall wellbeing.
Communication and Perception Course: The repetitive nature of this course can appear monotonous because of the numerous hours students spend on these exercises before the end result is achieved. Completing these drills is challenging but the gains the student receives will last a lifetime.
The Ups and Downs of Life Course: It is hard going through life head on and learning to deal with suppressive people and situations. However, this course will lead to better self confidence and help avoid relapse.
Our program's success can be seen by the hundreds of students who graduate and become successful members of their communities each year. They are among a select few in the field of addiction recovery who no longer refer to themselves as addicts and do not attend meetings to retain their sobriety. Our graduates are empowered with the knowledge that they have acquired while in the Fresh Start California program. Graduates of our program have learned so much more than just how to stay off drugs and alcohol. They now know how to communicate effectively, to be comfortable and confident in who they are, control themselves and their actions, value honesty, choose the right kind of friends to retain their sobriety and confront and overcome life's problems as they arise. Our graduates are not just rehabilitated from their drug and alcohol addictions, they now have the tools required to be productive in the other areas of their daily life.
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Drugs such as heroin and alcohol normally come with a considerable amount of bodily discomfort when an individual stops taking them.
For this reason we conduct a pre-medical analysis for our clientele and supply care 24-hours a day to help make the procedure of drug free withdrawal as pain free as possible. When clientele come to us with extreme cases of drug withdrawal we enroll them in a medically supervised detox program first to help ease their physical discomforts. When they are released from medical detoxification they return to our program to continue onto their drug free withdrawal. All of our clients are watched over by our detox specialists to assure their withdrawal is as pain free as possible and that their emotional requirements are fulfilled.
Our drug free withdrawal assists recovering men and women get off drugs without having to suffer the common painful withdrawal symptoms that are usually associated with the process. While a person is using drugs or alcohol their bodies are robbed of essential vitamins and minerals. Our drug free withdrawal process employs specific nutritional compounds to replenish these vital minerals and vitamins. A trained withdrawal specialist watches over our clientele at all times during their withdrawal process. The process of drug and alcohol withdrawal lasts until both the clients physical and mental aliments are relieved.
The Communication Course:Communication skills are addressed and improved through this course.
The communication course drills are set up to teach the student how to confront any circumstance they may experience through the use of communication. Usually, drug and alcohol abusers have a difficult time communicating with others and find it hard to speak up about topics they find uncomfortable.Several addicts will withdraw from their loved ones when forced to confront delicate issues.
Working through the Communication Course and its eight unique training routines will help the recovering man or woman in learning valuable strategies to resolve their problems with others efficiently.
The New Life Detoxification Program:When an individual abuses drugs the drug metabolites usually continue to be in their body for years after they have stopped using.Part of our rehabilitation approach is helping to get rid of these drug metabolites so they do not cause the client depression, cravings and other emotional and physical stressors.
Drugs such as heroin, cocaine, amphetamines, PCP, crystal meth, crack cocaine, ecstasy, alcohol, prescription and nonprescription drugs (tranquilizers, narcotic painkillers, sleeping pills, etc.) stay in the user's fatty tissues long after they have discontinued taking them. The more drugs the person abuses the more drug metabolites accumulate in their fatty tissues. When the user feels stressed these drug metabolites that have been stored in the body are released into their blood stream causing cravings and the potential for relapse.A crucial part of our drug rehabilitation center is the process of removing these accumulated drug metabolites.
This is accomplished through medically supervised exercise, intervals of sweating in our dry sauna and utilizing nutritional supplements to rid the student's body of its stored toxic metabolites. For most, the results are outstanding leaving them with greatly lowered drug cravings, better skin tone and healthier sleep patterns.
The Learning Improvement Course:This course focuses on learning and understanding new information.
It helps the student work through past learning issues by having them "clear" words from the dictionary, create physical demonstrations of the concepts they are working on as well as observe and manage gradient difficulties they encounter. The second stage incorporates additional tools that will help the student meet their goals and build their self-control. Past traumatic events are dealt with and the student is taught how to handle life situations without turning to drugs or alcohol as an answer.
The Communications And Perceptions Course:Developing one's communication abilities and having the tools to confront and deal with life's daily problems without turning to drugs or alcohol is what this course is all about.
Completing this course gives the student added self confidence and their ability to be comfortable with who they are. When a person uses drugs they are hiding from reality and wanting to change the way they feel. Once the drugs or alcohol wear off they feel worse than just before they used. On top of that, the memories of what they did while under the influence stays with them causing them to feel more shame.Also, memories of their transgressions against their family and friends stay with them, making them feel even worse.
The Communications and Perceptions Course works by concentrating their attention back on present time as well as their future, helping them to quit living in the past. While they continue on with this course their perception of life improves in addition to their capability to communicate with other people. They learn to take responsibility and become more "causative" over their choices and environment as opposed to feeling negatively affected by their past.
Ups And Downs In Life Course:Our Ups and Downs in Life Course presents the student with the possibility to address the underlying problems that drove them to experiment and ultimately become addicted to drugs or alcohol.
Through this course the student learns to determine social and anti-social characteristics in those around them as well as themselves. They learn how to recognize potentially negative situations and how to deal with them if they take place.Often, drug abusers and alcoholics are susceptible to negative influences.
In this course, students learn the characteristics of social and anti-social personalities in order to evaluate objectively and choose those people in their lives who need to be avoided. Completing this course enables the individual to evaluate behavioral, constructive, and destructive characteristics. It also provides them with appropriate methods for handling negative influences. This is an important part of remaining drug-free.
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Personal Values And Integrity Course:For many people who abuse drugs and alcohol, addiction leads them to lose their sense of personal integrity and ethics.
This is a result of their drug addicted lifestyle which often includes lying, cheating and committing illegal acts. It is important that their personal values and integrity be restored so that their misdeeds from the past do not continue to haunt them as they build their new drug-free life.When an individual uses drugs and alcohol they develop a "drug personality." The drugs and alcohol they take change their regular personality into one that secretly harbors hostilities and hatred that they do not want to show when sober. Because of the "drug personality" an entire section of the Personal Values and Integrity Course was created to address this issue. Working through this course provides the student with the chance to clear their conscience and take personal responsibility for their past behavior. They are taught how to live by a code of honor and the many benefits of living an ethical and honest lifestyle."I feel very confident in myself. I have drive and intention to work and get things done right the first time. I am very comfortable with my life and content with the way things are going. I will be ethical and moral and have integrity. I know I am a good person inside. Book 6 has helped me realize that things aren't that bad and that I can be happy for once. This book showed me things to do and not to do. I feel that I have learned so much. I fully comprehend and am applying what I have been studying. I will continue to improve more and more and will not go back to drugs or let people bring me down!"
Changing Conditions in Life Course:Everybody encounters tough decisions at one point or another in their life.
The Changing Conditions in Life Course gives our students precise formulas to strengthen their standing with their family, their friends, social groups as well as themselves. Working through this course helps them to recognize that any condition can be improved if the appropriate actions are taken to resolve it.
When a person uses drugs it changes the way they feel and provides an escape from reality. Once the effect of the drugs wears off the person is left feeling "worse for the wear" and may even make more problems while they are intoxicated. This course gives the student the right tools and information to fix the past conditions in their life brought on by their drug addiction and can be used to improve their future situations as well."As I started to look for a program, I knew I wanted to try something different. I had been to two separate 12 step programs, and knew it was time to try a different approach. I wanted a program that was longer than 30 days, and when I saw that Fresh Start California focused on Life Skills, I knew that this was a different approach and that I wanted to try it for myself.
When I arrived at Fresh Start California, I arrived with the feeling that I was helpless. I arrived at withdrawal and was greeted by a welcoming team of staff into a clean and safe environment.
I then started the program. Immediately, I began to understand what they had meant by Life Skills. After my first communication course, my ability to communicate was already improving.
Sauna was amazing! I started to get my energy back, my mind became clearer, and I was exercising and talking vitamins every day. This holistic approach was something I had never experienced in another program. As I moved forward in the program, my ability to communicate increased. My relationships with my family stared to get better and when they visited me, they could see a big difference in my appearance and in my attitude towards life.
I was then given the opportunity to examine what personal values and integrity are, as well as how the choices I made in the past were affecting my future. I took responsibility for my past, and in doing so, I am able to be happier in the present. My addiction had really affected my life in all areas, and I was able to see that the condition I was in was a result of my addiction. I made steps towards repairing those conditions, and I will continue to do so as I move forward.
Ultimately, though this program, I have become confident, bright, energetic, and happy and I feel full of life! I feel I have the skills to live life on life's terms, without ever having to use drugs or alcohol to cope."
The Way To Happiness Course:Life would be easier with an instruction manual and our Way to Happiness Course is as close as you can get to one.
This course gives common sense moral codes for our students to follow. Students learn to live up to their best potential while lead alcohol and drug-free lives."I feel as if now I am truly on my way to happiness. I have quite a few times in my life gone down the wrong road. The beautiful thing about traveling down the wrong road is that I now know what the wrong road is. My decisions before were influenced by others. I can now once again think for myself and decide on the right path to go down in my life. This is a huge win for me. A kind of bittersweet win, knowing that I am becoming stronger, but also knowing there are numerous people out there in the world today that still require help. I wish everyone could feel as good as I do now, and I will continue feeling this way about myself."
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Final Program Review:The Final Program Review is made up of two important steps.
1. The first step is a review of the entire program. This helps to ensure that all areas of the program have been thoroughly understood and that the student has gained the expected skills from each component of the program.
2. The second phase of their Final Program Review is to develop a life plan. This crucial phase of our program helps the student lay out the ground work for how they are going to live their life once they graduate and leave the program. It includes applying what they have learned while in the program and setting personal goals to achieve once they return home. The student's life plan will be reviewed and agreed upon by their case supervisor to make certain it has the optimum potential for the student's personal success.Completing these final steps of our program is what assures our student's success.
Each and every phase of our program creates positive changes, but it is the culmination of putting all these pieces together that results in our student's complete recuperation.
Follow Up Program:Follow up care is provided throughout the first year after our student's recovery program is finished.
Our thorough long-term follow up program consists of regular communication with our graduates and their family. Staff monitors and handles the graduates stability and sobriety after graduation. The Follow Up Program is truly unique. This is because for the first six months after graduation if a client encounters troubles with their sobriety or drug cravings we ask that they return to the program. They will complete an advanced treatment review free of charge to work on any missed difficulties that lead them to abuse drugs or experience cravings.
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