Our Approach to Problemtic Drug and Alcohol Use Treatment Services
Diablo Valley is dedicated to providing a loving and caring environment where the disease of addiction is treated without judgment. We believe that by providing the best possible medical support and the most current drug dependency treatment services, we can enhance our clients’ ability to recover from their addiction.
In keeping with this approach, at Diablo Valley Drug and Alcohol Services, we offer a range of addiction treatment services based upon what will most benefit clients in their recovery. Recovery is NOT defined by a textbook, but by the individual undergoing treatment. We believe that detoxification should be safe and as comfortable as possible, as well as evidence and research-based under the complete guidance of a specialized physician, who is on-call 24 hours a day for detox patients.
Our ambulatory medical detox program is for those who want to stop substance use in a safe, successful, comfortable and anonymous way. Being the only accredited and certified program in the Bay area to offer this service, there is a great need for people to know there is help, not barriers. We offer this program in telehealth format as well so leaving the home is not necessary. A specialized MD is on call 24 hours a day to provide continous care. Because we believe that everyone deserves a chance at solid recovery from substance use disorder, we offer a variety of individualized medical options based upon what each client will most benefit from.
In addition to detox services, we offer therapy and clinical care in order to provide our patients with the support they need to achieve long-term recovery from addiction and alcoholism. Addiction is a disease that impacts mental and emotional health, family relationships, and social function, and in order to provide patients with holistic recovery, these aspects must be addressed by a treatment facility. That’s why we offer family, group, and individual therapy as well as aftercare treatment services for all patients. Our aftercare services have no time limit because we believe that treatment is a lifelong process and that individuals should have access to support services for as long as they need them.
All of our addiction treatment services are offered on an outpatient basis because we value our clients’ ability to stay connected to their families, friends, work, and schooling while they seek help. We feel that offering high-quality alcohol and drug use treatment that allows clients to maintain their daily routine and connection to their support networks is sometimes the best and only method for helping them heal in a holistic manner that carries over into their regular lives.
Medical Approach to Addiction
Our method of treating addiction is based on the newest research in addiction management. The program at Diablo Valley Drug and Alcohol Services combines addiction treatment medications with intensive therapy to help patients break from their dependency and maintain healthy lifestyles. We adhere to research that shows that addiction is a disease, but know that, unfortunately, society and even addiction treatment programs too often abandon this research in favor of unsupported, unscientific methods of care. Because we understand that addiction is a progressive disease that impacts sufferers both mentally and physically, we apply evidence-based, medical approaches toward its treatment. This includes the use of our innovative and groundbreaking detox program, treatment of other mental health disease or concerns, all buprenorphine management stages, Vivitrol and Sublocade injections, essentially all facets of medication assisted treatment and treatment of substnce use disorder.
At Diablo Valley Drug and Alcohol Services, addiction is treated as a medical disorder so that appropriate medication can be used to safely and comfortably detox our clients over a period of time that is most beneficial for their long-term recovery. Each individual patient is different, and we use medication regimens that are developed to aid each individual’s unique process. In combination with medicine, we apply clinical therapy and holistic treatments that are designed to aid the detox process and promote healing in our patients. Too often, the medical and physical needs of clients are neglected in favor of treating their emotional and mental needs.
At Diablo, we feel that true freedom from addiction can come only from the synthesis of the two methods. That’s why we provide our patients with quality, long-term, clinical therapeutic care alongside medical management of detox symptoms and mental health conditions. Through a medical approach to the disease of addiction, we are able to help patients move forward with their recovery plan.
Focus on Chronic Pain
Chronic pain is a real and significant obstacle to sobriety for many individuals who suffer from addiction and alcohol use disorder. In countless cases, patients who enter chronic pain management end up dependent upon their prescription opiate medications. Upon seeking treatment for problematic medication use, (or for ineffective medications!) these individuals often find that their pain is not managed effectively or taken seriously by addiction treatment professionals. In many other cases, patients self-medicate chronic pain with alcohol or other drugs. When these individuals want to be free of their addiction and dependency, professionals may help them get sober but neglect to treat one of the underlying causes of their drug use and addiction: chronic pain. This is not the case at Diablo Valley.
We are committed to helping our patients not only recover from dependency but effectively manage pain so that there is less risk of recurrent dangerous use of medications or alcohol. We believe that chronic pain must be treated alongside substance use disorder, in order to provide our clients with the best foundation for recovery and physical and emotional health. We also know that pain management can be done safely, without the use of typicaly prescribed medications that can diminish patients’ quality of life. At Diablo Valley, our pain management experts help chronic pain suffers effectively manage their pain while leading addiction-free lives.
Pain management at Diablo is approached similarly to the way we approach addiction: comprehensively and from multiple angles. Chronic pain management patients at our facility are treated with interventional techniques and pain medications not typically prescribed by other pain care programs, to effectively combat daily discomfort in a safe and effective manner. Our services go far beyond medication though. As mentioned, in addition to medication management, we also provide outpatient procedures that can provide relief from pain by targeting the nervous system. This includes epidurals, nerve ablations, joint injections, nerve block injections or medications, and spinal cord stimulation. All of these services are performed by board certified and extensively experienced physicians who are dedicated to using safe interventions to reduce and prevent pain in clients.