Blogs & Tools

Examining the Underlying Causes of Addiction

A substance use disorder is an extraordinarily complex condition that involves your physical, mental, and emotional health. Read on to learn more about how addiction can develop.

May 21st, 2019
Reflections By Dr. Karen Khaleghi

Over the past 30 years, we have worked with close to 2,500 patients, and while it remains challenging, we find gratification in those who have gone on to live happy, productive, and fulfilling lives. At Creative Care, our passion and purpose is...

Aug 15th, 2019
Our e-Brochure

I remember my heartbreak so intensely. My brother had attempted to sever his own throat. That was the first time my brother attempted suicide. I took him to a premiere hospital.

Jul 18th, 2019
Pride & LGBT-Affirmative Therapy

As we reflect on Pride Month and what it means, we also reflect on the revolutionary history of Pride. In the Stonewall Riots of 1969, the LGBTIA+ community in New York helped shift the sociocultural tide forever.

Jul 1st, 2019
Addiction Research in the LGBT Community

Gay culture has taken an enormous deal of fault for the extreme statistics on LGBT substance abuse issues, which are estimated to subsist overall at more than twice the nine percent rate in the overall population.

May 21st, 2019
Addiction: It’s a Family Affair

Drug and alcohol addiction…it runs in the family. You’ve heard it all before: the possibilities of a genetic relationship in addiction are probable, to say the least.

May 21st, 2019
GHB Abuse and Symptoms

Commonly known as ‘Liquid X’, ‘Fantasy’ or Liquid G’, GHB is well- defined as a ‘date rape’ or ‘club drug’ narcotic. Its chemical name is Gamma Hydroxybutyrate, and it acts as a depressant in the central nervous system.

May 21st, 2019
How to Know if You’re a Food Addict

I’d know for years that I was an addict; after years of abusing heroin and other opiates the signs were fairly clear. It just took me a little longer to recognize that I was also addicted to food.

May 21st, 2019
Signs and Symptoms of Teenage Alcoholism

Although the stereotypical alcoholic is often portrayed as middle-aged to adult, alcoholism among teenagers has always been a huge issue and is growing more and more prevalent.

May 21st, 2019
Substance Abuse in the Military

Substance abuse among military personnel has been on the rise in the last 20 years, as it has been for the rest of society. Although use of illicit drug use is lower than that of civilians, alcohol and prescription drug use has become much more prevalent.

May 21st, 2019
Prescription Drug Abuse

You go to the counter of your local pharmacy, hand the person there the right piece of paper (a valid prescription from any doctor), come back a few minutes later and pay your bill….and you walk out with a bottle of any variety of hard narcotics.

May 21st, 2019
Opiate Use and Pregnancy

Pregnancy and childbirth have long been known as one of the most painful conditions that women can go through. For many years, opiates have been used to treat the pain associated with pregnancy and post-childbirth.

May 21st, 2019
Biker Culture and Addiction: The Meth Prime Movers

The classic picture is a large-framed outlaw in a leather jacket, embossed with its gang insignia or ‘colors’ on the back. He’s usually taking a pull off of a joint as the strains of “Born To Be Wild” drift through the air.

May 21st, 2019
The Mafia and Drug Trafficking (part one)

“I believe this drug business is going to destroy us in the years to come. It’s not like gambling, liquor or even women…it’s just something that most people want nowadays and it’s forbidden to them.

May 21st, 2019
Crack Cocaine: A Dark History

It’s autumn of 1984… Wham’s “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” is battling it out on the pop music charts with Billy Ocean’s “Caribbean Queen “.

May 21st, 2019
Rehab in Middle Age

Going through drug treatment at any age is an arduous task, no matter what age you are and whatever your station in life.

May 21st, 2019
Drug Overdose Statistics Predicted to Rise

If the rising drug overdose trend isn’t bad enough, it’s about to get worse. The United States drug overdose statistics have increased for several consecutive years and shows no signs of decelerating.

May 21st, 2019
Sex Addiction (Definition and Diagnosis)

Sex addiction is one of the more misunderstood diseases in modern medical history. It’s even more misconstrued due to the fact that it’s not classified as a mental disorder, at least not at present.

May 21st, 2019
Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Body Dysmorphic Disorder (also known as BDD, body dysmorphia, dysmorphic syndrome, or dysmorphophobia), is a condition  that engages the conviction that one's own look or appearance is strangely  defective, therefore they feel hideous and unworthy...

May 21st, 2019
Living With a Dual Diagnosis Spouse

In the treatment community the term “dual diagnosis” is used as a sort of catch all for people with a number of conditions. Officially it’s anyone who has both a substance abuse issue as well as an underlying mental condition.

May 21st, 2019
Addiction and Depression

The addictive soul is a sad and tricky thing. When a loved one is dependent on drugs or alcohol the condition creates a lot of anxiety and fear. The foreground of those worries is the potential for life-threatening accidents or overdoses.

May 21st, 2019
Choosing A Dual Diagnosis Facility

Dual Diagnosis (also called co-existing disorders, COD) is when one suffers from mental illness and substance abuse. One of the problems diagnosing patients is the fact that many of the symptoms of drug abuse mirror those of mental illness.

May 21st, 2019
After Treatment: The ‘Get Well’ Job

For most, one of the first orders of business after treatment is to secure some form of employment. Depending on the financial situation, this varies significantly from one person to another.

May 21st, 2019
What’s the Most Dangerous Drug on Earth?

The world is a dangerous place. From car crashes to ebola to kids getting shot at in their own schools. And even if you survive all that a sneaky little aneurism could take your life at any moment.

May 21st, 2019
Krokodil Update: No True Good News

For the past several years, the use of an opiate called Krokodil has come into Western consciousness due to an incredible amount of horror stories coming from Russia, where the drug has been extremely prevalent in recent years.

May 21st, 2019
Recovering a Career After Treatment

Universally, one of the paramount things on most people’s minds during treatment is how they’re going to support themselves post-rehab. There’s one side of the coin that addresses new opportunities, and the area of a ‘get well’ job.

May 21st, 2019
Make Love, Not War? (Treatment of Sex Addiction)

When does sex turn from being love to an addiction? There are many theories about this, and it is often thought that when sex is used compulsively, to “numb out” or to get high, these are indicators to addiction.

May 21st, 2019
Getting Into Rehab: Getting In and Getting it On

It’s going to be one of the most important decisions of your life. You know you have to go, and the only reasons for not going are the ones you’ve made up…and you can always think of another one. Getting yourself into treatment is a heavy resolution.

May 21st, 2019
A Story of Treatment (Part ONE)

Alex P. is a methamphetamine addict who is entering treatment for the second time. His previous attempt at rehab was a straight detox, which he completed but soon returned to active addiction within a month of leaving treatment.

May 21st, 2019
The Dangers of Ibogaine

Even before addiction began to be studied as a science, there have always been people looking for a quick cure.

May 21st, 2019
Privilege: A Blessing or a Curse?

Money can’t buy you happiness…but it can buy you a big yacht that can sail right up next to it. At least that’s what I think. In the Western world, in particular, the pursuit of wealth is the number-one goal in most humans.

May 21st, 2019
5 Steps to Getting Through Rehab

Going into inpatient treatment can be a scary time. For most addicts, although the necessity of rehab may not be a surprise, tearing themselves away from the world of drugs and alcohol is shocking and uncomfortable.

May 21st, 2019
What to Look For in a Malibu Treatment Center

For addicts and alcoholics, there is one important step that must be made before they can pick where to go for treatment. It doesn't matter if you are living on the west coast or the east, if your’e in the US or even in another part of the world.

May 21st, 2019
Doctor Shopping and Addiction

Doctor shopping is one of the most common methods of prescription drug abuse, and in the United States, its practice is fundamentally an epidemic.

May 21st, 2019
Alternative Forms of Addiction Treatment

We’ve come a long way in 100 years, and no I’m not just talking about the invention of the internet. It is easy to see this progress when one looks at the ways in which we treat addiction and alcoholism. A century ago it was seen as nearly incurable.

May 21st, 2019
Post-Rehab Survival

So you’ve made it through treatment…congratulations. And that’s meant in a very sincere way. You need to look at your achievements and recognize what you’ve done for yourself.

May 21st, 2019
Teenage Alcoholism: Treatment

Teenage alcohol abuse is such a precarious proposition that its treatment must be viewed with as many options as possible.

May 21st, 2019
Barbiturate Addiction and Treatment

Barbiturates are a well-known depressant, popularized in the 20th Century era as a sedative and an anesthetic, and are still used to this day for anxiety and insomnia. They do have a mild analgesic effect, but this is not what they are normally used for.

May 21st, 2019
What Would Happen If All Drugs Were Legal?

It’s an interesting thought, and probably one that most addicts have had at one time or another. But how many of us have really asked ourselves, “should we just legalize all drugs?” From the mind of an addict it’s simple.

May 21st, 2019
Neurofeedback in Drug Treatment

One of the most exciting, new and successful modalities in the treatment of drug and alcohol abuse is Neurofeedback. Neurofeedback involves Electroencephalograms (EEGs)/biofeedback; which are one of the oldest and proven means of brain imaging.

May 21st, 2019
Reinventing Yourself in Treatment

If you find yourself in treatment, there is so much more you can do for yourself during your stay then just curtailing drug or alcohol addiction.

May 21st, 2019
Treatment vs. Jail

The War on Drugs has been raging for over 40 years now. Thanks to the cunning genius of minds like Richard Nixon, substance abuse has been not only criminalized but demonized in American society.

May 21st, 2019
Dual Diagnosis Addiction

Drug addiction can be a difficult disease to care for. Even with years of medical research and psychiatric studies to show the severity of drug abuse on the brain, there is still a lot of stigma attached.

May 21st, 2019
The Early Days of Recovery Employment

Having a career in the recovery field is one of the more unique jobs one can have that requires a fairly limited amount of training at the outset.

May 21st, 2019
Drug Treatment in the United Kingdom

Substance abuse treatment in Great Britain has been undergoing great changes in the last several years. As late as 2008, the United Kingdom focused more resources on prevention from a criminal/trafficking standpoint.

May 21st, 2019
Dual Diagnosis: Treatment and Medication

Dual Diagnosis is one of the more complex disorders in the substance abuse landscape; yet despite its challenges, its treatment has become more and more successful over the past dozen-odd years.

May 21st, 2019
Heroin Addiction and the Vietnam War

During the 1960’s and early 70’s America’s involvement in the Vietnam War had unexpected consequences. Thousands of U.S. Army personnel returned home with debilitating opiate habits.

May 21st, 2019
Rehab..Rinse..and Repeat?

Most people entering rehab plan to make it their only time. It’s quite understandable, especially if one can recall the physical and emotional place they were in when they got there.

May 21st, 2019
Gambling Addiction

Gambling addiction has long been a problem for scores of individuals for centuries. In the past, those who had problems were often only labeled ‘degenerate gamblers’, although it often wasn’t considered an actual addiction.

May 21st, 2019
The Dangers of Rehab Romance

The one thing that many people (especially young people) hear in the world of recovery is the suggestion that one wait a year into sobriety before developing a new romantic relationship. I use the word ‘hear’ rather than remember, for good reason.

May 21st, 2019
PCP Abuse and Addiction

PCP is one of the strangest street drugs currently in circulation. It’s a bit odd, only in that most of the drugalogue/war stories one hears about the PCP and its effects are generally negative.

May 21st, 2019
Choosing a Sober Living

Entering a sober living house upon completion of drug/alcohol treatment is highly-recommended as a wise transitional step in your recovery. There are though, several do’s and don’ts when entering sober living, and we’d like to cover a handful of them here.

May 21st, 2019
Gambling Addiction Treatment

It’s clear that problem gambling has been accurately classified as a real addiction, comparable to almost all substance abuse. Treatment is generally similar, with a few important wrinkles…

May 21st, 2019
Setting Boundaries In Rehab

Setting healthy boundaries in rehab in your relationships with other clients and staff is one of the most difficult, yet ultimately rewarding processes in the treatment experience.

May 21st, 2019
Adderall Addiction and Recovery

One of the more popular and overly-prescribed medications in the landscape of drugs of abuse in the last ten years or so is Adderall.

May 21st, 2019
The Value of Art Therapy

According to the Art Therapy Association, “Through creating art and reflecting on the art products and processes, people can increase awareness of self and others, cope with symptoms, stress and traumatic experiences; enhance cognitive abilities;

May 21st, 2019
Pros and Cons of Methadone Treatment

Of all drugs that are prescribed for opiate detox/withdrawal, Methadone may be the most controversial and misunderstood. Heavily administered, highly effective, and extremely addictive…Methadone is all of these things and more.

May 21st, 2019
Repairing Relationships After Treatment

One of the most difficult aspects of post-acute care in treatment is repairing troubled relationships. So many variables must be addressed; there is simply not room enough in a simple blog to cover them all.

May 21st, 2019
Relapse Prevention

“Without relapse prevention, I guess there’d be more…relapse.”  This comically simple phrase was uttered by an attendee of a process group I sat in on recently. It may seem like a funny way to put it, but the beauty of the quote lies in its simplicity.

May 21st, 2019
Russian Culture and Alcoholism

Alcoholism and addiction see no colors and have no cultural boundaries. This disease affects people of all ages and cultures around the world leaving millions to live with untreated alcoholism and addiction and suffering sometimes deadly consequences.

May 21st, 2019
Dr. Karen Featured in Renew Magazine

Dr. Karen is a fantastic resource for parents in general, but she really hits on some relevant points in the Summer 2014 edition of Renew Magazine.

May 21st, 2019
Top 3 Ways Someone Chooses a Drug Rehab

Creative Care Malibu is interested in how people make their decision when choosing a rehab. Creative Care’s admissions staff asks everyone who calls how they found us and what led them to inquire about our program.

May 21st, 2019
As Seen On Recovery View…Dr. Karen Khaleghi’s newest article!!

An insightful and information-packed article by our very own Dr. Karen Khaleghi is up on recoveryview.com. It speaks about the growing interest in the drug MDMA, which went by the names ‘X’ and ‘Extacy’ in the 90’s and is now being re branded as “Molly.”

May 21st, 2019
Drug Rehab Program: The Top 3 Ways Someone Chooses

Creative Care is interested in how people make their decision when choosing a rehab. Creative Care’s admissions staff asks everyone who calls how they found us and what led them to inquire about our program.

May 21st, 2019
If Only...

If only we could stop drinking or using. If only we weren’t struggling with depression or memories of abuse. If only our loved one could get sober. Then we’d be happy. Then life would certainly not be perfect but it would be so much easier. Or would it?

May 21st, 2019