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From Anxiety to Schizophrenia, We Can Help Through Our Mental Health Treatment Program Dec 1st, 2019

The National Alliance on Mental Health reports that one in five people in the United States struggles with a mental health issue in any given year and one in 25 faces a serious and debilitating mental health problem. Yet too few people seek the help they need, which contributes to...

Progression of Treatment: The Valuable Process in Understanding and Treating Opioid Dependence Nov 1st, 2019

Struggling with opioid dependence can feel frightening and overwhelming. If you or your loved one has developed an addiction to opioid painkillers, you might be feeling lost and uncertain about what to do next. You’re not alone, and with the right support, opioid dependence is very treatable. Here at Creative...

How to Approach Someone About Addiction Treatment Oct 1st, 2019

Nearly 20 million adults in the United States are struggling with a substance use disorder, which wreaks havoc on not only their lives, but also the lives of those around them. If you’re watching helplessly as a loved one careens toward destruction at the hands of alcohol or drug use,...

Different Ways to Soothe People Who Suffer from PTSD Sep 1st, 2019

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can develop after someone witnesses or is involved in traumatic events. Afterward, they relive those negative experiences and fear that they'll reoccur. The condition can put a strain on relationships, because it makes sufferers hypervigilant, distrustful, and anxious.  Fortunately, you can help your loved one cope...

Reflections By Dr. Karen Khaleghi Aug 15th, 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 to join with...

Understanding the meaning and needs of people with dual diagnoses Aug 1st, 2019

When struggling with addiction, it’s not uncommon to experience multiple conditions at once as you begin the treatment process. Linked with addiction, and not at all uncommon, is anxiety, depression, PTSD, and other mental conditions.  Thankfully, Creative Care is a treatment facility in Woodland Hills and Calabasas, California, with qualified...

For Personalized Mental Health Care, You’ve Come to the Right Place Jul 31st, 2019

If you’re searching for top-notch and personalized mental health care, you’ve come to the right place. At Creative Care, we provide experienced and compassionate inpatient services for clients around the country who are suffering from mental health issues that are preventing them from leading happy, productive lives. Whether you’re in...

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Attachment-Focused Psychotherapy in Residential Treatment Jul 17th, 2019

Attachment disorder is a general term for people who have trouble forming attachments to others. While it’s usually diagnosed in adolescents, adults may also have attachment issues. Your problems making connections with people as an adult may well be linked to an undiagnosed childhood attachment disorder. If you or someone...

Pride & LGBT-Affirmative Therapy Jul 1st, 2019

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. This single event became the catalyst to see the LGBTIA+ community in a...

The Connection Between Unresolved Trauma & Addiction Jun 26th, 2019

Trauma and addiction are quite often linked closely to one another. Sometimes addiction occurs as a result of trauma, whether its developmental, attachment, adaption, or relational. Often trauma is an underlying issue when it comes to addiction and more often than not it the primary source. In some cases, people...

Dallas Pain Questionnaire May 30th, 2019

Please click here to read more abou the Dallas Pain Questionnaire - An Assessment of the Impact of Spinal Pain on Behavior. 

Physician's letter for Creative Care's Opioid Treatment Program with Integrated Pain Management May 29th, 2019

Dear Doctor,   We at Creative Care would like to share the excitement we have with the introduction of an Opioid Treatment Program with Integrated Pain Management. Designed by G. Frank Lawlis, Ph.D., A.B.P.P. for Creative Care, the focus of the protocol is a multiphasic process in which the patient...

Coping Ahead Tool May 23rd, 2019

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How to Help a Loved One: Growing our Awareness of Mental Health by Rebecca Pearlstein, PsyD May 23rd, 2019

The emergence of a mental health condition is often accompanied by an aggregation of warning signs. Knowing these markers, or subtle changes in behavior, can make a crucial impact in providing our loved ones professional help when they need it the most. In many cases this is a matter of...

The Dangers of Meth Manufacturing: “Cookin’ With The Devil” May 21st, 2019

The dangers of manufacturing methamphetamine are vast and serious. Laboratories that produce meth vary dramatically in size and output. Large laboratories, known as super labs, create 10 pounds or more of the drug per construction cycle. Much smaller laboratories--sometimes called box labs--produce as little as an ounce or less of...

6 Tricks to Being Sober on St. Patrick’s Day May 21st, 2019

When you’re in recovery there a few holidays that pop up every year that make it difficult to go out and remain sober. New Years, the Fourth of July—these are the types of holidays where everyone in the country drinks, parties, and basically crams all the alcohol we used to...

Fracking and Addiction: The Birth of New Boom Towns May 21st, 2019

Fracking, which is short for “hydraulic fracturing,” is the process of spraying high velocity chemicals in the ground to break apart rocks and capture natural gas. Although it has led to incredible increases in the availability of natural gasses, there are already plenty of reasons to hate fracking. If that...

Addiction Research in the LGBT Community May 21st, 2019

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. To some degree, there was a certain social mentality that sustained long past the...

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

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. It’s akin to having a greater chance of heart disease because your mother and some of her relatives had it. Codependency rears its...

GHB Abuse and Symptoms May 21st, 2019

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. It is a naturally-occurring metabolite of the inhibitory neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)...

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

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. Ironically, I was already two years sober from drugs and alcohol when...

Signs and Symptoms of Teenage Alcoholism May 21st, 2019

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. For teens in the United States, meaning adolescents between the ages of 12-17, alcohol is the substance used most regularly. About half of...

Substance Abuse in the Military May 21st, 2019

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. Some of the reasons...

Prescription Drug Abuse May 21st, 2019

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. It’s totally legal, and...

Opiate Use and Pregnancy May 21st, 2019

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. But due to the addictive nature of opiate-based painkillers, this is indeed a slippery slope....

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

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. This is the common visual of the prototypical...

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

“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. Even the police departments, who’ve helped us in the past with gambling, are going to...

Crack Cocaine: A Dark History May 21st, 2019

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 “. Ghostbusters and Beverly Hills Cop are the highest-grossing movies in the country, and Ronald Regan defeated Walter Mondale by a 59% margin in the...

Cities with Highest Addiction Rates May 21st, 2019

In the southeastern part of Santa Fe County in New Mexico lies the small town of Española. With a population of little over 10,000 residents, it was founded in the late 1800’s during the Industrial Revolution, and developed as one of the main railroad hubs of the Southwest. Today, the...

Pharmacy Scams: Fake On-Line Pharmacies May 21st, 2019

One of the most prevalent current internet scams is fake on-line pharmacies. Fake pharmacies solicit drug users by using the internet and spam emails offering drugs and a very low cost, and ones that are especially attractive for the active drug abuser, without the need of a prescription from a...

Rehab in Middle Age May 21st, 2019

Going through drug treatment at any age is an arduous task, no matter what age you are and whatever your station in life. You’re not only quitting a  life-threatening illness and beloved bad habits, you’re re-addressing your life; where you’ve been, what it is…and where it’s going. But to do...

Drug Overdose Statistics Predicted to Rise May 21st, 2019

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. A study late last year by Columbia University supports this hypothesis, proposing that annual drug overdose deaths could...

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

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. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manuel of Mental Disorders (DSM), in 1987, it listed sex...

Body Dysmorphic Disorder May 21st, 2019

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, and that their issues are so serious and advanced that they can’t be repaired. The...

Living With a Dual Diagnosis Spouse May 21st, 2019

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. This can range from people with schizophrenia to people with...

Addiction and Depression May 21st, 2019

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. However, an additional prevalent and all-too familiar problem associated...

Eating Disorders: The Disease and Symptoms May 21st, 2019

Eating disorders fall under several different sub-sections and categories, which we will discuss. But in a nutshell, all eating disorders are psychological illnesses that are defined by aberrant eating routines that comprise either deficient/insufficient or extreme/disproportionate consumption to the point where it results one’s physical and emotional health being compromised....

Choosing A Dual Diagnosis Facility May 21st, 2019

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. The clinician has to differentiate between substance abuse psychiatric symptoms and...

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

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. But whatever is needed in that regard, nearly everyone needs to find some kind of job, as remaining industrious...

Examining the Underlying Causes of Addiction May 21st, 2019

Addiction is an extremely complex condition that involves almost every area of your health — physical, mental, and emotional. While every path to addiction has its own unique circumstances, there are some commonalities. At Creative Care, our team is dedicated to helping patients break the bonds of addiction, allowing them...

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

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. Suffice it to say life is precious, especially when there are so...

Turning Heroin Addiction into Healthy Addiction May 21st, 2019

In the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, recovering addicts are taught that there are two aspects to their addiction: cravings and obsession. People who are unfamiliar with the program may think these are one in the same, but most addicts draw a clear distinction. The obsession part involves thinking about...

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

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. The news has been ghastly, with stories not only of death, but...

Recovering a Career After Treatment May 21st, 2019

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. This is common for many, but what if you’re returning to an...

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

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. Also, crossing boundaries as well as hiding sexual behavior can be...

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

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. In one moment...

Self-Trust: An Acquired Skill May 21st, 2019

One of the toughest things to develop during recovery from drugs or alcohol abuse is developing self-trust. We’ve spent so much time during our addictions deflecting blame on others, sometimes in order to avoid blaming ourselves, and by turns, not trusting others because we know we can’t trust ourselves. It’s...

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

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. He’s trying it a little different this time, and has committed to...

The Link Between Homelessness and Addiction May 21st, 2019

The American Dream is a simple one. At least, it is simple to understand. It’s built on the philosophical ideals that hard work will be rewarded, that it is always possible to improve one’s station in life, and that the only thing standing in our way to happiness is a...

Compulsive Shopping Addiction: “Shopping For Trouble” May 21st, 2019

Shopping addiction has a technical name that is called Omniomania. This literally means obsessive shopping, and it is perhaps the most socially reinforced of the behavioral compulsions. Shopping addiction is distinguished by the widespread craving to shop and purchase items regardless of a need for such items or despite a basic ability...

The Dangers of Ibogaine May 21st, 2019

Even before addiction began to be studied as a science, there have always been people looking for a quick cure. Before treatment facilities and 12-step groups and the idea of psychiatric therapy, people were often desperate to find something to help their loved ones who were being destroyed by alcoholism....

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

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. But once you get there, there are...

Eating Disorders: Prevention and Treatment May 21st, 2019

Eating disorders are potentially life-threatening conditions that require treatment that is on the same level – and sometimes beyond – substance abuse. There are several subtypes of eating disorders, from bulimia to anorexia and others, and treatments differ to some degree, as will be discussed. In terms of prevention, early...

5 Steps to Getting Through Rehab May 21st, 2019

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. Not only do you have to get through everyday while maintaining sobriety, but most...

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

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. This...

Doctor Shopping and Addiction May 21st, 2019

Doctor shopping is one of the most common methods of prescription drug abuse, and in the United States, its practice is fundamentally an epidemic. The most common method is to acquire a prescription from a reputable doctor, then request identical care from other physicians (legitimate or not), thereby multiplying your...

Alternative Forms of Addiction Treatment May 21st, 2019

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. Men...

Post-Rehab Survival May 21st, 2019

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. And you’re the one that did it… sure, you had a lot of help – and will continue to – but you...

Teenage Alcoholism: Treatment May 21st, 2019

Teenage alcohol abuse is such a precarious proposition that its treatment must be viewed with as many options as possible. Teenagers are in such a state of emotional mental/physiological growth between adolescence and age 20, that positioned against the debilitating effect of alcohol, a myriad things can go wrong…and do,...

Barbiturate Addiction and Treatment May 21st, 2019

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. They overall hypnotic effect of...

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

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. We tell ourselves we’re not hurting anyone else, or that...

Neurofeedback in Drug Treatment May 21st, 2019

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. The past 10 years of research and practice have yielded results that are more than...

Reinventing Yourself in Treatment May 21st, 2019

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. A stay in rehab affords you the opportunity to accomplish a myriad of things, from  reclaiming lost passions, reconfiguring  your place in the job...

Treatment vs. Jail May 21st, 2019

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. And after billions of dollars and thousands of arrests, there is still no clear winner and...

Dual Diagnosis Addiction May 21st, 2019

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. Some people have a hard time believing that addiction is really a disease,...

Dealing With Legal Issues in Treatment May 21st, 2019

Upon entering treatment, many of us are involved with legal entanglements that are often the result of our addictive behavior. It’s a somewhat terrifying aspect of recovery, and these predicaments can range from simple drug possession or shoplifting, to much more severe crimes such as drug sales, D.U.I’s and everything...

Teenage Substance Abuse Treatment: “Investing in The Future Through Sobriety” May 21st, 2019

There are as many variations in treating teen drug abuse as there are drugs themselves. The treatment of adolescents entails looking at the addiction from several different sides at once, from the substance itself, to the family environment, peer groups, school completion and environment to past family history. All of...

The Early Days of Recovery Employment May 21st, 2019

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. As with any job, there are plusses and minuses, but depending on what you’re looking for, a career in treatment can be...

Drug Treatment in the United Kingdom May 21st, 2019

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. They still spend a great deal on this angle, but since 2010, they have focused more on reducing...

Dual Diagnosis: Treatment and Medication May 21st, 2019

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. Acknowledgement must be given to researchers in all areas, whom have helped to not only diagnose the disorder with...

Heroin Addiction and the Vietnam War May 21st, 2019

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. Part of this was due to the accessibility of the drug in Southeast Asia, and part was due to the overall misery of the...

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

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. But there are some people who actually can’t wait to repeat the process, and it’s not always due to...

Gambling Addiction May 21st, 2019

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. They were marginalized as desperate people at a poker table or at the racetrack getting themselves...

Washington Budget to Allocate $133 million to Fight Opiate Abuse May 21st, 2019

As part of the 2016 fiscal budget, President Barack Obama pledged $133 million on Thursday to combat America’s heroin and opiate epidemic. The specifics of the allocation will be to fund prevention strategies, medication-assisted treatment programs as well as efforts to decrease drug crimes. Opiate abuse has escalated exponentially in...

The Dangers of Rehab Romance May 21st, 2019

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. Although it may not hold true for everyone,...

PCP Abuse and Addiction May 21st, 2019

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. More often than not, these narratives end with, “I’m never doing that shit again…” or “I...

Choosing a Sober Living May 21st, 2019

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. Commonality: Depending on the substance or disorder you’re in...

Gambling Addiction Treatment May 21st, 2019

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… Presently, problem gambling is generally screened through the DSM-IV (The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition). This focuses on the...

Setting Boundaries In Rehab May 21st, 2019

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. I’ve been on either sides of the fence, as a staff member and as a client, and I have experienced both with mixed...

Adderall Addiction and Recovery May 21st, 2019

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. Approved by the FDA in 2006, this compound was initially marketed for use by young people with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), as well as narcolepsy....

The Value of Art Therapy May 21st, 2019

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; and enjoy the life-affirming pleasures of making art.” Truer words were never spoken. The therapeutic...

Pros and Cons of Methadone Treatment May 21st, 2019

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. It was developed in Germany in 1937, primarily because the Nazi regime needed a pain-killing compound that wasn’t reliant...

Repairing Relationships After Treatment May 21st, 2019

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. But there are a couple of basics that seem to come up more commonly than...

Relapse Prevention May 21st, 2019

“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. It’s quite true… Anyone...

Russian Culture and Alcoholism May 21st, 2019

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. When someone is suffering from this disease, they are on an unhappy journey...

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

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. When children come home from college for the summer, many parents find that some aspects of their relationship with their kids has changed slightly—but...

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

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. What we have found is that the leading factor in someone choosing a drug...

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

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.” She goes into the reasons...

Creative Care Drug Rehab in Malibu CA Nationwide Commercial Premiers Today May 21st, 2019

Creative Care is proud to announce their first ever television commercial! Traditionally, we have not done any kind of advertising and have never before done a television commercial. Our referrals come to us by word of mouth and by doing the work we love. We decided to produce a commercial...

What an Alcohol and Drug Counselor Can Do For You May 21st, 2019

What can an addictions treatment counselor do for you? What can they do for someone you care about? Is this something that you have wondered about? A counselor is someone who has gone through extensive schooling and has followed the processes of registering, certifying, and qualifying to be able to...

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

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. What we have found is that the leading factor in someone choosing a drug rehab...

Mental Health Disorders in the Persian Community May 21st, 2019

In the years between 2010 and 2013, Creative Care served over 30 clients from the Persian community that were suffering from untreated and often undiagnosed mental health issues. This is good news, but when you think of the many that are going without any assistance, we have more work to...

‘Recognizing Addictive Behavior’ An Excerpt From: Free From Addiction, By Dr. Morteza Khaleghi May 21st, 2019

Addiction affects one in five people in the United States, putting families through a heartbreaking cycle of recovery and relapse. In his book, Free from Addiction, Creative Care’s founder Dr. Morteza Khaleghi empowers you to take positive steps toward recovery. Drawing on over 20 years of experience healing patients, Dr....

Successful Spring - Navigating the changes of self during the recovery process May 21st, 2019

The spring season brings up many images of renewal. Flowers are blooming, babies are born; the world wakes from its winter sleep. This idea of rebirth can be easily applied to the inner work we do when we embark on the path of recovery. We leave the old way (soil,...

If Only... May 21st, 2019

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? Recovery brings...

Dr. K on KCAL 9 about Dealing With Holiday Stress May 21st, 2019

http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2012/11/19/ The holidays can be stressful!  Watch this video for some tips to keep that stress at bay, making the holidays more enjoyable.

Intervention And Inspiration For Heroin Addiction May 21st, 2019

Heroin addiction is one of the most troubling and painful addictions in the world. It brings out the worst in us. As such, heroin addiction can be one of the toughest addictions to overcome and its use is a serious problem in America. It’s currently thought that roughly 600,000 people...

Marijuana Addiction And Treatment – How To Stop Smoking Marijuana May 21st, 2019

Marijuana addiction abuse is one of the foremost drug related problems facing society today. Marijuana addiction is a phenomenon experienced by more than 150,000 individuals each year who enter treatment for their proclaimed addiction to marijuana. Marijuana addiction is characterized as compulsive, often uncontrollable marijuana craving, seeking, and use, even...

Alcohol Blackouts – A Sign You May Need Alcohol Treatment May 21st, 2019

Individuals who drink excessive amounts of alcohol can experience a blackout, a period during which the drinker literally does not remember what has happened in the recent past. Blackouts can range from being mildly annoying to life threateningly dangerous. I found this out first hand on the day of my...

Women And Alcohol Abuse – The Secret Lives Of Female Alcoholics May 21st, 2019

Alcoholism is a disease that affects countless people all over the world. It has the power to destroy lives, break up families and kill. Despite the fact that it is so prevalent in American society, many do not know that there are many distinctive issues that face women specifically. The...

Warning Signs Of Cocaine Addiction And Abuse May 21st, 2019

Cocaine addiction and abuse is a major problem throughout the United States. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than 1.1 million people tried cocaine in 2001, and use has continued to increase since then. Cocaine addiction can start off by the person being introduced to...

How To Recognize An Individual With An Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder May 21st, 2019

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is one of the most difficult to understand of all psychiatric illnesses. A person with an obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD, is plagued by recurrent, unwanted thoughts and repetitive behaviors like hand-washing or counting. These thoughts and ritualistic behaviors happen again and again and again and again. According to...

Holiday Depression: Beating the Holiday Blues May 21st, 2019

Once again the holidays are upon us, for many, is a time of year filled with happiness and joy. But for others, it is a time filled with sadness, self-reflection, loneliness, and anxiety. And it’s no wonder. In an effort to pull off a perfect holiday, you might find yourself...

Dual Diagnosis Is A Key To Successful Recovery May 21st, 2019

Most people with a dual diagnosis are able to successfully achieve recovery. Dual diagnosis comes in many forms – Any combination of mental illness (including depression, anxiety or panic, bipolar disorder and other conditions) and substance abuse (abuse or dependence related to alcohol or other drugs) qualifies as a dual...

Sobering Statistics About DUI Arrests During The Holiday Season May 21st, 2019

Arrests for driving under the influence during the holiday season don’t just happen to people with a drinking problem. As we inch closer to the start of a new calendar year, state and local law enforcement will begin to ratchet up the emphasis on DUI patrol and enforcement. For many...

Drug And Alcohol Interventions: Taking Action To Try And Save Your Loved One And Your Family May 21st, 2019

One of the hardest things in the world is watching a loved one destroy their lives with drug and alcohol addiction, which is why intervention is necessary. The addict does not realize, or refuses to realize that there is a problem. These individuals often lose the ability to ask for...

Make Seeking Alcohol Treatment Your New Year’s Resolution May 21st, 2019

Every year when New Year’s rolls around, countless Americans make seek resolutions to change their drinking habits and seek alcohol treatment. Alcoholism is a disease that affects many people, and many don’t realize just how addicting alcohol can be. This makes it hard for a person to realize that they...

Bipolar Disorder Does Not Mix Well With Drug And Alcohol Addiction May 21st, 2019

Bipolar disorder does not mix well with drug and alcohol addiction. Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression or manic depressive disorder, is a mental illness that often occurs alongside drug and alcohol addiction. The effect of drug and alcohol abuse on the severity of bipolar disorder has become an...

Equine Assisted Therapy And Trauma May 21st, 2019

Increasingly horses are becoming trauma healers through the fast growing profession of equine assisted therapy. Trauma responses are the human mind’s attempt to cope with the unimaginable. In some survivors, trauma can produce post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with symptoms ranging from depression, anxiety, and drug and alcohol abuse to rage,...

Prescription Drug Addiction May 21st, 2019

Prescription drug addiction is endemic to our society. With the recent rash of celebrity overdose deaths, Americans are becoming increasingly aware that prescription drug addiction is ravaging this country. When beloved celebrities like Michael Jackson and Heath Ledger lose their lives to prescription drug overdoses, the epidemic makes headlines. But...

Stop the World! Press the reset button on life. May 21st, 2019

Stop the world; I want to get off! This is the title of a musical I did when I was eighteen. Many years later, however, the title remains very meaningful. Dealing with emotional, drug or alcohol issues can be so overwhelming that we may dream of stopping the world just...

I'm Not A Perfect Person, I Just Play One On TV May 21st, 2019

How many of us have thought that life would be so much easier if we only had someone else's? From the outside, Catherine Zeta Jones seems to be the epitome of perfection: beautiful, married to a successful man, gorgeous children. Even with her husband battling cancer, she seems to handle...

Are You Worthy of Love? May 21st, 2019

Brene Brown, a self-proclaimed “researcher/storyteller”, says that our ability to feel loved and accepted comes from having the belief that we are worthy of love and acceptance. Huh? Basically, we have to buy it. If we don’t allow it to be true, it won’t be. But how do we allow...

What is Recovery Anyway? May 21st, 2019

What is recovery anyway? What’s the difference between sobriety and recovery? Both concepts may seem equally undesirable during the first phases of help-seeking for addiction, alcoholism or other behaviors that no longer serve us. The idea of sobriety may at first seem like a death sentence. We may think of...

Living in the Gray May 21st, 2019

The other day I ran into a friend who is also in recovery. We started talking about the ever-elusive idea of a life in balance. We recognized our tendencies to go toward one extreme or the other, to see people and events as either all good or all bad. This...

Cocktail Hour Begins at 11AM for Emily May 21st, 2019

It’s 11:00am and the kids are in school, her husband is at work, her friends are either at the gym or, she imagines, making lunch plans and after school play dates for their children. They chat together and complain about their kid’s teacher and too much homework, or the ridiculous...

Is Surrender for Suckers? May 21st, 2019

I used to think so. I was of the mind that if I couldn’t will it to happen, I was doing something wrong. If I didn’t get that job, earn that grade or have that happiness I wanted, then I just needed to try harder. While this thinking resulted in...

Heavy Heart, A family loses their son to suicide May 21st, 2019

It is with a heavy heart that I write this today. The world of mental illness, of depression and suicide is brought close to home once again. My friend called to tell me that she just got a call that her nephew, 27 years old, shot himself. I went to...

When My Fallback is My Downfall May 21st, 2019

“That’s just the way I am”. How many times have we heard ourselves or someone else justify behavior with this statement? A more accurate statement might be “I don’t know how to act any differently”. The first proclamation smacks of an acceptance of personal qualities or behavior no matter their...

Treating a Dual Diagnosis of Depression and Addiction May 21st, 2019

Physiological and psychiatric disorders put the Dual in our Dual Diagnosis and addiction treatment. For 22 years we've treated substance abuse in conjunction with mental health issues such as bipolar disorder, anxiety, trauma and of course, depression of the most debilitating kind. And it is from the perspective of this...

Bravely Balancing Positive Attitudes & Negative Feelings in Recovery May 21st, 2019

Many of us often have the idea that because it’s been years since we’ve been to treatment or started recovery or therapy, we shouldn’t have the “negative feelings” that we do. This can start us down the “shame spiral” or what some have referred to as “feeling bad about feeling...

Holiday Triggers an Interview with Dr. Khaleghi May 21st, 2019

Interviewer: If it hurts when you do that, finally here’s somebody that doesn’t say, ‘then don’t do that.’ In southern California call 1-800-222-5222. Across America, it’s 1-888-798-5222. It’s Dr. Kipper and Tilden, The Medical Show. Drs. Khalighi’s are here from Creative Care in Malibu. Our friends, because this is the...

Reminded by Nature that We Are Enough May 21st, 2019

ACCEPTANCE by Charlotte Tall Mountain In nature,I am neither rich nor poor,Neither old or youngModern or old-fashionedMy vestments, appropriateto the heat or coolAre indifferent to her She doesn’t care if I amemployed or idleWhether I’ve paid my bills on timeOr if I will be the recipientof a grand prizeI cannot impress...

Elderly Substance Abuse: “The Obscured Plague” May 21st, 2019

Substance abuse among the elderly (60-years and older) is one of the fastest growing health problems facing the country in recent years. Despite the fact the number of elderly persons caught in the web of addiction increases over time, the problem remains under-diagnosed, underrated and misunderstood. Alcohol and prescription drug...

The Use of Psychedelic Drugs to Fight Alcoholism May 21st, 2019

Long before L.S.D. hit the cultural landscape in the 1960’s, it’s use was for entirely different things than consciousness expansion. Aside from the military and CIA, who were experimenting with L.S.D. for its potential as a ‘mind-control’ or truth serum, several doctors in different countries were conducting experiments with the...

Top-10 Do’s & Don’ts in Treatment May 21st, 2019

Rehab isn’t easy, and despite any amenities and conveniences that the treatment center you choose may have, it’s designed to be challenging. Aside from healing, you’re there to work.  With that said, there are a few general rules of thumb that are a good idea to keep in mind when...

Dr. Khaleghi Interview May 21st, 2019

Interviewer: 790, KABC. While Dr. Kipper will answer your questions to the best of his ability, please remember that an on-air diagnosis is not intended to be recommended course of action. You should consult with your own physician before making any decisions about your health. Dr. Khaleghi: Good. How are...