Addiction in Young Adults For many young adults, identifying as an addict is a terrifying and foreign notion that doesn’t come easily and isn’t well understood by their peers. The field of addiction is growing and changing every day, with research continually working to identify the factors in the environment and genetic makeup of individuals that causes some people to
At Optimum Performance Institute we treat the WHOLE person. While this is a familiar phrase to most, what does “the whole person” actually mean? What constitutes a whole human being? Most think of their minds and bodies as separate parts of a self, whereas treating the whole person means looking beyond a physical diagnosis and helping people to experience a
For the last two decades, maladaptive Internet use and addiction have been on the rise among adolescents and young adults. Residential and intensive outpatient treatment centers have emerged with treatment programs for Internet addiction. Community centers and college campuses have also begun to address the maladaptive use of online gaming and internet use. The Internet is a unique paradox. On
Most people struggling with addiction have found it challenging to rebuild their lives on a foundation of sobriety. Each new activity is approached with thoughts like, “How can I do this sober” and “I was only able to do this before because I drank/used.” Life met with sobriety can be a whole new learning process. Like a toddler learning how
Every September during National Recovery Month, the Addictions Counseling Department, along with the entire Optimum Performance Institute, takes time to reflect on the recoveries of our clients, family and friends, and even our own. Recovery doesn’t always look the way people think it does. The process of recovery can relate to traumatic events in childhood, illnesses, substance abuse, people, places
Young adults aged 17–28 in the Los Angeles area who need help defining goals and becoming independent can now participate in a unique Intensive Outpatient Program at the Optimum Performance Institute. This program offers everything from individual and group psychotherapy, life coaching and career development classes to Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), yoga, tennis, hiking and jam sessions. The OPI Intensive
In a recent discussion, we sat down with our Director of Addiction Counseling Services for OPI Living programs, Jacqueline Mullis, MA, and discussed her involvement and department’s role with program participants. The Department of Addiction Counseling Services supports the Optimum Performance Institute, specialized OPI Intensive and our new Intensive Outpatient Services. Q: How do you individualize your approach with participants?
Jacqueline Mullis, MA, Director of Addiction Counseling Services at OPI, recently visited La Ventana Treatment Center for an educational seminar on Bath Salts, given by Neva Chauppette, Psy D. The following notes highlight some of Dr. Chaupette’s key points about addiction, and then more specifically, the drug Bath Salts. To begin with, the drug is never really the problem. Dr.