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Tackling addiction: Central Coast Freedom Center wants to help 

For many people, coping is a hard thing to accomplish, and for some it comes in the form of addiction. Addiction is at its boiling point now more than ever; the death rates are exceptionally high this year, especially among teens.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 23.5 million persons aged 12 or older needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol abuse problem in 2009 (9.3 percent of persons aged 12 or older.) Of these, only 2.6 million—11.2 percent of those who needed treatment—received it at a specialty facility.

click to enlarge PATH TO RECOVERY:  Central Coast Freedom Center offers a number of services and classes for people looking to recover from substance abuse issues. - IMAGES COURTSY CENTRAL COAST FREEDOM CENTER
  • PATH TO RECOVERY: Central Coast Freedom Center offers a number of services and classes for people looking to recover from substance abuse issues.

Central Coast Freedom Center knows this, and has taken action to help teens and adults alike to successfully overcome this chronic and fatal disease. Brandy Sanders, an intake coordinator at Central Coast Freedom Center, first got interested in the company in January of this year and started working to 
“help the community with addiction,” Sanders said.

Sanders revealed that the company is not connected to the county at all—it is fully independent and fresh out of the womb of up-and-coming treatment/detox centers in Central California. Central Coast Freedom Center was jump-started thanks to Artemis Hill Recovery Services in Long Beach.

“They started themselves,” Sanders said about the giant. Because addiction has skyrocketed recently, there are multiple stories heard from the people who choose to walk inside the center’s doors. Sanders said that “the willingness to get help, to be sober, and help themselves to be a better person” drives them into the center doors in the first place.

Ambitious and promising applications aren’t anything new to anyone; the company certainly doesn’t disappoint with their own twist on a sort of public offering/mission statement. According to “The mission of CCFC Drug and Alcohol treatment programs is to provide a safe and drug-free therapeutic environment for those needing the support to obtain and remain sober.”

They have an even more promising philosophy: “Central Coast Freedom Center programs range based on an individual’s needs and provide therapeutic community, education, and support to clients committed to sobriety. The treatment program is a strength-based program built on a therapeutic community model. Program staff facilitates the development of a core group of clean and sober peers into a working community. The Central Coast Freedom Center welcomes patients to a facility that is clean, comfortable, and stable. Our staff and counselors work on helping patients through the initial steps of the recovery process. We promise to serve our clients in the most discreet, sincere, and compassionate manner. Each individual possesses the strength to force change and enjoy a more fulfilling life. We are committed to making the client feel safe and enjoy continuous support throughout the recovery period. We work with several addiction specialists and assist clients through family therapy, group therapy, 12-step recovery, alcohol and drug education, and holistic treatment.”

The Central Coast Freedom Center offers numerous programs that help specifically with each individual’s needs. The list is as follows: partial hospitalization program, relapse prevention, outpatient treatment, addiction treatment, alcohol treatment, intensive outpatient treatment, substance abuse, group therapy sessions, family therapy, and medical intervention. One of the most important of these during the process of recovery is relapse prevention; according to, relapse prevention “provides a number of prevention techniques to prevent relapse at the emotional and mental stage. Programs are available to restore emotional balance and provide the right resources for recovery. The 12-step meetings can be an excellent option since the individual is exposed to several strategies and sources of support. Additional solutions include positive activities, group therapy, individual sessions, and hobbies.”

Daily process groups are offered five days a week from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central Coast Freedom Center is open from Monday to Friday; for information on how to make an appointment, visit, or call 242-9900.

Fast fact

Hospice SLO, a non-medical, volunteer hospice organization that works closely with families who are suffering from any life-threatening disease, are looking for volunteers. Six-week classes are being held four hours per week, through March 27. Hours are from 1 to 5 p.m. For a workbook, it will cost $30. The training will be held at 990 James Way, Pismo Beach. For more information, call 544-1970.


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