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Telehealth Counseling: How to Get Help During Quarantine

Restrictions on social interactions as prompted by the pandemic of COVID-19 on American soil are being slowly lifted. As many governmental leaders are repeatedly emphasizing, this easing of social distancing guidelines doesn’t mean that life is returning to the way it was, before. People are still being encouraged to keep a good distance between themselves,…

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How to Take Care of Your Mental Health During Quarantine

Reports of mental health disorder had been concerning before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, with as many as 1 in 5 people in the United States reporting symptoms. As of April of this year, it is estimated that nearly half of Americans report that their mental health has suffered, and that number is expected to increase…

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Loneliness: Why Some Are Struggling More During the COVID-19 Quarantine

Many argue that we have had a long-standing loneliness epidemic in this country. With the onset of the coronavirus pandemic and mandated social distancing/quarantine many people are now forcibly isolated and feeling alone. You’ll see news articles indicating this much. But what is a more scientifically integrated take on loneliness and quarantine? Recently, medical professionals…

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The Benefits of Online Anxiety Therapy

Anxiety is characterized by a sense of fear, worry, or dread about the future. Under normal conditions, severe anxiety affects at least 40 million people in the United States each year. With the disruption to routine and uncertainty about the future that the current COVID-19 pandemic brings, that number is likely much higher. Of those…

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Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms Timeline And Treatment

Overcoming alcohol addiction may result in withdrawal symptoms. Here’s what you need to know about the alcohol withdrawal symptoms timeline. In this article, we’re taking a closer look at the alcohol withdrawal symptoms timeline so you know what to expect. Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms Timeline Can Vary For Each Individual Addiction to alcohol can have detrimental…

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8 Signs of Substance Abuse

Substance abuse often leads to addiction, which often has a detrimental impact on various aspects of life. If you suspect you or a loved one may be abusing substances and developing an addiction, it’s important to address the problem sooner than later. In this article, we’re taking a closer look at the common signs of…

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What is Teletherapy?

Often, technology advances more rapidly than do our approaches to effective treatment. While many therapists and medical practitioners have been promoting the benefits of telehealth treatment for some time, it is only during this current tragedy of the COVID-19 pandemic that regulation boards are having to take a serious look at it as a viable…

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The Issues with Cannabis

Most treatment centers are taking a strongly anti-cannabis stand. Some even go so far as to ignore the research that shows different types of cannabis blends have different medical benefits. Because we at PCI are interested in science-informed treatment, we take a more neutral stance on cannabis. (Full disclosure: we encourage most if not all…

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Hallucinogens/Psychedelics

The psychedelics (or Hallucinogens) are a class of drugs that have a profound cultural mythos. They are often associated with social rebellion of the 1960’s and 70’s, and, conversely, with “spiritual” personalities and religious figures across dozens of cultures. Most people have either an automatically positive or negative view of these types of drugs. In…

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What is IOP and how can it help?

Many of you have probably encountered the acronym IOP when searching for treatment or checking treatment centers in your area. We want to use this blog post to explain what IOP is. It’s an important treatment option, and how it is supposed to serve people struggling with mental illness and addiction disorders. IOP Explained So…

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Important Notice Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Medical: The treatment team at PCI deeply recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused immense challenges and has upended many facets of normal life, but uniquely impacts those suffering with addiction. Extreme measures such as social distancing and remaining homebound during this time can amplify feelings of loneliness and isolation, which can lead vulnerable people…

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A Case for Wellness

Why Wellness? Research has always shown that healthy relationships are the foundation of health and well-being. The problem is, we often struggle with relationships and other aspects of well-being, or wellness, in a way that results in mental health problems. Often, due to busy work lives or intense social obligations, we slowly begin neglecting our basic needs to…

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What We Offer in Addition to Addiction Disorder Treatment

At PCI Centers, we are mostly known for our addiction disorder treatment. We have helped many to discover and eventually overcome the underlying traumas and other issues that have made them more vulnerable to addictions. That’s often the focus of our Intensive Outpatient Program. However, we also offer other treatments for those in our Outpatient…

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How to Strengthen Your Adaptive Coping Mechanisms

Adaptive Coping Mechanisms: Maladaptive Coping  Bad things happen to us every day. Maybe there’s an accident ahead of you on the highway that makes you late for work. Perhaps you come home to find that your kids have broken something valuable. Maybe a partner has broken up with you, or some other negative thing has…

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Alcohol Treatment in LA, Even for the High Functioning

The image of someone that’s struggling with an addiction to alcohol often seems to be someone that is, well, struggling. We tend to think of them in dirty clothes, unable to move out of bed, drinking only very early in the morning, not holding down their job, and so forth. Yes, there are many people…

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Signs You Might Need Help with Anger Management

Everyone gets angry. When things go wrong or something makes you upset, you get angry. That’s natural. But, what’s not natural is when your anger doesn’t go away or when you’re angry seemingly all of the time. Some people genuinely need anger management help. That said, it’s not easy to always tell the difference between…

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Quality Sober Living: Getting Sober and Enjoying Life

Simply staying sober might not actually be quality sober living. Certainly, living sober is better than the alternative. But, there’s more to life than just staying sober. At PCI Centers, we work with our residents on wellness. Changing previous behavior is a major portion of that, stopping the negative habits and traits that might have…

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Some Things to Keep in Mind Before you Go to a Westlake Drug Rehab

If you’ve been doing online research into drug rehabs for any length of time, you’ve probably noticed that almost all of them discuss what’s going to happen once you’re there. They might discuss all of the facilities, the resumes of the professionals, how they’ll help you to deal with the underlying issues which are causing…

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