An Introduction to
Drug Addiction

It is important to note that there is no one-size-fits-all solution for treating and managing drug addiction. At Concise Recovery, our drug treatment programs in Los Angeles and the communities surrounding the San Fernando Valley are tailored to our clients’ unique needs. Our addiction treatment will determine the best therapies and levels of care that suit our patients. 

Drug addiction is a complex disease that can alter brain function and change the way a person thinks. Although drug abuse often leads to harmful consequences, individuals have a hard time controlling their urges and it often takes more than willpower and moral principles to break free from their addiction problems. A National Survey, which focused on drug use and health, was conducted in 2017. Results showed that nearly 20 million American adults struggled with a substance use disorder and approximately 38 percent of these individuals had an illicit drug use disorder

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Commonly Abused Substances We Treat



Prescription Drugs



Understanding Addiction

Common Signs and Symptoms of Drug Addiction

Addictions take time to develop. Some addicts may realize they have a problem after a few months of abusing a substance, while others take years to develop an addiction. Generally, the person will begin using a drug or alcohol in a social setting. They will have drinks with friends after work or do drugs at parties. As the person becomes addicted to the substance, he or she will stop using the drug socially and will begin to use it alone.

As the addiction progresses, the person will develop a tolerance. This is one of the key signs of addiction. When an addict begins to develop a tolerance for a drug, he or she will need increased amounts of the substance to “get high.” For example, someone who drinks socially might only need two drinks to get a buzz. An addict might need four or five.


Concise Recovery offers evidence-based therapies from CBT to Medication-Assisted Therapy, we provide all who enter our program with customized addiction treatment plans.

Community Focused

Our program is a community of like-minded, caring treatment professionals who aim to support our clients throughout every step of the treatment process at Concise Recovery in Los Angeles.

Multiple Locations

Concise Recovery is proud to offer 3 unique locations throughout Southern California with residential programs in Van Nuys, Sherman Oaks, and La Crescenta, giving clients multiple paths to recovery.

How Is Drug Addiction Treated?

Drug abuse and addiction can be treated through many means, including detox, medication treatment, behavioral therapy, and relapse prevention. These programs are typically applied over a period of weeks or months, either through residential facilities or on an outpatient basis. Most treatment programs are based on medical or psychotherapeutic principles, and medication is typically used when physical-somatic withdrawal symptoms are present. Here is an overall description of the treatment process that you can receive from rehab centers such as Concise Recovery- First, detox helps people stop using drugs. Next, rehab addresses the broader issues surrounding addiction. Lastly, aftercare is applied to promote long-term recovery.

Inpatient rehab is the most highly recommended type of addiction treatment program because it separates the individuals from their normal environment and patterns of behavior so they can fully engage in the treatment process without distraction or temptation. This type of rehab requires individuals to enter a facility for round-the-clock care for a set amount of time to allow them to concentrate solely on the treatment of their addiction. A variety of therapies are provided during this period, including detox support, individual counseling, group sessions, cognitive behavioral therapy, and training to recognize and counteract triggers for relapse. These combined modalities can help patients change their behavior and rebuild their lives in sobriety.

Inpatient rehab is different from outpatient care, in that the patient can be monitored 24/7 and does not have access to their usual channels for drugs or alcohol. This separation from habitual patterns can help to increase a patient’s ability to examine their behaviors and understand how addiction has affected their lives.

Did you know most insurance will help pay for rehab?

Are Medications Needed for Drug Addiction Treatment?

At our drug addiction treatment center in Los Angeles, our physicians provide excellent pharmacological therapies for our clients. We use over-the-counter medications and supplemental therapies to help alleviate withdrawal symptoms, thereby making relapse less likely. Especially in the case of opioid withdrawal, these methods provide sustainability and maintenance to prevent relapse over the long-term.

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what our clients say about us

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Concise Recovery saved my life, I was at my wits end struggling with a mixture of addictions. I checked into Concise and they helped me every step of the way to get back on me feet. They even transferred me to an aftercare program that worked with my family and their budget. Thanks Concise!
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I went to Concise as a broken soul with nothing to look forward to but death. They brought me in, detoxed me and gave me the tools I needed to be successful in my life today! Now I am gainfully employed and have my own apartment.
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I went to Concise after my mother and father died in a drunk driving accident, I wanted to get help with my alcoholism so I wouldn't end up like they did. From the second I walked through the doors at Concise I knew I was home. They gave me the love and compassion I was searching for my entire life. Today I help others who were going through a similar experience. Thank you Concise!
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What can I say, Concise Recovery changed my life. They took me in when I had nowhere else to go and completely changed my life, they even scholarshipped me the rest of my stay when my insurance cut out. Thank you Consie, you have no idea how much you changed my life.

What Are Common
Withdrawal Symptoms?

The best way to reverse the adverse effects from substance abuse is to stop any usage of the drug. Most of the time this is easier said than done because the withdrawal symptoms associated with many drugs can be severe. Symptoms can include:

  • Cold flashes
  • Restlessness
  • Diarrhea
  • Bone and muscle pain
  • Insomnia
  • Vomiting

Is Cold Turkey Detox a Safe Option for Drug Addiction Treatment?

Many addicts try to detox at home, either on their own or with the help of trusted friends and family members. While this may seem like a good idea at first, it is very unlikely to be successful or effective in the long run. That is because many addictive drugs create strong and painful withdrawal symptoms, and these withdrawal symptoms can cause the addict to abandon their efforts and go back to the drug they are trying to cleanse from their system.

It is very important for users to get professional help for their drug addictions and seek out medical detox to get them off of drugs or alcohol. No matter the drug of abuse, there is a professional detox service that can slowly and comfortably wean you off that substance. Professional detox is available, effective, and successful at Concise Recovery. Why deny the treatment you deserve and so desperately need?

Drug Addiction Treatment in
Los Angeles

If you have any questions about our drug addiction treatment programs in Los Angeles, California, do not hesitate to schedule a free consultation with Concise Recovery today.