Transformations Care

Addiction Recovery for a Loved One

Addiction Recovery is the Answer

Watching someone you love falling through a downward spiral of self-destruction is one of the most painful and helpless sensations we may go through in life. There seems to be so much we can do for the people we love, so much they bring to enrich our lives, but when it comes to the addiction recovery we know they need, we can feel stuck. Addiction doesn’t care how smart its victims are. It doesn’t care about their potential or what they might have accomplished in their lives.

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Addiction does not care how much love they brought to others or how kind or selfless they may have been. Addiction recovery exists because nothing else can halt the relentless march of this disease. Make no mistake, addiction is a disease. Transformations Care understands this better than most. We were founded by people in recovery. Almost everyone who works here has had their lives touched by addiction. Whether they were addicted themselves or watched someone they love suffer from this disease.

Transformations Care Takes Addiction Personally

We take addiction personally because for us it is personal. At Transformations Care we do what we do because we know there is a way out. We know the way forward. It wasn’t enough for us to sit on the sidelines once we or our loved ones were in the clear. Our program of addiction recovery teaches us that we only get to keep what we have by continuing to carry the message and bring that same lifeline to others.

This is what we do in our personal and professional lives. We believe it’s what we were meant to do with the rest of our lives. Many people misunderstand the disease model of addiction. The fact that addiction is a disease does not mean that the person who is addicted holds no responsibility for their behavior.

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What it does mean is that the person cannot rely upon willpower or discipline alone to overcome their illness. Addiction recovery is not a matter of willpower. A person who is addicted can no more “will themselves” not to be addicted then a diabetic can will their pancreas to create insulin. But the diabetic does have a responsibility to take their medication and to eat properly and to ask for help or accept it when it’s offered.

The Disease Model of Addiction

Addiction recovery is the help that is offered when it comes to addiction. It is the medicine that can keep addicts alive. This is an important distinction to make when considering addiction recovery as a solution. No, it is not your loved one’s fault that they are an addict. But it is their responsibility to do what they can to manage their disease. This means accepting outside help.

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Addiction recovery by its nature is a team effort. It’s participatory. People who are in the throes of addiction need a hand up to pull them out of the downward spiral. Once they are safe it’s only a momentary respite. Imagine the calm in the eye of the storm. That’s early recovery. You breathe a sigh of relief knowing the person you love is safe, for now. But the work is just beginning. Addiction recovery is best thought of as a continuous process of maintenance. Not a procedure that we perform once.

One thing we will always do at Transformations Care is give you the whole truth. Honesty, courage and authenticity are our brand. Because real addiction recovery doesn’t exist without those three elements. The truth is that no drug and alcohol treatment center can “cure addiction”. If you every come across someone making that claim, run as fast as you can in the other direction because they are trying to sell you a bill of goods.

Recovering People Make the World a Better Place

Addiction recovery isn’t about a “cure”. Medical science may someday invent such a thing, but it doesn’t exist today. But don’t despair. The fact that addiction recovery is hard work and that it must continue for life is actually a blessing in disguise. That may sound a little wild but stick with us. The truth is that if there was just a pill we could take that would erase our addiction, we would not get any of the character development or spiritual growth that comes from the WORK of addiction recovery. This process gives us so much more than just freedom from addiction.

 It makes us better people. We learn to live in gratitude and wonder. People in recovery learn to love more deeply and to appreciate others in a way they never could before. They develop newfound empathy and insight. The rewards of addiction recovery go so, so, so far beyond simply staying off drugs and alcohol.

This is about much more than learning not to destroy yourself and the people around you. Addiction recovery empowers us to do more than simply “not harm”. Recovered addicts and alcoholics make the world a better place. They bring more love and understanding in a world that seems to need it more than ever. The truth is that most people could benefit from practicing the principles of recovery in their lives. It just so happens that addicts and alcoholics need them to survive.

How Transformations Care Sparks Addiction Recovery

What we do at Transformations Care is simple, but incredibly powerful. We start by making people safe. In the detox phase of treatment, we medically stabilize your loved one so they can come off of drugs or alcohol safely. That needs to happen before anything else. The real work of addiction recovery begins after the fog starts to clear though.

Beginning in our residential addiction recovery program, we begin to open their minds. They will learn about addiction. How this illness hijacks the mind, taking away the power of choice and subverting the will. Understanding how trying to ‘white knuckle’ it and just resist cravings is futile is an important part of this. You cannot outmuscle addiction. Addiction is always stronger because it rules the pleasure centers of the brain. This is a disease which can make people value a drug over the very things we need to live. Food, water, shelter. Love. So we can’t overpower it with sheer force of will. We have to outsmart it.

Addiction is a terrible thing. It does so much damage to people’s lives. To their bodies. It tears apart families. Ruins financial security and freedom. Destroys dreams. On top of all that, it’s powerful. Addiction is so, so powerful. Because addiction is so powerful, we need every tool and edge we can get to fight it. We can’t leave anything behind in the arsenal because addicts and alcoholics are literally fighting for their lives.

Surrender to Win

This is what is meant by “surrender” by the way. People often equate that with giving up. It’s not. It’s accepting that what we’ve been doing doesn’t work. Trying to take addiction head on doesn’t work. We let go of that and we let go of addiction. That’s the surrender. We agree to stop the futile struggle and accept a better way. Outsmarting addiction starts with repairing ourselves and our lives. The mind is where addiction lives. Addiction thrives in a mind that is tormented with the echoes of trauma. Low self-worth, resentment towards oneself and others. Fear and anxiety. Anger. All of these create fertile soil for addiction to grow.

Addiction Recovery is Repair and Growth

What we do at Transformations Care is help people manifest change. We change the conditions that are allowing addiction to thrive. This is what real addiction recovery is. Not simply removing the drugs and alcohol and educating about addiction and triggers. Those things help, but only temporarily and that’s why lesser treatment programs often fail to help people stay sober in the long term. Lasting addiction recovery can only happen when we clean the mind and soul.

We open the blinds and let the light of truth in. Open the windows and doors and let fresh air blow through. That’s a metaphor for the work of addiction recovery. Identifying and processing past trauma so healing can occur is part of it. Facing our fears and the things we like least about ourselves. Being willing to change and to do the work required. Diagnosing and treating co-occurring disorders properly. If a person has depression, anxiety or another mental health disorder along with addiction, we diagnose and treat it. This is essential because those conditions are a frequent reason for relapse.

Transformations Care is Complete Addiction Recovery


The detox phase is essential. The promise of a comfortable withdrawal process goes a long way towards convincing someone to accept help. Transformations Care has a peaceful and comfortable medication-assisted detox with just 6 beds tucked away in a quiet cul-de-sac in the Los Angeles suburb of Gardena. We’re in recovery ourselves so we know how important a safe and comfortable detox is. We’ve got you.

Transformations Care Alcohol and Drug Detox in Los Angeles features:

  • Private, comfortable and peaceful 6-bed residential accommodations.
  • 24-hour medical, clinical and psychiatric support and monitoring.
  • Medication-assisted detox to help you stay comfortable, get rest and heal.

Residential Addiction Treatment

At Transformations Care, we have a no-nonsense program with a practical, effective blend of holistic and traditional addiction treatment approaches. Our comfortable accommodations foster healing and peace of mind. We practice evidence-based addiction care here and always have. In plain terms, that means we do stuff that research proves helps people get sober and stay that way. Period.

Transformations Care Residential Addiction Treatment in Los Angeles features:

  • True residential inpatient drug and alcohol treatment.
  • Holistic addiction care including art therapy and wellness.
  • Proven 12-step fellowship recovery support components (AA & NA)

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Our program is designed to fit anyone’s life. No excuses for not getting recovery and keeping it. We even offer evening IOP treatment for people who need more flexible scheduling. IOP is an evidence-based addiction treatment that is proven to improve outcomes for people with substance use disorders.

Transformations Care Intensive Outpatient Program in Los Angeles features:

  • Evidence-based Intensive Outpatient drug and alcohol treatment.
  • Practical, real-world recovery skill building and accountability.
  • Flexible scheduling with optional evening IOP and available recovery housing.

Outpatient Program and Aftercare Support

Remember, we said recovery is a way of living? It is a lifestyle. A model for healthy living and personal growth. We are invested in you loved one’s success. That’s why Transformations Care gives every client we have the privilege to treat a thorough aftercare plan to guide their recovery. Each plan is hand crafted for each client’s unique set of needs. Outpatient counseling and referrals, aftercare support and alumni services are all part of the package.

Transformations Care Addiction Outpatient in Los Angeles features:

  • Joint Commission Gold Seal Approved counseling and support.
  • Sensible, real-world recovery support, structure and accountability.
  • Meaningful connections to alumni for fellowship activities and support.

We’ve Been There and We Can Help

From medical detox to residential inpatient all the way through our intensive outpatient program, outpatient treatment and aftercare, Transformations Care guides your loved one’s addiction recovery process thoroughly. Transformations Care is dedicated to getting the one you love fully invested in personal addiction recovery.We have been down this road ourselves and we have the scars to prove it.

We know addiction and we know what it is to watch someone you love destroying themselves. Our mission is to be that safe harbor from the storm. More than that, we’ll rebuilt the ship from the waterline up. We give your loved one the tools you need to get healthy. We help them build the long-term recovery they need to continue to grow long after they leave these walls. All it takes is a phone call to put recovery in motion. Let’s do this together!