It can be difficult to moderate alcohol intake in a culture that validates and, in some instances, even glorifies heavy drinking. People living in Hacienda Heights, California, and other parts of Los Angeles County, may feel like heavy alcohol use is all around them. Data collected by the county’s public health department in 2011 found that 23% of adults reported binge drinking in the past 30 days, with Latino men having the highest rate of binge drinking of any population group in the county at 27%.1
Some people who have an alcohol use disorder may not even realize they have a problem because their drinking doesn’t seem that different than that of their friends and family, or what they see on TV. They may also be reluctant to receive treatment for their alcohol use, based on the fear that they will no longer be able to socialize with friends and family. Alcohol rehab is the best place from people to learn how to identify the situations that trigger heavy alcohol use and respond to those situations without relapsing. Rehab patients learn how to decline drinks in social situations and come to understand that they cannot drink the way that other people do.
Alcohol is not the only addictive substance treated in addiction rehab. People who abuse prescription painkillers, methamphetamine, heroin, or cocaine must all learn to form a new identity without their drug of choice.
Sobriety requires some lifestyle changes. While no one is expected to give up their family members, friends, or coworkers, it is important to learn how to stand on your own two feet in recovery no matter what the temptation may be. If you’re a Hacienda Heights resident ready to get started in recovery, the rehab centers in this directory are a great place to start.
- County of Los Angeles Public Health. (2015). Substance Abuse Prevention and Control: Medical Director’s Brief.