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More than 20 million Americans struggle with alcohol or drug abuse, and finding truly helpful treatment can often be challenging and time consuming.

To support your decision to seek help and to aid in your early recovery process, your friends at Colusa County Recovery have compiled a list of resources with various treatment options to celebrate your journey of recovery back to a state of wholeness, healing and personal resilience.


Detoxification, or detox, is the process of letting the body remove the drugs in it.


The purpose of detox is to safely manage withdrawal symptoms when someone stops taking drugs or alcohol.


Everyone has a different experience with detox. The type of drug and how long it was used affect what detox will be like.


Medications used in detox help keep former users comfortable while the drugs leave their body.


It can take days or months to get through withdrawal symptoms for most drugs. The length of withdrawal depends on a number of factors, including:

  • Type of substance used

  • The duration that an addiction has lasted

  • The severity of the addiction

  • Method of abuse (snorting, smoking, injecting, or swallowing)

  • The amount of a substance the user takes

  • Family history

  • Genetic makeup

  • Medical condition

  • Underlying mental health conditions


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The Importance of Mental and Emotional Health in Sobriety

(Colusa County Recovery) - Achieving and maintaining sobriety is a complex journey that requires ongoing commitment and support. While abstaining from substance use is a critical component of recovery, it is equally important to address the underlying issues that may have led to addiction in the first place. This is where mental and emotional health comes into play.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), "Recovery from mental disorders and substance use disorders is a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential." In other words, true recovery goes beyond simply stopping substance use; it involves healing and growth in all areas of life.


One of the most important aspects of mental and emotional health in sobriety is developing personal resilience. This includes building coping skills and healthy habits to manage stress, anxiety, and other difficult emotions that can trigger a relapse. As Susan Wagenaar, founder of Colusa County Recovery, points out, "In order to achieve long-term sobriety, individuals must focus on their well-being and personal resilience, which involves developing healthy habits that support their recovery journey."


“In addition to building resilience, addressing mental and emotional health issues through therapy, drug counseling, and support groups can also be crucial in maintaining sobriety,” says Wagenaar. “This can help individuals process past traumas or negative experiences that may have contributed to their addiction, as well as develop healthy communication skills and coping strategies.”


Ultimately, the journey to sobriety is a unique and personal one, but it is important to remember that mental and emotional health are integral components of the recovery process. With the right support, resources, and focus on mental and emotional health, individuals can achieve lasting sobriety and live their best life.

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Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) is a type of behavioral therapy designed to decrease the likelihood of someone returning to abusing chemical substances, alcohol or both.

It teaches people with substance use disorders how to focus on the moral aspects of their illness, and the social consequences associated with using drugs and alcohol.  Learn More

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Dear friend,

If you are struggling with addiction, know that you are not alone. As the founder of Colusa County Recovery, I can relate to what you are going through. There are many people in our community who are eager to help you break free from the chains of addiction and support you on your journey to recovery, myself included. Asking for help can be daunting, but it's also the most courageous step you can take towards a better future.

There are numerous resources available to you, including treatment programs, counseling services, support groups, and self-help materials on this platform. Stay strong, and remember, recovery is possible, and we are here to support you every step of the way.

Susan Wagenaar






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Alcoholics Anonymous most effective path to alcohol abstinence


A Stanford researcher and two collaborators conducted an extensive review of Alcoholics Anonymous studies and found that the fellowship helps more people achieve sobriety than therapy does.  After evaluating 35 studies — involving the work of 145 scientists and the outcomes of 10,080 participants — Keith Humphreys, PhD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, and his fellow investigators determined that AA was nearly always found to be more effective than psychotherapy in achieving abstinence. In addition, most studies showed that AA participation lowered health care costs. Learn more

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