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Substance abuse treatment focusing on overall mental health

OCEANSIDE — Those seeking treatment who are suffering from substance abuse and mental health often spend time in multiple facilities in their quest for recovery. According to Jacqueline Ortega, CEO of Mindful Rejuvenation, many traditional treatment centers aren’t focusing on the underlying causes of a patient’s addiction.

Without determining and treating those issues for each patient and preparing them for life beyond treatment, they often exit programs ill-equipped to maintain recovery and forward with their lives.

Mindful Rejuvenation was born out of what Ortega, and her partners, Lily Munroe, LVN, Sanjai Thankachen, MD and Clint Salo Do, saw as a deficit in treatment. “Lily and I, along with our other two partners, worked at numerous treatment centers,” she said.” “We continued to see the same things happening, as patients were cycled through the treatment  center system with little to  no success. We decided to  start our own facility, where  we could treat as we see  fit — true individualized  treatment.”

Mindful Rejuvenation  looks at the whole person and services are provided  based on the needs of that  person, so that the addiction and its causes can both be treated. “Addiction is  usually the reaction and  not the cause,” Ortega said. “So we start by identifying the root of patients’  sub stance abuse. We also  treat pure mental health  such as schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, PTSD,  ADHD, panic disorders,  and grief and loss. We  provide our patients with  tools to cope with what  they are feeling and get  them ready to function again in society.”

The outpatient facility uses a combination of  therapy, holistic approaches  and ancillary services in  its treatment. Ancillary  services provided at Mindful Rejuvenation include music therapy, Qigong, Pilates and NAD treatment among others. Ortega said the response has been overwhelmingly positive. “We believe that there are other methods to  maintain sobriety besides  a 12 step method,” Ortega  said.

Mindful Rejuvenation is a full-service integrated treatment facility. “We have psychiatrists on staff who can evaluate and prescribe,” Ortega said. “We  have licensed therapists, registered case managers  and offer individual, group and family therapy.” Family interaction is highly  encouraged, providing for  the family a safe support system for the patient.

Patient programs can vary from 30 to 90 days and possibly longer based on an individual’s treatment plan and transition to an alumni program that includes check-ins. “We foster long-term relationships and value continuity of care,” Ortega said. “Our patients can come back and get  help, from speaking to a therapist to career help and more.”

A goal of the team at the facility, since it is in such close proximity to Camp Pendleton, is expanding its work with veterans. “My partner Lily worked in the psychiatric department at the VA for nine years and has great compassion to help veterans,” Ortega said.

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