Alcohol and drug recovery

Find healing, support, and effective, long-term strategies to overcome drug and alcohol addiction from Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula’s recovery experts. Asking for help takes courage, and it’s the first step toward a better life.

Do I have a substance use problem?

Chemical dependency is the unhealthy, long-term use of mood- or mind-altering chemicals such as alcohol, drugs, and certain prescription medications. You may benefit from our program if you have:

  • Borrowed money to pay for alcohol or drugs
  • Driven a car under the influence
  • Ever felt guilty about your drug or alcohol use or hidden it from others
  • Experienced relationship problems or legal trouble due to your drug or alcohol use
  • Missed work or other commitments due to drinking, using drugs, or feeling hungover or sick afterward
  • Needed to drink or use larger amounts of alcohol or drugs over the past few months to get the same effect
  • Spent money on alcohol or drugs instead of food, housing, or other necessities
  • Thought about killing yourself during or after drinking or using drugs
  • Tried to cut back or stop without success
  • Used drugs or alcohol to get through the day, feel better about yourself, lessen social anxiety, or forget about problems

Intensive outpatient program

Receive effective drug and alcohol treatment at the Recovery Center while you continue working or going to school and living your daily life. Take part in a structured, 12-step outpatient program for adults with chemical dependency and their loved ones.

Program schedule

The program includes three-hour evening sessions held five days a week:

  • Mondays, from 5:15 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 5:45 – 9 p.m.
  • Fridays, from 5:15 – 8:30 p.m.

Most participants attend 20 sessions. If you relapse, you can attend more so you get the support you need for long-term success.

What to expect

Sessions are structured around education and group work. You'll learn:

  • Effects of substance abuse and chemical dependency on your physical, mental, and emotional health and relationships
  • Healthy coping mechanisms
  • Role of nutrition and exercise in recovery
  • Strategies to reach and maintain sobriety
  • Ways to identify and lower your risk of relapse

During the program, you'll receive random drug testing to help you stay on track.

Role of family

When beneficial, the Recovery Center prioritizes family involvement and support. Twice weekly (Mondays and Thursdays), your loved ones will:

  • Join you for educational sessions
  • Take part in separate group sessions designed for family members

Program participants and their families also receive information from Al-Anon and Nar-Anon speakers.

Follow-up services

Once you complete the program, you and your family will benefit from ongoing, weekly support for a year. Connect with understanding, supportive friends by attending an alumni group for program graduates.

Personalized treatment plan

When you call or visit us for your assessment, expect to:

  • Share information about your health and substance use history, including what substances you use and whether you have received treatment in the past
  • Talk about any withdrawal symptoms you're experiencing
  • Get answers to your questions from professionals who listen closely, without judgment
  • Learn about the services we offer
  • Provide your insurance information
  • Receive referrals to other local agencies if we think they may benefit you

To help you find freedom from substances and restore your health, we'll tailor your recovery plan to your needs and goals. Your plan may include:

  • Medical treatment, such as medically supervised detoxification or medications to ease withdrawal symptoms or reduce urges
  • Education about substance use and addiction
  • Individual (one-on-one), group, or family counseling
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Self-help techniques and skill-building to live a healthier lifestyle and better cope with daily stressors and strong emotions
  • Ongoing support (aftercare) to help you stay in recovery and prevent relapses

Highly qualified team

Throughout your recovery journey, you may interact with our:

  • Medical director, a doctor who specializes in addiction and chemical dependency treatment
  • Chemical dependency counselors and program coordinator

To best meet your needs, you may also work with other Montage Health professionals, such as mental and psychiatric health specialists or a registered dietitian.

Paying for treatment

Many insurance plans cover our services, but some require you to get a referral from your doctor first. Contact your insurance provider to learn what your plan covers.

If you need help to cover the cost of your care, you may be eligible for financial assistance.

Substance use care for kids and teens

Are you under 18 or the parent or guardian of a young person with substance use issues? Explore Ohana, a dedicated program for youth with mental and behavioral health concerns, including substance use.

Contact us today

Call the Recovery Center at:

  • (831) 373-0924 for a free, confidential assessment of whether you or someone you love 18 or older may benefit from our services. Referrals are welcome but not required from doctors, employee assistance programs (EAPs), and managed care organizations
  • (831) 624-5311 Ext. 3269 from 12:30 to 9 p.m. to schedule an appointment
  • (831) 625-4600 or toll-free at (800) 499-5135 to speak to staff or if you're a current patient with an urgent question

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