From our Recovery Blog

The final patient of the Champion Center successfully completed chemical dependency detoxification treatment and graduated from the facility on June 23. Champion Center opened in November 2014 and is located at 303 S. C St., the site of the former Lompoc Hospital. In its almost three years of operation, the Champion Center provided medical detox, residential treatment, and sober living components, as well as Outpatient Partial Hospitalization and intensive outpatient treatment for chemical dependency patients.

Difficult Childhood

Merriam-Webster defines Trauma as: “A very difficult or unpleasant experience that causes someone to have mental or emotional problems usually for a long time.”

Trauma can stem from abuse, neglect or other painful experiences. Its implications for treatment are a widely researched topic.

An addiction wake-up call

Two years ago, I died.

At 9 p.m. on March 15, 2015, my years-long drug addiction caught up with me. My body overdosed.  With my 5-year-old son watching in confusion, my wife performed CPR on me as I lay on our bedroom floor. I laid in the hospital unconscious with a blood oxygen level of 12 for many hours. After many shots of Narcan and prayers, I woke up and my world had changed forever.