Recovery Blog

With this blog, you will be able to stay updated with all Champion Center news and announcements, as well as staying abreast of trends and news regarding alcoholism and addiction treatment.


People in the throes of addiction may not only misuse illegal substances, but often the negative lifestyle choices lead to other poor judgment calls, such as irregular eating habits and a bad diet. Addiction to opiates, for example, often affects the gastrointestinal system and may cause constipation.

Alcoholics often have major nutritional deficiencies, including lack of B vitamins, which can lead to anemia and neurologic issues. Alcohol abuse can also cause liver and pancreatic problems, affecting the regulation of blood sugars and absorption of fat.

Champion Center staff meeting with Millitary represenatives

After a long approval process, Champion Center is now officially a Substance Abuse Disorder Facility with TRICARE insurance.

TRICARE, a health-care program operating under the aegis of the United States Department of Defense Military Health System, secures health-care benefits for military personnel and retirees, as well as their dependents. Both types of TRICARE insurance – TRICARE Standard and TRICARE Extra – offer coverage for drug/alcohol rehabilitation. There are typically small daily co-pays.


Art Therapy Leader, Jen Fusco

Propped in one corner of the art room at Champion Center is a small white canvas with two simple images painted on it. At the top is a clearly female hand, with painted fingernails in a brilliant pink color. Below the reaching, outstretched hand is a silver bottle with two words painted on it: Grey Goose. Nearby, a black plastic bowl holds small palm-sized river rocks. Some are painted with abstract designs. Others have words and phrases: Serenity. Faith. One Day at a Time.

champion center at night

We were extremely proud to open the doors to the new, state-of-the art, Champion Center at the beginning of this year. We are now happy to share with you our weekly blog page. With this blog, you will be able to stay tuned in with all Champion Center news and announcements surrounding the center and its programs, as well as staying abreast of trends and news items regarding alcoholism and addiction treatment. Our Heroes Program offers a specialized service designed to treat our first responders: Military, Police and Fire professionals.


The new state-of-the-art program, dedicated to rehabilitating police, fire, and military veterans, has received CARF'S esteem honor.

LOMPOC, CA — October 14th, 2015 — CARF International announced that Champion Center has been accredited for a period of three years for its medical detoxification and rehabilitation programs. This is the first accreditation that the international accrediting body, CARF, has awarded to Champion Center. This makes Champion Center one of the few in the country to have earned dual accreditation - both from CARF and Center for Improvement in Healthcare Quality (CIHQ).

The FDA's recent approval of Zohydro, a powerful new opioid, have many people wondering why. Why would the agency tapped with safeguarding the American public from misusing dangerous narcotics introduce a new poisonous player in the cast of deadly high-dose drugs that will contribute to a national epidemic? There is no mistaking. This drug is potent and it can kill people.

According to experts, Zohydro is so strong that someone new to opioids could die of an overdose from just two pills, and a child could die from ingesting just one capsule. Quackery. Seems like just the word to describe the FDA's approval of Zohydro when applied to their own aforementioned guidelines. It seems that sometimes insular entities - some governmental agencies, operate within a vacuum. With the approval of Zohydro, said to be 5 to 10 times the power of Vicodin, this may be one of those instances.