The State of Utah is experiencing an enormous increase in drug and alcohol addictions. It’s not exclusive to Utah, as across the country we are experiencing a steady increase in drug and alcohol addictions and today the Opioid epidemic is adding fuel to the fire… it’s become a raging storm of destruction and misery.
The battle against the spread of these addictions has also been expanding with various forms of treatments and programs, plus professional facilities and manpower growing to meet the demand. In Utah, there has been a serious growth of professional addiction treatment and rehabilitation programs and facilities to combat the spread of this social illness.
In this article, we will explore the nature of these addictions and mostly we will address the questions that arise in the quest for solutions. If you, or someone you love or care for, has a drug or alcohol addiction problem, the more knowledge you have about drug and alcohol addiction treatment and rehabilitation options, including what to expect when entering a program, how long you might spend there, and the costs involved, the easier it will be for you to make wise choices in choosing your course of action.
The place to begin for every addict is admitting that they have a problem. It’s hard to believe how hard that first step is for an addict. However difficult, acknowledging an addiction plus accepting and committing to a rehab program is the first hurdle and decision that needs to be made.
Psychologically, a mind shift takes place when someone suffering from an addiction finally gets to the point where they understand the dangers of continuing the habit and want to take measures to stop. It’s an important milestone and a place where all possible progress begins.
Here are answers to many of the questions you may have about the addiction recovery and rehabilitation process.
Structured treatment programs aimed at helping those struggling with addiction are often called ‘Rehabs’ or ‘Rehab centers’. Treating and recovering from drug or alcohol addiction is incredibly difficult to do alone. Your best chance is a professional treatment and therapy program provided by an experienced and proven facility.
An effective rehabilitation center will deal with multiple needs and not just substance abuse including treatment for a possible underlying mental health condition, family crisis, and traumas, work issues, or other factors that may be contributing to your addiction.
These programs treat all addictions although the most common are drugs and alcohol. You will be screened and evaluated in the intake process and the professionals working with you will design a program to treat your entire addiction… every aspect of it… including mental and emotional issues, family and social issues, your work and professional issues. Nothing will be left untouched and dealt with so that your recovery will be all-encompassing and complete in every way.
The most common is the thirty-day residential programs that have been around a long time. However, some people in a 30-day program can benefit from longer care and some stay up to 6 months or longer. Positive outcomes depend on the correct treatment length. Each situation may be different. Working with staff professionals is the best way to determine the appropriate program and length of stay.
In certain cases, for inpatient programs, it is best to be a distance away from your home due to harmful environments and temptations. In a distant location, the addict can focus entirely on his treatment program without distraction from home issues.
On the other hand outpatient treatment usually requires you to be closer to home due to daily travel requirements. If you have family and work obligations, a nearby facility with outpatient care can alleviate complications in trying to maintain those responsibilities along with succeeding in your recovery treatment.
There is a wide range of costs and expenses related to any recovery and rehabilitation program. A lot will depend on the facility or center where you choose to undergo your treatment program. High-end facilities cost a lot more than average or low-end programs. Anything you add to your program for services or treatments will add to the cost.
Inpatient facilities always cost more than outpatient treatment programs because aside from the treatment program they also provide patients with meals, lodging, and therapeutic activities.
Outpatient treatment programs vary with structured and intensive outpatient programs, weekly group and individual counseling sessions, and support group meetings of various types.
Yes, insurance payment is always considered, if available and if adequate. It depends on the facility and their particular rules and requirements regarding payment. Your insurance plan may only cover a portion of your treatment costs; it’s best that you check the details of your insurance before depending on it for payment.
Sorry, but there is no known cure for addiction. Recovering from a good treatment program and properly managing your lifelong recovery will be your only option. Be prepared for some sacrifice and lots of hard work to keep you stable and clean.
Let’s look at the usual treatment process:
We begin with identification.
Some common signs of addiction are:
It’s a warning sign if you notice these signs appearing in yourself or someone close to you. Drug addiction behaviors resemble those of alcohol abuse.
The first step is in knowing if you really have a problem and then being able to accept a treatment plan for rehabilitation and recovery. Facing a treatment for your addiction can be a frightening thing and talking to a counselor/intake specialist at an addiction center can help to alleviate your fears. The professionals on staff will help you understand the situation and help you feel supported and cared for.
Do you need an Intervention?
Sometimes a loved one is struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction and having a hard time accepting that they are addicted and/or being willing to enter into a treatment and recovery program. In such cases, it is often helpful for family and friends, and sometimes even an employer, to hold an intervention to help get the addicted individual into treatment.
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Evaluations and Intake into a program.
Upon arriving at a treatment facility you must undergo an intake protocol that defines your addiction and the severity of the problem and allows a therapist or intake professional to build a recovery and rehab program that will best serve you.
They will want all of the details and so you’ll be asked a lot of questions and it’s in your best interest to cooperate fully and answer all questions honestly.
Detox is the part of an addiction rehab program that patients fear the most. When an addicted person stops using drugs and alcohol, the body experiences the substance absence and begins to experience withdrawal symptoms.Skilled Treatment Center professionals help get patients through detoxification as safely and comfortably as possible.
Withdrawal symptoms are common and appear when you suddenly stop using an addictive substance. Some common symptoms of alcohol withdrawal include head and body aches, anxiety and frustration, irritability and irrational thinking, and in some cases physical shaking and sweating.
Drug withdrawal may resemble acute alcohol withdrawal but other symptoms may appear depending on the drug. Some additional withdrawal symptoms may include depression, intense cravings, extreme restlessness, and some physical body aches and pains.
Withdrawal symptoms can show up quickly when you stop using the substance. It’s pretty much determined by your health history, your sex, your age if you have any medical issues, and the substances you have been using.
Depending on the substance that you used and the severity of your detoxification symptoms a doctor may be able to give you prescription drugs that help to manage your symptoms by lowering your cravings and guarding against dangerous physical reactions.
You can be sure that in the detoxification and withdrawal process your progress will be carefully monitored and you will be completely safe and protected the entire time.
Once a patient has completed his intake and detoxification protocols and when he is physically and mentally able, he should begin attending group and individual therapy sessions.
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Residential Inpatient Centers
Inpatient and Outpatient treatments are opposite ends of the spectrum of addiction recovery and treatment. Inpatient programs are different in many ways from the treatment style, facility needs, program costs and style and intensity of treatment. Inpatient facilities offer 24-hour live-in care from staff personnel.
Outpatient treatment, on the other hand, involves no permanent facility or staff and involves no specific personal program… treatment is mostly by menu choices and whatever outpatient programs that are available.
Inpatient treatment is the most intense and personal form of treatment that allows live-in patients to totally focus on their addiction and recovery.
Inpatients are away from their daily lives and are better equipped in a controlled and stable environment to work through their addiction issues. A residential inpatient team approach and carefully designed addiction rehab program assure that you have attention and support when you need it.
A typical Day in the Life of a Patient undergoing treatment in a residential treatment and Recovery Center.
It should be understood that Residential Inpatient Treatment Centers are very strict, carefully structured, and organized. The structure and organization of both the program and daily activities help minimize stress and anxiety by the residents. It also provides the most supportive environment for healing and recovery. Every Center has its own programs and way of handling their schedules.
Here is an example of what a typical day in treatment might look like:
Mornings begin with a solid and healthy breakfast and then some early morning meetings. This is not a day camp and a lot of sleeping in is not part of the program. You can expect to rise early in the morning, enjoy a healthy breakfast, and get on with the program.
This disciplined regimented and structured schedule is an important part of the treatment. This process is intended to assist patients to develop new, useful and healthy habits that will become their habitual routine in their life after completion of treatment.
Your day begins in earnest after breakfast and your early morning activities. There can be group sessions and individual therapy sessions that are part of your treatment program with your counselor or therapist.
Afternoons provide the most intensive treatments of all. It’s the most really productive time in the typical program. After enjoying a hearty and healthy lunch you will jump right into more of your planned therapeutic sessions.
In some Centers treatment also includes some specialized therapeutic sessions that might be tailored to special issues or needs. There are things like anger management, stress management or grief counseling that offer techniques that you can use to handle those issues as they pop up during your treatment program.
Family therapy is a critical element in the ongoing battle with addiction and with success of your treatment program. Addiction affects the entire family and the family therapy sessions resolve many issues and family feelings are addressed as well as those of the patient. Most Centers include Family Therapy sessions at times convenient to the family and that fit into your daily schedule.
During the daily activities in the treatment program you have chosen and in addition to your normal therapy, your Center may also present special programs and guest speakers who may share their own beneficial and uplifting testimonies to the value of the treatments and how life can change for the better… these stories and testimonies will offer a taste of what success in your program can offer and what a new and rebuilt life can look like.
Some treatment centers offer supplemental therapies. Alternative therapy forms may include an exercise program, art, music, or dance therapy, various mental health and relaxation therapies and practices like meditation or biofeedback, and many other optional programs that vary according to the Center you choose.
Outpatient programs and Drop-In centers
Success in an Outpatient program depends on the relative severity of your addiction and your ability and willingness to follow the program. It takes strict discipline and dedication to your success.
If there is good family support and you feel you can benefit from daily therapy sessions and manage a program within your daily personal life you might be able to utilize outpatient treatment.
Be careful! You will need a strong and stable family support and environment to make an outpatient program work. Also, if your addiction is a severe and long-term you might benefit more from an inpatient or residential facility.
An outpatient provider allows patients to come for daily treatments and therapy and then return home daily. This allows you to continue to work or attend school and maintain your home life while undergoing treatment for your addiction.
Outpatient programs can involve all-day sessions or only treat patients for an hour or two a day. Costs are usually lower because there are fewer direct costs to the provider and fewer staff hours involved. Many insurance providers may cover the costs of Outpatient care.
Aftercare or What Happens After Successful Completion of a Treatment Program?
Some patients that successfully complete an inpatient treatment program feel that it’s helpful to live in a sheltered environment at first and then gradually move back into a normal living situation. They chose to live in a half-way house or ‘Sober Living’ house and many are available in almost all areas.
Your treatment Center can help make the arrangements and work closely with you during this transition stage and most will have an aftercare plan that could include extending the length of your treatment and/or residence in a sober-living or halfway house. An aftercare program will almost always include ongoing therapy sessions with your therapist and participation in regular assessments and progress evaluation type meetings.
12 Step Programs
We need to mention 12 step programs here. These are group therapy type meetings based on a successful program created by the founder of the AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) program.
The 12 step concept has now being used in many other long-term treatment programs for addictions such as drugs, gambling, etc. To fully understand a 12 step program and to see how they work, please accept our complimentary report that describes 12 step programs in much greater detail.
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Relapse happens and it should not be considered a failure but instead, be viewed as a part of your long-term and life-changing treatment for addiction. It’s a lifelong story and the path is not easy. If a relapse occurs, the best action is to get back to your treatment path, seek help from the professionals, and get a fresh grasp on a forward moving and ongoing lifelong commitment to recovery.
Where do we go from here?!
There are many drug and alcohol treatment Centers and programs available in the State of Utah. I recommend that you begin your search for a good treatment program for yourself or your loved one with a solid investigation and study of your personal situation, the severity of eh addiction, and what programs you might need for treatment of the addiction and a good possibility of long-term success.
The fastest help you will ever find is by contacting an Intake counselor at a good treatment center near you and asking for help. They will be 100% in your corner and freely offer advice and assistance without obligation.
My favorite Center in Utah is Chateau Recovery and the staff there are some of the most highly trained and skilled specialists in the Industry. Here is a link to their website and a bit of information about their facility. Contact information is also provided here or on the website.
“Nestled in a Beautiful Secluded and Peaceful Mountain Setting Conducive to Recovery we offer deluxe accommodations in spacious rooms with a lovely view and safe intimate settings which provide a balance of comfort and professionalism.”
“Healthy body, mind, and spirit are the results of quality recovery. Complete, healthy and personal balance is our constant focus at Chateau Recovery. We provide a safe, peaceful, and comfortable environment to practice new lifestyle changes. Each of our clients enjoys a spacious room, great food, and a balanced schedule that provides time for reflection and professional direction. The resort town of Midway, Utah and a strong local recovery community provide the perfect backdrop for the challenging task of self-improvement.”
“Our program staff is highly trained in dependence, understand the difficult journey you are undertaking and are not passive observers support, perspective, and creative opportunities are constantly available when this kind of team supports you in your recovery. Together we can help you construct a balanced path to a healthier and more meaningful life”
Addiction treatment center in Midway, Utah
Address: 375 Rainbow Ln, Midway, UT 84049, USA
Hours: Open today 6 AM– 12 AM
Phone: +1 435-654-1082