Year after year, millions of people struggle with the life-changing effects of drug and alcohol addiction. Recent data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health indicate up to 22 million Americans have a substance use disorder. Addiction is not a disease of age or gender. Of the 22 million people who meet the diagnostic criteria for a substance use disorder as defined by the recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, hundreds of thousands are between ages twelve and eighteen. And although the number of males who struggle with addiction often exceeds females, both genders experience the symptoms and challenges of addiction.
Spirit Mountain Recovery is here to help men, 18 years of age or older in finding their personal path to freedom from substance use disorder today.
The first and often most challenging step many with substance use disorders face as they start treatment is detox. The process of detoxing from drugs and alcohol allows the body to rid itself of the harmful effects of toxic substances. Detoxing allows your vital body systems to function normally again without needing alcohol or a particular drug to achieve their necessary functions. Although essential to successful addiction treatment and ongoing sobriety, detox is not a simple process. Withdrawal symptoms of varying severity often accompany the early stages of detox.
As you begin to detox from drugs or alcohol, you will experience withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms will vary depending on the substance (or substances) you used, how often you used, how much you used, and your previous history with addiction treatment. The process of detoxing requires actively deciding to stop using drugs or drinking alcohol. As you progress through the stages of detox, your body and your central nervous system must learn how to function without substances.
For many, detox can produce unpleasant and sometimes harmful or dangerous symptoms that should be monitored by medical professionals at a drug detox center in Utah. Ongoing substance use leads to significant changes to the body and brain. These physical and functional changes mean your brain and other vital organs learn to function because you are drinking or using drugs. Without these substances present in your body, extreme cravings occur.
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Withdrawal symptoms are not cookie-cutter or one-size-fits-all. The type and severity of the symptoms you experience during drug or alcohol withdrawal will vary from someone else. Similarly, the timeline for withdrawal will vary based on several factors, especially the substance used and how it reacts in the body. Despite the unique nature of many symptoms, several common symptoms occur in many cases.
Examples of common withdrawal symptoms occlude body aches and pains, mood and behavior changes, appetite changes, difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much, sweating, nausea, vomiting, runny nose, and headaches. In severe instances, extreme and potentially dangerous withdrawal symptoms can occur. These include seizures, heart problems, breathing problems, hallucinations, coma, and death. These are the symptoms that highlight why it can be dangerous to detox alone.
The timeline for substance withdrawal varies based on the class of drug abused. For example, withdrawal symptoms from longer-acting drugs, including many prescription pain medications, typically begin approximately 48 hours after your last dose and can persist for up to ten days. In contrast, short-acting drugs such as heroin and some prescription opioids produce withdrawal symptoms in as few as eight hours. Typically symptoms from short-acting drugs resolve within four to ten days.
Alcohol withdrawal symptoms also occur quickly. For most people, the first symptoms of alcohol withdrawal occur within hours after their last drink, with the most severe symptoms occurring during the first 24-48 hours. Severe alcohol withdrawal symptoms typically resolve within
two to four days. Withdrawal symptoms from benzodiazepine drugs, including Xanax and Ativan, usually occur within 24 hours (but can start as long as four days) after your last dose. The most severe, severe symptoms of benzodiazepine withdrawal occur during the first two weeks.
When you enter a Utah detox center, the first step is a comprehensive assessment. An assessment is a vital component to treatment plan development as it helps your treatment team members learn more about you and your treatment needs. It also provides a great deal of insight into your current physical and emotional health as you begin your sobriety journey at Spirit Mountain Recovery. The assessment process (sometimes called an intake interview) involves sitting with a member of our treatment team. They will ask questions about your physical and psychological health and your substance use and treatment history. Many of these questions are essential to helping your treatment team understand if you struggle with a co-occurring mental or physical health condition that could hinder your recovery.
Once you begin detox, our skilled and professional medical team will provide continual support throughout all stages of detox and withdrawal. They will monitor your vital signs and provide emotional and nutritional counseling to help ease the discomfort often associated with withdrawal symptoms. The high level of care and support you receive during the early days of detox can help ensure the detox process is safe and successful.
Although detox is a complex step, detox is not a standalone treatment for addiction, nor does detox signify the end of treatment. Achieving lasting sobriety requires engaging in addiction treatment therapy. Maintaining long-term sobriety is achieved by learning how to safely and effectively manage stressors and other triggers you encounter as part of your day-to-day life outside of treatment. Our treatment programs use a range of evidence-based treatment models designed to help you understand the challenges or trauma that lies at the roots of your addiction. By developing a clear understanding of what led to drug or alcohol use, it is possible to learn how to manage those challenges without drugs or alcohol in the future.
Depending on the substance you are withdrawing from, withdrawal symptoms can indeed be dangerous. Certain substances such as alcohol, opioids, benzodiazepines, and others can produce potentially lethal withdrawal symptoms that must be managed in a supervised setting. Although fatal outcomes to detox are rare, it is crucial to consider your health and safety when preparing to overcome addictions to these substances.
Additionally, withdrawal symptoms can be physically and psychologically uncomfortable. As part of a medically monitored detox program, highly trained medical and mental health professionals are here to support you throughout the detox and withdrawal process. Depending on the severity of your withdrawal symptoms, they can help by providing medications that can help to make withdrawal more manageable. A professional detox center can help not only administer these medications, but also manage medication safely. Additionally, they will monitor your vital signs, including heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing, to ensure that any potential medical complications are addressed before they become dangerous.
Whether your struggle with drug or alcohol addiction, choosing to detox at our detox center in Utah provides the best opportunity for improved treatment outcomes. Even though it seems more straightforward and less impactful on your daily life, choosing to detox without help or “cold turkey” can be dangerous and is often ineffective. When you detox in a medically supervised environment like Spirit Mountain Recovery, you can focus on healing while our professional addiction treatment professionals provide the care and guidance you need to manage withdrawal symptoms.
Our team of highly trained medical and mental health professionals at our detox center in Utah is ready to guide you through all stages of detox and addiction treatment. We are here to help you safely and effectively manage the challenges that often arise during the early stages of withdrawal. Detox is a vital first step on your journey to addiction recovery. Beginning with detox and continuing through comprehensive therapy and aftercare, we are here to ensure you complete inpatient substance abuse treatment with the tools and skills you need to prevent relapse and overcome addiction once and for all. Let the team at Spirit Mountain Recovery help you get started on a future free from drugs and alcohol.
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We believe that having a great night sleep in a comfortable setting is a baseline function for recovery. Come enjoy our Cal Spas Commander Swim Spa and In-Residence Gym. You will also not believe how clear you will be able to see the moons of Jupiter and the rings of Mars looking through our own telescope.
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They have the best team of staff and doctors on this planet. I am proud to say I am a recovering addict because of their amazing skills and treatment. They have changed my life completely and I could not have done it without them! Thank you for guiding me and paving the path for me to find my true self, and what I am capable of. You are all my family and friends.J.T.
The brotherhood of good men that have come together through addiction and recovery has created a unique approach toward spiritual wellness and care. SMR has core values that are built on service to others and a candid approach to recovery that has a deep and lasting change on the men who desire true change and empower them to overcome the disease of addiction. P.L.
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