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Steps Recovery Center recognizes how vital the mind, body, and spirit are in their connection to the whole person. We take a holistic approach to treating drug addiction that includes treating the whole person, and find that it tends to be more successful, especially since drug addiction affects every aspect of a person’s life. With a customized and individualized program, a holistic approach just makes sense. It affords an opportunity to meet the patient’s physical and psychological needs and allows them to engage physically, emotionally, and mentally.

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The Science Behind Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol is the most popular addictive substance in the world because it’s affordable. Some people can control how much they drink, whereas others have risk factors that prevent them from drinking in moderation. A person who relies on alcohol to function may have an addiction. 

Some people with alcohol addiction are high-functioning, meaning they’re able to keep track of their daily responsibilities and maintain a steady job. However, most individuals with this disorder experience negative consequences because alcohol can serve as a depressant. 

Alcohol triggers the brain’s pleasure and reward center, and a person may drink every day to experience the rewarding effects. When a person becomes addicted, their brain is chemically rewired to depend on alcohol. Some people are more likely to become addicted because their brains are more vulnerable due to mental health disorders, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. An alcohol addiction that exists alongside a mental health disorder is known as a co-occurring disorder. 

Alcohol addiction is treatable, and a person can turn to a medically-assisted alcohol detox program to receive support.

What is Medically-Assisted Benzodiazepine Detox?

A medically-assisted detox program for benzodiazepine addiction is the process of detoxification from the drug, using medication under the direct supervision of trained and licensed medical professionals. Benzos, as they’re typically called, are prescribed for anxiety disorders and can be quite addictive. Detox centered on medical assistance is the safest option for individuals who have an addiction to drugs or alcohol. People who opt out of not using medically-assisted medications to assist in reducing the effects of withdrawal have an increased risk of relapse, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

The medications that fall into the Benzodiazepine class are:

  • Xanax
  • Ativan
  • Valium
  • Restoril
  • Verced
  • Klonopin
  • Serax

What Happens in Detox?

To ensure a smooth transition regarding detox and the effects from it, medical professionals will prescribe medication under their direction and care. This usually happens shortly after the last dose of the benzodiazepine a person has taken to mitigate the withdrawal effects. This is why it’s important to enter into a recovery center where people can be monitored 24/7 and given support and care while they detox in a safe environment. 

Some of the withdrawal symptoms a person detoxing from benzos can experience includes:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Night sweats
  • Fever
  • Tremors
  • High blood pressure
  • Irritability and mood swings
  • High blood pressure
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Increased risk of seizures

These symptoms can begin shortly after stopping benzos and can last upwards of two weeks. The first two or three days is usually the most severe, so giving someone medication early on can help reduce these effects.

What to Expect After Benzodiazepine Detox

Detox is the first step in a long journey to sobriety and changed behavior, which involves various treatment modalities for a successful recovery. Once an individual has detoxed from a benzodiazepine, they will continue to get care in either a residential treatment center, partial hospitalization, or intensive outpatient services. 

Treatment methods may include counseling, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, trauma-focused therapy, group therapy, individual and family therapy, and nutritional therapy. Other therapy includes reiki, stress management, exercise, and yoga. 

It will take a change in behavior and skills taught in rehab to prevent relapse and give people the best chances of remaining sober and clean long-term. There are community support groups that help keep people accountable and yet, offer support when time’s get tough. 

Medically-assisted detox is an effective treatment method for those with any addiction, whether it’s with drugs or alcohol, and allows a person to come off a drug safely.

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Joy Downen

10 weeks ago

This place is so wonderful and all of the staff care so very much! They are very professional and they know what they are doing. Absolutely amazing facility and staff!!!
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Nathan Frame

28 weeks ago

Steps Recovery is the place you go if you want a caring and understanding program. They have helped me gain knowledge about myself and what I want/need to do. The staff there can relate and help you through core issues and they push you to do better because being in this program you know you can do big and amazing things. Also the therapists there are awesome and walk with you through struggles of life and give you the tools you truly need. Overall this place is an amazing opportunity and you’d be missing out on a lot if you chose to not at least try this program.
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Shaylesa Stulce

46 weeks ago

Steps Recovery in St. George has been amazing! I’m so excited to use the tools that I’ve learned here! The staff is amazing, and very understanding! I would recommend them to anyone struggling with addiction!
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Adam Kelly

47 weeks ago

What I liked most about my time at Steps is the atmosphere that was presented during my whole stay. I have done a lot of treatment centers and this one is by far the one I have felt I gained the most from. I would highly recommend Steps to anybody struggling with addiction!
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Gary Hanson

47 weeks ago

Steps saved our daughter’s life as well as her kids!
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Natalie Painter

Jan 1, 2019

The staff and facility is amazing- Couldn’t ask for anything better. The program is well rounded with rec activities, equine therapy, gender therapy, group therapy, individual and couples therapy, and also attends various 12 Step support groups such as AA or NA. They also have family therapy and processing with options for individual settings or in a group. These help families understand what their loved ones who suffer from addiction is going through and how to support them, and also gives them their own support system.
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BRIAN MEYER

Nov 13, 2018

This place saved my life! The therapists were very helpful, friendly and really cared about the clients wellbeing. The tech’s were alway helpful with meds and anything that was needed. House manager was amazing, had high expectations on job duties, and kept a very clean organized atmosphere. Food was always amazing. I never went hungry! The information and skills that I have learned and applied to my life are priceless. If you’re not willing to put forth the work to change your life this is not your place, but if you are this is the first Step to take. I Love everyone at Steps. Thank you for all your help
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Matthew Cromar

Aug 10, 2018

I’d been to other recovery centers before but this one was the best, it stuck because I was willing to do the work, and with the help I received from staff I am now celebrating a year of sobriety in a couple of days. Update; I’m now 18 months sober as of yesterday and I still keep in touch with my steps family. The lessons I learned at steps will stick with me for the rest of my life. Thank you for giving me my life back.
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