Medically Assisted Detox Center in Utah

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Medically-Assisted Detox Center in Utah

Drug addiction affects every aspect of an addict’s life. Addiction is a brain disease, as the brain controls every system in your body. And since every brain is wired differently, there is no one-size-fits-all treatment when it comes to drug rehab. 

Detoxification, or ridding your body of harmful substances like alcohol and opiates, isn’t an end. Detox is just the beginning of the withdrawal and recovery process.  

Many people fear what drug detox treatment will do to them, so they stay away. Undergoing drug or alcohol detox can be physically painful and mentally challenging. This is because harmful toxins leave your body through the detox process. 

The withdrawal process can be life-threatening without proper intervention and medication. This is why Steps Recovery Centers provide patients with a holistic, medically-assisted approach to detox.

What is Detox?

Detox, as the first step in drug rehab, rids your brain and body of harmful toxins like alcohol and drugs. Addicts cannot decrease their dependency on alcohol or drugs like opioids on their own. This is because their body has adapted to the harmful substances over time. Therefore addicts keep taking them to feel like they are functioning at their perception of normal.

The detoxification process at our drug rehab center begins with an assessment of what kinds and how much of the toxic substances are in the bloodstream. Once an evaluation is complete with additional assessments of the patient’s physical, mental and social background, the withdrawal process begins.

Withdrawal symptoms can range from mild to severe and include:

  • AChills and sweating
  • AVarious levels of anxiety and irritability
  • APalpitations
  • ACramping and gastrointestinal disturbances like diarrhea
  • AInsomnia
  • AHeadaches, muscle, and joint pain

Medical detox helps patients through the withdrawal process by using various medications to ease symptoms during the withdrawal process. Detox removes harmful substances from the body so that the body can begin to heal physically. Then patients can concentrate on rehabilitation. The detox process can be very uncomfortable and fatal in some instances; therefore, people should not detox at home. 

What is Medically-Assisted Detox?

Medically-assisted detox is often used interchangeably with medical-assisted treatment. However, detox comes before long-term treatment for substance use disorder. Medically-assisted detox at Steps Recovery Center in Utah utilizes two FDA-approved drugs to help patients through withdrawal. These medications have been widely used in substance abuse treatment.

The medications we use are:

  • ASuboxone
  • AVivitrol (only after 7-10 days from last usage)


Suboxone is the brand name for a combination of medications used to alleviate symptoms of opioid withdrawal. Suboxone contains buprenorphine and naloxone. It belongs to a class of drugs called agonist-antagonist.
Meaning that suboxone doesn't bind fully to opiate receptors in the brain. Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist. Naloxone is the antagonist. Together they offer a one-two punch against withdrawal symptoms.
Suboxone is taken orally once daily as a tablet or a melt-away film. It can be used before and after detox. It is a Class III drug, meaning it has less potential for abuse.
Patients must stop using opioids 24 to 48 hours before starting suboxone. Suboxone has fewer side effects than methadone, the most common opioid treatment.


Vivitrol is the brand name for naltrexone. It is used for alcohol dependency and opioid relapse as a comprehensive, holistic treatment plan. Vivitrol injections last for around 28 days and work by reducing the cravings for alcohol and opioids.
It is an antagonist drug that occupies receptors but does not activate them. Therefore it blocks the highs that patients expect from alcohol and opioids. Dependency is reduced, as are the incidences of relapse.
Vivitrol can be utilized in both outpatient and inpatient settings. However, outpatients must be able to abstain from alcohol while taking Vivitrol. Opioid-dependent patients must be free from opioids for at least ten days before starting treatment.

Substance Addictions Treated with Detox

Medically-assisted detox treats various substance use disorders and dependencies, whether they are stimulants or depressants.

Marijuana makes the list as tetrahydrocannabinol, better known as THC, can lead to severe symptoms in some people. These include breathing problems, hallucinations, delusions, and psychosis.

Benefits of Medically-Assisted Detox

Medically-assisted detox restores your body to normal by blocking the euphoric effects of alcohol and drugs like opioids. This helps reduce any desire or cravings for them. 

At a medically-assisted detox, patients can detox from substances comfortably. They will also have a safer detox experience and medical support during withdrawal.

Other benefits of medically-assisted detox include:

  • AAdditional treatment for comorbidities (underlying conditions)
  • ASupport from peers and medical personnel
  • AReduced risk of early relapse

Steps Recovery Centers’ holistic approach ensures that recovery does not stop after detox. Once the withdrawal symptoms end, concentration can be on the patient’s mind, body, and spirit. Our treatment center supports substance abuse and mental health throughout the journey.

Detox with Steps Recovery Centers

There are effective treatment options for medically-assisted detox in Utah. It is the first step to recovery. Denial may mean intervention by family and friends to get you into therapy. A medically-assisted detox can help change your life. 

The holistic approach to medically-assisted detox at Steps Recovery Centers starts with a physician’s assessment and diagnosis. Your interdisciplinary care team will draft a treatment plan unique to your medical needs. 

We can help people struggling with drug abuse from detox, to residential treatment programs, and beyond. Our expertise makes Steps Recovery Centers the best medically-assisted therapy in Utah.

 Contact Steps Recovery Centers when you find it’s time to make a change.

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