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What is Addiction?

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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 those individuals with addiction, which includes treating the whole person, and find that it tends to be more successful, especially since 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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What is Addiction?

Addiction is a brain disease that manifests itself as the abuse of compulsive substance use, despite the harmful consequences. There are many types of addiction, from alcohol, drugs, gambling, or sex addiction. People with addiction have an intense focus on using these substances to the point that it rules their life.

Addictive Substances

Many substances can cause harmful changes in how the brain functions. These changes can last long after the drug’s immediate effects—the intoxication, which is the intense pleasure, calm, and heightened senses or the high caused by the drug. People can develop an addiction to the following substances:
  • Opioid painkillers, such as codeine and oxycodone, heroin
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
  • PCP, LSD, and other hallucinogens
  • Cocaine, methamphetamine, and other stimulants
  • Inhalants, such as paint thinners and glue
  • Sedatives, hypnotics, and anxiolytics (anxiety medications, such as tranquilizers)
  • Tobacco
People use or abuse these drugs for several reasons that include a feeling of pleasure, to relieve stress, to do better or improve performance, and curiosity, and peer pressure. People who are addicted to the above-mentioned substances may be aware of their addiction, but may not be able to stop it.

Symptoms of Substance Use Disorder

Addiction can cause many health problems and is the leading cause of preventable illnesses and premature death. Symptoms of substance abuse are grouped into four categories:

  • Drug effects – Tolerance (need for more of the substance to achieve the same effect); withdrawal symptoms (different per person and substance)
  • Social problems, such as failure to finish major tasks at school, work, or home; leisure activities are given up or cut back
  • Impaired control – A strong urge or craving to use the substance; desire or failed attempts to reduce or control substance use
  • Risky use – Continued use, despite known problems, or use in risky situations.

Drug Addiction Treatment

There are effective treatments for addiction, but the first step on the road to recovery is to recognize there is a problem. Sometimes, when a person denies they have a problem, families and concerned friends may stage an intervention for prompt treatment—particularly if the addicted person is harming themselves or others. It’s important to get a physician’s assessment and diagnosis, then a treatment plan can be formulated, whether that means outpatient rehab, inpatient, or at-home treatment.

Rehabilitation often includes medications used to control drug cravings and therapy that can help addicted individuals understand their motivations and behavior, develop better self-esteem, cope with anxiety and stress, and address other mental problems.
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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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