Frequently Asked Questions
Below is a small list of withdrawal symptoms from commonly abused substances:Alcohol withdrawal:
- Many alcoholics experience ‘the shakes’ approximately 12–24 hours after their last drink. The shakes are tremors caused by over-excitation of the central nervous system.
- Tremors may be accompanied by tachycardia, diaphoresis, anorexia and insomnia.
- After 24–72 hours, the alcoholic may have seizures.
- Delirium tremens (DT) may begin 3-5 days after the last drink. DT is characterized by disorientation, fever, and visual hallucinations. DT is a medical emergency and should be treated on an in-patient basis.
- Withdrawal symptoms from opioids may begin just a few hours after last use.
- Along with a strong craving for the drug, opioid withdrawal may produces yawning, tears, diarrhea, and abdominal cramping.
- Symptoms of withdrawal usually peak around 48 hours and again at 72 hours after last use.
- Withdrawal usually subsides after one week, but some heavily dependent users may have mild symptoms for up to six months.
- Although physically uncomfortable, opioid withdrawal is not life threatening.
- Actual withdrawal is fairly mild, but feelings of extreme distress are common
- Complaints of depression, increased appetite, abdominal cramping, diarrhea and headache
- Withdrawal from benzodiazepines is often a long and uncomfortable process.
- Benzodiazepine users may experience shakes and tremors during detox
- Some heavily dependent users may continue to experience withdrawal symptoms for several months after their last use.
- Benzodiazepine detox should be medically supervised to provide for safety and comfort
- Anxiety/panic attacks
- Ruminating negative thoughts
- Rapid mood changes
- Difficulty concentrating
- Intense cravings
- Feeling of helplessness/hopelessness
- Hyper-sensitive to stimulation (light and noise)
- Joint pain
- Blurred vision
- Itchy skin
- Fluctuations in body temperature
- Loss of appetite
- Flu like symptoms
- Sexual dysfunction
- Extreme thirst
- Difficulty swallowing
Cocaine, stimulant and hallucinogen withdrawal:Cocaine, stimulants and hallucinogens do not have a typical physical withdrawal pattern. These drugs are considered psychologically addicting rather than physically addicting. Nevertheless, the pain and misery associated with discontinued use can lead the individual to feel extreme amounts of physical discomfort, distress, anxiety, restlessness, cravings and depression.
We ask that new clients commit to a minimum of 30 days, which is the length of our core curriculum. Our innovative curriculum incorporates biological, psychological, social, and spiritual content each week. However, often our clients extend their treatment at Alta Mira to 60 days or longer.
Some of our clients enter Alta Mira in the 90-day program, which is designed for individuals who may have had prior treatment episodes, a complex detox, and / or significant co-occurring medical or psychiatric issues. The 90-day program also allows clients an opportunity to work on other issues that may be affecting their ability to achieve lasting recovery including codependency, trauma and cross-addiction. The average length of stay varies based on, among other things, severity of withdrawal symptoms, completion of clinical assignments and overall progress in treatment. Clinical research studies indicate that long term sobriety rates are highly correlated with treatment lengths of stay that are 90 days or greater.
- Double room with shared bath
- Private room with private bath
- Private suite (single room with private bath)
We do not accept insurance.
In some cases, insurance companies will reimburse at a rate consistent with their “reasonable and customary” charges for “out of network” residential substance abuse treatment. It is the client’s responsibility to negotiate with his or her insurance company for reimbursement.
Life at Alta Mira
|7:30—8:00||Morning Community Meeting|
|8:00—9:00||Yoga / Group Acupuncture / Tai Chi|
|9:00—10:00||Lecture on Neurobiology of Addiction|
|1:00—2:00||Recovery Skills Group|
|4:00—6:00||Massage, Acupuncture, Self Care|
|7:00—9:00||Support Group Meetings|
|9:30—10:30||Self Care and Medication|
- Gourmet meals
- Private and double room accommodations
- Weekly massage or acupuncture
- Yoga three times a week
- Art and music therapy
- Equine therapy
- Intensive 4-Day Family Program
- A variety of off-site sober fun activities (e.g., movies, museums, community events, etc.)
- Adventure therapy (e.g., hiking, kayaking, sailing, etc.)
- All licensed primary therapists
- A clinical staff to client ratio of 1:2 during the days, 1:3 in the evenings and 1:6 overnight.
With the patient’s consent, we include the family and referral source in our evaluation, treatment and discharge planning. We believe that outside support is crucial for long-term recovery. Our model for family therapy is comprehensive and unique. With the client’s authorization family members receive weekly updates and inclusion in our 4-day family program, which includes private family therapy, psychoeducation and multi-family process groups.