Frequently Asked Questions
When considering treatment, it’s normal to have a lot of questions. Below, we have provided a list of common questions and answers about addiction and our programs. However, please do not hesitate to call us and speak with us directly. We are always here to listen or to answer your 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 and discomfort are common.
- Complaints of depression, increased appetite, abdominal cramping, diarrhea, and headache can be part of the process.
- 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
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.
At Alta Mira, our goal is to design highly individualized treatment plans so that you receive the most effective treatment for your personal needs. Our admissions counselors will work with you to determine how long you should stay in treatment with us in order to achieve the results you want. However, studies show that individuals in recovery benefit when they stay in treatment for 90 days or more.
Among our clients at large, the average length of stay varies based on, among other things, severity of withdrawal symptoms, completion of clinical assignments, and overall progress in treatment. We ask that new clients commit to a minimum of 30 days, which is the length of our core curriculum. Often our clients decide to 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 the opportunity to work on other issues that may be affecting their ability to achieve lasting recovery including codependency, trauma, relationships, and cross-addiction.
- Double room with shared bath
- Private room with private bath
- Private suite (our most spacious rooms with large private bath)
We are a private pay facility and do not accept insurance. However, 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. We can also refer clients to a third party insurance advocate to assist them with this process.
At Alta Mira, we go above and beyond to ensure security, protect confidentiality, and offer the utmost privacy for our residents and their families, addressing special concerns of our high-profile clients.
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 or 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 activities (e.g., movies, museums, community events, etc.)
- Adventure therapy (e.g., hiking, kayaking, sailing, etc.)
- Treatment from licensed primary therapists
- A clinical staff to client ratio of 1:2 during the days, 1:3 in the evenings and 1:6 overnight.
Yes. We believe that the support of your family is crucial for long-term recovery. With your consent, we include your family in our evaluation, treatment and discharge planning. Our model for family therapy is comprehensive and unique. With your authorization, we give family members weekly updates and include them in our 4-day family program, which includes private family therapy, psychoeducation, and multi-family process groups. In this way, you and your family are encouraged to work through issues surrounding your substance abuse, allowing them to better understand and support you in recovery.