Drug-Addiction

Has Your Drug Use Become Unmanageable?

Nobody begins using drugs with the vision of becoming an addict. You may have started using because drugs brought relief from physical pain, anxiety, depression, trauma, stress, or a host of uncomfortable emotions. You may have been prescribed addiction medication by your physician or healthcare provider. Or you may have started because it was acceptable and normal among your friends or family. Whatever your reasons for beginning, when using becomes a compulsion that you cannot control, addiction has taken hold.

Many people seek treatment when drug addiction begins causing problems with relationships, finances, living situations, health, and careers. For others, the addiction has such power that they are compelled to avoid treatment, even when their most important relationships are at risk and they face increasingly serious consequences in many aspects of their lives. This can be incredibly frightening and hurtful for loved ones.
If you are struggling with drug addiction, please know that effective help is available. Under the care of a sophisticated dual diagnosis clinical treatment program, you can experience lasting relief from both the drug addiction and the emotional and mental health issues that compel your drug use.

Drug Addiction Treatment at Alta Mira

Once you have accepted that you have a drug addiction problem and have agreed to seek help, we can begin doing what we do best—providing you with the best drug addiction treatment available.
Treatment has three main stages:

Detoxification (detox): Medically-supervised detox is a critical step in the recovery process. As harmful as drug use is on your body, stopping use without medical supervision can be life-threatening. You will have a private room in our detox unit, housed in our historic hotel and supervised 24/7 by detox specialists and specialized addiction physicians. During your detox period, which will likely take 3 to 5 days, we make sure that you are as comfortable as possible, with a range of medication options to ease your body through the transition.

Residential Treatment: This stage of treatment is your opportunity to begin resolving the issues that have compelled your drug use and to develop the recovery skills that make long-term sobriety possible. Our team of addiction experts will work through a comprehensive diagnosis and evaluation of your illness. We will assign you a Primary Therapist, Recovery Counselor and a “Buddy” (a current resident) to help you through every step of your treatment. You will begin participating in our group therapy sessions and educational sessions, reconnecting with your body and spirit through our holistic therapy offerings, and joining in the peer support meetings that are essential for continued recovery.

We will work together to determine what length of stay will be the most effective in treating your addiction. This will likely be either our 30-Day Core Program or our 90-Day Comprehensive Program, but some residents opt for a longer length of stay.

Maintenance of sobriety: When your residential stay is over, we continue to support your recovery. Our Continuing Care program offers access to alumni events and our weekly alumni support groups (included in the cost of treatment). Many residents also choose to transfer to our 12-week Intensive Outpatient Program as they transition out of residential drug addiction treatment. In addition, you will leave with a comprehensive discharge plan that outlines the caregivers, peer support groups, and other community services that will continue supporting your recovery.

Medication for Drug Addiction Treatment

For many individuals, relapse prevention medication makes a significant difference in their long-term sobriety. Our clinical team includes experts in the use of medication to assist in craving control and relapse prevention. We commonly prescribe Naltrexone, which has been FDA approved for opioid relapse prevention and is also helpful for individuals using stimulants such as cocaine and methamphetamines. It comes in two forms: Oral Naltrexone which is administered daily; and Extended-Release Injectable Naltrexone (Vivitrol) which in an injection given to the patient once a month. The advantage of Vivitrol is that you do not have to remember to take your medication for it to have a longer-term benefit. We’ll work with you to determine what medication regimen may be the most beneficial in supporting your recovery goals.

Seeking Help for Drug Addiction

Most people avoid seeking treatment for drug addiction for a common set of reasons. Many believe that they cannot miss work or family life to attend residential treatment. Others fear they will not be able to find relief from the uncomfortable feelings and emotions that plague their sober life. And others have such overwhelming feelings of fear, guilt, shame, and regret that it seems more manageable to continue using rather than seeking treatment.

Please know that each of our residents had very compelling reasons to avoid treatment, and most now have a beautiful recovery story to share. We were able to help them find solutions, and we can for you, as well. Call us today!