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Are you or a loved one struggling with drug addiction? At Ardu, we understand the challenges of addiction and the importance of personalized care.

Our team of experienced professionals is dedicated to providing you with individualized treatment and empathetic support.

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If you need compassionate and effective drug or alcohol addiction treatment, our Utah rehab center will provide you with everything you need for lasting recovery.

What Is Drug Addiction?

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) defines drug addiction as “a chronic, relapsing disorder characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use despite adverse consequences,” while the American Psychological Association’s definition adds that addiction is “a state of psychological or physical dependence (or both) on the use of…drugs.”

Drug addiction, also known as substance use disorder (SUD), is considered a brain disorder because drugs can change the brain’s structure and function, which leads to intense cravings, impaired decision-making, and difficulty controlling drug use. It can develop from the repeated use of any substance that alters the brain’s dopamine system.

Addiction is a treatable condition, and seeking professional help is essential for people struggling with addiction. If you or a loved one are struggling with drug addiction, contact us and start your rehab journey today.

We offer a supportive and caring rehab program for all types of substance abuse. Ardu Recovery Center offers spa-like amenities combined with a medical detox facility, nestled next to the majestic Wasatch Mountains in Provo, Utah

What Are the 6 Types of Substance Abuse?

Substance use disorders are sorted by the types of addictive substances used. Here are the 6 main types of drug abuse:

  1. Opioid abuse: opioids are a class of drugs that includes prescription opioids and prescription painkillers like oxycodone and hydrocodone, as well as illegal drugs like heroin. Opioid abuse can lead to addiction, overdose, and many serious health problems.
  2. Stimulant abuse: stimulants are a class of drugs that includes cocaine, amphetamines, and methamphetamine. Stimulant abuse can cause a range of physical and mental health problems, including addiction, heart problems, and paranoia.
  3. Sedative abuse: sedatives are drugs that depress the central nervous system and can cause relaxation or sleepiness. Examples include sleeping pills and benzodiazepines like Xanax and Valium. Sedative abuse can lead to addiction, overdoses, and other health problems.
  4. Hallucinogen abuse: hallucinogens are drugs that alter perception and can cause hallucinations. Examples include LSD, PCP, and psilocybin mushrooms. Hallucinogen abuse can cause physical and psychological harm.
  5. Cannabis abuse: cannabis is a psychoactive drug that is often used recreationally. Cannabis abuse can lead to addiction, cognitive impairment, and other health problems.
  6. Inhalant abuse: inhalants are substances that are inhaled to produce a high, and can include household products like glue, aerosol sprays, and gasoline. Inhalant abuse can cause a range of health problems, including organ damage and brain damage.

No matter what your drug of choice is, you’ll find an appropriate course of treatment at Ardu. Some of the drug addiction treatment options we offer include:

What Are the Signs of Substance Abuse?

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V), signs of substance abuse can include impaired control, social impairment, risky use, and pharmacological criteria such as intense cravings and withdrawal symptoms. The criteria for substance abuse given by the DSM-V consists of the following 11 signs:

  • Using more of a substance than intended
  • Trying to cut down or stop using the substance but being unable to do so
  • Experiencing intense cravings or urges to use the substance
  • Developing a tolerance and needing more of the substance to get the desired effect.
  • Developing a physical dependence and withdrawal symptoms when not using the substance
  • Spending a significant amount of time getting and using drugs, as well as recovering from substance use
  • Neglecting responsibilities at home, work or school because of substance use
  • Continuing to use the substance, even when it causes relationship and professional problems
  • Giving up important or preferred social and recreational activities due to substance use
  • Using substances in risky settings
  • Continuing to use despite the substance causing mental and physical health issues

If you or your loved ones are experiencing any of these signs of addiction, request an appointment with Ardu. We are a drug and alcohol rehab center with skilled and empathetic professionals to help you in overcoming addiction so you can live your best life.

Why Seek Treatment for Drug Addiction?

Seeking substance use disorder (SUD) treatment is important because drug addiction is a chronic and relapsing condition that can have severe consequences for a person’s health, relationships, and overall quality of life.

Substance abuse treatment can help people develop important life skills, such as coping mechanisms and stress-management techniques, that can support long-term recovery. Treatment can also provide access to recovery systems and support networks, including peer groups and counseling, that can help people maintain sobriety and avoid relapse.

What Is the Process of Rehabilitation?

The drug addiction recovery process involves multiple stages and can vary based on your addiction profile and the levels of care you need. The overall goal of rehabilitation is to help you achieve long-term recovery and live a healthy, drug-free life.

The process of drug addiction treatment and recovery consists of the following steps:

  1. An assessment determines your needs and the severity of your addiction. This includes physical and psychological evaluations, as well as interviews with medical professionals and addiction specialists.
  2. Drug detox involves you stopping drug use and allowing your body to eliminate the substance. This can be a difficult process, and medical supervision is often necessary to manage withdrawal symptoms. Our detox center offers both holistic detox and medication assisted drug detox options.
  3. Once you have completed detoxification, you can participate in treatment such as behavioral therapy and medication-assisted treatment. This step can include cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, family therapy, and motivational interviewing to help you understand the underlying reasons for your addiction and learn healthy coping mechanisms. In some cases, medication can be prescribed to help you manage withdrawal symptoms and reduce cravings for the substance, which can be especially helpful for people with a chemical dependency or a severe addiction.
  4. When you complete your treatment program, you can participate in aftercare programs, which help with relapse prevention. This can include ongoing behavioral health therapy, support groups, and regular check-ins with medical professionals.

If you’d like to get started on your road to recovery, contact us today.

What Are the Three Options for Drug Abuse Treatment?

Your most effective treatment for drug addiction will depend on the drug you’re addicted to, the severity and type of your addiction, and your specific needs and circumstances. The two most common types of treatment are inpatient and outpatient rehab. Support groups are also a popular choice, especially for long-term sobriety maintenance and preventing relapse.

Inpatient Treatment

Inpatient rehab, also known as residential treatment, consists of staying at drug addiction treatment centers (such as Ardu) for a set period of time, typically ranging from 30 to 90 days or longer. Our inpatient treatment facilities offer 24/7 support and medically assisted care, and are an ideal option for people who need a higher level of care and medically supervised drug detox and treatment.

Outpatient Treatment

Outpatient rehab is less expensive and offers more flexibility, as it allows you to continue living at home or in a sober living arrangement while attending treatment. Our treatment facility offers intensive outpatient programs and partial hospitalization programs where you can get structured outpatient treatment during the day. 

Support Groups

Support groups, such as Narcotics Anonymous (NA), provide you with a supportive community of people in recovery. These types of treatment programs often follow a 12-step program and provide you with a space to share recovery stories, receive support, and learn from others who have successfully overcome addiction.

Drug Addiction and Co-occurring Disorders

Drug addiction affects mental and physical health and is often intertwined with co-occurring mental health conditions as well as physical ailments.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, drug addicts “frequently present with medical and psychological conditions that can greatly affect their overall wellbeing and the process of detoxification. These may simply be preexisting medical conditions not related to substance use or the direct outcome of the substance abuse.”

Mental health disorders such as bipolar disorders, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety, are common in people who struggle with drug addiction, as people often use drugs to cope with the symptoms of these conditions, and drug use can worsen a mental illness.

When it comes to co-occurring disorders, the best course of action is to receive effective mental health treatment, in addition with drug addiction treatment. Our dual diagnosis rehabilitation centers have skilled mental health professionals with extensive experience in treating people with substance dependence and mental health issues.

Rehab and Pregnancy

Pregnant women must consider the physical changes that occur during the detox process. Side effects of detox can be dangerous to both the mother and the fetus, so it’s best for pregnant women to start their journey to sobriety in an inpatient facility, where they can be monitored by skilled healthcare providers. Here are some SAMSA guidelines for drug rehabilitation during pregnancy:

  • Opioids: due to the dangers of miscarriage, preterm labor, and fetal distress, pregnant people should not undertake an opioid detox during rehab. Instead, they should be started on a consistent methadone maintenance program, with doses established individually and potentially raised as the pregnancy continues.
  • Benzodiazepines: to avoid fetal withdrawal and other severe adverse effects, detoxing from benzodiazepines during rehab should be done gradually, and it’s safer to do during the second trimester.
  • Stimulants: for pregnant and nonpregnant women, addiction treatment for stimulants such as cocaine and methamphetamines follows the same principles. While there is no particular pharmacotherapy for tapering stimulant usage, any drugs used to treat withdrawal symptoms should be reviewed with the patient.
  • Solvents: pregnant women who have a history of solvent usage should have their fetal development reviewed and monitored, since exposure can cause symptoms comparable to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.
  • Nicotine: pregnant women should be educated about the dangers of smoking during pregnancy and discouraged from smoking. If behavioral therapies fail, nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) is a treatment option that can be administered after the patient has been informed of the potential side effects and benefits.

Marijuana, synthetic marijuana, anabolic steroids, and club drugs: the treatment process for these drugs is the same for pregnant and nonpregnant women. Anabolic steroid usage during pregnancy is uncommon but can be dangerous; if use is detected, a thorough ultrasound check is recommended. Certain club drugs, like ecstasy, have been linked to an increased risk of congenital abnormalities in newborns.

Free Yourself from the Shackles of Drug Addiction with Ardu Recovery Center

Ardu Recovery Center's Drug Addiction Treatment Program

Stop living under the cloud of addiction. Ardu Recovery Center’s custom drug addiction treatment program can give every individual resident the fighting chance they deserve to overcome their addiction.

Professionals at Ardu Recovery Center have experience dealing with even the most extreme cases of drug addiction. Our drug addiction program offers a full suite of inpatient and outpatient services to our residents. We know the extreme challenges residents will face and can assist in making the process as comfortable as possible.

In addition to drug addiction treatment, we also offer treatment for alcohol use disorders, as well as alcohol detox. If you want to learn about the effects of alcohol addiction or get a specialized alcoholism treatment plan, contact us now.

FAQ on Drug Addiction

How much do I need to pay for treatment?

The cost of treatment can vary widely depending on factors like the type of treatment program, the length of stay, the location, and the amenities provided. In general, inpatient rehab programs tend to be more expensive than outpatient programs.

Paying for treatment may be covered by insurance, and some facilities offer sliding scale fees or financial assistance for those who cannot afford treatment.

To learn more, take a look at our rehab insurance coverage page.

What does rehabilitation mean in addiction?

Rehabilitation in addiction refers to the process of helping people recover from drug and/or alcohol abuse through various psychotherapy services and treatment approaches. The goal of rehabilitation is to help addicts overcome addiction and learn skills necessary for long-term recovery. This can include detoxification, counseling, support group participation, and the development of healthy coping mechanisms to avoid relapse.

What do the 12 steps mean?

The 12 steps, found in 12-step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) are a set of guiding principles for addiction recovery used in alcohol or drug addiction treatments. The 12 steps of addiction recovery are: 

  1. Admitting powerlessness over addiction
  2. Believing in a higher power that can provide support and guidance
  3. Deciding to turn your will and life over to the care of a higher power
  4. Conducting a moral inventory of yourself
  5. Admitting to a higher power, yourself, and another person the nature of your shortcomings and missteps
  6. Being entirely ready to have a higher power remove all defects of character
  7. Humbly asking a higher power to remove shortcomings
  8. Making a list of people who were harmed and being willing to make amends to them all
  9. Making direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others
  10. Continuing to take personal inventory and promptly admitting when wrong
  11. Seeking through prayer and meditation to improve your conscious contact with a higher power, praying only for knowledge of a higher power’s will for yourself and the power to carry that out
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, carrying this message to others who suffer from addiction and practicing these principles in all areas of your life

What is the meaning of sober living? 

Sober living is a type of residential community for people who are in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction. These communities provide a safe and supportive environment for people to continue their recovery after completing formal treatment at drugs and alcohol rehab centers.

What is the best treatment for opioid use disorder?

The best treatment for opioid use disorder is a comprehensive approach that addresses both the physical and psychological aspects of addiction.

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT), which involves the use of medication for opioid withdrawal symptoms, such as methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone, has been shown to be highly effective in reducing opioid use and improving outcomes for those with opioid addiction.

Counseling and behavioral therapies, along with support from peers and family, can also be beneficial in promoting recovery and preventing relapse. Access to effective treatment for opioid addictions is critical, given the high opioid overdose rates in many countries.

What medication is best for withdrawal?

There are several medications that are effective in managing the symptoms of withdrawal. Medications such as methadone, buprenorphine, and clonidine can help reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms, while other medications such as benzodiazepines can help manage anxiety and sleep disturbances.

In addition to medications, drug and alcohol addiction centers also offer other treatments for withdrawal, such as counseling and behavioral therapies. It is important to seek medical assistance when undergoing withdrawal, as withdrawal symptoms can be severe and potentially life-threatening. Our treatment providers can help determine the best course of treatment for each individual and ensure your safety throughout the withdrawal process.

What is naltrexone used for?

Naltrexone is a medication used in addiction medicine to treat alcohol and drug dependence. It works by blocking the effects of opioids in the brain, which reduces cravings and aids in relapse prevention. The treatment provides an option for people in recovery to maintain abstinence and focus on building a sober lifestyle.

How long should you be on methadone?

The duration of methadone treatment depends on several factors, including the severity of opioid addiction, your response to treatment, and your recovery goals. Methadone is an effective treatment for opioid dependence, and it can be used for both short-term and long-term treatment.

It is generally recommended that people receive methadone treatment for at least 12 months, as this has been shown to improve treatment outcomes, reduce opioid use, and decrease the risk of relapse and overdose. Ultimately, the length of methadone treatment should be determined on a case-by-case basis, in consultation with a healthcare provider or addiction specialist.

What does harm reduction mean in drug addiction?

Harm reduction is an approach to drug addiction that aims to minimize the negative consequences of drug use, particularly drug overdoses. It emphasizes practical strategies that prioritize safety and health.

Harm reduction strategies include overdose prevention and education, safer drug use practices, and the use of medication-assisted treatment to reduce the risk of overdose. The goal of harm reduction is to improve the quality of life for people with substance use disorders while also reducing the risks associated with drug use.

Mina Draskovic, B.Psy., reviewed this content for accuracy on 5/31/23