Detoxification, or detox, is the essential first step in the rehabilitation process of overcoming alcohol or drug addiction. Rehabilitation cannot begin until the substance of addiction is removed from the body and the physical dependence is addressed. It is the physical addiction that is the primary motivation of continued substance abuse due to the painful physical symptoms that occur with cessation of use. Though detoxification is uncomfortable, it is absolutely essential and is much less painful and dangerous than continued substance addiction and damaging addictive behaviors.
Detox in Utah is typically accomplished in an in-patient medical facility. As the body is being cleansed of the toxins created by the substance of addiction, there are side effects, or withdrawal symptoms, that require physical monitoring, support, and medications that can offer relief from the symptoms. Depending on the substance of the addiction, withdrawal symptoms can include : drug cravings, shaking, sweating, headaches, abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, sleeplessness, confusion, anxiety, agitation, depression, and other behavioral changes. The medical professionals required for the detoxification process will ensure the safety and comfort of the procedure, providing medications as needed.
Detoxification alone is often not enough to result in a sustained abstinence of substance abuse even though the physical addiction is no longer present. Further treatment is needed to prevent a relapse of drug or alcohol use that can be provided in a residential or out-patient program of counseling and other therapies.
Real Stories of Recovery
Renaissance Ranch gave me a gift that no amount of money can ever repay. Through their unique, caring approach I learned how much I was loved, and that I never had to feel alone every again.
As soon as I walked through the doors of the Ranch I felt hope. My life had spiraled into depths of shame, misery, guilt, depression, sadness, and suffocating darkness prior to reaching those front doors. The 2 months that followed would forever change my life and provide a foundation within that is unshakable.
I had a head full of gospel knowledge and a heart full of shame. I felt like a failure. I hated who I was. That all changed during my stay at Renaissance Ranch. I quickly realized that I wasn't alone and that there were others who felt the same feelings of self-hatred, failure, and shame. This realization, coupled with the nonjudgmental environment of the Ranch, I was able to be completely honest and open for the first time in my life. From the guidance and empathy of my counselors and brothers, I learned it was okay to feel and I started to believe that there was hope.
I have been called to serve a full time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, in the Fort Collins, CO mission. I am eternally grateful for the sacrifices and love of everyone at The Ranch. I attribute my recovery to God, hard work, and the things I learned while I was there. I am so excited to go serve my Heavenly Father, it has been a long hard road to get here but I know it is what he wants me to do. My heart is full of gratitude and love for those who have cared for me... Thank you for all you have done for me...
Renaissance Ranch will always be a special place to me and will always have a special place in my heart. I had already attended one rehab facility. The Ranch truly saved my life by teaching me and allowing me to understand and love who I am.
My sobriety date is July 15 2008. And for that I am very grateful. The ranch has given Me the tools to live a life I never thought was possible. I have never forgotten the feelings I felt when I was there in treatment and that's what gets me through the day, is the feelings and brotherhood that I was so blessed with while I was in the ranch.