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Utah Behavioral Health Solutions LLC

1433 N. 1075 W. Suite 120 Farmington UT


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Many people do not understand why or how other people become addicted to drugs. It is often mistakenly assumed that drug abusers lack moral principles or willpower and that they could stop using drugs simply by choosing to change their behavior. In reality, drug addiction is a complex disease, and quitting takes more than good intentions or a strong will. In fact, because drugs change the brain in ways that foster compulsive drug abuse, quitting is difficult, even for those who are ready to do so. Through scientific advances, we know more about how drugs work in the brain than ever, and we also know that drug addiction can be successfully treated to help people stop abusing drugs and lead productive lives.

What Is Drug Addiction?

Addiction is a chronic, often relapsing brain disease that causes compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences to the addicted individual and to those around him or her. Although the initial decision to take drugs is voluntary for most people, the brain changes that occur over time challenge an addicted person’s self-control and hamper his or her ability to resist intense impulses to take drugs.

Fortunately, treatments are available to help people counter addiction’s powerful disruptive effects. Research shows that combining addiction treatment medications with behavioral therapy is the best way to ensure success for most patients. Treatment approaches that are tailored to each patient’s drug abuse patterns and any co-occurring medical, psychiatric, and social problems can lead to sustained recovery and a life without drug abuse.

Similar to other chronic, relapsing diseases, such as diabetes, asthma, or heart disease, drug addiction can be managed successfully. And as with other chronic diseases, it is not uncommon for a person to relapse and begin abusing drugs again. Relapse, however, does not signal treatment failure—rather, it indicates that treatment should be reinstated or adjusted or that an alternative treatment is needed to help the individual regain control and recover.

What Happens to Your Brain When You Take Drugs?

Drugs contain chemicals that tap into the brain’s communication system and disrupt the way nerve cells normally send, receive, and process information. There are at least two ways that drugs cause this disruption: (1) by imitating the brain’s natural chemical messengers and (2) by overstimulation the “reward circuit” of the brain.

Some drugs (e.g., marijuana and heroin) have a similar structure to chemical messengers called neurotransmitters, which are naturally produced by the brain. This similarity allows the drugs to “fool” the brain’s receptors and activate nerve cells to send abnormal messages.

Other drugs, such as cocaine or methamphetamine, can cause the nerve cells to release abnormally large amounts of natural neurotransmitters (mainly dopamine) or to prevent the normal recycling of these brain chemicals, which is needed to shut off the signaling between neurons. The result is a brain awash in dopamine, a neurotransmitter present in brain regions that control movement, emotion, motivation, and feelings of pleasure. The overstimulation of this reward system, which normally responds to natural behaviors linked to survival (eating, spending time with loved ones, etc.), produces euphoric effects in response to psychoactive drugs. This reaction sets in motion a reinforcing pattern that “teaches” people to repeat the rewarding behavior of abusing drugs.

As a person continues to abuse drugs, the brain adapts to the overwhelming surges in dopamine by producing less dopamine or by reducing the number of dopamine receptors in the reward circuit. The result is a lessening of dopamine’s impact on the reward circuit, which reduces the abuser’s ability to enjoy not only the drugs but also other events in life that previously brought pleasure. This decrease compels the addicted person to keep abusing drugs in an attempt to bring the dopamine function back to normal, but now larger amounts of the drug are required to achieve the same dopamine high—an effect known as tolerance.

Long-term abuse causes changes in other brain chemical systems and circuits as well. Glutamate is a neurotransmitter that influences the reward circuit and the ability to learn. When the optimal concentration of glutamate is altered by drug abuse, the brain attempts to compensate, which can impair cognitive function. Brain imaging studies of drug-addicted individuals show changes in areas of the brain that are critical to judgment, decision making, learning and memory, and behavior control. Together, these changes can drive an abuser to seek out and take drugs compulsively despite adverse, even devastating consequences—that is the nature of addiction.

Intensive Therapy for Addiction Program

The Intensive Therapy for Addiction Program Utilizes Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Which is an Evidence Based Treatment for Addiction. 

This Program Utilizes Individual & Family Therapy Rather than Group Therapy So Each Patient Gets the Individual Attention They Deserve

The Program Consists Of: 

3 individual therapy sessions weekly for 8 weeks – Family sessions are as needed and will be included within the 24 sessions


2 individual therapy sessions weekly for 4 weeks - Family sessions are as needed and will be included within the 8 sessions


1 individual therapy session weekly for 4 weeks- Family sessions are as needed and will be included within the 4 sessions


Daily coaching through our unique smartphone or personal computer app which puts you in direct contact with your therapist


A weekly aftercare group for life for those who have completed the program

In the Intensive Therapy for Addiction Program Patients Will Learn

  • The biology of addiction
  • Living in the present and coping with uncertainty
  • The stages of change and how we change
  • Staying sober when you feel miserable - learning perspective, acceptance, & becoming mentally flexible
  • The role of faith & spirituality in life and recovery
  • Persistence, finding value in all situations, & the stories we tell ourselves which keep us imprisoned
  • Learn to experience gratitude, acceptance, and serenity
  • What do you want your life to be about? Values and commitment
  • Dealing with guilt, shame, and grief as we get honest
  • Self-awareness – thinking about your thinking
  • 90 tools for sobriety
  • Understanding and preventing relapse
  • Everyday commitment – the next day and the day after that
  • Expectations, resentment, and acceptance
  • The structure and behavior of recovery– living with purpose and meaning no matter what
  • When it gets tough – reaching out and reaching in – the role of community in sobriety
  • Relapse drift - the cognitive, emotional, relational, and spiritual signs of relapse
  • Your daily inventory and self-correction
  • Values, attitude, and behavior – restoring your moral compass
  • Open mindedness – the bridge to empathy
  • Repairing relationships impacted by addiction
  • Long term maintenance – your daily structure for long term recovery

Families Will Learn

  • What is addiction – the biology of addiction
  • How can I help my loved one - enabling, codependency, and boundaries
  • The 3 the 3 C’s – You didn’t Cause the addiction, You can’t Cure the addict, You can’t Control the addict
  • Regaining sanity - detachment with love - what is it, how do we get there?
  • Understanding relapse – what is it, how can we respond, self-care of the family
  • The CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training) model – practical ways which support recovery
  • Stop walking on eggshells – opening the lines of communication
  • Dealing with expectations and the family
  • Rebuilding trust - what is it and how does it happen
  • Dealing with conflict – leaving the judgment, criticism, & shaming behind
  • How a healthy family is everyone’s responsibility

Cost - $3200.00

Most Major Credit Cards Accepted

Weekly Drug and Alcohol Screens Included

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