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Guide to Serenity Lodge in Arrowhead California

Serenity Lodge Detox Program Overview

Serenity Lodge is an alcohol and drug treatment facility for men only, with ages 18 and over, who are struggling with alcoholism, drug addiction and co-occurring disorders. Serenity Lodge offers 30, 60 and 90 day treatment plans (and beyond) depending on the needs of the patient. They offer residential treatment, partial hospitalization treatment and intensive outpatient treatment plans, each one custom-tailored to meet the unique needs of each patient. They provide direction and tools for everyday living. Their program offers individual counseling, group therapy, extensive education, appropriate family treatment, 12 step meetings as well as alternatives to 12 step, and the assistance of aftercare. Each patient’s treatment plan is based on continuing assessments by clinical and medical staff, and is based on the progression or regression of a patient’s behavioral and medical state.

Each guest in Serenity Lodge is provided with private rooms located within a serene mountain setting. The program involves both 12 Step and alternatives to 12 Step, including cognitive behavioral therapy, relapse prevention, grief and loss counseling, psychological evaluation and aftercare treatment plans. The guests’ personalized treatment plans are based on ongoing progression or regression assessments by clinical staff. Serenity Lodge is within a 22-acre property that comprises primary residential homes, various meeting rooms and a 4,500 sq. ft. lodge. It also has a professional recording music studio, 1,500 sq. ft. gym, pool, sauna and movie theater to provide comfort along the road to recovery.

Serenity Lodge Alcohol Detox Program

Alcohol detoxification, or simply alcohol detox, is the process of allowing the body to eliminate the build-up of alcohol in it. The purpose of detox is to safely manage withdrawal symptoms when someone stops taking alcohol. Going “cold turkey” can be deadly, so medically supervised alcohol detox is crucial. Serenity Lodge has licensed medical professionals and 24-hour nursing staff on duty to help patients manage withdrawal symptoms as comfortably as possible.

Detoxification from alcohol can be the most severe as withdrawal symptoms, such as delirium tremens, and can be life-threatening. According to a research study, most alcoholics require four to seven days to complete the detoxification process. During detox, the patient may experience nausea, shaking, sweatiness, and anxiety as withdrawal symptoms.

After completing a detox program, the individual still needs to go through treatment to complete his recovery.There’s a common misconception that drug and alcohol addiction are connected to physical needs for the drug. Physical withdrawal is actually only a very small part of the recovery process, which is why extended treatment is always required to rebuild the brain and mental health. Therapy and group support programs are often needed to help the patient develop methods of coping with problems and temptation without resorting to alcohol use. This therapy and support can be carried out  in a residential treatment clinic or through outpatient services. Without follow-up treatment, detoxification will not cause any permanent changes and the user is likely to experience relapse soon after the initial detox. Participation in a treatment program during and after the detoxification process will lead to a permanent cessation of drug use.

Serenity Lodge Drug Detox Program

Detoxification is the process of allowing the body to eliminate the build-up of drugs in it. The purpose of detox is to safely manage withdrawal symptoms when someone stops taking drugs. Everyone has a unique experience with detox. The type of drug and how long it was used are factors that affect the detox process. Medications used in detox help keep former users comfortable while the drugs leave their body.

Detoxification is usually an uncomfortable process because the body often exhibits withdrawal symptoms as it adjusts to not having the drug available anymore. It can take days or months to get through withdrawal symptoms for most drugs. The length of withdrawal depends on a different factors, such as:

  • Type of substance the user is addicted to
  • Duration an addiction has lasted
  • The severity of the addiction
  • Method of abuse (snorting, smoking, injecting, or swallowing)
  • The amount of a substance the user takes at one time
  • Family history
  • Genetic makeup
  • Medical condition
  • Underlying mental health conditions

The specific details of a drug detox program depend on the substance of abuse. The actual detoxification process usually takes only a few days to a week. With some drugs,  tapered medications are used to manage withdrawal symptoms safely and comfortably. Drugs that are short-acting tend to produce stronger but shorter-lasting withdrawal symptoms. The detox process for other drugs may need administration of medication, such as small amounts of methadone or suboxone for those with an opioid or heroin addiction.

After the individual completes the detox program, he still needs to go through treatment to complete his recovery. Physical withdrawal is actually only a very small part of the recovery process, which is why extended treatment is always required to rebuild the brain and mental health. Therapy and group support programs are often needed to help the patient develop methods of coping with problems and temptation without resorting to alcohol use. This therapy and support can be carried out  in a residential treatment clinic or through outpatient services. Without follow-up treatment, detoxification will not cause any permanent changes and the user is likely to experience relapse soon after the initial detox. Participation in a treatment program during and after the detoxification process will lead to a permanent cessation of drug use.

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