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Steps Recovery Center recognizes how vital the mind, body, and spirit are in their connection to the whole person. We take a holistic approach to treating those individuals with opioid addiction, which includes treating the whole person, and find that it tends to be more successful, especially since addiction affects every aspect of a person’s life. With a customized and individualized program, a holistic approach just makes sense. It affords an opportunity to meet the patient’s physical and psychological needs and allows them to engage physically, emotionally, and mentally.

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Medical Assistance for Addiction

When treating someone with an opioid addiction, medically-assisted recovery programs provide for the best and safest options available. A sobering fact from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says that 130 people die every day from opioid drug overdoses, and 10.3 million people misused prescription opioids in 2018. Help is needed now than ever before and is why it’s crucial to have access to affordable medication-assisted treatment.

Medically-assisted treatment “is the use of FDA-approved medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies that provide a holistic approach to the treatment of substance abuse disorders.” (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) FDA-approved medications include Suboxone, Methadone, and Vivitrol. These medications help ease the symptoms associated with withdrawal and curb drug cravings.

Drugs Approved for Addiction Recovery

There are increasingly more recovery centers that are employing medically-assisted protocols for addicted individuals. This, coupled with a holistic approach to treating addiction, has proven quite effective for those recovering from drug abuse. As stated above, there are three drugs currently approved for addiction treatment. They include:


Methadone is one of the most well-known and highly-regulated medications used during treatment for opioid addiction since it’s a full agonist. This means the drug combines with receptors in the brain and nervous system to produce the desired effect of lessening painful symptoms of opioid withdrawal. It also blocks the euphoric effects of an opiate drug. When Methadone is administered correctly, the patient feels normal and does not physically crave opiates or cause the person to be lethargic. It’s given once a day via a liquid solution.

Suboxone (Buprenorphine)

FDA approved Suboxone is a partial agonist, meaning it doesn’t fully bind to opiate receptors. The combination of buprenorphine and naloxone is effective for treating opioid withdrawal since it alleviates the physical symptoms, thus decreasing opioid cravings. If the person attempts to use the opioids while taking Suboxone, they will experience adverse effects; this is because naloxone counteracts the effects that opioids have on the brain.


The injectable medication is an antagonist designed to curb cravings for an extended period. It;s administered once a month during a medication-assisted treatment program. It helps stave off opioid cravings, eliminates physical symptoms of withdrawal, and prevents overdosing. The person taking the drug needs to abstain from any opiate for fourteen days before the first injection.

Medication-assisted treatment helps with these withdrawal symptoms:
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Chills
  • Sweating
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Cramps
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches
  • Joint pain
Even though addiction affects people differently, medically-assisted treatment has been proven successful in combating the disease. This is because of how the medications impact the opioid receptors in the brain. They help patients with physical, mental, and emotional symptoms that can occur during the withdrawal process.
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Joy Downen

10 weeks ago

This place is so wonderful and all of the staff care so very much! They are very professional and they know what they are doing. Absolutely amazing facility and staff!!!
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Nathan Frame

28 weeks ago

Steps Recovery is the place you go if you want a caring and understanding program. They have helped me gain knowledge about myself and what I want/need to do. The staff there can relate and help you through core issues and they push you to do better because being in this program you know you can do big and amazing things. Also the therapists there are awesome and walk with you through struggles of life and give you the tools you truly need. Overall this place is an amazing opportunity and you’d be missing out on a lot if you chose to not at least try this program.
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Shaylesa Stulce

46 weeks ago

Steps Recovery in St. George has been amazing! I’m so excited to use the tools that I’ve learned here! The staff is amazing, and very understanding! I would recommend them to anyone struggling with addiction!
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Adam Kelly

47 weeks ago

What I liked most about my time at Steps is the atmosphere that was presented during my whole stay. I have done a lot of treatment centers and this one is by far the one I have felt I gained the most from. I would highly recommend Steps to anybody struggling with addiction!
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Gary Hanson

47 weeks ago

Steps saved our daughter’s life as well as her kids!
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Natalie Painter

Jan 1, 2019

The staff and facility is amazing- Couldn’t ask for anything better. The program is well rounded with rec activities, equine therapy, gender therapy, group therapy, individual and couples therapy, and also attends various 12 Step support groups such as AA or NA. They also have family therapy and processing with options for individual settings or in a group. These help families understand what their loved ones who suffer from addiction is going through and how to support them, and also gives them their own support system.
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Nov 13, 2018

This place saved my life! The therapists were very helpful, friendly and really cared about the clients wellbeing. The tech’s were alway helpful with meds and anything that was needed. House manager was amazing, had high expectations on job duties, and kept a very clean organized atmosphere. Food was always amazing. I never went hungry! The information and skills that I have learned and applied to my life are priceless. If you’re not willing to put forth the work to change your life this is not your place, but if you are this is the first Step to take. I Love everyone at Steps. Thank you for all your help
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Matthew Cromar

Aug 10, 2018

I’d been to other recovery centers before but this one was the best, it stuck because I was willing to do the work, and with the help I received from staff I am now celebrating a year of sobriety in a couple of days. Update; I’m now 18 months sober as of yesterday and I still keep in touch with my steps family. The lessons I learned at steps will stick with me for the rest of my life. Thank you for giving me my life back.
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