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Ethanol, the active chemical ingredient in alcohol, is a mind-altering substance just like any other drug. With this in mind, alcohol addiction is comparable to other forms of excessive abuse.

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) detailed that 16.6 million adults have a diagnosed alcohol use disorder while only 1.3 million receive treatment for their condition. In fact, almost 88,000 Americans die every year from alcohol-related causes, making it the third leading cause of death in the nation. The NIAAA added that, “One-third of people who are treated for alcohol problems have no further symptoms one year later. Many others substantially reduce their drinking and report fewer alcohol-related problems.”

Taking this evidence into account, the treatment plans offered at Sovereign Health are adapted each individual’s specific needs and symptoms. We also impart practical wisdom for patients to avoid potential triggers and temptations when they are reintroduced to their day-to-day lives. They can learn how to cope with hardships, avoid relapse and eliminate their alcohol dependence in a long-lasting way – The Sovereign Way.

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What is alcohol addiction?

Also known as alcoholism, the condition is a disease defined by a habitual and unhealthy pattern of alcohol use. These abusive tendencies have also led to a number of serious behavioral problems in addition to physical and psychological dependence. Physical dependence occurs when the body begins to tolerate the substance and require larger amounts of it to achieve the desired effect. At this point, a person will also experience withdrawal symptoms if the substance decreases or disappears within the body. On the other hand, psychological dependence involves more emotional and motivational desires to use a drug due to its repeatedly rewarding and reinforcing effects.

What does alcohol addiction look like?

  • An inability to limit alcohol consumption
  • Consistently craving a drink
  • A developed tolerance to alcohol – a need for higher doses in order to feel its effects
  • Drinking alone or hiding evidence of alcohol consumption
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when one does not drink (nausea, sweating and shaking)
  • Having blackouts or other lapses in memory after drinking
  • Adhering to designated rituals of drinking
  • Becoming irritable when alcohol consumption is restricted or questioned
  • Keeping alcohol in strange or hidden places
  • The need to drink in order to feel “normal”
  • Having consistent problems with employment, relationships and obeying the law

Treating alcohol addiction with The Sovereign Way

As a behavioral health treatment provider, Sovereign Health offers specialized programs for various forms of substance addiction, such as alcoholism and any underlying conditions that contribute to its destructive behaviors.


When it comes to addressing a dependant relationship with any drug, including alcohol, the mandatory first step is to extract the substance from the person’s body. Individuals undergoing detox will experience withdrawal symptoms as concentrations of the chemical are reduced over a short period of time. In order to optimize this process and limit as much discomfort as possible, Sovereign Health utilizes innovative forms of treatment, including medically assisted detox in all of our substance addiction treatment programs and natural assisted detox at our San Clemente facility.


Detox alone does little to change long-term patterns of alcohol abuse. When all traces of the substance have left a person’s system and he or she is no longer dependent on it, it is important that this cleanse is followed by more substantial counseling and related therapies.

  • Through individual cognitive behavioral therapy sessions with a dedicated primary physician, the patient and professional can work together to trace the destructive behavior back to the irrational thoughts that started it all.
  • For cases of alcohol addiction, group therapy is also particularly beneficial; people can share their personal stories with others and bond together as a community.
  • Sovereign also offers a wide assortment of experiential programs that provide additional support and encouragement in avoiding future temptations and relapse. These include meditation, yoga, exercise, art therapy and equine therapy.


Recovery from addiction is not as simple as exercising self-control. Like other chronic diseases, alcoholism has its cycles of relapse and remission. Through our Technology Enhanced Aftercare and Monitoring (T.E.A.M.) program, Sovereign continues to assist and follow-up with patients as they transition back into normal day-to-day life. After completing our primary levels of care, our alumni are educated with the necessary skills that will better prepare them for real-world challenges while maintaining their recovery.

Through every step of The Sovereign Way, we practice important evidence-based principles in regards to behavioral health. No single form of treatment is the same for everyone. Regardless of one’s history or current relationship with drugs, our mission is to ensure a person’s life improves from the moment of admission.

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