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Drug Addiction TreatmentAvoiding the path of addiction with The Sovereign Way

Addiction is a disease that manipulates a person’s sense of reward, motivation, memory and a number of related neurological functions. If left untreated, these effects can grow and gradually hinder one’s cognition, emotion and actions. These types of disorders are characterized by the unwavering compulsion to use a specific substance, which contributes to excessive and uncontrollable consumption coupled with symptoms that surface when the drug is withheld. This dependence may be physical, psychological or a combination of both.

According to the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), an estimated 22.7 million individuals aged 12 or older reported a need for drug or alcohol addiction treatment. Among this population, only 2.5 million received the appropriate care at a specialty facility. Without proper rehabilitation and support, the evolving nature of addiction can even lead to disability or death. Therefore, it is important to realize that addiction needs to be treated as a medical issue, as we do here at Sovereign Health.

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What is addiction?

It is essential to educate the public on the distinction between drug abuse and addiction, as it helps loved ones and clinicians alike determine what level of care is necessary to ensure a complete and successful recovery. People abuse illicit and medicinal substances for varied and complicated reasons. While the behavior may begin in a casual or experimental manner, it can quickly develop into an unmanageable habit. When a person’s substance use becomes compulsive and uncontrollable despite its harmful consequences, that is a classic case of addiction.

What are the symptoms of addiction?

  • Craving to use the drug regularly
  • Attempting and failing to stop drug use
  • Making sure the substance is always available
  • Spending money on drugs despite a lack of funds
  • Committing illegal acts in order to get money for drugs
  • Feeling as though the drug is necessary to deal with everyday problems
  • Driving or conducting other risky behaviors while under the influence
  • Spending an enormous amount of time obtaining and using the drug

How The Sovereign Way treats addiction

Finding effective solutions for the treatment and prevention of substance-based addiction has proven difficult. Through decades of research, the health care field now has a better understanding of this illness. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) supports a number of important principles that align with The Sovereign Way of treatment.

Overall, addiction must be seen for what it truly is: a disease. Given this fact, Sovereign Health addresses addiction with a balance of comprehensive and considerate care. Depending on the severity of their addiction, admitted patients will receive and progress through different stages of treatment as they develop more independence and self-control. These levels of care include:


Once a patient has consented to treatment, the first step must be detoxification – a systematic removal of the chemical from the body. Since this complete withdrawal can cause symptoms that may be both physically and psychologically dangerous to the individual, the safest form of this methodology is a continuously supervised medical procedure. Furthermore, Sovereign Health utilizes both medically assisted detox in all of our substance addiction treatment programs and natural assisted detox at our San Clemente facility.

Residential Treatment (RT)

Sovereign’s residential treatment programs provide interdisciplinary services 24/7 for those struggling with addiction or any other co-occurring conditions. This level of care takes place within nonmedical settings that are designed to be comfortable and safe while still administering the utmost clinical expertise – the best of both worlds.

Partial Hospitalization (PHP)

Partial hospitalization programs are more temporary, medically supervised programs that offer therapeutically intensive and comprehensive clinical services. Specifically, care consists of a series of structured sessions that are coordinated and designed for those experiencing heightened disturbances. Those receiving this level of care do not pose an immediate risk to themselves or others, but have problems related to substance use or associated disorders that need to be addressed in a setting that is not residential or inpatient.

Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP)

Distinct from and more concentrated than traditional outpatient services, an intensive outpatient program consists of scheduled sessions appropriate to the person being treated. These may include services provided during different times in the day or interventions delivered by a variety of service providers in the community. Overall, IOP is utilized as an alternative to a stricter and more serious level of needed care.

Along The Sovereign Way, we also offer cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), experiential therapies and a Technology Enhanced Aftercare and Monitoring (T.E.A.M.) program. One of the major features that sets Sovereign Health apart is that we offer all of these levels of treatment to ensure that patients are given specific and well-supported solutions customized to their circumstances.

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