Addiction

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Addiction is a serious brain disorder that causes maladaptive behaviors, serious medical conditions, potential legal issues, financial hardships, broken relationships and psychological illnesses. Whether it is addiction to illegal drugs, prescription pills or alcohol, addiction often can end in death through overdose or serious medical conditions such as HIV and hepatitis. Additionally, withdrawing from certain substances such as alcohol and benzodiazepines can result in seizures leading to brain damage and death.

Addiction is extremely difficult to overcome because the human brain becomes adapted to the increased dopamine from the addicted substance. More than often, professional help is needed in order to free an individual from addiction.

Sovereign Health offers multiple programs in cities around the United States to help individuals fight their addiction and gain the tools they need to live a substance-free life in society.

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Treatment locations

  • San Clemente, California
  • Rancho San Diego, California
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Palm Desert, California
  • Chandler, Arizona
  • Fort Myers, Florida
  • Pompano Beach, Florida
  • El Paso, Texas
  • Delta, Utah

Each treatment location specializes in addiction in some capacity: medical-assisted detoxification, nutritionally assisted detoxification, cognitive behavioral therapy, equine therapy, art therapy, music therapy, experiential therapy, neurofeedback and many more. Sovereign Health strives to treat the individual and not the addiction, as addiction can affect individuals differently depending on their genetic makeup and brain chemistry. Sovereign Health treats both adolescents and adults, males and females, and certain locations are specific to age groups and gender.

What is Addiction?

Addiction is a disease that manipulates a person’s sense of reward, motivation, memory and a number of related neurological functions.

Levels of care

Sovereign Health offers addiction treatment services at most of locations and, depending on the severity of the addiction, the individual can be placed in specific levels of care. Below is a list of the levels of care offered at Sovereign from the most intensive to the least intensive.

  • Detoxification
  • Residential Treatment
  • Partial Hospitalization
  • Intensive Outpatient
  • Evening Intensive Outpatient

Signs and symptoms of addiction

Addiction to substances can affect any person regardless of age, gender, social class or ethnicity. Depending on the substance of choice, there can be a wide array of signs and symptoms to look for whether they are physical signs or behavioral signs. One of the biggest signs of addiction is a change in the person’s personality and lifestyle.

Hard-working professionals who once practiced a healthy lifestyle can end up in complete disarray when their life gets turned upside down from addiction. They may experience mood changes, sleeping pattern disturbances, absences at work, decreases in motivation and strains on relationships. They may run into financial problems, request to borrow money or sell off their valuables.

Addiction can also cause people to run into trouble with the law or pose major impediments to their personal well-being. Physical signs and symptoms are also commonly seen in addiction. Below are common physical signs and symptoms that occur secondary to substance addiction.

  • Weight loss/gain
  • Dilated or constricted pupils
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Abdominal pains
  • Headaches
  • Poor dentition
  • Poor hygiene
  • Constipation
  • Increased signs of aging
  • Increase or decrease in energy
  • Skin infections or scars secondary to intravenous drug use
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Addiction can occur from all different substances whether legal or illegal. Tobacco, prescription painkillers (also known as opioids), cocaine, benzodiazepines, club drugs such as Ecstasy, hallucinogens such as PCP, marijuana, alcohol, and illegal opioids such as heroin are some of the most commonly used addictive substances.

Sovereign Health works diligently to treat each class of substances through multiple approaches. Treating addiction is a lifelong process. The average length of stay at each one of Sovereign Health’s treatment facilities is 30 to 90 days. Once individuals successfully complete the program, they are followed by a case manager and enrolled in the continuing care program, which offers community services such as helping with professional goals, enrolling them in a 12-step or comparable program, and finding a mentor. Sovereign Health works hard to provide lifelong tools for all patients, so they can be successful once they complete their initial stay.

If you or someone you know is struggling with an addiction from any substance, please seek help. Whether you’re in the early or late stages of addiction, enrolling in treatment is the first step to recovery.

Sovereign Health is accredited by The Joint Commission and accepts most private insurances. Financing is available for those who may qualify.