About Addiction Treatment

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Addiction is a serious disease that encompasses a broad range of behaviors that are centered on a specific substance. This addictive substance hijacks the brain, and every moment of an individual’s day is spent fixated on the drug of choice and the effects it can create. This behavior encompasses environmental, genetic and psychosocial factors that cause the person to continue to use the substance of abuse.

Addiction includes one or more of the following behaviors: compulsive use of or impaired control over the substance, cravings and continued use despite harmful effects. A person can develop a physical dependence (meaning withdrawal symptoms occur upon ceasing use of the substance) or tolerance (meaning more of the substance is needed to get the same effects) to a drug without necessarily becoming addicted. However, most people who are addicted have already developed tolerance and dependence to that drug.

Detoxification

There are many different types of addiction treatments offered at Sovereign and, depending on the severity and the specific substance, addiction treatment varies greatly. The first step to addiction treatment is acute detoxification, which allows individuals to rid their bodies of the addictive substance. Depending on the drug of choice, withdrawals can be extremely painful and even life threatening; therefore, it is imperative that this process is managed with the most acute level of care. Medications can be given to help wean the individual from the substance over time while easing the physical withdrawal symptoms. For example, a low-dose benzodiazepine can be administered to someone who is withdrawing from alcohol to ease physical withdrawal effects and to prevent life-threatening seizures. Specific medications such as Suboxone or naltrexone can be administered to individuals who are withdrawing from opioids.

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Therapy

Once the substance has cleared the individual’s system, the patient can then undergo therapy, through which he or she can learn appropriate coping mechanisms to prevent relapse. Often, once the substance of abuse is cleared from the individual’s system, a medical professional may uncover an underlying mental health disease such as depression or bipolar disorder. Often, individuals will abuse substances to cover up their hurt from their mental health disorder. In this case, it is important to treat both the substance abuse disorder and the underlying mental health disorder. Depending on the seriousness of the addiction, the individual may undergo inpatient rehab known as residential treatment or intensive outpatient therapy. The treatment team at Sovereign Health will determine which program is best suited for the individual based on his or her past history and current behaviors.

Continuing care

There are a wide range of addiction therapy approaches for patients who are enrolled in all levels of care. These include cognitive behavioral therapy, individual therapy, group therapy, anger management therapy, equine therapy, art therapy and many others that allow the individuals to gain skills to live a sober healthy lifestyle outside of an addiction treatment center.

A whole-person approach

Whether the individual is addicted to prescription painkillers, alcohol, benzodiazepines, cocaine, marijuana or dangerous street drugs such as PCP or LSD, Sovereign Health has a treatment approach. In addition to enrolling the individual in the appropriate treatment program, Sovereign aims to provide a full-spectrum of therapy that includes nutritious meals, physical exercise and cognitive remediation to allow the patient to heal as a whole person.

For more information about our programs, levels of care and treatment modalities used to treat patients with addiction, please call our 24/7 helpline.