Drug Addiction Treatment Center

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Drug addiction is referred to as a “downward spiral” for a reason.

It starts slow and typically springs from a social diversion or desire to escape from trauma or distress. As use progresses to abuse and dependency, the drug highs and withdrawal lows subtly intensify until drug abusers lose all control over their addiction. In that, every story is the same, but each person’s road into drug addiction is unique; thus treatment for individual recovery must also be unique.

Sovereign Health of California’s drug addiction treatment center provides personally tailored drug addiction treatment programs. Our Joint Commission-accredited facilities throughout the state provide evidence-based and holistic treatment modalities to provide relief from all substance use disorders.

Drug association at different levels

Some people legitimately depend on legal prescription drugs for chronic pain or mental disorder and can take the recommended dosage appropriately. Some people try an illegal substance once and manage to avoid it thereafter.

But for many a drug experiment digresses into addiction over which they have no control. Below is the continuum of substance use, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration:

Substance use. At this stage, individuals will try a substance for social assimilation or experimentation. Those with recent medical or mental health attention may be initially prescribed a controlled substance for its desired bodily effects. Use at this point doesn’t necessarily cue addiction, but is not safe for driving and can harm a fetus.

What is Addiction?

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

Substance abuse. Abuse of prescription drugs, alcohol or illegal drugs at this phase includes one or more within a year:

  • Recurring physically hazardous situations
  • More than one substance-related legal issue
  • Repeated use even though the substance abuse is causing frequent social and interpersonal disturbances
  • Substance use is impeding performance and completion of obligations; children will begin to be neglected intermittently

Drug addiction.  At this juncture on the continuum at least three of the following are true of the individual:

  • Tolerance is built up within the brain’s reward system, so more of the substance is needed for the high
  • The substance is taken more often and in increasingly greater amounts than perhaps intended
  • Efforts to control substance use are futile
  • Drug-seeking instead of supervising one’s own children or using budgeted household funds on drugs
  • Usual activities are forgone in lieu of substance abuse
  • The majority of one’s time is spent on planning, obtaining, fantasizing about or actually abusing the substance
  • Dependency doesn’t waver, despite the user’s knowledge of the problems drug addiction is causing
  • Withdrawal symptoms occur when a regular “hit” is missed
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Symptoms of abuse

Withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Anxiety attacks, edginess
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Shakiness, sweating
  • Confusion, bouts of anger
  • Audio and/ or visual hallucinations
  • Abdominal pain
  • Seizures

Red flags of abuse

There are some tell-tale signs you may not realize you or your loved one exhibit that signify a drug addiction. Several are:

  • Doctor shopping for multiple prescriptions
  • Track marks or scars
  • Open sores or skin irritation present at injection sites
  • Dry mouth and nose, frequent sniffing
  • Frequent, sudden and urgent financial situations
  • Consistent presence of unusual containers, wrappers or small apparatus
  • Dramatic weight gain or loss
  • Secretive behavior
  • Mood swings
  • Sudden change in personal relationships, new crowd of equally secretive acquaintances
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Inside the Body

Within the brain, drugs overwhelm the body’s natural pleasure center and cause a chain reaction:

  1. What once triggered dopamine release: sexual pleasure, eating, sleep and even stress, are overshadowed by illicit and controlled substances. The natural triggers provide significant pleasure.
  2. The abused substance builds up a tolerance in the brain, requiring more and more to feel its effects.
  3. If a user tries to stop on his or her own, the body can suffer withdrawals due to becoming chemically dependent on the drug’s presence. On the other hand, former addicts who have overcome their chemical dependence but resume using drugs at their former levels can risk an overdose.
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Getting Help for Abuse

Drug addiction treatment needs to be personal, customized to each individual to embed recovery as a long-term way of life, instead of a mere mandate of people, places or things to stay away from.

That’s why here at Sovereign Health we tailor our drug addiction rehab programs for each person. A patient may be placed on a recovery plan for substance abuse, or a dual diagnosis of addiction and mental health issues.

Many drug rehab treatment centers offer detox and educational pamphlets on the particular substance – that’s it. Patients often relapse because, although their body was treated, the damages to the mind and mental distresses which may underlie the addiction were never dealt with. Here at Sovereign, our holistic residential treatment delves deeper than stop-gap rehab. We offer a wide range of cognitive and alternative therapies, thereby increasing the opportunity for a patient to connect with a modality that resonates with his or her persona. Therapies include:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Art
  • Equine therapy
  • Yoga
  • Gym exercise
  • Music therapy
  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Intensive family therapy

Why Choose Sovereign Health?

Sovereign Health is a national trendsetter in holistic mental health, addiction and dual diagnosis treatment. We are joint commission accredited and dually licensed.

Part of what distinguishes us is our commitment to A Better Way to A Better Life. We utilize cutting-edge clinical treatment tools, traditional and alternative therapies all in concert to cultivate wellness that lasts.

Sovereign Health also follows through with a formidable aftercare program so graduated patients aren’t suddenly left to face this new life of recovery alone.

To learn more about our drug addiction treatment center please contact our 24/7 helpline.