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Drug abuse changes the brain. Years or even months of substance misuse can alter neural connectivity, causing new connections to form and old connections to die. Drugs and alcohol also interrupt the normal flow of neurotransmitters, prompting certain cells to produce more or less than usual. Research has also found that some brain regions even shrink over time due to drug abuse.

Given the profound effect drugs have on the brain, it’s not surprising that once those substances are eliminated, the body struggles to regain its equilibrium.

This is why people who quit drugs experience withdrawal symptoms and may require professional detox.

What Are Withdrawal Symptoms?

Withdrawal symptoms are unpleasant physical and mental side effects that occur after a person quits long-term misuse of drugs or alcohol. Withdrawal symptoms vary based on the substance of abuse.

Opioid withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Anxiety
  • Muscle pain
  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Cocaine withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Low mood
  • Restlessness
  • Malaise
  • Fatigue
What is Addiction?

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

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Alcohol withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Anxiety
  • Nausea
  • Insomnia
  • Confusion
  • Hallucinations
  • Seizures

Benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Anxiety
  • Dizziness
  • Hallucinations
  • Insomnia
  • Seizures
  • Nausea

For some drugs (e.g., opioids and cocaine), withdrawal symptoms are merely unpleasant. For others (e.g., alcohol and benzodiazepines), withdrawal symptoms can lead to permanent brain damage or even death. In all cases, the severity of the withdrawal symptoms may prevent individuals from successfully quitting the substance and achieving sobriety.

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What is Detox Treatment?

Detoxification treatment, sometimes shortened to detox treatment, is a way to fight withdrawal symptoms.

When people quit drugs without getting professional detox, they must fight intense cravings and painful symptoms on their own. Treatment professionals, meanwhile, are trained in how to best reduce detoxification symptoms without sacrificing the patient’s health.

Here at Sovereign Health, we offer both traditional detox and Nutritionally Assisted Detox, or NAD.

Traditional detox, also known as medically assisted detox, involves medication that is designed to reduce the symptoms associated with withdrawal. Patients are monitored by treatment professionals while they receive specifically calibrated dosages and medication depending on the substance of abuse. Medically assisted detox is available at all of our treatment facilities.

Nutritionally Assisted Detox, or NAD, is a detoxification program during which patients receive an IV solution filled with vitamins, amino acids and other substances designed to hasten the brain’s natural healing process. Nutritionally Assisted Detox is currently only available at our San Clemente, California, treatment facility.

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Beyond Detoxification

For many people, professionally administered detox is essential to their future sobriety.

Detox, however, is only the first step. Sovereign not only offers professionally administered detox, but also a comprehensive treatment program for addiction and co-occurring disorders. After detoxification, Sovereign’s rehab program offers individualized, scientifically backed treatment including cognitive behavioral therapy, group therapy, equine therapy, art, yoga, meditation, exercise and nutritional counseling to ensure long-lasting recovery.

For more information on detoxification at Sovereign Health, please contact our 24/7 helpline.