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Substance abuse can grow like wildfire from a spark of drug use and burn friends and family in the process. Sovereign Health now features a natural detox program to assist patients as they seek recovery from drugs and alcohol. This recovery method is able to restore nutrients for clients, while avoiding replacement medications; thus sidestepping the effects of medication during the detox.
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The most frightening prospect for any person addicted to drugs or alcohol is the dreaded detox. Why? For two reasons, the first is the thought of being completely deprived of the substance upon which they depend and the second is the fear of enduring withdrawal symptoms while detox is in effect.
What is detox?
Detoxification, or detox, is the process of allowing the body to rid itself of alcohol or drugs while managing the symptoms of withdrawal. It is the first step in a drug or alcohol treatment program and should be followed with behavioral based therapy and medication at the clinician’s discretion. Detox without a follow-up treatment is not treatment.
What is withdrawal? How long does it last?
Withdrawal is the term used to describe the various symptoms brought on by the sudden cessation of the intake of drugs and/or alcohol. The symptoms vary depending upon the type of drug that was in use. For example, the physical symptoms of heroin withdrawal may include restlessness, muscle and bone pain, insomnia, diarrhea, vomiting and cold flashes. The physical symptoms may last for several days but the general depression or dysphoria (the opposite of euphoria) which accompanies heroin withdrawal, may last for weeks. In many cases, withdrawal can be easily treated with medications to ease the symptoms but treating withdrawal is not the same as treating addiction.
Emotional withdrawal symptoms
- Poor concentration
- Social isolation
Physical withdrawal symptoms
- Racing heart
- Muscle tension
- Tightness in the chest
- Difficulty breathing
- Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
Dangerous withdrawal symptoms
Alcohol and tranquilizers produce the most dangerous physical withdrawal. Suddenly stopping alcohol or tranquilizers can lead to seizures, strokes or heart attacks in high risk patients. A medically supervised detox can minimize a person’s withdrawal symptoms and reduce the risk of dangerous complications. Some of the dangerous symptoms of alcohol and tranquilizer withdrawal are:
- Grand mal seizures
- Heart attacks
- Delirium tremens (DTs)
Withdrawal from opiates such as heroin and oxycontin is extremely uncomfortable but not dangerous unless they are mixed with other drugs. Heroin withdrawal on its own does not produce seizures, heart attacks, strokes or delirium tremens.
What is drug or alcohol addiction?
Drug or alcohol addiction is a complex and very often chronic brain disease. Those who are addicted crave the substance, seek it out and use it even in the face of bodily harm and devastating life consequences. Prolonged use affects multiple brain circuits including those governing self-control and other behaviors. The condition is treatable and for most patients the best treatment method is a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy and prescribed medication. Relapse is common and can happen even following long periods of abstinence, which is why long-term support and care is so important. Relapse should not be viewed as a failure but should prompt additional treatment or adjustment of treatment.
Cognitive behavioral therapy
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of treatment which focuses on the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviors. It can take place one-on-one between patient and therapist or be held in a group setting supervised by a therapist. The purpose of CBT is to explore patterns of thinking which lead to self-destructive actions and the beliefs which direct the thoughts. The treatment helps people to modify their thinking patterns in order to improve coping skills.
Patients can expect their therapist to be problem oriented and goal directed. Because CBT is an active intervention, patients are asked to do homework or practice sessions outside of therapy. Patients are taught to be aware of their thought processes and redirect them in order to achieve a healthier outcome. The therapy is successful over a wide range of disorders including substance abuse, depression, bipolar disorder, sleep disorders and psychotic disorders.
Patients who experience persistent panic attacks for example, are encouraged to test out beliefs they have related to such attacks, which can include specific fears related to perceived bodily sensations and to develop more realistic responses to their experiences.
Many patients who are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol have an underlying condition which may have caused the addiction or is a result of the condition. For example, a person suffering from depression may turn to drugs or alcohol for relief from the emotional pain. That person is now suffering from depression and addiction. An addicted person may isolate themselves from friends and family, neglect their physical needs and become depressed. That person is now suffering from addiction and depression.
At Sovereign Health, patients are thoroughly assessed upon admission and that includes a diagnosis of any underlying condition which may be accompanying the primary condition. All conditions must be treated concurrently in order to achieve the most successful outcome.
Brain wellness and brain mapping
Sovereign health emphasizes brain wellness and cognitive health. The cognitive link to addiction and mental health is crucial. Sovereign uses technology along with counseling and therapy to identify areas in the brain which may indicate cognitive processing issues. Cognitive testing is carried out to assess brain function. Cognitive abilities are brain-based skills needed to carry out any task from the simplest to the most complex. They have more to do with the mechanisms of learning, memory, problem solving and pay attention rather than with any actual knowledge.
Brain mapping is a painless and non-invasive procedure which can identify problems connected to cognitive function, mood and attention. When images are seen, a clinician can identify brain areas which may have been damaged by drug use.
As part of our ‘whole patient’ philosophy, Sovereign Health provides therapeutic activities such as:
- Equine therapy
- Narrative therapy
Sovereign treatment centers
Sovereign Health Group provides the highest quality care in addiction, dual diagnosis and mental health treatment programs. For further information, please call us today.
California treatment center locations
- Sovereign Health San Clemente1211 Puerta Del Sol
San Clemente CA 92673
- Sovereign Health Palm Springs2500 N. Palm Canyon, Suite D4
Palm Springs, CA 92262
- Sovereign Health Los Angeles6167 Bristol Parkway
Los Angeles CA 90230
- Sovereign Health San Diego2815 Steele Canyon Road, El Cajon
San Diego, CA 92019