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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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Drug addiction is defined by the National Institute of Drug Abuse as a “chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences. It is considered a brain disease because drugs change the brain; they change its structure and how it works.”
According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health — NSDUH — 20 million Americans aged 12 or older used an illegal drug in the past month. This estimate constitutes 8 percent of the population aged 12 years old or older.
A 2013 report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration revealed, “there were 563,000 persons aged 12 or older who had used inhalants for the first
time within the past 12 months…” Below are just some of the dangers related to huffing, which is the act of sniffing fumes for a high:
- Asphyxiation — from repeated inhalations that lead to high concentrations of inhaled fumes, which displace available oxygen in the lungs
- Suffocation — from blocking air from entering the lungs when inhaling fumes from a plastic bag placed over the head
- Convulsions or seizures — from abnormal electrical discharges in the brain
- Coma — from the brain shutting down all but the most vital functions
- Choking — from inhalation of vomit after inhalant use
The cost of drug abuse and addiction is estimated at $524 billion a year. This includes illegal drugs, alcohol and tobacco. Illegal drug use alone accounts for $181 billion in health care, productivity loss, crime, incarceration and drug enforcement.
The impact on families
Addiction is particularly destructive when a parent is the addict. In addition to the emotional toll a drug-addicted parent takes on the family unit, research by the National Association for Children of Alcoholics has shown infants and toddlers raised in households where drug addiction is a component display a greater tendency to suffer from physical as well as cognitive disorders. As with alcoholics, children of drug-addicted parents run a greater risk of becoming addicts themselves. A report from the “American Journal of Preventative Medicine” reveals that adults who suffered particular types of abuse as children—including violence from addiction—live, on average, 20 years less than those adults who grew up in non-violent households.
Hard-core addicts live, on average, 15 to 20 years once they go deep into their addiction. As one doctor said, “There are no 90-year-old heroin addicts.” Regardless of the drug, addicts inevitably bottom out. The rare few are able to function but a functioning drug addict is HIV. MRIs show that prolonged crystal meth use actually creates holes in the addict’s brain. The number of deaths due to prescription drug overdoses is expected to overtake overdose deaths from illegal drugs.
Drug addiction is complicated because it involves physical and mental changes to the body. Effective treatment must address the physical, psychological and social ramifications of drug abuse. Sovereign Health Group offers different programs that treat the mind and the body.
Cognitive behavior therapy, or CBT, deals with the underlying causes of addiction. Addicts, like all of us, have a personal narrative about their lives. In the addict’s case, this narrative is often negative. Instead of processing positive input, addicts feed on a steady diet of negative opinions and beliefs about themselves. CBT explores the reasons why these thoughts arise and offers techniques for channeling all that negative energy into something positive and productive.
Natural Assisted Detox — NAD — is an innovative approach which assuages the discomfort of withdrawal, minimizes cravings and speeds up the detox process. It consists of nutritional substances proffered orally and intravenously by a licensed nurse under medical supervision. The therapy spoon feeds the brain hearty nutrients, including amino acids and vitamins, blocking the rough symptoms of withdrawal and spearheading the process of healing the brain’s neurotransmitter and cognitive function. Without NAD, neurotransmitters may take years to repair themselves. NAD increases the recovery process to a matter of weeks.
NAD will not interfere with anyone taking SSRIs and has been proven effective in helping patients wean themselves off prescription drugs. Used in conjunction with traditional forms of therapy, such as CBT, NAD is a safe and completely natural method for detox.
The first step
Owning up to addiction can be traumatic. In chapter three of the “Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous,” the authors write, “No person likes to think he is bodily and mentally different from his fellows.” Conceding to addiction means admitting that one’s life has not gone according to plan. Most people consider it a sign of weakness or failure. However, once the addict gets past the inner turmoil and feelings of low self-esteem, he or she can begin the road to personal redemption. It is difficult to grasp at first, but drug addiction is like any other disease. Yes, there is a moral component to it that is not present in cancer, but the physiological damage to the brain and body, plus the behavioral razing, indeed qualify it as such.
The need to act
Moral equivocation has no place in recovery. Drug addiction is a deadly disease that destroys the lives of addicts and the people who love them. Sovereign Health Group’s 855-682-0103 helpline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The person on the other end of the line understands what you’re going through and can help. The first step to recovery and to a new life involves mustering the courage to make the call.
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