Alcohol and Drugs Addiction

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Many people are unaware of the depth and duration of the effects that substance abuse can wield on one’s health, loved ones, employment and standing with the law. Once the addiction begins to take hold, a person will be unable to function without the substance. Everyday actions such as driving to work and socializing among friends can become impossible.

Attempting to battle addiction solo is an extremely difficult task. Seeking professional treatment at Sovereign Health of California can help to identify and treat the addiction. We do more than help our patients through relapse – we provide valuable knowledge and life skills to help them stay sober for years to come.

Addiction can involve a variety of substances, symptoms and causes. Each substance varies in how it affects the brain, alters behavior and controls lives.

Symptoms of Alcohol Addiction

People with alcohol addiction don’t just enjoy alcohol – they need it to survive. Many – but not all – alcoholics experience a physical dependence on alcohol. This makes it difficult for them to stop drinking without developing dangerous withdrawal symptoms such as delirium, seizures and even coma.

All alcoholics misuse alcohol regardless of the ill effects it has on their body, relationships and career.

Symptoms of alcohol addiction include:

  • Drinking that starts early in the day
  • Ignored hobbies in favor of drinking
  • Drinking even when the negative effects outweigh the positive ones
  • Attempts to hide alcohol use or lying about it
  • Needing to drink daily in order to feel normal or get through the day
  • Serious withdrawal symptoms when going without alcohol for a period of time

These are only a few of the symptoms to watch out for when one is struggling with alcohol addiction.

Symptoms of Drug Addiction

Drug addiction is more than the abuse of an illegal substance – it is the dependence on the illegal drug or medication to function in everyday life. The vast majority of drugs physically rewire the brain, causing an individual to develop a chronic need for the drug.

Addictive drugs include methamphetamines, prescription drugs, marijuana, K2/spice, heroin, opiates, cocaine and club drugs.

A person who is addicted to drugs may exhibit symptoms such as:

  • A need to use a drug daily
  • Failed attempts to stop using the drug
  • Spending money on the drug despite not being able to afford it
  • Needing the drug to function or deal with problems
  • Serious withdrawal symptoms after a period of time without the drug

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Symptoms often vary depending on which drug a person is using and for how long the person has been using. For more information on specific drugs, follow the links below.

  • Depressants
  • Stimulants
  • Hallucinogens
  • Dissociative Anesthetics
  • Narcotics
  • Inhalants
  • Marijuana

Sovereign Health is a rapidly growing collection of residential treatment centers for mental health disorders, substance abuse and co-occurring conditions. For more information about addiction treatment at Sovereign Health, feel free to call our 24/7 helpline.

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