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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 with friends can become impossible.

Attempting to battle addiction solo is an extremely difficult task. Seeking professional treatment in the form of detoxification treatment, psychotherapies or medications at Sovereign Health of California can help identify and treat the addiction. We do more than helping 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. Whether it is an addiction to drugs or alcohol, it severely affects an individual’s mental and physical health.

Alcohol addiction

Alcohol addiction, also known as alcoholism or alcohol use disorder (AUD), is a condition when an individual develops an insuppressible urge to consume alcohol. An individual addicted to alcohol experiences a physical dependence on the substance to survive. Therefore, quitting alcohol is tough as it needs determination and grit to stick through the recovery process, battling cravings, withdrawal symptoms and more. However, only sticking to the treatment helps one in embracing a sober life.

People with alcohol addiction don’t just enjoy alcohol – they need it to survive. Many – but not all – people addicted to alcohol 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. People 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

Drug addiction

Drug addiction is more than the abuse of an illegal substance; it is actually the dependence on an illegal drug or medication to function normally in day-to-day life. Some of the common 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

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.




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How Sovereign Health can help

Sovereign Health has state-of-the-art treatment centers for mental health disorders, substance abuse and co-occurring conditions. Our treatment facilities across the United States offer a wide range of treatment options, such as detox program, medications, psychotherapies, etc. to help one recover from addiction and start leading a healthy life. For more information about addiction treatment at Sovereign Health, feel free to call our 24/7 helpline.

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