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Detox Treatment

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Addiction is not a moral failing, a lack of willpower, or a selfish need to feel good all of the time no matter the cost. Those who stay in their addiction do so because they cannot stop drinking or taking drugs. It’s not that they haven’t tried to stop – it’s just when they do they become incredibly sick, extremely anxious and/or overwhelmed by cravings.

Quitting certain substances “cold turkey” can be life-threatening. Abrupt alterations in the chemical processes in the brain can lead to dysregulation of bodily systems. Seizures and extreme abnormalities in heart rate, blood pressure, temperature and respiration can occur. Untreated withdrawal symptoms can progress to heart attack or stroke. Delirium tremens are severe symptoms of alcohol withdrawal, occurring several hours after alcohol consumption is discontinued. Delirium tremens include physical tremors, disorientation, hysteria, fear, hallucinations and convulsions.

Substances That Cause Life-Threatening Withdrawals

Medical supervision is necessary for those wishing to discontinue any of the following substances:

  • Alcohol
  • Benzodiazepines (Valium, Xanax, Ativan, etc.)
  • Opioids (Oxycodone, Vicodin, heroin, etc.)

Quitting other drugs, such as methamphetamine, cocaine or marijuana, may induce withdrawal symptoms and cravings, but is rarely life-threatening. Withdrawal symptoms can be treated with medication and other interventions to decrease severity and discomfort. At Sovereign Health of California, we provide safe and comfortable detox in our San Clemente and Palm Desert locations.

Withdrawal Symptoms

Withdrawal symptoms vary, depending on what substance or substances were used, how much was used, how often it was used and for how long. Symptoms usually start after a number of hours of abstinence, peak over the first few days, and last a week or more. Untreated, symptoms of alcohol or drug withdrawal can include:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Agitation
  • Racing thoughts
  • Insomnia
  • Headache
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
  • Diaphoresis (sweating)
  • Tremor, shaking
  • Heart palpitations
  • Muscle tension, pain, spasms

Types of Detox

At Sovereign Health, we make detoxification from drugs and/or alcohol safe and comfortable. We offer both conventional medical detoxification and nutritionally assisted detoxification in our San Clemente location. We offer medical detox in our Palm Desert location. Conventional medical detoxification usually consists of a taper protocol, benzodiazepines, anti-seizure medications, and medications to treat individual symptoms as they occur, such as nausea and headache. Nonmedical interventions are also provided as needed to make patients as comfortable as possible.

Why Choose Sovereign Health?

Sovereign Health in San Clemente, California, is one of a few select centers that offers nutritionally assisted detoxification (NAD). A daily intravenous infusion of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and micronutrients restores neurotransmitter imbalances. This infusion dramatically decreases the duration and severity of physical withdrawal symptoms and cravings. NAD also restores mental clarity and provides relief from depression and anxiety.

Detoxification is only the first step in the recovery process. Those who choose to stay for treatment after detoxification have a better chance of staying clean and sober than those who do not. Typical length of stay ranges from 30 to 90 days or more. At Sovereign Health, our expert clinicians conduct a comprehensive assessment and identify any underlying or co-occurring disorders. Our treatment teams formulate individual plans of care for each patient to ensure the best possible outcomes. We provide individual, group and family psychotherapy as well as cognitive remediation, lifestyle management and experiential therapy. Our continuing care program provides support during the critical transition back to everyday life and lasting recovery.

Seek Help

No one should have to face addiction or detox alone. If you or a loved one is unable to stop drinking or taking drugs, seek help immediately. For more information about our drug detox program and our alcohol rehab program, please call our 24/7 hotline. Our team will answer any questions you may have about our programs and our admissions process.

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