The 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health – NSDUH – notes in any given period, more than 27 million people aged 12 and older used an illicit drug in the past 30-90 days. Given the U.S. population at the time, this corresponds to one in 10 adults. According to the NSDUH, the number of people using illicit drugs in 2014 was greater than 2013 and every year going back to 2002.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – CDC – has called prescription drug and heroin abuse in the U.S. an epidemic. More people in the U.S. die from prescription drug overdoses than from automobile accidents. The CDC notes in 2013, more than 8,200 people fatally overdosed on heroin.
At a glance
- The Sovereign Health Group creates a personalized treatment method for each patient and screens for any underlying mental, behavioral or other substance abuse conditions
- We treat the physical cravings and the mental compulsion to use
- Through the Sovereign Alumni and aftercare programs, patients can build a healthy and sober lifestyle with continued support
Addiction is both a physical and mental affliction. The body becomes physically dependent on the drug and the brain’s pleasure center incessantly craves the effects. Addiction is a progressive disease. As the pleasure center requires more drugs to maintain its euphoria, the body becomes more dependent on the substance. Individuals in the throes of addiction sacrifice everything for the drug. Symptoms of addiction include:
- Total preoccupation with the drug
- Failing to stop drug use
- Ensuring the drug is always available
- Doing whatever it takes to get money for the drug
- Regarding the drug as integral to existence
- Engaging in risky behavior while under the influence of the drug
- Expending enormous energy in procuring the drug
How The Sovereign Health Group treats addiction
Addiction is a disease. As with any disease, effective treatment must target the physical effects caused by the illness. Depending on the severity of the addiction, detoxification may be necessary before a patient is physically and mentally well enough to begin treatment.
Detox is a medical procedure that should only be initiated under the supervision of a trained medical professional. Sovereign Health follows all medical protocols when detoxing a patient from drugs.
Detox is at a separate facility and staffed by trained medical personnel.
Our El Paso facility has beds for 60 patients in our intensive residential treatment program. As the name implies, patients remain onsite during their treatment. Patients in residential treatment follow a daily schedule which involves counseling, classes, outdoor activities and on and offsite 12-step meetings.
Intensive Outpatient Treatment
Intensive outpatient treatment – IOP – typically consists of two-to-three-hour sessions, five days a week. Patients learn about the nature of addiction and about triggers and slippery slopes. They participate in group activities and have one-to-one time with counselors. The goal of IOP is to provide patients with structure and routine while they go about their lives. Life shows up – IOP is there for when it does.
Why Choose Sovereign Health?
The Sovereign Health Group treatment facility in El Paso is licensed as a substance abuse treatment facility by the Texas Department of State Health Services Regulatory Licensing Unit. Following diagnosis, a personalized treatment plan is developed for the patient. The Sovereign Health Group’s treatment philosophy is simple and has never changed since we opened our first treatment facility: we treat each patient as our only patient.