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The Long Term Effect of Drugs on The Body

Posted by Soberman's Contributor on February 10, 2024 at 10:46 AM

Drug abuse is a common problem in many households. Over 19 million individuals aged 12 and above experience its effects. These individual’s personality and behavior are severely hampered by their use of illicit substances. However personality and behavioral disorders aren’t the only risks. They are also at higher risk for long term illnesses and diseases that otherwise healthy individuals would not have.

How Drugs Affect The Body’s Long Term Functions

The long term effects of substance use can be seen in many individuals who have taken in drugs for an extended period of time. It is essential to be aware of these effects in order to be able to identify solutions to this problem.

Increased Risk for Brain Damage and Strokes

We’ve previously mentioned how an individual’s personality and behavior are affected by drug use. The primary reason why this happens is because the brain physically changes to adapt to the new substance. This is especially true for substances that affect the release of dopamine in the brain, like cocaine.

Cocaine forces the brain to create more dopamine while also actively destroys brain cells. The destruction of brain cells causes the aforementioned behavioral and psychological problems and increases the risk of strokes and dementia in long term users. Cocaine is known to expedite the production of dopamine in the brain, however, it kills brain cells while doing so.

Major Problems In Other Systems in The Body

Another problem area for individuals who have histories of extended drug use are problems with their various systems. One of the most impacted are the endocrine and urinary systems of the body. These problems are due to the drug's effect on the body’s hormonal balance while also requiring extra effort from both the kidneys and liver to filter the substance out of the body.

The body’s cardiovascular system is also affected to some degree. Specific categories of substances can cause irregular heart spasms during the early stages of drug use. Over time these will develop into more severe congenital heart diseases.

Tolerance and Dependency Effects on The Body

Tolerance and dependency on these substances are common as it rewires the brain of the individual. These dependencies can be an issue for an individual in the long term due to their bodies adapting to the foreign substance. This adaptation of the individual is a way for the body to cope with the substance’s effects. This is how tolerance develops.

Individuals will eventually need more and more of the drug to placate their needs. Suddenly stopping the use of the drug or substance can cause extreme cases of withdrawal which impacts the rest of the body and increases the magnitude of already existing problems.

The Best Solution to Fixing Problems with Extended Drug Use

Soberman’s Estate has created the ideal combination of medical, clinical, and holistic modalities, including board certified psychiatrists, medical doctors, psychologists, counselors, fitness training with NFL coach, on-site labyrinth walks, equine therapy, meditation, yoga, acupuncture, nutrition counseling and from-scratch prepared meals by the Executive Chef . Treatment at Soberman’s Estate is discrete and private with 10 beds on 5 acres of pristine Sonoran desert where recovery is adjusted to the needs of the patient.

Soberman's Estate is a residential men's addiction treatment center that provides discreet, individualized, sophisticated recovery and wellness services for adult men that want to recover from substance use disorders, and or other behavioral issues such as trauma, anxiety, depression, stress, or other addictions.  

If you or someone you know is considering treatment for addiction, call us at 480-571-9742 for a professional consultation.

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Topics: Addiction

Is My Husband an Alcoholic? Here's What You Need to Know

Posted by Hannah Prager on January 22, 2024 at 12:05 PM

Maybe your husband or loved one is exhibiting questionable behavior related to alcohol, and it doesn't feel right. Know that you are not alone. 12.7% of American adults have an alcohol use disordercolloquially known as alcoholism. We’re going to talk about signs you’re in a relationship with an addict, as well as strategies to cope and heal. 

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Topics: Addiction, Executives, Functioning Alcoholic, Treatment, Functioning Addict, Recovery, Substance Abuse, Soberman's Estate, Intervention, Music Therapy

So you’ve made a decision to change your life in 2024?

Posted by Janice Story on January 15, 2024 at 7:45 AM

As the calendar turns to January, many of us find ourselves reflecting on the past year and setting goals for the year ahead. It's a time of new beginnings, resolutions, and renewed hope. For those struggling with substance use disorder (SUD), the New Year can be a particularly significant time to consider treatment and embark on a journey towards recovery. Here's why January may be the ideal time to start this life-changing process.

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Topics: Addiction, Treatment

Embracing Sober (Dry) January: A Step Towards Healing and Recovery

Posted by Janice Story on January 8, 2024 at 7:45 AM

As the new year unfolds, many of us set resolutions to improve our health and well-being. Sober January, the practice of abstaining from alcohol for the first month of the year, has become increasingly popular as a way to reset and reflect on our relationship with alcohol. For those in recovery or contemplating a path towards sobriety, staying sober during the month of January can be a particularly meaningful endeavor.

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Topics: Addiction, Recovery, Soberman's Estate

Sobriety Goals for 2024: A New Year's Guide for Men

Posted by Janice Story on January 1, 2024 at 8:30 AM

Embracing Change in Your Sobriety Journey

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Topics: Recovery, Sobriety tips

Thoughtful Gift Ideas for Men in Recovery

Posted by Janice Story on December 24, 2023 at 8:30 AM

During the month of December, our blogs have really been focused on the challenges of maintaining sobriety during the holiday season. We’ve been sharing tips and strategies of what to do when triggered, how to decline a party invitation, and how to manage those holiday stressors. But what about searching for that perfect gift for your friend or loved one in recovery? I attended a great ornament and gift exchange party last night, and out of 21 people, I was most likely the only one who did not drink. And what I was noticing, was about 75 % of the gifts contained alcohol, or alcohol related items, such as wine glasses etc…  It appears that it has become a pretty common gift nowadays.                                                                                                                                                            Navigating the path of recovery is a journey of strength, and courage especially this time of year. If you have a loved one or a friend that is currently on their path of sobriety, you might be wondering how to show your support and encouragement. Finding the right gift can be a meaningful way to express your care and respect for their recovery journey. Here, are some thoughtful gift ideas that are both supportive and appropriate for men in recovery.

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Topics: Recovery

Cowboy’s Journey: A Tribute to a Remarkable Horse

Posted by Janice Story on December 19, 2023 at 8:30 AM

In the world of equine-assisted therapy, a rare few horses have the grace, empathy, and intelligence to leave an indelible mark on the lives they touch. Cowboy, my beloved horse, was one such extraordinary soul. This post is a tribute to Cowboy, who was not just an ordinary horse, but a true partner, healer, friend, and a savior in his own right.

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Coping with Loneliness During the Holidays

Posted by Janice Story on December 13, 2023 at 7:30 AM

December brings about my favorite time of year. I love all of the festive decorations, the kids and grandchildren visiting, preparing holiday meals, and the smell of something yummy baking in the oven. For most people it is a time of sharing memories, joy, and laughter with one another. However, for those that are trying to overcome addiction or mourning the loss of a loved one, it can be a period of increased loneliness and emotional struggle. The contrast between the festive atmosphere and their personal experiences can intensify feelings of isolation and grief. If we can bring awareness and understanding of how challenging this month can be, maybe we can help others learn to navigate through the season in a supportive and healthy way.

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Topics: Addiction, Recovery, Depression

A 31 Day Calendar of Sobriety Tips and Affirmations

Posted by Janice Story on December 1, 2023 at 7:00 AM

The Holiday Season can be especially challenging for those that are on the journey of recovery from Substance use addiction. 

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Topics: Addiction, Recovery, Sobriety tips

Fall Activities to Boost Mental Health During Recovery

Posted by Janice Story on November 27, 2023 at 9:00 AM

Recovery from addiction is often a challenging journey that requires commitment, strength, and resilience. Seasonal changes can often affect those on the path of sobriety, making it essential to prioritize not only physical health but also mental well-being during this process. As the leaves begin to change and the air turns crisp, fall offers a beautiful backdrop for those in recovery to focus on their mental health. We hope to inspire you with a few ideas for some fun fall activities that can boost your overall wellbeing.

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Topics: Recovery, Healthy, Mental Health

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