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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

Alcohol Abuse and Rehab, is it Time to Go?

Posted by Soberman's Contributor on September 30, 2022 at 6:22 AM

The story of alcohol abuse is not a new one. And it’s a little like the frog in the pot parable, by turning up the heat in a pot of water slowly, the frog never knows he’s in trouble until it’s too late. For you, before that boiling occurs, there is always the opportunity to enter a rehab facility and face the hot water head-on.

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The 5 Pillars of Self-care and Maintaining Your Sobriety

Posted by Soberman's Contributor on September 30, 2022 at 6:13 AM

Self-care is vital to maintaining sobriety. It's important to remember that addiction is a disease, and like any other chronic illness, it requires ongoing treatment and management. Just as you wouldn't neglect your diabetes or heart disease, you can't afford to neglect your addiction.

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Stress and Addiction

Posted by Soberman's Contributor on March 30, 2022 at 4:33 PM

Stress is Part of Life

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Russell Brand Celebrates 19 Years of Sobriety

Posted by Soberman's Contributor on December 29, 2021 at 12:05 AM

Russell Brand, internationally successful, award-winning comedian, actor, author, and activist recently posted a video on Twitter celebrating 19 years of sobriety, and inspiring viewers with substance use disorders and their loved ones that there is hope.

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May: Mental Health Awareness- Depression & Substance Use Disorders

Posted by Soberman's Contributor on April 29, 2021 at 12:15 PM

We all know that alcoholism and addiction are serious diseases, affecting many people without discrimination, but the conditions that go along with these diseases are just as serious. 

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Topics: Addiction, Treatment, Substance Abuse, Alcoholism

April: Alcohol Awareness Month

Posted by Soberman's Contributor on March 22, 2021 at 8:57 PM

What is Alcoholism? 

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Topics: Addiction, Functioning Alcoholic, Recovery, Substance Abuse, Alcoholism

The American Addiction Crisis is a Societal Failure Not a Personal Failure

Posted by Soberman's Contributor on February 28, 2021 at 7:12 PM

The founding of Soberman’s Estate was inspired by the loss of two men, including the owner’s brother and best friend. Mitch Prager’s best friend was Dr. Jerry Josen, and we’re pleased to share this article written by Dr. Josen’s daughter, Rachel Josen. 

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Topics: Addiction, Functioning Alcoholic, Professional, Treatment, Functioning Addict, Substance Abuse, Doctor, family

Captain of Noah's Ark Found Drunk

Posted by Soberman's Contributor on October 21, 2020 at 4:24 PM

Captain of Noah’s Ark Found Drunk – now that I have your attention, I wanted you to know that October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. 

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Topics: Addiction, Treatment, Recovery, Grapevine, Alcoholism, family

12 Fun Sober Activities

Posted by Soberman's Contributor on September 9, 2020 at 1:01 PM

Sobriety is achieved one day at a time. Being able to choose your activities, rather than “choosing” drugs or alcohol, is true freedom. Here are 12 things you can choose to do to enjoy life sober!

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Topics: Addiction, Recovery, Substance Abuse, Self-Help Groups, Alumni

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