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A substance use disorder is a condition where the use of drugs or alcohol is out of control. A severe substance use disorder is an addiction. Addiction can take over every aspect of a person’s life but it is also a treatable condition. An option if you’re looking for an Irvine drug rehab center, Harbor Detox is nearby. Programs include not only medical detox for withdrawal symptoms but also inpatient rehab.

Understanding Substance Use Disorders

When someone has an SUD, they focus nearly entirely on the substance they abuse. That could be illegal drugs, prescription drugs, or alcohol. With an SUD, eventually, you lose your ability to function in your daily life. You continue to use the substance even though it’s causing problems in your life, and you may also experience distortions in your behavior and thinking.

Addiction is considered a chronic brain disease. Addictive substances cause changes in the structure and function of the brain. These changes lead to some defining symptoms of addiction, including abnormal movements, intense cravings, and personality changes.

Researchers have conducted brain imaging studies and identified areas most significantly affected by substances, including the parts that relate to decision-making, behavioral control, learning, and judgment. There are four categories of addiction symptoms:

  • Impaired control, including strong cravings and failed attempts to cut back or stop your use.
  • Social problems include issues at school, work or home, and relationships.
  • Risky use.
  • Physical effects include tolerance and withdrawal symptoms.

Originally, there were a multitude of reasons a person might try a substance with an addiction potential. These feelings could include getting high, alleviating stress or numb emotions, improving thinking or performance, or because of curiosity or peer pressure.

Someone with a substance use disorder might know a problem exists but can’t stop it without professional treatment.

The use of addictive drugs and alcohol is among the leading causes of preventable illnesses and premature death in the U.S.

Harbor Detox is nearby if you’re looking for an Irvine detox center and addiction treatment program. Our on-site and residential rehab programs create a stable and structured environment for the earliest recovery days.


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Most Common Types of Substance Abuse

Some of the substances that are highly addictive and commonly abused in the United States include:

  • Alcohol is the most common addiction. While alcohol is legal, it has a high abuse potential and can be devastating to mental and physical health.
  • Opioids are depressants, and as a prescription, they treat pain. Prescription opioids include codeine, hydrocodone, and oxycodone. Heroin works the same way as prescription drugs but is illegal.
  • Stimulants include cocaine and amphetamines. These drugs are used for energy, alertness, and sometimes for performance or productivity enhancement. Using stimulants can cause hostility, psychosis, seizures, heart failure, addiction, and dependence.
  • Cannabis is increasingly becoming legal across the U.S., but it is still an addictive substance.

Regardless of the type of addiction you struggle with, Harbor Detox is available and can help. If you’re looking for an Irvine detox center or Irvine addiction treatment center, we’re nearby and offer in-depth, evidence-based care.

Stories of Recovery

Experience, Strength & Hope

I'd recommend this place to anyone trying to better themselves, this place truly saved my life..I have the upmost respect for each and every TECH and COUNSELOR here..The program Director's are always looking out for you and your concerns..The program likes to actually take you out for walks, the beach, to other fun outings and breathing exercises on the beach..TY to everyone....
Thomas C. Alumni
Harbor Detox was truly a God send! After countless tries at other facilities, I finally found the treatment program that worked best for me. I am coming up on one year sober and I wouldn't be where I am today without the help of Harbor Detox!
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How Is Addiction Treated?

There are effective treatment principles based on decades of growing scientific research and understanding of addiction. Some of the principles of effective treatment that should be included in a rehab program include:

  • Addiction is treatable but complex. It’s a disease affecting the function of the brain and behavior.
  • No single treatment will be right for everyone—it should be individualized to a person’s unique needs.
  • Treatment should be accessible and easily available.
  • An effective treatment program should address all of a person’s needs, not just substance abuse. 
  • It’s essential to stay in treatment for a long enough duration.
  • Both individual and group counseling and other behavioral therapies are the most often used approaches to treating addiction.
  • Medications can also be used for some patients in conjunction with counseling and other types of behavioral therapy.
  • It’s common to have co-occurring mental health disorders that need to be treated with addiction.
  • Treatment plans should be assessed regularly and changed to meet a person’s needs.

For anyone seeking an Irvine drug rehab center, Harbor Detox follows the above principles of effective treatment and is located nearby.

Levels of Treatment

With addiction treatment, following a continuum of care is very common. Based on the evidence, this is one of the best ways to reduce the risk of relapse. It gradually includes moving down into less intensive levels of treatment, but only as you’re ready. You could also move into a higher level of care if that’s what’s needed.

The levels of treatment that may be part of a continuum of care include:

Medical detox isn’t a standalone addiction treatment but an essential first step. Your withdrawal symptoms are managed during detox, and your vitals and physical health are monitored. This helps you begin treatment free of toxins and substances and to make it through withdrawal safely and more comfortably.

The next step for most people after medical detox is inpatient rehab. These residential programs are very structured and supportive while clients live on-site. Group and individual therapy sessions take place throughout the day, and there are also holistic treatment activities such as yoga or art therapy that people often participate in. The goal of inpatient rehab is to give someone the tools they need to rebuild their life after treatment and develop healthy coping mechanisms and hobbies.


Outpatient programs are more flexible than inpatient rehab, and you don’t live on-site, but these programs have different intensity levels. For example, the most intensive type of outpatient program is usually a partial hospitalization program. There are intensive outpatient programs, and the most flexibility is available in a conventional outpatient program.

Aftercare planning includes referrals to local services once a person completes their treatment plan and returns home. It keeps them connected to the work of their recovery and gives them a sense of support in their daily lives. Aftercare plans might include ongoing therapy or participation in 12-step or other support groups.


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Regardless of the level of care, behavioral therapy will be the focus of treatment. Behavioral therapies include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), where you learn to assess and change negative thoughts and behaviors. Individual, group, and family therapy are also used in addiction treatment programs, as are approaches like dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR).

A nearby option if you’re seeking an Irvine drug rehab center, Harbor Detox is a Southern California treatment center. Our programs include medical detox and inpatient rehab. Contact our team to learn more or take the initial recovery step.

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