Saving Your Loved Ones from Addiction By Treating the Disease in the Brain and Restoring HOPE

Deborah Whitney

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Across America today, families are faced with unparalleled challenges from social media, peer pressure, financial insecurity, health issues, pervasive anxiety and inordinate stress which opens the door to darkness and temptation and these temptations are endless. Most have no solution and turn to drugs and alcohol to provide relief. This temporary solution is both impulsive and destructive. Chemicals will change your loved ones from who they are and their bright futures ahead into someone the family no longer recognizes. This is a harsh reality.

Whether it’s alcohol, heroin, meth or prescription drugs, these formidable drugs will likely cause co-occurring mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, personality changes, suicide and PTSD. These drugs fundamentally damage the underlying brain neurophysiology. Addiction is a brain disease. It alters the brain’s natural chemical balance, making it harder for a person to self-regulate where habit-forming substances are concerned.

This malfunction in the brain enables addiction to prematurely end lives, ruin dreams, destroy families and leave those suffering full of hopelessness, shame and guilt. Victims become lost and alone, disconnected from who they really are and who they dreamt they could be.

Family members may have attempted to intervene and provide support, however, this form of support may be futile. Breaking the addiction is far more complex, and in fact, the odds of success are bleak. Research indicates 40% succeed after multiple attempts in breaking the addiction and over 70,000 people may die in a year. If you or your loved one has experienced reoccurring relapse, attempting to utilize the same treatment modality and expecting different results is impossible.

Why aren’t the outcomes better? Because treatment for addiction is based upon 1960’s conventional talk therapy.  AA helps but is not enough. You cannot talk an addict out of their cravings and urges when they have an invisible brain injury from drugs, any more than you can talk a broken leg out of being broken.

If your loved one has ever fallen, had a car accident, had concussions, sports injuries, the odds just got worse. Brain Injury increases impulsivity and cravings because it is a physical injury that impacts how the brain operates. If the pre-frontal cortex is impaired (is in dysfunction), “the gate keeper of the brain” for decision making and strategic thinking, it cannot stop an urge or impulse from going straight to action. This is because the brain acts as a supercomputer that controls all of our thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and everyday actions. If it isn’t functioning properly, addiction can be difficult to beat.

If you do not address the brain injury caused by these powerful substances, the brain will continue to perpetrate the addiction and chances of your loved one escaping his or her addiction is significantly reduced. Understanding the role the brain plays in recovery is vital for developing an individual and holistic approach to successful addiction treatment. Brain treatment during recovery is ultimately necessary for maintaining a long-lasting sobriety.

 Research shows that continued substance abuse diminishes brain function. Complications include; an increased risk of death, poor cognitive function, memory issues, recovery complications, as well as an ongoing risk of additional head injuries. Those who suffer from substance abuse prior to their brain injury are at a greater risk. Long-term substance dependence is a major cause of continued brain Injury and research has shown that drug and alcohol use increase in the period from 2 to 5 years after a brain injury.

The good news is, 21st Century Neuroscience has changed what we know about how the brain operates. In the last two decades, we have discovered breakthroughs in neuroplasticity and neuromodulation. Research has proven that the brain has the ability to change throughout an individual’s lifetime. The brain essentially can be rewired and reconnected.  We have discovered how the brain can learn to self-regulate back to a more normalized baseline, thus regaining its peak cognitive ability to function after the introduction of drugs or injury.

Neuroscience treatment is effective when it is utilized in context of treating the whole person. At Pure Recovery California, we have treated over 300 patients with an 92% success rate with this advanced neuroscience approach.

How has Pure Recovery California attained this success? We have developed a new model for treatment based upon neuroscience and epigenetics. We evaluate the brain’s structure, function and physiology. We assess and reassess how effective the treatment protocol is using sophisticated tools such as; 3Dbrain mapping, symptom tracking and cognitive testing. Our sophisticated program addresses sleep, exercise, emotions, relationships, trauma, depression and anxiety. By regulating the brain’s neurophysiology, the behavioral problems improve, and we avoid a multitude of new prescriptions that can cause other health issues.

Some of the advanced tools Pure Recovery CA utilizes:

  • 3D brain mapping
  • 19 channel bio-neurofeedback
  • Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)
  • Pulse magnetic stimulation
  • MRI, Pet Scan and more

Clients can actually see their brain healing and seeing is believing. Watching the brain recover and self-regulate from addiction is a powerful tool. This intensive brain health program is designed to address the entire individual’s health needs – in essence, healing the whole person.

Our multi-disciplinary medical practice offers wellness, nutrition, internal medicine, holistic psychiatry, infusions for brain wellness and more. Hope from Addiction is possible and achievable. If you are seeking help please contact us at: Pure Recovery California 800-714-0340 4300 Tradewinds Drive Suite 101 Oxnard, California 93035.

Deborah Whitney has a passion for bringing new research and treatment modalities to Addiction and healing and making sure patients have access to the best health care providers in the country. After years of serving in healthcare in various roles, she understands the challenges of life and operates with the understanding that the whole person must be treated, not just the substance misuse or mental health problem. Deborah Whitney has dedicated the last 30 years of her life to working in healthcare.

She has led organizations of all sizes in Europe and the USA and has organized some of the top translational research societies with Nobel Prize winners.