The use of a mood-altering substance or drug in which the user takes the substance in amounts that is not approved or supervised by a medical professional. Lack of impulse control and impulsive behavior is often included in substance abuse patterns. Some of the drugs that are abused include alcohol, amphetamines, methamphetamine, benzodiazepines, cocaine, and opioids to name a few.
Abuse of these substances can lead to criminal justice penalties along with possible physical, social and psychological harm. Sometimes permanent and long term physical and/or emotional damages can occur in individuals abusing substances, including alcohol. As it is said in 12-step programs, addiction can lead to jails, institutions and death. This is the honest truth about the potential of any kind of an addiction that is left untreated.
This disease of addiction, more than any other, destroys families. It is chronic and it is progressive. Family members come to accept unacceptable behaviors and develop coping strategies that are self-destructive. The disease of chemical dependency controls and dominates the family, even when the addict/alcoholic is highly functioning.
What has become the "automatic" response to chronic dilemmas develops into behaviors that are destructive to one self and/or others. But even the most hopeless people, couples and families have chosen recovery and have developed a joyful life in their own recovery. This recovery begins in family counseling and a support system that includes Alanon or other 12-step based groups.
Drug & Alcohol Education
In recent years, scientific advancements have spurred a new perspective on alcohol addiction. So the mainstream perception now commonly recognizes drug and alcohol addiction as a brain disease resulting from long-term use that may have initially been voluntary.
In spite of any unsullied intention, the consequence of this addiction consumes individuals with an insuppressible desire for drugs and alcohol. This ultimately results in estranged relationships and a debilitated role in the society. Formal treatment for addiction is no longer a luxury, but instead a necessary component for successful recovery.
We Now Know
It's become apparent through intensive scrutinization that drugs and alcohol severely modify an individual's mental and emotional state. We have even accessed the brain mechanisms in which these modifications occur.
The reality is that long term drug and alcohol usage inevitably mutates brain function and configuration resulting in long-lasting addiction metamorphosis. Addiction is eventuated by a multitude of nuero-adaptive modifications as well as the brain's circuit responses to new memory connections.
Our program is a highly effective integrative model focusing on the whole person. We begin by evaluating an individual's physical imbalances. Through a pro-recovery diet and targeted supplementation using amino acids, biochemical brain chemistry imbalances can be corrected naturally and pretty quickly. The brain gets the nourishment that it requires and begins to rebuild and heal.
Symptoms of a balanced biochemistry:
- Reduction or Elimination of Cravings for Substances
- Clear Thinking
- Improved Sleep
- Reduced or elimination of anxiety/depression
- Positive Attitude
- Calm Mood
- Improved Focus
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