Addiction Recovery Starts In The Brain
Brain-Based Therapies Help Break the Recovery-Relapse Cycle
The Growing Problem
The recovery-relapse cycle of addiction and substance use is a painful one for so many. Individuals and their families are drained of precious time, energy, resources, finances and hope for ever finding a way out. Brain-based addiction recovery alternatives are becoming an increasingly popular and effective way to enhance more traditional interventions. There has never been a more important time for change as the statistics surrounding addiction and the vast increase in the number of treatment facilities nationwide paint a very grim picture.
Traditional addiction and substance use recovery programs have remained largely unchanged since 1935, when Alcoholics Anonymous was founded. This marked the beginning of the 12-Step model of recovery and the view of addiction as a disease. This disease model utilizes necessary detoxification from the substance or habit, medication to curb unwanted behavior, intensive counseling to address previous trauma that may have led to addiction, and a focus on the tenets of the 12-Step program; the first of which is admitting powerlessness over the substance or behavior one seeks to eliminate.
Brain-based approaches to recovery address what many in the psychological and neurosciences believe is the root cause of addiction; Learning and Behavioral Disorders. Whether primary, or related to conditions like brain injury. The following conditions are classically associated with those seeking treatment for addiction and substance use disorders of any type:
- Concussion/Brain injury/Stroke
- Auditory/Language processing disorder
- Non-verbal learning disabilities/Asperger’s
- Visual perception disorder/Eye movement disorder
- Motor disabilities – dyspraxia, ataxia, CP, stroke, etc.
- Cognitive disorders – executive function, memory, processing speed, etc.
- Vestibular (balance) disorders
Brain-Based approaches or, more appropriately, applied neuroscience, seeks to improve the brain ‘wiring’ issues that underlie addiction and substance use disorders. That is, correction of key functions of memory, attention, focus, cognitive flexibility, mental processing speed, and more. This ultimately empowers the individual seeking freedom from addiction. Only then will one be able to interact better socially, receive greater benefit from counseling and make better decisions (and avoid bad ones). Also, access thoughts and emotions previously not accessible and hopefully break free once and for all from the vicious recovery-relapse cycle.
The Solution for Addiction Recovery
The marriage of mental health and neuroscience is needed now more than ever if we are to reclaim ourselves, our youth, our communities, and our health and safety in general! Brain-based applications for learning and behavioral disorders have been in the literature for well over a half-century. While somewhat new and limited in the addiction recovery arena, more and more programs are offering access to therapies such as neurofeedback. At APEX Brain Centers we have designed a full-service, intensive applied neuroscience program that is designed to rehabilitate the physical, cognitive, and metabolic factors related to proper brain health. The following links will take you to detailed explanations of the addiction recovery alternatives we utilize to help break the recovery-relapse cycle:
- 5 Important Tests to Consider When Seeking Treatment for Addiction
- Brain Training for Addiction and Substance Use Disorders: Non-Medical Breakthrough Therapies for the 21st Century
To learn more about how brain-based therapies can help you break the recovery-relapse cycle, call us now at 828.708.5274, or email [email protected], for a free consultation. Our interventions are specifically designed to complement traditional recovery programs and we strive to work as a team with you, your therapist, and current medical team.