Addiction Recovery Treatment in Asheville, NC

Break the Recovery-Relapse Cycle

We use applied neuroscience to "rewire" the areas of the brain controlling addiction and substance use disorders.

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About Brain-Based Addiction Recovery 

Addiction is similar to other chronic diseases in that it is both preventable and treatable; but if left untreated, it can be fatal or last a lifetime.

Brain-Based addiction recovery uses applied neuroscience to correct brain function (or ‘wiring’) issues believed to be the root causes of addiction and substance use disorders.

Until recently, traditional addiction and substance use recovery programs have remained largely unchanged since 1935. It was then that Alcoholics Anonymous was founded and marked the beginning of the 12-Step model of recovery that considers addiction a disease.

The disease-based addiction recovery approach is rooted in the following stages. 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 rigorous focus on completing the 12-Step program, the first of which is admitting powerlessness over the substance or behavior one seeks to eliminate.

Often, addicts first must address "brain wiring" issues impacting memory, attention, focus, cognitive flexibility, mental processing speed, and others to experience success with any recovery program.

By improving brain function, individuals seeking freedom from addiction are often better able to interact socially, make better decisions, access blocked thoughts and emotions, and respond better to counseling.

The following conditions are classically associated with those seeking treatment for any addiction and substance use disorder:

  • PTSD
  • Concussion/Brain injury/Stroke
  • ADHD/OCD/ODD
  • Auditory/Language processing disorder
  • Dyslexia/Dyscalculia/Dysgraphia
  • 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

The effectiveness of brain-based treatments of learning and behavioral disorders is well documented in the literature, though it is relatively new to addiction recovery treatment.

Pioneering programs like those offered at APEX Brain Centers utilize proven intensive neurological rehabilitation therapies designed to rehabilitate the physical, cognitive, and metabolic factors related to proper brain health.

How Brain Rehabilitation & Training Works for Addiction Recovery

The APEX Brain Centers Approach Has Helped Thousands Regain Function & Quality of Life

Pre-Care

 

Every patient's brain rehabilitation and training journey begins with the creation of an individualized care plan by our board-certified physicians and is informed by the following:

  • Lab Work to measure internal biochemistry and establish a metabolic baseline.
  • Cognitive Testing to evaluate attention, focus, memory, impulse control, and other critical cognitive abilities.
  • Comprehensive History including medical history, nutrition questionnaires, and lifestyle questions.

Neurological Rehabilitation

 

All APEX intensive rehabilitation programs combine treatment frequency, repetition, and duration multiple times per day to drive optimal patient outcomes.

  • Diagnostic Testing to measure internal biochemistry and establish a metabolic baseline.
  • Rehabilitation Modalities to evaluate attention, focus, memory, impulse control, and other critical cognitive abilities.
  • Metabolic and Nutritional Therapy to identify and correct nutritional deficiencies and optimize nutritional supplementation.

Post-Care

 

Patients' rehabilitation and training care plans continue as long as needed through a combination of the following distance and in-person treatment elements.

  • Retesting to continue to monitor internal biochemistry and measure progress.
  • Nutrition therapy through supplements and education to optimize health and cognitive performance.
  • At-home training includes exercises, therapies, and personalized strategies for each individual.

Frequently Asked Questions about Brain-Based Addiction Recovery

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration defines recovery as: “A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential."

Brain-Based addiction recovery uses applied neuroscience to correct brain function (or ‘wiring’) issues believed to be the root causes of addiction and substance use disorders.

No two recovery journeys are the same, but we believe that addressing "brain wiring" issues like those impacting memory, attention, focus, cognitive flexibility, mental processing speed, and others can improve anyone's chances of a successful recovery.

APEX programs are specifically designed to complement traditional recovery programs and we strive to work as a team with you, your therapist, and your current medical team.

All APEX intensive rehabilitation programs combine treatment frequency, repetition, and duration multiple times per day to drive optimal patient outcomes.

Yes, especially if you fall into the "long COVID" category. A 2022 study from the Universities of Cambridge and Exeter found that 78% of people with "long COVID" symptoms reported difficulties with concentration and other brain fog symptoms.

If you or someone you love is seeking to recover from addiction, it's important you seek medical advice from a qualified health care provider like APEX Brain Centers. The easiest first step is to schedule a free consultation with one of our board-certified physicians who will evaluate your condition, answer your questions, and provide care recommendations.

Our Patients Own Words

"Before I went to APEX Brain Centers, I could barely get out of bed and function on a daily basis."

"Today, nearly a year after my initial visit to APEX I am still getting better every day."

"I feel so blessed to have found APEX Brain Centers. These are great people who do great work."

"I can't remember the last time I felt happy. Now, I am happy all of the time. I feel relaxed and at peace."

"Your work has made an enormous difference."

"I felt empowered after receiving two-weeks of brain training and being given a battery of take-home therapies."

"I don’t just believe I can be as good as I once was. I believe I will be even better."

"I am truly overcome with gratitude and humility. Thank you so much for being a part of my healing journey."

"I am finding myself again! I’ve come a far way in 5-days and I trust that it will only get better thereafter."

"I cannot put into words how grateful I am for helping me tap into my wellsprings of potential and discover my inner strengths, my ability to fly and start my healing."

"Thank you for your part in my journey to recovery."

"After my consultation with Dr. Trayford, I felt reassured that this is where I needed to be."

"For the first time, a doctor understood the language I spoke!"

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Podcast Episodes

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A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction: An Interview With Maia Szalavitz; Author of Unbroken Brain

Dr. Trayford and Maia Szavalitz discuss these revolutionary shifts in understanding addiction. The first step is seeing addiction as a learning or neuro-developmental disorder.

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