Is there added success in long-term quality recovery & sobriety when treating addiction with advanced, cutting-edge neuroscience based clinical procedures?
For those of you out there having experienced the often revolving doors seen in traditional drug rehab centers, it’s no wonder why there has been such thirst for the advent of newer, more effective treatment protocols. Consequently we’ve seen great strides made in a number of directions including, neurofeedback, neuroplasticity, EMDR, brain mapping, brainwave techniques and so on.
To so many, there has been this sense that 12-Step disease models like AA or NA are in fact the iron door end-all be-all for those caught up in the grips of addiction. You walk in, you’re told to sit down, shut up and change everything you know about living life. And then comes the best news of all, that being the fact that this is a chronic, progressive and fatal disease to which no cure exists in any capacity. On the one hand you’ve attained tremendous accomplishments on a corporate executive level and yet, on the other you might as well be back in preschool.
The introduction of advance neuroscience based protocols in the field of addiction treatment has vastly opened new avenues. The recovery process has taken on a whole new potentiality, and even more so for those living high-end type lifestyles which typically mean tight schedules and at times, limited privacy. Exceedingly beneficial however, is the sum effect often seen upon completion of such advanced neuro-based brain retraining events. This goes beyond the mere addiction recovery process and can literally resolve many underlying cause resulting from depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder and so on.
Over the years I have personally had the opportunity to work one on one with prominent figures worldwide as well as everyday people with nowhere left to turn, nothing else seemed to work for them prior. Each was quite unique as is usually the case, however, the common denominator among them all was the incessant need for quantifiable improvement within finite time frames. The luxury of buying into a 12-Step based recovery plan entailing open-ended time commitments simply wasn’t there, not to mention the simple desire for an approach that showed substantially higher promise. The prevalent maladies consisting of various substance abuse matters which, quite often were accompanied by co-occurring mental health conditions perpetuating the damaging behaviors. In the end, through a series of processes involving brain retraining, essentially creating new neural pathways, the results consistently achieved levels no shorter than astounding. By applying a customized array of techniques geared to address addiction on a deeper level, their lives were positively affected in such a way that transcended their matters of addiction. These were profound life changes that essentially created new paradigms in how they process the world around in general.
The science behind addiction treatment is constantly evolving. We’re seeing new drug treatments such as Suboxone/Bupenorphine and Vivitrol entering the industry and showing positive results. From a neurophysiological standpoint we’re seeing an effective evolution to neurofeedback and neuroplasticity. From a therapeutic standpoint there are seemingly endless new approaches that, when correctly matched in line with the patient’s clinical needs, are showing improved results, and even more so when merged with neuro-based treatments.
The world of substance abuse treatment has changed immensely. Is there a cure per se, no. Have patients of mine experienced results which they themselves have described as being the cure for them, absolutely! Seeing their eyes light up with uncontainable emotion following years of perpetual drug rehab cycles is the single greatest feeling for me both, as a medical professional and as a human being who simply loves helping others.
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