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The Neuroscience Institute and The ADR Center remain at the forefront of advances in addiction and psychological dual diagnosis treatments holistic and new technology. 

With new technology, from the primary 19 points in the brain component, specialists  identify hot areas, and brain functional imbalance-,  ...thus know where, what and can literally diagnosis, how to treat the causes for effective natural recovery. 

The brain has placticity and can be rewired, keeping in mind that listening to others talk about their wounds is not treatment. There is NO CURE.  Addiction damages require a process just as if you were caring for a broken arm. We define the problem, adjust and stimulate while the brain heals, regaining balance and functionality.

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  • Research shows that more than half of the people affected by one condition (such as an addictive disorder) are also affected by at least one other condition (such as an emotional condition or mental illness), and vice versa. This diagnosis is referred to by a variety of terms including: co-occurring disorder, dual diagnosis, co-morbidity, concurrent disorders, co-morbid disorders, and dual disorder. Individuals with co-occurring disorders often face a wide range of psychosocial issues and may experience more than two interacting illnesses. When all conditions are not simultaneously treated, recovery is far more difficult. Unfortunately, because many addiction treatment and mental health programs treat only one condition, many people are under-treated or inappropriately treated. A single course of treatment is less likely to be effective than a comprehensive plan of treatment that simultaneously treats all conditions, addictions, and disorders.

     The Brain, Health and Recovery

 

Research and technology tells us that an addiction is very often a stress related disorder {psychological} which alters the brain chemistry, neurotransmitter flow and brain functioning.  In turn this change diminishes one's capacity to use logic, reasoning or good judgment orchestrated in the pre frontal cortex.. Psychologists refer to most psychological disorders  having good insight, but inability to regulate and exercising good judgment, resulting in poor and destructive behavior.  These conditions are often self medicated for relief by prescription drugs for relief, excessive use of illicit drugs, alcohol and or compulsive addictive behaviors {obsessive sex, compulsive gambling, rage and anger} that activate the endorphins for  relief.  When primary parts of the brain that control behavior are hijacked” i.e., imbalanced, these reactive symptoms presented by the patient are often misdiagnosed or intentionally labeled for insurances purposes    

Perfectionism Reinforces Eating Disorders
 

College-aged young adults already concerned with their physical appearance can have tendencies toward eating disorders reinforced by perfectionist fathers.

A survey of more than 400 male and female college students showed that fathers are more likely than mothers to create the kinds of pressures that can lead to disordered eating, and eventually to anorexia, bulimia and other problems.

Seventeen percent of the students surveyed exhibited eating patterns considered maladaptive, including vomiting as a result of feeling uncomfortably full.

Personal perfectionism was also found to be more an issue in eating disorders than food itself. Those who feel out of control of their lives and bodies may turn to eating as an area in which they do have a sense of control.

An interesting note neurologically, the adrenalin influence on the dopamine level has significance baring on the continued practice and ultimately sets up a chemical imbalance soliciting a continued pattern of eating and vomiting.

The individual may have insight-i.e. knowledge, but can not regulate his or her emotions resulting in {moods} a fight or flight argument condition. which occasionally escalates into uncontrollable physical abuse and  violence.   This condition is often diagnosed as obsessive-compulsive disorder, ADHD, bipolar disorder, however neurologically it is stated, it is an uncontrollable amygdale, 'a racing brain' that through proper testing and integrated therapy can be adjusted to normalize, readjusting allowing the patient to regain control of  thoughts, feelings, emotions and behavior. 

The process to adjust the brain (neurotransmitter movement from amygdale to prefrontal cortex) functions, is multi-psychological cognitive integrated holistic treatment process called "Holistic Therapeutic Transference". a complex clinical process that requires both clinical knowledge and expertise involving multiple tests, and specialists who know how to identify and cause adjustment, transference of these emotionally sensors.   

 Often the patient is functioning with excessive endorphin stimulation, adrenalin, with great expectations-, ... trying to process neurotransmitters in a chemically imbalanced brain.. 

What Is Neuropsychological Testing?

What information will I get from a neuropsychological report?                   

Neuropsychological testing is a procedure that measures and identifies cognitive impairment and functioning in individuals. It provides quantifiable data about the following aspects of cognition:

  • Short-term and long-term memory

  • Ability to learn new skills and solve problems

  • Attention, concentration, and distractibility                   

  • Logical and abstract reasoning functions                                                    

  • Ability to understand and express language

  • Visual-spatial organization Visual-motor coordination

  • Planning, synthesizing and organizing abilities

This data provides accurate insight for "clinical diagnosis"  by a Neurologists and a grading of clinical severity.  Neurological-imaging provides information on structural and physiological aspects of brain injury while neuropsychological testing provides the most accurate picture of patient's cognitive functioning.

Although dopamine is a key glutamate, it also plays an important role in a return to the substance of abuse. Brain chemical alterations to the glutamate signaling system lead to compulsive drug use. Some medications are capable of interfering with glutamate signaling and conditioning, and thus will block drug cravings. These medications are discussed upon intake assessment and thoroughly in the treatment process. 

Alcohol has been linked to specific gene codes that encode for a particular dopamine receptor. These codes can make a person more vulnerable to alcoholic addiction. Today, we have various medications that can help balance certain brain chemistries or provide a blocker to receptors that activate the cravings..  Neuroscientists believe that in men, substance abuse leads to changes in the genes, liver damage, loss of libido and potency, shrinking of the testicles and penis,  increased breast sizes, excessive loss of body hair, wet-brain, mental deterioration, amnesia and often pitit mal seizures. In women, ovulation may cease, breasts and sexual organs shrivel, aura, tremors, loss of hair, blemished pail skin, notwithstanding Romberg's sign and several strains of cancers that are alcohol-related.

Some facilities solicit a brain wave and biofeedback map to try and picture the internal functions of a patient.  However due to the complexity of the  brain, [much like fMRIs and CATscans] only specially trained and experienced doctors "Neurologists" can accurately assess brain imaging, mappings and more importantly can accurately evaluate and develop an appropriate  treatment plan that maybe effective.  At AA&E, the neurologist's expertise   is significantly important to providing accurate findings with a clinical team to provide effective individualized treatment for adjustments, correction for sustained recovery.  Some patients with acute psychotic behavior may need both neurological and neuro-psychological work-ups.

In time, alterations in the reward system can bring about horrific feelings of stress, fears, anxiety, violence, depression, irritability, panic attacks and despair,   These feeling drive the person to what seems to be the only possible relief   ...cutting, purging, self -medicating.  Relief often starts with a conscious abuse of prescription drugs or alcohol and lead to a more pills, illicit drugs and then a dependency., an uncontrollable addiction.   In need or substituted with other compulsive behaviors [gambling, sex ...endorphin kicks], some resort to unusual physical stimulations to increase endorphins for relief. 

At the ADR Center, our doctors have the capacity to empower and inspire individuals to succeed-in recovery    

If you have been in programs and relapsed or seen a psychiatrist for medication or a psychologist for more than 3 months, you should consider getting the proper diagnosis and effective treatment now.  Ask a doctor what integrated clinical treatment can do for your recovery ...opposed to 12-step rehab disciplines, medications and AA- meetings for the rest of your life.  If you are serious about recovery, call around, ask the hard questions, how many doctors will I see for diagnosis and one-on-one in treatment each day?

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As Chris Kennedy Lawford says :  " We all have choices-   If you have been through some detoxes, tried a couple rehabs, you should inquire what a clinical program can do for you that is different-  You can go to a rehab and receive help in learning how to live with your addiction,  or  you can go into a CLINICAL TREATMENT PROGRAM and regain control of your live-

 

ADDICTIONS, PSYCHOLOGICAL DISORDERS, BEHAVIORS The brain is involved in everything we do.  Today, given all the new technology, NeuroScience and treatment results, a psychological or an addition illness can be identified in the brain, properly diagnosed and in most cases is treatable .  

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At The ADR Center, we are clinically staffed with a multidisciplinary treatment team of doctors.   As a team, we can scan, test, identify and treat patients with addictions, chemical dependency,  psychosis, underlying psychological disorders like PTSD, bipolar, ADD, eating disorders, OCD,  trauma, and other compulsive behaviors and co-occurring disorders

Our drug treatment philosophy incorporates  education, integrated psychological treatments, alternative medicine, family sessions and we can extend recovery supervision into our Career Center and sober living up to one year, affordably. *Results

 

BRAIN IN THE NEWS -  

"Brain in the News" is a weekly commentary on how brain science relates to the news. The brain is involved in everything we do. Wherever there are human stories the brain is involved. From the impact of war and natural disasters on the brain to drug abuse scandals to courtroom dramas to politics the brain is in the news, and you can read about it here.

NEW STUDY LINKS ADHD AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE

An interesting study was released this week concerning decreased dopamine levels in the brain, ADHD and substance abuse. We have observed for many years that people who struggle with Attention Deficit Disorder often self-medicate by using drugs and alcohol to excess. Two new studies link a deficiency in the brain chemical dopamine with the harmful behavior…

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two studies published on Monday showed the importance of a brain chemical in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, with researchers saying it might help explain why people with ADHD often are substance abusers.

Researchers at the Neuroscience Institute and U.S. National Institutes of Health focus on the role of dopamine, a chemical messenger in the brain involved in governing movement, emotional response and the ability to feel pleasure and pain. A clinical team led by Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the NIH's National Institute on Drug Abuse, documented decreased dopamine activity in the brains of a group of adults with ADHD. Volkow said the decreased dopamine activity related to systems involved with attention and cognition, but also with reward.

Researchers have known that people with ADHD are more likely than others to smoke cigarettes and abuse alcohol, marijuana, cocaine and other drugs. The decreased dopamine activity in the brains of people with ADHD pointed to an explanation, Volkow said. "If you take a drug of abuse, whether it's alcohol, nicotine or cocaine or methamphetamine -- it doesn't matter -- what you're going to be doing is temporarily increasing the concentration of dopamine in the brain," Volkow said in a telephone interview.

"So a person then has a greater risk (of substance abuse) because it's not just that they are taking the drug because they want to get high, but by taking the drug, they may actually feel better and temporarily perform better." ADHD is a condition that often becomes apparent in preschool and early school years. Children with ADHD have a tougher time controlling their behavior and paying attention.

The usual treatment for ADHD may include drugs like Ritalin, or methylphenidate, a stimulant intended to lower impulsiveness and hyperactivity and boost attention. Volkow said the study may explain how such stimulant drugs work in people with ADHD -- by amplifying dopamine in the brain. The researchers compared brain scans on 19 adults with ADHD -- average age 32 -- who had never received medication for the condition to brain scans of 24 healthy adults of a similar age without ADHD.

A team of researchers led by Dr. Philip Shaw of the NIH's National Institute of Mental Health used MRI exams to look at the brain structure of 105 children with ADHD and 103 children without ADHD. The researchers also performed DNA testing. They found that a version of a gene involved with dopamine appeared to be associated with ADHD and with thinner tissue in areas of the brain that control attention. ADHD is the most prevalent psychiatric disorder among children, according to background information in the article.  

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In the United States, eating disorders are far more than prevalent – they’re epidemic. Today, 10 million women and girls have eating disorders and up to one million of them will die from the disorder. That’s right: die. These diseases are not confined to a certain segment of society or age group. They cross all racial, ethnic, cultural and religious lines and are now being diagnosed in children as young as six. Anorexia and bulimia are the most common eating disorders. The former is defined by starvation while the latter is characterized by cycles of binging and purging.

Although both anorexia and bulimia revolve around food, they are actually psychiatric illnesses. In terms of treatment, the American Psychiatric Association has suggested certain guidelines. These include a team approach to therapy, family involvement and treatment of the “whole” person, not just the eating disorder.

The brain

The brain is the control center of our life. It is the bank of neurons and receptors that allows our very being, to function properly. Like the hardware of a computer, the brain must function at an optimal level in order for us to run the software programs of life (child rearing, education, going through adolescence, training for a career, marriage, navigating mid-life crises, for instance). When the brain is hurt or damaged (such as when a computer does not have enough RAM, speed, or storage space), we cannot run these software programs efficiently, and end up with a troubled life and often begin self medicating to suppress the ill feelings and discomforts. .

As with computers, you need more than hardware. The hardware of a computer is powerless without an efficient operating system or proper software. So too in our lives, we need effective programming (good parenting, optimal nutrition, spiritual practice, positive relationships, opportunity, freedom from chronic stress, clear goals, positive thoughts, and an attitude of gratefulness) in order for the brain to work right. A dynamic feedback loop exists between the brain and the events of our lives. The brain impacts our behavior and how we behave impacts actual brain function.

The latest brain imaging research has shown that thoughts, feelings, and social interactions all impact brain function, in potentially positive and negative ways. How we live our life matters. In addition, the condition of our soul and the spiritual connections we make have an impact on the physiology of the brain. It is a reciprocal relationship. I have seen that sin (doing things that you know are wrong) disrupts healthy brain function and leads to anxiety, fear, and depression; while living with integrity and having a positive relationships with others actually improves brain function. A number of research studies have demonstrated that people of faith suffer less from anxiety disorders and depression and they recover 70% faster from these illnesses than those without a religious faith. The suicide rate and even mortality rate is lower for religious people than the non-religious. The brain needs a healthy soul, and the soul needs a brain that works right.

Research studies show us that the brain is involved in everything we do and how it must be considered in our day-to-day lives.

Why this Center?

At the ADR Center, our doctors and patients will tell you, "we get results where others have failed". 

We provide solutions; individualized {one-on-one} dual diagnosis integrated treatments for anxiety conditions, drugs - alcohol dependency, eating disorders, pain, bipolar, trauma PTSD and other compulsive psychological addictions.

 Because we have the newest technology to see and monitor the brain, we can literally follow the neurotransmitters of thoughts, as our specialists and doctors focus on finding the causes, and making the psychological adjustments {diagnosis and treatments).  In your support we follow through for 3- years at no additional cost, unlike rehabs, clinics or hospitals.

We focus on the brain and the connections psychologically and physically that integrate to make your feelings and behavior.  If you have trouble sleeping, stressed, frequent mood swings, anxiety, abusing pills or alcohol re-living the pain again and again ....you should inquire what "clinical diagnosis and a holistically balanced program" can do for you that is different, ..call and talk with one of our doctors-

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