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Addiction to substances, compulsive disorders, and over eating are at epidemic proportions. Addiction to alcohol or drugs is a complexity of physical, mental, and emotional dependence on chemicals, whether internal or external. It involves a loss of control, often causing devastating effects on all aspects of the individual's life, including work, family, and health. Denial is the cornerstone of a substance dependent person's inability to cope with what is a serious disease.

Conventional medicine's treatment methods for addiction has largely failed due to reliance on the very substances that started addictive behaviors. This type of treatment goes against logic because the substitute drug often results in a new more powerful addictive behavior. And the cycle of addiction returns again.

Addiction Recovery Solutions offers a different type of support to allow the body to safely withdraw from the once-steady presence of alcohol or other drugs. ARS methodologies are used in combination traditional medical care, mental health therapy, and state licensed professionals to address underlying physiological, psychological, and emotional causes of addiction.

THE ARS CORE APPROACH TO ADDICTION TREATMENT AND RECOVERY

Using a successful model established with former Florida State Attorney Janet Reno and the Miami-Dade Drug Court system in 1989, this protocol has significantly reduced the recidivism and re-arrests rates to single digits in the years 1987 through 1992. This protocol resulted in a high degree of success for most substance addictions since it is based on the reward deficiency syndrome.

  1. Intensive Counseling and Therapy.

As with all addiction treatment, counseling, therapy and established 12-step programs are the most important parts of recovery for patients in recovery. The most qualified addiction treatment specialists and licensed mental health professionals are crucial. We strongly seek experts in dual diagnoses. Many recovering patients suffer from past emotional trauma and other psychological disorders. Finding the root causes and treating these emotional life events are the keys to successful outcomes and breakthroughs.

  1. Auriculotherapy (aka Ear Acupuncture).

Brain malfunction is inherent in all patients with addictions and compulsive disorders. In the addicted brain electrical waves are out of sequence with normal brain patterns.There are strong links between normal brain waves and the body’s normal physiological functioning. In order to reset the correct wave pattern an electrical micro current instrument is placed on specific nerve ending points in the ear and activated to "re-calibrate" and restore the normal physiological brain wave patterns. The ears (auricles) are the only anatomical sites in humans and other vertebrates where cranial nerves can be directly accessed without puncturing the skin. Auriculotherapy is a mainstream neurological technique that has been used since the 1950’s to treat many different types of physiological conditions.

  1. Neurotransmitter Replacement Therapy (aka Amino Acid Therapy).

Studies have shown that patients in recovery may have low production of certain amino acids that are essential to building neurotransmitter hormones. Also, many recovering patients may have a genetic deficiency of receptor sites in the brain. This genetic defect is in the A1 allele of the D2 dopamine receptor site. In other words, the brain does not contain enough receptor sites for it to utilize dopamine, which is a neurotransmitter produced within the brain that gives all humans the ability to feel good. Enkephalinase, an enzyme that breaks down dopamine, is over produced in relation to the available dopamine receptors, thereby compounding the lack of dopamine receptor sites.  The addict does not feel good, because chemically there is not enough dopamine to be utilized at the brain's receptor sites. Therefore, the recovering patient only feels good when he/she is using or substituting a drug for the naturally occurring dopamine. By introducing into the body at timed intervals the correct amino acid building blocks, the recovering patient's normal physiological functioning can counteract the over production of enkephalinase and produce enough dopamine to fill what receptor sites are available in the brain. Amino acids may be introduced orally or intravenously. This decreases the urge to use in the recovering patient.

  1. Spinal manipulative therapy.

The spine plays an important role in maintaining the proper mechanism for controlling electrical input into the brain. Think of the spinal column as a breaker panel that controls neurological functioning to muscles, organ systems, and endocrine secretion. It also is an important organ in maintaining immunological stability. Many recovering patients suffer from immunological disorders which impede their overall ability to successfully beat addiction and fully recover. Certain spinal manipulative therapies have been developed through the core chiropractic system of treating the spine (called adjusting) in which vertebral segments are “reset” or moved so that the switch that is off is turned back on and functioning properly again. Chiropractic manipulative therapy is a crucial component of achieving proper tone (or wavelength) balance within the nervous system.

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