The objective of our dual diagnosis treatment is to discover the needs of the person as a whole, as we believe that drug and alcohol addiction is often a symptom of one or more underlying problems. There may be wounds that are in need of healing or skills that need to be learned. The goals of our alcohol & drug addiction center are to identify any co-occurring disorders and address dual diagnosis treatment, whether on a physical or a psychological level.
Psychological Issues of Addiction
An abnormal and overwhelming sense of apprehension and fear often marked by physiological signs (sweating, tension and increased pulse), skepticism concerning the reality and nature of the threat and self-doubt about one’s capacity to cope with it. As much as 18% of the population suffer from anxiety at some point in their adult life. The symptoms can be unpleasant, causing many people to depend on alcohol and other drugs as a form of self-medication.
Many who suffer from anxiety are given anti-anxiety medications such as Xanax or Valium (benzodiazepines) to ease their symptoms only to discover that these medications are highly addictive, causing an increase in anxiety when they attempt to discontinue using them. Recovery from drug and alcohol addiction requires that the person suffering from anxiety learn healthy ways to manage their symptoms. Our holistic treatments for substance abuse enable us to help people heal from the underlying wounds that contribute to their anxiety and teach them healthy ways to reduce or eliminate their symptoms.
A psychological disorder that is marked by sadness, inactivity, difficulty in thinking and concentrating, a significant increase or decrease in appetite and time spent sleeping, feeling dejected and hopeless and sometimes having suicidal tendencies. Depression will impact 16% of all people at some point in their lives, interfering with their ability to function and enjoy life. Sadly, many choose alcohol and other drugs as a form of self-medication because they are unaware of the many alternatives offered by a holistic approach. Depression can be associated with nutritional deficiencies, chronic pain, allergic reactions as well as structural misalignments in the core of the body. Holistic interventions that include counseling, exercise, and meditation can have a tremendous healing effect on symptoms of depression, helping people live healthier, more natural lives.
Characterized by fluctuating moods that vary from major depression to manic episodes. Medication is used to stabilize moods. Although the prevalence of the disorder is listed as about 1% of the population, the frequency of the diagnosis indicates a higher rate of occurrence. As is the case with many co-occurring disorders, those who are diagnosed with bipolar disorder may use alcohol and other drugs to self-medicate. Our holistic, dual-diagnosis treatment program provides guidance with respect to counseling, nutrition, toxic overload and allergies.
A subtle, insidious disorder that interferes with a person’s lifestyle and ability to function. It becomes quite easy for those with insomnia to depend on a chemical to put them to sleep and subsequently necessary to use another chemical to wake them up. This creates a chemically dependent cycle that can be difficult to break, unless people are willing to stop using chemicals to control their lives. Nearly 20% of the population suffers from insomnia and is therefore at risk of becoming chemically dependent, unless they address the issues that feed the insomnia. Our treatments for substance abuse strive to make people aware of their chemically dependent behaviors, providing healing for the underlying issues and drug-free interventions to aid sleep naturally.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
A special classification of anxiety disorder. It may occur after exposure to an extremely traumatic event that a person experienced, witnessed or heard about. The fear, helplessness or horror of the event leads to persistent re-experiencing, numbing and avoidance of things associated with the event. There may also be symptoms of increased arousal for at least one month, causing significant distress or impairment. Often the symptoms are overlooked and untreated, and these individuals begin to self-medicate with alcohol or other drugs. Part of healing and becoming whole is the identification and treatment of traumatic incidents, which is accomplished in our dual-diagnosis treatment program through counseling. Letting go of trauma removes one of the underlying factors that contributes to addiction.
Often linked as an underlying cause of other psychological disorders. Sexual abuse of women alone is estimated to be in excess of 40%. Additional forms of abuse include physical, verbal, emotional and mental. Abuse is a traumatic event and often manifests as PTSD, causing troubling symptoms to endure for years. Since the pain of abuse is difficult to manage, many individuals who have endured a history of abuse use alcohol and other drugs to ease the pain. The affects of the abuse may be held in the conscious mind where they influence thoughts, feelings and behaviors that can be traced to the traumatic event and addressed with traditional counseling techniques. They may also be trapped in the unconscious where they can control a person’s life on many levels. A holistic approach helps them recognize these corresponding issues and develop new, healthier patterns.
ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
Often associated with children and adolescents with an incidence of 3-7%. It can be quite troubling to adults as well. ADHD may be characterized by difficulty focusing or paying attention as well as hyperactivity and/or impulsivity. There may be a tendency to self-medicate to control these symptoms, often leading to addiction. Our holistic alternative includes a personalized program with nutritional support, detoxification, and allergy testing.
Can be a significant source of distress that leads to impaired personal judgment. Depending on the degree of severity, pain can be debilitating in ways that interfere with physical, mental or emotional functioning. Pain is often fought with prescription pain killers. Estimates suggest that 7% of patients who receive these drugs become addicted, approximately 4.7 million Americans today. Currently, addiction to pain medication is the fastest growing area of addiction with more than twice as many people hooked on painkillers as there are people addicted to cocaine. Clearly, this is an area of serious concern, since the substance that is publicly recognized as the solution to the problem of pain is, in fact, highly addictive. People who are prone to addiction must find alternative methods of pain relief, which is why our holistic treatments for substance abuse provide the ideal program. We offer a wide range of natural ways to manage pain, including highly effective physical therapy, self-help techniques, yoga, meditation and nutritional support.
Many Americans complain of fatigue, which is a daily lack of energy and an unusual or excessive whole-body exhaustion that is not relieved by sleep. Fatigue can be the result of a hectic lifestyle, a medical condition, burdensome psychological issues, stress, poor nutrition, lack of exercise, depression, insomnia or the use of alcohol or nicotine. Those who suffer from fatigue may seek stimulants to boost their mood or energy level instead of addressing the underlying problem. A holistic program teaches participants to recognize and correct these issues at the source, rather than turning to chemical crutches that keep them caught in the cycle of addiction.
Nutritional deficiencies can contribute to anxiety and depression, as well as cravings for particular foods and drugs. For instance, nutrients play a big role in the body’s ability to produce neurotransmitters. These chemicals influence our moods, thoughts and actions in different ways. The body requires certain nutrients to ensure that neurotransmitters are available in sufficient quantities to help us achieve optimum functioning. Personal assessment, along with selected medical tests, can indicate a need for particular nutrients that can be supplied through dietary changes. Rather than depending exclusively on drugs to regulate mood and influence thoughts and behaviors, our dual-diagnosis treatment helps individuals discover nutrient deficiencies and supply what is missing through natural means.
Allergens are an additional dietary consideration, since food allergies are an underlying factor in poor health and certain cravings. Often people have a physiological craving for substances to which they are allergic or highly sensitive. Once these substances are identified, they can often be eliminated from the diet to improve a person’s sense of well-being. Our state-of-the-art BioMeridian equipment, in combination with NAET (allergy elimination) technology, provide a means to discover and treat underlying allergies that contribute to addiction and mental health conditions.
Food addiction and obesity, its corresponding health problem, are currently at an all-time high. The food industry has discovered the formula for sugar, fat and salt that make us want more and more and more. Professionals who have worked in the field of addiction have seen how people who are working toward recovery from drugs and alcohol easily substitute food as their drug of choice. This is especially true of foods that are high in carbohydrates. As part of our treatments for substance abuse, people are made aware of this pitfall in recovery and educated about making healthy choices in food selection as they work toward recovering from their addiction.
Occurs when toxins enter the body through the food we eat, the air we breathe, the medications we take and the personal care products we use. The liver and the kidneys need to be at optimum functioning in order for the body to rid itself of toxic substances. Alcohol and other drugs impair the function of many internal organs, especially the liver. When the liver is impaired, the body fails to eliminate toxins, leading to toxic overload that hinders physiological functioning and ultimately a person’s ability to function physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. The great value of holistic, dual-diagnosis treatment is its focus on health and wellness, providing natural methods of detoxification as well as nutritional support to facilitate healing for the organs and tissues of the body.