Addiction interferes with the delicate chemical balance of the brain, hijacking thought processes and behaviors and robbing people of the ability to feel pleasure from food, love, and activities they previously enjoyed.
Research has shown that alcohol and drugs target the brain’s reward system by flooding the brain with excessive amounts of dopamine. Over time, the brain adapts to the substances and it takes more and more of the drug to achieve a similar effect. Feeding the addiction becomes difficult, costly and dangerous, even as the dysfunction in the brain’s circuitry compels the addict to continue
pursuing that feeling at the expense of everything else in their life. Eventually, the addicted person feels physically ill and unable to feel pleasure, joy or contentment without drugs and alcohol.
Our treatments are designed to repair this disruption in brain chemistry by helping individuals first achieve abstinence and then restore balance in the brain through proper nutrition, exercise, sleep and medications if needed. Medical treatments and counseling are complemented by holistic therapies such as yoga, mindfulness, art therapy, animal-assisted therapy and others to improve well being.