STEP 1 – RELEASE
Most likely you’ve tried getting over your addiction before; most of our clients have. Some have tried the “cold turkey” approach, but it’s so painful and the physical symptoms of withdrawal are so bad and so urgent that only by using again (relapse) can you get through them. It’s a vicious cycle. Your brain doesn’t want to change the way it’s adapted to the drugs in your system – it literally can’t, because it’s formed new neurological pathways to deal with these drugs. This is basic neurological adaptation which keeps us alive and on a constant, steady path. But for those addicted, adaptation makes you want more and more doses of the drugs over time. It’s like that movie Little Shop of Horrors: “Feed me, feed me!”
But, the path to getting clean involves your brain releasing the drugs from the receptors. The only way to do that is to release the drugs hold on you.
Release is the first step.
Traditional rehab programs take weeks or months, but who has that much time? You have a job, a family, a life that you need to get back to. Also, many detox programs use Suboxone®, a life-saving drug that helps people stop using opiates and other drugs. However, Suboxone® is highly addicting itself and the unfortunate outcome is that you end up trading one addiction for another. Since Suboxone® stays in your system for weeks, getting off this drug – that is supposed to help you get off of another drug – can be as tough as kicking the first addiction. Some turn to Methadone, but it also has the same challenges as Suboxone®, it’s prescribed every day for long term use.
For some, this is an acceptable, life-saving path; however, we feel there is another way. Our hope for you is to help you take back your life, drug free forever through medically supervised detox, the safest path to remove the drugs from your system and to clean up your body and your brain.
Patients report minimal discomfort which usually is gone after a day or so. Everyone is different and the drugs you are addicted to react differently in every person and we understand.
Having a personal caring support person is critical to your success on this journey. They will be with you every step of the way and we all work together for the best outcomes. This could be a family member, spouse, or even a good friend. It cannot be an enabler.
On your first day as withdrawal begins, your body begins to cleanse itself.
For some patients, we recommend the Bridge, an FDA approved medical device, which helps curb the effects of opiate withdrawal within 8-10 minutes of application.
We are currently the only facility in our area offering this technology.
The Bridge is a gentle neuro-stimulation system (NSS) device that attaches just behind your earlobe. It’s a non-narcotic treatment that works nearly 100 percent of the time. It is the ideal therapy for the pain associated with withdrawal from Heroin, Suboxone®, Methadone, Oxymorphone and opiate pills, such as Hydrocodone, Oxycodone and Fentanyl.
The bridge has been tested with over 30,000 pain patients and is frequently used at medical centers and Veterans Administration hospitals to help with chronic and acute pain.
The Union County, Ind. Opiate Treatment Center reports more than 89 percent of their patients who completed heroin withdrawal and detox with the assistance of the Bridge were successful in completing the entire process.
You also will learn about brain-specific exercises to release and balance your brain and body in a new pattern. Our research has shown brain re-patterning exercises are effective in re-establishing the brain-body connections. This synchronization technology is used to shift established brain patterns to new patterns for clean and healthy living. The exercise is not strenuous and can be done in literally less than 5 minutes. Shifting brain patterns is vital in our unique approach and initiates the long-term plan for a clean life.
Next, you’ll meet with a medical practitioner to make sure your body is cleansing itself of the toxins and we’ll customize your treatment and medication. We will work with your support team/family member, to make sure you are comfortable.
STEP 2 – RECOVER
The detoxification process will take several days, possibly even longer depending on the level of toxicity in your body. In addition to the release exercise you’ve already experienced, and as your brain begins to release more toxic drugs, we will support you with comfort medications, natural supplements, and help you recover with as much ease as possible.
As detoxification continues, we’ll use oral NAD+ or Intravenous NAD+ (Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide) to make sure you stay hydrated and provide you with vitamins and nutrients as the last of the remaining drugs work out of your system. NAD+ is an effective detox treatment for alcohol, opiates, prescription drugs, recreational drugs, and it has been shown to reduce cravings and help with overall brain recovery and restoration.
Additionally, we’ll continue to go deeper with you and your brain re-patterning. Utilizing the technology of Bio-Energetic Synchronization Technique (B.E.S.T.) we will work with your mind/body patterns to recover. B.E.S.T. is a gentle healing system to help you deal with stress and promote balance in all systems of the body. It has been used by physicians and health practitioners around the world for 45 years. All of this is part of shifting you brain patterns which enabled the addiction in the first place. It’s not enough to just clean the brain receptors; we must get to the actual cause of the addictive pattern for lasting recovery. This is not a sprint but more accurately described as a marathon of pattern interruption and replacement.
Neurological feedback is a simple yet most effective process – Neurofeedback starts with a brain map. A cap fitted with special sensors fits on your head to measure your brainwave activity and help us understand which protocols will provide the best possible results. The protocols are overlaid on your choice of a television show and you simply watch the show and the protocol will retrain your brain. The process sounds very simple but the results are anything but. This will help you calm and restore normal brain patterns. Sessions may take as little as 15 minutes and there are no harmful side-effects to this relaxing therapy. Neuro Feedback is used both for treatment of certain addictions and brain optimization.
At RecoverUS, we will discuss nutritional changes and offer advice on the replacement of depleted vitamins and minerals needed for proper brain and body repair. One of the most overlooked parts of recovery, nutritional planning and implementation, is key for complete and long term recovery. Our doctors and staff have been working with vitamin and mineral replacement diets and supplements for nearly 40 years and are experts.
This treatment plan gives you the best opportunity for long term recovery. Plus, it’s one with minimal cravings and relapses. After this phase of recovery is complete, you’ll be drug free and ready for long term care. For some with Alcohol or Opioid addiction, maintenance with Naltrexone® is an option. The entire purpose of Naltrexone® is to reduce withdrawal systems, prevent cravings and block the brain receptors from the addictive drugs and alcohol. At this point in your recovery and with Naltrexone®, you will no longer feel the effects of opioids or alcohol.
A full recovering using the latest technologies.
Step 3 – RESTORE – STAYING CLEAN
Detoxing was just the first step toward a life free from drug addiction. The process to restore your brain and your life takes time. Research shows full brain recovery from addictive drugs takes at least a year and possibly longer. Brain cells are slow to recover, but they will recover and rebuild with a new pattern and a new picture of your life.
That’s why we walk with you for life-long freedom from substance abuse. At RecoverUS, we know that aftercare support is important. Every client receives a personalized treatment plan and we partner with recovery professionals across the nation to help you each day. These personalize approaches to your new life may include:
- Ongoing Naltrexone® therapy. Naltrexone® is a non-addictive, non-narcotic medicine that prevents cravings and reduces the odds of a relapse.
- A network of B.E.S.T. practitioners to follow-up with your care.
- Access to ongoing nutritional supplementation for mineral replacement and guidelines.
- 12-Step Programs or Other Support Groups. There’s real benefit to being part of a community of others who are battling the same issues as you. In these groups, you’ll find others who are sober and supportive of you.
- Medical Visits. Regular check-ups and check-ins are critical not only to beating a drug habit, but also to leading a healthy life.
- Individual Therapy. Meeting regularly with a trained and compassionate individual counselor can be beneficial as you continue to work toward you process your experiences and work toward your goals.
- Intensive Outpatient Programs. These programs offer high levels of education and treatment in an evening outpatient setting, allowing you to continue to live your life.
- Inpatient/Residential Treatment. Sometimes more intensive care is necessary. In these cases, we help you find the best treatment programs and facilities to ensure success.
- We also work closely with your family, friends or support team, providing them with hints and tools to help you help yourself to stay drug-free.