What is Neurotransmission?
The brain relays information from neuron-to-neuron via a vast network of electrical signals and neurotransmitters. The volume (or “bandwidth”) of these signals and the particular routes they take through the brain determine what we perceive, think, feel, and do.
How do addictions affect the brain?
Certain substances and behaviors cause an increased excretion of neurotransmitters into the synapse between neurons. Over time, this causes two problems: 1) it depletes the body’s amino acid resources, which are the building blocks of proteins and used to make more neurotransmitters; and 2) it alters the number of receptors, affecting proper functioning.
How do Amino Acids fix this problem?
Amino Acid Therapy replenishes the supply of organic ingredients so that the body can resume making normal amounts of neurotransmitters. When normal levels of neurotransmitters have been restored, two beneficial things can happen: The regular cycle of neuronal message transmission resumes and the number of receptors goes back down to normal. This lays the groundwork for addiction recovery
Why do I relapse?
Repeat drug use and repetitive behaviors lead to changes in the levels of neurotransmitters, as well as result in fundamental modifications to neuronal structure and function. The brain is now wired to seek out the substance or behavior that permits it to receive the higher levels of neurotransmitters that it has become accustomed to. If a person stops the behavior or substance, the level of neurotransmitter does not return to a previous baseline but, instead, drops severely, since the body is depleted of the building blocks (amino acids) necessary to make neurotransmitters. After a period of abstinence, the receptor level will go down, but because neurotransmitter levels remain low, addiction persists, even after withdrawal symptoms are gone.
Why do I need Intensive Psychological Therapy?
During detox, patients can become anxious and depressed as the brain re-calibrates and dopamine receptors readjust back to normal. Patients formerly used to feeling “zoned out” now confront a different reality. Intensive Positive Psychological Therapy, following IV Amino Acid Therapy, is essential—designed to help patients positively transition and restructure the negative neural pathways into more positive thought processes. Ongoing therapy, after the intensive 15-day program, also is critical to successful and lasting addiction recovery.