Addiction is a disease rooted in the chemistry of the brain. When drugs, alcohol, pornography, and/or gaming are introduced to the body, the stimulus triggers the release of a neurotransmitter— dopamine, one of the feel good hormones—from a specific area of the midbrain into the reward system. The reward system includes many parts of the brain that combine to create pleasurable sensations and assure that they are repeated.
When dopamine is sent through this circuit to various parts of the brain, enough receptors are formed to absorb it. Some drugs and behaviors stimulate a high volume of dopamine resulting in a high volume of receptors being formed. Once present, these receptors want to be used and will call for—demand—a repeat of the dopamine flood. This is where cravings occur and addiction sets in. Nothing else in normal life will generate the volume of dopamine that drugs, alcohol, pornography and gaming will. Healthy levels of stimuli from food, sleep, exercise, and social interactions including healthy sex will no longer satisfy the brain. The addictive behavior then becomes preferred over all other behaviors.
Addiction is a disease of the brain. Recovering from addiction requires, in part, interrupting this insatiable chemical pattern created in the brain’s reward pathways. This disruption can be accomplished, in part, by replenishing the body’s stores of amino acids, the nutrients needed to make neurotransmitters. When the brain is repeatedly stimulated to produce a flood of dopamine (among other hormones), the stores of amino acids become dramatically depleted. Giving the body the amino acids it needs to reset the normal levels of available neurotransmitters is an invaluable form of addiction intervention, one that is proving to be highly successful. The WholeHealth Recovery program provides amino acids treatments in combination with behavioral counseling to help you stop the cravings and restore your brain to its ability to be satisfied by healthy living. Call us!