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When patients are addicted to opioids, they find themselves taking narcotics just to feel normal, not necessarily to get high. Their brain habituates to the opiate, and they start to feel sick without the opiate. Something that started off as an outside drug becomes an inside demand, because the receptors in the brain changed quickly.
We offer Medication for Addiction Treatment (MAT) with Buprenorphine/Naloxone (Suboxone) to help patients stop their opioid use, as a part of their journey back to health.
A Better Future.
The goal of our team is to guide our clients and their families to a better life.
Substance use disorder presents with a set of problems, including depression, anxiety, hopelessness, lack of self-worth, and a grim prospect for the future. Clients are dealing with family problems, legal problems, health problems, and numerous other problems in addition to the addiction they are seeking help for. Individuals and families are constantly searching for a solution to what seems an unsolvable problem, and often report that before entering our program they questioned whether or not a feasible, affordable, and effective path to recovery existed. A path does exist to create a better life.
There is an overwhelming fear that those coming for guidance have a small chance at recovery, a better life, and a normal existence. They believe that they are not capable of achieving the benefits described to them. Many people think that they are different than those who have obtained a better life. They cannot imagine a life without alcohol or drugs. We have guided these exact individuals to places they never thought possible. Over time, these individuals realized that every service offered has a purpose and that by simply working with their team and following the plan they helped create, they significantly improved their lives.
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Get a Plan. Get Your Life Back.
Do you have a Plan? If Not, Get one.
What is a plan? A plan, or treatment plan, considers all of the problems clients face. Our assessment looks at client’s health, social and family health, mental health, financial health, legal issues, employment, and more. Our clients are provided a plan the moment they complete their assessment with their treatment team. This plan is followed, updated, and revised as they continue in their care. What client’s face at the beginning of treatment is often very different from their needs 3, 6, and 9 months down the road.
You are not the first person to obtain recovery.
You are not alone and can achieve a better life than the one you have today. Research that has consisted of clinical and medical practices and services, but just as importantly, by years of listening to clients, families, and information seekers. You are not the first person to obtain recovery, to improve your life, or to come to our program. The fact that many have gone before you provides a significant advantage in your journey. Your program is shaped by years of experience and others farther in their journey are available to support you.
Addiction is a Disease: a disorder of structure or function.
When science began to study addictive behavior in the 1930s, people addicted to drugs were thought to be morally flawed and lacking in willpower. Those views shaped society’s responses to drug abuse, treating it as a moral failing rather than a health problem, which led to an emphasis on punitive rather than preventative and therapeutic actions. Today, thanks to science, our views and our responses to drug abuse have changed dramatically. Groundbreaking discoveries about the brain have revolutionized our understanding of drug addiction, enabling us to respond effectively to the problem.
As a result of scientific research, we know that addiction is a disease that affects both brain and behavior. We have identified many of the biological and environmental factors and are beginning to search for the genetic variations that contribute to the development and progression of the disease. We use this knowledge to develop effective prevention and treatment approaches that reduce the toll drug abuse takes on individuals, families, and communities.
The human brain regulates your basic body functions; enables you to interpret and respond to everything you experience; and shapes your thoughts, emotions, and behavior.
The brain is made up of many parts that all work together as a team. Different parts of the brain are responsible for coordinating and performing specific functions. Drugs can alter important brain areas that are necessary for life-sustaining functions and can drive the compulsive drug abuse that marks addiction. Brain areas affected by drug abuse – Brain diagram
- The brain stem controls basic functions critical to life, such as heart rate, breathing, and sleeping.
- The limbic system contains the brain’s reward circuit – it links together a number of brain structures that control and regulate our ability to feel pleasure. Feeling pleasure motivates us to repeat behaviors such as eating – actions that are critical to our existence. The limbic system is activated when we perform these activities – and also by drugs of abuse. In addition, the limbic system is responsible for our perception of other emotions, both positive and negative, which explains the mood-altering properties of many drugs.
- The cerebral cortex is divided into areas that control specific functions. Different areas process information from our senses, enabling us to see, feel, hear, and taste. The front part of the cortex, the frontal cortex or forebrain, is the thinking center of the brain; it powers our ability to think, plan, solve problems, and make decisions.
The brain is a communications center consisting of billions of neurons, or nerve cells. Networks of neurons pass messages back and forth to different structures within the brain, the spinal column, and the peripheral nervous system. These nerve networks coordinate and regulate everything we feel, think, and do. To send a message a brain cell releases a chemical (neurotransmitter) into the space separating two cells called the synapse. The neurotransmitter crosses the synapse and attaches to proteins (receptors) on the receiving brain cell. This causes changes in the receiving brain cell and the message is delivered.
Neuron to Neuron
Each nerve cell in the brain sends and receives messages in the form of electrical impulses. Once a cell receives and processes a message, it sends it on to other neurons.
Neurotransmitters: The Brain's Chemical Messengers
The messages are carried between neurons by chemicals called neurotransmitters. (They transmit messages between neurons.)
Receptors: The Brain's Chemical Receivers
The neurotransmitter attaches to a specialized site on the receiving cell called a receptor. A neurotransmitter and its receptor operate like a “key and lock,” an exquisitely specific mechanism that ensures that each receptor will forward the appropriate message only after interacting with the right kind of neurotransmitter.
Transporters: The Brain's Chemical Recyclers
Located on the cell that releases the neurotransmitter, transporters recycle these neurotransmitters (i.e., bringing them back into the cell that released them), thereby shutting off the signal between neurons.