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Science has known since the mid 1930's that alcoholism and addiction to many other abusable substances had a strong physical component. That is, when a person began to abuse alcohol or a drug, something changed in his or her brain chemistry.
This change caused the person to be compelled to continue the abuse. Later it was proven that many people were born with this brain chemistry.
It was learned further, that the compulsion was caused by an inefficiency in the brain's manufacturing cells. The brain had become unable to produce needed brain chemicals naturally. A Person with this problem often learns to substitute an abusable substance for the missing brain chemicals. In fact all that is needed are more of the "raw materials" used by the brain.
In 1985 NeuroGenesis, Inc. introduced a product which provide the nutrition called for in such a circumstance:
NeuRecover-DA is for those recovering from the abuse of depressants such as alcohol, heroin, morphine, codeine, etc. |
Altered Chemical States - A Practical Look at Brain Chemistry and Addictions.
Serving Size 2 Capsules
Servings Per Container 90
NeuRecovery-DA Amount Per Capsule % Daily Value Vitamin A (from Beta Carotene) 333.5 I.U. 6.7% Vitamin E (from d-alpha tocopheryl Succinate) 5 I.U. 16.7% Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) 100.0 mg 166.7% Niacin (from Niacinamide) 33 mg 165% Calcium (from Chelate) 25 mg 2.5% Magnesium (from Magnesium Oxide/Chelate) 25 mg 6.3% Pantothenic Acid (from Calcium Pantothenate) 15 mg 150% Vitamin b6 (from Pyridoxal-5-Phosphate) 3 mg 150% Zinc (from Zinc Picolinate/Chelate) 2.5 mg 16.7% Thiamin 2.4 mg 160% Iron (from Chelate) 1.5 mg 8.3% Riboflavin (as Riboflavin-5-Phosphate) 0.85 mg 50% Folic Acid 0.065 mg 16.3% Biotin 0.05 mg 16.7% Chromium (from Picolinate) 0.01 mg * Vitamin B-12 (from Cyanocobalamin) 0.005 mg 83.3% DL-Phenylalanine 325 mg * L-Glutamine 175 mg * * Daily Value Not Established
Other ingredients: cellulose, gelatin, silica and vegetable sterate.
Is a member of Houston's new primary industry, medicine and medically related products. The company has been, for nearly three decades, researching the effects of imbalance of chemicals in the emotion center of the brain, the Hypothalamus and the Hippocampus.
NeuroGenesis's products have been used by over 700 hospitals and 1,000 clinics throughout the world.
In BriefFrom: “Neuro-Nutrient Therapy For Compulsive Disease: Rationale and Clinical Evidence”
By Kenneth Blum, Ph.D., Michael Rassner, D.D.S., CADAC, CEAP and James E. Payne
Scientists have now concluded that compulsive craving for alcohol or drugs in most instances has a genetic origin that is triggered by environmental factors.
The mechanism appears to be irregularities in the brain’s neuro-transmitters, the messenger substances that regulate behavior. Addiction occurs when there is an imbalance that affects neurons in the brain’s reward areas.
The authors present the Cascade Theory of neuro-transmitter function, suggesting that these substances and their enzymes act in a cascade fashion – a kind of chain reaction – to produce feelings of well being. If the cascade becomes unbalanced, craving and addiction develop. Since neuro-transmitters are made of amino acids, the nutritional factor takes on great significance.
“Amino acid loading” is mentioned as a method by which additional supplies of amino acid building blocks are provided, enabling the brain to manufacture substances that are deficient.
·Aids in the recovery from the abuse of depressant drugs, such as alcohol, heroin, marijuana, etc.
Directions: Take one (1) one or two (2) capsules three (3) times daily. Take one (1) hour before or two (2) hours after meals with a few ounces of juice or water.
Weight: 9.8 oz
Size: 180 capsule bottle
Characteristics: Neuro-transmitter precursor amino acids, vitamins and minerals
Warranty:30-day money back guarantee on the quality and condition of our products. Due to the nature of our products, and the infinite variability of the human race, we cannot guarantee effectiveness. The stated efficacy rates for each of our products are clinically proven and support by feedback from our customers.
Warning: Phenylketonurics, contains phenylalanine. Not intended for use by phenylketonuric, pregnant and lactating women. Do not take with MAO inhibitor antidepressant drugs. Persons taking MAO antidepressants should only use the product under the supervision of a medical doctor. Accidental overdose of iron-containing products is a leading cause of fatal poisoning in children under the age of 6. Keep all bottles out of reach of children. In case of accidental overdose, call a doctor or poison control immediately.
Notes: No fillers, no sugar, no starch, no salt, no milk, no yeast, no preservatives or chemical additives, no artificial dyes, colors or flavors. Keep tightly closed and store in a cool, dry place.
Specs: US Patents:4,761,4295,189,0645,922,361 & others pending
Perhaps the most important advancement in the treatment of crack cocaine addiction is one that has brought treatment efficacy from less than 10% to as high as 80%. This dramatic increase in effectiveness has been brought about by Recognition of the fact that:
1) Addiction to crack cocaine is, in part, a physical disease and must be treated as such. This is done through the use of dopamine agonists and re-uptake blockers in the early stages of treatment and the use of amino acid precursor loadings to rebuild the dopamine supply so heavily depleted during cocaine use.
2) A healing process must be undertaken that includes:
a) Detoxification under close medical attention until physical stability is reached. This usually takes up to ten days.
b) Inpatient or residential/day care intensive counseling and medical monitoring until psychological stability has begun. This may take two or three months. Nutrition is often a critical factor in this phase.
c) Continuing (e.g. halfway house) care and establishment of twelve step activities as a routine. In this phase, the patient/client is trained or retrained in becoming a useful member of society and given the tools to maintain his/her sobriety. This phase is often extended to a "three quarter way house" (usually an apartment) in which the client has total responsibility for himself or herself but has a "home base" in which there are only fellow recovering persons and no drug pushers.
d) In extended care each client must rejoin society at large and function independently. (Twelve step activities may last the rest of the client's life.)
A prime example of this process is found in the work of several cooperating organizations in Houston Texas. It begins in a hospital in the heart of the city. Any crack cocaine addict who wishes to get sober can contact them or the nearby cooperating halfway house, at any hour. If there is a hospital bed available, he or she is admitted immediately. If one is not available, but one is expected soon, the person is "warehoused" in the halfway house facility. As soon as admitted, the patient is put under the care of the addiction recovery team.
The recovery team's treatment regimen begins with anti-craving medications. Patients addicted to crack cocaine usually suffer from severe craving which both interferes with their ability to participate in the treatment process and reduces their likelihood of remaining in
treatment. The cause of this severe craving is a significant depletion of the neurotransmitter, dopamine, which is stored in the hypothalamic area of the brain.
The team uses five (5) medications within the American Society of Addiction Medicine's four treatment levels.
A.S.A.M. Level I
(1) Desipramine, is given in doses ranging from 100-250 mg daily. Desipramine antianxiety qualities have been proven by double-blind studies, conducted in 1987, to increase the sobriety rate of recovering cocaine addicts from 15% to 60%. They were conducted by Frank H. Ga win, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry at Yale and Herbert D. Kieber, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry at Yale.
In as much as the Desipramine does not take affect for two weeks, the team uses (2) Bromficriptine several times daily in dosages of 1.25 to 2.5 mg two to four times daily and PRN during the two weeks. When used PRN, it will eliminate craving within 20 minutes for approximately 4 to 6 hours. Bromocriptine is a dopamine agonist thus acting like dopamine at the postsynaptic receptor area. Bromocriptine is administered four to six weeks during the hospital stay and after discharge. This use of Bromocriptine was developed by Mark Gold, M.D., Director of Research, Fair Oaks Hospital, Summit, New Jersey. (Its use is controversial as some researchers believe it to possibly be addictive.)
The team uses, three times daily, an aminoacid and vitamin supplement, (3) NuRecover-SA, the primary ingredients of which are 300 mg of 1-phenylalanine, and 200 mg ofltyrosine. These act through precursor loading to increase dopamine availability levels. This adjunct to therapy was formulated by Dr. Kenneth Blum, Department Head for Substance Abuse Recovery at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Blum is known internationally for his discovery of the genetic link between the D, receptor and a propensity for alcoholism.
The medication, (4) Amantadine, is given for ten days only, at the onset of treatment, and acts by enhancing the release of active dopamine from its storage sites. Amantadine is given in the dosage of 200-400 mg. (It is similarly controversial)
The medical staff feels that none of the above medications have addictive properties when properly used. There are minimal side effects and these are controllable through reduced dosages. The team has found the medications have afforded an early window of opportunity for patients to receive and comprehend treatment. There has also been a dramatic reduction in discharges against medical advice.
In addition to the above medications and adjuncts to therapy, patients receive from a physician ,a minimum of two hours weekly of didactic education on the use and effects of these medications. The medical staff and its associated counselors begin use of twelve step model counseling as soon as the patient is physically able.
A.S.A.M. Level II
As soon as this detoxification program is complete the patient becomes a client/resident of the halfway house. For eight weeks the clients are transported daily from there to an outpatient licensed counseling facility. During this eight week program, each day includes eight hours of psychological therapy. The counseling is generally of the twelve step model and is designed to achieve psychological stability along with the physical stability being sought by the medical treatment. This therapy is interspersed with physical treatment including, on a patient specific basis, the use of the above antidepressants and precursor loadings, and also, as stress is a major cause of slipping, an amino acid stress effect inhibitor, (5) beCALM'd™ is used. beCALM'd™ is an amino acid and vitamin formulation containing, primarily, 150 mg each of d-phenylalanine, 1-phenylalanine, and 1-glutamine. This adjunct to therapy is designed to help prevent stress from causing the patient to go back to cocaine and alcohol, "his/her old stress medication".A.S.A.M. Level III
At the end of the professional counseling program the patient becomes the full time client of the halfway house program. The patient continues to be given the nutritional supplement, beCALM'd. The Level III program usually takes about eight to ten months. However, it sometimes requires. less than six months and occasionally lasts a year or more. The client does not leave until he or she is ready in his or her own opinion as well as that of the program leaders.
The halfway house program begin with the assignment of simple tasks leading to independence within the facility. To remain in the program the client's sleeping and personal items area must be kept neat and clean. The client must cook for himself or herself and clean what ever kitchen ware is used in the process. The clients earn living room, television, etc. privileges by proving their ability to live with the other clients in the program on a friendly, cordial basis. The older, more experienced and stable clients help the newer ones. Attendance in twelve step programs is mandatory, and attendance at the meetings of the religion of the client's choice is strongly encouraged.
As soon as the client is able, he or she begins working, even if only for two hours a day. From this point forward, take-home pay is split three ways: 1/3rd for the client, 1/ 3rd for the halfway house and 1/3rd paid toward the client's hospital bill (or what ever portion was not covered by insurance.) The hospital portion is continued until it is paid off. The halfway house 1/3rd continues until it reaches a maximum of $600 per month.
The most important part of the counseling at the halfway house is to prepare the clients for a job and then help them to learn how to keep it. In some cases the clients may be highly educated people who must learn how to handle the stress of professional work without returning to the use of cocaine when things get difficult. More often the clients have gone from their parents' home at an early age and have little education or working skills. Some even must be taught to read! All of this training is made available to them through the help of a wide variety of charitable organizations, government agencies, and, of course, other clients who can help.
Most of the clients need help in how to interview for a job. This is one of society's most difficult and stressful interfaces, and yet everything begins with it. Time after time the entry level worker must face rejection at a time when building self confidence is already a most difficult and important task. With the help of the halfway house staff, nearly all finally succeed in getting through it.
Next, the client must work through the paradox of learning competitive teamwork. During the time he or she was a practicing addict, the client learned the ability to control others to a fine art. Each addict becomes ingrained with the idea that rules are only for those "dumb enough" to get caught. In short, the idea of working with others for mutual benefit and helping others just for the sake of doing it are very foreign concepts to the recovering addict. Learning or, in most case, relearning these ideas is part of a long healing process.
The healing process began with the taking of responsibility for maintaining one's self, one's sleeping area and one's cooking and eating facilities. If the client does not, the mess is deleterious to everyone else in the facility and it will cost the client valued privileges. Training continues with salary sharing, as he or she begins to earn one, with the halfway house so that it can continue to house, clothe, and feed the client.
The client's responsibility to others is made even more clear as the debt to the hospital is paid off. And, ultimately, the client pays for more than his or her keep so that others less far into the program can be taken care of as the client was cared for in his or her early days of sobriety. These same new clients that the client is helping in a financial way are also a part of a new family, the staff and clients he or she has met and worked with at the halfway house.
The new family concept is a major part of the healing process. It becomes a group of people who are important as a support group. Further, their very existence provides a strong reason not to slip as doing so would be an affront to them. Those who do slip along the way must return to whatever stage is appropriate from which they can try again.
Most of the clients leave the halfway house to return to active society and maintain their sobriety. In the average case the program cost, above that paid for by the client, is about $100 per month.
A.S.A.M Level IV
The client is now ready to enter a "three-quarter way house. That is, to live independently in an apartment complex containing only recovering Level IV clients. Organized treatment at this level takes the form of weekly or bi-weekly group therapy and at least three support group (12 step) meetings per week. The people the client meets here become an important part of his or her new family.
The use of beCALM'd cannot be required in this Level, however, experience has shown it to be almost mandatory. Its use in times of stress is highly recommended for the next ten years.
The above combination of programs have had year to year success rates varying from 70 to over 90 percent. This remarkable outcome is believed to be linked to an overall program which maintains a long term physical and psychological healing process in accordance with the A.S.A.M. criteria and, where necessary, job and job acquisition training.
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