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Addiction Treatment with Neuro-Science

Neurotransmitter Nutrition
Balancing and Feeding Brain Connectivity

At Courage to Change, the healing begins with targeted oral nutraceuticals - whole food amino acid supplements. This physio-neurological genetic repair process utilizes specific peptides, amino acids, vitamins, minerals and nutrients designed to rebuild and rejuvenate brain cells.

Nutraceuticals - NeuroScience, Inc

NeuroScience, Inc. has developed a line of nutraceutical formulas that specifically target the spectrum of neurotransmitter balances.

Unfortunately, most consumer foods are lacking in the essential nutrients, minerals, and amino acids that the brain and body need to thrive. The lack of these ingredients actually causes the cells in the body to starve and they become dependent on addictive chemicals to satiate their needs.

In the past, people viewed addiction as an illness and labeled the person suffering from the addiction as sick. However, with the advent of neuroscience, scientists and therapists have begun to understand that the underlying cause for addiction is a biochemical imbalance. Not a sickness or flaw in a person's character.

Understanding Addiction

We now know, scientifically and graphically, that the brains of alcoholics and addicts are physiologically different. They work differently from "normal" brains. In neuroscience terms, we have discovered that pleasure, or the feeling of well-being, is a distinct neurological function linked to a complex reward system.

Neurotransmitter Imbalance (NTI) is caused by deficiencies in the amino acids critical to neurotransmission. The resulting "imbalance" presents as a form of sensory deprivation of the brain's pleasure mechanisms.

The Science of Addiction - Balancing Neurotransmitters

Neuron in the Human Brain

The human brain contains over 100 billion cells, called neurons or a nerve cell. These cells may become dysfunctional at the genetic level, which may induce addictive behaviors.

Abuse of alcohol and drugs causes severe damage to the brain - damage which can now be seen by virtue of photo-imaging.

Scientific research has shown that addiction, withdrawal, and recovery are all related to brain chemicals such as the opioid peptides - sequences of amino acid mimicking the effect of opiates (narcotics) in the brain. Stress regulating hormones may also be affected and over time affect memory and can present a predisposition to other pathological diseases and weight gain.

Specific receptors are genetically encoded and made from long chains of amino acids. Knowledge of these receptors has provided the groundwork to address specific neurological damages as well as the oxidative damage (lack of oxygen to the cells) that occurs in addiction.

 

Dr. Nora Volkow - NIDA

Drug addiction is a disease of the brain that affects the
circuits involved in processing punishment and reward...

-- Nora D. Volkow, M.D.
National Institute on Drug Abuse

Neurotransmitters
Critical in Addiction

Epinephrine also known as adrenaline, is an excitatory neurotransmitter.

Norepinephrine acts as an excitatory neurotransmitter.

Dopamine is an excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmitter that convinces the body that it needs
a drug to survive.

Serotonin is an inhibitory neurotransmitter and controls
mood, compulsions, anxiousness,
and headaches.

GABA is the major inhibitory neurotransmitter that prevents over-stimulation.

PEA Phenylalanine is an excitatory neurotransmitter that promotes energy and elevated mood.

Glutamate is a major excitatory neurotransmitter necessary for brain function, memory, and learning.