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Frequently Asked Questions

The brain is composed of billions of nerve cells, called neurons. Brain activity is the interaction of neurons as they communicate with one another. Neurons do not actually touch one another; instead, they are separated by a small gap called a synapse. Activity within a neuron is electrical; however electrical activity cannot cross the synapse. When one neuron wants to signal another, it releases a number of neurotransmitter chemical molecules into the synapse. For each type of neurotransmitter, the receiving neuron has specific receptor sites on the surface. As neurotransmitter molecules bind to a receptor site, the process causes electrical activity in the receptor neuron. The receiving neuron then releases the neurotransmitter molecules so that the sending neuron can absorb them from the synapse in a process called re-uptake, stopping the communication.

How does the brain work?

The physical and mental condition resulting from chemical dependence means that the brain is just not working correctly because neurotransmission is thrown out of balance. Rebalancing the brain requires detoxification and cell function stabilization. BR+ Detox is a protocol that administers a co-enzyme along with combinations of amino acids, vitamins and minerals taken orally. This process renders the patient nearly or completely free of cravings.

 

BR+ Detox is an eight to ten day outpatient process based upon the patient’s history and their needs. It is given intravenously to assist the patient through a comfortable withdrawal reducing or eliminating physical cravings.

 

What is Brain Restoration+ Detox?

(BR+ Detox)

The presence of dopamine, a neurotransmitter, in the synapses of the reward center of the brain is directly related to every feeling of pleasure we experience, from eating good food to falling in love. Other neurotransmitters mediate other emotions and attitudes.

How do we feel pleasure?

As people continue to use addictive substances, receptor function decreases, which requires the increased use of substances for pleasure or just a sense of well being. In the absence of external substances, the body experiences a neurotransmission deficit. Some people begin by taking drugs to feel high while others begin by innocently increasing their prescription use to achieve the original effect. There are as many reasons to become addicted as there are people who become addicted. In most cases, NO ONE begins by believing they will become a slave to an external power which completely consumes and controls their life.

How do people become addicted?

When a chemically dependent person is denied access to a substance to which s/he is addicted, the addicted brain goes into a frenzy that manifests itself in the physical symptoms of withdrawal. The symptoms may be life threatening and may induce agitation, hallucinations, intestinal upsets, severe muscular aches, etc. After withdrawal, the body may be completely free of the addicting substance, yet neurotransmitters of the brain are still not in balance. This may lead to physical feelings of craving, an almost overwhelming desire to use the substance again.

What is withdrawal?

Anyone can become addicted if s/he overuses powerful, mood-altering substances; however, there is a growing body of evidence to indicate that certain people are at greater risk for becoming addicted. Statistically speaking, a spectrum of problems (alcohol, drug, tobacco addiction, etc.) tend to occur together, rather than being independent variables. There may be a genetic basis for a propensity to become addicted.

 

A gene on Chromosome 11 manages a specific dopamine receptor (D2). There are two major versions of the gene: A1 is found in approximately 25% of the population; A2 is found in about 75%. In one study, 52% of cocaine addicts had the A1 version, and only 21% of non-addicts had that version. Other studies have found that the presence of the A1 version is strongly associated with the above problems and many other obsessive-compulsive disorders. Individuals with the A1 version may have thirty percent fewer D2 receptors than those with the A2 version. Fewer dopamine receptors may mean that A1 carriers are not rewarded by the same internally generated stimulus that A2 carriers find satisfying. Thus, they self-medicate, seeking the satisfaction. NAD is crucial in the production of dopamine.

 

Who can become addicted?

The treatment usually takes ten days. The IV infusion varies from day to day. Specially trained nurses under the supervision of a licensed physician, administer each treatment.A patient questionnaire, a physical and blood tests provide a medical history and assessment of the patient. The physician reviews the results and develops an individualized treatment plan tailored to the specific needs of the patient. Each day of the treatment, a nurse inserts an IV line. The patient relaxes in a lounge chair while the BR+ Detox formulation is slowly infused through the vein. The uncomfortable feelings of withdrawal and cravings subside and remain at bay surprisingly quickly. Between the fourth and eighth day patients typically report feelings of amazing mental clarity. Infusions are tolerated well and any mild side effects disappear at the cessation of infusion. The severe physical symptoms of withdrawal vanish; however, the full protocol is required to complete the treatment and minimize or eliminate physical cravings. Note that following treatment the psychological aspects of addiction still need to be addressed. During the day the patient may watch television, read, eat, and even doze. At the end of the day, the IV is disconnected and the patient leaves the outpatient clinic.

What is the treatment process?

No. If the patient uses any mood altering substances after treatment is complete, the brain’s chemical balance will be altered and physical cravings will likely return. If, however, a patient does relapse, a simple one or two day booster will be sufficient for restoration provided the patient returns for a booster as soon as possible after using or if cravings return.

Can the patient ever resume use?

After treatment the patient is no longer physically addicted and may certainly resume a normal life; however, an addicted person will typically not have been leading a normal life for some time. In order to rejoin the world successfully, a variety of aftercare coping strategies can be helpful. We will be happy to refer to any of the following:

1. AA, NA, and/or other 12-step program

2. Individual psychotherapy

3. Group psychotherapy

4. Family psychotherapy

5. Life Coaching Program

6. Personal Growth Programs

7. Nutrition programs

8. Exercise programs

9. Affinity and other social groups

10. Residential and/or Intensive Outpatient Programs

After treatment, is normal life possible?

Yes. It is completely safe. Licensed nurses work under the supervision of a licensed physician who approves a customized treatment plan and reviews progress. The intravenous solutions are made by a U.S. licensed compounding pharmacy.

Is the treatment safe?

More questions?

How long will it last?

Every patient and situation is unique. Some only wish to ease and quicken their withdrawal from a prescribed drug that they are having a challenge withdrawing from and no longer require. For them, detoxing and brain restoration may be all they need.  For others, addiction has become part of their self-identity and a self-prescribed solution for other issues that have not yet been addressed. In these cases, detoxing and restoring healthier brain function is just the beginning.

This program offers longer term addicts a significant JUMP START to sobriety that enables the clarity and reduction in cravings to begin their recovery process. The patient becomes therapeutically more available and motivated to maintain their sobriety.  For these individuals, the goal is to strengthen and stabilize sobriety especially for the first few years, which can be supported with an oral NAD+ prescription and a "booster" treatment one or more times a year or when ever they feel cravings. Some patients benefit from a monthly "booster" to reinforce their sobriety.  Since the addictive substance may have numbed out psychological issues that could cause relapsing, these issues need to be addressed in an aftercare program. However, addressing these issues can be much more effective if the patient feels more clarity and has reduced or eliminated their cravings.