Like any other field of medicine, with advancements in our understanding of how the brain works, addiction treatment can evolve for the better. However it is up to practicing physicians to make that progress happen. As discoveries further clarify our understanding of how the brain functions, doctors administering addiction treatment should accommodate those findings, adjusting their methods and making them more effective.
Unfortunately many doctors are failing to progress, remaining stagnant in their old fashioned ways of addiction treatment – treating addiction as if it were simply a psychological problem and detoxifying without addressing the underlying neurochemical deficiencies. This is the reason for the national 50% relapse rate. Half of all individuals undergoing addiction treatment, after being detoxified will relapse within a year. Should doctors be satisfied with those results? Absolutely not!
The most advanced forms of addiction treatment take into account the physiological complications that exist in the neurochemistry of the addicted patient’s brain. By addressing neurochemical imbalances throughout all stages of addiction treatment – detoxification and beyond – doctors set patients up for long-term sobriety with the benefit of neurochemical stability. Stabilizing patients neurochemical balances with the correct safe medications can not only eliminate cravings, but also improve one’s outlook on life.
To learn more about the latest advancements in addiction treatment, you can read Brain In Balance: Understanding the Genetics and Neurochemistry behind Addiction and Sobriety. You can also learn more from Dr. Von Stieff’s brief lectures found on his YouTube page.