Chemical dependency involves both a physical and a psychological addiction to neurochemical-altering substances, such as alcohol, street drugs, and prescription medications. Chemically dependent individuals become enslaved to substances that inhibit their ability to use sound judgment. Often, chemical dependency is the end result of a physiological deficiency in specific neurotransmitters within the brain, otherwise known as a neurochemical imbalance. To learn more about the most effective ways to combat chemical dependency, order your personal copy of Brain in Balance: Understanding the Genetics and Neurochemistry behind Addiction and Sobriety on Amazon.
The Warning Signs of Chemical Dependancy
The Concern of Relapse
With all chemical dependency treatments, relapse is the number one concern. Dr. Von Stieff has worked with chemically dependent individuals for over two decades, giving him the experience necessary to know what kind of treatment provides the best results. Successful detoxifications and chemical dependency treatments take into consideration the reasons behind cravings: family history, genetics, possible mental and behavioral disorders, and neurochemical imbalances. By eliminating cravings, an individual can take steps towards lasting sobriety. By using safe and non-addictive medications to restore balance in their neurotransmitters, Dr. Von Stieff has helped thousands leave their harmful habits behind permanently and achieve a greater quality of life.
Dr. Von Stieff explains how the balance of neurotransmitters we inherit in the brain can determine our susceptibility to addiction, chemical dependency, and relapse.
“Individuals struggling with substance abuse have long faced stigmas placed on them by therapists and other medical professionals who are not up to date and don’t fully grasp the complexity of the disease at hand. On the contrary, the scientific approach to treating and understanding these patients outlined within my book will provide the concrete analysis necessary to eliminate the negative labeling.”– Addictionologist Fred J. Von Stieff, MD