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Neurochemical rewards

Neurochemical rewards

Neurochemical rewards and drugs. This is a wrong combination

Neurochemical rewards and drugs: Addiction and the brain

Using addictive drugs floods the limbic brain with dopamine taking it up to as much as five or 10 times the normal level. With this elevation, the user’s brain begins to associate the drug with outsize neurochemical rewards. Over time, by artificially raising the amount of dopamine our brains think is normal, the drugs create a need that only they can meet. Like for instance, when a drug produce increases in dopamine in these limbic areas of the brain, then your brain is going to understand that signal as something that is very reinforcing, and will learn it very fast so that the next time you get exposed to that stimuli, your brain already has learned that reinforcing instantly. Over time, the consistently high levels of dopamine create plastic changes to the brain, desensitizing neurons so that they are less affected by it, and decreasing the number of receptors. That leads to the process of addiction, wherein a person loses control and is left with an intense drive to compulsively take the drug.

According to experts the reason why dopamine-producing drugs are so addictive is that they have the ability to constantly fill a need for more dopamine. So a person may take a hit of cocaine, snort it, it increases dopamine, takes a second, it increases dopamine, third, fourth, fifth, sixth. So there’s never that decrease that ultimately leads to the satiety. Addiction has to do with the brain’s expectations. An emerging idea is that drugs basically hijack the brain’s normal computational enjoyment and reward mechanisms.

For example, let’s say you’re happy about a great chocolate ice cream and over time you learn to expect that the chocolate ice cream is really great and you have no more dopamine released in expectation of that when you receive it. Nevertheless, if you take an addictive drug you can never learn to expect it because the drug itself will release an extra kick of dopamine. And when that happens, the value of that drug keeps increasing because now you’re learning that wow my expectations were violated, therefore this must be much more valuable than what I thought before. So what ends up happening is that dopamine system gets hijacked by these drugs.

It must be noted that there are other components to addiction like genetics and age of exposure which is why not everyone who takes drugs becomes an addict. Approximately 50% of the vulnerability of a person to become addicted is genetically determined, and research indicates that if a person is exposed to drugs in early adolescence they are much more likely to become addicted than if they were exposed to the same drugs as an adult.

Neurochemical rewards and drugs: Neurotransmitter dopamine

Doctor Dalal Akoury acknowledges that one of the key functions of the neurotransmitter dopamine is to create feelings of pleasure that our brains associate with necessary physiological actions like eating and procreating. We are driven to perform these vital functions because our brains are conditioned to expect the dopamine rush that accompanies them. Addictive drugs flood the brain with dopamine and condition us to expect artificially high levels of the neurotransmitter. Over time, the user’s brain requires more dopamine than it can naturally produce, and it becomes dependent on the drug, which never actually satisfies the need it, has created.

Finally, AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under the able leadership of Doctor Akoury is a facility run by experts headed by doctor Akoury, for proper care and healing of whatever kind of addiction and whatever the level of addiction you need caring experts who will focus on Neuroendocrine Restoration (NER) to reinstate normality through realization of the oneness of Spirit, Mind, and Body, Unifying the threesome. This kind of treatment can only be found at AWAREmed. Reach out for help and get your life back with real professionals.

Neurochemical reward and drugs: Addiction and the brain




Mind sobriety

Detecting addiction causes

Detecting addiction causes

Detecting addiction causes to take quick remedial treatment action

Detecting addiction causes: Mineral deficiencies

Drug-taking, especially alcohol, by parents and their children at an early age may cause genetic damage to the brain, a possible precursor to psychopathy and violent crime. While studying the behaviors of some prisoners with a view of detecting addiction causes, it was established that majority of prisoners often abuse drugs and have generally have been on a poor diet, high in meat, sugar and commercialized foods with deficiencies of thiamin, zinc, and folate which are essential to brain function. According to doctor Dalal Akoury MD, President, and founder of AWAREmed health and wellness resource center, the work of Schoenthaler and Schauss and America on diet and crime have revealed how better diet and vitamin supplements have improved mood and reduced violent behavior in criminal populations.

Discovering drug addiction causes: Vitamin and Minerals

There are two kinds of foods (sugar and meat) believed to be causing vitamin and mineral deficiency alongside abnormal serotonin levels. Research has found evidence linking high sugar intake to abnormal blood glucose levels and alcoholism, and this is because sugar intake can cause nutrient deficiency like thiamin, zinc, vitamin C, folate, Vitamin E. etc. Meat also lacks vitamins such as thiamin and folate which is essential for brain function. The consumption of meat can create a deficiency of tryptophan precursor of serotonin because it contains many other competing amino acids.

According to the American Dietetic Association’s Guidelines for Nutritional Care of Alcoholics during Rehabilitation, alcoholics are deficient in Vitamins B1, B2, B6, folic acid, and zinc. Experts have found evidence that the heavy drinker has a nutritional deficiency mainly because when one is under the influence of alcohol the intestines are thrown into reverse, preventing the digestive system from absorbing the vitamins minerals and trace elements it requires. It is also important to note that niacin (vitamin B3) has been found to help the alcoholic resist the craving for alcohol, combined with vitamin C, vitamin B6 and occasionally vitamin E so that a recovery is made feasible.

It, therefore, means that food nutrients are very instrumental in curbing the problem of drug taking and addiction. Nevertheless, foods high in both sugar and fat create a sense of euphoria and pleasure which conditions the child for the drug experience. Children raised on poor diets high in sugar, caffeine and animal products and lacking in plant foods will be at risk of developing a drug dependency. Children on high caffeine and sugar intake through chocolates and cola drinks have higher levels of hyperactivity and anxiety.

With this, parents need to consider the effect of poor diet on their children. The very things that children enjoy most, may predispose them to nutritional inadequacy and loss of appetite for vegetables and fruits. As parents, we need to change our actions and start doing the right thing to our children and to ourselves. Finally, because we are in the business of making people comfortable and healthy despite the challenges of addiction, AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center is focusing on Neuroendocrine Restoration (NER) to reinstate normality through the realization of the Oneness of Spirit, Mind, and Body, Unifying the threesome into ONE. Visiting us is all you need and you will be on the right path to full recovery.

Detecting addiction causes: Mineral deficiencies




Drug abuse extension

Using amino acids in healing addicted brain

Using amino acids

Using amino acids in healing addicted brain can help

Using amino acids in healing addicted brain: Treatment possibilities

Addiction is a serious health risk, a condition with several treatment possibilities including using amino acids. Addiction can affect directly or indirectly and despite its grave effects we are yet to appreciate that its physical disorders originate from the brain. According to the experts from the AWAREmed health and wellness resource center under the leadership of Doctor Dalal Akoury MD, addiction has some painful symptoms which occur during abstinence and interferes with the ability to stay sober. Some of these symptoms include; craving, obsession, compulsion, stress sensitivity, anxiety, depression, mental confusion, and hypersensitivity to the environment. It is also important to note that the pain of staying sober can be so severe that it may interfere with the ability to function normally even when the desire for and commitment is strong.

Using amino acids in healing addicted brain: Neurotransmitters and addiction

Everyone needs comfort both physical and emotional, for this to effectively take place, neurotransmitters will play a very significant role in feelings of pleasure and well-being. The brain will in the event of deficiency or excess of the neurotransmitters give rise to uncomfortable feelings. Many at times the decisions and actions we take are chosen to produce a good feeling or relieve bad feelings. For example:

  • We eat because it produces a reward of good feelings.
  • We eat certain foods because they produce a better reward than others (chocolate produces more reward for most people than parsley).
  • We have sex because it produces a powerful release of pleasurable chemicals.
  • We work because the work itself is rewarding for us or because the end result produces a reward.
  • We refrain from certain actions because they do not produce the feeling of reward we are seeking.
  • We all differ in what gives us satisfaction and in the depth of satisfaction we experience, but we are all motivated by chemical actions in the brain that nature uses to keep us alive, motivated, functioning, and reproducing.

An imbalance in the interaction of neurotransmitters can result in a reward deficiency that can manifest as restlessness, anxiety, emptiness, lack of satisfaction, and vague or specific cravings. When this takes place the brain is simply communicating to us to take action to make right the imbalance. There are substances and activities that change our biochemistry so much that we want to do them over and over. And if the person has a reward deficit that predisposes to addiction, the activity that works will be repeated as often as necessary to get the desired reward. For the person predisposed to addiction, the chosen activity will rapidly go from self-medication to addiction.

While research has opened doors to new understandings of the nature of addiction and its effect on the brain, little of this information has been applied to actually helping people get well from this devastating disease. There are scientifically based strategies that change the brain chemistry of the addicted person, removing the discomfort of withdrawal, eliminating cravings, and relieving the abstinence-based symptoms of addiction. These include nutritional therapy, acupuncture, auricular therapy, and brain wave biofeedback. The most important is the nutritional approach, especially with the use of amino acids, which is the focus of this discussion. We will continue this discussion in our subsequent postings but in the meantime, you and I need to pool together in keep the activities of our brains healthy. And therefore for any concern about this deadly condition, you can always schedule an appointment with doctor Akoury for a one on one professional input.

Using amino acids in healing addicted brain: Treatment possibilities



Using acupuncture treatment

Using acupuncture treatment

Using acupuncture treatment therapy for all kinds of substance abuse solutions

Using acupuncture treatment therapy: Leaving nothing to chance in addiction treatment

The issues relating to addiction are becoming complicated every day. Using acupuncture treatment therapy which is an ancient technique originally from Chinese Medicine is essential. And because of its effectiveness, we are using it in our (AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center) treatment programs to primarily help individuals function at their highest levels as possible. Several years ago in 1974, an extensive research was conducted in the United States about the use of acupuncture treatment therapy for substance abuse patients. And in each of the studies conducted, it was established are reaffirmed that acupuncture treatment therapy is very effective thereby establishing it as the treatment of choice for detoxification in many states.

Using acupuncture treatment therapy: Benefits of acupuncture

Because of its established effectiveness, its benefits are numerous but for the purpose of this article the following are some of the frequently noted ones:

  • Greater sense of confidence
  • Less hostility
  • Mental and physical stability
  • Reduced anxiety
  • Reduced cravings
  • Reduction or elimination of medication

Using acupuncture treatment therapy: Types of Acupuncture

The acupuncture program at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center uses two specific types of acupuncture—“Auricular” (also known as “Ear” or “Detox”) and “Full-Body” acupuncture. The medical provider orders either type of acupuncture when clinically appropriate.

The “Auricular” (“Ear” or “Detox”) – this acupuncture is a standardized treatment using five points in each ear. These points focus on relieving anxiety, cravings, insomnia, and headaches, and help the liver and kidneys to flush toxins from the body. “Auricular” acupuncture is administered by registered nurses trained in “Ear” or “Detox” acupuncture.

The “Full-Body” acupuncture – this actually involves a Chinese medical exam and diagnosis. In this exam, pulses are palpated at nine places on each wrist; the tongue is examined for color, size, coating, and shape; and the spirit and will are assessed for their strength. From this collection of data, Chinese Medicine can reflect the origin and the level at which imbalances have been created. Acupuncture is then used to correct these imbalances. For most people, who are used to getting laboratory tests and numeric results, this process is very educational. Many clients have never made the connection between lifestyle and health, between emotional cycles and seasons, or between the health of their spirit and their energy level. The “Full-Body” acupuncture most often consists of 10-15 needles, chosen from over 500 classic acupuncture points on the body. Each treatment is individualized, and no two treatments are the same. The “Full-Body” acupuncture is administered by a Doctor of Oriental Medicine.

In linking the remarkable, short-term effectiveness of acupuncture with counseling and other therapies, AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center has added an invaluable component to a program dedicated to long-term results. That means that we are doing all that is humanly possible to ensure that all patients are happy at the end of the therapy. We would, therefore, request you to schedule an appointment with doctor Dalal Akoury today if you are going through any form of difficulties in any kind of addictions.

Using acupuncture treatment therapy: Leaving nothing to chance in addiction treatment



Acute addiction times

Avoiding polysubstance abuse

Avoiding polysubstance abuse

Avoiding polysubstance abuse is action in positive direction

Avoiding polysubstance abuse: Drug addiction

We are living in a world where people want to explore all things even those that are dangerous to their lives. Take for example drugs, there are substances which are not just harmful to one’s life but are life threatening and fatal. You wonder why someone would want to take this kind of adventure. I am trying to confuse you but I am simply introducing the topic of avoiding polysubstance abuse defined as the use of more than three groups of addictive substances over a period of one year. When this happens, pain is registered in the whole family. According to doctor Dalal Akoury MD, President, and founder of AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center, when a person indulges in acts of abusing several substances within a short period of time in an attempt to enhance the effect of a single drug to create a more intense high, death is not far away. You can, however, redeem yourself by seeking for treatment at this facility before it is too late. And as you consider that, the following are some combination drug users have “patterned”:

  • Alcoholics who for example use will cocaine only after they’ve reached a certain state of intoxication meaning that they don’t overuse.
  • Addicts who speedball that is to say that they are mixing cocaine and heroin for intravenous use and other combinations.
  • There is another polysubstance subgroup, consisting mostly of adults already addicted to alcohol. After an injury or surgery, they were placed on opiate medications and developed a pain syndrome over time. They then mixed substances or switched to opiates as their drug of choice.

Avoiding polysubstance abuse: Polysubstance abuse among different populations

Adult polysubstance abuse, according to literature, is associated with other mental health conditions. Homelessness, personality disorders, and psychiatric disorders such as major depression, psychosis, and bipolar disorder are common. The overlap of polysubstance dependence and psychiatric problems points to a lot of self-medication. Typically, among multiple substance users, individuals used alcohol or marijuana at an early age and then added other substances without quitting their original substances.

  • Among young people, polysubstance abuse is often the norm and not the exception. The most commonly abused polysubstance by adolescents are marijuana, alcohol, and heroin. Other drugs used include MDMA (ecstasy), dextromethorphan, multiple forms of opiates, cocaine, hallucinogens, and inhalants.
  • One treatment facility said that 33 percent of the adolescents currently in treatment had a polysubstance addiction.
  • The elderly are another population that clearly has a problem with polysubstance abuse.
  • Older people have more medical conditions that often require prescriptions. Over time with debilitating illnesses such as Alzheimer’s disease, the tendency to over medicate (taking more of a drug, more often, forgetting when and if the medication was already taken) increases the likelihood of polysubstance abuse. Combined with alcohol, the results can be devastating, even fatal.
  • Elderly women tend to keep their substance abuse and chemical dependency secret. Alcoholism occurs later in women’s lives, perhaps due to problems associated with divorce or separation. Women who are over 55 have less tolerance for alcohol and are therefore more prone to addiction. They are also less likely than men to seek treatment and also use prescribed psychoactive drugs.

Avoiding polysubstance abuse: Drug addiction