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The Need For Addiction Healing Centers

Addiction Healing Centers-Restoration of the Mind, Body and Spirit to Treat Addiction

Addiction isn’t a new term that needs to be defined, however it is great to appreciate the fact addiction is a really broad subject. Though many people only relate addiction to drugs of pleasure, addiction to behaviors like sex, food and gambling are a part of us. Regrettably, most of the addicts we have today are addicted to harmful substances that therefore dictate that they be offered a whole person treatment. As known addiction to a drug isn’t only a problem in the sense of financial and behavioral aspects but rather on the damage that these substances do to our bodies. The most affected system in the body is the nervous system which is very crucial in coordination of messages that are sent from various parts of the system to initiate specific action that our daily lives revolve around. The brain and the rest of the nervous system especially the neurotransmitters are highly damaged after a long term use of certain drugs of pleasure. Due to this it is necessary that any attempt to treat addiction and restore the normal functions of the body should include therapies that aim at restoring the normal functioning of the neurotransmitters and the rest of the nervous system that might have been damaged by long term use of these drugs of abuse.

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The severity of addiction will however determine the type of treatment that an addict is accorded, there are situations where a patient may suffer from a combination of drugs and behavioral addiction. There are also other co-occurring conditions that may work together to make the life of an individual addict miserable. Think of sex addiction, gambling addiction and alcohol addiction all in one brain! Can you imagine the magnitude of damage that such a person will suffer in the whole of his nervous system? Correcting such defects in the entire system of an addict will require multi-facet approach to ensure that the addict is completely healed and his health is restored. Treating the symptoms of addiction as most doctors do or other used to do may only serve as a momentary relief but will not help the patient to quit the use of drugs.

It is because of the gap that existed in the past, when all treatment options available for addicts only focused on treating the symptoms of addiction like depression that has been for a long time been addressed by giving ant-depressants. The antidepressants will work for a short time but the problem that lies deep in the malfunctioning neurotransmitter like dopamine and serotonin will remain unresolved.  To address these issues, several addiction healing centers have since been established to give the patients what they need most; whole-person healing. whole person healing is achieved through the practice of integrative medicine that may include both orthodox and traditional herbal medicine as well as dietary approaches to help not only quell the severity of the symptoms suffered by these addicts but also to help correct the damage that addiction to substance and other behaviors does to the brain and the entire nervous system. when the functions of the nervous system is restored, it can now be easy to help an addict to escape the bars of addiction as the body will be naturally fit to quell the craving for the substance of abuse.

Most addiction healing centers deal with addiction of forms as serious, chronic and potentially life-threatening disease that requires a full range of comprehensive, evidence-based addiction treatment services to completely manage and overcome once and for all but this requires full commitment and cooperation of the patient.

Restoration of the mind, body and spirit to treat addiction

Addiction Healing CentersThrough advances in the medical industry, there are several addiction healing centers that are now offering holistic approach to treatment of addiction victims. These approaches are geared towards Restoration of the mind, body and spirit because it is by this that addicts can achieve healing once and for all. The harmony of the human being is critical in healing of addiction this is because addiction interferes with the chemical composition of the brain which is the engine that drives the entire body. This leads to organs, cells and tissues being maimed hence can’t perform effectively. To achieve wellness of the mind, body and spirit, most addiction healing centers utilize several strategies such as proper nutrition, body cleansing or detoxification, exercise, yoga, tai chi, herbal medication, orthodox meditation, hobby exploration such as like dancing, hiking and even singing. All these are explored to achieve a balance in the body.

The advantage of seeking help from addiction healing centers is that they offer varied addiction healing approaches that may include; cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), 12-step philosophy, somatic therapies, nutritional counseling, psychiatric support, massage, yoga, Tai Chi, herbal therapies and adventure-based therapies that cater to all manner of addictions, both behavioral and substance related. These centers also have staffs who are vastly experienced in handling addiction cases. They can also customize treatment to suit every patient’s condition belief and preferences all in a bid to restore the mind the body and the spirit.

Finally, Behavioral addiction and drug addiction destroys wellness, therefore restoring health of mind, body, and spirit is essential in recovery. Dr. Dalal Akoury has done extensive work in addiction treatment and recovery. You may contact her to fix an appointment. Better still, you may visit us at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Centre in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and experience the best practices in holistic addiction healing and recovery.

Addiction Healing Centers-Restoration of the Mind, Body and Spirit to Treat Addiction



IV Niacin Is a Safe Treatment for Addiction

IV Niacin Is a Safe Treatment for Addiction

Niacin also known as vitamin B3 has been used for a long time for treating myriads of diseases. However, the Niacin therapy has been used mostly for the treatment of depression and anxiety. Unfortunately, most of us have never heard of the potential emotional benefits of Niacin. Though the reason for secrecy surrounding vitamin therapy has a complicated and deep-rooted past, a simple explanation is that natural remedies are not supported by the U.S medical field and so this is a reason why the niacin therapy for treatment of addiction especially the withdrawal symptoms are not welcomed or well known in the United States. To many people living in the United States the only thing they know about niacin is that; having enough niacin or vitamin B3, in the body is important for general good health. As a treatment, higher amounts of niacin can improve cholesterol levels and lower cardiovascular risks. They only relate niacin to improvement of cholesterol levels hence mitigating on the effects of lower cholesterol levels. That is the bit that is known by many people around the world but the truth is there is more to niacin or vitamin B3 than just improvement of the cholesterol levels in the body. Researchers have found out that intravenous niacin can be used for treatment of addiction related complications such as depression and anxiety that are common withdrawal symptoms of many drugs.

History of Niacin use in fighting depression and anxiety

IV NiacinDepression and anxiety are some of the most severe symptoms that most addicts have to grapple with. It is because of depression that most addicts find it hard to quit using their drugs of abuse. Whenever an addict tries to stop using the drugs they will face depression and this will make them sink in to drug use to find escapade. History has proved that niacin is effective in fighting depression. The founder of AA, Bill Wilson who had been struggling with chronic depression found relief when he become a part of a study which involved use of niacin as a cure for depression. The study was led by psychiatrists Humphrey Osmond and Abram Hoffer. It was done in the late fifties and that success marked a good publicity for the use of niacin in treatment of depression. After his success, Bill gave niacin use unwavering support and published many articles detailing his experiences with depression and how he got cure in niacin. These can be found in his book titled “Pass it on”.

Despite this success in the fifties there has been few prescription of niacin to patients, this owing to the myth that niacin use is dangerous catapulted by  patients had taken the Niacin to clear their system of Cocaine in order to pass drug tests but instead experienced serious reactions with higher doses of the niacin. In spite of all this, a handful of enlightened doctors have been using niacin to treat their patients suffering from chronic depression. It is quite unfortunate that even with proven effectiveness in treatment of chronic depression and other illnesses the use of vitamin therapy places doctors at a risk since in the United Sates prescribing a nutritional therapy or vitamin therapy is against the law.

Treating Drug withdrawal symptoms; Depression and Anxiety Naturally

IV NiacinNiacin not only treats depression, but has also been shown to aid with sleeping problems, addiction, arthritis, schizophrenia, and high cholesterol. When a person has been using the drugs of pleasure for a long time they affect the balance of the brain chemicals. In most cases long term use of drugs causes depletion of niacin and its deficiency is first evident in brain-related symptoms of poor concentration, difficulty focusing, and attention deficit disorders. Niacin contains NAD which is important for energy production, so shortage of niacin leads to energy shortage which if lasts long enough, brain neurons cannot synthesize neurotransmitters. When this occurs, the molecules of consciousness such as serotonin, dopamine, and noradrenaline are affected. Anxiety, depression, sleep disturbance and other mood changes can then arise. These are not good for addicts as they may trigger them to use drugs as escapade. Therefore having an IV niacin therapy will help in supplementing NAD in the body.  This will not only increase the production of energy but will also increase the level of NADH which is critical for enzymatic action. The IV Niacin goes straight to receptors in the brain and so is not digested in the stomach. NAD is also metabolic co-enzyme and is charged with the important job of structuring, repairing, and remodeling every cell in the body that are destroyed by the long term drug use.

Depression and anxiety are not the only problems associated with drugs but are some of the most severe effects of long term drug use and so should be taken seriously. Niacin therapy helps with treatment of depression induced by drug addiction however be sure to find help from a qualified medical doctor.

And finally, we at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center are committed to finding the best treatment for addicts. We have qualified doctors who will see to it that every addict is helped to break the bond of addiction and enjoy life of freedom. Dr. Dalal Akoury (MD) is committed to availing help to every patient. Call on her at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for help.

IV Niacin Is a Safe Treatment for Addiction


Motivational Interview So Important In Addiction Treatment

Crucial Stages of Motivational Interview as Part of Addiction Treatment

Addiction is a multifaceted issue that also needs to be given a multifaceted approach in treatment without which treating addiction will be a fallacy. There is required input and cooperation of the patient 100 percent. He has to have the will to quit using the drugs he is using; you can never force an addict to quit using a drug he has become addicted to. It also needs patience of both the doctor and the patient so that the addict will be able to completely recover from all the adverse effects of addiction especially during withdrawal. One of the ways through which an urge to quit using drugs can be imparted into an addict is through motivational interview. Motivational interview is often referred to as motivational therapy and us done by a motivational therapist. The main aim of the motivational therapist is to help the patient see the side effects that he is suffering as a result of the use of the abusive drug and help create a desire to quit using the drug in the addict. He will not try to victimize the addict or to oppose his views but uses the power of empathy to instill the desire to quit the use of the abusive drug into the addict.

Motivational Interview

For any motivational interview to be effective there is need of full cooperation from the addict. There is also need of input of an experienced motivational therapist to place the will to change from the use of drug abuse into the mind of the addict. The addict is the center of focus in motivational interview, he is the one who has to make the decision of whether to quit using the drugs or not. The motivational therapist is just there to help him make this decision by giving him a better option in quitting but he can’t decide for the addict, the addict has to own the decision to quit and that is when he is bound to succeed. In a journalistic point of view it appears that both the addict and the therapists are very crucial parties to this type of treatment because as much as the therapist may be good at his work. He may bear initial fruits in planting the desire to quit using the drugs in the mind of the addict but the addict must make the step of quitting the use of the drug.

Here are some crucial stages that the addict will be taken through by the help of the motivational therapist

  • Pre-contemplation
  • Contemplation
  • Preparation
  • Action
  • Maintenance and relapse

For effectiveness these stages should be followed in sequence, however if an addict may fall beck he should be encouraged to continue from where appropriate.


This is the first stage in which the thought of changing has not even got into the mind of the addict. In most instances the drug users are in denial and they do not consider themselves as the right audience to the advice being offered. Here the will to change is not close even to the addict and it requires an input of an expert motivational therapist to let the drug addict see the need to overcome the addiction. During this stage, addicts do not consider change. They may not believe that their behavior is a problem or that it will negatively affect them or they may be resigned to their unhealthy behavior because of previous failed efforts and no longer believe that they have control over addiction. At this stage the therapist must be careful not be seen as opposing the lifestyle of the addict but as an empathizer who has placed his foot right in the moccasins of the addict. Here the therapist’s main goal is harmer the desire to quit using the drugs of abuse in the patient’s mind.

Contemplation Stage

At contemplation stage, patients are unsure about changing. They are weighing the benefits they get from the use of the drug against the benefits they will receive after quitting its use. At this stage the patients tries to look into the reasons why they can’t stop the use of the drug. Giving up an enjoyed behavior causes them to feel a sense of loss despite the perceived gain.  This is the stage where the patient needs the help of the motivational speaker most as he gets in conflict with himself. He is torn between stopping the use of the drug and continuing using it. He must know the advantages and disadvantages of quitting the drug use. The therapist will be of help in letting the addict choose wisely.

Preparation Stage

Motivational InterviewDuring the preparation stage, patients prepare to make a specific change. To test the waters of the new world, the addict may try using the drugs in lower doses and tests his body reaction to the deprivation. The therapist helps the patient to stay true to its course since the outcome of these experiments may make the addict to give up on the goal of quitting the drug use.

Action Stage

The action stage is the stage that needs more of the patient’s contribution to be successful. Many patients may fail once but with the help of the therapist they may get up and continue fighting addiction.  Every effort that the patient puts forward must be appreciated by the therapist as this gives the addict the morale to continue.

Maintenance and Relapse Prevention

Every motivational therapist would want his patient to reach this stage. However the addict may go through the initial stages many times before fully landing on this stage. Change is not always easy to deal with and any discouragement from the therapists over the addicts’ occasional slip may thwart his hopes of ever overcoming addiction and hence he may give up.

Finally, the need to quit using drugs of abuse is crucial in motivational interview; the therapist has to instill this in the addict failure to which the interview will bear no success. All the same addiction is a jail that many are chained but the need for liberation is the very reason for our existence. Here at AWAREmed we are dedicated to finding the best solutions to addiction and dependence on substances. Dr. Dalal Akoury (MD) is always in the mood of helping any patient to be addiction free. Do not hesitate to call on her for help in managing any sort of chronic pain or any type of addiction as well as other diseases.

Crucial Stages of Motivational Interview as Part of Addiction Treatment


Estrogen Imbalances Impacting on Addiction

The Effect of Estrogen Imbalances in the Disease of Addiction

Hormonal fluctuations affect women more adversely than men. The hormone estrogen plays crucial functions in the life of a woman and its supply should not be interrupted. However as a woman is aging the ovaries stop producing this hormone leading to a fall in the level of this hormone. When the level of the estrogen hormone has floored the duties of this hormone will be unattended to leading to myriads of health problems affecting women. Among other problems a woman will experience the following problems when the level of estrogen falls; vaginal dryness, irritability, low sex drive, mood swings, hot flashes and urgency of urination. Pellet implants have been used to treat migraine and menstrual headaches and have been found effective in dealing with menopause symptoms.

According to an article published in the Holy Hormones journal, Female hormones are potent modulators of brain chemicals, neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine.  the article reports that when a woman receives the bio-identical hormonal replacement therapy it does not only help with its anti-aging effects but also improves the general quality of life in women as it helps in preventing depression, anxiety and insomnia disorders all of which cause subsequent addiction.

Estrogen Imbalance

Hormonal imbalances cause drug craving

An investigation done at  Florida Detox & Wellness Institute on all hormonal and brain chemical imbalance that can cause drug and alcohol craving it was proved that  many female patients develop addiction issues because of midlife changes in estrogen and progesterone production.  The Institute opines that the reason why these findings have gone undetected is because most addiction treatment centers do not routinely examine the hormones involved in the pituitary-adrenal-ovarian axis.

The involvement of estrogen hormone imbalances in addiction calls for a more integrated treatment to addiction. As opposed to treating only the visible symptoms of addiction, there is need for doctors to integrate spiritual counseling and modern brain science so that the imbalances in the brain chemicals can be corrected making the treatment whole. By evaluating the possible imbalance in the brain and correcting the imbalances by bio-identical hormone therapy, the electrical activity in the brain is balanced and this nullifies the chances of a patient attempting self-medication with drugs of pleasure and alcohol. Clinical studies done at Florida Detox & Wellness Institute have indicated that addicted patients will use drugs and alcohol either to stimulate under-active brain regions or to relax over-active brain systems. The unusual electrical activity in the addicted patient’s brain is typically caused by inherited or acquired biochemical and hormonal deficiencies.

The changes on estrogen levels in midlife causes hormonal imbalance in women and therefore for there to be a successful treatment of an addict there has to be an accurate diagnosis which is based on evaluation of neurotransmitter and hormonal and brain scan research.  By normalizing the underlying biochemical and electrical imbalance drug and alcohol craving can be stopped. There is also need to identify the specific brain chemical and hormonal deficiencies as this will allow for more effective diagnosis of the root cause of the patient’s craving, thus eliminating alcohol and drug addictions.

Addictions that are common in the middle age population can be eliminated by correcting hormonal imbalances.  As women approach menopause the decline in estrogen takes charge however the decline in progesterone hormone normally begins eight years earlier before estrogen begins to decline. It is important to note that the decline in hormones is a gradual process. The drop in levels of progesterone hormone in women will result in such experiences as anxiety and insomnia. Other clinical studies that were done at the Florida Detox & Wellness Institute have shown that the progesterone decline phenomenon is a common etiology of alcohol and drug abuse, which causes over 40 percent of our addicted middle age females.

The biochemical explanation for the increased anxiety experienced by midlife females is that suboptimal progesterone levels occurring in the presence of normal estradiol levels cause an increase in brain electrical activity. Progesterone essentially is a brain relaxing hormone because it converts to another hormone, allopregnanolone. This metabolite of progesterone, allopregnanolone, activates the same relaxing nerve receptor, the GABA-A receptor, as does Valium, Xanax and alcohol.

Estrogen ImbalanceThere is need for balance between the GABA activity and the estradiol production in the body. When there is a loss in GABA activity as a result of dropping progesterone levels a person will develop excess electrical activity in both, their central and peripheral nervous system. This phenomenon occurs because estradiol enhances the excitatory brain chemicals, dopamine and histamine. Their excitatory effect on brain electricity should be counter balanced with the GABA effect of progesterone. The new onset progesterone deficient middle aged female experiences newfound anxiety and insomnia that frequently precipitates the need for relaxing medication which ultimately causes subsequent addiction issues.

Women who have low levels of progesterone hormone will begin using alcohol and other drugs to relax their brain. When this happens, alcohol, just like Valium will activates the GABA-A receptor. This will make them drink more of alcohol increasing the units they take as time goes by as the wine will cease to be just a drink to her but a medication.

The effect of estrogen progesterone imbalance as well as other brain chemicals in causing addiction has been proved beyond any reasonable doubt and it is therefore very important for every addiction patient to ask for hormonal evaluation and restoration when receiving any addiction treatment.

Finally, if you are battling with addiction and is interested in the long lasting, effective addiction treatment therapy please call 843-213-1480 or contact Dr. Dalal Akoury is an experienced doctor who will be able to help you.

The Effect of Estrogen Imbalances in the Disease of Addiction



Alcohol Addiction among Executives and Professionals In Dubai

Alcohol Addiction among Executives and Professionals Is a Growing Problem in Dubai

Dubai is a country where Islamic religion dominates and as known alcohol consumption is prohibited among Muslims. However there has been an increase in the number of people consuming alcohol in Dubai as well as other countries within the United Arabs Emirates such as Abu Dhabi among others. Recently the alarming rate of alcohol consumption in the entire United Arabs Emirates has compelled the concerned authorities to come up with measures to help this huge population wasting their lives away in drinking alcohol without any control. This includes setting up a national rehab center at Abu Dhabi to help cater for the needs of addicts in the UAE.

The biggest in fighting alcohol addiction in Dubai is that most of the people affected are professionals which means that at the time of their addiction they might not be able to offer the services that are needed by the citizens however the NRC is doing as much to save the situation as possible to ensure that the growing numbers of executives and professionals consuming alcohol is reduced.

Alcohol Addiction in Dubai

in Dubai alcohol is frequently used socially, however as a person continues to use alcohol he will fail to notice in good time if his drinking is becoming a problem and by the time he realizes that the habit is becoming a problem it will probably too late. This is the problem that has faced professionals in Dubai and the fact that a person is often surrounded by people drinking the same amount, and as frequently as he does. It may be that he has always used alcohol and never thought of it as causing him problems. Professionals with family members who consume alcohol seem it normal to indulge in drinking and at some point maintaining a low risk level of drinking becomes a problem and eventually they become dependent on alcohol and dependence on alcohol and any drug of abuse is not safe for any professional as it may hurt his career.

In Dubai just like any other part of the world professional will turn to alcohol because of work related stress or a lack of knowledge about ways to manage difficult or painful emotions. With alcohol, frequent use can cause a physical dependence that needs to be assessed to be treated.

The extent to which alcohol abuse has increased in the UAE is revealed in an exclusive interview with XPRESS, in which Hesham Farouk Al Arabi, NRC head of health, training and education, revealed details of plans to treat alcohol abuse among the expat community. It includes opening a 200-bed facility by 2014 and setting up satellite services throughout the country as part of a “washing machine” model where getting clean on a detox is just the start. In the interview he pointed out that the number of expats who are drowning in booze has increased and the evidence is in the calls of inquiry made to NRC by the expats which has increased from 35 last year to 150 this year. He however admits that little is known about the size or needs of the booze-fuelled problem in the UAE expat community.

Counselors and recovering alcoholics describe the scenario as an expat social scene saturated with alcohol, topped up at the weekend with Friday brunches. A social activity unique to the UAE, these brunches offer unlimited food and alcohol for prices ranging between Dh200 and Dh1,000.

“A number of Dubai residents are drowning in booze, unable to keep their heads above the surface,” says a counselor.

Interviews of expatriates on Dubai’s drinking scene showed the call for last drinks was much in demand. However, plenty of expats are enjoying a taste of the tipple on offer without going overboard.

The scenario in Dubai

Dubai being a country where Islamic religion is dominant, alcohol laws just like in any other country in the Middle East are quite strict. There are designated areas for drinking and when a person is found drunk in public that might attract a hefty fine or even a jail term. This I believe is done with an intention to reduce the rate of drinking but on a close look it does more harm to those who are already addicted to alcohol as they find it hard to seek help openly.


Dubai has strict alcohol laws, only allowing drinking in designated areas. Getting caught drunk in public can lead to a fine and even a jail term. Over the past years alcoholism has been a growing problem in the UAE and reports from the National Rehabilitation Centre states that 5.3% of deaths are alcohol or drug related, with a considerable amount of hidden users. The setting up of the National rehab Centre may help some people to get help mostly the local Emiratis may benefit from the NRC but to save the executives and the professionals there is much to demand that cannot be offered by the NRC due to the fact that most professionals seek help in anonymity that can’t be offered by the same government that is their employer and that is where private rehabs come in. the private rehabs will not only offer anonymity but will also personalize treatment to suit every professional enhancing effectiveness.

Alcoholism is a vice that should be fought by all means that is why we at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center are committed to availing help to addicts and offering them a place to call home. We offer NER Treatment and Amino acid therapy that are the most effective approaches to addiction treatment and recovery. You call on Dr. Dalal Akoury (MD) today and begin your journey to victory against addiction.

Alcohol Addiction among Executives and Professionals Is a Growing Problem in Dubai