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Restoring Neurotransmitters Key In War On Drugs

The history of the largely popularized terms; War on Drugs is a long one. It began in the 1960’s when scientists still conducted research on the medical value of substances such as; marijuana, psychedelics, opium, and Coca. At the time many of these substances were not illegal. However these substances became symbols of political rebellion, youthful dissent, and other social political upheavals. Most of them therefore top on the list marijuana were banned henceforth. Various American Presidents have made history in the dance, War on Drugs. The most popular one is President Nixon, who declared a war on Drugs in the year 1971. He dramatically placed marijuana on Schedule One, the most deterring category of the addictive substances. Since then the battle against drug use has undergone through several twists and turns till to-date. However the most important and yet challenging bit of it is rehabilitation of the victims, or better their say recovery.

Restoring Neurotransmitters, New Approach to War on Drugs

It is highly unlikely doing the same thing every day will yield different results. For a long time detoxification has been used to treat addiction. This is the introduction of cleaning agents in a patient’s blood, to wipe off addictive substances. In many occasions however, the victims have fallen right back into addiction and the process started a whole new. Or aren’t there people who have spent so much time in Rehab facilities with no improvement?

Well time is ripe for a different approach to the war on drugs. There are scientific breakthroughs to that effect. One such was the astonishing revelation of neuroplasticity. This is the brain’s ability to recover from loss of memory or to maintaining normal functioning after incidents of accidents or other activities that might lead to an injury or damage of neurons. Adoption of neuroplasticity in rehabilitative treatment has been a great step in the war on drugs. For more information about it click on http://www.integrativeaddiction2015.com. However today we shall discuss a different scientific breakthrough more like neuroplasticity, restoring neurotransmitters.

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Supporting Research on Neurotransmitters and War on Addiction

In a common medical study often alluded to, there were animals placed in a cage for some time and their behavior observed. The animals were provided a bowl of water, and another containing alcohol. The animals had a choice between the two. It was observed they chose different bowls depending on their health at each given time. Most of the time they were denied food, nutrients for that matter, they would drink from the alcohol containing bowl. Other times they were provided proper nutrition and they would drink from the water containing bowl. Continued provision of good food saw them drink the water and avoid the alcohol. Soon they never took in alcohol. At another, yet a commonly cited study, addicts underwent traditional rehabilitation methods of detoxification and were keenly observed for a period ten years, after which only about 5% managed to completely, abstain.

Proper Nutrition Key in War on Drugs

These study observations led scientists to a world of possibilities. Proper nutrition greatly assists in restoring neurotransmitters, which in turn helps in recovery. What then are neurotransmitters? They are chemical messengers’ neurons use in communication. They enable the nerve cells send and or receive electro-chemical signals within the brain and with other parts and organ systems of the body. They are therefore very well capable to regulate all functions of the body including: movements, sleep, wake, emotions, hearing, feelings of touch, response, and mental processes; cognitive thought.

The role of neurotransmitters therefore is underscored very important. Deficiencies are not good for our health, certainly not for those in rehabilitation. Addiction is a major neurotransmitter imbalance. It is an advanced symptom of neurotransmitter deficiency. The symptoms include the following: alcoholism, caffeine, sugar, sex, gambling, carbohydrate, nicotine, tobacco and marijuana addictions. Types of neurotransmitters include: serotonin, dopamine, endorphins, acetylcholine, and glutamate. Too little or too much of any or all of these is not good for recovery. Improper diets, environmental toxins, chronic stress, candida overgrowth, and genetic inheritance are top among causes of disparity.

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Neurotransmitter Restoration Prime in War on Drugs

Restoring neurotransmitters therefore is as important a recovery exercise in the war on drugs as are the other therapeutic methods. The following are simple ways of restoring neurotransmitters:

  1. Identify nutritional deficiencies. Neurotransmitters are majorly created through amino acid assimilation. There is need therefore to take in more protein containing foods with less of complex carbohydrates. Caution however has to be taken against foods containing fat and cholesterols as they are health hazards in other ways. Click on awaremednetwork.com for any further information on nutrition.
  2. Learn stress management skills. For the record take a walk in the sun, enjoy a beautiful view of the landscape, the horizon, take in deep breathes, listen to music, and accept the present.
  3. Exercising is another great way of restoring Enough exercise in itself leads to the production of endorphins, which as earlier stated are neurotransmitters. Exercising also aids in proper digestion of foods and creation and assimilations of in this case, amino acids.
  4. Maintain a balanced hormonal level in the body. Neurotransmitters work hand in hand with body hormones, glands and enzyme secretions. You may have to discuss this with your physicians. They might recommend a number of DO’s and DONTs that you will observe in order to restore your transmitters.
  5. And yes, actively start controlling use of addictive substances. Other than the known hard drugs, you should be able to reduce use of sugars, caffeine, and chocolate among others. Also reduce environmental toxins around your home or place of work.

Once again click on http://www.integrativeaddiction2015.com for more information on these and the August Integrative Addiction Medicine Conference, by the way, you should sign up for that. You will also get to know a whole list of experts lined up for the event. One of those is Dr. Dalal Akoury of Integrative Addiction Institute and the founder of International Organization of Integrative Cancer Physicians.



The distinction between drug addiction and Crime

The distinction between drug addiction and Crime: Offering the much needed solution

The distinction between drug addiction and Crime

The distinction between drug addiction and Crime is quite debatable whether to treat or prosecute

Most of the drugs that are commonly abused are not only addictive, but are also illegal. Their users are sometimes very much helpless and all that they need is a helping hand in their illicit behavior. We have organizations who are doing all it takes to rehabilitate these people back into the society as sober and productive people. This they do with a lot of legal, emotional and psychological challenges. The challenges come as a result of the illegality of these drugs that are constantly being abused by most addicts. To such groups, these people needs help and not to be locked behind bars while at the same time the law is and must be seen to be applicable to everybody equally and with lots of transparency. This is the dilemma most of us are finding themselves in hence the need to get to the distinction between drug addiction and crime and especially those crimes that are associated to substance abuse.

In this regard it may be a very difficult topic to discuss but all the same, we are still going to discuss it with the help of doctor Dalal Akoury MG and founder of AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center. We have already seen that the law must take it full course yet again addiction is also a problem that needs to be fixed. The one million dollar question is the jail the best place for helping hard core drug addicts? I don’t think so addicts need to be in hospital and not in jails because even though jails are said to be correctional facilities, they do not offer the perfect environment for treatment of any form of addiction. Most convicts are very angry not just with the authority for their predicaments bur are also anger with their loved ones and friends who initiated the court proceeding that led to their being imprisonment.

The distinction between drug addiction and Crime: Addiction and Crime Punish or treatment

The big question in this context is to punish or not to punish and the other side of it reads that to treat or not to treat. These are the dilemmas that many of the civil societies and even the various governments are struggling with. I really don’t know what is going on in your mind right now but before we continue in that direction of establishing the proper distinction between drug addiction and crime, the problem of drug addiction is a thorn in the flesh of everyone and jail or hospital a lasting solution must be found. Experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center are not keen in being drugged into the debate of prison or rehabilitation because they have made a conscious decision to attend to the problem as it is.

People suffering from addiction are our children, mothers and fathers and the business of treatment is our priority says doctor Dalal Akoury MD and also the founder of the facility. The primary objective of this facility is to transform each individual’s life through increasing awareness about health and wellness and by empowering individuals to find their own inner healing power. Dr. Akoury’s practice focuses on personalized medicine through healthy lifestyle choices that deal with primary prevention and underlying causes instead of patching up symptoms. Therefore if you are struggling with any form of addiction, then you can schedule for an appointment with doctor Dalal Akoury today for the commencement of your treatment. That is our goal and we want to do it to all people professionally and in confidence.

The distinction between drug addiction and Crime: The professionals’ conference

Besides offering treatment to all patients AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under the able leadership of doctor Akoury’s care also focuses their effort on Neuroendocrine Restoration (NER) to reinstate normality through realization of the oneness of Spirit, Mind, and Body, Unifying the threesome into ONE. By offering exclusive NER Recovery Treatment to all people including other physicians and health care professionals through training, clinical apprenticeships, webinars and seminars doctor Akoury is succeeding in delivering the much needed solution to the problem at hand. Therefore any qualified professional can now be a part of this truly successful and fast addiction recovery treatment that is only growing from strength to strength. And as a matter of fact AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center, one of the leading pioneers in natural and holistic addiction treatment, will be conducting the first Educational, Functional and Integrative Addiction conference tailored for professionals including doctors, counselors, nurses and addiction therapists. The conference will be held in August 23-25 at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. This new frontier in Addiction Medicine will be conducted by the most influential group of leading visionaries specializing in the latest advances in natural and integrative addiction medicine, under the theme “The Future of Integrative Addiction”. This is such an opportunity that you don’t want to miss for more information on about the details of the conference log in to www.integrativeaddiction2015.com or send an email to sharon@integrativeaddiction2015.com

The distinction between drug addiction and Crime: The grieving society

The debate about what to be done for the addicts will continue because people will never think the same and that is natural. Therefore the grieving society may feel that people who have committed criminal offences be made to pay for their crime irrespective of whether they were under the influence of drugs at the time of crime or not nonetheless from the medical desk it is a unanimous agreement that people who have committed crimes in order to pay for their addiction may surely benefit more from help by administering treatment to them rather than having them locked up in the prisons. The challenge or problem with prison is that while these offenders are confined in these facilities, it is always believed that they will not have any access to the drugs thereby making their rehabilitation much easier but many at times this is not the case, there is evidence that drugs can be accessed in prison easily through corrupted officers who smuggle in drugs to the prisoners even in their confinement, meaning that the vicious circle continues because such convicts are still able to continue with their bad addictive habit. And for this reason it is not about the distinction between drug addiction and crime or what punishment to give but administering treatment for lasting solutions that will kill the re-occurrence of the vicious circle. To do this talk to us at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center and we will be of great help to you.

The distinction between drug addiction and Crime: Offering the much needed solution




Naloxone and Sex Addiction

The Role of Naloxone in Sex Addiction

NaloxoneSex addiction is not yet recognized by the American Psychiatric Association as a distinct diagnosis and they coat it in names like hypersexual disorder but are just that, it doesn’t reduce the severity that those addicted to sex suffer. Sex addiction is one of the most common addictions today that many teens as well as adults alike are enslaved to. Sex addiction has been on the rise thanks to the digital age that has availed pornographic materials at the click of the button. Just like with other forms of addiction exposure to erotic movies, books and pornographic clips play a role in escalating the rates of addiction generally and increasing an individual’s chances of getting into the bottomless abyss of sex addiction.

However, there is a misconception that sex addiction is just about sex, Robert Weiss the director of Sexual Recovery Institute in Los Angeles is quick to rubbish this, he says that sex addiction isn’t just about sex but rather the obsession about sex. Sex addiction is characterized by compulsive sexual thoughts and actions. If a person has a sex addiction he will no longer have the power to control the sexual desires that will crawl his mind all the time. When a person is addicted to sex he loses his will not only in controlling his/her desire for sex but he will also lose focus on other aspects of life as his thoughts become caged in a sexual abyss.

Just like any form of addiction sex addiction has its share of darkness, when one is addicted to sex, he will suffer the consequences in all his spheres of life; socially, physically and emotionally. As have been evident those who are addicted to sex may never maintain any steady relationship and even they may become withdrawn and find it hard to easily mingle in social circles. Like in heroin addiction, the brain chemistry will be adversely altered; the neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin become dependent on the acts of sex as they will become the only avenue through which the levels of dopamine can be boosted. When this doesn’t happen they will exhibit down feelings and depression and anxiety will find their way in.

However, sex addicts should be treated with care and shown love as most of them never played a part in the events that culminated into sex addiction. Statistics have shown that most of those who are addicted to sex got there because of acts of sexual abuse they were subjected to earlier in their lives. Sex abuse is a leading cause of sex addiction. Nevertheless the cause of sex addiction doesn’t matter what matters is the menace is real and is underrated by the American Psychiatric Association. The addicts need help just like other people addicted to drugs and other behavioral addictions.

Some of the signs and symptoms of sex addiction include;

Like I stated earlier, sex addiction impacts your life in all spheres; socially, physically and emotional. But since I can’t tell all about sex addiction in a single post, I will not delve much into these categories of the signs and symptoms.

Sex with multiple partners– when a person has an obsession for sex he may not draw the redline to demarcate who he involves with sexually and who he doesn’t and so he may engage in sexual activities with even strangers and this may put him / her at risk of venereal diseases.

They may often suffer mental emotional torture as the feelings of guilt loneliness and fear may creep in their thoughts most of the times they are lonely. Feelings of emptiness may even catapult their urge to meet new sexual partners.

Treating sex addiction with naloxone

NaloxoneToday there is little literature on the effectiveness of naloxone in treatment of sex addicts. There have been few research studies that have been done on the same and even the very studies that have been done were done on a much smaller scope to communicate any reliable information. With this said, naloxone isn’t a new drug as it has been used in the past for treatment of heroin overdose and addiction to opioids. This drug has been a favorite for many addicts and doctors as it is non-addictive unlike other opiates like methadone. It has been particularly been found to be effective in treatment of addiction-induced respiratory depression. It is also useful in ultra-rapid detoxifications and helps restore balance in the brain chemistry. Naloxone is an antagonist and works by blocking receptors in the brain hence breaking the chain in reward mechanism.

Today the WHO still maintains that naloxone is an essential drug owing to its effectiveness in treatment of heroin addiction. Its use in health institutions all over the world is approved by the FDA. There is much to be done in order to show the effects of this drug on sex addiction treatment. There has been growing body of interest in its use in the area as it has been found to be free from abuse by those using as it is not addictive.

Sex addiction isn’t about sex, it is the obsession about sex and lots must be done to free anybody caged in this. We at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center are committed to giving help to those addicted to sex. Could you be a victim of this menace, feel free to call on Dr. Dalal Akoury (MD) for help.

The Role of Naloxone in Sex Addiction