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What is an Addiction?

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. Addiction is characterized by inability to consistently abstain, impairment in behavioral control, craving, diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships, and a dysfunctional emotional response. Like other chronic diseases, addiction often involves cycles of relapse and remission. Without treatment or engagement in recovery activities, addiction is progressive and can result in disability or premature death.

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Start Fresh Recovery’s Approach to Addiction

At Start Fresh Recovery we see patient after patient who has “tried and failed everything.”   Many of our patients have previously attempted willpower approaches, inpatient detox, residential recovery centers, outpatient recovery centers, counseling, psychiatrists, group meetings, and every other imaginable program available.  Yet despite participating in these programs with committed intentions, they seem to be unable to overcome the incessant desire to drink or use.  This is because addiction is a chronic brain disease that has a major physiological component that is not addressed in most conventional treatment programs.

Start Fresh Recovery provides a truly comprehensive, science based approach to addiction.  We not only provide medicines to allow the body to safely and comfortably detoxify from the physical dependence on alcohol and drugs, but we address the compulsive physical cravings that linger for many months (or years) after cessation.  The very effective Naltrexone implant will significantly reduce or eliminate the nagging and constant impulses within the fragile ecosystem of the mind.  Subcutaneously placed, the dangerous variable of compliance with a daily pill, or a monthly shot, is removed.  Untethered and relieved from the burdensome desire to drink and use, our patients can focus on the counseling and succeed in the behavioral modification required for long-term sobriety.  Self-realized and confident, our patients can live the life they were meant to live!

Alcoholism

With the staggering social, psychological, physical, emotional, economic, criminal, and spiritual toll that alcohol abuse has on so many suffering individuals and their families, it is understandable why this disease is one of the costliest epidemics in our country. Treatment for this chronic disease of the brain circuitry has been altogether ineffective for the majority of sufferers. Can you imagine a chronic disease in our society where the treatment has been virtually unchanged since 1935? (When AA was created, and, incidentally, before the development of Penicillin!)

Opiate Abuse

Clearly one of the deadliest and catastrophic disease epidemics in our country, opiate abuse has been increasing exponentially over the past decade. The rapid acceleration of this monstrous addiction is due, in part, to irresponsible regulatory oversight, inappropriate prescription practices, and profit-seeking development of terribly addictive pharmaceuticals. Our country finds itself in a hyper-acute emergency.

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