Capsule with vegetablesIt's About Your Brain

Addiction changes the brain and the way it works.

The essential nutrients include water, energy, amino acids (histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine), essential fatty acids (linoleic and α-linolenic acids), vitamins (ascorbic acid, vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin K, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6, pantothenic acid, folic acid, biotin, and vitamin B-12), minerals (calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and iron), trace minerals (zinc, copper, manganese, iodine, selenium, molybdenum, and chromium), electrolytes (sodium, potassium, and chloride), and ultratrace minerals.

Abusing drugs and alcohol can create a lethal confusion in brain circuitry by causing a healthy brain chemistry to go critically out of balance. Your recovery (sobriety) is compromised when you lack the high quality nutrition needed to heal your brain and body.

Brain graphicWhat Addiction is and how it works.

Addiction is a primary, chronic brain disease that affects brain reward/pleasure, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Without treatment and engagement in recovery activities, it often results in disability or premature death.

Addiction is characterized by the inability to consistently abstain; cravings; a dysfunctional emotional response and a diminished recognition of significant problems with behavior and interpersonal relationships. Like other chronic diseases, Addiction can involve cycles of relapse and remission and death if left untreated.

The reward/pleasure center involves several parts of the brain: the nucleus accumbens, the prefrontal cortex, and the ventral tegmental area (VTA).  In a healthy brain, these parts communicate life-sustaining information via a process called neurotransmission.

Neurotransmission involves neurotransmitters, a variety of chemicals, that originate within the brain. One of these neurotransmitters is called dopamine. Dopamine is the tyrant that causes drugs and alcohol to enslave you.

In a healthy brain, a stimulus such as food or sex sends a message to the VTA. In response the VTA releases a dose of dopamine. You experience the sensation of reward/pleasure, and dopamine tells you that you want to repeat this behavior again. Drug and alcohol abuse artificially stimulate the brain into creating a dopamine-rich environment that makes you want do it again, and again. Dopamine plays a central role in Addiction because it increases cravings. Once addicted, anything associated with the increase of dopamine causes the brain to demand more and more.

Addiction hijacks the brain’s reward system.

In summary, dependence, tolerance and withdrawal are progressive in substance abuse disorders. Repeated overstimulation eventually leads to a numbed response. Over time the VTA no longer fires neurons, decreasing the supply of dopamine and triggering cravings.

As tolerance increases, the brain demands more stimulation to produce the same effect. Simultaneously the brain is learning to embed associations (triggers) of the reward/pleasure event. Inhibitions weaken and self-control is overridden. Addiction is established.

Substance abuse disorder is expressed by strong cravings and compulsive use, despite negative consequences.

The bad news – few addicts recognize when they have crossed the line.

The good news – you can rebuild your life at Luna Living.

SYMPTOMS OF ADDICTION

A diagnosis of addiction, involving nicotine, alcohol and other drugs, is defined as having more than 2 symptoms over a o

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Luna Living lifestyle plan, detox and rejuvenation protocols, and other therapies may be used in combination with 12-Step Programs, 12-step Meetings, Addiction Counselors, Psychotherapists, Family Therapists, Spiritual Programs, Integrative Physicians, Nutritionists, and Executive Coaches.

Luna Living is CARF accredited, treatment facility for substance use disorders and intensive outpatient mental health care, located in Chagrin Falls, a suburb of Cleveland, OH. We are staffed by experienced medical personnel. We are open from 7:30a to 7:30p, seven days a week. Same day appointments are available. Our programs are partial hospitalization, medical detox, outpatient and behavioral health.

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SYMPTOMS OF ADDICTION

A diagnosis of addiction, involving nicotine, alcohol and other drugs, is defined as having more than 2 symptoms over a o
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If you, or someone you know,

needs help with addiction or substance abuse call

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SYMPTOMS OF ADDICTION

A diagnosis of addiction, involving nicotine, alcohol and other drugs, is defined as having more than 2 symptoms over a o