13 Aug Brain Detoxification in Integrative Addiction Recovery
Addiction is toxic experience for the body, mind, soul and spirit. As we ingest toxic substances, we poison our cells and our souls. We get sicker with every drink, line, needle or pill. At some point in the cycle of self-destruction, we realize we must stop or we will die. Most will make an attempt to stop through the usual recovery options, which are treatment, 12 step groups, self-control, therapy, etc. Statistics for success in recovery are bleak and most will fail. The pattern is debilitating. The need for an integrative, holistic non-12 step model of addiction treatment is being validated by science more and more, every day, and brain detoxification is an essential component of an integrative addiction recovery protocol.
In the typical cycle, we can stop using for some period of time and the body begins to detoxify. We feel better and assume the detoxification is over because we are past the acute stage or the stage we can feel the process. Anyone who has been through withdrawal knows how painful it is.
One reason people are not able to sustain recovery may be tied to toxins in the brain that do not get eliminated during withdrawal. A toxic brain is a broken brain and cannot function optimally. So if we are not using anymore, where do these toxins come from and what can we do about it?
Environmental toxins are becoming a health issue that is effecting everyone. There are approximately 180,000 industrial chemicals used in industry, and only a small percentage have been tested for human health risks. These chemicals have come into existence in the last 100 years so our bodies have not had the chance to develop resistance to their effects. The products we commonly eat on a daily basis contain food additives such as recombinant bovine growth hormone, sodium aluminum sulphate and potassium aluminum sulphate, GMOs, sugar, pesticides, antibiotics and a host of others. Additionally, we put toxins on the skin in the form of additives in makeup and personal health products. These include fluoride, parabens, formaldehyde, and petroleum distillates, benzophenone to name a few. These products get absorbed through the skin and because our bodies do not have a way to eliminate them, they get stored in fat. The brain consists of up to 60% fat, which makes it a storehouse of toxins. All of these toxins effect brain function which effects every aspect of our lives. Long term, sustainable recovery must include a brain detoxification protocol.
A good brain detoxification and repair protocol must increase the production of brain derived neurotropic factor (BDNF), which is a protein responsible for growing new neurons. We must grow new brain cells to replace the damaged ones. Ways to increase your BDNF include:
- Calorie Restriction/Intermittent fasting
- Healthy gut with diet and probiotics
- DHA/EPA (Omega 3 fat)
- Relaxation (yoga and meditation)
Brain detoxification as part of a comprehensive, integrative addiction recovery protocol substantially increases your chances for a sustainable recovery. Have you ever considered the toxicity in your brain caused by addiction?
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