Brain Related Treatment Effects on Addiction Treatment

Brain Related Treatment Effects on Addiction Treatment

May 10th, 2016 in Addiction

What is Brain Treatment?

The term “Brain Related Treatment” is often interchangeable with “Therapy,” which is regarded as the best way to help with problems like addiction. According to D.J. Diebold, a Behavioral Health Therapist, the most effective way to treat the brain is to “get into recovery and stay there.” Recovery from addiction encompasses detox as well as therapy, targeting both the physical and the psychological aspects of addiction.

“There are no shortcuts,” Diebold says, which is something we all search for. It’s nice to think that there is a quick, easy solution to every problem in life, but sadly this is far from the truth. When it comes to addiction, and the habit of using combined with the physically addictive chemicals rewiring the mind. there is no easy way out but that doesn’t make it impossible.

How Can Therapy Help?

Therapy is the means by which many people have learned how to handle their addictions. When an addiction takes hold, it completely rewires the mind and body to the point where neither are able to function without their abused substance. The goal of therapy is to teach each client how to live without that substance again. Therapy can be employed through many means, such as music, art, animal care, individual counseling sessions, and even exercise.

“[Relapse] Prevention is the key for everyone,” Diebold says, which is how therapy works. True, therapy is employed after the addiction has set in, but the prevention here could also be called “relapse prevention.” In order to prevent a relapse, one must know how to avoid and resist possible triggers that would force us back into the clutches of addiction. These triggers can be all around us, from work to home, and can attack at any time. Anything from people, familiar objects, places, and even stressful situations can act as a trigger, and send a person into a spiraling relapse if they don’t have the proper understanding of their addiction. Because of the rewiring that addiction has done, it can be very difficult to resist them if the person doesn’t have the necessary knowledge. Knowing what is and is not a trigger can be an integral part of the fight because then we know when we need to back away.

Having a productive, positive way to cope with stress and every day obstacles makes all the difference. Therapy can mean the difference between the hellish cycle of on-again-off-again and living a sober/clean life.

The Power of the Brain

“The human brain is an amazing thing that will heal itself.” The age-old saying says that time heals all wounds, which is especially true with the human brain. As the years go by, science learns more and more about the human body, and one of the things we have learned is that the brain can regenerate cells. But it takes time, and it takes a clean or sober system to do it. The brain is like a castle: if it is constantly under siege it will eventually crumble. It can be rebuilt as long as it has time away from the siege of addiction and the right tools to make a fortified wall. Any assault while under construction will only damage it further and make it more difficult to rebuild.

Therapy gives the brain the tools, brick, and mortar to rebuild this castle and make it withstand further sieges. With the right therapy, anyone can become a productive, healthy member of society and live in a strongly fortified mind once again.

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