Brain imaging of a healthy brain on left and a substance abused brain on right.
"I have been working with patients using intravenous BR+ for 10 years. I have seen remarkable and impressive results in the detoxification of substance abuse patients, as well as, brain restorative properties for patients with PTSD, anxiety and depression."
Richard F. Mestayer, III, M.D.
Addiction is both physical and behavioral. Chemical dependency is a brain disease, a psychological disease and a spiritual disease. Addressing only portions of the disease components in a treatment plan neglects critical areas of need for a patient and does not maximize the recovery potential for those trapped in addiction. Treatment programs often acknowledge that addiction is a medical disease of the brain; however, treatment plans seldom address treatment for the brain. Springfield Wellness is fully committed to threefold treatment plans that give each patient the greatest opportunity for lifelong recovery.
Acknowledging the Brain Disease
The “Reward Deficiency Syndrome” speaks to hereditary chemical imbalances wherein the pleasure centers, which regulate feelings of well being in the brain, fail to receive appropriate neural signals; consequently, the neurotransmissions send out urgent messages of craving. In the brains of addicts, various neurotransmissions are affected, depending upon the drug or drugs that have been used. As a result addicts experience difficulty concentrating and have mood swings, for example, as well as having other physical symptoms. Collectively, these symptoms are called cravings and withdrawals. Craving and withdrawal symptoms are a result of a neurochemical imbalance in the brain. This imbalance is the brain disease portion of addiction.
The Integrative Approach to Brain Restoration
For a period of 8 to 10 days, up to ten hours a day, the patient receives individually designed protocols of BR+ under the supervision of a trained medical staff. This process improves and promotes healthy brain functioning. At the end of the treatment, the patient’s cravings are either absent or greatly reduced. With clarity of mind, the patient can resume a life free of substance abuse and its ruinous medical, inter-personal, and legal consequences. This treatment is not a substitute for recovery. It is the beginning of the process of healing. Once the brain is restored to optimal function, the patient has the clarity of mind to engage in the recovery process with the ability to stop compulsive behaviors and make mindful choices that are self-supportive rather than self-destructive.
Restoring Psychosocial and Spiritual Balance
The Springfield Wellness, LLC program includes individual, family and group therapy. Patients commit to follow-up care with emphasis on psychological, social and spiritual healing. This may include 12 step program and other established therapies. A two year commitment to after care treatment is critical. The underlying psychological issues which often lead to substance abuse must be resolved for true recovery.