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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER"New, scientifically-based approaches that recognize the biological basis of addiction have brought major advances in the treatment of addiction. Dr. Urschel is at the forefront of this treatment paradigm." Dr. Larry Hanselka, PsychologistThe proven scientific approach that can triple the success rate of patients from 20-30% to 90% in conquering addiction and defeating the disease.Healing the Addicted Brain is a breakthrough book on addiction and recovery that focuses on drug addiction and alcohol recovery as a biological disease based on the Recovery Science program that has helped thousands of patients defeat their addictions over the past 10 years. It combines the best behavioral addiction treatments with the latest scientific research into brain functions, providing tools and strategies designed to overcome the biological factors that cause addictive behavior along with proven treatments and medications.Using this scientific approach, you will learn to conquer the physical factors that keep people tied to drug and alcohol addiction. The proven fact is addiction is not a moral failing or an issue of not having enough willpower. It is a disease of the brain that can and must be treated like other chronic medical illnesses-such as diabetes, hypertension, or asthma-in order to defeat it.
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About the Author
Dr. Harold C. Urschel, III is the CEO and Founder of the Urschel Recovery Science Institute and the Chief of Medical Strategy of EnterHealth.com, which have the goal of combining the best behavioral addiction treatments with the latest scientifically proven medications. He is a board certified physician in both addiction and general psychiatry.
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Excerpt from Chapter One: It's a Disease!Everything you know about addiction treatment is wrong. I can safely make this statement to most laypeopleplus an alarmingly large number of health professionalswithout fear of being contradicted. Why? Because most people know very little about addiction, and what they do know (or think they know) boils down to this: addicts can quit if they really want to; all they have to do is commit wholeheartedly to their treatment, which consists largely of "talking therapy"individual or group psychotherapy or 12-step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous. That's the sum total of most people's knowledge of addiction treatment. But it's dead wrong. And it's the main reason that the success rate for addiction treatment is currently only 2030 percent. This means that 7080 percent of the participants in any given addiction treatment program will not be successful. No wonder people think that alcohol or drug addiction treatment doesn't work! Fortunately, recent scientific research has discovered new avenues of treatment by showing conclusively that addiction is a chronic physical disease that attacks the brain, damaging key parts of the cerebral cortex and limbic system. This brain damage cannot be reversed by talking therapies; only select new medications and continued sobriety can do that. But when used together, these new medicines and talking therapies can literally work wonders. In this chapter we'll look at the new scientific research on addiction and its effects on the brain. (Throughout the book I'll use the word "addict" to refer to both alcoholics and drug addicts, and "addiction" to refer to both alcohol and drug addiction, unless otherwise specified.) You'll learn what happens inside the brain of a person with an addiction, why talking therapy alone doesn't usually work, and how medications can help the brain repair itself, pushing the treatment success rate up as high as 90 percent! Myths That Lead to Unsuccessful Treatment of Addiction
- Addiction is a serious brain disease that has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. The shocking statistics say it all:
- According to the 2006 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, about 22.6 million Americans aged twelve or older abused or were dependent on a substance during the previous year (9.2 percent of the population aged twelve or older).
- Of these, 15.6 million abused or were dependent on alcohol but not illegal drugs.
- 3.8 million abused or were dependent on illegal drugs but not alcohol.
- 3.2 million abused or were dependent on both alcohol and illegal drugs.
- Approximately 910 percent of children ages twelve to seventeen use illegal drugs, and about the same percentage report binge drinking.
- Each year, well over two million adults use pain relievers for non medical reasons.
- Over ten million full-time workers between the ages of eighteen and sixty-four abuse or are dependent on alcohol.
- There are roughly one million drug-related visits to U.S. emergency rooms every year.
- Americans spend close to $20 billion a year on treatment for alcohol and drug problems.
Seventy-five percent of alcoholics never enter a treatment program
- Of those who do seek treatment for addiction, 7080 percent suffer a relapse soon after "graduating" from these programs.
Table of ContentsIntroduction Chapter 1 It's a Disease!
Chapter 2 Changing Your Thoughts from Pro-Addiction to Pro-Recovery
Chapter 3 Combating Triggers and Cravings
Chapter 4 Medications to Initiate Recovery and Help Maintain Sobriety
Chapter 5 Your 12-Step Recovery Program
Chapter 6 Dealing with Diff icult Emotions
Chapter 7 Dealing with Dual Diagnoses
Chapter 8 The Recovering Family
Chapter 9 Lapse and Relapse
Chapter 10 Health and Nutrition in Recovery
Chapter 11 Regaining Enjoyment and Pleasure
Chapter 12 True RecoveryMaintaining Your Goals for Life Acknowledgments
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