CONDITIONS WE TREAT
Let us simplify what may otherwise seem complicated.
We realize you and your loved ones are more than a label. Using common diagnostic terms can aid understanding and help guide treatment solutions.
Alcohol Use and Abuse
Addiction is truly a disease. Alcohol addiction or abuse is defined as a chronic and relapsing disorder that involves 3 stages.
The first stage is preoccupation or anticipation, that is frequently craving or desiring the consumption of alcohol.
The second stage is binge or intoxication; which may involve drinking excessive amounts of alcohol in a short period of time.
The third stage is withdrawal or negative affect.
Frequent and excessive use of alcohol over time results in the central nervous system becoming used to the alcohol content within the body all the time. When alcohol levels drop if someone doesn’t ingest alcohol for a period of time, they can experience unpleasant effects of physical withdrawal including:
- Shaky hands,
- Or vomiting.
Alcohol abuse is associated with chemical brain changes including changes in neurotransmitter and neurocircuitry (prefrontal cortex ventral tegmental area, amygdala, cerebellum, nucleus accumbens) functioning (Herman & Roberto, 2015).
In addition, environmental stressors, genetic predispositions (family history of abuse) also play a role in the likelihood of developing a pattern of addiction. Typically, intensive rehabilitation is required to remediate symptoms of addiction; but for those with a family history and increased risk; early preventative treatment may help build resiliency and reduce potential for addiction in the future.
Serin Center is not a detoxification center.
However, if detox services aren’t needed, we can treat addiction in an intensive outpatient model. We find great success in combining our integrative care model to treat addiction. We find if we lower anxiety and stabilize brain functioning along with introducing intensive successful feeling state addiction protocols, the brain naturally loses its cravings for alcohol (or other substances) and we achieve recovery without a lifelong struggle to not relapse.
Herman, M. A., & Roberto, M. (2015). The addicted brain: understanding the neurophysiological mechanisms of addictive disorders. Frontiers in Integrated Neuroscience, 9(18), 1-4. https://doi.org/10.3389/fnint.2014.00018
What We Don’t Treat
We are not an emergency clinic. We are an outpatient provider so we do not have inpatient facilities. We are not a hospital and do not provide detox services for addictions. We do not treat schizophrenia or brain disorders related to advancing age such as dementia or Alzheimer’s. We are not contracted with any court system and do not provide court ordered services related to child custody or other matters.
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Source: National Resource Center on ADHD