Drugs, alcohol and gambling addiction treatment

      Most of our patients’ relatives, before starting the treatment, ask us – “Could you guarantee that he (she) will not start taking drugs again after treatment?” 

      Before answering this puzzling question, we explain that neurotransmitters are being produced constantly inside the brain of every human. Neurotransmitters are chemical compounds that assure the interaction between neurons (nerve cells). For us, two main types of neurotransmitters are of extreme interest – serotonin and dopamine. Serotonin is called the hormone of light, quiet joy, appeasement, self-confidence and good mood. Dopamine is the hormone of pleasure and novelty. It is the dopamine production, which gives us the feeling of pleasure and delight while doing some kind of activity, interesting from the point of view of a particular human being. Upon that, the main pleasure is derived from the expectation of the process, not from the achievement of the final goal. Moreover, dopamine provides the quick shift of the person’s attention from one object (or mental process type) to another. 

      In a normal condition, the production process of a slight amount of dopamine and serotonin is happening constantly inside each of us during such activities as contact with beloved people, sport, movies screening, favorite food eating, consumption of moderate alcohol doses or doing any other type of activities preferred. As a result, grace to dopamine and serotonin, we achieve “quiet pleasure” and strong positive emotions from simple everyday life. 

      Everything changes dramatically when someone starts using excessively substances, having a significant impact on mentality (narcotics, alcohol), or starts spending most of his time and attention to some particular type of stress relief (computer or hazard gambling, totalizator, sex, shopping, food, business, work). The person gets addicted to some particular substance or activity; huge quantities of dopamine are produced in response to this “irritant” or from the expectation of getting it. At the same time, the production of dopamine in response to all the processes, bringing pleasure in “normal” life, stops. Abnormal dopamine metabolism leads to violations of mental switching from one activity to another. At the same time, serotonin production significantly decreases, which leads to irritation, sharp mood drops and swings, hypertrophic self-distrust. All the interests, wishes and aims are concentrated on the addiction object. With the course of time, this state of affairs is being anchored by functional changings in the brain and becomes a normal state of the human’s body. The medical addiction takes place, consequently, when stopping, for example, taking psychoactive substances or giving up gambling, disturbance of brain functions occurs, and, as a result, the disturbance of the whole body. The illness develops and full recovery may be achieved only with the help of qualified medical help. 

      During the course in “Liberon” medical center, the systems, regulating neurotransmitters (dopamine, serotonin) metabolism, reconfigure and the mind reloads. The result of this process is the destruction of the pathological addiction to one or several types of pleasure achieving, overriding for this particular patient. The brain of the patient, who completed the treatment course, start functioning in a normal condition, without interference with the addiction object. He receives a chance to start his life with a blank sheet and get rid of the addiction forever. 

      BUT!!!

      Treatment in “Liberon” medical center does not have anything in common with “Total Recall” the movie, where the hero, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, was given a brain transplantation, which allowed to change all his life and control every step in his new life. 

  • We eliminate the addiction, but we do not form new interests, hobbies and devotions. If the patient, having completed the treatment course, will not be involved in work, sport, family, travelling etc., there is a high possibility that involuntary idleness and excessive free time may push him towards old habits. 
  • We cannot change the patient’s social circle, and if he keeps communicating with old friends, having the same addiction, the chance of recurrence is very high. 
  • We cannot change the patient’s life, and if drugs and alcohol are his ways of escaping from poverty, misery, family disputes or any other troubles, then the constant impact of those factors on the person eventually may lead to a relapse. 

      Turning back to the question: “Could you guarantee that he (she) will not start taking drugs again after treatment?” and answering the relatives, we say – yes, we can guarantee, BUT, only if we will be certain of the following: 

  • The medications, recommended for administration after discharge from our clinic, must be taken regularly within three months 
  • Qualified psychological help, aimed to resocialize the patient and form a new statement of values 
  • Elimination of all the constantly irritating factors and changeover of the social circle 

      We take care of our part of the treatment and we have no doubts in the results. However, the final result and the patient’s afterlife depends nonetheless on further efforts of the patient himself and his relatives!