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Mind-Body Healing

West Midtown Medical Group has over 40 years of experience in substance abuse treatment and has helped thousands of people to enjoy a life that is full, healthy and in recovery.

Addiction is a chronic disease that affects the brain, and over time substance abuse will change the very structure of the brain. Scientists well understand that opiate and alcohol addiction is a metabolic disease that causes physical changes on a cellular level. However, healing is possible.

The knowledge that addiction is a disease informs our treatment approach at West Midtown Medical Group. We know that diseases affect people in different ways and that there is no “one-size fits all” treatment. Every individual is unique and each treatment approach must be custom-tailored to the fit each person and their experience.

Ancient philosophers told us that our mind and bodies are one. New research in modern medicine is helping us to understand that the philosophers were right. The way we think and feel has a profound affect on our bodies and our health, and our emotional and spiritual health impacts the chemicals in our bodies. At West Midtown Medical Group our care is patient- centered and we recognize that both your mind and your body affect every aspect of your recovery.

Our treatment approach is comprehensive and evidence-based. We will provide a complete medical physical exam and clinical assessment and help you determine the best treatment plan for you. Medication-assisted treatment , which will manage withdrawal, normalize biochemistry, eliminate drug cravings and protect you from the risk of overdose and relapse, is available in every formulation. We stabilize and begin to heal your body so that you can heal from within.

(1) “Addiction is defined as a chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences. It is considered a brain disease because drugs change the brain – they change its structure and how it works. These brain changes can be long lasting, and can lead to the harmful behaviors seen in people who abuse drugs.” Source, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
(2) “Drug dependence and addiction are chronic, relapsing brain disorders, manifesting as brain changes resulted from chronic drug exposure. Addiction to drugs, such as alcohol, has been well shown to be related with abnormality of the energy metabolic system. Development of opioid dependence involves a variety of different signaling pathways and neurotransmitters, among which glutamate and GABA play crucial roles. It has been shown that ATP could inhibit glutamate synaptic release in the hippocampus, suggesting its importance in modulating neurotransmitters and glutamate signal transduction . In the brain of opioid addicts and opiate dependent animals, metabolic processes such as glycolysis and the tricarboxylic acid cycle are reduced. Moreover, glucose has been shown to suppress acute morphine withdrawal signs, attenuating acute morphine-induced memory impairment and increment of locomotor activity. These studies suggest that the energy metabolic system plays an important part in opioid dependence.” Source-Metabolic enzymes link morphine withdrawal with metabolic disorder; Cell Research (2007) published online 13 September 2007; Xi Jiang, Jing Li and Lan Ma
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