Addiction Treatment: Journey Healing Centers Medical Director Releases 5-Step Integrative Approach

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To minimize relapses and assist doctors treat the approximately 23.5 million Americans struggling with substance abuse (SAMSHA), Journey Healing Centers (http://journeyrecoverycenters.com) Medical Director, Dr Ravi Chandiramani, releases a unique holistic approach to Addiction Treatment that can increase recovery success stories and long-term sobriety. Because most medical doctors receive only a few hours of training in these areas, this 5-Step Plan can provide guidance for the addiction community. Dr. Chandiramani is the only naturopathic physician in the country serving as Medical Director of fully licensed residential drug and alcohol treatment facilities.

Journey Healing Centers releases a unique 5-Step Integrative Approach developed by their Medical Director, Dr Ravi Chandiramani, to enhance addiction treatment and increase substance abuse recovery success. This holistic healing program combines conventional medical therapies with lifestyle counseling. This integrative approach is designed to reduce prescription drug use and abuse that impacts more than 50 million Americans (CBS Evening news Report) and focuses on the mind, body and soul. A recent CASA (Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University) study revealed that out of 979 doctors, only about 40% received a few hours of training total on prescription drug abuse and addiction in medical school. Most medical practices for addiction treatment are learned on-the-job, and while this isn't the whole approach, this 5-Step Plan can fast-track addiction recovery results based on first-hand insights.

Lisa Lannon, Co-Founder of Journey Healing Centers, explains, "Taking a holistic integrative approach to addiction treatment assures our clients a better success rate. They leave knowing what works best for them and we aren't replacing one medication with another causing a band-aid effect." Dr. Chandiramani expands on his approach by sharing, "Integrative addiction medicine combines the conventional drug-based treatments for drug and alcohol withdrawal with the nurturing, supportive, holistic modalities inherent in the practice of common sense naturopathic medicine." Since 2005, Dr. Chandiramani has fine-tuned his unique holistic treatment approach for recovering addicts and alcoholics that includes these five steps:

1.    Identify and Treat the Causes
2.    Find the Most Natural Therapies
3.    Educate Patient on Achieving and Maintaining Health
4.    Treat the Whole Person
5.    Focus on Prevention of Diseases

1. Identify and Treat the Causes - While treating the symptoms of drug and alcohol abuse are important and necessary, look beyond the symptoms to the underlying causes of the addiction. Many psychological and medical disorders commonly lie underneath active drug and alcohol addiction such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, vitamin deficiencies, liver problems, chronic pain or other medical problems. While this is not new news, some of the underlying causes, if treated holistically can reduce the requirement for medications later.

2. Find the Most Natural Therapies - Utilize the most natural, least invasive and least toxic therapies. If a natural product works, try that first. If conventional medication is used, strive to use as few prescription medications as possible and use the lowest effective doses possible.

3. Educate Patient on Achieving and Maintaining Health - Some of the most profound changes made by the recovering addict begin in treatment. Changing the thinking around food is among the most important. Fundamental education around food choices must always be a part of the treatment of a drug addict and alcoholic. Knowing what vitamins and supplements work best for the individual gets their bodies back in a normal functioning pattern.

4. Treat the Whole Person - By viewing the body as an integrated whole in all its physical and spiritual dimensions, the rehabilitation plan can include multiple dimensions. A customized plan should be developed for each individual based on what makes that person's addiction unique, and recovery needs unique.

5. Focus on Prevention of Diseases - Focus on overall health, wellness and disease prevention versus only the drug or alcohol addiction. Addiction is often only one of many issues the individual faces. Family history and individual goals assist in directing the intermediate and long-term plan to keep that individual sober, along with assisting the individual to live a healthy life.

To provide continued support for clients after treatment, Journey Healing Centers also provides Free Aftercare for Life. For an informative interview with Dr Chandiramani or the licensed doctors and therapists at Journey Healing Centers, contact:
Liz Brown
310-987-7207

Background:
Journey Healing Centers operates drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers in Arizona and Utah, and has been featured on MTV's Gone Too Far, PBS, ABC News 15 Phoenix, Fox 10 Phoenix, ABC 4 Salt Lake City, AZ Family Phoenix, NPR.org, USAToday.com, Psychology Today and in People Magazine. Journey Healing Centers has supported thousands dealing with addictions through Residential Programs, Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP), Sober Living Homes, Aftercare, Sobriety for Life Program and a Free 24-Hour Hotline with Addiction Specialists: 1-866-774-5119, http://journeyrecoverycenters.com

References
Doctors are Poorly Trained About Addiction and Recovery
http://janaburson.wordpress.com/2011/02/10/doctors-are-poorly-trained-about-addiction-and-recovery/

SAMSHA Study - Prescription Drug Abuse Increase
http://www.samhsa.gov/newsroom/advisories/1007140544.aspx

CBS Evening News - Prescription Drug Abuse
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/07/01/eveningnews/main5128584.shtml

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