It is estimated that up to 20% of our nation’s population suffers from the disease of addiction.
The medical model or disease concept of addiction establishes the Brain Reward Cascade as the hallmark of compulsive disorders along with the five addictions, which are: Chemical (ex. Nicotine), Food, Work, Sex, and Gambling.
Addiction is a multi-factorial disease having psychosocial, genetic, spiritual and metabolic components. The most significant mechanism of this disease process is manifest through neuropsychological insult within the Brain Reward Cascade Model known as REWARD DEFICIENCY SYNDROME (RDS).
For those of you fighting an addiction, we offer auriculotherapy in our office. Auriculotherapy (aw-rik-ulo-therapy) is similar to ear acupuncture but it uses no needles and is based on the human nervous system as opposed to ‘energy meridians’. A microcurrent stimulator is placed on reflex points outside the ear. These points then send a message to the brain based on the location of the reflex point being treated. Most people feel only a tiny tingling at the ear reflex points during the treatment.