Alcoholism is a debilitating addiction that affects millions of people a day. According to CNN and a study published in JAMA Psychiatry, an estimated one out of every eight Americans struggles with an alcohol disorder. This particular study observed drinking patterns amongst 40,000 people between the years of 2002 and 2003, and then again from 2012 to 2013 to create a long-term blueprint of their habits. The results were scary, especially in light of other substance abuse crises plaguing the country. According to the CDC in 2016, 10,497 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, accounting for 28% of all traffic-related deaths in the United States. These are chilling numbers. As I mentioned before in a previous blog, it’s important to understand that addiction is a physiological condition, caused by a brain imbalance. Those who suffer from alcoholism have no control over their actions and grow dependent on this particular substance. They need alcohol to get through their daily lives. Going without it can and will cause significant physical and emotional pain to them. Alcoholics struggle with a variety of emotions like rejection, not feeling loved, anger, guilt, frustration, shame and sadly having a lack of self-worth. Alcohol addiction can and will debilitate a person’s life, affecting their relationships and careers, if they don’t seek help.
Although there are rehab facilities that specialize in helping people overcome their addictions, unfortunately, they don’t always work. Rehab facilities only offer a 30-day program, and it takes more than 30 days for a person to overcome their addiction. In fact, at least 75% of alcoholics will fall off the wagon ten years later if they don’t continue with a program. At the Eustache Institute, we provide long-term approaches that combine three methods of treatment, Neurofeedback, Hyperbaric oxygen and therapy. These three methods combined have been proven to be highly effective for alcoholics with long-lasting results. As a therapist and neurofeedback therapy specialist, I take this kind of addiction very seriously because I understand the challenges these people face on a daily basis. I also realize that no two people are the same, which is why at the Institute we tailor each treatment plan to fit our clients individually.
Here’s how it work. Neurofeedback treatment focuses on retraining the brain. We conduct a brain map so we can find the location of the brain inducing the alcoholic addiction. Then we spend the needed time retraining the area or areas of the brain with unique stressful and non-stressful exercises so that we can help retrain the brains and bring it back into balance. Hyperbaric Oxygen treatments help to restore damaged bodies during the detox stage by providing 100% pure oxygen throughout the body. This treatment enhances tissue regeneration and reduces swelling and inflammation by increasing oxygenated blood-flow to damaged tissue and generating new blood vessels. This treatment will increase stem cell production by 800%; these new cells will regenerate damaged tissues in the pancreas, liver and brain and other areas affected by alcohol and drug abuse. Therapy sessions allow the therapist and the patient to discover what caused the addiction. What pushed them over the edge? What memory or circumstance are they trying desperately to forget? What emotions are they trying to numb? For example, a patient of mine once created a story for herself where she thought the bottle of alcohol was her best friend. She was incredibly lonely, as a child she was ignored by her parents, which left her feeling like she didn’t matter to anyone. After understanding how negative her thinking and behavior was, based on her past, she was able to make the shift and began to realize that the bottle was her enemy destroying her life. Once she realized this, she was ready to overcome the addiction with the willpower to succeed. Her sense of self-worth has dramatically improved along with her confidence.
As a neurofeedback therapist specialist, I’ve worked with many alcoholics – and the results are remarkable. Another patient of mine was consuming 2-3 bottles of vodka and wine a day. After just two months of intense training with these three methods, he is now sober. His life has changed tremendously, and he’s entirely focused on creating a healthy lifestyle, both physically and mentally. In fact, he’s now a marathon runner who also writes daily motivational quotes and supports others on their journey to becoming sober. Many of the clients I have treated have expressed relief, not feeling the urge to drink during intense situations or circumstances and have an overwhelming sense of calm and focus as well.
Dr. Elena Eustache is a specialist in Neurofeedback Therapy, with a Ph.D. in Psychology and Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Dr. Elena Eustache helps her patients reach their full potential so that they can have the life they have always dreamed. To learn more about Elena Eustache and Neurofeedback therapy, please visit her website at www.EustacheInstitute.com.