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Addiction Treatment Program

Cold laser therapy is a new treatment that helps to reduce cravings for substances including alcohol. In conjunction with an holistic treatment plan, cold laser therapy can help improve mental wellbeing and reduce cravings as part of a wider treatment plan.

Our ‘Addiction Treatment’ program will support you in your recovery journey. Book an appointment today.

Understanding Addiction

Before we explore what laser therapy is and how it can help with substance cravings, let’s understand what addiction is and how you or someone you know became an addict in the first place. Addiction is a chronic, relapsing brain disease. People who suffer from addiction feel a compulsive or obsessive need to seek out and use drugs or addictive behaviours, even though doing so causes them tremendous harm. Addiction is widespread, inflicting misery on individuals and families and costing society billions of dollars each year.

The brain is hardwired to seek pleasure and avoid pain. When these natural drives conflict (e.g., craving to eat something delicious but feeling sick from it), the body seeks balance through a series of complex physiological processes called homeostasis. If it senses danger, it releases adrenaline, which causes a feeling of stress, anxiety, angry, or excitement.

Adrenaline motivates us to fight off the threat or flee if necessary. In addition to adrenaline, the body releases opioids, endorphins, dopamine, serotonin and GABA, which create feelings of well-being and relaxation. When our bodies sense that they have achieved the goal of balancing the internal environment, they return to normal functioning routines.

However, if our bodies become accustomed to using drugs regularly, they can become desensitized to the effects of those drugs, thus building up tolerance and creating a need for higher doses or a more frequent intake to achieve the same results.

As a result, the body begins to crave the feeling of euphoria that comes from taking these substances. Over time, the brain learns that the only way to achieve its desired state of well-being is to intake the substances. This cycle of drug cravings and drug use makes drug addiction possible.

Recovering from an addiction can seem daunting, but with our Cold Laser Therapy treatment, an holistic treatment plan and a willingness for change, you can achieve long-term recovery. This therapy is a safe, drug-free solution that focuses on treating the same pressure points used in acupuncture—without the discomfort of needles. 

That said, let’s get into it in detail.

The Dangers of Addiction

Addiction is a chronic disease. Once addicted, individuals continue to relapse due to the neurobiological changes in the brain caused by substance abuse/drug abuse. These changes cause the individual to crave the drug and seek out situations where they can obtain the substance in question, be it a legal one such as alcohol and tobacco or an illegal one such as cocaine and heroin. The brain’s reward system is responsible for the rewarding effects achieved while taking these substances. When a person takes a drug, the brain releases dopamine, a neurotransmitter associated with pleasure. This dopamine release causes euphoria and feelings of well-being. However, prolonged high levels of dopamine cause tolerance and dependence. Tolerance refers to the need for higher amounts of the drug to achieve the same effect. Addiction occurs when the body becomes physically dependent on the drug.

Drugs of abuse activate neurons in the mesocorticolimbic pathway, causing the release of dopamine, norepinephrine, serotonin, and glutamate, which increases the likelihood of further drug consumption. Cold laser therapy uses light and impulses to affect the natural functioning of the brain, helping it go back to the normal ways it receives the signals while sober.

  • Studies have also shown that alcoholics exhibit structural abnormalities in the cerebellum, a part of the brain that controls motor coordination, balance, and posture. Alcoholics tend to have larger posterior fossa volumes compared to normal subjects.
  • Heroin users show significant reductions in white matter integrity in the corpus callosum, a bundle of nerve fibers connecting the left and right hemispheres of the brain. White matter integrity declines with age, and heroin abusers are older than non-abusers.
  • Methamphetamine users show reduced cortical thickness in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, temporal pole, and medial prefrontal cortex. Cortical thinning was greater in methamphetamine abusers than in cocaine abusers.
  • Cannabis smokers show significantly lower gray matter density in the bilateral anterior cingulate cortices and the right insula than nonsmokers. Marijuana smokers show significantly less gray matter volume in the left caudate nucleus and putamen than nonsmokers, suggesting that marijuana smoking may affect dopaminergic pathways.
  • Cocaine abusers show reduced gray matter volume in the right precentral gyrus, inferior parietal lobe, and middle occipital gyrus. A study published in 2012 by the National Institute on Drug showed that the brains of cocaine addicts had smaller volumes of gray matter than those of nonaddicts. Gray matter volume decreases as a result of neuronal loss and shrinkage.

Addiction Treatment - What Is It?

Addiction treatment is a broad term that includes any therapy that helps people overcome their addiction to drugs, alcohol, or any form of behavioral addictions.

It is the process of treating someone who suffers from addiction. There are many different types of addictions, including alcoholism, drug abuse, gambling, sex, shopping, eating disorders, internet addiction, etc.

Similarly, there are many different types of addiction treatment options and programs, including 12-step programs, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational enhancement therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), and many others.

Treatment for addiction can be acquired either as an inpatient (staying in a facility for the duration of treatment), or as an outpatient, which requires you to attend treatment during the week. Here at LaserQuit, we offer outpatient treatment in the form of cold laser therapy, which has been shown to reduce cravings for substances including alcohol and nicotine

So if you or a loved one are struggling with addiction, we are here to help you recover with the help of Cold Laser Therapy. Contact us today to begin your recovery journey. 

How Does Laser Therapy Help with Addiction?

Cold Laser Therapy is a safe, drug-free solution that focuses on treating the same pressure points used in acupuncture—without the discomfort of needles! By treating specific pressure points, laser therapy stimulates your body to release a more potent endorphin rush, similar to what you experience when you take drugs or drink alcohol.

Our therapy uses low-level lasers and is designed to help reduce withdrawal symptoms, cravings, and other difficult aspects of recovery, making it easier for you to stay on track and restore balance to your physical and mental health.

Hence, if you or someone you love is struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, our addiction treatment program can help you to reduce cravings for substances by using cold laser therapy. Our treatment model allows you to attend one of our centers as an outpatient client, so you don’t need to worry about having time for other things, neither will you need to sacrifice your daily commitments while undergoing the treatment.

How much does it cost?

Depending on what type of addiction you hope to treat or recover from and the level of treatment required, our addiction treatment programs cost $599 for the first two treatments, and $299 for each follow up appointment.

To book an appointment or consult with one of our specialists, visit our BOOK AN APPOINTMENT page or CALL US NOW!

Addictions we Treat Using Cold Laser Therapy

All substances, including alcohol, affect how your body responds to pleasure. Addiction hijacks your brain’s reward system, and over time, dopamine levels become depleted. Laser therapy works by restoring your brain’s natural ‘feel good’ chemicals by activating the brain’s essential functions. Of course, this is not a 100%, solve-it-all cure. The healing process will need more from you, but we can guarantee that laser quit therapy helps a lot in the fight against substance cravings. Studies have shown that laser therapy can specifically help individuals with an alcohol addiction by controlling cravings and improving well-being. 

Our treatment program, therefore, works for all substance use disorders, such as cocaine, heroin, cannabis, ketamine, and prescription-based medications such as stimulants and opiates. By reducing cravings, you can begin taking control of your substance use as part of a holistic treatment plan.

Things to Consider

As an outpatient addiction treatment service, we do not provide medical detox. As we discussed earlier in this article, a medical detox is important for individuals who are severely dependent on drugs, including benzodiazepines, opiates, and alcohol. For us to be able to treat you or a loved one, a detox program will be required in conjunction with our therapy program.

Outpatient addiction treatment, such as that provided by LaserQuit, requires you to attend treatment at one of our centers during the day, once or twice a week. Unlike residential/inpatient treatment programs, you will be responsible for attending these sessions and maintaining a recovery program in conjunction with our program.

Why
LaserQuit?

A safe, drug-free solution, laser therapy focuses on treating the same pressure points used in acupuncture—without the discomfort of needles!
No Bullshit
We’re not here to sell you a magic pill—or a 100% guaranteed solution for that matter. The truth is real change starts with you. If you’re ready to take ownership of changing your habits, we can help.
Real Support
During our program, we’ll pair you with a coach who will support you along the way. Our coaches take the time to understand your habits and triggers and help you create a plan for success.
Long Term Change
We equip our clients with the skills and tools needed to form good long-term habits! During our program, we’ll work with you to understand how to make new habits stick.

Are You Interested ?

Our treatment clinics in Canada can help you beat addiction today. Our team of professionals have successfully treated over 6000 clients since opening our doors. Find your nearest treatment clinic today!

LaserQuit is Here To Help.

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