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Summit Estate’s Dr. Kenneth Blum Publishes Important New Addiction Study In Medical Journal

Summit Estate’s Dr. Kenneth Blum Publishes Important New Addiction Study In Medical JournalSummit Estate’s very own clinical consultant Dr. Kenneth Blum, M.Sc, DHL, was the lead author of an article recently published in Current Pharmaceutical Design medical journal. Dr. Blum and his collaborators believe they may be onto the “hatching of the addiction egg” with their research.

Current Pharmaceutical Design publishes in-depth reviews that involve modern research on rational drug design. Each issue of Current Pharmaceutical Design is focused on a single therapeutic area, covering subjects important to modern drug design such as:

  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Pharmacology
  • Disease Mechanism
  • Drug Targets

Solving America’s Addiction Epidemic

The new Dr. Blum-led article is titled, “Neuronutrient Amino-Acid Therapy Protects Against Reward Deficiency Syndrome: Dopaminergic Key to Homeostasis and Neuroplasticity.” Ultimately, the article aims to further the understanding of common mechanisms of all types of addiction in order to foster better diagnoses, treatment and prevention of relapse.

The authors raise a number of questions before delving further into the research, such as:

  • Why are medical professionals failing at reducing the incidence of “bad behaviors”?
  • Are we aiming at the wrong targets for the treatment of behavioral disorders?

Quick Background On ‘Reward Deficiency Syndrome’

In 1996, Dr. Blum and his research team coined the term “Reward Deficiency Syndrome” (RDS) to explain the neurochemical and genetic mechanisms involved in addictive behaviors, including substance and process addictions. A few years prior, Dr. Blum was involved in identifying the connection between the dopamine D2 receptor and severe alcoholism.

In his new article, Dr. Blum points to a past study which observed that habitual cocaine use was connected with a reduction in dopamine D2 and D3 receptors. He and his team also maintain that medication-assisted treatment with an emphasis on anti-dopamine (or dopamine antagonist) medications, such as those involving clozapine, fails in the long run when it comes to RDS behaviors.

Homeostasis Over Antagonist Therapy

When it comes to treating addiction, Dr. Blum and his fellow researchers propose using dopamine antagonist therapy in the short term, and dopamine agonist therapy in long term recovery. Put simply, it’s better to try to keep the recovering addict’s dopamine levels fairly stable over the long term than to stunt the neurotransmitter altogether.

“The neuro-mechanisms involving ‘dopamine homeostasis’ are key to understanding recovery from drug and non-drug addictive behaviors,” Dr. Blum writes.

Amino Acid Therapy Could Be Key

In the article, Dr. Blum and his team identify a particular allele for which neuronutrient-amino acid therapy would be beneficial if the host is suffering from addiction. Amino acids help balance brain chemicals and other parts of human physiology. The article also points out a number of gene polymorphisms that lead to a heightened risk of all RDS behaviors.

The Importance Of Dr. Blum’s New Addiction Study

Dr. Kenneth Blum, M.Sc, PhD, DHLDr. Blum and his fellow researchers conclude that paying attention to addicts’ dopamine levels is essential to better understanding the science of addiction. They encourage medical professionals to look for a certain allele in their patients that indicates a high risk for addiction, as amino acid therapy appears to be an effective treatment for people who carry this particular gene variant.

The authors finish with a call for more genetic and neuroimaging studies as they pertain to drug addiction. If that were to happen, Dr. Blum and his colleagues believe that neuroscientists will actually hatch “the addiction egg.”

To learn more about Dr. Kenneth Blum, see our Staff Page.

How Much Time Is Enough For Long-term Rehab?

There are a lot of unknowns when you are considering entering rehab for drug or alcohol addiction. One of the most common questions asked is, “How long will I need to stay in rehab?”

This is a fair question. An inpatient rehab program takes you away from everyday activities including work, school, and social activities. However, there is no clear cut answer to how long rehab takes. The length of stay is based on your individual needs (including your substance abuse, relapse and mental health history).

Who Long-term, Inpatient Rehab Is Best For

How Much Time Is Enough For Long-term Rehab-Summit EstateLong-term rehab is the right choice for those with severe addiction, particularly for men and women who have attempted rehab in the past and have relapsed. It’s also extremely beneficial for individuals who are dealing with co-occurring disorders of both addiction and conditions like anxiety, depression, or bipolar disorder.

At Summit Estate, we ask that every person who is entering inpatient rehab commit to a stay of at least 30 days. Substantial evidence has shown that 28 to 30 days are necessary for changing a person’s behaviors.

For many clients, the stay is longer than 30 days. Often, the stay for inpatient substance abuse treatment is between 45 and 120 days. Interestingly, research has shown that inpatient care of 90 days or more is most likely to lead to lifelong sobriety.

What Happens In Inpatient Treatment?

Ninety or 120 days can seem like a long time to recover from an addiction to drugs or alcohol. Yet, recovery is actually a life-long process with significant work accomplished during this pivotal inpatient phase in the recovery process.

Upon completing the initial detox, inpatient rehab is focused on healing the mind, body, and spirit. This means acquiring new ways of living and being able to manage the triggers that led to the addiction in the first place. This is accomplished at Summit Estate’s long-term inpatient drug rehab in the Malibu area with a personalized treatment program that can include one-on-one therapy, group therapy, a 12-step program, and holistic treatment like meditation, yoga, and nutritional counseling.

Find out more about getting the help that you need today! With a single call, you can take the first step in overcoming addiction and reclaiming a life free from addiction and pain.

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Long Term Inpatient Drug Rehab in the Malibu Area

Drug addictions can be nearly impossible to beat without expert help.  Many addictions are the result of both a physical and mental component, both of which need to be fully treated in order to have lifelong sobriety.  In order to successfully recover from drug addiction, a long term inpatient drug rehab program is ideal.

find-an-addiction-counselorA luxury intensive inpatient rehab program will focus on:

  • Detoxification in a controlled and comfortable manner using a protocol that is customized for each individual client
  • Creation of a treatment plan using the input of the client to ensure their specific goals are met during recovery
  • Intensive therapy sessions to uncover the root cause of the addictive behavior and to come up with a solution for addressing these issues
  • Participation in group and individual counseling
  • Establishing healthy habits and interests that are appealing while sober
  • Creation of coping tools for dealing with fear, hurt, and stress
  • Addressing the personal, professional, and legal issues that were caused as a result of the addiction

Summit Estate Recovery Center is located near Malibu and offers a long term rehab program that focuses on the unique needs of each individual client.  Our six bed facility offers private and semi-private luxuriously appointed bedrooms so that clients feel comfortable while they recover from their addiction.  Our team of 30 addiction experts provides a number of services including gourmet meals, personal training, and counseling to equip clients to be able to live sober lives after treatment.  We offer intensive long term inpatient recovery as well as a thorough after care program to support clients after they leave treatment.

For clients who need a more gradual transition, Summit Estate offers an outpatient treatment program.  During the outpatient phase of treatment, clients attend Summit Estate during working hours and continue to work on their recovery.  After hours they are able to return home, making their transition back into everyday life more gradual and allowing for additional support from their recovery team.

Find out more about the inpatient drug rehab programs offered at Summit Estate by contacting us today.  Please complete the form on this site and we’ll reach out to you.

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