All Kinds of News for September 12, 2018
Corner Canyon is working with Geneus Health to provide DNA testing for addiction to all clients and any interested family members. A simple cheek swab results in lab results within 10 days, and the information is used clinically to aid clients in reducing denial, understanding the genetic components of addiction that they are predisposed to biologically, and in taking neuro-nutrient supplements that address deficiencies, improve outcomes, and reduce recidivism.
Geneus Health’s reports identify an individual’s genetic predisposition towards addictive, impulsive, and compulsive behaviors. 8 possible variants are examined, listing the drugs (or alcohol) the variant predisposes the individual to crave and use, as well as the behaviors that are likely dysfunctional coping mechanisms (risk taking, inattentiveness, impulsive decisions, etc).
Psychoactive drugs and some behaviors produce a surge of dopamine in the mid-brain, and are the biological predictors for addictive behavior. Individuals who are genetically predisposed to addictive behaviors are at higher risk for "Reward Deficiency Syndrome" due to the combination of genetic and environmental factors. High risk individuals seek substances including alcohol, cocaine, opiates, nicotine, and/or glucose, as well as certain behaviors. These are all substances known to cause preferential release of dopamine at the Nucleus Accumbens in the brain to activate dopamine release in order to offset their genetically low dopamine receptors.
The treatment for RDS (Reward Deficiency Syndrome) is boosting dopamine function at the reward site of the brain. Scientists in the pharmaceutical industry found ways to increase dopamine function with very powerful drugs known as dopamine agonists, however long-term consumption results in a reduction rather than a boost of brain dopamine function.
However, following 40 years of research and 37 clinical trials, Geneus developed a natural complex known as restoreGen™, which works as a pro-dopamine regulator that decreases substance and non-substance behaviors and cravings. Geneus also makes recommendations for specific milligrams of nutrients which work the same way if an individual prefers to take their own supplements. Some of the benefits include:
· Improved recovery rates
· Prevention of relapse
· Reduction of craving
· Increased energy
· Improved focus and attention
· Enhanced feelings of well-being and happiness
Evidence it works:
One recently published study, utilizing qEEG (Quantitative Electroencephalography, a procedure that processes the recorded EEG activity from a multi-electrode recording using a computer) showed that one hour after administering restoreGen™ to psychostimulant addicts, alcoholics, and heroin addicts, resulted in smoothing out of disregulated PFC cingulate gyrus. In essence, it was found that restoreGen™ increased alpha and low beta waves in this important brain region. By doing so, the neuro-nutrient compared to placebo (triple blinded), induced a regulation of brain electro-activity at a site that has been linked to reward relapse (e.g. drugs, smoking, sugar indulging etc.)
“Neurogenetics and Nutrigenomics of Neuro-Nutrient Therapy for Reward Deficiency Syndrome (RDS)”. Blum K1, Oscar-Berman M, Stuller E, Miller D, Lohmann R, Borsten J, Hauser M, Han D, Lie Y, Helman M, Simpatico T Giordana J, Morse S, McCormick L, Downs WB, Waite RL, Barh D, Neal D, Braverman ER.
Corner Canyon Recovery seeks and provides the most current, research validated treatments available to aid our clients in creating long term recovery. DNA testing is just one of the differences between Corner Canyon and other treatment centers.
About Corner Canyon Recovery
Corner Canyon Recovery, a 16 bed, trauma informed, adult, co-ed with gender specific programming, dual-diagnosis, holistic Residential Treatment Center in a large attractive home in Draper, UT opened in November, 2017.