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Neurorecovery Program –
IV Therapy for Drug and Alcohol Detox


How to Fight Your Addiction with Neurorecovery

Dr. Amauri Caversan’s amino acid IV therapies program (neurorecovery) helps treat patients and their addictions by reducing urges and improving memory, mood and vitality.

Our non-addictive program promotes the natural healing of the brain, helping to overcome your addictions with:

● Smoking tobacco
● Marijuana
● Methamphetamine
● Alcohol
● Narcotics (pain drugs)
● Cocaine
● Heroin
● Methadone
● Stimulants
● Antidepressants and other drugs related to ADHD, insomnia, anxiety

This patient-specific program is for those who are attending or have attended rehabilitation programs elsewhere, yet continue to struggle with their addictions; patients with ongoing urges for addictive substances; or patients who have used an addictive substance once again, and wish to stop.

What’s Going On in Your Brain?

Before we delve into neurorecovery, first look at how addiction affects your brain: the brain’s neuroreceptors take in signals from the “feel-good” brain chemicals, such as dopamine and serotonin. But addictive substances mimic the feel-good effect and damage the neuroreceptors that they’re stimulating. In turn, this jeopardizes the function of your own inherent feel-good neurotransmitter pathways, making it difficult for your brain to restore its normal balance. When you’re addicted to a substance, your nervous system relies on it; you continue using it to keep up those feel-good effects.

Naturally, your brain wasn’t designed for prolonged or heavy chemical exposure. During childhood and adolescence, your brain became delicately balanced – but substance addiction throws off that balance. And with that, the body isn’t always capable of fixing the damage that’s been done.

How Does Neurorecovery Work?

When patients use conventional methods like self-restraint and emotional support, we assume the brain will fully heal from the drugs and/or alcohol. Yes, the brain will heal some, but this healing is minor.

Also, going “cold turkey” can be a shock to the body; reducing your substance use is painful, too. These methods frequently lead to a failure in stopping the addiction, while contributing to a lingering brain fog, sleeping issues, anxiety/depression and a craving for the substance.

When you use neurorecovery to help beat your final steps of addiction, you directly address the negative chemical changes that the substances have caused in your brain.

Dr. Amauri treats patients using amino acid IV therapies. Amino acids – the natural building blocks of protein – help rebuild the brain’s damaged areas and satisfy cravings in a natural, non-habit forming way, rebuilding neurotransmitters. As a result, amino acid IV treatments reduce your cravings for addictive substances.

Dr. Amauri combines IV amino acid treatments with oral supplements, which help curb cravings and manage detox side effects. Once cravings have decreased, Dr. Amauri focuses on your underlying health issues that may have initially contributed to substance abuse.

Treatment timing
● Several days of daily intravenous treatments are involved, which will be personally monitored by Dr. Amauri.
● The IV formula is a slow drip that can take several hours per day.
● As detox and healing increases, the IV drip can be decreased to fewer hours in the day.

How the IV treatments feel
● Amino acid IV drips are generally well tolerated, as they’re comprised of simple amino enzymes and a natural co-factors.
● Some patients feel better on the first day of treatment. Withdrawal symptoms may occur, such as nausea, headaches, sweating, muscle spasms, constipation, fatigue, etc.; but some patients feel these withdrawal symptoms are less severe when undergoing IV therapy.
● By the fourth day, you may feel that your cravings and anxiety have weakened. At this point, some patients notice a new positive outlook on life and better mental clarity and sleep.
● NOTE: Since there are different amino acid IV formulas, the formula chosen for you by Dr. Amauri will depend on your health, substance use, and medical history.

Does neurorecovery have a lasting effect?

Yes, as long as you refrain from the alcohol and/or drug use. It’s rare for patients to repeat IV treatments, though they may return to Dr. Amauri for a refreshing IV dose.

After completing several days of IV treatments, Dr. Amauri will recommend oral nutraceutical supplements to help continue supporting brain function and reduce cravings. Our amino acid IVs are formulated from the revolutionary feats of Dr. William Hitt, the first researcher to treat addiction by focusing on underlying chemical causes. Backed by evidence-based science, these supplements will continue to restore the biochemical balance in the brain and promote neuroreceptor healing.

Is Neurorecovery Just a Health Trend? 

Our neurorecovery program is 100% backed by evidence-based science. Ever since research started in the ’80s, neurorecovery has been globally commended for treating substance abuse. In fact, neurorecovery has been shown to reduce substance addictions in as little as one week.  According to a study published in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, amino acid IVs used by patients with substance use disorders (SUD) revealed dramatic effects. For over seven days, patients underwent four hours of IV infusions once a day. Conclusions of the study revealed that, “the most significant finding occurred during the first week” in which IV therapies worked stronger than oral forms in improving emotional and cognitive symptoms.

Breakdown of Dr. Amauri’s Neurorecovery Program

Dr. Amauri offers this program to patients who have undergone a detox program already, yet continue to have trouble refraining from addictive substances. Specific amino-acid formulas are administered according to different conditions to help curb cravings.

The neurorecovery program contains 5 steps:

Step 1: 90-minute consultation with Dr. Amauri

Step 2: Laboratory testing; testing ranges for each patient, but they may consist of liver, kidney markers, blood sugar, amino acid panel (plasma), inflammatory markers and/or functional medicine tests including the NeuroEndocrine Profile.

The NeuroEndrocine Profile is an advanced urine/saliva test that can be completed in the comfort of your home and then analyzed at a lab. Particularly, the urine test can help us determine which nutrients are appropriate for your “mood health,” while analyzing the neurotransmitters that effect your mood (i.e. dopamine), and checking for neurotransmitter, adrenal, and hormonal imbalances that influence mood swings, hot flashes, depression, ADD and chronic pain.

Step 3:

Program-specific IV therapies which include:

  • 10 neurorecovery IV amino acid formulas
  • 10 IV multi-mineral/-vitamin and antioxidant cofactors cocktail formulas

(Take note: Treatments must be completed within 30 days; 10 consecutive days is highly recommended for best results.)

Step 4: Ongoing naturopathic doctor support from Dr. Amauri (for each of the 10 days of IV treatments).

Step 5: A recommendation of nutraceutical supplements to ensure successful results.

To learn more about amino acids IV support for your addiction, or the different IV therapy treatments, call 416-922-4114 or book your appointment below to jumpstart a better life.

 

Book a complimentary 15-minutes consultation via phone or in-person.

 

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