Non-Pharmaceutical Treatment of Addiction Disorders and Substance Abuse: A New Era

Joseph A. Schwartz, DC

While mental health therapies have been, and should remain, the primary component of a sound addiction recovery strategy, more is needed.

It is abundantly clear that an important component to traditional mental health therapies is scientific, evidence-based strategies to address the underlying learning and behavioral issues that are the hallmark of any addiction profile.Specifically, what is being introduced in this workshop is a functional neurology approach, which involves measuring and managing numerous "biomarkers" of brain function with specific and often simple examination and diagnostic testing, and producing positive change in these markers through progressive neurological training modalities. This approach, in concert with the more traditional mental health options, explores new avenues to provide great hope for recovery in those battling addiction and substance use disorders.

This workshop will help the clinician, therapist, caretaker, or family member to understand how a combination of physical activities and exercises can be used as adjunct interventions in addition to traditional counseling and therapies for opiate addiction. Specifically, the role of specially trained practitioners in the field of functional neurology will be introduced as bridging the gap between pain management and brain balance efforts.