Pathways Recovery is a new and unique drug rehab center in Sacramento. At our facility, we take a different approach to drug rehabilitation – not just for the sake of being different, but because what we do works! Pathways Recovery focuses on holistic addiction treatment and dual diagnosis addiction treatment to give our patients the most thorough and most comprehensive treatment techniques available.
How the Brain Affects Recovery
Scientists refer to the brain as a “Team of rivals” because the brain is a multi-structured system in which different structures fight against each other for dominance. For the brain to function correctly, it must operate at optimal balance. To put this in perspective, there are mainly two parts of the brain – the prefrontal cortex and the Limbic system. To obtain a balance between the two means disconnecting unhealthy pathways and creating (and maintaining) new, healthier ones.
The prefrontal cortex is the higher functioning part of the brain which is rational and logical. It understands consequences. However, the Limbic system is the primitive part of the brain. It cannot delay gratification. The Limbic system is pleasure-oriented and selfish. It’s concerned with seeking pleasure and avoiding pain. The Limbic system is also called the “Reward System” because it is responsible for making us feel better by releasing “feel good” chemicals in the brain.
The Reward System in the Limbic Brain
Drugs, alcohol, sex, pornography, and even eating activate this reward system in our brains. Scientists say, that from an evolutionary standpoint, this reward system goes back 600 million years before rational thought was identified. This reward system was found in anthropoids, invertebrates, mollusk, and other species. The Limbic System isn’t all bad. It’s necessary for survival. The Limbic System is largely what helped our ancestors survive historically, but today, our brains aren’t designed to deal with these ready to access rewards.
How Instant Gratification Affects the Brain
Drugs, food, pornography, and other addictions overstimulate the Limbic System. Addictions, whatever they may be, are hard-wired as a survival process. It becomes a part of life just as eating or sleeping, but there is another scientifically-proven technique that has been repeatedly demonstrated to reverse this wiring of the brain, and that technique is holistic addiction treatment. In our detox center, we offer holistic treatment services, such as:
- Diet and nutrition education and intake
- And more!
What You Will Experience at Pathways Recovery
Once admitted into our program, you can stay between 30-90 days, depending on your needs. We offer dual diagnosis treatment because many of our patients suffer from depression, anxiety, intense cravings, and beyond. While holistic treatment creates new pathways in the brain that can last a lifetime, these take time to develop. In the meantime, dual diagnosis and medication (when appropriate) can help our patients experience less acute symptoms. We always consider our patients input when prescribing medication. Contact us today, and see why Pathways Recovery is the best drug rehab center in Sacramento.