Clinical data demonstrates that the biochemical approach to addiction provides a much higher (75-80%) recovery rate after 5 years – as opposed to the traditional 12-step or counselling-only approach without biochemical support, which has a much lower (15-25%) recovery rate after 5 years.
Still, after more than 50 years, over 95 percent of addiction treatment programs in Canada and the U.S. are 12-step or counselling-only programs, and they do not address the physiological damage caused by the substance abuse of alcohol and/or drugs. This must be addressed to begin the process of cellular rebalancing and addiction recovery.
Further studies show that even with abstinence, symptoms of anxiety, depression, tremors, lack of concentration and memory dysfunction continue. A number of recent findings linking emotional symptoms to altered neurochemistry and nutrient deficiency suggest that an emphasis on biochemical techniques can be effective in reversing many previously unmanaged symptoms.
The cost of addiction treatment that doesn’t work is significant. The economic burden of mental illness in Canada is estimated at $51 billion per year. This includes health care costs, lost productivity and reductions in health-related quality of life. [Lim et al (2008). A new population-based measure of the burden of mental illness in Canada.]
Addiction can be treated successfully, but it takes time for the body and mind to heal and repair. Clinical research, along with our experience, demonstrates the benefits of longer stays of 42-90 days in treatment, however, length of stay may vary between 35 to 90 days. Our treatment program is fully personalized based on the clinical and medical needs of each individual.
Despite traditional treatment, many people continue to live broken lives plagued by cravings, anxiety, depression, relapses and suicide. Statistics report that 80 percent of treated alcoholics relapse after one year and nearly 25 percent of deaths among those treated for chemical dependency are due to suicide. Each year, there are more addiction-related deaths than vehicle-related deaths. The statistics are as alarming as they are disheartening.