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Evidence-Based Services

Taken separately, these practices bring incredible relief and amazing benefits. However, when they are combined and interwoven, the result is an unshakable foundation for optimal health and a joyful life.

The Holistic Comprehensive Wellness Program exists to provide you the missing pieces in the wellness jigsaw puzzle helping you on a path of optimal wellbeing and a continued life free from dis-ease.

Acupuncture
Amino Acid Therapy
Auriculotherapy
Chiropractic
Exercise
Massage Therapy
Meditation
Nutrition
Psychotherapy
Recovery Coach Certification Training
Smoking Cessation
Yoga 12 Step

Acupuncture

Acupuncture brings both physical and emotional relief to clients with acute and chronic conditions. It has been extremely helpful for those with substance use disorders, eating disorders, trauma, ADD/ADHD, compulsive and behavioral disorders. Acupuncture benefits include a decrease in cravings, anxiety, depression and pain. Other benefits include improved mental clarity, better sleep, enhanced inner peace and a sense of overall wellbeing, because acupuncture helps balance the body's natural flow of energy.

                        The Research

•Strong evidence exists for the effect of the NADA (National Acupuncture Detox Association) protocol in improving client outcomes in terms of program retention, reduction in cravings, anxiety, sleep disturbance and need for pharmaceuticals.

•Evidence continues to grow for the use of the NADA protocol in psychiatric/behavioral health care, humanitarian aid/trauma, as well as cancer care.

•More than 2,000 drug and alcohol treatment programs in the U.S. and 40 other countries have added ear acupuncture to their protocol.

Bergdahl, L., Berman, A.H., Haglund, K. (2012). 

Clients' experience of auricular acupuncture during protracted withdrawal.  Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing.  Blackwell Publishing, 1-7. doi: 10.1111/jpm.12028.

Amino Acid Therapy

Amino acids are nutrients the body uses to bring about biochemical changes in the brain. the treatment of substance use disorders, trauma, compulsive and impulsive disorders. In specific combinations, these nutrients have been found to be effective in the treatment of disorders including anxiety, depression and cravings. Amino acids work by increasing the levels of chemicals needed to make specific neurotransmitters, such as dopamine, which create a sense of peace and wellbeing. These neurotransmitters are deficient in food disorders, ADHD, Autism, Parkinson’s and many compulsive and behavioral disorders. Research suggests that with a specific combination of amino acids, vitamins, minerals, herbs and a balanced nutritional lifestyle, an optimal state of wellbeing can be achieved.

The Research

Alcohol Outpatient Trial

• 53% of non-amino acid group dropped out @ 10 weeks vs. 13% of amino acid group.

• 379 days: 87% of non-amino acid group dropped out vs. only 20% of dropout rate in amino acid group.

In a 28-day, residential double-blinded study by Blum, et al, Amino Acids decreased:

• Withdrawal tremors (within 72 hours)

• Depression as measured by the MMPI.

• Stress, as measured by skin conductance levels.

• BESS scores (behavioral and emotional).

•Produced a 6-fold decrease in the likelihood of leaving residential treatment AMA (against medical advice).

ACACD Treatment Outcomes Published in Molecular Psychiatry, Vol. 6, February, 2001

Auriculotherapy

Auriculotherapy is similar to ear acupuncture but does not use needles. A micro-current stimulator is placed on reflex points outside the ear, which send messages to the brain depending on the location of the reflex points being treated. With auriculotherapy, we treat multiple problems and conditions related to substance use disorders, trauma and compulsive and behavioral disorders such as anxiety, depression and cravings. It is also a proven smoking cessation therapy.

The Research

Two separate randomized studies, three years apart involving auriculotherapy vs. a capsule placebo control group, carried out in a residential treatment setting.

• Better retention rates in drug rehabilitation--up to 97%--with the use of auriculotherapy.

• An 80% decrease in anxiety, depression and cravings in those with substance use disorders, compulsive and impulsive disorders.

ACACD Treatment Outcomes Published by Nature in Molecular Psychiatry, Vol.6, Feb’01

Chiropractic

Chiropractic is a complete system of healthcare focused on restoring, preserving, and optimizing health with natural, hands-on care. While western medicine focuses on curing illness through surgery and pharmaceuticals, chiropractic is non-invasive and seeks to optimize health without drugs or surgery. Clients with substance use disorders, compulsive impulsive disorders, anxiety, depression, cravings and insomnia lack dopamine in the brain and are often found to have spinal subluxations. Chiropractic corrects these subluxations to allow the “reward system” of the brain to function properly and increase dopamine levels.

The Research

Research published in Molecular Psychiatry showed:

  • Reduced anxiety, depression, cravings
  • Less need for strong pain relief and psychiatric drugs by correcting spinal subluxations
  • Dramatically increased success rates for drug detoxification

In an 18-month Chiropractic study:

• 100% of the Active Care group completed the 28-day treatment model, while only 56% of the Usual Care Group completed the 28 days. 

• At four weeks, the Active Care group showed a significant decrease in anxiety (Spielberger State Anxiety score). 

• Among the Active Group, only 9% made one or more visits to the nursing station, while 56% of the Placebo group and 48% of the Usual Care Group visited the nursing station.

ACACD Treatment Outcomes Published in Molecular Psychiatry, Vol. 6, February, 2001

Exercise

Our personal trainers motivate clients by setting goals and providing feedback and accountability. Trainers also measure BMI, strength, weaknesses and past fitness and injury history to create a personalized assessment. Exercise is critical for decreasing anxiety and stress, it improves sleep and produces an overall sense of peace and wellbeing. At every level, from the microcellular to the psychological, exercise not only wards off the ill effects of chronic stress, including addiction, it can reverse them.

The Research

Duke University's landmark study SMILE (Standard Medical Intervention and Long- term exercise) pitted exercise against the SSRI sertraline (Zoloft) in a sixteen-week trial in 1999.

• Six months after the study, Blumenthal and his colleagues surveyed the Clients to see how they were doing and found that exercise worked even better than medicine over the long term.

Massage Therapy

Incorporating massage into any recovery program brings powerful advantages during all of the stages of quitting an addiction, including withdrawal, detox and abstinence. The physical, emotional and spiritual components of recovery can be highly enhanced by the healing power of therapeutic touch. SoBe Well strongly recommends massage therapy for pain, relaxation, inner peace, anxiety and wellbeing.

The Research

• In 1998, the Touch Research Institute published the findings that a regular massage regimen produced long-term results of increased dopamine levels. The fact that massage naturally increases dopamine levels and decreases cortisol levels makes it a perfect addition to a standard detoxification program.

• Numerous studies indicate that massage therapy helps relieve depression and anxiety. It can lower cortisol levels by up to 50% and increase levels of neurotransmitters that help reduce depression.

• A review of more than a dozen studies concluded that massage therapy helps relieve depression and anxiety by affecting the body’s biochemistry.

• Researchers at the University Of Miami School Of Medicine reviewed studies that measured the stress hormone cortisol in participants before and immediately after massage and found that the therapy lowered levels by up to 53%. Massage also increased serotonin and dopamine, two neurotransmitters that help reduce depression and anxiety.

Meditation

Meditation refers to a broad array of mindfulness practices that promotes relaxation, build internal energy or life force, and foster compassion, love, patience, generosity, and forgiveness. Many people believe the purpose of meditation is to tune out or temporarily escape from life, but the opposite is true. The purpose of meditation is to tune in. Beyond de-stressing, meditation helps clients find their own peace--the peace that, in many spiritual traditions, “passes all understanding”. Although a seemingly simple technique, mindfulness operates on a several key levels. It allows us to notice cravings before they take hold. It strengthens our “muscles of attention”, making it easier to let go of addictive thoughts. It makes us better equipped to experience cravings without having to react to them. And it enhances our ability to cope with stress, which means we’re less likely to turn to pleasure as a crutch in the first place.

The Research

• The body of evidence for the power of meditation in addiction treatment is growing. A 2007 study showed that individuals who participated in meditative practices during recovery gained higher levels of coping skills, as well as an heightened awareness of substance abuse triggers that aided addiction recovery.

• Another peer-reviewed study established the effects of prayer and meditation on dopamine levels, servicing the mind and body by creating contentedness and calm through the brain’s pathways – an effect formerly produced by drug use.

• Researchers from Yale recently found that a four-week mindfulness training program was more effective as a treatment for addiction for smoking than the American Lung Association's ‘gold standard’ treatment.

  • Over a period of 4 weeks, on average, people saw a 90% reduction in the number of cigarettes they smoked-from 18/day to 2/day and 35% of smokers quit completely!
  • In a four-month follow-up over 30% maintained their abstinence.
  • Mindfulness Training for smoking cessation: results from a randomized controlled trial.

Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 119(1-2):72-80

Nutrition

Good nutrition is essentially important for every body, especially for those in recovery, because is the foundation for achieving hormonal control and optimal wellbeing. Proper nutrition helps relieve anxiety, depression and cravings when a client is detoxing and in treatment and recovery. Balanced nutrition is also essential for anyone suffering with ADD/ADHD, Autism and eating disorders. Food is the most powerful drug you can put in your body, and your kitchen is your very own organic pharmacy.Dr. Frisbee will provide a kitchen makeover to put you on this lifestyle-changing path. You’ll also be guided through an educational seminar series to give you nutrition information and tools you can rely on for the rest of your life.

The Research

  • 2004: Grant et al. (2004) study nutrition education in substance abuse treatment programs indicated that nutrition education is an essential component of substance abuse treatment programs and can enhance treatment outcomes.
  • 2009: Atkinson: nutrition is key to improving and stabilizing energy levels, mood, and mental clarity, which can lead to a more successful recovery.
  • 2010: While serving as the medical director at Tully Hill Hospital and reported in his book End Your Addiction Now (2010), Dr. Gant reports an 83% success rate in ending clients' addictions. Gant and his colleagues believe that biochemical imbalances in the body must be attended to before recovery can happen and that alcoholism is primarily a brain chemistry imbalance fueled by a deficiency in certain nutrients. He shows that a critical part of treating addiction is to replenish missing nutrients through food and supplements.

Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy is focused on modifying maladaptive behavior. People suffering from anxiety, depression, eating disorders, detox pain, substance use disorders and impulsive and compulsive disorders usually “act out” as a way of coping with experiences, memories or events that are emotionally overwhelming. Even if clients have developed proper coping strategies, they may rely on immediate gratification rather than facing the issues at hand. Our therapists, who specialize in recovery, will help you set achievable short-term goals to strengthen and empower you. You’re your sobriety is achieved, healthy and adaptive skills can be taught and developed and with your therapist, you can begin to explore the issues that led to the addiction and employ new coping strategies. Together, you will work to set longer term goals that include rebuilding damaged relationships, accepting responsibility and releasing guilt. Our skilled therapists can help you overcome addiction and set your life on a new path.

Recovery Coach Certification Training 

A certified Recovery Coach can promote wellbeing by serving as a personal guide and mentor for you on your path to recovery from drugs and alcohol, trauma, and other substance use disorders by helping to remove barriers and obstacles to recovery. Your SoBe Well Recovery Coach can serve as a resource broker, role model, mentor, motivator, cheerleader, ally, confidant, problem solver, advocate, community organizer and even lifestyle consultant.

  • Recovery Coach Certification Training - every client has the opportunity to attend the Recovery Coach Training Certification Program. They will then not only be part of a thriving profession yet also have the opportunity as alumni to give back, guiding those on their journey through treatment, prevention and recovery. 

Smoking Cessation

Auriculotherapy consists of stimulating specific points located in the ear related to smoking with a small electrical current which is safe, painless and needleless. By stimulating the specific points we can intercept messages sent by the brain and the body that demand more nicotine. Therefore, disrupting the addictive process. If you’re ready and willing, research demonstrates success within one-three visits. We have a ninety seven percent success rate in the reduction of cravings; anxiety and depression associated with nicotine withdraw with the use of Auriculotherapy and Amino Acid Therapy.

Yoga Twelve Step

This form of yoga is a rich and powerful program that integrates the wisdom of yoga with the practical tools of 12-step programs.  Guided by “the issues that live in our tissues”, 12-Step Yoga fosters mind/body union, integration and balance. Yoga is a powerful way to fight addiction by simultaneously calming body and mind, with a focus on acceptance and healthy change. The practice relaxes the nervous system and the endocrine system and activates the release of healing hormones. It also stimulates he brain to produce alpha waves, which support visualization without emotion. Over time, this judgment-free practice will allow you to view images of your past with a neutral eye and dissolve triggers that may have stimulated your turn toward addictive substances.

The Research

  • Yoga increases sensitivity to bodily movements and mental states, which may explain why it has been linked to improved immunity.       
  • Yoga and mindfulness form a union to enhance positive feelings and outlooks. Research has shown that the combination of yoga and mindfulness can provide energy, satisfaction, and stability on an addict’s road to recovery.
  • Yoga produces long lasting changes, which help maintain a healthy lifestyle. It is a positive way to cope with negative emotions, depression, and anxiety.
  • Yoga creates a sense of calm and solace that most people do not have the chance to experience in their everyday life.

Schure, Marc B., Christopher, John, Christopher, Suzanne. Mind-body medicine and the art of self-care: Teaching mindfulness to counseling students through yoga, meditation, and Qigong. Journal of Counseling & Development. Vol 86(1), Win 2008, pp. 47-56