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September is National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month

Innovative New PROMETA™ treatment Protocols for Substance Dependence Now Available in South Florida

September is National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, designated by the U.S. Department of Health’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The Village South announced that an innovative new treatment option is now available in Miami which is designed to address both the neurochemical imbalances in the brain and some of the nutritional deficits caused or worsened by substance dependence.

A national survey on drug use estimated that approximately 22 million Americans are either substance abusers or dependent on alcohol, illicit drugs or both (9.4% of the total population aged 12 or older). However, despite heightened awareness, only a fraction of Americans suffering from addiction seek treatment.

Fortunately, residents in Miami have a new instrument in the fight against alcohol and drug addiction. The Village South is now offering the PROMETA™ treatment protocols, medically based treatments for dependence on alcohol, cocaine or methamphetamine.

"Addiction is a brain disease, and is classified as such by the American Medical Association and the World Health Organization," said Leonardo Lado, M.D., Practicing Psychiatrist for Compass Health Systems, Psychiatrist Investigator for the Segal Institute for Research and Licensed Treating Psychiatrist for the PROMETA Treatment Protocols at The Village South. "Scientific evidence has established that the substance dependent brain is physiologically and bio-chemically different from a ‘normal’ brain. However, until now our therapeutic options have been limited. The PROMETA™ treatment protocols are designed to address these neurochemical changes."

Substance dependence is the nation’s number one health problem. There are more deaths, illnesses, and disabilities from substance abuse than from any other preventable health condition. Additionally, the economic burden for healthcare costs and productivity losses are estimated at $345 billion annually. Studies have shown that the substance dependent brain has changes in the neurochemical mechanisms that help to control many aspects of normal brain function. Changes in brain chemistry and function play an important role in the physical and behavioral symptoms of substance dependence, including tolerance, withdrawal symptoms, craving and relapse. Traditionally, treatments for substance dependence have not directly addressed the underlying medical aspects of the disease.

"Substance dependence is a complex disease, including physiological, genetic, psychosocial, and environmental factors. We want to give hope to those who are struggling, and emphasize that there is a medical explanation behind the problem," continued Dr. Lado. "Now is the time to learn more about recovery and how to put your life back onto the right path."

For more information, call 1-866-426-3741 or you can reach The Village at (305) 573-3784.
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