Saturday, October 15, 2011

Oil in the Motor of Life

Most of the psychotropic medications used for depression and anxiety in some way manipulate the serotonin, norepinephrine or dopamine receptors. It’s not unusual for patients to feel out of sorts as their brains return to homeostasis after years of being ravaged by opiates, benzos, or alcohol.

Serotonin is considered by some to be the “oil in the motor of life”. It is important for mood, sleep, digestion, evacuation and ejaculation.

Norepinephrine is the “go” neurotransmitter in the brain. It’s associated with focus and memory. It’s the one that gets us moving during a crisis…and maybe the one that’s keeping us awake if we’re on overdrive.

Dopamine is the pleasure drug. People who are low or poor dopamine makers have a ‘joy-deficit’.

One of the nice things about having an accelerated detox-opiate, benzo or alcohol—at The Coleman Institute is the patients’ option to follow up with us. We have a busy family practice-Hamilton Family Practice—and many of our patients were once addicted to one substance or another. Together we work with our patients to help their brains return to a Place of Peace, whether by manipulating the neurotransmitters, helping with Thought Work, or referring to counseling.

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