Neuro Rehabilitative Stimulation Therapies at The Florida House Experience
Everyday our brains are bombarded with stimuli for what we see, smell, taste, hear, touch, think and feel. All of this raw information is converted into electrical energy that travels to the brain via nerve impulses for processing. However, when drugs or alcohol enter our body, they interrupt our normal sensory information processes. These substances either mimic neurotransmitters that naturally occur in our bodies, or they cause the overproduction of neurotransmitters such as serotonin or dopamine – chemicals that are typically produced during real experiences in life that bring pleasure, excitement, etc.
As your brain artificially churns out important neurotransmitters due to drugs, your body compensates by creating fewer and fewer receptors, which is what leads to drug tolerance. Tolerance occurs when the user consumes more drugs in order to create the same desired effect, causing the brain to re-wire itself to accommodate the continued presence of drugs. When the drug usage or high comes to an end, your neural networks are left dysregulated with neurons reacting to the lack of artificial neurotransmitters, resulting in withdrawal symptoms and intense cravings.
It takes time for your neural networks to repair themselves and return to normal. However, at The Florida House Experience, we offer a series of electrical, magnetic, and vibrational stimulation therapies designed to encourage the neural repair process and to combat the symptoms of neural dysfunction, such as cravings, withdrawals, depression, anxiety, attention problems and memory loss.
In addition to the things in our life that we consciously control (movement, etc.), there are several vital functions that our body carries out without us thinking about them, such as breathing, our heart beating, and digesting food. These essential functions are governed by what is known as the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS). Within the ANS, there are two separate sub-systems: The Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS) and the Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS).
Your SNS controls what are known as “fight-or-flight” responses to stimuli; it prepares your body for action, increasing your heart rate, releasing stored sugar from your liver into the bloodstream, and takes other steps so that you’re ready to fight or retreat in stressful situations. The PNS dictates automatic activity when a body is at rest, which is referred to as the “rest-and-digest” responses. These include actives such as digestion after eating, sexual arousal and crying.
In a normal-functioning human brain, the SNS is constantly operating at a baseline level, and as part of normal homeostasis, your body is constantly balancing between the activity of the SNS, and its ANS counterpart.
There is a constant push-and-pull in a normal human body, which occurs between stress and relaxation, as controlled by the Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Nervous Systems. In the body of someone addicted to drugs or alcohol, this balance can be severely disrupted. However, The Florida House Experience has found a new way to return your balance back to normal by utilizing Alternate Pulse Stimulation therapy and neuro-signaling through Thync technology.
At FHE, our Alternate Pulse Stimulation treatment uses state-of-the-art neuro-signaling technology developed by Thync, a type of neurotransmitter relaxation technology, to help bring balance back to your body and your life. Combining elements of both Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) and Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS), our Alternate Pulse Stimulation therapy uses low-intensity and high-frequency pulsed currents (also known as “vibes”) that target three key neural pathways within the head and neck. This results in the neuro-signaling producing a relaxing “vibe” to the Parasympathetic Nervous System, which helps restore you to a state of balance.
High-Frequency Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Stimulation is another unique neuro-rehabilitative therapy offered exclusively at The Florida House Experience. This technology uses both Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) and Transcranial Alternating Current Stimulation (tACS) technology to help rebuild and recondition neural pathways that may have been damaged due to prolonged substance use or alcoholism.
By applying continuous electromagnetic pulses to the scalp, neuronal activity is increased in the cortical and subcortical regions, which is right beneath where the pulses occur, in order to increase the likelihood of neuron depolarization (i.e. neurons firing, or “talking”). Improved neuronal function using tDCS and tACS can help counteract dysregulation in the brain caused by substance abuse.
We utilize both direct and alternating stimulation techniques, and create a tailored stimulation treatment regimen for each patient, which is dependent on factors such as personal history and drug of choice. Transcranial current stimulation therapy has been demonstrated to produce marked biochemical and physiological changes in our patients.
Our Deep Brain Stimulation Therapy uses Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTCMS), which involves an electromagnetic coil that sends magnetic pulses, rather than an electrical current, to a patient’s brain in a safe, comfortable, and controlled setting. Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation therapy is a new neuro-rehabilitative technique, one that has been shown to improve the moods of patients with Major Depressive Disorder, and with general depression associated with neurological dysfunction or with some form of substance abuse disorder. This therapy has also been used to treat a number of other neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s Disease and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). The same therapy can also help correct neurological dysregulation in those suffering from drug addiction or alcoholism, and thus improve the chances of long-term recovery. In Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, the electromagnetic coil works similar to a pacemaker for the heart, sending electrical currents to regions subcortically at a regulatory rate, determinant to the condition being resolved.
BioSound Feedback therapy at The Florida House Experience combines vibrational stimulation with highly-tuned Heart Rate Variability (HRV) monitoring to provide a unique type of biofeedback therapy. Our HRV system monitors an individual’s pulse, blood pressure, and breathing rate during BioSound Feedback sessions, in order to capture a complete and total picture of what is happening internally. Using binaural sounds and vibrational stimulation, our BioSound patients are brought into a theta state of brain activity, the same state of brain activity that occurs during Stage-1 sleep, in order to encourage relaxation and meditation. In this meditative state, patients are provided with a variety of different audio playlists to listen to, all designed to produce feelings of positive affirmation and self-worth.