The Importance of Neuro Rehabilitation in Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment

Some people struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, who feel ready to get help may find themselves approaching their recovery with hesitance because they are concerned about how your mental health will be handled during their treatment. FHE Health employs a team of highly qualified and licensed medical and therapeutic specialists to walk each patient through our 8 tier neuro treatment rehabilitation approach. The approach begins right after residential treatment intake and is a comprehensive look at the brain and the way substance abuse and mental health combine to create dysfunction in various centers of the brain. This gives clinicians a place to start from as far as understanding each individual patient’s needs. It also provides them a way to track your progress moving forward.


FHE Health 8-tier Neuro Treatment Rehabilitation Program Looks Like This:


  • Comprehensive Neuropsychological Testing – After a patient undergoes the residential treatment intake process, the person who is struggling with drug and alcohol addiction will go through a comprehensive neuropsychological assessment so to best determine the most effective route for treatment necessary for the specific needs of the patient. This evaluation takes into account the functionality or dysfunction of the brain in the different parts of the brain that suffer affliction by persistent drug and alcohol abuse. This process includes a kind of brain mapping that can help doctors assess the patient’s current situation as well as monitor your brain health as you move through the treatment process. This treatment also takes into account any symptoms the patient may present with, as well as their specific clinical clinical history.
  • Heart Rate Variability & Biosound Monitoring – FHE Health focuses on a holistic approach to treatment, put simply we believe that it is vital to treat the whole person, not just a portion of the symptoms or a single disorder, ignoring other symptoms. You must treat the whole person in order to have the chance for success in addiction recovery.  Because of our holistic approach, part of the 8 tier neurological treatment includes treating neurological issues that are harming the other physiological parts of the body. Heart Rate Variability & Biosound Monitoring is a kind of treatment technology that monitors the pulse, a patient’s blood pressure and their respiratory activity. After having induced something like the first stage of sleep, patients are given a variety of audio selections to spurr positive affirmations and self worth. This treatment continues into the rest of the patient’s time at FHE.
  • Quantitative Electroencephalography (qEEG) – Quantitative Electroencephalography, or qEEG, is a scientific testing using sensitive electrodes placed on the patient to record the electrical activity in the brain. After the test the results are analyzed for brain functions that are no longer working optimally or those that are acting abnormally. This can give doctors a baseline of brain function to work for. The patient’s brain is compared to a database of hundreds of other brains that function in a normative and healthy way to better identify the brain dysfunction



  • QEEG-Guided Neurofeedback Training – After the Quantitative Electroencephalography maps the patient’s brain, the analysis taken from the test should reveal any areas of the brain that are working in a significantly abnormal fashion. The clinicians at FHE Health will then move forward to create a plan of treatment based on the specific neurofeedback training of the patient at hand. Neurofeedback training is unique to the specific person, no one person’s treatment will be the same.  This training’s done to retrain the brain so it can regulate the areas of the brain that are suffering from the effects of drug and alcohol addiction. This retraining encourages the brain to self regulate and to begin to correct the errors currently occurring in functionality. This type of treatment uses rewards to teach the brain to recognize when it is functioning in a healthy manner. The rewards come in the form of movies or visual stimulus appearing fully on a screen when the brain is working functionally. When it is not functioning properly the movie or stimulus will not appear fully on the screen. The more fully visible the movie, the more fully functional the patient’s brain, and visa versa.
  • Electrical Nerve Stimulation Therapy – Electrical Nerve Stimulation Therapy includes transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation therapy and transcranial direct current stimulation which deliver safe, low level, high frequency electrical currents to parasympathetic nerves in the facial and neck regions in order to produce an experience of relaxation in the person experiencing the treatment. These treatments help to treat brain injuries and other psychiatric specific conditions. Clinicians are constantly vigilant to monitor a patient’s stress responses to the treatment with state of the art technology to be sure the treatment is safe and done correctly.
  • High Frequency Pulsed Electromagnetic Stimulation Therapy – Similar to Electrical Nerve Stimulation Therapy, in high frequency pulsed electromagnetic stimulation therapy electromagnetic pulses are used to promote healthy brain activity. Continuous electromagnetic pulses are applied to the patient’s scalp, the neuron activity is then increased in the cortical and subcortical regions of the brain, just beneath the pulses that are being administered to the patient. This increases the possibility of neuron depolarization. Improved function of one’s neurons can help to counteract brain dysfunction due to persistent drug or alcohol abuse.
  • Deep Brain Stimulation Therapy – Deep brain stimulation therapy uses an electromagnetic coil that sends safe pulses to the drug or alcohol addict’s brain. This cutting edge technology is used to combat the symptoms of major depressive disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder, as well as any other mental health disorders that present in the patient with symptoms of neurological dysfunction.
  • Computerized Cognitive Brain Training – Computerized cognitive brain training uses a software to work in together with the patient’s brain mapping, the therapy that occurs earlier in the treatment timeline. These computer programs are created to stimulate the patient’s brain by asking multiple cognitive tasks of the person struggling with drug or alcohol disorder. These types of software help a person’s brain work hard to bring the person’s neurological function back to normal function and to combat the symptoms caused by drug and alcohol use disorder, but can also combat the symptoms of other co-occurring mental health disorder.


This kind of holistic care is second to none. FHE Health is thorough because we know that dual diagnosis of addiction and mental health disorder absolutely must be fought with all of the means possible and in tandem with one another. We pride ourself on this approach because we know it works. We stay up to date because science is making treatment breakthroughs constantly and we care about providing our patients with the best tools and highest quality treatment available.

Psychiatric Treatment is Vital For Successful Treatment of Dual Diagnosis

The trickiest part of a dual diagnosis is the drug or alcohol addiction recovery treatment. A person who is trying to recover from drug or alcohol chemical dependency and addiction at a FHE Health drug and rehab facility, who has one or more dual diagnosis can not treat only one disorder and leave the rest for later. Picking the disorders one at a time like that and treating them each one at a time is an inevitably failed and as currently understood, unscientific approach to recovery. Even when the person goes through the treatment for one disorder and it seems like that disorder, be it the mental illness or the addiction to drugs or alcohol, has been treated and is in remission, once that person who is struggling with the disorders starts fighting a different issue, moves on to one of their other illnesses, the disorder they had beat back in to remission is very likely to pop right back up again and with a vengeance. The dual diagnosis, or co-occurring disorders feed off of each other and spurr along each other’s symptoms, building them up over time and torturing the patient who is suffering with all of these chronic disorders.


The way we treat disorders that occur at the same time, or dual diagnosis, has changed substantially over time. Prior to the medical and mental health research and studies that have been done in the last two decades or so,  medical and mental health were not always taken with the same concern. Doctors would dismiss a person who exhibited any signs and symptoms of having any number of different mental illness, as psychology was often looked at with a skeptical eye. Some called it a “soft science”. Other’s saw mental illness in general as an excuse for bad behavior that many people believed should be attributed to a child or adult’s personality rather than a mental health disorder. In line with this type of thinking, a doctor may have refused to treat a mental health disorder if someone were also struggling with a drug or alcohol chemical dependence and exhibiting addiction type actions, citing an inability to treat a mental health disorder while the person was “choosing” to abuse a drug or alcohol.

Because of extensive amounts of scientific research and in depth studies that have taught our communities that this way of approaching a person’s motivations and how much choice they have in their behavior in terms of dual diagnosis is wrong in almost every way possible. Both of these disorders are chronic and both of them require treatment to get better. One would never tell a patient stricken with kidney failure that it was all in their heads – that they don’t need dialysis, all they need to do is to decide their kidneys are healthy. No one would do that. If someone has kidney failure everyone knows they need treatment and no one would deny them. These disorders require smart and individualized treatment plans that are structured around the highest science available.  Luckily, these days the majority of doctors are more than willing to fight both disorders at once, and fully believe in the reality that is a mental health dual diagnosis. Most of them will encourage treatment, like medical detox and rehab.

Common dual diagnosis mental health disorders are as follows:

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD – PTSD is a mental disorder that presents with emotional disruptions that can alter and disturb the lives of the people suffering from the mental health disorder. Post traumatic stress disorder can cause the person to suffer through flashbacks, nightmares, and overwhelming fear that can cause the victim to relive their trauma over and over again. This disorder is developed by people who have suffered through deep trauma such as military service, violent crime, natural disasters or witnessing violent crime, among others.
  • Major Depressive Disorder – Major depressive disorder is a mental disorder where the person who is suffering from the illness presents with an almost chronic low energy, a notable loss of interest in their everyday activities. They may also lose interest in that which they used to feel passionately drawn to. The person suffering from major depressive disorder can experience an extreme weight loss or extreme weight gain while some people find their symptoms include losing their appetite all together, and others find that they cannot stop eating. They very well may also suffer from severe insomnia, and possibly even suicidal ideation.
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder, or GAD – Generalized anxiety disorder is characterized by chronic feelings of foreboding and disquietude about any number of different topics that come up in their lives. These worries can be different depending on the individual who is suffering from the disorder. The person may worry about anything from finances, housing, career matters, or they could even suffer from paranoia about irrational anxieties. This anxiety haunts the everyday life and activities of the person suffering from the disorder and can catalyze a variety of different medical complications
  • Bipolar Spectrum Disorder – Bipolar spectrum disorder is when a person presents with abnormally shifting moods. These moods may range from manic, hypomanic, depressive, and severe depressive states. The moods may last a variety of different amounts of time depending on the individual suffering from the disorder. The moods represent a variety of levels of physical energy and volatility that are similarly dependent on the individual suffering from the disorder. There is now believed to be a spectrum of levels of bipolar disorder, most commonly diagnosed as Bipolar I and Bipolar II.
  • Eating Disorders – Eating disorders are mental health disorders where the person struggling with the disorder presents with obsessions surrounding food. The disorders major signs and symptoms may result in extreme weight loss or weight gain. Some of the common eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder. The social stigma that accompanies these disorders could be a co-occurring disorder all on their own. Often those on the outside think of an eating disorder as something that you only develop due to lack of control or lack of intelligence. On the contrary, eating disorders are developed due to mental health, can be caused by trauma and the person suffering is not making a choice to engage with food in this way.
  • Depersonalization Derealization Disorder – Depersonalization derealization disorder is characterized by the person struggling with the disorder having a feeling of observing themselves, almost like an out of body experience. They feel as though they are living in the dream and like the people around them, even they themselves are not real. Those who suffer with this disorder may dissociate from reality occasionally, some more than others.
  • Personality Disorder – Personality disorder is a kind of mental illness where a person presents most having maladaptive behaviors that can cause a person to have a hard time in relationships and because of this the disorder can often also result in problems with people’s careers, relationships and other aspects of their personal lives. There are many different types of personality disorder and they each have their own set of symptoms.
  • Panic Disorder – Panic disorder is mental health issue that exists under the category of an anxiety disorder. The mental illness causes panic attacks which consist of overwhelming and sudden feelings of deep fear and loss of control. Usually there are also physical symptoms present like sped up heart rate, a person’s throat tightening, respiratory rate can speed up, or a heavy weight on the chest.
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or OCD – Obsessive compulsive disorder is a mental health disorder characterized as a patient who presents with bouts of overwhelming anxiety that can cause rational or irrational thoughts together with obsessive worry or paranoia. The person suffering from OCD experiences great discomfort and from these obsessions. They haunt the person with the disorder. Unable to escape their own terrifying and often disturbed thoughts and specific anxieties, the person develops some compulsive habits. These compulsions are the efforts of the person, whether conscious or subconscious to try and ease their obsessions, to try and work against it or calm it in some way.

At FHE Health medical detox centers in Florida, psychiatric services and medical services are both offered to our patients. FHE employs a dedicated and licensed medical staff as well as a highly qualified group of therapists to work with those who suffer from drug and alcohol dependency and co-occurring disorders. We structure each treatment program per the individual patient because we know that each person struggling with drug or alcohol addiction comes with their own set of individual needs and concerns. Call FHE Health today to learn more about our programs, and how we can help you or someone you love who are struggling with drug or alcohol addiction.


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