The Disease of Addiction
In America, remission for addiction is roughly 1 in 10 adults. Wow!! This is not good.
In 2016, the US Department of Health and Human Services released the article, “Facing Addiction in America.” The publication highlights addiction as a major public health crisis, not a moral failing. Addiction is more than just a behavioral issue. It is a neurobiological dysregulation. Addiction is a brain disease that affects the mesolimbic dopamine system of the brain or known as the reward system.
This article of the Surgeon General’s report and other recent literature (both scientific and public) state that stigma reduction efforts are badly needed in this area of treatment.
This article, written in 2016, by the US Department of Health and Human Services says that addiction is a disease of the brain that must be treated with urgency and compassion. It states that recovery is possible for everyone!
Definition of Addiction?
The American Society of Addiction Medicine in 2017 developed the following definition for addiction:
“Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain; reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social, and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. Addiction is characterized by the inability to consistently abstain in behavioral control, craving, diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behavior an interpersonal relationships and ineffective emotional responses. Like other chronic diseases, addiction often involves cycles of relapse and remission. Without treatment or engagement in recovery activities, addiction is progressive and can result in disability or premature death.”
Evidenced Based Treatment
Research states that effective treatment comes in changing the brain chemistry. Brain scan research science since 2000 suggests that brain function can change during successful counseling, a result that provides a bridge between psychotherapy and neuroscience. Other methods helping change brain chemistry to recover from addiction is applied neuroscience such as neurofeedback /medications and body regulation work (yoga and trauma informed massage).
Ways for recovery is through a combination of the following:
Specific types of psychotherapy; individual and/or group work.
Applied neuroscience; neurofeedback, and/or medications.
Body regulation work; yoga, massage, breath work, meditation, exercise, mindfulness
- The Science of Addiction; From Neurobiology to Treatment By Carlton Erickson
- The Body Keeps the Score; Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma. By Bessel Van De Kolk, MD
- ” Is Trauma Healing Enough”, Jan 9, 2017, by The Trauma Institute and Child Trauma Institute
What does Kimberlee Daughtry offer and what makes her approach different?
Kimberlee’s treatment is aimed at focussing on the person’s Aftercare Program following detoxification and inpatient or outpatient services for chemical addiction. However treatment is not limited to chemical addiction. Treatment can also encompass co-addictions such as codependency, eating disorders, gambling addiction, shoplifting, anger outbursts, obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety, panic and phobias.
Not all psychotherapists understand addiction, neuroscience and are attuned to evidence based treatments. Kimberlee Daughtry is.
Her speciality handles the specific psychotherapies that are effective in treating addiction.
Kimberlee has partnered with colleague, Lisa Pinkstaff, LPC, Certified Neurofeedback Provider for the applied neuroscience work of Neurofeedback and colleague Laura Castillanos, licensed massage therapist, for the Body regulation work that has proven effective in addition treatment.
These clinicians conveniently practice in the same office building and work together to tailor an evidenced based holistic treatment program to meet your needs for recovery.
What are Kimberlee’s evidenced based psychotherapies?
Everyone is different, so a cookie cutter approach does not work.
Kimberlee’s treatment in the recovery process involves the specific types of psychotherapy that
are effective in changing brain chemistry for recovery from addictions.
Kimberlee Daughtry, MA, LPC-S, has been certified in EMDR, is a Registered Play Therapist and is trained in a variety of evidenced based modalities. Specific areas of psychotherapy training include: Psycho-education for Chemical Dependency, and how trauma affects the brain, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, EMDR & DeTUR, EMDR & Feeling State Addiction Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy/Narrative Therapy (form of Play Therapy), Breathwork/Meditation, and Structure Sensory Interventions for Trauma.
Psycho-education helps take the shame out of addiction by teaching the person that there is a physiological imbalance in the brain and body that can be corrected with treatment. They are okay. CBT works on cognitive restructuring that helps address ineffective beliefs that can drive a person’s into using addiction to cope. The Motivational Interviewing is helpful in compassionately working with the changes involved as a person moves towards a new lifestyle. The DeTUR and Feeling State Addiction therapies work on the triggers associated with the trauma, helping to desensitize the triggers and reduce relapse. This also assists in shame reduction which is common in addiction. By reducing the triggers first, the client gains ego strength to work on the trauma . EMDR addresses the underlying feelings that led to the addictive behavior. Many times these underlying feelings originate in a traumatic event with overwhelming emotions, that could not be handled earlier in life. EMDR therapy helps the brain fully integrates this past traumatic memory such that it is just a memory, not an overwhelming experience. Sand tray therapy, Structured Sensory Intervention and Breathwork /Meditation help with brain integration of traumatic events as well, but are different modalities. EMDR may not be a good match for every person. Other effective, alternative methods are available.
Support groups and 12 step groups have proven effective in addiction recovery. Kimberlee encourages willing clients to participate in a group experience. This is not a requirement but rather an additional method to continue growth through the experience, strength and hope of other journeyers.
Kimberlee Daughtry also endorses involvement in yoga, breath work or a meditation community to grow in body regulation and meditation. Again this is not a requirement while in treatment with Kimberlee.
Kimberlee Daughtry has worked in both inpatient and outpatient treatment centers for chemical dependency. At one time she was an instructor teaching addiction counselors at the Institute of Chemical Dependency Studies. She has been in private practice for 8 years, working on many diverse cases. She had studied the neuroscience of how experiences are processed in the brain. She has been trained utilizing evidenced based neuroscience therapies that are effective in the treatment of underlying causes of addiction such as trauma and cravings. Kimberlee creates a warm and engaging atmosphere where clients feel accepted and comfortable, not judged or labeled. Time in her office is an opportunity to learn and gain new awareness, versus the stigma of “something is wrong with me if I am in therapy”
Kimberlee has 14 yrs of experience working closely with the 12 step fellowship both professionally and in her personal individual work. This gives her an understanding of the process of recovery, making her relatable to both the one struggling with addiction as well as the family members who are affected.
What are the benefits of Intensives?
An intensive is an opportunity for a person to launch their healing in an efficient and powerful way. The intensives are a personalized program that combines anywhere from 1-18 months of weekly therapy into 1-3 days, depending on the specific intensive chosen. Intensives are more time efficient and cost effective because it cuts out the weekly check ins and life interruptions that typically occurs with traditional weekly therapy. Intensives provide a good foundation for further growth and development and increases the likelihood of continuing with the work of therapy to the point of healing.
Note – This model does not guarantee a quick “cure” from all emotional issues. It simply speeds the process.
Many people find that after the intensive, they feel better and prepared to work on their recovery. Others find the intensive a great way to jumpstart their therapy and decide to continue on with weekly sessions. Regardless, you will leave with a better understanding of one another and things you need to do to get back on track.
Prices reflects a commitment to the longer process of therapy. There is a decrease in the rate with an increased commitment on time.
Services are offered Monday-Friday from 9-4pm.
There are a variety of packages to choose from.
2-90 minute Intensive weekly; $405
One Day Intensive (6hrs) = $780.
2 Day Intensive (12 hrs) =$1500.
3 Day Intensive (18 hrs) =$2160
Full payment due at time of registration.
(I accept Blue Cross Blue Shield and Tricare. For Intensives, I can bill one hour per day of treatment, lessening the total amount which varies with insurance.)
There is an additional .03% courtesy fee on credit card payments due to their swipe fee.