Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy to Treat Substance Abuse

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) can heal the brain to overcome addiction.

Long-term substance abuse damages the brain. Even short-term use exposes the body and brain to toxic compounds that can cause lasting damage.

We help patients detoxify and heal their bodies with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT).

What Is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

hyperbaric oxygen therapyHyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) consists of breathing in pure oxygen in a pressurized room, specifically calibrated for this therapy. The air pressure in a Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy chamber is approximately three times higher than normal. Raising the air pressure allows our patient’s lungs to gather more oxygen with each breath than they would get by simply breathing pure oxygen at normal pressure levels.

How Does HBOT Work?

Once inhaled, the blood carries the oxygen through the body, which can fight bacteria and toxins. It can also release growth factors and stem cells, two naturally occurring substances that promote healing.

Does HBOT Help with Withdrawal Symptoms?

We often find that those struggling with substance abuse have a genuine desire to break free from their addiction. Unfortunately, their fear of withdrawal symptoms being painful or uncomfortable are so intense that many people avoid traditional detox programs.

Detoxification doesn’t have to be a painful experience. By adding Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy to their recovery plan, our patients are able to experience a more comfortable detoxification process – all while healing their body and brain.

The reason for this lies in the power of oxygen. By healing the body and detoxifying it naturally, our patients can avoid the distressing symptoms of withdrawal, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Pain
  • Heart rate changes
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Cravings
  • Nausea and vomiting

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy reduces the severity and duration of these symptoms, helping our patients stay comfortable and avoid a relapse.

Does Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Improve the Addiction Recovery Process?

Once a person ingests, injects, or inhales drugs or alcohol, toxic compounds travel through the body and to the brain. Over time, the toxins damage cells, leading to a build-up of acids and aldehydes in the brain, both of which can damage DNA and irritate tissues. They can also contribute to certain cancers.

With prolonged use, the cells of the brain are damaged, particularly in the frontal lobe, the part of the brain responsible for decision-making and strategic thinking.

In damaged areas, blood flow is impaired, leading to a lack of oxygen, which compounds the damage by slowing the healing process.

However, after Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, our patients have experienced increased blood flow and tissue healing. The results:

  • Better memory
  • Decreased inflammation
  • Healing of the liver, brain, pancreas
  • Detoxification
  • Improved sleep
  • Enzyme normalization
  • Tissue regeneration
  • Increased energy levels
  • A sense of wellbeing
  • Improved quality of life

When used in conjunction with psychotherapy, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy can help the brain and body heal significantly from years of drug or alcohol abuse.