At Sedona we approach addictions in a holistic manner. A hostic treatment uses the best of traditional western medicine and alternative medicine. Common addictions include alcohol, cocaine, amphetamines, heroine and cigarettes.
Our specialty areas are narcotics addictions and smoking. The difference in the treatment program at Sedona from other, more common programs, is that we include psychotherapy, spiritual counseling and cognitive therapy, along with herbs and supplements, because we strongly believe certain substances are preferred by an individual depending on their biochemical make up. There is research that substantiates this. For instance, people who lack endorphins or calming neurotransmitters in the brain will prefer narcotics as a drug of choice and people who are low in Serotonin or Dopamine often prefer cocaine as their drug of choice. The reason they prefer these drugs of choice is they mimic the neurotransmitter the person is lacking.
Our approach is to give the raw material or precursors to these neurotransmitters that are lacking, as a way to get the body to make them and decrease craving. We use two other approaches that are state of the art in treating withdrawal from substances. For withdrawal from alcohol, cocaine, and cigarettes we use an acupuncture method to treat the withdrawal symptoms.