Dr. Sponaugle was invited to the White House to explain how and why his science based addiction treatment achieves 90 percent success rates as compared to 10 percent success rates at America’s traditional rehab centers.
Dr. Sponaugle explained to Deputy Chief Rubin Brazalis and the White House staff that the knowledge gained from his addiction research and that from scientists at the National Institute of Drug Addiction enabled him to stop the “biochemical” drug craving in his addicted patients.
Dr. Sponaugle further explained that AA based, 12 step programs attempt to coach patients through each day of craving leaving patients a set up for failing because they have to “white knuckle” through each day of craving.
Dr. Sponaugle explained that drug craving is actually biochemical in nature and that patients will crave the biochemical effect of any drug that temporarily balances their brain chemistry. He further explained that when the underlying cause[s] of biochemical craving is diagnosed and subsequently treated, addicted patients no longer need or crave drugs.
Dr. Sponaugle enlightened the White House staff regarding the many different medical disorders he has discovered can cause drug craving. These disorders range from inherited brain chemical deficiencies to pituitary tumors. This medical disorders are routinely overlooked at America’s rehab centers because they are too focused on talk therapy.
Dr. Sponaugle emphasized that there is no “disease of addiction,” a common myth propagated by addiction doctors. Rather, there are many disease states that cause drug craving and lead to addiction.
Patients are misdiagnosed as “drug addicts” by addiction specialists who lack adequate knowledge of brain physiology and biochemistry. Dr. Sponaugle explained to Bush’s deputy chief that he diagnoses medical disorders in patients who have attended 12 or more rehab centers only to be misdiagnosed as a drug addict.
America’s addiction doctors misunderstand the concept that patients use drugs and alcohol to balance their brain chemistry, not to get high. Dr. Sponaugle explained that some patients are trying to get high-er, to a normal if they have inherited an underactive reward center. This phenomenon is called Reward Deficiency Syndrome.
Other patients use drugs to quiet their overactive brain regions. Unfortunately, over time, the drugs used by patients to self-medicate will actually distort their brain chemistry to a greater extent than what they inherited. Their drug induced hormonal and nutritional deficiencies worsen drug and alcohol craving.
America’s addiction treatment centers fail to diagnose and treat drug induced deficiencies of brain chemicals, hormones and amino acids, therefore, patients fall into a “black hole” immediately following their drug detox. The black hole is described by alcoholics as the “dry drunk” syndrome. The “black hole” is the reason that sixty percent of America’s addicted patients relapse within four weeks of their detox!
At Florida Detox & Wellness Institute, Dr. Sponaugle begins correcting brain chemistry, hormonal and nutritional [amino acid] deficiencies during the patient’s drug detoxification process. He corrects over 65 biochemical deficiencies in the average addicted patient, many come in on Monday feeling depressed and suffering fatigue, but, they leave the detox unit on Friday feeling and looking 10 years younger.