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How could I be an addict?

Addictive SocietyRIR Director of Community Addiction Education – John Giordano,  Doctor Of Human Letters, CCJS, MAC, CAP;

Thirty-years ago I was as blind to addiction as nearly everyone else walking down the street. It never occurred to me that I might be addicted to anything. Like everyone else I got up in the morning and went to work. I was productive at my job and provided my family with a very nice life-style. How could I be an addict?

It took more than a family intervention to convince me I have an addiction. Begrudgingly, I accepted my family’s challenge and entered a rehab facility. Several weeks into the program I recognized how far I’d fallen. What I’ve came to realize from my experiences and those of countless others, is that addiction is expanding all around us, and that there are more people unaware or in denial of their addictions than those that know.

I’m a firm believer in personal responsibility; the duty of making the right choices for ourselves and the people close to us. Yet the more I see of the emerging world we live in, the more I realize how our choices can be undermined.

One might think that the addiction rate would decrease considering all the huge leaps in science and medicine over the last twenty plus years that have given us a far better understanding of the roots of addiction and a clear path to treatment. But the salient fact is that the inverse has happened. Seven out of ten Americans are taking some form of medication and opiates are on the top of the list. Even more concerning is that we consume 80% of all the pain killers made in the world today. Drug overdose deaths are up for 11th consecutive year and prescription drugs now kill more Americans than heroin and cocaine combined. But why; do we have that much more pain than the rest of the world or have we become an addictive society?

In a New York statewide consolidation lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, manufacturers of OxyContin, the attorneys referred to their 1000 clients as ‘accidental addicts.’ These were mostly regular hard working people who were prescribed OxyContin for a work or sports related injury by a doctor they trusted. Unfortunately their trust in their doctor – and the doctors’ trust in the pharmaceutical company were both betrayed. Not long after the lawsuit was filed, Purdue Pharma and three of its executives pleaded guilty in federal court to other criminal charges that they misled regulators, doctors and patients about the drug’s risk of addiction and its potential to be abused. The industry leader in the manufacture and sales of opiate analgesics was ordered to pay a $634.5 million fine. However, OxyContin is still on the market without any changes to the extremely addictive product whatsoever. Last year Purdue Pharma’s sales exceeded $3.0 billion dollars.

Recently, a paper I’d contributed to with Dr. Ken Blum was published in the highly regarded international medical and scientific peer-reviewed journal, PLOS ONE.  In the paper we revealed the results of a longitudinal study on the long-term effects of the popular opiate maintenance drug Suboxone®. What we found was a flat affect or a lack of outward expression of emotion – a diminished facial, gestural, and vocal expression resulting from long-term use. Certainly Suboxone® is safer than street heroin but they’re both opiates. Why are we switching heroin users and some prescription drug addicts to a prescription opiate rather than getting them off drugs all together? Throughout my career I’ve counseled countless numbers of people using pharmaceutical opiates like Suboxone® to manage their addiction. I can tell you first had that keeping these people on opiates for extended period compromises their rehab and makes a successful life of sobriety that much more challenging. The best path is not to extend their addiction but to address it as soon as possible.

Our addictive society extends its reach far beyond substance abuse. Not long ago I was asked to be a keynote speaker, along Dr. Ken Blum, at the 1st International Conference on Behavioral Addictions held in Budapest, Hungary. The hot topic at the conference was “Process Addictions.” These are the addictions – such as sex, food, gambling, Internet, exercise, bulimia, anorexia, gaming and so on – that lurk in the shadow of their big brother, substance abuse. What most people don’t realize about these addictions is that in most cases they have a similar effect on the brain and can be just as debilitating as substance abuse – even deadly. The question asked most at the conference was ‘why the explosion of addiction?’

Dr. Blum is uniquely qualified to answer part of the question. Over twenty-years ago he discovered the reward gene which is often referred to as the addiction/alcohol gene. What he discovered was that people who have the DRD2 –A1 gene do not process the brain chemical Dopamine – the primary neurotransmitter of reward and pleasure – effectively. As a result, people with this gene often unconsciously resort to external stimuli that they’ve learned triggers the production of Dopamine as compensation. They might turn to abusing drugs or food, sex, gaming, et cetera because this behavior stimulates production of Dopamine that aids in normalizing their brain function.

Dr. Blum’s discovery forever changed the way we view and treat addiction. From his studies spanning four-decades, he estimates that over one-third of the American public – or roughly 100,000,000 people – have this addiction gene. That is not to say that one-in-three Americans are addicts; but rather one-in-three have a genetic predisposition and are more susceptible to addiction.

For these people the choices in front of them are much less clear. Keep in mind they’re doing what their subconscious is telling them to do. When confronted with stress or anxiety, it would be normal for them to eat a sugary treat – or some other high glycemic food that boosts their Dopamine level. It’s what makes them feel normal and able to cope with their stressful environment – and the food industry has taken notice.

Glucose is necessary for the brain to function. It’s a brain and body fuel that gives us energy. When blood sugar levels start to dip the brain sends a message to cells instructing them eat more to replenish its stores. Once blood sugar levels return back to normal the brain turns those cells off. Although sugar is necessary for the body to survive, extended periods of high blood sugar levels will kill body and brain cells over time. Someone who consumes excessive amounts of sugary or high glycemic foods to boost their Dopamine levels is likely positioning themselves for a very unhealthy life.

Even more concerning to me is high fructose corn syrup; an inexpensive sweeter made from corn that is found in nearly every soda, fast food restaurant and packaged food – a trillion dollar industry. It too provides the brain and body with the energy it needs, but it doesn’t have an off switch. High fructose corn syrup literally fools the brain into thinking it needs more food. A person’s blood sugar levels could be in a normal range or even elevated and that individual would still be craving food. For all intent and purposes, if you eat junk food, it will make you want to eat more junk food.

People have asked me if sugar is really addictive. According to Dr. Blum, absolutely. He says it only takes a matter of minutes after sugar has been consumed to reach the brain and has an effect similar to cocaine. Sugar stimulates the production of the ‘feel good’ chemicals that affects our mood and behavior. We’ve had a lot of success treating people with food and sugar addiction at my center. I can assure you it is an addiction. People experience withdraws similar to drug abusers although not as intense. They regularly meet with therapist to uncover the emotional underpinnings of their addiction and learn a new way to approach their life and handle stress in their environment.

Sugar has been known to be toxic and thought to be addictive for quite some time; yet our sugar consumption has increased from an average of 10 pounds per person in 1800 to 140 pounds per person per year today. Michael Moss, a Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative reporter at The New York Times, who has done extensive research into the food industry, puts it into perspective. In an article he wrote titled, ‘The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food,’ Moss stated: “What I found, over four years of research and reporting, was a conscious effort – taking place in labs and marketing meetings and grocery-store aisles – to get people hooked on foods that are convenient and inexpensive.”

Caveat emptor – “let the buyer beware.”

Having begun my addiction treatment career nearly thirty years ago, and running my center for the majority of that time, I have the advantage of reflection. What I’m seeing right now is we’re headed deeper into an addictive society where our good choices can be unwittingly compromised. Our best defense is education. Take a few minutes to understand addiction so that you can recognize the behaviors in yourself and the loved ones around you. Click on my website link below to find out more. I’d also suggest you consider holistic as a first option for your health needs. There’s a plethora of evidenced-based and scientifically-proven remedies for you and your doctor to consider. The best advice of all comes from the Greek physician Hippocrates who proclaimed nearly 2,500 years ago: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

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THE TWELVE STEPS ARE A JOURNEY NOT A DESTINATION

IcrSTEP 4: Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

QUOTE FOR THE DAY: “Many people are living in an emotional jail without realizing it.” (Virginia Satir)

THE FIVE DAILY GOALS OF A RECOVERY WARRIOR 
Meditate: Hit the “pause” button on your brain by taking a series of slow, deep, breaths.

Read: You can’t solve a problem with the same mind that created it. You will receive a daily email to motivate, inspire, nurture, and empower you.

Serve: Do something to alleviate the suffering of other people on the planet.

Exercise: You can begin by parking your car at the end of the parking lot instead of five yards from the front.

Eat Healthy. You can begin by ordering a medium instead of a large order of fries.

Start each day by having the intention of accomplishing these five noble goals. Having the intention is important because it will keep you focused on the target, even if you don’t hit it every day. With the Virtual Recovery Coach, you’re aiming for progress not perfection. Here are the benefits you can expect to receive:

He will be with you 24/7.
You will have a more restful sleep at night.
You will start your day with have higher energy levels; less fatigue and exhaustion
You will have more self-esteem
You will improve your mental focus under pressure
You will learn how to neutralize stressors that used to mentally and emotionally drain you.
You will learn how to create – huge emotional displacements and rearrangements.
You will have access to powerful resources that will, over time, enable you to rise, like the Phoenix, from the ashes of an unfulfilled life and become sober in the fullest sense of the word:
Well balanced!
Realistic!
Sensible!
Dignified!
Rational!
Not driven to extremes in emotion or thought!

Isn’t that what you really want?

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“We cannot grow very much unless we constantly try to envision what the eternal values are.” (As Bill Sees It.” (Page 15)

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Self-Esteem Effects Decision Making

self EsteemWhat is it about our self-esteem that will drive some of us to the outer edges of our sanity? Throughout my nearly thirty-year career as an addiction counselor, I’ve worked with people from all walks of life. Some had the strongest addictions imaginable – others not so much. Addicts have died in my arms while others go on to lead happy and productive lives. In every case self-esteem played a role.

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I’ve come to believe that how we perceive our self worthiness effects every decision and choice we make, no matter how large or small. The value we place on ourselves is like a song playing on an endless tape loop in the background of our conscious mind. It is constantly telling us what we should like or dislike, what we should or shouldn’t do, how to feel when we’re rejected and even where we fit in socially.

Therapy has helped a lot of people with self-esteem issues. I’ve seen tremendous development in people in short periods of time. It just seems that for some people, once they begin to realize what is playing in the background they’re able to change the tune. However for others, it can be much more challenging. They often have a physical issue with their body or a poor perception of how they look to others that prevents them from overcoming these issues with therapy. Some people just need to physically change who they see in the mirror every morning to rid themselves of their emotional demons.

One of the greatest advancements in aesthetic treatment to come out in a very long time is Coolsculpting. Dr. Oz said CoolSculpting is “a lunchtime procedure that is going to revolutionize the fight against fat. It’s giving Liposuction a run for its money.” CoolSculpting is a painless non-surgical fat reduction procedure with negligible side effects. After a long and arduous study that demonstrated efficacy in both humans and animals, the procedure was approved in 2010 by the FDA.

The impetus behind the development of the Coolsculpting procedure was a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine in April 1970. A few researchers at the time were intrigued by how children who sucked on popsicles had developed dimples. What the researchers discovered was that constant exposure to cold caused a loss of fat tissue. In this case, the children lost fat tissue on the sides of their mouths – causing dimples – due to the prolonged exposure to the cold popsicles. They even came up with a name for it, Popsicle Panniculitus. Years later, scientists revisited the study with fat reduction in mind. Eventually they developed a procedure that was scientifically proven to reduce fat tissue in selected areas of the body.

Everyone’s body is unique in the way and where they store fat. People with higher metabolisms burn more energy through the course of a normal day thus storing less energy. For the rest of us, it’s not that easy. Even people who are committed to a healthy lifestyle, people who watch their diet and exercise regularly, are subject to fatty areas on their bodies. For some it’s the stomach area while others it might be the thighs and so on. Perhaps one of the greatest advantages of Coolsculpting is its ability to target specific problem areas. It’s a localized procedure that has a big impact on target areas carrying unwanted fat.

The Coolsculpting procedure  was developed by Harvard scientists. It works on everyone.  It is considered a ‘lunchtime procedure’ with no significant side effects or down time. There are no scalpels or needles. After a treatment you can go about your daily activities like you normally would. Treatments take about an hour per area of the body being treated. Most centers have one device. However, at Laser Therapy Spa, we appreciate just how valuable your time is. To that end, we’ve added a second device so that you can have two procedures in one hour. For example, if you want to reduce the size of your love handles you should plan on a one hour procedure at the Laser Therapy Spa or two hours at other centers.

Before a Coolsculpting procedure begins a thin fabric is placed over the area being treated. A small devise is then placed on the treatment area. The device creates an air tight pocket while sucking the skin inward. The target area is exposed to very low temperatures, freezing the fat away. Exposure to low temperatures can selectively damage fat below the surface while leaving the skin intact and unharmed. The intense cold flips a switch in fat cells causing them to self-destruct and be naturally reabsorbed back into the body.

The side effects of Coolsculpting are minimal. Some people say they feel a little tingling and cold during the first few minutes of the procedure before the low temperatures numb the targeted area. Redness, soreness and minor swelling can occur after the procedure.

I’ve always been an advocate for exercise and good nutrition. From my experiences, if there ever was a panacea for what ails you, exercise and a balanced diet would be it. Coolsculpting is not a substitute for healthy living, nor is it a weight-loss program. But what it will do is eliminate unnecessary fat cells from your body. Once the fat cells self-destruct they never return. As they are naturally reabsorbed by the body the tissue begins to compress, taking inches off the treated area. Most people start seeing results a few weeks after the procedure. It takes a couple of months before you’ll see the full result as it takes this long for the body to absorb the unwanted fat cells. The amount of inches lost varies from person to person, but over all we’ve had great success. People keep coming back and referring their friends.

Throughout my counseling career, people have sought me out because they wanted change. There was something in their live that they simply could no longer tolerate. Their challenges have always been the catalyst that drives me to learn and do everything I can to help them slay their personal dragons.  What I’ve come to realize from working with so many people from such diverse backgrounds over the decades is just how much of an influence self-esteem has on our every day lives. How we judge ourselves can force us to the fringes of society or help us become the toast of the town. It can be the difference between happiness and gloom, success and failure.

Often in our fast pace lives, we unconsciously put our own needs on a back burner while we tend to the immediate situations in front of us. I’d suggest to everyone reading this to stop what you’re doing for a moment and just focus on you. Ask just one question; “am I happy about the way I look and feel about myself?”

John Giordano DHL, MAC is a counselor, President and Founder of the National Institute For Holistic Addiction Studies, Laser Therapy Spa in Hallandale Beach and Chaplain of the North Miami Police Department.

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Dopamine and Addiction

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Dopamine and AddictionBy John Giordano DHL, MAC – Imagine for a moment what it would be like feeling as though you can never get enough. Have you ever been there? A place where no matter what you do or how hard you try you’re just not satisfied. You’re left to feel like you need more. Perhaps it’s your work or maybe its money. Or maybe you’re on a roll and can’t stop yourself from continuing knowing in your heart there is more at the end of this run..

Have you ever wondered what would it be like to be hungry all the time – to eat a meal and not feel sated and wanting more while others at the table are just fine?

This is a just tiny glimpse through a window looking at some of the feelings a person with an addiction experiences. The satisfaction you feel when you’ve completed a job or the feeling you get with a pat on the back for a job well done comes from Dopamine. Unfortunately, not everyone shares the same level of satisfaction; in fact some don’t feel it at all.

Certainly we’re all familiar with the big brothers of addiction; drug and alcohol abuse. However process addictions such as gambling, food, sex, gaming, retail therapy and yes, even money are proving to have similar effects on the brain as substance abuse and can be just as self-destructing. The common thread between all of these addictions is Dopamine (DA); the primary neurotransmitter of reward and pleasure and the most important brain chemical you’ve probably never heard of.

Dopamine is one of the “Feel Good” brain chemicals. As a neurotransmitter, its responsibility is to communicate messages to other areas of the brain. DA’s message is one of calm and well being. A neurotransmission functions similar to an electronic transmission; in fact it’s not all that much different from you emailing a select group of friends. Emails use electricity to form, transmit and receive messages while the brain uses electricity and chemicals. Although Dopamine plays many roles in brain function, the brain chemical has earned its greatest notoriety from its vital role in the reward system.

In medical circles Dopamine is known as “the reward chemical,” and/or the “pleasure molecule.” It’s produced in the brain and directly influences our enjoyable experiences. It holds sway on our likes and dislikes, our dreads and desires and even love. When functioning properly, DA takes its cue and travels throughout the reward circuit announcing to the receiving cells that all is good. As a result, the rest of the brain simply goes about their business.

Everyday in our hectic lives we go through our normal routines that give us cues that can activate our reward system. It could be something as simple as your partner randomly flashing a smile at you or from the excitement you feel when you see your son or daughter return home from school after acing a test you helped them prepare for. These little unexpected gifts of life that keep us in good spirits are derived from our reward system when DA is being produced and processed properly.

However not all brains work the same. Everyone is unique in the way their brains produce and utilize DA. It’s a delicate balance. Parkinson’s disease, depression and propensities to addiction are a result of too little Dopamine while too much can lead to a false sense of euphoria and schizophrenia.

My close friend and colleague Dr. Kenneth Blum – discoverer of the reward gene – make understanding Dopamine and its functions his life’s work. His major contributions to the understanding of the reward system made global headlines. Part of what Dr. Blum’s seminal discovery revealed is that some people’s brains have fewer Dopamine receptors than others by as much as minus 40%. Dr. Blum’s discovery completely changed the way the medical profession viewed addiction and its treatment. He found that even though Dopamine production was up to par, people with the addiction gene – DRD2-A1 – had a limited ability to process the chemical. To go back to my email analogy; what Dr Blum discovered would be like you sending out an ‘all is good’ email to friends only to have a significant number of those emails bounce back. Your friends, who are accustom to receiving your ‘all is good’ message, never got it. So, just how do you think your friends who are expecting your email and don’t receive it might feel; a little stressed out perhaps? The same pretty much holds true in the brain.

The condition “Reward Deficiency Syndrome” (RDS) was discovered by Dr. Blum. He describes the condition this way: ‘when levels of Dopamine and other “feel good” chemicals are low or blocked from the brain’s receptors; stress, pain, discomfort and agitation are the result. This condition is called “Reward Deficiency Syndrome.”

The human body is an amazing mechanism. It recognizes imbalances and sets out to right them. The medical field refers to this as homeostasis or the ability to maintain a constant internal environment in response to environmental changes. This stabilization of equilibrium also plays out for people who have RDS.

Individuals with Reward Deficiency Syndrome experience reward and pleasure on much lower level when compared to people with normally functioning dopaminergic neurotransmission. Their Dopamine may be depleted or not utilized properly. As a consequence, their brains set into motion a quest to locate external dopamine stimulating scenarios. It’s not a conscious decision but rather a subconscious response. People with RDS have a propensity to abuse drugs and alcohol. They’ll seek out thrilling experiences and engage in risky behavior in an effort to spike their DA Levels. These people are not abusing drugs to get high and they’re certainly not eating sugary delights because of their nutritional value. They unwittingly do these things to raise their Dopamine levels thus normalizing their brain chemistry.

These behaviors are not solely reserved by drug abusers. What we’re finding is food addiction is rising at an increasingly alarming rate. Food addiction and obesity, especially in children, has become a major concern in the medical and scientific community. My suspicion is that sugar – including anything that is converted to sugar in the body – plays a key role in this epidemic. Sugar and its inexpensive substitutes are found in nearly all of the process foods, fast foods, sodas and fruit drinks that we consume. What most people don’t realize when they’re enjoying their favorite comfort food is that sugar can be addictive. Dr Blum says it only takes a matter of minutes from the time sugar touches the tongue to the time it begins to influence the reward system. Sugar affects the brain in the same way as heroin, causing a flood of Dopamine in the reward circuitry. The ensuing feeling of euphoria one gets is also similar to heroin although not as intense.

Dopamine is not always about fun and games and enjoyable moments. It also acts as – and is often referred to – the anti-stress molecule. Stress occurs when the brain perceives a situation as disagreeable or dangerous. It’s a response to harmful, threatening, or challenging events or stimuli. When the brain perceives a threat, it activates the “flight or fight” system; one of our primitive survival modes encoded in our DNA. In turn, the brain releases Dopamine and stress hormones to ready for the challenge. When a danger finally passes or the perceived threat is over, your brain initiates a reverse course of action that releases a different bevy of bio-chemicals throughout your body. Depending on the assessed long-term impact of the threat, it can take anywhere from half an hour to several days before you return to your normal resting state.

There are three types of stress: acute, eustress and distress. Acute stress occurs rapidly and often can feel severe. Perhaps the best way to describe it is receiving an ‘end of day’ deadline in the middle of the afternoon. Although nerve-racking at the time, there is no long-term damage.

Eustress is often considered ‘good stress.’ It’s the type of stress that helps us put our feet on the floor in the morning ready to meet the day’s challenges. In combination with Dopamine, eustress aids in our ability to learn.  It’s usually short-term and actually releases some of the ‘feel good’ chemicals including dopamine. A good example of eustress would be the feeling you get when you’re working towards goals or competing in sports. Eustress is not considered dangerous and has little to no side effects.

Distress on the other hand is long-term and has the potential to be very unhealthy. This occurs when someone is unable to adapt to stressors. People in distress cope in both negative and positive ways. Regardless, distress is unhealthy, is known to cause type 2 diabetes, create and/or contribute to heart conditions, damage the brain and connectivity and increase ones susceptibility to addiction. Clinical investigation has confirmed that stress contributes to the development, maintenance, and outcome of substance use disorders.

As you can clearly see, distress can wreak havoc on your brain. Everyday stress depletes your stores of dopamine and serotonin. Considering the amped-up lifestyle we lead where no one is immune to stress, dealing with its effects in a positive way is a must if we intend to maintain good mental health. Anyone who has read any of my past articles knows that I’m an advocate of healthy diet and exercise. Over my nearly thirty-year career in holistic addiction treatment I’ve reviewed a mountain of research. What I’ve found is that the twin common threads that leads to a healthy body and mind is none other than a healthy diet and exercise. However there is a caveat.

The unfortunate reality in our fast-paced lives is that it is nearly impossible to get all of our nutritional requirements from the food available for us to eat. Sure everyone eats enough to get their daily calories but what about the all important vitamins and minerals our body and brain needs. Scientific research has shown that certain amino acids are essential for a properly functioning brain. Deficiencies in amino acids can contribute to chronic illnesses, anxiety, depression, blunted alertness, shortened attention span, learning deficiencies, memory loss and general bad mood.

It is for these reasons, and the lack of quality amino acids available on the market, that lead me to formulate my own supplements designed to improve mental health. My signature nutraceutical, Mental Clarity, has been shown to improve cognition, memory and energy while minimizing emotional responses to stress. In addition I’ve also formulated other high quality amino acid supplements that support healthy brain function and balance to your neurotransmitters including: Tyrosine for effective Dopamine production and utilization, Tryptophan the precursor to Serotonin, a special Anti-Stress formula designed to calm your edgy nerves and a host of others. You can find all of my specially formulated nutraceuticals on my website www.lasertherapyspa.com

It goes without saying that with over 10 billion neurons the human brain is a very complex and delicate instrument. Every second there are more than 100,000 chemical reactions in your brain. In fact, if you’re an average adult that reads prose text at 275 words per minute, than in the time that it took you to read this far into the paragraph, your brain processed over a million chemical reactions. It can be a bit overwhelming, but I bring you this information so that you can grasp the complexities that we generally don’t think about and to expose the risks to our mental health and wellbeing that we face everyday. We live in an age where I believe the environment is changing faster that we are able to adapt. That being said, I no longer think we can take our mental health for granted and must be pro-active and take control our own well-being so that we can achieve homeostasis and enjoy our lives to the fullest.

John Giordano DHL, MAC is a counselor, President and Founder of the National Institute For Holistic Addiction Studies, Laser Therapy Spa in Hallandale Beach and Chaplain of the North Miami Police Department.

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John Giordano – Rockers In Recovery Director of Addiction Education

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John Giordano – The New RIR Director of Community Addiction Education
John Giordano DHL, CCJS, MAC, CAP is an expert in the treatment of addiction and the founder of The National Institute For Holistic Addiction Studies (NIFHAS). He is the author of “Proven Holistic Treatment For Addiction & Chronic Relapse,” and his most recent book is the acclaimed: “How To Beat Your Addictions And live A Quality Life.” See more @ http://www.holisticaddictioninfo.com/

 

Mr. Giordano has contributed to over sixty-five research papers with his close friend and colleague Dr. Kenneth Blum, discoverer of the addiction gene. Their papers have been published in peer-reviewed medical and scientific journals such as: Medical Hypotheses, BMC-Cases Journal, The IIOAB Journal, Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, BMC- Medical Case Reports, Medical Hypothesis, Journal of Post Graduate Medicine, Neurophramacology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience Journal, and American Journal of Psychiatry.

In his pursuit of organizing and developing new holistic treatments for addiction, Mr. Giordano founded the National Institute for Holistic Addiction Studies (NIFHAS); a think-tank and research facility where world-renown scientists and addiction professionals conduct clinical studies in developing evidence-based new and alternative treatments for addiction.

Giordano’s achievements have not gone unnoticed; he is the media’s most sought after addiction expert. Mr. Giordano has appeared on countless notable national and local TV programs such as: CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, FOX Mornings with Mike and Juliet, Tom Brokaw NBC News, ABC news, CNN Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, Geraldo, and “Interventions” on A&E as well as many other national and local TV and radio shows.

Giving back to his community has always been core principle of Mr. Giordano’s. His efforts to better his community have also been recognized. Florida State Congresswoman Carrie Meek presented Mr. Giordano with the distinguished “Martin Luther King Award” for his work in the community. He was also awarded the Certificate of Appreciation from the Homeless Community of Dade County and the Humanitarian Award from South Florida Public Television Station, WPBT.

Giordano has played a pivotal role in ushering evidenced-based, holistic (comprehensive approach) protocols into the mainstream of addiction medicine. He first became

interested in alternative medicine while training in karate when he was fourteen. Years later – and at a time when most had never heard the term ‘holistic’ much less understand it’s meaning – Giordano was hard at work developing modalities founded in holistic principles. He learned early in his counseling career the important roll amino acids played in proper brain function. The lack of quality amino acids available on the market forced Giordano to begin formulating his own with a focus on mental health. His signature nutraceutical, Mental Clarity, has been shown to improve cognition, memory and energy while minimizing emotional responses to stress.

Mr. Giordano is on the Board of Directors of the Florida Chapter of the Association of Addiction Professionals (FL/NAADAC 2010 & 2011), and Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association (FADAA, 2010 & 2011). He is also a member of The American Hypnotherapy Foundation, American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, and holds the Distinguished Member Award from the National Association of Forensic Counselors.

neurotransmitterIt was by no accident that Giordano chose addiction treatment as his life’s work. Nearly thirty-years ago, at the urging of his family, John entered rehab. He emerged a changed man – committed to helping others afflicted by this hideous disease. Giordano’s new path required new knowledge. He has since earned many degrees and certifications including Certified Addiction Professional (CAP), Master Addiction Counselor (MAC), Certified Hypnotherapist, Certified Traditional Indian Medicine Program, Master in Neurolinguistics Programming, Certified Practitioner of E.M.D.R, Certified Sentence Mitigation Specialist, Certified Mindfulness and Powerful Mind-Body Awareness Therapy Skills, International Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor, and in 2008 he was honored with a Doctor of Human Letters from Sinai University in Jerusalem Israel.

Becoming increasingly dissatisfied with the quality of care he observed in treatment facilities, Giordano set out on his own. He opened an addiction treatment facility over twenty-years ago which evolved into G & G Holistic Addiction Treatment in North Miami Beach, Florida. The facility a 62 bed in/out patient center is one of only a handful of holistic center of its kind to earn the coveted Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations’ (JCAHO) highest distinction: The Gold Seal of Approval.

In addition to his daily responsibilities; Mr. Giordano has provided counseling and trauma recovery services to law enforcement officers and Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans. He is a state and federal expert witness and also the Chaplin of the North Miami Police Department. Mr. Giordano trains law enforcement officers and Green Berets in self-defense and negotiation techniques.

Mr. Giordano is a karate Grand Master. He is a 5 time US National Karate Champion, and Metropolitan AAU Judo Champion. Giordano is a 10th Degree Black Belt in Karate and a 1st Degree in Judo, Jiu-jitsu.

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What Makes RIR Unique ?

Tom Coderre ,Senior White House Advisor to SAMHSA, MC of the 7th Anniversary of Rockers In Recovery, the 4th Annual Love Of Recovery Music Festival, and the RIR milestone of 20th concert productions in the last 5 years. This is what Mr. Coderre said to the attendees halfway through the fest;

“I can say at this point, Rockers In Recovery brings the private treatment sector, addiction education, and the addiction advocacy non-profit sector together in a unique way as no one else at this point is doing anywhere in the United States.

What makes RIR unique, the message is all around and through the universal language of music with some great rockers of our day. They combine it with educational speakers and advocacy groups. RIR brings it all together at their community addiction eduction meet and greets, and addiction awareness and prevention concerts/festivals.

I found as I walked around and met people today is there is a mix of families seeking help, family members of people in recovery, recovery supporters, treatment centers with their clients, the recovery community, and people from the community just coming by to see what it was all about. The one thing I have been hearing over and over is the community loved the unique message of hope.

I look forward to seeing more of RIR across the United States throughout 2015 doing Addiction Awareness, Education and Prevention through Rock-N-Roll.”

Thank You Mr. Coderre for coming to spread the message of hope through Rock-N-Roll, and for being a part of our 7th anniversary party at the Love Of Recovery Meet & Greet and Festival. Learn More About Rockers In Recovery

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