Dr. M.K. El-Yousef is a nationally renowned, board-certified psychiatrist specializing in psychopharmacology and addictions. He founded Fairwinds Treatment Center over 25 years ago to help individuals struggling with addiction problems achieve long-term recovery.
To accomplish this mission, Dr. El-Yousef developed the dual diagnosis treatment method, which involves not only clinical treatment of the physical signs of addiction, but also therapeutic treatment for the underlying psychological issues that often trigger the disease in the first place. Many individuals haven't been able to achieve sobriety in the past because their emotional and mental problems have not been appropriately addressed. The goal at Fairwinds is always to heal the patients in a holistic manner, so they can return to their families and resume healthy, happy and productive lives.
Scientists at the University of Cambridge recently published research that suggests that obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) might be caused by a misfiring in the brain that causes a loss of control over habitual, or compulsive, behavior.
"It's not just OCD; there are a range of human behaviors that are now considered examples of compulsivity, including drug and alcohol abuse and binge-eating," one of the scientists told Medical Daily. "What all these behaviors have in common is the loss of top-down control, perhaps due to miscommunication between regions that control our habit and those such as the prefrontal cortex that normally help control volitional behavior."
The study reported that treatment is crucial for patients to successfully change their ingrained behaviors, because over time these become involuntary compulsions.
If you believe you are suffering from alcoholism or drug addiction, possibly linked to OCD, contact Fairwinds today. We are among the most highly respected dually licensed addiction treatment centers in the nation.