insomnia with addiction

Insomnia & Addiction

InnerBalance Health Center

March 10, 2019

Insomnia & Addiction

Insomnia & Addiction

We all know the difficulty and frustration of functioning on just a few hours of sleep. Having a rough night occasionally is one thing, but the pain of on-going chronic sleep disturbance impacts every aspect of life—work performance, decision making, emotions, mood.

For addicts, insomnia and substance abuse become completely entangled. For some, the use of drugs or alcohol began as they attempted to self-medicate to get relief from restless sleepless nights. For others insomnia developed as a side effect or symptom of drug and alcohol use. Regardless of whether the insomnia came first or was a result of use, drugs and alcohol have an adverse affect on sleep in the long run.

Everyone struggles with lack of sleep sometimes. Insomnia is considered chronic when it occurs at least three nights a week for three months or more. During the natural sleep cycle people go through REM (rapid eye movement) and nonRem (non-rapid eye movement) phases of sleep. During REM sleep, or deep sleep, changes in heart rate, brain activity and blood pressure occur. Dreaming happens during REM sleep, along with muscle twitches and eye movement. 

Substances like alcohol, pain killers (opioids) and sedatives (benzodiazepines)  may provide a temporary feeling of relief from anxiety and depression and allow for some sleep, but in the long term they lead to increased insomnia. For example, despite it’s initial sedative effect alcohol actually disrupts sleep. Alcohol decreases REM sleep in the first part of the night, upsetting the natural sleep cycle.

Tolerance to substances build as the body adjusts to their presence. As a result more of the drugs or alcohol are needed to avoid withdrawal symptoms. This tolerance leads to dependence. Over time lasting changes to the nervous system and body chemistry alter how the body and mind function.

Anxiety, depression and PTSD co-occur with insomnia. They also co-occur with addiction. Once sober, the difficulty of living with insomnia can lead to relapse. In order to achieve lasting sobriety all co-occuring disorders must be addressed. Rather than just treating surface symptoms, deep healing of the underlying causes must happen. 

Multiple resources contribute to lasting healthy recovery. Counseling and therapy—both individual and group—address anxiety, depression and trauma. Biochemical restoration restores natural biological function. Individuals in recovery also learn how exercise, healthy eating, and relaxation techniques can help them sleep well.

Joe Eisele, CACIII, NCAC
Joe is the Clinical Director at InnerBalance Health Center and has been helping achieve lifelong sobriety incorporating biochemical restoration and holistic addiction treatment for over 30 years.

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Leaving Drug and Alcohol Addiction for Good - Joe Eisele, InnerBalance Health Center Loveland, CO

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does the best addiction treatment center offer Biochemical Repair & Restoration and how do they define Biochemical Restoration?

At InnerBalance Health Center, we strive to get the best addiction treatment to gain a better understanding of the psychological effects of addiction to drugs and/or alcohol.. As a component of our holistic addiction treatment process, we understand that there are certain biochemical imbalances that can make a person more prone to the addictive cycle.

By restoring chemical balance, a person is much more capable of overcoming their addiction. InnerBalance Health Center offers and is one of the foremost leaders in treating addictions using biochemical repair & restoration. We believe that biochemical imbalances can be pre-existing, or can come as a result of repeated drug and alcohol use over time. Learn more specifics about our holistic treatment here.

Is the staff available 24/7?

Yes, at InnerBalance Health Center clients have access to a staff member 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Does the treatment center prescribe addictive medications such as benzodiazepines or opiates?

No, InnerBalance does not prescribe those types of medications, unless needed for temporary stabilization for withdrawal symptoms. We focus on identifying the root causes of cravings, repairing your body’s biochemical imbalances and teaching you the lifelong skills necessary to stay sober.

How does the treatment center plan to eliminate depression, anxiety, sleep problems, mood swings, and racing mind?

At InnerBalance we realize the need to find the root cause of these issues. For example, a racing mind can come from too much histamine in the brain, a condition caused Histadelia. When we find this condition through lab testing, we use the safe amino acids and vitamins that will lower histamine levels. Depression can come from under-functioning neurotransmitters, like serotonin.

Through urine testing, we check the serotonin receptors by looking at the Tryptophan levels, and then treat with the appropriate amino acids. Please call us for a more thorough description on how we can deal with underlying symptoms. These examples just scratch the surface of our biochemical restoration approach which is integral to our holistic treatment philosophy.

Is the treatment center licensed by the state?

Yes, the InnerBalance Health Center is fully and duly licensed by the State of Colorado.

Does the treatment program offer an exercise program that the client participates in?

The InnerBalance Treatment Program includes a mandatory weekly gym time. We encourage our clients to try the different gym facilities, including weights, pool activities, classes, etc. InnerBalance provides a high quality full service gym facility to their patients.

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