Prescription drug addiction is an issue that has gripped the headlines for several years, but treating the issue has proven to be difficult, time consuming, and costly. One issue is that most programs apply identical methods of care to all patients regardless of one’s individual psychiatric issues.
Dallas based- Enterhealth is the first addiction treatment center in North Texas to adopt Magnetic e-Resonance Therapy (MeRT), which provides a personalized approach utilizing a combination of individual physiotherapy, non-addictive psychiatric medications, and other stress management tools to optimize the brain function within four to eight weeks of treatment.
Each patient presents a different set of brain injuries based on how long they’ve been using alcohol or drugs, and other medical issues provoked after accidents such as car wrecks. In order to cook up the perfectly personalized recipe for cure, Enterhealth first requires its patients to check if their psychiatric or neurological conditions could benefit from MeRT. Quantitative electroencephalography (QEEG) is a 10-minute test wherein the patient wears a hat with electrodes to measure specific brainwave activity. The results of the QEEG are sent to its partnering firm in California where they are run through a series of sophisticated algorithms to deliver a specific protocol back to Enterhealth. Detailed positions for magnets to be placed on their heads would be drafted for patients, along with the ideal frequency of the magnetic pulses. Patients shall receive the treatment for 30 minutes, 5 days per week, with two days of rest. This process is expected to be completed within two months, which is a significant decrease from the norm of one year.
“Patients have reported that almost immediately, their sleep is normalized and anxiety is reduced,” says Dr. Harold C. Urschel III, chief medical strategist for Enterhealth. After about 10~14 days, symptoms of depression are bound to improve significantly. Energy levels are normalized, along with the patient’s memory and concentration, leading to a successful reduction in relapse. “The enhanced quality of sleep resulting from our treatments shall cultivate the patient’s ability to focus, learn and recall specific new coping skills they are learning in treatment,” remarks Dr. Urschel.