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HBOT has been successfully used as a treatment for brain injuries for more than three centuries. At sea level, a person’s brain is only receiving 21% of available oxygen. HBOT, however, places the patient in a hyperbaric chamber where the brain receives 100% oxygen. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Understanding Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in Substance use Treatment


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Understanding Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) in
Substance use Treatment
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There have been a lot of new techniques developed
for use at inpatient drug treatment centers and
some have proven more successful than others.
There are as many treatments for substance use as
there are causes, but one noteworthy example is
hyperbaric oxygen therapy, HBOT. What is HBOT and
how does it relate to substance use?
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Causes of substance use
  • Experts have debated about the causes of
    substance use for decades, but one recurring idea
    has been that substance users, at least many of
    them, have experienced brain damage at some
    point. The premise further states that the brain
    damage not only causes a predisposition to
    substance use but also hinders recovery.
  • It is not only about the problems substance users
    have faced prior to their addiction, but how
    addiction can exacerbate the problem. Many drugs
    have been found to do serious damage to the brain
    and it stands to reason that these same drugs can
    worsen current issues or even cause new brain
    damage.

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What is HBOT?
  • HBOT has been successfully used as a treatment
    for brain injuries for more than three centuries.
    At sea level, a persons brain is only receiving
    21 of available oxygen. HBOT, however, places
    the patient in a hyperbaric chamber where the
    brain receives 100 oxygen.
  • The oxygen allows the brain to fully and
    naturally heal itself. Oxygen has been a major
    factor in healing injuries in the past and the
    HBOT chamber allows blood vessels to carry more
    than twenty times the normal amount of oxygen. As
    the damaged brain receives this new supply of
    oxygen, it is able to heal itself without
    invasive medical procedures.

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HBOT and drug rehabilitation
  • The findings about HBOT regarding other illnesses
    has made it a popular choice for drug treatment
    centers. Due to the fact that substance users
    often face brain damage, either from previous
    incidents or their current use, HBOT is a simple
    way to allow the brain to heal itself.
  • While traditional drug treatments have often
    involved the use of other addictive drugs, HBOT
    poses no such dangers. The solution is oxygen, so
    there is nothing for the patient to become
    addicted to. This makes it far safer than other
    inpatient drug rehab treatments.

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Does HBOT work?
  • Oxygen therapy sounds fine in theory, but does it
    actually help people recover from their
    addictions? In non-user patients, it was found
    that HBOT significantly reduced the rate of
    decline in mental disorders, which is an
    excellent sign for its effectiveness for
    recovering substance users.
  • One significant study was performed on 340
    patients with histories of severe alcohol, drug
    or narcotics use. From this sample, 223 suffered
    from alcoholism, 68 were substance users and 49
    were narcotic users. Of the 340 patients
    receiving HBOT, all of them saw significant
    results following treatment.

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What you need to know
HBOT is a treatment that restores oxygen to
damaged parts of the brain and facilitates
recovery from substance use. As this treatment
grows, expect to see it at more drug treatment
centers in the future. This new treatment could
change the way that substance use and recovery
are treated.
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