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Arizona Doctor Offers New Addiction Drug Treatment for Meth Addicts Showing More Than 60% Success Rate

Saturday, April 12, 2008 General News J E 4
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PHOENIX, April 11 With Arizona facing a critical crisis ofmethamphetamine use, Dr. Gregory Ellison, Director of Advanced Medical Center,has identified a very promising new addiction treatment option that shows highsuccess rates and is performed on an out-patient (versus in-patient) basis in10 hours over five sessions. As the only doctor in the state of Arizonalicensed to administer the new PROMETA(R) treatment program, Ellison isencouraged with results of clinic trials which show more than a 60 percentsuccess rate.

In conjunction with the statewide television simulcast of Crystal Darknesson April 15th to raise awareness about meth, there is a mandate to raiseawareness about addiction treatment. Ellison's PROMETA(R) 30-day programtargets the imbalances in the brain chemistry associated with substancedependence, cravings, tolerance, withdrawal symptoms and relapse with athree-prong treatment of medicine, nutrition and psychology. Patientsreceiving this treatment experience:

Unlike many in-patient therapies, Ellison's PROMETA(R) program is done onan out-patient basis, allowing individuals to continue their daily lives andremoving the stigma of "going to rehab." With the number of Arizoniansseeking treatment for meth addiction quintupling between 2000 and 2004,out-patient capabilities not only positively impact individuals and theirfamilies, but the community and its resources as well.

More than 60 percent of patients participating in clinical trialssuccessfully kicked their addiction, while 97 percent reported a decrease infrequency of cravings. In a study just published by Community Bridges inArizona, the findings showed 86 percent of patients in the PROMETA(R) programversus less than 10 percent in other intensive outpatient programs were stillactively participating in recovery counseling 16 weeks later.

In 2007, Advanced Medical Center's fully-trained staff became one of only60 practices nationwide to offer the PROMETA(R) program for treatment ofalcohol, cocaine and methamphetamine dependence. This medically-supervisedtreatment program is designed to address both the neurochemical imbalances inthe brain and some of the nutritional deficits caused or worsened by chronicsubstance abuse.

Ellison's PROMETA(R) program begins with a complete physical exam. Themedically-supervised treatment encompasses oral and IV medicationsadministered on three consecutive daily visits of about two hours each, plustwo additional treatments approximately three weeks after the initialtreatment. At-home prescription medications are also used for approximatelyone month. Nutritional supplements and counseling, based on nutritionalguidelines for patients in recovery, are provided to establish healthy dietaryhabits designed to support recovery. Initial psychological counseling isoffered immediately, based on a comprehensive assessment by Ellison, and mayinclude individual, group or any form of 12-step or faith-based programs.

Ellison is a leading family and addiction medicine practitioner in Tempe,Arizona, with more than 25 years of experience. A fellow of the AmericanAcademy of Family Physicians, Dr. Ellison is a recognized leader in the fieldand offers a unique integrated approach to health care. Board Certified bythe American Board of Family Medicine, Dr. Ellison has served on a number ofprofessional organizations including the Maricopa County Board of MedicalDirectors and the Maricopa County Medical Grievance Committee.

Dr. Ellison is currently a member of the Arizona Medical Association, theAmerican Society of Addictive Medicine and American Academy of FamilyPractice. He is also the chairman of the Desert Physicians Association.

For further information, visit the Advanced Medical Center website athttp://www.advmedinfo.com or call 480.897.7070.-- Relief from cravings and anxiety -- Restoration of nutritional b
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