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Treatment of addiction: Health Recovery Center and CES – Part 1 (Introduction)

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By Dr. Joan Matthews-Larson and Mark Matthews


Note: The Health Pax CES unit mentioned prominently in the article is an earlier version of the CES Ultra which has the exact same configurations as its predecessor.

One of the most important, but also most neglected areas of application of CES is in the area of addiction. Starting with this article, we are giving over space and attention to this application. We begin with this three part essay from Health Recovery Center.

Dr. Joan Mathews-Larson founded her unique psychobiological model for treating addictions and emotional disorders in 1981. The focus of her clinic, Health Recovery Center®, is to combine therapy with intervention at a molecular level to repair the biochemical damage that manifests as impaired mental functioning and behavior problems. She and her son were kind enough to share with our readers their experience using CES in the treatment of addiction.


The bumper sticker said, “If you ain’t mad, you’re not paying attention.”

This is the story of Health Recovery Center, a unique addiction treatment center that has pioneered a treatment model based on orthomolecular medicine.

HRC was conceived after the loss of a mother’s seventeen-year old son to suicide shortly after he completed a standard, state-of-the-art, inpatient treatment program. Out of anger and anguish, the surviving mother, my mother, Joan Mathews-Larson, began a quest to understand what went wrong: Why didntreatment fail; why did Robby have to die?

Today, forty years later, we not only know why traditional treatment failed, but we’ve gained scientific insight into understanding what perpetuates the ongoing forces of addiction (cravings, depression, anxiety) and how to correct and neutralize those forces using natural, non-addictive substances and vibrational medicine.

In spite of knowing and building on this knowledge for many years, HRC has remained a voice in the wilderness against standard treatment industry procedures and its attempts to limit access to new breakthrough methods.

Those not familiar with the background of traditional alcoholism treatment in the U.S. may wish to note that since it was first postulated that alcoholics could be rehabilitated, talk therapies have been the primary tools of addiction treatment.

Although study after study has proven psychological talk-based treatment has little to do with affecting successful outcomes for this physical disease, they remain the foundation of most addiction treatment programs. In fact, some therapies may actually do more harm than good. One study, poignant to me, revealed 1 out of 4 treated alcoholic die from suicide, most within the first year of completing treatment. M. Berglund, “Suicide in Alcoholism,” Archives of General

Psychiatry, 41 (1984): pp 888-891.

Recent advances in understanding how chemicals affect moods, memories, and emotions of the brain, have led to an unprecedented development of new drugs by the pharmaceutical industry. Alcoholics and clients of the addiction treatment industry represent a tremendous opportunity to pharmaceutical companies.

Say hello to the age of “dual diagnosis,” where psychotherapy is now augmented with high-powered, addictive, brain altering drugs as part of the “treatment process.” Sadly, most people don’t know is there are better ways to treat alcoholics and drug addicts: safer, less expensive, and more efficacious than using drugs.

Health Recovery Center was founded in 1980 as a private treatment clinic to share the knowledge Joan had amassed in her quest to understand why treatment failed her son. Its mission was to deliver treatment services based on the mounting evidence of the physical nature of the disease with the hope that treatment outcomes would improve and others wouldn’t suffer the same fate as Robby.

Needless to say, Health Recovery Center was destined to become an atypical addictions treatment clinic. The program ran on a different track from standard psychological treatment programs. It incorporated orthomolecular concepts as the foundation of its treatment approach. HRC has functioned as a proving ground for many alternative ideas, not as a research lab, but as a bridge between research and practical field application where research must finally get to, to be of value.

The term Orthomolecular was coined by one of the great geniuses of the 20th century: two-time Nobel Prize laureate, Dr. Linus Pauling. He was the first to call mental disorders molecular diseases, the result of biochemical abnormalities.

According to Dr. Pauling, “The mind is a manifestation of the structure of the brain itself.” Problems characterized as psychological are, in fact, physical due to abnormal conditions of the brain. As such, these conditions can be physically manipulated to restore balance and stability, thereby correcting mental disorders.

“Orthomolecular Medicine is the treatment of mental disease by provision of the optimum molecular environment for the mind, especially, optimum concentrations of substances normally present in the brain.” —Linus Pauling

Dr. Pauling and his ideas were ridiculed by the AMA during his lifetime. Because Dr. Pauling advocated the use of natural chemicals rather than pharmaceuticals (pharmaceuticals disrupt the molecular environment of the brain), Dr. Pauling’s ideas posed a threat to the pharmaceutical industry’s sales and profits.

Dr. Joan Mathews Larson recognized the brilliance of Dr. Pauling’s insights. They provided the answers she had been searching for that explained why traditional treatment failed her son. Recognizing the potential this orthomolecular approach could have in the treatment of addictions, Dr. Larson became the first to incorporate those philosophical concepts into a workable treatment

Program — Health Recovery Center.


Note: What HRC began in the 80s, i.e.: addressing addictions and alcoholism as physical imbalances in the brain, is, in philosophical terms, similar to the way pharmaceutical companies have now begun to address addictions and alcoholism 25 years later—with several important distinctions: HRC corrects biochemical imbalances after careful prescreen analyses, corroborating lab work from scrutinized reliable laboratories, and on-going monitoring using the real “natural chemicals” that are native to our brains.

Natural chemicals refer to the chemicals nature designed, the chemicals we evolved on, the substances that are needed to sustain life: vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, phytochemicals, essential fatty acids, and hormones. Because these chemicals occur naturally in foods, they cannot be patented so drug companies cannot make profits from them.

Drugs, however, are different. Although derived from natural sources, their chemical structure is changed. Once altered, they can be patented and sold for big money. From an efficacious viewpoint, they confuse and conflict with the natural order of how our bodies function, often creating a toxic effect. A misperception many people harbor about pharmaceuticals is that they are somehow different, safer, and more beneficial than street drugs. In reality they behave similarly in the brain in many ways. In short-term emergencies, drugs prove useful and even life saving, but when looking for long-term solutions to biochemical imbalances, many pharmaceutical drugs lead to dependence, brain damage, intense withdrawal, and premature death.

Pharmaceutical companies rarely run tests to see if levels of these man-made products are present in the body at safe levels. The ideal level for a toxic drug is zero. Hugh Reardon, a famous orthomolecular physician, once stated, “No one’s depression was ever caused because they didn’t have enough prozac.” Think about it.

For many years Dr. Larson’s Health Recovery Center built its reputation and a tremendous success rate on the foundation of orthomolecular treatment. Many have come to us asking to receive the physiological repair traditional therapy never provided, or to be helped off the addictive pharmaceutical drugs a psychiatrist from a previous treatment center put them on.

Without orthomolecular medicine, such requests would be difficult, if not impossible, to grant. Humans are biochemical beings; addictions are the result of the molecular balance gone awry; so the priority of successful treatment is biochemical repair. But dedicated healers are always looking for more and we discovered another important healing mechanism when we came to understand vibrational medicine.

We were impressed with how Albert Einstein’s famous equation, E=MC2, explains the value of combining the chemicals that run the brain and body with the electrical energy that fires these chemicals. Einstein mathematically proved energy and matter are duel expressions of the same universal substance. In terms of medicine, Einsteinian physics suggests a new paradigm for understanding living organisms as “dynamic energetic systems.” We learned from Dr. Richard Gerber ‘s Vibrational Medicine:

“Attempting to heal human beings by manipulating basic vibration energy levels is an extension of Einstein’s theory applied to healing called ‘vibrational medicine.’ When the human organism is weakened or not in balance, it oscillates at a different, less-harmonic frequency. This abnormal frequency reflects the state of a person’s cellular energy imbalance. If the person is not able to regain balance or increase their energetic mode to a normal frequency, supplementing a tuned frequency may be required. “

Treatment of addiction: Health Recovery Center and CES – Part 2 (Enter CES)

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We sought out the needed tool Dr. Gerber suggested and found it in a small box called a CES (Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation) unit. Indeed, we saw the CES unit could function as a frequency assistance tool.


When CES first came to the attention of Health Recovery Center there were no other addiction treatment programs, we were aware of, using the technology, although controlled studies confirmed the usefulness of CES for many problems we see in an addiction treatment. CES used in conjunction with an orthomolecular-based treatment program had not been reported.

The first units we incorporated into our program operated at a frequency of 1.5 Hz. Clients used the unit for 1-2 hours per day. Based on subjective feedback from clients, results were negligible. In other words, the results we were used to seeing with biochemical restoration alone seemed neither enhanced, nor diminished by the addition of this electrical frequency tool.

In a fortuitist trip to an Oklahoma conference where Joan had agreed to lecture at an Indian Diabetes Conference, I met the staff of the treatment clinic, TK Wolf and Assoc. Senior counselor Clark Inkanish, called me aside, handed me a HealthPax CES unit and told me to try it out. I was surprised by the different sensation it provided. Unlike the 1.5 Hz units we had been using, this one used a frequency of 100 Hz; it felt more energetic and substantial. Clark shared how these units were used at his clinic and the success they were seeing. Joan and I decided to change over to HealthPax units as soon as we got back home.

Unlike medical studies dealing with physical substances that can be measured, vibrational medicine deals with frequencies—pure energy. Although there are ways of measuring electrical activity in the brain (through EEGs measuring brain waves), subjective responses are the only criteria HRC uses to evaluate the benefits CES contributes to treatment. This may not meet the standards of those who are conducting research, but for clients who are suffering with cravings, depression, anxiety, insomnia, loss of memory, and physical pain due to injury, finding relief is their primary concern. After switching to 100 Hz HealthPax units, feedback from HRC clients became much more positive.

Not all responses were positive however. Early on we saw clients attempting to wean off pharmaceuticals, particularly benzodiazepines, were getting headaches whenever they wore their CES unit. Those who made a clean break from their addictive substances did not experience prolonged headaches; stabilized quicker, and for the most part, found CES a pleasant experience.

I believe specific frequencies of CES accelerate the clearing of toxins in the brain, either by moving more blood through the region; or by the stimulation of neuronal firing, and enhanced enzymatic actions; or in concert. In any event, withdrawing from drugs while using CES is actually prolonged when weaning because the drugs are being continuously reloaded. The result is an ongoing stream of toxic drugs being flushed through the brain at an accelerated rate, and a headache.

I believe for that very reason Researcher Dr. Meg Patterson reportedly encouraged her clients to go “cold turkey” off pharmaceuticals once they began NET (Neuro Electro Therapy), Dr. Patterson’s version of CES; however, as a licensed medical clinic under the direction of a doctor with his own medical license to protect, HRC can not require clients to follow Dr. Patterson’s

unorthodox approach, although I believe in the long run it would be a less painful and an easier withdrawal for them.

That’s not to suggest weaning is wrong. Having seen the effects of those in withdrawal from benzodiazepines I can say that weaning is a prudent way to proceed; however, for those incorporating CES in their treatment plan, the rules change. The withdrawal may be as severe, even more so, but it is accelerated significantly.

At HRC it’s my roll to orientate new clients to CES and to explain the how’s and why’s of using a HealthPax unit. I’ve had yet to meet a client who didn’t stand to receive some benefit from using a HealthPax unit. Although people are biochemically unique, biochemical generalities can be stated about the average substance addiction client: nearly all are in a poor state of health, both physically and emotionally; most are depressed, anxious, stressed, fatigued, not sleeping

well, unable to concentrate, and low in energy; some are suicidal, angry, compulsive/obsessive; and many are struggling with symptoms of allergies.

To our clients I explain CES is used in our program to address 5 major problems associated with addictions: cravings, anxiety/depression, insomnia, pain, and cognitive function. They are told their CES unit should be used as much as possible, around the clock if possible for the first two days. After that, they may use it as much as they want to, but no less than one hour per day to achieve the results written up in the studies I’ve reviewed.

Cravings. Because cravings are most severe when clients first begin our program, there is a sense of immediacy to getting them “hooked up” and orientated to CES early on.

Many studies are available to support the decision of using CES for cravings. I found an experiment done on dogs in the early 1970s a particularly good example: researchers proved by injecting dogs with drugs that blocked dopamine reuptake and inhibited acetylcholine monoamine oxidation, Parkinson-like symptoms could be artificially produced. Concluding the experiment, some dogs were left to recover without medical assistance; they normalized in 3-7 days. Others were given CES; they normalized in 2-8 hours! *

*Pozos, Robert S., Strack, L.F. White, R.K. & Richardson, Alfred W. Electrosleep versus electroconvulsive therapy. In Reynolds, David V. & Anita Sjoberg, (Eds), Neuroelectric Research. Charles Thomas: Springfield, 23:221-225, 1971.

Like the dogs in this study, many of our clients have experienced strange physical effects and “psychological distress” resulting from having receptor sites artificially stimulated and neurotransmitters depleted from drugs and alcohol.

During the first days of treatment, as clients “dry out,” they feel the full brunt of damage chemicals have done to their bodies and brains. Clearing toxic residues must occur before stable feelings will return. This is why we encourage clients to wear their CES units around-the-clock when starting treatment. Why suffer through the clearing of toxins for weeks or months when CES can get it done in hours or days?

Of course, HRC clients receive full biochemical repair in conjunction with their CES. Intravenous ascorbic acid drips are given as a safe effective detoxification protocol that detoxifies every cell. Electrical stimulation helps to accelerate the flushing of toxins mobilized by the C-drips, shortening the uncomfortable time spent in a high state of toxicity. Whenever clients are getting IVs, they are encouraged to wear their CES units.


Anxiety and depression have always gone hand-in-hand with addictions. Pharmaceutical companies address these problems primarily with drugs, of course. My years at HRC have taught me that anxiety and depression can result from many possible reasons. Most are rooted in biochemical imbalances, correctable through non-pharmaceutical, biochemical interventions.

A common contributing factor of stress and anxiety among alcoholics is high cortisol. Cortisol is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands that lingers in the bloodstream for hours. At HRC we confirm elevated cortisol with a hormone test. High cortisol is so prevalent among our clients we dedicate a two-hour group neducating them on the importance of lowering their cortisol levels through lifestyle changes, dietary changes and specific biochemical interventions.

One reason CES lowers stress and anxiety, and helps normalize sleep it that it reduces high cortisol levels. Why CES should have this effect is not fully understood; however, in a study that measured levels of stress in lab rats, plasma levels of cortisol were found to be significantly lower in the animals who received electrostimulation. *

*Capel ID, Williams DC, Patterson MA. The amelioration of restraint stress by electrostimulation. IRCS Med Sci 1979; 7:634.

Among the many substances needed to maintain stable brain functioning is an essential amino acid and precursor to serotonin called L-tryptophan. Without tryptophan, serotonin levels become abnormally low resulting in depression, suicide, and spontaneous murdering.

Now that the treatment industry has entered the age of duel diagnosis, standard medical protocol for treating a depressed client is to start them on an SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) to artificially fire the last bit of serotonin out of their neurons. The first few weeks usually bring some relief; after that, depression often returns and increasing the prescription dose typically begins. HRC has found that clients who come to us on an SSRI for depression are usually still depressed.

We feel a better approach is to simply restore levels of serotonin in accordance with nature’s design: by ingesting the only substance that will convert into serotonin—the amino acid L-tryptophan. Combining Ltryptophan supplementation with CES helps accelerate the reloading of serotonin into the brain.

To those who require an explanation of why or the mechanism of action, I can only speculate: supplementing specific electrical frequencies to the brain appears to enhance and accelerate methylation. Methylation is a process in which amino acids are converted to neurotransmitters. In a related study on lab rats it was shown increased serotonin (5HT) synthesis occurred when electrical stimulation was applied through surgically implanted electrodes*. Ltryptophan provides the raw material to make serotonin and electrical stimulation provides the boost for serotonin synthesis. It works!

*Curzon G, Fernando JCR, Marsden CA. 5-hydroxytryptomine: the effects of impaired synthesis on its metabolism and release in rats. Br J Pharmacol 1978; 63: 627-34.

Treatment of addiction: Health Recovery Center and CES – Part 3 (Case Studies)

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Case Studies



Sandy came into our program for alcoholism with a lot of anxiety. Biochemical testing revealed Sandy had deficiencies in many key chemicals including B6 and zinc, often implicated in an anxiety disorder called pyroluria. Using her CES unit in conjunction with specific biochemical repair, Sandy gradually showed signs of stabilizing; however, in her third week, a business emergency made it necessary for her to fly home for the weekend. Sandy confided in me that she always had a fear of flying and was feeling very anxious about going. She recalled past flights tightly gripping the sides of her seat, frozen in a cold sweat. I suggested she dose herself with a special blend of calming amino acids we call Bio-Alpha Waves and wear her CES unit during the flight. When she returned she told me she tried my suggestion; her flight had gone very well, in fact, she slept through most of it!

Bob’s Wife (Panic Attacks)

Bob came to HRC for alcoholism. Although he acknowledged the importance of biochemical repair to recover from his addiction, his attitude toward CES was that of a skeptic. After presenting him with studies, films, and testimonials from other clients, his opinion remained unchanged.

One night as he and his wife were watching television, he noticed her going into a panic attack, an event he had seen before. He knew there was nothing he could do, but let it play out. He also knew these attacks could last up to an hour or longer and left her in an exhausted, debilitated state ranging from several hours to several days. All of a sudden he got an idea. He grabbed his CES unit and hooked her up. Within 10 minutes the attack ended and she was back to normal watching the TV program with him. From that day on Bob had nothing but praise for CES.


Reestablishing a normal sleep pattern is a significant milestone on a client’s road to recovery. Many different factors influence when that will occur: age, lifestyle, drug of choice, pattern of use, state of health, etc.

Many studies have been compiled confirming the effectiveness of using low current electrical stimulation to help promote sleep. Many studies have also been done confirming specific biochemical interventions to help normalize sleep. HRC can add to these observations since we use both protocols, simultaneously.

Before CES came to HRC, we addressed insomnia by prescribing a variety of natural chemicals: the hormone, melatonin; calming amino acids GABA, Ltryptophan, and taurine; a unique product called Bio-GH Releasers, which helped to stimulate the production of human growth hormone to stimulate a deep restful sleep; the mineral magnesium, often depleted to alarmingly low levels in chronic alcoholics.

Weekly check-ins done in a group setting allows clients to update how well they are sleeping. After CES became part of the standard HRC treatment protocol turn-around time for normalizing sleep was faster. Some generalities can be  stated about different addicts. Those who abuse drugs that rob excitatory neurotransmitters (cocaine, amphetamines) generally have no problem sleeping, although, staying awake has sometimes been a problem.

Many alcoholics come to rely on a drink to knock them out. Once they become abstinent, sleep becomes a problem, sometimes lasting for several weeks. Using CES, they generally normalize their sleep in two days to a week. The most difficult people to return to normal sleep patterns are those getting off prescription drugs: anti-anxiety, anti-psychotic, and sedative drugs in particular.

Without CES, normal sleep patterns can elude these people for months. Because it is often necessary to wean off these potent drugs, it takes more time before sleep normalizes for them; however, with CES and specific biochemical repair, most return to normal sleep within three weeks.


Using electrical stimulation in the form of TENS units (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) to address chronic pain has become a well-accepted medical approach. It turns out CES units may work equally as well or better in some cases.


Jeff came to our program addicted to the synthetic opiate Oxycontin. His dependence grew from prescriptions written for the chronic pain he endured following a car accident that severely disfigured his face. Reconstructive surgery was slowly putting him back together again but the pain remained. Never theless, Jeff did not like being owned by a drug and was determined to get free. Jeff was a likeable guy, he never showed any bitterness about the hand life dealt him; he had a great sense of humor that allowed him to make fun of himself in a way that made people like him. The first time he got hooked up to the HealthPax unit, his eyes lit up and a broad smile came to his face. It was obvious he liked it.

From that point on, every time I passed him in the hall, saw him in the nurses’ office, saw him in a group, Jeff was wearing that unit.

Jeff was able to wean down very quickly from the Oxycontin, but that wasn’t what impressed him. After many months of drugging himself daily in order to function without intense pain, he had found a non-addictive, inexpensive, electrical solution that effectively provided relief from the physical pain better than the drug!


Betty came to us for her alcohol addiction. In addition she wore a tourniquet around her wrist to isolate a painful carpal tunnel injury. Using electrical stimulation with electrodes placed near the injured area, a relief in pain was reported immediately. Biochemical intervention prescribed to address this problem included mega-dosing with B vitamins, particularly B6. Within a three weeks, the tourniquet was gone and she was using both hands, pain free again.

Cognitive Function

When orientating new client to the benefits of CES, I always save the loss of cognitive function for last. For some, the subject recalls a sense of hopelessness that the damage they’ve done to their brains is irreversible. For others, the subject does not hold great concern. Often they’re too young to have done damage on a level that impairs their ability to function; however, when I mention “loss of short-term memory,” they sheepishly smile with an expression of affirmation.

The brain has been and continues to be a misunderstood organ. Not many years ago, those entering treatment were told alcohol kills thousands of brain cells every time a drink is enjoyed. Once gone, brain cells cannot be restored, the brain shrinks, and over time full blown Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome results. Recent discoveries on the workings of the brain have helped scientists understand how it functions. It is now known that neuronal damage in the brain is not permanent in all cases, if at all. In fact, while doing studies of CES to measure its effectiveness in reducing anxiety, scientists were startled to see subjects in different stages of Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome showed improvements in cognitive function.

Why this occurred was not well understood at the time; however, recent research elucidated an explanation. The brain is composed of a complex network of brain cells (neurons), communicating with each other using chemicals called neurotransmitters. Brain cells are unique in their structure in that they have tentacles extending out of them that send and receive these transmitters. A sending tentacle is called an axon; a receiving tentacle is called a dendrite.

Neurotransmitters flow back and forth between axons and dendrites in a space called the synaptic gap. The more complex the network of neural communication, the faster the brain’s ability to recall information becomes. Speed of recalling information is directly proportionate to IQ. In short, the more complex the network of neural connections, the more intelligent the person.

When chronic alcoholism occurs, brain cells do not die, as once thought. Rather, the axons shrivel up. In other words, communication lines between brain cells go down and the complexity of the brain begins to deteriorate. This effect is not only associated with alcoholism, the same loss of neuronal connections affecting cognitive function is demonstrated when trauma to the brain can occur from an accident. Until neuronal connections are restored, cognitive function will be impaired.

Given time, Mother Nature will re-grow axons, reestablish neural connections and restore cognitive function. Scientists have detected the healing process begins with the concentration of electrical activity to the injured area(s). Because it takes up to two years for the process to occur under ideal conditions (strict alcohol abstinence), it’s easy to understand why the treatment industry says alcohol induced brain damage is permanent. Less than 25% of alcoholics are able to remain abstinent for even 1 year following traditional treatment methods of psychological counseling only.

But CES changes the healing timetable. It turns out supplementing low level electrical stimulation actually boosts the body’s own endogenous electrical output resulting in accelerated healing. Using CES, what would normally take two years can be accomplished in a matter of a few weeks. Over the years I have observed the worse off a client is to start, the more dramatic the restoration, transformation will be.

From a biochemical standpoint there are many products HRC recommends to enhance memory and sharpen cognitive function. Some of these products overlap with supplements used in other formulas such as phosphatidylserine and Gingko Biloba used in the high cortisol formula. (Remember high cortisol has also been implicated in shrinking the brain.)

Again, as in so many other formulas, supplying the body with the raw material it requires to restore biochemical balance is greatly enhanced by CES assisting in the energetic functions required to reload and fire these key chemicals.


Ray was in his mid thirties when he came to HRC. Although by his own admission alcohol was his greatest problem, he had used marijuana since his early teens, cocaine since his mid twenties and he chewed tobacco. He came from a family of high achievers with four other brothers who had become doctors. Ray’s talents however, lay in other areas: singing and entertaining. It was easy to see why he was in high demand at parties; he was an outgoing, fun guy.

Many of Ray’s personal problems within family relationships stemmed from cognitive shortcomings which caused misunderstandings among other “high achieving” family members. I’m not saying Ray was stupid, on the contrary, in many areas he was extremely bright, however, the way he interpreted the meaning of phrases was sometimes different from the way they were intended.

During the first few weeks it was often necessary to explain things over several times and in different ways before Ray grasped what he was being told. Once understood, he always made a sincere effort to stay true to the program. HRC’s program does ask for many changes to be made; for some it may seem a bit overwhelming. By the end of his first week Ray reported he was doing everything but he was forgetting to use the CES unit. Although his cravings had subsided, he was still depressed, and having trouble getting out of bed. By his second week, Ray reported that he was using CES every evening for two hours and he was “feeling better.”

Many of the supplements Ray began to take were aimed at improving cognitive function: the high cortisol formula (DHEA, phosphatidylserine, Pantothenic acid, Gingko Biloba and Siberian Ginseng), and a proprietary formula of amino acids called Bio-GH Releasers (Glutamine, Arginine, Ornithine, Lysine).

One week later, Ray reported he enjoyed wearing the CES unit when reading. He noticed he read faster and retained more with CES (a benefit reported by many). In addition he had more energy, felt less depressed and was sleeping well. Counselors reported Randy appeared to be tracking better—he understood what was being told to him faster without needing to have things repeated.

By the fourth and fifth week of his program, by his own admission Ray reported his “thinking patterns have improved.” Energy levels were still increasing, and depression was gone. During his final week, Ray gave up the Chewing tobacco. His recovery was successful in every way.

CES may be thought of as a branch technology of vibrational medicine while the foundation of Health Recovery Center is in orthomolecular medicine. At first it may seem strange that two completely different healing approaches could complement each other so well, but since its introduction as a mainstream protocol at Health Recovery Center, we have come to understand CES as an energetic extension of orthomolecular medicine.

Since HRC began using CES, recovery time has been accelerated in several key areas commonly needing biochemical repair when treating alcoholics and drug addicts. Offering explanations to expound on the mechanism(s) of action occurring in these events is difficult since we are treading close to the very force that animates life itself into that collection of chemicals we call the human body.

What can be said about CES, at least from the standpoint of HRC’s work with orthomolecular medicine is that energetic healing forces appear to be accelerated in several key areas:

  • The clearing of toxic chemicals
  • Preemptive biochemical actions in the brain. (Reloading neurotransmitters.)
  • Resetting and normalizing neuro-chemical processes in the brain (Firing of neurotransmitters).

Another way of conceptualizing CES as an addictions treatment tool is to consider addictive substances themselves from a vibrational viewpoint. Different drugs alter the brain and cause different effects by mimicking particular substances normally present in the brain; or, by stimulating a release of the brain’s own endogenous substances. These substances, whether classified as natural chemicals (neurotransmitters, hormones, endorphins…) or artificial chemicals (benzodiazepines, cocaine, opiates…) act on the brain by triggering electrical events in neurons.

In The Synaptic Self, author Joseph LeDoux states, “In essence, our brains are alive with chemicals oozing and sparks flying.” LeDoux points out the full sequence of communication between brain cells is usually electrical-chemical; electrical signals come down neuronal axons convert into chemical messages (neurotransmitters) that help trigger electrical signals in the next brain cell. But what if stimulating neurons with an exogenous substance, a drug, interrupts that cycle; it can be argued drugs are addictive because of the changes they initiate in the electrical body as much as in the chemical one.

In fact, the whole basis for vibrational medicine is founded on the premise that energetic healing systems actually initiate healing and maintain health; chemicals are a roundabout way of accessing those systems. If true, then CES is a step in the right direction to further the advancement of our understanding of medicine by directly influencing healing paths with energy.

Dr. Meg Patterson devoted a great portion of her life determining which electrical frequencies correspond to different drugs. Although she conducted experiments involving lab animals to study how brain tissue was altered by frequencies, she also relied on trial and error reports from frequency sensitive people (musicians) to help her zero in on matches.

I have noted that different addictions do seem to respond to specific frequencies. In particular, those who enter our program with a history of cocaine or methamphetamine abuse seem to favor higher frequencies. A personal unit I have used with clients many times, offers multiple frequency settings between

80Hz – 999.9Hz and brain state settings from .2Hz, delta – 60Hz, Gamma, as well as duty cycle settings from 5%-50%. It is not a part of the HRC program. Clients who have addictions to more “exotic” drugs and are interested in experiencing sensations from other frequencies are allowed to use it, at no cost.

Dr. Patterson recognized specific ranges of frequencies do indeed match specific substances. If the treatment industry can get past the idea of addicts being pathological deviants who are morally bankrupt and need a psychological attitude adjustment, and start seeing alcohol/drug use as an attempt to compensate for biochemical imbalances which are connected to bio-electrical frequencies, perhaps the idea of correcting chemical imbalances with pure energy will come to be embraced as a 21st century standard treatment protocol.

You would think such a promising scientific discovery would be allowed to take off. After many decades, strict limits are still being imposed on the technology. Only a few frequencies have been FDA approved and may be legally used to treat the problems associated with addictions.

Among them the 100 Hz frequency is well suited to address alcoholism. Fortunately most clients entering our program have alcoholism as their primary or a secondary addiction problem.

In addition the HealthPax unit we use is based on a square wave, significant because it possesses harmonic qualities within the 100 Hz frequency. In other words other frequencies harmonize with the 100 Hz at the same time, giving the brain more choices to draw from.

The bumper sticker said, “If you ain’t mad, you’re not paying attention.” To that I would reply, “If you’re paying attention, you’ll want to enjoy the calming benefits of CES in your life too!”