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Program Highlights

As part of Caron’s Neurorestorative Health Care, we are focused on assessing and treating the brain with the goal of achieving optimal functioning. Starting with a state-of-the-art Neuro-Integrated Evaluation we can more accurately diagnose and then prescribe a targeted treatment plan utilizing the most effective, cutting-edge interventions available to address brain health.

Behavioral health issues such as addiction, anxiety, depression, thought disorders, and other cognitive disorders can be traced back to the brain. These issues interfere with the reward system, executive function, memory, attention, concentration, and more. Understanding the brain is the key to healing and recovery.

Who Would Benefit from This Program

The 10-day assessment is appropriate for individuals:

  • Looking to identify and define deficits in their brain functioning, which could be a result of substance abuse, mental health issues, trauma, cognitive impairments, or other underlying behavioral health issues.
  • Who have been treated for a substance use disorder and are now struggling with cravings or relapse behaviors, or who have experienced a significant change in life events that are causing distress.
  • Who have tried many different treatments with limited results and have not been able to get concrete answers.
  • Who are not certain if the extent of their drug/alcohol use warrants addiction treatment.

Assessment Program Details

Caron’s 10-day Neurocognitive Health Assessment uses the latest research and advances in the field to more accurately diagnose and evaluate a patient and ultimately provide the most objective and effective treatment plan. This program allows patients, their families, and medical professionals to see in real time what is happening, how it is impacting them, and what is needed to begin the healing process.

We start with an assessment process that merges the disciplines of medicine, psychology, clinical, and neurocognitive services to provide a comprehensive evaluation that identifies and defines current vs. optimal brain function.

This assessment includes:

  • Concierge medical evaluation
  • Labs for biomarkers
  • Targeted brain imaging studies
  • 19-channel quantitative electroencephalography (QEEG) brain mapping
  • Standardized weighted low-resolution electromagnetic tomography analysis (swLORETA) neuroimaging
  • Neuropsychological and psychological measures to assess neurocognitive proficiency
  • Fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG)-positron emission tomography (PET)
  • Emotional and personality functioning

In addition to undergoing a comprehensive battery of tests and monitoring, patients will have the opportunity to engage in additional services offered at The Keele Medical Center that are best suited for their needs. This may include participation in process groups, lectures, physical fitness, spiritual services, and more.

Analysis & Next Steps

Caron’s Neuro-integrative team of experts collaborate and integrate data and assessment findings to help inform and direct the implementation of a prescriptive Neurorestorative Health Care treatment plan that targets specific areas of the brain that need help.

A plan may include:

  • Neurofeedback
  • Alpha-stim
  • Brain HQ training
  • Heart rate variability (HRV)
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT)
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), cognitive processing therapy (CPT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
  • Mindfulness meditation
  • Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Safe and Sound Protocol

Continuing Care

Should the recommendation be that a patient continue their prescriptive treatment plan in one of Caron’s residential treatment programs in Florida, Caron’s Neuro-integrative team will continue to monitor, validate, and adjust protocols over time to show progress on a patient’s brain. This analysis may include repeat brain mapping, repeat laboratory studies, Repeatable Battery for the Assessment of Neuropsychological Status (RBANS), as well as hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) and initial or repeat FDG-PET.

Specialized Tests & Services to Assess the Brain

  • Labs for biomarkers
  • Brain imaging studies
  • 19-channel quantitative electroencephalography (QEEG) brain mapping
  • Standardized weighted low-resolution electromagnetic tomography analysis (swLORETA) neuroimaging
  • Fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG)-positron emission tomography (PET)
  • Neuropsychological measures to assess neurocognitive proficiency
  • Emotional and personality functioning


Our Neuro-integrative team brings extensive expertise to your treatment.

FAQs

Caron’s Neurocognitive Assessment Program is offered in Florida at The Keele Medical Center. Patients will reside at The Keele Center in private rooms with en suite bathrooms.

Because substances and some medication used in detox can change a person’s neuromap, detox patients can complete a medical history, physical, and lab tests, but other parts of the assessment will have to wait. In addition, the clinical team may recommend that the patient complete residential treatment first.

There are no age restrictions as long as the patient is 18 or older. However, it is important that younger patients (ages 18 to 30) understand that there will be some limitations to the assessment process as their brains are not yet fully developed.

During the 10 days, in addition to undergoing a comprehensive battery of tests and monitoring, patients can engage in additional services offered at The Keele Medical Center that are best suited for their needs. This may include participation in process groups, lectures, physical fitness, spiritual services, and more. If patients would like to partake in any ancillary services, such as massage, acupuncture, reiki, breathwork, yoga, etc., it will be at the discretion of the Neuro-restorative Assessment team and will be an out-of-pocket cost.

At the conclusion of the assessment, a patient will receive an integrated screening assessment summary and recommendations, which will include a summary of all test findings and impressions; a conclusion of the findings, and treatment recommendations. It will also include a comprehensive summary of all data findings. The integrated screening assessment will be shared/discussed with the patient as well as any other parties they have signed releases for.

This safe, painless procedure creates a picture of brain activity. An elastic cap with 19 sensors is placed on the patient's head. Those sensors record activity in critical sections of the brain to provide information about how the brain functions.

Fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG)-positron emission tomography (PET) is a way to measure the cerebral metabolic rate for glucose, allowing clinicians to determine if brain functioning is diminished due to substance use disorder.

It is another way, in addition to qEEG brain mapping, to create a detailed picture of a patient's brain in order to map activity levels and functioning. One of the benefits of swLORETA is that it provides a 3D image.

Therapies used at Caron include:

Alpha-stim therapy uses a non-invasive cranial electrotherapy stimulation device to treat anxiety and insomnia. It delivers a low-amplitude, rhythmic current to the brain that regulates and balances electrochemical signals so that they can function normally.

Brain HQ training provides exercises that improve cognitive performance. The exercises include games and other skill-building techniques to improve attention, memory, and brain speed, among others.

Heart rate variability (HRV) biofeedback is a non-invasive method of increasing heart rate oscillations through real time feedback and slow breathing training. HRV is a measure of the variation in time between each heartbeat. More variability means that the autonomic nervous system is better able to regulate itself, which can help patients lower stress. Data has shown that if a person’s system is in fight-or-flight mode, the variation between heartbeats tends to be lower.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a treatment that helps the lungs collect more oxygen, which can in turn improve oxygen delivery to the brain. This can improve brain function, reduce cravings, and help with sleep.

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