at The Art of Living Homes:
The Recovery Research Institute highlights the part of the brain associated with judgment and decision-making: the greater activity is shown in the reds, orange and yellows, with lesser activity denoted by blues and purples.
The brain's journey during recovery from drugs and alcohol is a testament to both its vulnerability and its resilience. Chronic usage of these substances introduces significant imbalances in neurochemistry. This is manifest not only in the symptoms of withdrawal, which are immediate, but also in prolonged feelings of irritability, restlessness, and discontent, attributable to the prolonged neurochemical imbalance. This state has often been likened to the brain's condition in chronic illness. Historically, treatment focused on therapies that facilitated a gradual recalibration, sometimes supplemented by Medicine Assisted Therapies (MAT).
As addiction progresses, the brain’s reward system is essentially hijacked. With repeated substance exposure, the reward center grows increasingly desensitized, diminishing the effect of other sources of pleasure. This leads to a vicious cycle where more of the substance is needed to achieve previous effects. Consequently, the brain starts producing less dopamine, limiting the individual’s ability to derive pleasure without the substance. Beyond these neurotransmitter imbalances, the structural integrity of the brain also deteriorates, with certain areas shrinking and neural connections dwindling. This impairs the brain’s neuroplasticity – its ability to adapt and evolve.
Neuroplasticity is essential, as it facilitates the formation of pathways that can underpin healthier life choices. This inherent capability of the brain allows for the fostering of new thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors.
At the heart of a successful recovery lies the potential to boost neuroplasticity, optimize neurochemistry, and recalibrate our natural responses. This is where the “Dome-Wellness” Reboot Protocol plays a transformative role.
Some of our working Dome iterations– located on one of our ‘Art of Living’ Home properties in Naples, Florida. Available for use by all participants.
Conceived during the Covid-19 pandemic for its potential immune benefits, the Dome, developed in collaboration between Dome Wellness and Art of Living Homes, emerged as a game-changer for recovery. These Geodesic Domes, housing a combination of hot steam, cold water immersion, sunlight, and sound therapy, have demonstrated their capacity to stimulate a “Brain-Body Reboot.”
The protocol draws an analogy to computers: just as an overloaded computer can stall and needs rebooting, the Brain-Body system, when thrown out of balance, can’t heal effectively. This imbalance might manifest as debilitating symptoms and immune reactions. But just as computers can be rebooted, so can our Brain-Body systems.
The Reboot encompasses a suite of therapies designed to:
RESET: Calm the nervous system, restoring its natural coherence and unlocking its healing potential.
RETRAIN: By voluntarily pushing the boundaries between parasympathetic and sympathetic responses, we can enhance our Brain-Body’s stress resilience, fostering a culture of wellness.
RESTORE: Over time, by continually resetting and retraining, we reinforce our innate ability to maintain a healthy responses to stressors and adversities.
Situated in Naples, Florida, on Art of Living Home properties, our Dome units have been changing the game of recovery. By incorporating the Domes, many of our participants have reported newfound clarity, peace, and ease. In essence, the Dome offers a holistic reboot for the brain and body, laying the foundation for a robust recovery.
If we reset the mind,
if we retrain the mind-body connection,
then we can restore the mind-body coherence.
We can RECOVER.