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Benefits of GARS® for People with Known Substance and Non-Substance Abuse

GARS® can play a vital role in personalizing the recovery approach for an individual. There are 6 crucial areas where GARS® can provide more insight to help better guide recovery management for that person:

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ELIMINATE DENIAL

Many patients in treatment programs deny that they have a problem and therefore are able to control addictions. Providing genetic evidence (GARS®) to predict the risk for both substance and non-substance severity helps people understand addiction is a complex difficult to control biological problem.

REMOVE GUILT

A typical response from people who are already addicted is a profound sense of shame and guilt. Instead of self-blame, the root cause may actually be due to the persons’ genetic makeup. Providing biological and genetic (GARS®) evidence to predict risk for both substance and non-substance severity helps remove GUILT.

GENOGRAM CONFIRMATION

In chemical and non-chemical dependency programs, patients are asked to provide a family history of addiction in the form of a family tree called a GENOGRAM. Offering GARS® to family members is the best way to confirm the risk of addiction in the family.

MEDICATION-ASSISTED TREATMENT

Medication-Assisted Treatment dosing (MATS). Individual genetic variations tested by GARS® may have dosing consequences. For example, higher doses of Buprenorphine (a MAT) may be needed to prevent relapse to street heroin based on the mu opioid receptor variation.

RESOURCE ALLOCATION

Matching treatment intensity to defined patient characteristics (stepped care models) is a common approach to resource allocation. For example, the placement of the individual in a more intense treatment environment is subject to feasibility, validity, effectiveness, and cost-effectiveness. GARS® will negate guessing and provide a genetically-based RESOURCE ALLOCATION methodology.

PRO-DOPAMINE REGULATION

An effective way to treat addictive behavior is to induce “dopamine homeostasis” (balance) across the brain reward circuitry. GARS® testing of an addicted person provides an exact window into the brain’s chemical messenger function (receptor number and chemical production) and can help providers personalize addiction medicine based on Pro-Dopamine Regulation.

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