It is our pleasure to introduce Wendy Komac, the founder of Luna Living, who will answer questions about Addiction and the lifestyle she created to move from alcoholism and drug addiction to being a highly successful and happy person.
A. It’s been more than 29 years since I woke up downtown in an unfamiliar basement and decided the way I was living wasn’t working for me anymore. After ten painful years of addiction, my life and my body were in shambles. I had allowed the drinking and cocaine to steamroll me, I was a perpetual pile of mush. I wasn’t in control of anything – my emotions, my actions or my reactions. I had worn out every alibi known to man and mastered finding blame in everyone else.
A: She might have innocently taken prescription drugs to deal with pain. If her brain chemistry was out of balance she suddenly found herself dependent. Without a legal prescription she turned to the next best thing – a no-prescription needed generic brand – street oxycodone or heroin. Both are indistinguishable to the brain.
A: Begin by asking yourself these questions.
If you answered yes to any of these questions it is a good indication that you should seek help. Addiction is a brain disease not a personal weakness. The earlier the brain disease is detected, and treated, the better the results.
Recovery can begin at any point in the addiction process. If you think you have a problem, you probably do. Don’t wait! Seek our help immediately. We are a licensed and nationally accredited mental health facility. Call to speak with a counselor. 440-703-0940
A: There is much controversy surrounding Addiction – outdated thinking, moral prejudice, ineffective recovery treatment and more. Addiction today has become a suburban issue. The stereotype for a drug addict has changed dramatically. It is no longer a homeless person lying under a bridge. Addiction, like other brain diseases, doesn’t discriminate by age, race, gender, social class, marital status or zip code. America is devastated by professionals hooked on prescription painkillers who are turning to the streets to satisfy their habit.
According to an editorial “Targeting a Serial Killer” in The Plain Dealer, Sunday, January 3, 2016, the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner, Dr. Tom Gilson said “We’re seeing more women – white, suburban, affluent”. In the same article, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge, Joan Synenberg stated, “people have gone from soccer moms to working the streets”.
Studies show that most opioid users started with legally prescribed pain medications. Once the DEA clamped down on pain clinics, and prescriptions were unavailable, the addicted turned to the street for their supply. Today’s drug dealers often make home deliveries.
A: While teenage experimentation doesn’t automatically turn a teenager into an addict, it increases the risk of them developing a more serious habit later. The brain is a very sensitive organ. I was only 14 when I started drinking. I found the ups and downs of being a teenager overwhelming.
Teenagers are not called adults for a reason. If you suspect your son or daughter is on drugs or abusing alcohol, get help. Call Luna Living. 440-703-0940. Teenagers often rebel against their parents, but can be willing to hear the same information from a therapist. Early treatment gives them the best opportunity to get the proper emotional support for addiction and address the underlying issues.
A: Family support is important. If your family is part of the problem, then engaging Luna Living as your recovery partner becomes even more critical. When you are drugged you can’t make good decisions, your brain has been hijacked. The earlier you detect a problem the better. Even the most resistant addict will admit they wanted to change but couldn’t.
A: Before neuroscientists understood that Addiction was a chronic brain disease, the relapse rate was 95%. Now that we know Addiction is a brain disease we look at it differently and can treat accordingly. We seek to increase your odds of success, and make it easier for you to abstain, by addressing the biochemical imbalance and helping you with trauma recovery. Once stable then you can begin working on lasting behavioral change.
All aspects of treatment helps you face life challenges and stay flexible when adversity strikes. Stress is a constant. Luna Living teaches you how to transform toxic events into tools for health.
We do not subscribe to a one-size-fits-all solution. Your personalized addiction therapy is customized to support your remission.
A: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy helps you prepare to meet challenges proactively and live comfortably in remission and wellness with practiced behavioral change.
Through study and practice you can learn to identify your strengths in order to be agile in your response to daily living. People suffering with addiction have the habit of giving their power away. Working with a process to implement behavioral change allows you get in touch with your own authority so you can stop enduring life and get on with living life.
Individual trauma therapy begins on Day 4 of the 10-day medical detox. When your mental clarity returns, you are ready to begin personal, family and group therapy sessions.
A: All addicts live at risk of relapse, or as I prefer to say, recurrence. Knowing that addiction is a chronic, relapsing brain disease opens the door for more effective ways to address symptoms like cravings, trauma and stress, brain injury, and nutrition. This, in my opinion, is a game-changer.
A: NAD is the abbreviation for Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide. It’s a coenzyme, made from niacin (B3), that is that is found in all living cells. In our body, NAD upregulates energy production, increasing the levels of neurotransmitters like serotonin, GABA and dopamine. Repeated drug and alcohol abuse depletes these vital processes.
A: On arrival you are paired with a dedicated care coordinator and introduced to your multidisciplinary team of experts whose job is to help you safely withdraw from drugs and alcohol and prepare you to return to daily life.
The 10-Day Evidence based Medical Detox Experience (Phase I of our 90-Day Recovery Program)
Days-1-2 Medical Detox plus IV NAD+ therapy is administered for approximately 8 – 12 hours. Most sleep a significant amount of time.
Day-3 Drip continues. Withdrawal symptoms and cravings are significantly reduced in comparison to Day-1.
Days-4-5 Depending on your progress, you will begin clinical therapy and begin learning about the value of nutrition in managing a brain disease. Other therapeutic services such as Hypnotherapy, Reiki, Massage, and Art Therapy can be added.
Days 5 -10 Continued administration of the nutritionally-balanced drip for 4 – 8 hours, depending on your medical diagnosis. Other appropriate therapies are added.
Day-10 Medical Detox is completed. After detox, IV administered NAD+ infusion is complete most guests transition to oral nutritional supplements.
Luna Living is a long-term remission lifestyle covering the medical, mental, and social strategies needed to live a healthy and happy life in remission (sobriety). Our 10-Day medical detox supplemented by an IV NAD+ infusion is not a substitute for your lasting behavioral change. You must do the work. Remission is a commitment to abstinence and behavioral change from this moment forward.
If you are not already working with a Medical Provider, we ask to become your recovery partner. If you are working with an outside therapist, we will coordinate your care with them. Referring Providers, please contact us at 440-703-0940. Medical Providers click here to download THE REFERRING PROVIDER MANUAL.
A: Everywhere I go people tell me how my presence in their recovery has changed their life. I do this work because I’ve been where you are. I know the extraordinary power that “Luna Living” has given me – physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Once I fell in love with me again my world changed.
I’m at the top of my game today enjoying a higher quality of life than I ever dreamed. I have tremendous resiliency and enjoy living without depression or anxiety. What is truly wonderful about my story is that it can be yours too.
The Luna Living remission lifestyle is more fun than I imagined. I enjoy freedom from cravings, a clearer mind, a brighter attitude; I feel the difference in every aspect of my day. For 29 years I have lived a remission lifestyle, and I now have a name for it, Luna Living. It has given me the tools and resources to experience me at my best. This is what I believe everyone wants. I hope you will join me!