Seratonin is a chemical created in the brain that works as a neurotransmitter, a chemical messenger that plays a important role in our brains. It helps regulate various functions, such as mood, appetite, sleep and even our social behavior. When it comes to addiction and mental health, serotonin has a critical role to play.

Research has shown that individuals struggling with addiction often have imbalances in their serotonin levels. Low levels of serotonin can lead to feelings of depression, anxiety and even increased cravings for drugs or alcohol. This is why addressing serotonin imbalances is an integral part of addiction treatment.

In rehab facilities, professionals focus on restoring healthy serotonin levels through various methods. One common approach is through medication. Certain antidepressants, known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), work by increasing the availability of serotonin in the brain. This can help stabilise mood and reduce cravings for substances.

Alongside medication, addiction recovery programs also emphasise non-pharmacological approaches to boost serotonin. These include therapy, exercise and a healthy diet. Engaging in physical activities and maintaining a balanced nutritional intake can naturally increase serotonin levels, promoting overall well-being.

Research on serotonin began in the 1930s when scientists discovered its presence in blood. Later on, it was identified as a neurotransmitter, leading to a better understanding of its role in mental health.

Low serotonin levels are associated with various health conditions, including depression, anxiety, sleep problems, digestive issues, suicidal behaviour, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, panic disorders, schizophrenia and phobias. These low levels can result from inadequate serotonin production or ineffective utilization due to factors like a lack of serotonin receptors. To increase serotonin levels, one can consider consuming tryptophan-containing foods such as salmon, eggs, cheese, turkey, tofu, pineapples, nuts, oats and seeds. Additionally, exposure to sunlight for 10 to 15 minutes daily can boost serotonin and vitamin D levels. Supplements like tryptophan, probiotics and SAMe, as well as herbal supplements such as ginseng and St. John’s wort, may help. Regular exercise is known to increase serotonin levels with 30 minutes of aerobic exercise five times a week recommended. Medications like selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) and tricyclic antidepressants can also elevate serotonin levels but should be used under medical supervision. However, excessively high serotonin levels can lead to serotonin syndrome, characterised by symptoms like shivering, sweating, confusion, high blood pressure, and, in severe cases, fever, seizures and abnormal heartbeat. It is key to maintain a balanced serotonin level as it plays a significant role in mood, sleep, appetite, anxiety, digestion, blood clotting and sexual desire. Any adjustments to medications or supplements should be made in consultation with a healthcare provider to avoid potential drug interactions and maintain the proper serotonin balance.

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    Treatment Services

    Founded in 2008, WeDoRecover has evolved from an advisory service for addiction treatment into a comprehensive provider of care, following its 2019 merger with Changes Addiction Rehab in Johannesburg. Specialising in connecting patients to top-tier addiction treatment centers in the UK, South Africa and Thailand, WeDoRecover supports individuals globally, including those from the United Arab Emirates and Europe. Accepting both South African medical aid and international health insurance our organisation facilitates access to high-quality treatment for substance and alcohol use disorders, offering individualised care that addresses the physical, mental and social needs of patients.

    Our team, led by Gareth Carter, offers empathetic and professional support, guiding you through every step of the treatment process. Whether you're in South Africa or abroad, our acceptance of various insurance plans makes quality care accessible, providing a platform for lasting recovery and a healthier future.

    Inpatient Rehab

    Rehab care is a good option if you are at risk of experiencing strong withdrawal symptoms when you try stop a substance. This option would also be recommended if you have experienced recurrent relapses or if you have tried a less-intensive treatment without success.


    If you're committed to your sobriety but cannot take a break from your daily duties for an inpatient program. Outpatient rehab treatment might suit you well if you are looking for a less restricted format for addiction treatment or simply need help with mental health.


    Therapy can be good step towards healing and self-discovery. If you need support without disrupting your routine, therapy offers a flexible solution for anyone wishing to enhance their mental well-being or work through personal issues in a supportive, confidential environment.

    Mental Health

    Are you having persistent feelings of being swamped, sad or have sudden surges of anger or intense emotional outbursts? These are warning signs of unresolved trauma mental health. A simple assesment by a mental health expert could provide valuable insights into your recovery.

    Finding the right rehab close to you is simple with WeDoRecover. Our network includes the finest rehab centers, ensuring personalised, quality care for your recovery needs. Let Gareth Carter and our empathetic team help guide you to a center that feels right for you, offering expert care and support. Start your healing today by choosing a rehab that's not just close to you, but also that truly cares about your loved ones recovery.

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