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Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) 101

Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) is the study of how the brain, nervous system, and immune system impact each other. Researchers are beginning to discover ways in which the central nervous system and immune system communicate with each other, and these findings are the basis of PNI. PNI offers an interdisciplinary approach to disease, taking into account psychology, genetics, endocrinology, biology, and neuroscience when looking at health conditions within the human body.

A practitioner using a PNI approach may note that when a patient’s nervous system experiences stress, their bodies become inflamed and more susceptible to disease. Inflammation in the body can also lead to depression, heart disease, and even cancer. When healthcare professionals treat complications like these from a PNI perspective, they can find wellness solutions to complex health problems.

What does PNI have to do with addiction?

PNI shows potential for treating addiction, as well as co-occurring mental health problems, such as depression and anxiety. This means that it can serve as an effective piece of a larger treatment plan. PNI, like many other holistic practices, operates under the pretense that you can never truly rid yourself of stress, but you can alter your stress response. By changing our stress responses, we can decrease inflammation and our susceptibility to certain mental and physical health issues. Incorporating a PNI approach into a treatment plan may help improve a patient’s quality of life and their long-term success.

Origins Center for Brain Recovery

Origins Center for Brain Recovery incorporates PNI into the treatment setting to create a holistic, health psychology approach to addiction treatment. Our Center for Brain Recovery uses several evidence-based interventions to address addiction and co-occurring mental health issues in our patients, such as:

  • Advanced psychological testing and review
  • Biofeedback
  • Neurofeedback
  • Neuropathy
  • Meditation and mindfulness training
  • Individual and group psychotherapy
  • Our “Sleep Naturally” program

Treatments are specialized and can address a variety of concerns. Plans may include stress and anxiety management through neurofeedback or biofeedback, self-esteem work using CBT, improved awareness and cognition through meditation, and more. Our Center for Brain Recovery stays at the cutting-edge of research to meet each patient where they are and pull them towards a healthier, more abundant life.


Origins Behavioral Healthcare is a well-known care provider offering a range of treatment programs targeting the recovery from substance use, mental health issues, and beyond. Our primary mission is to provide a clear path to a life of healing and restoration. We offer renowned clinical care for addiction and have the compassion and professional expertise to guide you toward lasting sobriety. For information on our programs, call us today:  561-841-1296.

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If you or someone you love has a substance use or mental health disorder, Origins Behavioral HealthCare can help. We will work alongside you to provide the most comprehensive treatment available.