In the next few paragraphs I will endeavor to write a brief, and understandable, explanation of why nutritional therapy is necessary in the detoxification and long-term recovery of anyone attempting to recover from the use of mind altering drugs. These drugs are not necessarily street drugs. Many have come to me after deciding to eliminate prescription medications that have addiction and dependency issues surrounding them.
First, one cannot say that there is any one cause for addiction—addiction has many facets which ultimately involve all systems of the human—Body/Mind/Spirit. However, the one thing that is true about all mind-altering drugs, including alcohol, is that they all cause dynamic changes to the human’s biochemical and neurological foundation. No one should state that the biochemical and neurological foundation is “normal” before the use of these caustic outside chemicals.
Yet, if one is to repair the house that has been damaged in the storm—to come to some appreciation of what “normal” functioning is for any one individual–then one must use what the house needs for such a repair—the proper building and repair materials. If the human body is the equivalent of the house that is need of repair, then the proper building and repair materials the body house knows are proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals, and fluids that must be taken in daily for proper health.
Unfortunately, health is a relative term. It is understood now that the changes in biochemistry/neurochemistry, if we do nothing, may take anywhere from 6 months to 2 years on the average to reverse. A diet that might suffice for a non-addict rarely serves to push the addict/alcoholic into rapid recovery and healing of the biochemical/neurochemical processes. ALL patients that have a history of long term drug and alcohol abuse/dependency, and this includes all prescription mind altering drugs, need more at the level of focused nutritional therapy than the average non-addict for detoxification and continued recovery.
The first level of deciding a treatment regime for any patient is in assessing how the particular drug of choice affects the body/mind. For example, alcohol and heroin have different effects, mechanisms of action, on biochemical processes in the human. It makes sense that the treatment regimes would be somewhat different. In that regard, nutritional therapies have been derived to specifically address the differences in these deficiencies.
Many ask, “Why hasn’t my standard medical doctor addressed these issues?” A Harvard Medical School research team recently addressed this question: As it were, when the finally results were determined it turns out that most medical doctors receive absolutely no nutritional biochemistry in medical school. They are saturated in learning pharmaceutical biochemistry. Yet there is not one case of alcoholism that has ever been “cured” when the patient has been treated with Prozac.
The same can be said or any of the other drugs designed to affect brain chemistry. In fact, in many cases these mind-altering pharmaceutical drugs just serve to keep the body/mind biochemistry skewed, thus reducing the patient’s chance of long term recovery. When a focused nutritional therapy program is implemented in individuals the increase in length of recovery is dynamic. Some programs report as high as 85% of their clients make one year without relapse. Those that don’t utilize nutritional therapy still report a dismal 20-25% with one year successful recovery.
The next question that seems logical is: How long must one be on the nutritional therapies? Treatment cannot be successful if one assumes that one size fits all—or that one therapy can work the same regardless of the drug that was abused. Everyone is different genetically. How anyone person assimilates, or the capacity to utilize, the nutrition is determined by their genetics. Any doctor that uses nutritional therapy understands this.
This is quite the opposite of standard medicine’s protocols for “curing” addiction. They cause more harm then good with their approach. Some individuals will approach their own individual normalcy quite rapidly and a good healthy diet and exercise program may give them the sense of body/mind wellness. Others, because of genetic deficiencies may have to utilize focused amino acid therapy longer. Yet I have some who choose to continue the supplement program because they need the additional time to stabilize mental function and give them the ability to rejoin society.
One must understand that balancing chemistry is one thing, healing the mind of the emotional and spiritual processes affected by drug and alcohol abuse is another thing entirely. Yet one cannot go forward without the foundation of good neurochemistry, after all that is the way—we meet the world, assess what is going on around us, find solutions for problems, and feel happiness.
Whatever happened to the doctor that helps guide the patient into physical and mental wellness is quite the mystery. To ignore how the body/mind functions on a daily basis via proper intake of good nutrients defies all logic. Proper nutrition and quality exercise is exactly what the body/mind needs to function properly.
I use amino acid therapies, intravenous vitamin therapy, and other critical nutrients to supply the nutrients necessary in the repair of biochemical/neurochemical pathways early in the process of detoxification and recovery. In the treatment of alcoholism I see patients get through the worst part of the detox in 3-4 days. I’ve never had an alcoholic go into seizures when treated aggressively with IV therapy and amino acids. The time frame for recovery from street drugs such as cocaine, methamphetamine, and opiates are much the same. Detoxing a patient from drugs with longer half-lives such as methadone or some anti-anxiety medications may take 3-4 weeks.
In conclusion, if you want something different in your life, if you want a different outcome, then you must be prepared to do things differently. I’ve spent the last 19.5 years in my own recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction trying to find the answers to the mysteries of these chronic diseases.
Even so I cannot tell you anything more than this is a body/mind/spirit process—whether you are in the disease state or whether you are attempting recovery. In the last 5 years I have learned that if I treat these addictions and dependencies holistically—body/mind/spirit—the results are dynamic. Nutritional therapy ultimately helps clear and focus the mind so that recovery has meaning and purpose to each individual. So that the healing of the mind/spirit is has a higher probability of success.