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Proper nutrition is key to recovery.
Substance abuse and the lack of self care that goes along with it often
times only further compounds and increases health issues. It is believed
by some researchers that nutritional deficiencies can not only arise out
of the abuse of substances, but that pre-existing deficiencies may have
played a catalytic role in the process of self-medication through
substance and food abuse in the first place.
In addition to general nutrition, another important area of the use of
nutrition in recovery and relapse prevention is the addition of
appropriate amino acids that serve as the building blocks for powerful
chemicals in the brain called neurotransmitters. These
neurotransmitters, including epinephrine and norepinephrine, GABA,
serotonin and dopamine, are closely tied to addictive behavior. With
the use of various amino acids, brain chemistry can be changed to help
normalize and restore deficiencies in the neurotransmitters that spur
cravings that can lead to addiction and relapse.
This information is not intended to advocate
for the self administration of these supplements, but to educate and
empower individuals to seek the appropriate care. Please see a
professional for guidance and administration of any nutritional
supplements, especially those that are known to actively affect brain
Addiction Alchemy works with Dr. Melinea Holman, DC, a holistic
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Addictive Substance Abuse
Amino Acid Deficiency Symptoms
Expected Behavior Change
|Heroin, Alcohol, Marijuana, Sweets, Starches,
||Most Reward Deficiency Syndrome (RDS) conditions
sensitive to physical or emotional pain. Crave comfort and
pleasure. Desire certain food or drugs.
||Reward stimulation. Anti-craving. Mild
anti-depression. Mild improved energy and focus. D-Pheny-
lalanine promotes pain relief, increases pleasure.
|Caffeine, Speed, Cocaine,
Marijuana, Aspartame, Chocolate, Alcohol, Tobacco, Sweets,
||Most Reward Deficiency Syndrome
(RDS) conditions. Depression, low energy. Lack of focus and
concentration. Attention-deficit disorder.
Anti-craving. Anti-depression. Increased energy. Improved mental
|L-Tryptophan or 5 hydroxy-
||Sweets, Alcohol, Starch, Ecstasy, Marijuana,
||Low self-esteem. Obsessive/
compulsive behaviors. Irritability or rage. Sleep problems.
Afternoon or evening cravings. Negativity. Heat intolerance.
SAD (winter blues).
|Anti-craving. Anti-depression. Anti-insomnia.
Improved appetite control. Improvement in all mood and other
serotonin deficiency symptoms.
|GABA (Gamma-amino butyric
||Valium, Alcohol, Marijuana,
Tobacco, Sweets, Starches
||Feeling of being stressed-out.
Nervous. Tense muscles. Trouble relaxing.
||Promotes calmness. Promotes
Fuel source for entire brain
|Sweets, Starches, Alcohol
||Stress. Mood swings. Hypoglycemia.
||Anti-craving, anti-stress. Levels blood sugar and
mood. GABA. Fuel source for entire brain.
assist in amino-acid nutritional therapy, the use of a
multi-vitamin/mineral formula is recommended. Many vitamins and
minerals serve as co-factors in neurotransmitter synthesis. They
also serve to restore general balance, vitality and well-being
to the Reward Deficiency Syndrome (RSD) patient who typically is
in a state of poor nutritional health.
This chart was originally published in the following
Blum K, Ross J, Reuben C, Gastelu D, Miller DK. "Nutritional Gene
Therapy: Natural Healing in Recovery
You can access the full article on the Counselor
Magazine web site:
1. On the homepage, click on Search the Archives
2. Choose January/February 2001
3. Click on Nutritional Gene Therapy.