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AMINO ACID & NUTRITIONAL THERAPY

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 chemistry.

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Supplemental Ingredient Restored
Brain
Chemical
Addictive Substance Abuse Amino Acid Deficiency Symptoms Expected Behavior Change
D-Phenylalanine
or DL-Phenylalanine
Enkephalins
Endorphins
Heroin, Alcohol, Marijuana, Sweets, Starches, Chocolate, Tobacco 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.
L-Phenylalanine
or L-Tyrosine
Nor-
epinephrine
Dopamine
Caffeine, Speed, Cocaine, Marijuana, Aspartame, Chocolate, Alcohol, Tobacco, Sweets, Starches Most Reward Deficiency Syndrome (RDS) conditions. Depression, low energy. Lack of focus and concentration. Attention-deficit disorder. Reward stimulation. Anti-craving. Anti-depression. Increased energy. Improved mental focus.
L-Tryptophan or 5 hydroxy-
tryptophan
 (5HTP)
Serotonin Sweets, Alcohol, Starch, Ecstasy, Marijuana, Chocolate, Tobacco Low self-esteem. Obsessive/
compulsive behaviors. Irritability or rage. Sleep problems. Afternoon or evening cravings. Negativity. Heat intolerance. Fibromyalgia,
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
acid)
GABA Valium, Alcohol, Marijuana, Tobacco, Sweets, Starches Feeling of being stressed-out. Nervous. Tense muscles. Trouble relaxing. Promotes calmness. Promotes relaxation.
L-Glutamine GABA
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.
Note: To 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 article.
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: counselormagazine.com.
1. On the homepage, click on Search the Archives
2. Choose January/February 2001
3. Click on Nutritional Gene Therapy.



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