Stop Your Crack Cocaine Addiction

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Nutritional / Orthomolecular approach to treating cocaine abuse.

Hey, it's Trish. We've had many questions about overcoming substance addiction without using methadone. To some, methadone is using a drug to treat a drug addiction, and some find it very addictive.

There are many treatment options available, such as residential treatment and group support. Many relapse after they leave the controlled environment of residential treatment. Others fail with group support because sometimes you can't talk yourself out of an addiction. There are physiological aspects that need to be addressed.

Research has concluded that the brain chemistry of an addict is different than that of a sober person. The addict's brain is rewired after prolonged abuse. Most addicts are also malnourished, lacking essential hormones and neurotransmitters required for a healthy, rational brain.

So, are some books that will address restoring the brain chemistry of addicts.

The Vitamin Cure for Alcoholism: Orthomolecular Treatment of Addictions, by Dr. Abram Hoffer, MD, PhD and Dr. Andrew W. Saul, PhD. Here's a synopsis of the book: This book can be a godsend for many personsfor those who suffer from alcohol addiction, for their friends and loved ones, and for those in the relevant helping professions. Its central message is that alcoholism is primarily a metabolic disease that should be treated with due consideration of its physiological roots. The old moralistic approach and the more recent behavioral and psychological treatment approaches have a dismal record of failure, largely because they pay little or no attention to the crucial physiological and nutritional needs of alcoholics.

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End Your Addiction Now : The Proven Nutritional Supplement Program That Can Set You Free, by Dr. Charles Grant, MD, PhD. Here's a synopsis of the book: Using this groundbreaking, comprehensive recovery program, readers can reduce or eliminate their addictions by taking over-the-counter nutritional supplements that restore the proper balance of neurotransmitters in the brain. With Dr. Gant's three-stage program, readers can reduce or eliminate drug and alcohol cravings, detoxify with an over-the-counter remedy that helps cleanse the body, and correct secondary nutritional imbalances to ensure long-term results. Questionnaires help readers identify which appropriate supplements will help them regain control of their lives.

Seven Weeks to Sobriety: The Proven Program to Fight Alcoholism through Nutrition, by Dr. Joan Matthews Larson, PhD. Here's a synopsis of this book: In recent decades, many of those studying alcoholism have come to see it as a disease, rather than as a character flaw or a failure of will. And yet, alcoholism is most often treated through counseling. Joan Mathews Larson and her colleagues at the Health Recovery Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, discovered a series of nutritional deficiencies in alcoholics, and found that with proper dietary adjustments, they could help almost three-quarters of their patients kick the bottle for good. Seven Weeks to Sobriety is the updated version of the less interestingly titled Alcoholism--The Biochemical Connection, which was published in 1992.

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