Addictions and Recovery
How to address a person’s addiction depends upon the substance or substances and the frequency and duration of use.
The use of psychological therapy has its place yet other factors, other underlying biological issues must be simultaneously addressed.
All drugs have an addictive nature but especially for the person whose biochemistry (hormones, neurotransmitters and vital nutrients) is imbalanced.
When nutrients are in short supply then hormones and neurotransmitters decline leading to a variety of symptoms including depression, anxiety, apathy, irritability, suicidal tendencies, chronic pain and the need to continue their medication, drug or other substance.
Our approach with chemical addiction is to provide the body and brain with a rich source of nutrients while reducing the pharmaceutical, drug or alcohol. The most rapid means of replenishing these nutrients is to supply them directly into the circulation intravenously.
These nutrients are primarily amino acids, the building blocks of all the brain neurotransmitters. This allows the body to produce its hormones and to repair and regenerate nerve receptors which have become damaged from excess drug and pharmaceutical stimulation.
This approach has proven to be highly effective with fairly immediate results.
We use the intravenous formulations designed by the late Dr. William Hitt. The results of these treatments over the last several decades are very impressive. Dr. Haskell, our clinical director, studied with Dr. Hitt observing the administration of the Hitt formulas and interviewed past and present clients. After this we immediately instituted these formulas in our Centers.
Besides these intravenous therapies it is important to investigate other factors that trigger a person’s habit and predispose them to relapse.
- Suboptimal Thyroid Hormones
- Blood Sugar Dysregulation
- Adrenal Fatigue
- Chronic Silent Infections
- Abnormally Low Cholesterol
- Poor Digestion
- Imbalanced Gut Ecology
There is no doubt that drugs are addicting and very difficult to come off of. Why is this?
Drugs constantly trigger the brain in a number of ways.
To use an analogy if you are feeling content and at peace then your hormonal biochemistry is pretty balanced. Then someone offers you a ‘happy’ pill and for 8 hours you experience a blissful state. You see yourself and the world from a new perspective. You feel truly and deeply happy.
This pill has stimulated the brain to secrete hormones that have changed your perspective, hormones that the brain has the inherent capacity to produce.
Yet the brain is unable to make this ‘happy’ hormone in unlimited quantities. Eventually it becomes depleted and when it does you experience the flip, depleted, side. The secondary effect of the ‘happy’ pill is sadness and apathy while brain cells go through a period of replenishing its stores of the happy hormone.
This secondary effect of depletion happens with every drug and pharmaceutical. They miraculously relieve pain, inflammation, depression and anxiety yet they cannot be discontinued without the return of the original symptom.
So withdrawal is difficult because the original condition was never truly treated and will return when a drug or substance is stopped.
This is why directly supplying high levels of replenishing nutrients the body and brain require works so well when decreasing an addictive substance.