Depression and Addiction

Depression and addiction can go hand-in-hand.  This is because people often try to self-medicate in an effort to alleviate symptoms of mood disorders. Unfortunately, the risk of suicide and self-harm is elevated among addicts. For example, 40% of all alcoholics attempt suicide at least once.

Another unfortunate statistic is that 90% of people who try to get sober are unsuccessful.

The good news is that there are effective, natural ways to address addiction using targeted amino acids and nutrients.

Researcher Kenneth Blum, PhD studied brain chemistry of alcoholics and drug addicts and coined the term “reward deficiency syndrome.” He found that when people in recovery supplemented with amino acids and nutrients, their relapse rates were 4x less than those not taking supplements.

The key to finding the appropriate supplements for you is to ask yourself how your drug makes you feel. For instance, some users of marijuana use it to relax, while others use it to increase motivation and get things done.

If you use drugs or alcohol to relax or calm down, nutrients that may support your recovery include:

  • -Gaba
  • -Inositol
  • -5-HTP or Tryptophan
  • -Melatonin
  • -Magnesium

If you use drugs or alcohol to get energy, you may benefit from:

  • -L-tyrosine
  • -L-phenylalnine
  • -Omega-3 fish oils
  • -SAM-e
  • -Milk thistle

In addition, 95% of alcoholics have low blood sugar and are often drawn to sweets and carbohydrates. A mineral called chromium may be lacking in the diet. Eating more protein and eliminating sweets and white flour products may be useful.

Addiction depletes essential nutrients in the body. The longer someone has been using, the more they will need basic nutrients to build their bodies back up.

If you are interested in treating your addiction using nutritional supplements and amino acids, I highly recommend purchasing both of these excellent books.

The Mood Cure by Julia Ross, MA

Seven Weeks to Sobriety by Joan Mathews Larson, PhD


Please note: the information in this blog is not intended to treat, cure or diagnose any disease. Consult a qualified healthcare practitioner before taking any supplements.




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