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Addiction is a treatable, chronic condition characterized by compulsive use of a substance or engagement in a behavior. The struggle with addiction can be devastating to the individual and their loved ones. By addressing the biochemical imbalance which contributes to cravings, the individual can achieve longer periods of sobriety with little to no relapses.
Addictive drugs stimulate the neurological sense of reward, the emotional sense of pleasure, and cause a higher degree of neurotransmitter release. These high levels of neurotransmitter release cause prolonged changes in the brain’s neurocircuitry, responsible for the sense of satisfaction and reward, and appear to play a key role in causing addiction.
Nutrition contributes to the development of addictive behaviors, as it is involved in supplying precursors for neurotransmitters – chemicals which facilitate activity within the central nervous system. Neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin require amino acids, which are found in protein foods and carbohydrates, to cross the blood-brain barrier. Dopamine and serotonin affect the reward system, desire, cravings, mood and emotional well-being.
|Supplemental Ingredient||Restored Brain Chemical||Addictive Substance Abuse||Amino Acid Deficiency Symptoms||Expected Behavior Change|
|D-Phenylalanine or DL-Phenylalanine||Enkephalins
|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-Phenylalanine promotes pain relief, increases pleasure.|
|L-Phenylalanine or L-Tyrosine||Norepinephrine
|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 hydroxytryptophan (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, Xanax,, Ativan, Klonopin, Alcohol, Marijuana, Tobacco, Sweets, Starches||Feeling of being stressed-out. Nervous. Tense muscles. Trouble relaxing.||Promotes calmness. Promotes relaxation.|
|L-Glutamine||GABA (mild enhancement)
Fuel source for entire brain
|Sweets, Starches, Alcohol||Stress. Mood swings. Hypoglycemia.||Anti-craving, anti-stress. Levels blood sugar and mood. GABA (mild enhancement). 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 (see paragraph above chart for explanation of RSD).|
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