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Nutrition For Recovering Meth Addicts: Part 1

Updated on March 24, 2010

In dealing with the chemical imbalances that can be a cause of meth abuse and a result of long-term meth addiction, nutrition for recovering meth addicts is very important in the recovery process.

Nutritional Supplements, Vitamins and Herbs

Nutritional supplements such as herbs, amino acids, vitamins and other nutrients restore the proper biochemical balance in the brain. As well, eliminating certain substances such as sugars and simple starches and increasing protein intake can help to rebalance brain chemistry for the recovering meth addict. Good nutrition can also help heal the damage caused to the body by the depletion of nutrients common in substance abuse.

Meth addiction and prolonged meth use and abuse damages neurotransmitters in the brain. So an important area of the use of nutrition in recovery and relapse prevention is the addition of appropriate amino acids. The neurotransmitters epinephrine and norepinephrine, GABA, serotonin and dopamine, are indicated in addictive behavior.

Using various amino acids, the brain chemistry can be changed to help normalize and restore deficiencies in the neurotransmitters that spur cravings that can lead to meth addiction and abuse.

Amino acid nutrition therapy for meth addicts:

The use of L-Phenylalanine or L-Tyrosine is useful in the nutrition for recovering meth addicts by restoring the brain chemicals Norepinephrine and Dopamine.

These amino acids can counteract the symptoms of depression, low energy, lack of focus and concentration. The expected behavior changes when restoring these depleted amino acids are: Anti-craving. Anti-depression. Increased energy. Improved mental focus.

To increase the effects of amino-acid nutritional therapy, the use of a multi-vitamin/mineral formula is recommended. Many vitamins and minerals serve as co-factors in repairing neurotransmitters. They also serve to restore general balance, vitality and well-being to a recovering meth addict who typically is in a state of poor nutritional health.

Some recovering meth addicts may decide to work directly with a nutritionist. The American Dietetic Association (ADA) web site can help you locate a nutritionist for your area.

A more in depth look at the foods, herbs and nutrients for the proper nutrition for the recovering meth addict will be examined in later parts of this series.

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      Mark Hebert 8 years ago

      Excellent article. My clininc recommends the AA2 protocol which has all these amino formalas synergitcially blended in an AM and a PM formula. The dosing is much stronger than what is listed above with many other aminos as well inclusive and hence much more effective.

      www.rethinkrecovery.com

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      lacyleathers 8 years ago from US

      Thank you for your comment.

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      I Believe in Him 7 years ago

      How can I find out about the AA2 protocol for my boyfriend? He is recovering from a meth addiction and I want to do everything possible to help him on his way.

      Thank you ~Carrie

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      lacyleathers 7 years ago from US

      Carrie,

      You can look here www.rethinkrecovery.com for the AA2 formula as well visit http://theaddictsattic.blogspot.com/ for more helpful information and tips for recovering addicts.

      God Bless.

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      tracy 7 years ago

      as a recovering meth addict, i really don't think it's very helpful to have a huge pile of meth as the main picture. thanks

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      Richard 7 years ago

      big big ditto to tracy - that pic is a trigger - but thanks for the info - I'm very tired of hearing the damaging effects of meth - good to hear what to DO about it. thanks

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      lacyleathers 7 years ago from US

      thanks for the insight on the pic... a complete miss by me... you are very right!... So it has been changed. Hope you found the info helpful and I have published a lot more info in my first book :

      http://nutritionforrecoveringaddicts.site11.com/

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      ed77burns 6 years ago from USA

      Excellent hub page.Keep writing stuff like this.

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      Dan 6 years ago

      I recently had a relapse on crystal meth, the depression was almost unbearable at times. I started taking L-Tyrosine at the advice of a friend and noticed a major decrease in the drpression in less than 12 hours. Also, my concentration and mood improved within a day or 2 of starting the supplement. I took 1 500mg capsule, 3 times a day with meals. I hope this is helpful to other crystal meth addicts whom have suffered a relapse.

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      Tdot 4 years ago

      Too funny about the pile of meth pic, I start down the fun road of recovery tomorrow .i am stoked.

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