Addictions

Conditions

There are many degrees of addictions. Some people are addicted to coffee or sugar while people at the other end of the spectrum, are addicts drinking pints of alcohol daily, shooting heroin, and doing large amounts of other hardcore drugs.

Serious patterns, such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and hypoglycemia are typically common among drug addicts and alcoholics.

It has been shown that individuals with substance addictions may very likely be suffering from an assortment of one or more metabolic disorders such as hypoglycemia, hypoadrenia, hypothyroidism, Vitamin B deficiency, mineral deficiencies, liver malfunction, and depression.

Nutritional therapy attempts to correct any nutritional shortcomings and to help the body eliminate toxins.

Causes

People with alcohol or drug addiction are usually malnourished and have suffered some damage to the body, such as liver damage. There are underlying metabolic malfunctions common to all substance addictions. Sugar is the foremost “addictive-yet-legal” substance used today. Several other drugs such as amphetamines, psychedelics, cocaine, caffeine, and nicotine temporarily increase the release of sugar into the bloodstream; this creates a “high” through a metabolic process that is similar to involving sugar and alcohol. These drugs duplicate the mood-inducing effect of the body’s endorphins – chemicals which transmit messages to the brain that help to relax the nervous system, or make it “smile.” But perhaps one of the most serious addictions today is the widespread attraction to pharmaceutical drugs.

Treatment

Chemical imbalances may be caused by substance abuse and a result of long-term substance addiction, in which nutritional therapy can be helpful in several ways. In order to deal with the chemical imbalances that are both a cause of substance abuse and a result of long-term substance addiction, there are a number of treatments at Chambers Clinic that can be helpful in several ways.

Continual support and treatment is instrumental in gaining real and lasting recovery from multiple types of addiction. Chambers Clinic focuses on detoxifying and strengthening the liver and digestive tract.It is not uncommon for those who remain drug or alcohol-free to simply substitute their chosen substance with excessive use of another addictive substance, such as sugar, caffeine, or nicotine. This behavior is often indicative of some metabolic disorder that the individual is trying to self-correct.

Relapse prevention is crucial to the recovering addict, which coincides with nutrition in recovery that involves the appropriate amino acids to serve as the building blocks for the powerful chemicals in the brain – neurotransmitters.  Neurotransmitters, including epinephrine and norepinephrine, serotonin and dopamine, are closely tied to addiction behavior.  Chambers Clinic incorporates the use of various amino acids to help stabilize brain chemistry back to normal levels while restoring deficiencies in the neurotransmitters that spur cravings. The specialized treatment for addictions Chambers Clinic has designed may also include acupuncture and sauna treatments to further prevent addictive behaviors and relapse from occurring.