Addiction can be a hard habit to break. From the simplest thing as smoking a cigarette to a hardcore addiction to drugs, letting go isn’t easy. Drug addiction isn’t only life threatening, but it can all wreak havoc on your body.
Any form of addiction is harmful on your body. That is why it is important to get the vitamins and nutrients that can help your body heal, on top of treatment for your addiction. While it’s always good to get nutrients right from the foods that supply them, sometimes it’s necessary to take a supplement.
Detox With Vitamin C
Vitamin C isn’t just for colds anymore. It’s amazing benefits of moving toxins from the body has been used in drug treatments, according to healthy.net. In fact, it has been reported that vitamin C, with B vitamins, helped lessen withdrawal symptoms for recovering heroin addicts.
Vitamin C can be found in pill form, but it is also in many fruits. Citrus fruits are one potent way to get the vitamin C needed for a toxin free body.
DL-Phenylalanine (DLPA) Kicks Cocaine
While this composition of two amino acids is best used to help cocaine addicts, because it helps restore their depleted norepinephrine levels, it is also useful for other forms of addiction. It helps fight craving and depression by releasing endorphins in the brain making you feel happier.
While a portion of this combo, L-Phenylalanine, can be found in meat products, the D-Phenylalanine portion is only made in a laboratory. That means that this supplement needs to be taken in pill form.
B-Complex Beats Addiction
B vitamins were used in combination with vitamin C to help heroin addicts make it through detox. Healthy.net, again, points out that it is possible people with prior B vitamin deficiencies may be more prone to addiction.
All of the B vitamins can be found in animal products, such as meat and eggs. You can also get vitamin B from spinach and avocados, or take a B-complex supplement.
Boost Mood With Serotonin
Not only does serotonin boost your mood, it can also have anti-craving effects for people with alcohol, marijuana and tobacco addictions. While these may seem like minor addictions, combating even the simplest negative habit can help reinforce good habits.
5HTP is a supplement, readily found over-the-counter, that can help boost serotonin levels. So can a little sunshine and some exercise. L-Tryptophan also boosts serotonin and can be found in fish and bananas, among other things.
There are other supplements, vitamins and minerals that can help you recover after a bought with addiction. It’s important to speak with your doctor or therapist about what lifestyle changes are best for you to become happy and healthy again.