The proper combination of vitamins can provide help for people struggling with substance abuse, even when the mind and body have been ravaged by years of addiction to drugs or alcohol.
Individuals who are addicted often experience loss of appetite, or may limit their diets to junky or sugary foods with little nutritional value. They are frequently severely malnourished from years of poor nutrition and improper self-care.
Vitamin and mineral deficiencies can lead to fatigue, aches and pains, tooth decay, digestive issues, compromised immune system and damage to the liver, heart and lungs. Other signs of malnutrition associated with addiction include:
- Bleeding swollen gums
- Bone loss
- Dry skin, thinning hair
- Bloated abdomen
- Menstrual problems, fertility problems in women
- Erectile dysfunction in men, low libido
- Digestive problems
- And many more
Benefits of Vitamin Therapy during Recovery
Addiction can affect the body’s ability to effectively absorb proteins, healthy fats and minerals, often resulting in severe deficiencies in vitamins B, A, C and D. Restoring balance is necessary for long-term recovery.
Some vitamins and minerals are helpful during withdrawal, while others boost the healing process after detox is completed, helping with sleep difficulties and improving overall mental health. Some vitamins, including various forms of vitamin B, are given intravenously.
Starting a Vitamin Program
If you’re struggling with addiction, or if you’re currently in drug and alcohol treatment or rehab, it’s a good idea to begin with a high quality vitamin and mineral supplement.
However, the best thing is to work with a professional who can supervise your vitamin therapy program and tailor the doses to your specific needs. Don’t take high doses of vitamins and minerals without first seeking the advice of an expert.
A Healthy Diet is the First Step to Nutritional Balance
Eat a healthy diet during and after drug and alcohol treatment. Include plenty of dark, leafy greens as well as citrus and other vitamin-C rich foods such as fruit and green peppers. Eat calcium-rich foods such as dairy products, kale, spinach nuts and seeds; high-protein foods like lean red meats, eggs and fish; as well as beans, seeds and quinoa and other plant-based proteins.
At Paracelsus, we believe biochemical restoration is a critical aspect of treatment. Our orthomolecular medical specialist supervises extensive biochemical testing and performs a complete lifestyle and nutritional assessment and prescribes tailored supplement intake.
We treat clients using an individualized formula of nutritional supplements that may include vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other substances that restore biochemical balance. Often, clients feel an improvement of mood, strength, sleep quality and the disappearance of the above mentioned symptoms within days, sometimes hours.