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Detoxification and Nutrition for Opiate Addicts

Opiate addicts are often the toughest patients to treat when it comes to rehabilitation. The most important treatment issue for withdrawal is not only treating the disease but treating the individuals underlying causes. Traditional medicine for instance, there are specific protocols to treat various diseases of which the genetic variability’s are not taken into account. Not everyone responds to various treatments in the same manner, which includes the spiritual and emotional aspects.

Many professionals are now starting to treat addicts by using oral and intravenous nutrition which in turn repairs and rebuilds the mind and body’s biochemical pathways. As opposed to prescription mind altering chemical drugs, studies have shown that a natural detox works far better. In particular methadone an opiate which is prescribed for chronic pain has the same withdrawal effects as other addictive drugs.

The journey back to health should also be supported emotionally and spiritually, as addicts can be stretched to their limits in the withdrawal process from methadone. The 12 step rehab program in conjunction with family support is extremely important. Opiate addicts suffering from chronic long term pain usually build up a tolerance to opiate therapy of which methadone in particular long term creates other health problems and an opiate syndrome.

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The Poppy

Opiate addicts suffer from a withdrawal from methadone and similar type opiate drugs than any other drug. However by increasing the serotonin levels in the brain using amino acid therapy, the body will heal and the body will once again start producing its own endorphins and enkephalins which are natural opiates.  Methadone is one of the most addictive opiates as it is a synthetic morphine which why one experiences severe withdrawal symptoms.

Methadone causes changes to gastrointestinal system whereby one cannot absorb vital nutrients which can cause aches and pains, anxiety, insomnia and chronic fatigue. Methadone also affects the neurotransmitters of the brain and if left untreated these symptoms can continue for month’s even years.

Nutritional therapy is administered IV over 6 days or until the symptoms have subsided. When finally healing starts, then the withdrawal symptoms will totally disappear.