A person may abuse alcohol, drugs sold by prescription or over the counter, or illegal drugs. Chemical dependency or substance abuse can be short-term or long-lasting.
It is increasingly clear that problems of addiction to substance use are caused due to imbalances of neurotransmitters.
Neurotransmitter is a chemical that transmits information across the junction that separates one nerve cell (neuron) from another nerve cell or a muscle. Neurotransmitters transmit information within the brain and from the brain to all the parts of the body.
Amino-acids are the building blocks for these neurotransmitters. The amino acids tryptophan and tyrosine are depleted due to substance abuse and need to be supplied to enable recovery. This is achieved by amino acid loading. This strategy consists of administering protein supplements like tyrosine, taurine, d,l phenylalanine, glutamate, tryptophan to addicts in order to increase the brain’s production of its neurotransmitters and restore balance. Though this strategy has not yet been validated by rigorous research, many treatment programs report good patient treatment compliance and positive outcomes when amino acid loading is added to the treatment process for cocaine, amphetamine, alcohol, and opioid dependence.
Administering a combination of the above mentioned amino acids showed very promising results in various studies.
A double-blind inpatient study of alcoholics carried out in a San Antonio chemical dependency treatment hospital showed that the patients taking the amino acid formula showed health benefits like considerably reduced stress, improved physiological condition and vastly improved psychological, social, and spiritual status. These patients also had a notably higher recovery score (RS), which included such variables as energy, self-confidence, and feeling of well-being.
Amino acids supplements not only restore the neurotransmitter balance but also provide good nutrition and a healthy diet which is equally important in recovery from chemical dependency.
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