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by Ellen Landauer

Addiction Recovery Naturally!

Addiction recovery challenges can be more easily met when you give your body superb nutrition, exercise and rest. Always remember that as you transform your health, you increase your power to transform your life!

* NOTE: While many people can safely discontinue using alcohol or drugs, serious alcoholics and drug users require medically supervised recovery. The information on this page is not intended as medical advice.

Alcohol and Drug Abuse take a tremendous toll on the Body

The challenges of addiction recovery are compounded by physical damage done by alcohol, drugs, and poor eating habits that typically accompany substance abuse.

It is common when coming off drugs to experience extremes of mood and cravings, that make the road of recovery a rough one. The seemingly relentless discomfort can drive even a strong-willed person back to alcohol and drugs to numb the pain.

Many people do not realize how important body chemistry is in relation to behavioral tendencies. It is important to recognize the essential role that nutrition plays in your moods, emotions and cravings.

Restoring your body to a balanced biochemical state is VITAL to alleviating cravings and mood swings, not only if you are recovering from addiction to alcohol and/ or drugs, but also if you want to alleviate sugar cravings and emotional volatility.

Addiction Recovery Difficulties Are Created by Poor Diet and Lifestyle

Nutritional depletion of all body systems creates biochemical imbalances. Your biochemistry has a tremendous influence on your mood! Nutritional depletion makes it harder to handle stress, resolve emotional issues, learn new job skills, and leave the old ways behind.

Tremors, anxiety, depression, uncontrollable anger and fear, difficulty sleeping, headaches and body pain can all result from malnourishment combined with drug residues in the body.

Often the nervous system, digestive system, endocrine system, and others are damaged. The adrenal glands and thyroid may not be functioning well.

Hormones such as sex hormones are lacking compared to what is normal. This is partly due to the toxic burden carried by the liver and liver damage when alcohol and drugs are used.

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In many people recovering from addictions, their outer appearance may reflect the depletion of the body; skin, hair, and muscular tone lacking the vibrance they once had.

If your body remains stressed and nutritionally depleted, the stress patterns relating to addiction will be more difficult to change. It will be harder to stop using drugs and alcohol.

Healing alcohol and substance abuse holistically, you will have more strength to leave old destructive patterns behind.

A diet rich in nutrients accomplishes physical healing that restores your capacity to live a more joyful life. You will find yourself feeling happy more often, easily and normally without needing harmful drugs.

Nutrient-dense diet, nutritional supplements, exercise, rest, and detoxing your body will optimize and speed your recovery. Your energy level, optimism and physical attractiveness will improve. Better able to naturally feel good about yourself, you will recover faster.

Addiction Recovery
Requires Nutritious Diet!

PHOTO ABOVE: Chicken Red Pepper Salad. Delicious Paleo Diet Recipes give you better nutrition to support your Addiction Recovery program. There is no question that healing serious substance abuse requires a supportive community and professional medical help.

It is also important to recognize how much bodily damage results from alcohol and drug abuse. This damage needs to be healed for complete recovery.

I have heard stories of AA members who have not touched alcohol for 25 years, admitting they still had cravings on a regular basis. There is a term for this; a 'dry addict,' meaning one who no longer uses, but still struggles with the addiction and physical cravings.

Drug and alcohol residues can remain stored in the fatty tissues of the body for YEARS! Not only that, but more of these toxic substances are added any time more drugs are consumed!

Be aware...

Any time you are under stress, that triggers the release of alcohol and drug residues from storage in the fatty tissues. These residues travel through the bloodstream to your brain, and the result is cravings!

Know that the BODY may crave drugs even if YOU don't, but you will think it is your own free will.

While body wisdom is to be listened to, a body out of balance transmits messages you may be better off NOT listening to!

Former substance abusers have told me that if they can resist a craving and do something constructive (like exercise, sauna or being with positive, healthy friends), the craving often goes away.

Body Cleanse Should be Part of Drug Addiction Recovery

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An option frequently overlooked in addiction recovery programs is body cleanse techniques. The word 'detox' is used to describe what many substance abuse intervention programs do, but all too often, that does not include natural whole body detoxification techniques.

In addition to the foundation of a healthy lifestyle, body cleanse techniques can speed recovery. Natural detox helps because alcohol and drug residues accumulate and are stored for long periods of time. The toxins are held in the fatty tissues of the body, including liver and nervous system.

As long as these toxic substances persist in the body, the chances of returning to substance abuse remains. This is because under stress or in response to stimuli that remind the ex-drug user of circumstances related to drug use, the body is triggered to release drug residues from storage in fat cells. These substances enter the bloodstream and pass into the brain. There, they trigger cravings.

In addition, substance abuse creates detrimental changes in brain chemistry and function. It can take years for the brain and nervous system to normalize.

Detox methods can help heal you faster.

**NOTE: It is vitally important to have proper medical supervision when using powerful natural detox protocols! There is a real danger of detoxing too fast, overloading organs of elimination, and causing problems.

CONSULT WITH YOUR DOCTOR, and unless directed to do otherwise, use only the mildest measures such as eating a wholesome diet, taking some balanced supplements, gradually increasing exercise and getting better sleep.**

There are some drug addiction recovery programs that use natural alternative methods.

However, there is much you can do for yourself or a loved one. Knowing as much as you can about the physical effects of long-term alcohol and substance abuse leads naturally to the solutions.

Addiction Help - Natural Solutions

In addition to enrolling in an alcohol and drug addiction recovery program, there are actions you can take to increase the effectiveness of your program.

It is vital to give your nutrient-depleted body plenty of support. This would include a nutrient dense diet, and high quality nutritional supplements.

Supporting your recovering body with a nutrient-rich diet and selected supplements gives you the edge you need to make the best progress. Knowledge of nutrition and supplements empowers you to achieve greater emotional stability, increase your energy level, and feel good about yourself.

To succeed in healing, provide yourself with excellent nutrition and supplementation (plus exercise and other great self-care) with consistency and determination.

A diet rich in nutrients accomplishes physical healing that restores your capacity to live a more joyful life. You will find yourself feeling happy more often, easily and normally without needing harmful drugs.

Strengthening Your Body Supports Recovery

The good news is, you can take steps now to become vibrantly healthy. Following the suggestions below will provide a huge boost to your healing progress. The severity of emotional distress, and primary and secondary physical symptoms of withdrawal can be eased with a consistent self-care program that includes regular exercise and proper nutrition.

A strong, well-nourished body provides a firm foundation to support the challenges of remaining clean and creating a productive life. If you are in recovery from substance abuse, you may not have thought much about this.

Restoring Balance

Like an overdrawn bank account, your body needs to have its nutritional funds restored after substance abuse in order for you to feel better. You may not know this, but nutrition can have a huge effect on your drive to succeed and ability to overcome obstacles. When your body is well-supplied with high-quality nutrients, you will feel more optimistic, energetic and emotionally strong. Properly managing nutrition will provide a solid foundation for reducing cravings.

In addition to feeling better, you will look more attractive, too. Skin, hair, muscles and bones all benefit from nutritionally rich foods.

In well-nourished individuals, adrenal, thyroid and sex hormones all provide energy for handling stress, help us to feel good about ourselves, and to be able to work hard, exercise, relax, be happy, and sleep well. They also support the body in being healthy and resistant to disease.

Addiction Recovery Diet

Decrease sugar, increase high-quality protein, fats and fresh vegetables (especially dark greens) and low-glycemic fruits such as apples.

Minimize carbohydrates, especially sugar and refined carbs such as white bread, donuts, candy. This is vitally important!

It is tempting to use sugar as a substitute drug. I’ve known people in recovery who go way overboard in eating sweets. Sugar is addictive as any drug, and should be regarded as such. Over time, its effects on your body can be just as devastating.

'Sugar is the most commonly consumed cancer-causing agent in the western world.' - Dr. Robert Atkins

Most drug users have poor diets - too much sugar and empty calorie foods. Not nearly enough high-quality protein. This destroys immune system functioning.

When serotonin and other neurotransmitters that help us feel happy and content are lacking, we tend to become addicted to various harmful substances. Serotonin is made from the amino acid tryptophan. For the body to convert tryptophan into serotonin, it needs a nutrient-rich diet containing B-vitamins, zinc, magnesium, and an abundance of easily absorbable protein.

IMPORTANT: If you are on a low protein diet that includes a lot of carbohydrates and especially refined carbs, you are NOT getting the nutrients required for manufacturing serotonin and other 'feel-good' neurotransmitters!

While nutritional supplements give excellent support for recovery, don't fool yourself into thinking you can take some vitamin pills and continue eating a lot of sweets - it won't work!

Nutrition to support bodily regeneration and nervous system healing:

High quality protein and healthy fats are essential for rebuilding your body and supporting vitality. Eat as close to nature as you can.

Fresh vegetables and fruits, raw nuts, naturally raised dairy, poultry, and meats, and wild-caught fish are the foods great bodies are made of. They are all not only nutritionally rich, but delicious, and easy to prepare in a variety of ways.

It is common knowledge that drug and alcohol use depletes the body of B-Vitamins.

B-Vitamin rich foods to heal the nervous system:

Foods rich in Vitamin B-Complex should be eaten in abundance. Here is a partial list: Rare beef (preferably grass fed), Organic, free-range eggs, Raw Nuts and Seeds, Raw aged cheese.

Inositol has been shown to improve cognition in Alzheimer’s patients, to help relieve diabetic neuropathy, and to relieve depression and improve mood.

Brain Changes

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Addiction recovery REQUIRES REPLENISHING YOUR NEUROTRANSMITTERS! Drugs and/or alcohol DEPLETE the brain chemicals that you need to be happy!

Substance abuse creates damaging changes in the structure and chemistry of the brain and nervous system. It takes time for the brain to return to normal functioning where drug cravings will cease.

Amino Acids (protein building blocks) in pure, crystalline form are not only potent detoxifiers, but ESSENTIAL precursors to neurotransmitters such as Serotonin, Dopamine, GABA, and others.

Ellen Landauer is an expert with over 40 years in-depth study and experience of the safe and effective use of nutritional supplements, botanical extracts and detoxification methods.

She is Certified as an Advanced Practitioner of Structural Integration body therapy developed by Dr. Ida P. Rolf - also known as Rolfing. This hands-on therapy is the deepest, most comprehensive body alignment therapy. 

Ellen Landauer is also a  PUBLISHED AUTHOR!

To learn more about Ellen Landauer, see her detailed bio HERE


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