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Nutrition for Addiction Treatment


If one would drop into an addiction treatment program in any city in North America you would expect to find counselors and 12-Step meetings. Today, this is what is called ‘treatment. And yet, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse .


"Research findings from basic and clinical neuroscience have shown addiction to be a complex disease of the brain and behavior from which people can recover with treatment, as is the case with most medical diseases."


If addiction is a disease of the brain, where is the focus on brain support? Members of the Alliance for Addiction Solutions use some of the same psycho-spiritual practices as conventional treatment programs, but in addition give the brain the nourishment it is missing. The brain uses that nourishment to create more neurotransmitters, the chemicals that ferry messages of reward and pleasure from one nerve to another. In addition, the brain begins to rebuild the receptor sites that receive the messenger molecules, increasing the transmission of positive messages and thus eliminating cravings for drugs or addictive behaviors.

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Happily, understanding is growing that each client has a unique biochemistry that has to be assessed and corrected if recovery is to be swift and long lasting. Those new to the concept of applying nutritional science to addiction treatment are lucky that treatment pioneers in the United States and Canada have been successful at it for decades.

Many of those pioneers are members of this Alliance and are generously sharing their wealth of knowledge with the public in a concerted effort to bring a new level of success to the field of addiction treatment.

For Treatment Providers


IIf you are a treatment provider who already uses nutrition in your program, this website offers you a chance to network with others who are equally inspired by the impact of nutrition on recidivism and retention. Perhaps you give dietary advice or use oral supplements and would like to know more about intravenous formulas and protocols. Perhaps you would like more information on safe detoxification of patients from benzodiazepines or opiates. We hope that you will let us know if there is something you’d like to see here that we don’t yet offer.

How do nutrition-wise providers organize treatment?


  • First, we teach clients what to eat and how to prepare it to correct the biochemical abnormalities that both cause and are caused by addictive disorders. Clients learn to avoid white sugar, white flour, white rice, and processed foods of all kinds. They are encouraged to consume protein at each meal to rebuild neurotransmitters, and lots of vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, and beans to supply the B vitamins and other vitamins, minerals, and beneficial fats needed for a healthy nervous system.
  • Second, according to results from questionnaires, history-taking, and in some cases lab tests, we may offer the client oral supplements on a daily basis, divided into two or three doses.
  • Third, we may offer intravenous nutrients titrated according to need..

Clients who want to feel well, think clearly, and eliminate their cravings, use food and supplementary nutrients for the fuel needed on the road to recovery.

The Role of Big Pharma (Pharmaceuticals)


You may be wondering where pharmaceuticals fit in to this scenario. Our programs embrace clients who have been on multiple drugs, sequentially and simultaneously, for many years. This is the nature of addiction treatment in today’s world. Yet we know that the human body has no known deficiency of Valium or Ritalin or Prozac, but does have a deficiency of endorphins, GABA, dopamine, and serotonin. And, we know that ingesting amino acids like D-phenylalanine, GABA, L-tyrosine, and L-tryptophan rebuild the body’s stores of these four missing neurotransmitters. After a matter of weeks or months, the original symptoms of neurotransmitter distress are permanently eliminated without side effects or a new addiction to dangerous pharmaceuticals.


In a drug treatment program based on Alliance principles, an important aspect of treatment is detoxification from pharmaceutical drugs while regenerating brain function with neuronutrition and a pro-recovery diet. People may enter our programs feeling they need prescription drugs, but our goal is to see them exit clean and sober without the need for any pharmaceuticals other than those for treating physical or mental diseases beyond addiction. Often, even those diseases are positively impacted by the improvement in nutrition and life style

"I came here on five medications that I am no longer on, that I thought I would be on for the rest of my life"

says M.R., a severely recidivistic alcoholic who reports that intravenous and oral nutrients helped him stop taking high blood pressure medication, two benzodiazepines and two antidepressants.