Medical and pharmaceutical specialists develop drugs to cure illnesses, but some people tend to misuse these substances, which cause their irrational and sometimes violent behavior against themselves and others. Instead of becoming healed, the person eventually develops a medical condition called substance or drug abuse disorder. The most addictive, and therefore, the most abused drugs are basically grouped into three kinds: narcotics, depressants, and stimulants.
Heroin, opium, and codeine are strong painkillers that may either cause lethargic sensations or intense euphoria. Meanwhile, stimulants like cocaine, amphetamines and Ritalin arouse brain activity through the nervous system to treat conditions like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). On the other hand, Valium, Ativan, and Xanax are regular depressants designed to help patients with anxiety and sleeping disorders.
When a person consumes these drugs beyond the regular dosage, their chemical ingredients disturb the normal flow of the brain’s communication system either by imitating the functions of neurotransmitters, or causing abnormally enhanced production of neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are responsible for facilitating communication throughout the brain and the body. The disruption causes them to send out abnormal messages that engender irrational thinking, or create the urge for more consumption.
The specific cause for substance abuse disorder is yet to be known, although children with addicted parents were found to be more at risk of addiction when they grew up. Other risk factors include socioeconomic and environmental influences. Drug dependence does not happen overnight, and neither does treating it. Without professional help from treatment centers, the road to recovery could be very difficult.
Effective treatment for substance abuse has been found to be a combination of medications and therapy, tailored to each patient’s condition and history. Some centers, like Ranch Creek Recovery, a drug rehab facility that serve the Riverside County, Murrieta, and Temecula areas, among others, offer holistic treatments that include amino acid therapy.
Amino Acid Therapy
Since neurotransmitters are damaged during drug abuse, repairing them and restoring their normal functionality can help in recovery and long-term freedom from craving. This is the objective of Amino Acid Therapy. Amino acids are the building blocks of neurotransmitters. To fix the brain’s system, the patient is given sufficient supplies of amino acids through intravenous delivery or as a formulated compound. The treatment can also help in restoring an addicted patient’s digestive functions.
To achieve recovery, the patient needs to have the commitment similar to that of a diabetic person, as this therapy is a long-term process and won’t stop just because the dependent feels better. Besides the administration of amino acids, the person’s daily diet may also be altered to include foods rich in amino acids, as well as the necessary vitamins and minerals.
Healing the Addicted Brain with Amino Acids, Selfgrowth.com
Substance use disorder, Nlm.nih.gov