Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Nutrition For Recovering Meth Addicts: Part 2

In dealing with the chemical imbalances that can be a cause of meth abuse and a result of long-term meth addiction, nutrition for recovering meth addicts is very important in the recovery process. Here we will look further into the nutritional needs of the recovering meth addict.

Adrenal Support Herbs for Meth Recovery

Licorice (glycyrrhiza glabra),

Suggested Dosage
600 mg/day DGL extract or 1, 000 mg of regular extract 1/2 hour before meals.

Siberian ginseng (eleutherococcus),

Suggested Dosage: 100-300 mg 3 times a day.

Ashwaganda (withania somnifera)

Suggested Dosage: 1 teaspoon of powder twice a day



Suggested Dosage : ranges from 1.5 to 9 g per day.

* Of course with any substance there may a chance of some side effects and dosages are only suggested. Be sure to talk with your doctor first.

These all tend to be great herbs for those recovering from drug addiction. Try to avoid herbs that are over stimulating. When the body has been stimulated for too long it needs to be nourished and calmed down for the most part.

Although the thyroid is the primary set point for metabolism, the liver is the “fat burner” of the body. Toxic chemicals like crystal meth, cocaine, and other designer drugs are especially hard on the liver. Weight that gathers around the mid section is a classic sign for liver stagnation issues. For those that have had a short stint with drug abuse it’s less concerning. For those that have abused drugs for more than a year, a very slow detox program over an entire year or so would be in order. Meth is full of toxic solvents so avoid any rapid detox programs and opt for a more gentle nourishing cleanse over a prolonged period. Your body has already been through enough. It does not need to deal with a harsh extreme sudden detox from meth as well.

In the next installment we will look more closely at the detox portion of recovery and the foods and substances that will aid in this process.

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