The drug-related mortality rate in the United States is staggering, it suffers three times the average global rate of drug-related deaths. Not only are we plagued by this epidemic in the U.S but the international illegal drug trade is estimated at $400 billion dollars annually! The U.S. economy is strained with drug use costs for increased health care, crime, and lost productivity amounting to over $700 billion annually! The rates of rehab returns are staggering and one of the most important parts of a successful drug rehab facility is the detoxification program it offers and a large part of that would include a successful withdrawal process.
What is Withdrawal?
The body depends on certain vitamins and minerals to function properly when one uses drugs, they deplete your natural reserve of vitamins and your dependency on the drug becomes stronger. When one is withdrawing from a drug, the deficiencies that that drug produced can be agonizing, now coming off of it.
Withdrawals are what occurs physically and emotionally for a person when coming off drugs, and are dormant effects of the drug. Length of withdrawal and its symptoms vary from drug to drug, as do the physical and mental reactions to no longer taking the drug.
What is Detoxification and How Can You Detox with Vitamins?
Drugs deplete vitamins and minerals from the body, and nutritionists’ experiments indicate that vitamins and minerals assist the withdrawal. A number of drugs interfere with digestion and absorption of all food as well as most vitamins and minerals, resulting in deficiencies which, in turn, cause some damage to every part of the body and so nutritional and vitamin needs are increased. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies can actually cause such metabolic imbalances that it can create addictive cravings and other mental symptoms that can block recovery and potentially lead to relapse.
Detoxification is the process of getting rid of toxins in the body. Drugs are essentially poisons, and so drug detox would be the process of getting rid of the poisons that have been inflicted upon your organs and damaging your tissues, nerves, and cells.
One can repair the parts of the body from the loss of vitamins that occurred during the addiction as well as use vitamins to curb withdrawal and thoroughly detox. Much research has been done in the way of vitamins and minerals, and their use in drug detox. Some key vitamins and minerals are the B vitamins, Vitamins C, D, A, E, Zinc, Magnesium, and Calcium.
Vitamin A is known for improving eyesight, but it is also good for fighting against infectious disease, gene regulation, supporting red and white blood cells as well as supporting the immune system.
B vitamins would include, Citicoline, Niacin, B1, B6, and B5. B vitamins are one of the most important vitamin groups, preventing depression, and other uncomfortable mental states in the addicted. They are also anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective as well as having the potential to reduce addiction to drugs.
To expound upon Vitamin C, it has been known to prevent and minimize the toxicity of drugs and allergic reactions, and it is greatly depleted from the body from using drugs, so it is a vital nutrient. It has been proven to help with withdrawal of such drugs as opioids and to decrease the dependence on morphine. It reduces stress, anxiety, depression, etc. and speeds up the healing process.
Nutritionist Adelle Davis wrote in her Drugs Versus Nutrition, on Detoxification by Vitamin C:
“When 300 to 800 milligrams of vitamin C were given daily with a single drug, the period of treatment was considerably shortened, and larger, more effective doses could be used when needed. The vitamin also helps to prevent the liver damage known to be caused by a number of drugs.”
Drug use can bring about a deficiency in vitamin D. Your entire body uses this vitamin to function properly, and there are also necessary psychological benefits of it. In the handling of drug addiction and entering detox, vitamin D is a necessity. This is because every tissue in your body has Vitamin D receptors, this includes your brain, heart, muscles, and your immune system.
Vitamin E is known to benefit skin, hair, and nails, but it’s an important antioxidant and is used in cell signaling mechanisms, such as in their interaction with each other and in carrying out important functions. Like Vitamin A, it too is important in relation to red and white blood cells and fighting disease and in supporting the immune system against harmful bacteria and viruses.
Magnesium and Calcium
In regards to the minerals, calcium, and magnesium, the nervous reactions, muscular spasms, tics, etc. caused by drug withdrawal can be diminished by these two important minerals. Magnesium participates in well over 300 biochemical reactions in the body, including hormonal, enzyme, and neurotransmitter activities, affecting our mood and brain health. Almost every cell in the body uses calcium in some way or another. Calcium is used by the nervous system, heart, bones, and muscles.
These are important minerals for decreasing dependence on drugs, withdrawal symptoms and lowering relapse rates.
Zinc is an essential mineral that is found in every tissue in the body, is an important part of cell division and stimulates the activity of around 100 enzymes in the body! Zinc deficiency is commonly found in drug addicts and is an important mineral in treating addiction and helping withdrawal. Zinc is key for emotional and mental stability, it supports a healthy immune system, rapid healing, is a powerful antioxidant and is involved in the maintenance of ideal hormone balance.
You can see how vitamins and minerals are necessary not only in restoring the body’s functions and parts but in drug detox, and in addiction withdrawal. One can get vitamins naturally from certain whole foods, or synthetically from a lab, in pill or liquid form, derived from natural food sources.
Drug Rehab Detox
As explained on our detoxification page, “The primary action of a drug is to increase the quantity of a specific chemical that is produced naturally in the body…When a substance is used over an extended period, it starts to replace the chemical it once increased. As this process occurs, a person becomes dependent on the drug. The body stops making the chemical that the drug replaces and expects the drug to take its place.”
The purpose of detoxification is to rid the body of toxins and restore it to its original condition from before it was dependent on drugs. The human body extracts vital nutrients such as vitamins and minerals from food for optimal brain and body functions and for healing from traumatic experiences such as poisoning from drug addiction.
One of the biggest problems with drugs is the vitamins and minerals lost from using them, affecting the mind and the body, and this is a large part of what makes the withdrawal process so tough on the drug addicted. Rehab stands for rehabilitation and that is exactly what one would expect to achieve. Call Choices Recovery today for more information.