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Amino Acids and Recovery
Most of this program is from the book END YOUR ADDICTION NOW.. the doctor who wrote it ran a treatment facility in UPstate New york where they gave patients amino acids and vitamin via IV during treatment.. He also counsels patients individually.. All of these things are meant to rebuild activity in the major neuro transmitters.. as addicts our neurotransmitters have been disrupted by our use of drugs.. even stuff like cigarettes and eating alot of sugar can disrupt them.. with drugs however it can be more damaging.. I will list the aminos maily used for addiction, their dosages etc.. everything should be taken on a empty stomach... an hour b4 meals.. Take all of them together with lots of water... I have added stuff as I have done more research on this...


B- vitamin Complex  100mgs, needed for absorption of aminos, rebuilding of the liver, reducing stress,  If you can get injections from your doctor that is even better.. I would buy the sublingual for best absorption

Multi mineral vitamin high potency formula , just good to take all around, addicts are using lacking many of the right vitamins and minerals, and alot of prescription drugs rob our bodies of nutrients.

5HTP-- this is what tryptophan gets turned into prior to being turned into serotonin in our brains. Serotonin is what is usually depleted if we are depressed and anxious.. Taking this will help with PAWS ( post accute withdrawl syndrome) or eliminate you suffering from them all together      DO NOT TAKE IF YOU ARE TAKING A SSRI OR TRICYLIC ANTI DEPRESSANT
Dosage-- up to 300mgs a day 3x DAILY ( I take 100mgs 3x per day, start with the lower dose and move up if needed)

L-glutamine--amino acid required for GABA production, that is the relaxing part of our brain.    up to 2000mgs 3x per day.. ( I take 1000 mgs 3x day, again start lower and work up if needed)

L-Taurine-- another "relaxing" amino  up to 1000mgs 3x daily

DLPA-- helps restore the function to the pain receptors working with the enporphins/enkephalins, can also help with pain if you are someone that suffers with some kind of legitamate pain. DO NOT TAKE IF YOU ARE TAKING A SSRI OR TRICYLIC ANTIDEPRESSANT or if you have DIABETES or HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
Dose-- up to 2000mgs 3x per day (again you can start lower like 1000mgs 3x daily)

Sam-e-- aids in stress relief, depression,eases pain, and produces antioxidant effect that can improve the health of the liver 200-400mgs per day

Vitamin C-- use Ester c buffered form, detoxifies the system, and lessens cravings for drugs. Supports many body systems. Take 2,000mgs every 3 hours. Start with 1,000mgs and work your way up. Can cause loose stools, body will adjust.

Calcium 1,000mgs at bedtime Magnesium 1,000mgs at bedtime  nourishes the central nervous system and helps control tremors like RLS and other muscle spasms calms and relaxes the body, helps sleep.

If you find yourself really struggling with energy after being on the aminos you can add L-tyrosine to the mix in the early part of the day.. up to 1,500mgs..  This is not usually used in the treatment of pain pill addiction and can over stimulate some people I would say only take it if you are still struggling with energy after starting everything else..

If you find yourself having some anxiety the amino L-theanine is like natural valium.. It has helped me so much I no longer need to take xanax at all for my panic attacks

As far as sleep.. in my early days off of pills I took a sleep blend from GNC with a L-theanine and calcium magnesium liquid everynight and slept like a baby.

I suggest GNC to purchase this stuff they are pretty cheap (some stuff is only 4.99 a bottle)  they were also super helpful and knew alot.. I got a gold card to save some bucks in the future..

After a few months if you are feeling good you can taper the aminos back to once a day... then a few months after that a few times a week.. the best part about taking aminos instead of drugs is you don't have to take them forever to get the benefit.. the FIX the problem not put a band aid on it.

Protein shakes can be of great benefit.. protein is needed for rebuilding of nearly everything in the body.

If you have any questions I am always around.. Stephanie
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224927 tn?1189759426
some really great stuff here. i didn't know that taking the vitamins on an empty stomach was necessary...now i know :-)

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Yes taking them on a empty stomach helps the absorption if you take them with food they have to fight it out with the nutrients from the food and you don't get as much benefit..
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Steph and everyone else

I ran across some Amino Fuel 2000,From Twinlab. It was at at bodybulding store. Anyway I bought some. It seems to have every amino acid made. I counted nineteen (19) plus a few other goodies. Watch out though it has 40 calories! So I am pretty sure I get an e-mail back saying you have posted it already. I just think it may be helpfull way to get all of these amino acids without buying them separately. Maybe, I would think this would work better if the whole group is taken. So I hope this turns out to be a tip.

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This is getting BUMPED up in case anyone needs the info
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Bumping up for wantlifeback
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Thanks Steph.  You are always so helpful.  We have talked a bit before and you know my current situation.  I understand your post to read the items assist with W/D, PAWS etc after stopping the pills. I wonder if starting that regiment before you are done with the pills would be as or more beneficial?  As in my situation, it may still be a few weeks before I am off the pills again, but I'm already planning ahead for quitting.

Whadda think?

Thanks again Steph, always just a little ray of sunshine here!
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Would you still take the 5HPT, L-glutmine,  L-Taurine or any meds that relax the brain during the day or wait until evening if you are stuggling to stay awake all day with zero energy?
Thanks in advance
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182493 tn?1348056515
Yes starting them as soon as possible will help.. i started mine while i was on sub.
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182493 tn?1348056515
that depends if you are having anxiety issues at all.. if you are not then i would skip those.. or keep the L-glutamine but don't take the taurine.. L-glutamine is also good for helping cravings.  or you could play with the doses and try just at night and L-tyrosine during the day for energy.. we can talk about this more tomorrow if you like I am heading to bed... night
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here's the first...
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Here's the thread I referred to...
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