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VITAMINS AND MINERALS

Any appropriate sobriety attempt should include the right amount of nutritional supplementation - the amount depends on your assessment of your particular needs. Most people begin reaping the rewards from vitamin and mineral supplementation almost immediately. Your mental and physical functioning will improve swiftly and steadily as your repair program progresses.

VITAMINS & MINERALS

VITAMIN B-COMPLEX

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 The vitamin-b complex is compromised of eight water soluble vitamins that perform essential and inter-relating roles in cellular functioning. Many aspects of brain functioning, including energy production and the synthesis of important neurochemicals and signaling molecules depend upon this subset of vitamins.  Adequate levels are absolutely necessary for optimal neurological and physiological functioning.  

VITAMIN C

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Vitamin C supplementation has perhaps received more hotly debated attention than all other supplements combined. The great physician and orthomolecular biologist, Linus Pauling, outlined many claimed benefits in his book How to Live Longer and Feel Better. His claims were so strongly made that the book received an unparalleled response from the pharmaceutical industry who  were strongly opposed to any vitamin therapy which had the potential to diminish pharmaceutical profits. Unfortunately, the pharma industry is a formidable opponent and incredibly effective at discrediting the results of a nutritional supplement. 

Despite this, vitamin C remains a highly safe and frequently recommended antioxidant that may reduce the risk of chronic illness, lower the risk of heart disease, boost immunity, and protect memory and cognition as one ages.

OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS

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One of the main beliefs of Reaction Recovery is that when the internal environment becomes destabilized, it is only a matter of time before relapse will occur. It has been long suggested that low levels of polyunsaturated fatty acids play  a role in the pathophysiology of some psychiatric illnesses - notably impacting anger and depression - two moods that are highly correlated with poor recovery. 

During the health-conscious push of the 1990s to avoid "fats", many diets moved away from red meat, eggs, and other good sources of omega-3s, potentially contributing to the explosion of patients reporting symptoms of depression. Similarly, many recent studies, including Dr. Matthew Muldoon's 2014 research at Oxford University link omega-3 deficiency directly with cognition impairment and suboptimal brain performance in adults as we age. 

VITAMIN D

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In recent years, studies have suggested that appropriate levels of vitamin D will help regulate and protect dopamine, serotonin and other neurochemicals that regulate mood and healthy brain function. Vitamin D is also involved in immune function, inflammatory responses, and helping the body restore depleted levels of other vitamins and minerals. It is directly linked with a list of serious health problems that complicate a successful drug recovery including liver disease, obsity, anxiety, and depression. 

Most typical American diets are deficient in Vitamin D, and like has been stated many time before, the typical individual in recovery is even more deficient than the average individual. For this reason, vitamin D supplementation is commonly recommended. 

MAGNESIUM

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Magnesium is one of the most well-researched and uncontroversial supplements recommended for an individual recovering from drugs of abuse.  Magnesium supplementation is shown to stabilize the internal stress response by increasing GABA activity and decreasing the activity of glutamate (NMDA) receptor - in short, it helps the brain to relax. 

One of the most common complaints during early sobriety is sleep disturbances. Magnesium lessens the high-stress conditions of the GABA/glutamate systems, thereby promoting more deep and restful sleep. 

One can take up to 300mg of magnesium before bedtime, however, diarrhea is the most common side effect, therefore the dose should be slowly titrated up.