Freedom, empowerment and equality are becoming rallying cries across the country, while not always in constructive ways!!! We are being confronted by some people who are standing up for the need for positive change and societal transformation, and other people who are holding tightly to ideals of individual freedoms, and resistance to change. 

Regardless o...

March 3, 2020

Americans suffering from food-addiction compose over 50 percent of the adult population. That

percentage is even higher among recovering addicts who so often began treatment and drop their drugs or alcohol, but pick up or increase their use of sugar, starch, and other drug-like junk foods, typically gaining 30 pounds in 30 days. This was the expected norm...

February 25, 2020

Initially my drug of choice was alcohol, and I drank alcoholically from the start at age 18.  After 12 years of constant trouble, numerous attempts to quit or control my drinking, and all the social and legal problems that go with active alcoholism, I finally did quit drinking on my own, without a recovery program.  I stayed “dry” for nine years. Then I w...

February 18, 2020

Addiction Relapse and Blood Sugar Dysregulation

By Christina Veselak, LMFT, CN


Missing a meal or consuming a high sugar diet are primary relapse triggers for all recovering addicts.

Research has clearly shown that low or dropping blood sugar levels lead to cravings, and ultimately, to relapse, in clients with both process a...

February 12, 2020

​A 64-year-old woman came to see me with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, and out-of-control diabetes and kidney disease. She complained of feeling depressed, anxious, and was unable to sleep. She told me she was a compulsive over-eater. Her drug of choice was potato chips, and a close second was vanilla ice cream. She had been eating lots of both for 30...

February 11, 2020

The following alcoholic client's story is provided by Vonda Schaefer MFT, NTS

As the mother of a young child, sobriety was important to Sheila. The first year was pretty easy, but when she first came to my office, she had had one relapse and divulged that she was plotting a way to secretly drink again. In my assessment, I asked her e...

February 4, 2020

Like other addictive drugs such as cannabis, tobacco, and sugar, alcohol can affect any or all of the

brain’s pleasure-promoting neurotransmitter functions. Alcohol can become a super-addictor by hyper-stimulating brain levels of serotonin, endorphin, GABA, and/or dopamine as well as disturbing blood sugar levels and creating pathological depletions in ma...

January 28, 2020

Most addicts are significantly depleted in many nutrients and benefit from supplementation with vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids. The most crucial nutrients for early recovery, however, are amino acids. Some of the key supplements used in a nutrition-based treatment program include the following:

  • L-Glutamine: L-Glutamine is a perfect fuel for the wh...

January 21, 2020

The Pro-Recovery Diet: The Second Essential Factor

in Successful Addiction Recovery


Never Skip a Meal

The most important meal of the day is every meal of the day for someone in recovery. In fact, according to Julia Ross, MA, after 35 years of directing addiction treatment programs in California, “a skipped meal is the number one cause of relapse.” Most rec...

January 14, 2020

The Craving Cure

Julia Ross, MA, Flatiron Books, 2017

A comprehensive description of treating cravings for food and other substances with amino acid therapy, useful for both the public and the medical professional.

The Prevention of Alcoholism Through Nutrition

Roger J. Williams, PhD, Bantam, 1981

Williams discovered pantothenic acid, named folic acid, and was...

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