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 nutritionistherapy.com

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...

January 7, 2020

Are You Looking For Help For Yourself or Someone You Care About?

How the Alliance Can Provide Some of That Help

Whether you have already been in some kind of treatment or not, you will find pages on this site that pertain to your problem. For example, if opiates are a problem, read the page on the nutritional treatment for opiate addiction. Read about nut...

December 24, 2019

If you are a treatment provider who already uses nutritional therapy in your program, the Alliance offers you a chance to network with others who are equally inspired about the impact of nutrition on recidivism and retention. Perhaps you give dietary advice or use oral supplements and would like to know more about intravenous formulas and protocols. Perha...

December 17, 2019

If practice made perfect we’d all be experts at getting angry. Still, not many of us do a very good job of it. Either we lash out and harm others, or we stuff our anger inside and try to ignore it, for fear of reprisal or fear of what we might do if our anger were unleashed.

Unleash it, advised the late anger management expert Alice Eldred, a family and ch...

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