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Books & Studies on Nutrient Recovery for Addictive Disorders

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 founder/director of the Clayton Foundation Biochemical Institute at the University of Texas, Austin, where he taught from 1939 to 1986. His experiments with rats showed how normal rats uninterested in alcohol could be manipulated into craving alcohol instead of water just by changing the quality of their feed.

Overload: Attention Deficit Disorder and the Addictive Brain

David K. Miller and Kenneth Blum, PhD

1996, Andrews and McMeel

Blum, the research scientist, and Miller, the clinician are fantastic success stories in themselves and write for the lay public about the neurochemical connection of brain and behavior.

The Mood Cure: The 4-Step Program to Take Charge of Your Emotions-Today

Julia Ross, MA, 2002 Penguin,.

Explains the connections of mood to adrenal and thyroid gland hormone imbalances, how to eliminate food cravings, and quickly figure out the nutrients and dietary changes that will bring back clearheaded focus and a joyful attitude while eliminating a need for drugs. We have given this book to clients upon graduation from Drug Court.

Depression-Free, Naturally

Joan Mathews Larson, PhD 2001 Random House.

Originally titled Seven Weeks to Emotional Health as a hardcover, Larson's publisher chose one popular problem to highlight in the title of the paperback but it's truly encyclopedic in covering all manner of emotional disturbances, including addiction, aggression, and ADD. An excellent guidebook for self-care or for designing a professional treatment program by the Mother of Addiction Nutrition.


Seven Weeks to Sobriety

Joan Mathews Larson, PhD, 1997, Fawcett Columbine

Personal grief was transformed into public welfare after her teenage son's suicide in recovery led her to research the hypoglycemia-alcoholism connection. Her effort to connect the research dots has led to this extraordinary Bible of self-care and a successful treatment program in Minneapolis.

Potatoes Not Prozac

Kathleen DesMaisons, PhD. 1998 Fireside.

Chapter Five Brain Chemistry 101 is a treasure in explaining simply and usefully the neurotransmitter connection to addiction.

Natural Highs

Hyla Cass, MD; 2002; Penguin Putnam

A Los Angeles holistic psychiatrist, author, and frequent presenter at conferences on spirituality, holistic health, and addiction, Cass and her coauthor Patrick Holford cover the terrain of feeling good from every imaginable viewpoint. We have given this book to clients upon graduation from Drug Court.

How to Defeat Alcoholism: Nutritional Guidelines for Getting Sober

Joseph D. Beasley, MD,1989, Times Books

Beasley has written so many books on the subject of successful treatment for alcoholism it's amazing he isn't fed up with America's stubborn resistance to what works.

End Your Addiction Now: The Proven Nutritional Supplement Program That Can Set You Free

Charles Gant, MD, PhD and Greg Lewis, PhD; 2002 Warner

One of the few excellent nutrition-oriented self-care guides with full chapters on stopping smoking.

NOTE: Gant article The Role of 5HTP as a Precursor for Serotonin and Melatonin in the Treatment of Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Sleep Disorder, Weight Management, Fibromyalgia, Migraine and Withdrawal from Antidepressant Medication

Alcoholism: The Cause & Cure

Genita Petralli; 1999-2005

Petralli runs an alcoholism treatment program in Los Angeles based on nutrition and naturopathic principles with unbridled enthusiasm and energy. This book has everything from bowel cleansing to meal planning from "The laws of health are not negotiable" to "It's a beautiful journey, relax and enjoy it,"

Breaking Your Rx Addiction Habit

Billie J. Sahley, PhD, Katherine M. Birkner, CRNA, PhD, 1996, Pain & Stress Publications

Sahley, a pain management specialist and her coauthor produce a variety of pamphlets on addiction treatment via nutrition that needs proofreading but are useful for their brevity. She also creates formulas for brain repair such as Brain Link She runs the Pain and Stress Clinic in San Antonio, Texas where her staff uses email and phone for consultation.

5-HTP: The Natural Way to Overcome Depression, Obesity, and Insomnia

Michael Murray, ND

NY, Bantam, 1999

Alcohol and the Diet

Daphne Roe, MD; 1979, Avi Publishing

Roe was a highly respected Cornell University professor of nutrition who pioneered our understanding of the powerful nutritional factors at work in alcoholism.

Cleansing the Body, Mind and Spirit

Carolyn Reuben, 1998, Berkley

Myriad ways one can detoxify the body. Check out Chapter 14 starting p.275 on Addiction and Substance Abuse Detox.

The Healing Nutrients Within: Facts, Findings, and New Research on Amino Acids

Eric R. Braverman, MD, with Carl C. Pfeiffer, MD, PhD, Ken Blum, PhD, & Richard Smayda, DO, 2008, Accessible Publishing Systems. The most recent of many editions of this important book, which we consider the best book on amino acids ever written. The core information in it was written by Carl Pfeiffer, MD, PhD, the brilliant psychiatrist/biochemist who pioneered the therapeutic use of amino acids in a clinical setting.

Under the Influence: A Guide to the Myths and Realities of Alcoholism

Dr. James R. Milam and Katherine Ketcham, 1983, Bantam

One of the classics that opened many professionals' eyes to the nutrition link to addiction.

Diet, Crime and Delinquency

Alexander Schauss, 1981, Parker House,

A comprehensive review of the link between what prisoners eat and their behavior before and after incarceration.

Medical and Nutritional Complications of Alcoholism

Lieber, Charles S., Plenum Medical Book Co., 1994 Comprehensive text for the medical professional or anyone who wants to dive deep into the nutritional science involved in alcoholism.

Food for Recovery: The Complete Nutrition Companion for Recovering from Alcoholism, Drug Addiction, and Eating Disorders

Joseph D. Beasley, MD, Mary P. Cheney, and Susan Knightly, 2006, Publishing

The most recent of numerous books on the subject of nutrition and alcoholism by Dr. Beasley. This one includes not only how to repair the damage of addiction using food, but also where to find Whole Foods, how to store them, and how to cook whole foods if you're busy and not an experienced chef.

Alcohol and the Addictive Brain

Blum, Kenneth, New York, The Free Press, 1991

Blum may be one of the first scientists who understood the genetic precedents to addiction, but he couches his science in common language so non-scientists can understand. He explains brain physiology in the disease of alcoholism clearly and concisely.

Introducing Precision Addiction Management of Reward Deficiency Syndrome, the Construct That Underpins All Addictive Behaviors.

Blum, Kenneth, Gondré-Lewis, Marjorie C., et al, Frontiers of Psychiatry, 2018; 9:548. Published online 2018 Nov 27.

DLPA to End Chronic Pain and Depression

Arnold Fox, MD, NYT, Pocketbooks, 1985

An old book but just as useful today as when it was first published, especially considering the tragic epidemic of opiate addiction and overdosing in the US these days.

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