Drug addiction has a wide variety of cause and contributing factors; the common denominators are: pain, anxiety, and lack of self-worth. Prescription drug addiction is most prevalent, followed by alcoholism. Addiction usually takes hold slowly. As the brain and body are slowly introduced to addictive substances, genes may be pathologically altered, essentially engrafting a new disease process on the addict’s constitution.
Measures to prevent substance abuse and addiction in youngsters include all factors conducive to psychic health and happiness. Only a few of the basics can be mentioned here. Children need love, affection, nurturing, and genuine contact. They also need constant structure, discipline, rational boundaries and rules; these make the child feel safe, secure, cared for, and loved. Honesty is essential. Installing traditional moral values, a strong work ethic, the ability to think, and the foundations for resilient independence has immense value. Great firewalls against destabilizing influences are the duel opponent of a simple, open love for and trust in God.
For detection of addiction in your youngster, first know your child thoroughly and realistically. Develop the habit of making eye contact when speaking to your child. Look for early signs such as detraction of eye contact, other changes such as aloofness, defensiveness, falling grades, appetite or weight decrease, change in energy level, changes in personal appearance and clothing choices, shifts in peer friendships and social preferences, and relativity sudden or drastic changes in interests and motivation. It helps to inform children at an appropriate age about the various mind-altering substances, their destructive effects, their seductiveness, and the futility of seeking solace in their delusive euphoria, warn them also about peer pressure.
In our treatment protocol, we combine the latest brain science, safe natural supplements, brain/mind therapy, and occasionally prescription medication if needed. Our advanced, time-tested services include designing individualized treatment regimens to balance biochemical brain deficits and to enable one to rise above the magnetic pull of alcohol or drugs. We provide long-term nutritional supplementation that enhances energy and well-being; prescribe a natural, balanced, low-fat nutrient-dense diet; and recommend daily stress and anxiety management with enjoyable exercises. All of the above facilitate lifestyle enhancement, altered gene expression, greater stability and well-being which not only minimizes the chances of relapse, but may reduce the probability of future offspring succumbing to addiction.
Whether legal or illegal, habitual overuse of substances in excess to get some desired effect is dependence. You may build up tolerance to a substance, thus needing an ever-increasing amount to produce the desired effect or prevent withdrawal. Whether the substance is injected, taken orally, or inhaled, addictive substances can, to varying degrees, influence the brain, mind, and body. Cocaine, heroin, methadone, diazepam (Valium), phenobarbital, alcohol, marijuana, rohypnol (“roofies”), gamma-hydroxy-butyrate (GHB), and numerous potentially dangerous drugs are abused, causing users untold miseries and sometimes death.
If you are severely addicted to barbiturates, anti-anxiety drugs, cocaine, or heroin, you need to be under a doctor’s supervision to taper off gradually. Participate in a Christian support group or Christian psychotherapeutic halfway house. You may need a 12-step self-help program, biofeedback/neuro-feedback or behavioral therapy. Learn to identify your “weakness” or “triggers.” For example, don’t go to places where you are tempted; instead go to places that honor God. Pray for the Holy Spirit’s power to overcome the desire for substances that destroy your brain.
Recommended Supplements: Brain Food, Royal Jelly, Neuro Relaxer, Galantamine, Clarimen GC (Creatine Monohydrate), Grape Seed Extract, GTF Chromium, Natural 5-HTP at bedtime, Neuro Balancer, Multiple for Every Man, Multiple for Every Woman, Allergy Control, Immune Enhancer I and Immune Enhancer III, Liver Detox & Regenerator, L-Glutamine, Heart Prolongevity, Gentle Colon Cleanse and Vitamin C 1000 w/Bioflavinoids.
Consume a well-balanced natural food diet; add cooked Kudzu at least once a week to your food. If you suffer seizures as a result of phencyclidine (PCP) withdrawal, see a doctor.
If you suffer insomnia, see recommendations under that heading.
God can take away destructive cravings and give you a passion for becoming like His Son. (See also Alcoholism.)
Note: You don’t have to order all the supplements listed for each health condition. Start with the first one to three products, based on your needs. Take supplements for a minimum of one month (in severe cases longer) until relieved of the symptoms. Then take supplements on and off for maintenance.
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