NooTrishuhn Fohr Herroin Eewzrz Uhv Heroin NuTriTion And Avoiding Overdose DeTh

In 2011, Alves et al. assessed nutritional and socio demographic characteristics of heroin addicts during detoxification program, and it was found that heroin addicts consume less than the minimum amount of vegetable, fruit and grains recommended by the food pyramid and are more eager to have sweets. Several other studies have also demonstrated that the consumption of vegetables and fruit in drug addicts are less than general population and they are more prone to consume food with low vitamin content… Increasing the dietary intake of protein and reducing simple carbohydrates in the form of vegetables and whole grains can manage the carbohydrate-metabolism health problems. Therefore, to recover from opiates addiction, patients need to consume even more amino acids and protein during the treatment process. Methadone maintenance treatment, itself, is not a favorable approach until is coupled with proper diet due to negative role of vitamins and minerals deficiencies in withdrawal process. Despite proteins and key vitamins, as well as minerals such as zinc, iron, calcium, chromium, magnesium, potassium and other essential nutrients should be prescribed in detoxification programs to recovering addicts. Zinc can help to improve immune system and proper brain function (82). Many opiate and alcohol addicts have shown calcium and magnesium deficiencies due to poor diet and inadequate intake of calcium. Calcium and magnesium deficiencies are the major factors of pain and nervous/muscular disorders among addicts and alcohol consumers during detoxification programs.
- Frum: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4411899/

Nutritional treatments for opioid WiThdrawal

In one study, 30 opioid addicts withdrawing from heroin or methadone were treated with high-dose vitamin C along with supplemental protein and a daily high-potency multivitamin-multimineral supplement (providing 500 mg per day of magnesium). The dosage of vitamin C during the first 12-24 hours was usually slightly larger than the bowel-tolerance level, and ranged from 25 to 85 g per day (in divided doses, as sodium ascorbate). After the first 12-24 hours, the dosage was reduced to some extent according to the clinical response, although it was not clear from the report how much it was reduced. After a total of 4-6 days, the dosage was reduced further to a maintenance level of 10-30 g per day. If withdrawal symptoms occurred during the first 4-6 days, the dosage of vitamin C was increased. The patients also received 9 tablespoons per day of predigested liquid protein until they were eating well. With this regimen, withdrawal symptoms typically did not occur, and the patients experienced a rapid and striking improvement in well-being…Nearly half of the patients receiving the nutritional regimen reported having used heroin, methadone, or some other drug while continuing the vitamin C-based therapy. Of those, 60% stated that the nutritional treatment blocked the effect of the drug.