Individuals who are drug or alcohol addicted may not realize the serious damage that addiction can do to their bodies. Not only does an addict's lifestyle usually lead to being malnourished, but choosing fast processed foods and empty calories in favor of nutrient-rich whole foods prevents the body from absorbing essential vitamins and minerals for good health due to the substances ingested.
Once on the path to recovery, addiction support is crucial both in the form of adopting new lifestyle habits and eating choices, as well as ensuring that the body is receiving the broad spectrum of vitamins, minerals and nutrients essential for good physical as well as mental health.
Two key areas where addiction support are needed during the recovery process are the immune system and the liver. The immune system and liver becomes becomes compromised by drugs or alcohol, which then greatly lowers the immune system’s ability to fend off diseases and compromises the liver to perform its duty as the body's central clearinghouse for detoxification. There are specific supplements that can prove very beneficial in providing addiction support for those on the path to recovery.
Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that helps to heal damaged immune system functioning by preventing cellular damage from oxidative stress caused by scavenging free radicals. Vitamin C also boosts cardiovascular function which is often depressed during addiction. Vitamin D is another nutrient crucial during an addict's recovery because it supports healthy bones, healthy nervous system function, and helps the body absorb and metabolize such crucial minerals as calcium and phosphorous. Milk thistle is a nutrient that offers excellent support in helping to cleanse and detoxify damaged livers. Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil can help to calm inflammation during the recovery process and amino acids such as taurine and L-theanine can address issues related to promoting improved brain and cognitive functioning hampered by extensive drug and alcohol use.