Addiction to alcohol is one of the problems that are plaguing the society at large. Bringing one out of the dreaded addiction is no doubt a tough task. It is observed that most psychiatrists, counselors and doctors in the field are dismally unaware that the diet and nutrition therapy has a great role to play in any alcohol treatment.
The writer of the book “Seven Weeks to Sobriety”, Joan Mathews Larson, who is also the director of The Influential Health Recovery Centre, in Minneapolis that runs a treatment centre for outpatients, says that since alcoholism being a physical illness, the patient’s diet and nutrition therapy should be included in the treatment program of alcohol. In fact, when her son committed suicide after taking a residential program to recover from alcohol addiction, she began her campaign with missionary zeal. She published a research paper that shows seventy four per cent of those who have under gone her treatment, remained sober for more than three years.
The anti alcohol based diet is not totally unheard of and those who run the treatment centers for addicts, do think so. The basis on which the treatment lies is cutting down the dependence of the body on simple of ordinary carbohydrates that gets converted into sugar in the blood stream like alcohol. They are white bread, rice, pasta and several baked stuffs. It is observed by those who advocates nutrition based approach for treatment that such refined carbohydrates cause the fluctuations of sugar level in blood as alcohol does. This can fuel the urge of drinking.
This urge associates anxiety, mood swings, and depression resulting in persistent urge to drink and feel better
This is the key of nutritional approach to alcohol addict’s treatment. Replacing the simple carbohydrate with protein, the blood sugar craves of alcoholic’s, can be reduced. The amino acids in the diet control the brain function. Ms Julia Ross, the director of Recovery Systems in Mill Valley, California and the author of the book “The Mood Cure”; observes that certain foods or nutrition given to brain that makes us feel happy. This is how the treatment with nutritional approach sans alcohol to feel so.
The aim of nutritional treatment is to restore the natural supply of body’s essential chemicals. This is done in a way that causes least of the side effects relating to the psychology of patients. So, the withdrawal symptoms are never traumatic or depressing. It is just a switch over, the patient change over from alcohol to healthy diets to feel happy and get rid of the mood swing and the urge to drink. However, it must be noted that every individual’s metabolism is different. As such this necessitates highly customized approach for individuals.