Are there Suboxone supplements to take when tapering Suboxone and finishing treatment that can help with the withdrawal symptoms?
Top addiction treatment experts recommend that their patients continue with Suboxone treatment for at least one to two years. In some cases, longer treatment is necessary. When it does come time to reduce the dosage and gradually taper, there are some useful supplements that can make the process smoother and easier.
When should I take glutamine? Can Glutamine help with opioid withdrawal and Suboxone withdrawal?
Glutamine is an amino acid that is related to another amino acid, GABA. Some experts in the field of nutritional supplements believe that glutamine benefits include relaxation as well as increasing energy levels.
Additionally, there are claims that glutamine stabilizes blood sugar, reducing addictive behavior. Glutamine may also be related to growth hormone levels and aging. You can find this amino acid supplement at your local health food store.
How do I know when to take glutamine?
The best time to take glutamine is in the morning and in the evening, before bedtime. Taking it at these times will help you to get optimal glutamine benefits.
What is the best glutamine supplement? Is the best glutamine powder or capsules?
When it comes to glutamine powder vs capsules, you are most likely fine going with the capsules, which will be easier to take on a regular basis. Some bodybuilders take pure glutamine powder to help with workouts and some people use glutamine for weight loss. However, if you are taking glutamine for mental health issues, addiction, or if you are taking glutamine for gut health, there is no need to buy a large tub of pure glutamine powder.
If you are looking for the glutamine benefits of stabilizing blood sugar to promote relaxation, calm, and reduced addictive thoughts, the capsules should work fine. You can simply follow the recommendations for use on the package.
Are there supplements for serotonin replacement? What withdrawal supplements help with low serotonin levels?
While many doctors prescribe selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), such as Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, and Lexapro, some nutritionists recommend supplements to help with low serotonin. 5-HTP is a precursor to serotonin that may provide some benefits for people with anxiety, and even premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
In the same pathway from 5-HTP to serotonin, there are also melatonin and tryptophan. You may have heard of these two substances and how they help to promote sleep. Melatonin is readily available as a supplement at health food stores. Tryptophan is found in turkey and warm milk.
If you are having difficulty going to sleep, you may want to consider warming up a glass of milk, or taking a melatonin supplement. Tryptophan may explain why people are so sleepy after a big Thanksgiving dinner!
What are the benefits of tyrosine? Should I eat foods high in tyrosine?
It is possible to focus on eating foods containing the amino acid tyrosine, but a supplement capsule containing tyrosine powder is also fine. Tyrosine is a precursor for several important neurotransmitters that are essential for good mental health. Tyrosine helps in the production of dopamine, epinephrine, and norepinephrine.
When it comes to addiction recovery, tyrosine can be helpful in replenishing the depleted neurotransmitters that are low due to excessive drug use. Yet, be careful to check first with your doctor. Tyrosine may not be safe if you have any issues with heart health.
Are there any good tyrosine alternatives?
If you are concerned about heart-related issues with tyrosine, you may be interested in DLPA, or DL-Phenylalanine. This amino acid supplement is also part of the dopamine pathway and can be helpful similarly in promoting replenishment of depleted neurotransmitters.
Are there any good GABA alternatives?
GABA is an amino acid that is believed by some to be helpful in reducing anxiety. Popular alternatives to GABA are theanine and taurine, which are both also active at the GABA receptor. GABA, interestingly, is also recommended by some experts for assisting with autism spectrum disorder.
Why do people become addicted?
While there are many theories about the underlying genetic and environmental factors that contribute to addiction, one fascinating theory involves poor nutrition as being a major risk factor. Ideally, our diets should be well-balanced, consisting of a variety of fruits and vegetables, as well as proteins.
Unfortunately, many children are being fed mostly with refined sugar and carbohydrates throughout the day. A poor diet, low in healthy, natural foods, is proven to be a factor leading to mental health issues, including anxiety and depression. Poor diet can also lead to behaviors that often lead a person right into active drug addiction. In fact, many drug relapses may be ultimately due to dietary issues.
Can amino acid supplements alone help to treat the broken reward center in the brains of people suffering from different types of addiction?
Of course, a well-balanced diet is essential, even if you do take amino acid supplements. Additionally, there are minerals and other cofactors that are important for optimal brain health to support neurotransmitter replacement and to improve mental health.
What are nutritional cofactors that help the brain to produce neurotransmitters?
Magnesium and calcium are two important minerals that are neurotransmitter cofactors. In order to complete the biochemical pathway of neurotransmitter production, cofactors are critical. Without these neurotransmitter cofactors, the amino acids discussed here will not be as effective. Other cofactors include omega-3 fatty acids, methylfolate, B vitamins, as well as vitamins A, B, and C.
Tune in to my medical addiction treatment podcast, The Rehab, for more information.
For more information on this fascinating topic of opioid withdrawal supplements, you may be interested in my podcast interview with Dr. Teralyn Sell, an expert on brain chemistry and brain health. Taking nutritional supplements, along with a healthy diet, can help with Suboxone tapering, heroin detox, hydrocodone withdrawal treatment and even tramadol withdrawal symptoms.
If you are looking for things to help with withdrawal, I recommend learning more about neurotransmitter precursors. When you have completed a full course of Suboxone therapy, this knowledge of amino acids and nutrient cofactors can help with tapering off of Suboxone with less withdrawal symptoms.