There are supplements that help remove toxins from the body and can be very helpful during alcohol/ drug detox. Detox withdrawals are usually accompanied by painful and sometimes serious side effects. There are different pain relieving drugs that are available to help manage pain and withdrawal symptoms, however, vitamins and minerals are also beneficial, and I believe, essential.
Vitamins and minerals help to replace deficiencies in the body that have been caused by frequent alcohol or drug use and help rebuild the immune system.
They can help relieve restlessness and reduce anxiety caused by withdrawal.
After years of heavy drinking or drug use, B vitamins are often severely depleted. B1 (thiamine), B3 (niacin) and B5 (pantothenic acid) play a role in turning sugar from your body into energy. Additionally, B6 and B12 play an important role in producing blood cells and keeping the nervous system healthy. B8 (inositol) and B9 (folic acid) are helpful in treating deficits that relate to dietary habits and substance-related changes in the digestive track.
B vitamins – especially niacin supplements – have cleansing properties that help to quickly remove toxins introduced during drug use. Taking any (or all) of these vitamins helps bring your body to a normal, more regular state.
CALCIUM & MAGNESIUM
Calcium and magnesium calm the central nervous system and help reduce anxiety, a main withdrawal symptom from alcohol and drug usage, that can be severe. They can work to relieve cramps and twitches as well as muscle tension that often occurs during detoxing. Green leafy vegetables, grains, and dairy products are foods that are rich in calcium and magnesium.
Garlic helps your body detox from and eliminate THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. Instead of eating garlic, try taking garlic pills every day. Or you can take a daily vitamin supplement that includes garlic as one of its main ingredients.
Often, active addiction involves reaching for your drug of choice rather than a healthy meal or exercising. Withdrawal places a lot of stress on your body’s metabolic system and organs. Additionally, withdrawal symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea and nausea often cause poor nutrient absorption and mineral deficiencies.
That’s why it’s so important to supplement detox with vitamins and minerals. Not only do they help bring your body back to a normal state, they also aid in removing toxins from your body and give you the nutrients you need for a healthy (and successful) recovery.
Abusing drugs and alcohol often deplete the body of vitamin C. Taking extra vitamin C may be beneficial in supporting the immune system. It can also help to reduce the stress that your body creates as it returns to normal after withdrawal.
You can get vitamin C from a number of different sources such as citrus fruits and juices along with green vegetables such as peppers.
Vitamin E works to restore proper functioning of blood cells and is an antioxidant that helps reduce damage from oxidative stress and toxic chemicals in the body. It can help repair skin damage from abscesses that have formed due to drug injection or skin damage that has occurred due to excessive skin picking.
Drugs and alcohol deplete all soluble vitamins in the body, especially during the early stages of withdrawal. A round of multivitamins helps restore low levels of vitamins that your body badly needs.
Additionally, vitamin deficiencies are partially responsible for much of the lethargy, skin irritation, memory loss and depression people experience in the early stages of detox and recovery. A good multivitamin should help replenish higher levels of nutrients that have been depleted by alcohol and drug usage, and with feeling a bit more normal and bring optimal bodily function.