Vitamin C: A safer way to recover from drug addiction
01/29/2019 // Mary Miller // Views

Addiction to drugs and other substance will cause your overall health and well-being to deteriorate. Addiction to heroin in particular is often difficult to overcome. People who were previously addicted to heroin may still feel the symptoms of withdrawal weeks, months, or even years after abstaining from it. There are many ways to recover from drug addiction, but so far vitamin C appears to be one of the safest and most effective methods of overcoming substance abuse.

A deficiency in vitamin C or ascorbic acid tends to have a correlation with drug addiction. As such, supplementation of vitamin C can provide profound healing effects on people with addiction problems. What's more, unlike toxic conventional therapies, vitamin C comes with none of the negative side effects that often accompany medathone treatment and other therapies. That's not even considering the withdrawal symptoms that often come with quitting drug abuse. These symptoms may include abdominal pain, nausea, sweating, anxiety, trembling, agitation, depression, mood swings, muscle spasms, and cravings. A person with an addiction problem while also having a deficiency in vitamin C can significantly improve their recovery time by tackling their nutrient deficiency.

How vitamin C can help you recover from drug addiction

When taken in high doses, vitamin C can alleviate pain and help reverse drug addiction to heroin, opiates or other substances. This treatment can be even more effective when taken along with other vital nutrients. According to studies, vitamin C therapy helps return your normal appetite. It can reduce food cravings caused by withdrawal, helping you to get the proper nutrition your body needs. This is important for addiction recovery since malnutrition is a major component in drug addiction.


Vitamin C supplementation can also promote restful sleep and improve your overall sleeping patterns. This can allow you to start feeling better, even after only a short amount of time. The effects of vitamin C therapy can be felt in as little as 12 hours of taking your first doses of vitamin C. A recommended oral dose of 25 to 85 g of sodium ascorbate (vitamin C) over the course of each day can immediately improve your mental alertness, visual acuity, appetite, bowel tolerance, and general recovery. Over time, the dosage of vitamin C can be lowered to about 10 to 30 g per day. On average, most patients who use vitamin C to recover from heroin addiction tend to stop experiencing cravings after only three months.

Vitamin C is a potent analgesic, which allows it to relieve pain. The reason why vitamin C is so effective at reversing opiate addiction is because it can mimic morphine and fit into the opiate receptor cites of your cells. By mimicking the effects of morphine, it tricks your body into no longer having a desire for drugs. Additionally, vitamin C has powerful detoxifying properties.

Other ways to help recover from addiction

You can also make use of other therapies alongside vitamin C supplementation to help you recover from addiction. Here are some of the best supplemental therapies for coping with addiction:

  • Psychotherapy. Counseling is an effective way to seek medical help for addiction problems. You can either have one-on-one "talk therapy" sessions with a therapist or addiction counselor, or you can choose to undergo group therapy, where you and other people can all learn how to cope together. Group therapy often allows for the creation of support groups, so that you can motivate each other on your individual paths to recovery. (Related: Study: Commitment and self-reliance prove to be the key to recovery from addiction.)
  • Art therapy. Certified art therapists can guide you to sort out unresolved feelings and issues through the use of different artistic mediums.
  • Adventure therapy. This therapy allows nature to play a role in the healing process. Outdoor activities can teach you how to overcome all sorts of challenges.

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