WELLNESS AND NUTRITION
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The Dopamine Diet in Addiction Treatment
Most addicts have low levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine in the brain. This can be partly genetic but the repeated, unnatural, stimulation of dopamine production through substance abuse leads to disruption in the brain’s ability to produce dopamine in the usual way. Over time, this leads to lower and lower levels of dopamine in circulation.
When a person enters addiction treatment and has stopped their active addiction the brain is in a dopamine slump. This often leads to feelings of depression, low motivation, mood swings and strong drug cravings. Dopamine depletion is a very high-risk factor for relapse as addicts crave the substance that was unnaturally sustaining their dopamine levels.
Elevating dopamine levels through the Dopamine Diet will reduce cravings and the risk of relapse as natural dopamine levels are restored in the brain. A low glycemic/dopamine boosting diet is a healthy, scientifically proven way to increase this essential neurotransmitter while helping rid the body of the toxins which accumulated during drug or alcohol abuse.
The Dopamine Diet shuns unhealthy, nutritionally-poor foods such as white flour and sugars in favor of high protein, vitamin-packed ingredients. Typically, the diet will include: