John Humiston MD - Treatment of Drug and Alcohol Dependency and


Topic: Treatment of Drug and Alcohol Dependency and Chronic Pain with Intravenous Amino Acids by John Humiston MD

Conference: End Pain - Dearborn, MI - September 26-28, 2014

Summary: It is well known that mind- and mood-altering substances, which include prescription drugs as well as alcohol, tobacco and illegal drugs, can cause dependence and tolerance through desensitization of the neurotransmitter receptor or similar damage to the synapse. This physiologic alteration makes cessation of substance use difficult. It accounts for many of the side effects that accompany drug use, and creates the situation that even after reduction or cessation of use the brain may not be able to repair and restore normal neurotransmission. Hence a lasting degree of anxiety, pain, depression, mental fog, cravings and/or insomnia are typical during or after drug dependence. Generally drug treatment focuses only on the psychological component, with no treatment for the actual physical damage to the brain. However, over the last twenty years, combinations of specific amino acids and enzyme co-factors given intravenously have been developed to provide repair materials the brain can use to assist normal healing. The science of dependency and neurotransmission will be presented, along with evidence-based protocols for treatment and evidence of their impressive efficacy.

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