Drug Abuse and Addiction Help From A Supplement
A recent statistical analysis found, “pharmaceutical drug deaths now outnumber traffic fatalities in the US.” In Alaska in 2007, 75 deaths were directly caused by illicit drug use, says the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSA). In the past 27 years, says WakeUp-World.com, there have been no deaths as a result of vitamins, but over 3 million related to prescription drugs in the USA alone.
Approximately 12% of Alaska residents reported past-month use of illicit drugs; the national average was 8 percent. Alaska was ranked first among all states for the rate of past-year marijuana use among adults age 26 and older for 2007 and 2008, SAMSA says. Alaska was also one of the top ten states for rates in other drug-use categories; illicit drug use among age 12 or older, young adults age 18-25, and past-year cocaine use among persons age 12 and older.
The Journal of Addictive Diseases says that there are some vitamins that actually help to control the cravings for narcotics, “the use of Magnesium is directly linked to helping cocaine addicts, and opiate addicts”. Opium, heroin, morphine, methadone, codeine, oxycodone (Oxycontin), and meperidine (Demerol), inflict “much fewer cravings” during withdrawal, when magnesium it taken. Only 732 mg per day helped drug addicts trying to “kick” the habit, to have significantly reduced withdrawal symptoms.
Using vitamins for health could ensure that you reduce the need to take drugs. Do your due diligence. Check recommended and maximum dosages advised for every vitamin and mineral, and herbs and other ingredients contained in some products.
One very important term to remember is “chelated”, a process where the ingredient, such as magnesium, is ‘tagged’ to an amino acid, making it absorbable. If not chelated, the vitamin or mineral is less absorbed by up to 60%. Examples of chelated minerals include calcium glycinate (vs. carbonate), zinc monomethionate (vs. oxide).
Many products are available in which the right combination of nutrients are combined into “shakes” or other food items. Look for products that do not contain artificial sweeteners. Many artificial sweeteners are under scrutiny by health experts both in America and worldwide.
You can research online and in print publications, and shop in retail stores, online, and from many direct marketing companies to find the best product. Find a local expert to help you, one who may offer discounts, coupons and/or samples. Even if that expert is the one making profit from the sale of the product, like a store owner or direct marketer, try the samples, after researching the ingredients as recommended above, and make an educated decision, one which could lead you to better health and less dependence on drugs of any kind.
Robert Watson is a published author and pastor in addition to his full-time job, and has the inherent goals of helping others. If you have any questions about any of these topics, please contact him through the writers page on this site. Click here for his bio and his contact information.
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