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Vitamin deficiencies, particularly of the B vitamins and vitamin C, may be responsible for much of the lethargy, skin irritation, memory loss and depression experienced by people who are newly recovering from an addiction to alcohol.
Individuals in recovery can benefit from a healthy diet and a vitamin regimen.* Vitamin B in general, and particularly vitamins B1 (thiamin), B3 (niacin) and B5 (Pantothenic Acid) play a role in turning sugars into energy. Pork is one of the unsurpassed sources of B1, other sources include cereals and nuts. B2 can also be saved in pork and fortified cereals, as well as, salmon and swordfish. Whole grains, milk, eggs, and liver are perhaps the best food sources for Pantothenic Acid. Meanwhile, B6 and B12 play important roles in producing blood cells and the health of the nervous system. Both of these consequential vitamins are frequently depleted by years of heavy drinking.
I believe that when an addict is recovering from drugs or alcohol, taking a high dose regiment of B vitamins is essential.
Korsakoff's syndrome (Korsakoff's psychosis), is a brain disorder caused by the lack of thiamine (vitamin B1) in the brain. The syndrome is named after Sergei Korsakoff, the neuropsychiatrist who popularized the theory... Conditions resulting in the vitamin deficiency and its effects include chronic alcoholism, and severe malnutrition. Alcoholism is often an indicator of poor nutrition, which in addition to inflammation of the stomach lining, causes thiamine deficiency.
... enroll in a recovery program or attend as many support groups (AA, NA, CA, 12 Steps, etc) as is necessary to remain clean and sober.
Persons who try to detox “at home” run the risk of days or weeks or months of needless suffering, of relapsing and, in the case of alcoholism, of the risk of dying from cold-turkey withdrawal.