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Alternatives to Conventional Addiction Treatment

IV Vitamin/Amino Acid Therapy

It's almost like cheating.

IVIntravenous Therapy for Neurotransmitter RestorationIntravenous Vitamin/ Amino Acid Therapy for Neurotransmitter Restoration

Intravenous (IV) vitamin and amino acid therapy for neurotransmitter restoration is an alternative addiction treatment becoming increasingly popular. Instead of wading through years of hard going in recovery, this treatment seeks to directly heal the problems in the brain caused by drug abuse. Replenishing levels of the 4 major neurotransmitter groups in the brain- dopamine, serotonin, endorphin/ enkalphin, and GABA- are critical to normalizing mood and physiological function in the recovering individual.

Learn more about the causes of neurotransmitter depletion.

The basis of the idea is that drugs and alcohol, by causing a massive surge in the chemical messengers that promote euphoria, leave us depleted of the substances we need to feel normal. This is much more true for those born with the genetic makeup that is conducive to addiction, which has been found and is explained thoroughly in the videos Explanation of the Critical Role Amino Acids Play in Addiction Recovery, Parts 1 and 2, found below.

Neurotransmitter restoration works by introducing the pre-cursors of these neurotransmitters directly into the blood stream. These amino acids then cross the blood-brain barrier and act as the basic building blocks for future neurotransmitter growth. Some of them can even mimic neurotransmitters directly.

The treatment can often be felt immediately, in terms of relief from mood disturbance. Many patients have reported quick relief from many of their symptoms (see video below, NRT Patient Testimonial).

There are centers popping up all over the world for IV amino acid treatment for addiction recovery. We are developing the following list. Please help me grow it by contacting me or popping it up on our forum.

Supplements to Treat Neurotransmitter Imbalances

The Neuroreplete line of supplements seems to be the gold standard in terms of oral neuro- restorative supplements. They require a health care practitioner to buy, like a Naturopath or any other licensed health care practitioner.

Addiction Treatment Centers Utilizing NRT ( Neurotransmitter Restoration Therapy )

Amino Kit, Lone Tree, Colorado

Serenity Acres,  Maryland

Mind Body Medicine Center,  Scottsdale, AZ

Agora Regeneration Clinics,  Vancouver, BC

Inner Balance,  Loveland, CO

New Beginnings, Palm beach FL

Sovereign Health NTR Detox Delta, UT

Neurotransmitter Restoration Therapy Resources

NeuroSupport Website: Nutritional optimization for ALL serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine, and epinephrine related diseases and conditions

Brain Restoration: ‘Too Good To Be True’ for Addiction and Disease?

Neurotransmitter Restoration Therapy

NRT Patient Testimonial


Explanation of the Critical Role Amino Acids Play in Addiction Recovery. (Part 1)

Explanation of the Critical Role Amino Acids Play in Addiction Recovery. (Part 2)

IV Amino Acid Therapy Medicine for other Diseases

Some other countries are ahead of the US in terms of mainstreaming the use of IV amino acids as a viable medicine. In the Czeck Republic, the Center of Metabolic Treatment of Neurological Diseases is actively treating diseases like these:

  • Infantile cerebral palsy (ICP)
  • Mental and speech retardation
  • Down syndrome and other hereditary diseases
  • Epilepsy
  • Autism
  • Stroke and head trauma
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease

From their website:

Administration of amino acids is associated with normalization of the muscle tone, improved movement activity and coordination of movements and fine motor function. Formation and regeneration of motor and intellectual functions have been reported and a considerable improvement of memory, speech, concentration and perception has been observed. Administration of amino acid compounds facilitates elimination of consequences of stress and chronic fatigue syndrome. In healthy individuals, it increases to a certain extent intellectual effectiveness, concentration of perception and improves the ability to obtain information, as well as memory. In senior individuals, amino acids slow down the process of natural loss of the neural tissue.