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I am one of the people who has been using Nutracleanse and finding it extremely helpful. BeginAgain thank you so much for your thoughtfulness and informative post today. I will definitely take that into consideration. Anyway...the helpfulness of it got me doing some investigation of my own and I wanted to share some info for what it is worth. There are a couple of vitamin supplements which seem to be helpful with the issues relating to addiction. A lot of this is speculative at this point but none of these supplements seem to be harmful or dangerous, are all easily available and legal!

Here is what I found out:

1) L-Tyrosine is an amino acid that is the precursor of the neurotransmitters dopamine, norepinephrine and adrenaline. This amino acid is thought to be helpful with mood elevation, reducing withdrawl symptoms, improving depression, reducing anxiety and increasing energy without feeling stimulated. The recommended dose is 1-3 times per day/500mgs. This is reportedly the active ingredient in NC. This actually makes sense to me because I have taken LTyrosine before and the effects feel similiar.

2) GABA is an amino acid that is responsible for the brain's natural calming agent. This can reportedly help with decreasing anxiety and cravings.

3) L-Phenylalanine is also an amino acid and is related to mood elevation and the reduction of withdrawl symptoms. The recommended dose is 500mgs 1-3x per day.

4) Vitamin C can help with detoxification and reducing cravings.

All of these are available in any healthfood store. I have started taking all of them and feel pretty good but of course it is difficult to know which ones are the most helpful and how much is a placebo affect or the power of suggestion. The L-Tyrosine definitely seems to help a lot and has made a noticiable difference, the others it is too soon to tell. I just want to say that I am not a Dr or chemist etc just someone who wanted to pass on something that might be helpful to someone else. This is one thing I love about the board concept is the ability to share and learn so much info from so many sources.

Good Luck and I would love to hear about other's experiences with herbal supplement or other "natural" treatments.[/QUOTE]

I think the Tyrosine works great, but I wouldn't recommend taking it until after one has been clean at least a month from opiates. The reason being, when you are going through opiate withdrawal, your brain is overly-flooded with norepinephrine, which is responsible for a lot of the nasty withdrawal symptoms such as sweating, anxiety, sleeplessness, restless leg..Etc. The reason for the over flooding of norepinephrine and adrenaline is because the opiates one abused suppressed their production in the locus coreleus portion of the brain. As a result of abusing the opiates, the brain increases its production and subsequent receptors for the brain chemical. Then, when one abruptly stops taking the opiate(s), the brain continues to overproduce these chemicals for quite some time, this is the withdrawal phase. Slowly, but surely, the brain will re-adjust itself and eventually normalize, depending, of course, on the amount of opiates, and length of time the abuser was using.

Here is a link for a scientifically controlled study on the effects of the herb Passionflower in the treatment of opiates withdrawal in a double blind randomized controlled trial. Copy and paste it if you'd like, I found it quite interesting, take care.

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