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By Boris M | 23 August, 2020 Published in Guides
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Biochemical restoration is a type of treatment that is becoming more and more prevalent. The goal of biochemical restoration is to help a person provide their body and brain with what it needs to function optimally, without any added unnatural substances (like drugs or alcohol.)

In order to function, humans need various vitamins, minerals, macronutrients, and amino acids. Restoring the brain and body’s natural biochemistry can help people fight and cope with various types of addictions such as drug addiction and alcoholism along with things like eating disorders.

Often treatment plans include some type of biochemical restoration, even if the term is not actually used. For example, many treatment facilities will put patients on specific diets so that they get the vitamins and nutrients that they need.

How Does Biochemical Restoration Work?

The first step of biochemical restoration is to evaluate the state a person’s biochemistry is currently at. This is done through a series of lab tests that look for things like inflammation, imbalances in hormone levels, nutritional deficiencies, amino acid levels, adrenal fatigue, and gut health.

The tests also typically check levels of toxic substances such as heavy metals that often build up when people are addicted to alcohol or another substance. A trained professional can then use the test to come up with a specific diet, exercise, and relaxation plan.

All three of those components work together to restore a person to their optimal biochemical state. As a person returns to normal levels, they may experience fewer cravings, improved cognitive skills, and more emotional stability.[1]

This is because both the brain and body are now able to function as it is meant to. Though the biochemical restoration is usually not used to treat addictions on its own, it can allow other treatment components to be significantly more effective.

Why is Biochemical Restoration Needed?

When a person consumes a substance in large or frequent quantities, the brain, various organs, and the nervous system all can be changed significantly; and they do not just return to normal when you stop using the substance.

These changes are what lead to a number of negative symptoms that a person may experience while using and during recovery. These symptoms include things like insomnia, anxiety, and cravings. Biochemical restoration helps the body heal and relearn how to operate without the substance. [2]

Biochemical Restoration Diet

One of the most important components of biochemical restoration is diet. Not only does a good diet allow the body to perform optimally, but a bad diet can worsen symptoms of anxiety, depression, and cravings. You can break a biochemical restoration diet down into smaller pieces.

First, carbohydrates, or, more specifically, complex carbohydrates are important. These are things like vegetables, beans, and whole grains that give the body energy.

Second, dietary fibre is extremely important as most substance abuse weakens the gastrointestinal system. Finally, healthy fats from foods such as nuts, avocados, and fish are really important as they help the body absorb vitamins, nutrients, and minerals as well as improving neurotransmitters.

There are also some things a person should avoid, especially during the early stages of recovery. First of all, it is important to avoid the consumption of caffeine as much as possible. Sleep is a really important part of biochemical restoration and recovery, and caffeine messes with the body’s natural sleep pattern. [3]

Typically, these diets also include avoidance of sugar; this allows your body to begin to self-regulate blood sugar levels again, which helps minimize mood swings, depression, and anxiety.

Biochemical Restoration and Alcoholism

Below we have listed some important elements to bear in mind when using biochemical restoration for those struggling with alcohol addiction. These include:

1. Correcting Nutritional Deficiencies

Those who suffer from alcohol addiction and enter recovery generally deal with some nutrient deficiencies. A few common ones are zinc, B vitamins, and protein. Deficiencies are common because people with alcohol addictions are consuming lots of empty calories. Around 35 to 50 percent of the calories consumed by someone addicted to alcohol are empty calories.

2. Keeping Blood Sugar Steady

People who enter treatment for alcoholism often suffer from major blood sugar swings, so frequent testing for things like hypoglycaemia is important, and required by many programs. A biochemical restoration treatment plan can help a person’s body adjust to regulating blood sugar levels without the added influence of alcohol.

3. Dopamine Balance

For most people addicted to alcohol, drinking provides a release of dopamine in the brain, which is a brain chemical that allows someone to feel happy and unstressed. Returning the brain to proper biochemical levels allows it to self-regulate dopamine, so a person no longer has to depend on alcohol for that release.

4. Gut Bacteria

Bacteria in the gut can actually affect how the brain functions and produces things like dopamine, GABA, and serotonin, so it is important that the body has proper gut bacteria levels. These levels are often thrown off by alcohol consumption and can be repaired with a biochemical restoration treatment plan. [4]

Should You Use Biochemical Restoration?

Biochemical restoration is a great treatment component that can be successful for most people. But there are a few abnormalities that you should consider and discuss with your doctor before moving forward with treatment. You need to look into and discuss any food allergies or sensitivities (to foods or chemicals) that you may suffer from.

This is because these things could affect how a doctor’s plan works for you. This is one reason why, even though biochemical restoration can be beneficial to many people, it should only be done with the guidance of a medical professional. [5]

Which Treatment Centres Offer Biochemical Restoration?

If biochemical restoration is a part of your treatment at a house or facility, you can expect to first meet with a nutritional therapist or doctor for testing and to develop a plan. After you have the plan, the nutritional therapist, along with other professionals, will work to help you stick to the plan. This can mean pre-planned meals provided for you, specific times to exercise, and specific times for relaxation skills like meditation.

Benefits of Biochemical Restoration Treatment

Are you wondering what the real advantages of this type of treatment are? Look no further. Below we have listed the top benefits of biochemical restoration which include:

  • Helps prevent relapse
  • Curbs cravings
  • Decreases or even eliminates symptoms of depression and anxiety
  • Improves your health (even after you finish initial recovery/treatment)
  • Typically results in long-lasting sobriety
  • It can be used beside/in addition to other treatment methods.

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References

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5513692/

[2] http://mhof.net/sites/default/files/Addiction%20and%20Recovery%20Report.pdf

[3] https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0006295207004182

[4] http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.493.8409&rep=rep1&type=pdf

[5] https://ajp.psychiatryonline.org/doi/full/10.1176/appi.ajp.162.8.1403