Very important to start with DR. TAURASO'S NUTRITIONAL PROTOCOL
- *Diet: Avoid refined sugar, other refined carbohydrates, and caffeine. Eat small, frequent meals
- *Supplement with blood-sugar-stabilizing nutrients, such as chromium and other trace minerals, magnesium, and vitamin B-complex.
- *L-glutamine, 1,000-3,000 mg/day in divided doses, may reduce cravings.
- Vitamin B3 (niacin): There are anecdotal reports that niacin or niacinamide relieves insomnia and improves mood in alcoholics, and may reduce their desire to drink alcohol. Use with caution (and at lower doses) in patients with liver disease.
*Inositol hexa-nicotinate may be considered as a potentially safer alternative to niacin and niacinamide.
- Gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB), at a dose of 50 mg/kg of body weight, 3 times per day, has been reported in uncontrolled trials to be remarkably effective at promoting abstinence in alcoholics, while causing few adverse effects. However, a number of patients abused GHB, seeking its psycho-tropic effects. GHB should therefore be used under strict medical supervision and its administration should be entrusted to a family member or "significant other." GHB is currently a Schedule I controlled drug in the United States.
- Additional supplements:
- *High doses vitamin C: as directed in Vitamin C Protocol
- *B-vitamins: Vitamin B-complex, 100 mg IM Vitamin B12, 1,000 mcg IM (See Vitamin B Protocol)
- *Magnesium, 500-1,000 mg daily