Chemical imbalances can be both a cause of substance abuse, and a result of long term substance addiction. Studies have shown that the use of amino acids has been monumental in the ability to balance the brain and replace the deficiencies caused by substance abuse. They can be acquired both through dietary supplements and healthy foods.
Amino acids have been proven to be an effective way of managing anxiety, depression, pain, mental focus, PMS, food cravings, irritability, insomnia, stress and tension. They are completely natural and have no side effects. They primarily work due to balancing the three major neurotransmitters; serotonin, dopamine and epinephrine. All of which, when in balance, means the brain works well and the body functions efficiently. This is a vital step in recovery to help increase energy, mental focus and mood, reduce anxiety and most importantly, diminish unhealthy cravings that keep the brain stuck in the cycle of addiction. Foothills Centre for Change, utilizing a questionnaire to determine amino acid deficiencies, can provide an opportunity to not only trial these during your stay but also benefit from information that will help you to manage your own nutritional program and sustain the benefits long after they leave.
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