By: Reilly Johnson
American Society of Addiction Medicine says…
“Addiction is not about drugs, it’s about brains. It is not the substances a person uses that make them an addict; it is not even the quantity or frequency of use. Addiction is about what happens in a person’s brain when they are exposed to rewarding substances or rewarding behaviors, and it is more about reward circuitry in the brain and related brain structures than it is about the external chemicals or behavior that “turn on” that reward circuitry.”
If you’ve used opiates for longer than a few weeks then there is a good chance you’re lacking in natural “feel good” brain chemicals.
You see, your brain has four primary neurotransmitters which are dopamine, serotonin, GABA, acetylcholine which produce brain chemicals that control how we feel.
These are your brain’s primary neurotransmitters and what they do for you:
- Serotonin regulates sleep and appetite
- Dopamine is the feel good chemical, plays an important role in mood, energy, attitude, motivation.
- GABA acts as your calming neurotransmitter, helping you relax
- Acetylcholine for processing information and memory
- Endorphins are feel good chemicals our bodies release under extreme pain. They are considered the bodies own opiates.
It’s important you understand EXACTLY what’s happening in your BRAIN when you abuse opiates and other drugs. Did you know,
Drugs release 2 to 10 times the amount of dopamine that natural rewards do.
What do you do if the volume on the stereo is too loud? Turn it down, right? Well our brain does that same thing when it adjusts to the overwhelming surges of dopamine (and other neurotransmitters) sent when opiates or other drugs are taken.
Your brain responds to these surges from drugs by automatically producing less and less natural dopamine. So when you stop using drugs – your brain’s naturally occurring “feel good” neurotransmitters, namely serotonin, dopamine, and GABA are wayyyy below their normal levels.As a result you may feel flat, lifeless, depressed, nervous, anxious, queasy – unable to enjoy the things that use to bring you pleasure.
Behavior like this is a common sign of a neurotransmitter deficiency or imbalance. People generally develop this defiency while abusing opioids and prescription pain killers. Fortunately, there are natural ways to raise depleted neurotransmitters and to bring serotonin and dopamine levels back up.
That’s the specific reason I created my NEW Supplement I’ve called ATTITUDE. Because it contains all natural ingredients study’s show can raise dopamine, serotonin and endorphin levels fast in the body. To repair and increase natural mood enhancers and feel better chemicals after opiate abuse.
Your body needs to rebuild its natural neurotransmitter systems and reset natural opiate production in the body after addiction. ATTITUDE provides basically “amino acid detox therapy”. Which helps relieve some withdrawal symptoms but should also REDUCE the amount of days you go through this hell. ATTITUDE’s combination of specific ingredients is also intended to help enhance mood, reduce stress and improve sleep naturally.
Natural Ways to Rebuild Neurotransmitter Systems in The Brain
Here are some other easy ways to release feel good chemicals and neurotransmitters into your mind:
- MUSIC – Music is powerful and can move you emotionally. When you’re coming off opiates you’re body probably feels like it’s thawing out. Your bodies probably more sensitive to touch and sound. Good music can absolutely help your mood and get those brain chemicals working again. Try and listen to mostly upbeat music.
- MEDITATION – Meditation helps the nervous system operate at its best; when done properly this produces optimum levels of serotonin and endorphins. If you’re interested in learning meditation without all the hard work, check out Holosync here.
- LAUGHTER – Watch a good comedy movie or have a laugh with friends to release endorphins.
- SUNLIGHT – bright light increases the production of Serotonin in the body. Spending time in the sunlight can absolutely improve your mood and also soothe muscle aches. Tanning beds can be helpful if no sun is shinning.
- SEX – is a powerful producer of endorphins. A long session can dramatically increase endorphins. When you’re in withdrawal sex can be a very nice escape.
- ACUPUNCTURE – acupuncture increases circulation and stimulates the release of endorphins. If you haven’t looked into acupuncture while in withdrawal – you might want to try it out, it can be VERY helpful during healing.
- MASSAGE – stimulates the release of endorphins. Massaging your own scalp and shower massager’s can provide an affordable alternative to expensive treatments. Massage therapy can feel wonderful.
- HERBS/SUPPLEMENTS – St John’s Wort, 5-HTP and L Tyrosine all can increase serotonin, dopamine and in the brain. Thus easing withdrawal symptoms and shortening withdrawal duration.
- EXERCISE – is one of the best natural ways to produce both serotonin, dopamine and endorphins. Vigorous exercise is best because the stronger the physical demand you place on your body, the greater the release of endorphins. You should try weight training and high and low intensity exercises. Work out as long as you can.
Foods that Can Increase Serotonin and Dopamine
You can also increase serotonin, dopamine and GABA by eating the right foods, including:
- Eat carbohydrate rich meals and lots of vegetables. Healthy choices include whole grain breads, whole grain pasta, rice, brocolli, spinach lettuce, etc. Eating fat processed foods will do the opposite. Eat better and improve how you feel. (now to contradict myself)
- Eat sweet foods like chocolate, only a couple squares of good quality chocolate with a high percentage of Cocoa in it can raise these chemicals.
- Serotonin is naturally occurring in foods like pineapples, bananas, nuts and plums.
- Get an adequate supply of B vitamins, folic acid and vitamin C because these vitamins play a role in transmitting brain chemicals.
- Spicy foods like Chile’s, peppers and jalapenos. The heat triggers the release of endorphins, so the spicier the better.
Improving serotonin, dopamine and endorphins levels are vitally important for shortening and recovering quickly from opioid withdrawal symptoms and addiction. Supplements, natural remedies and food can all increase natural brain chemicals. These can provide the natural materials needed to raise dopamine and serotonin helping you feel better faster.