Heroin use stimulates many aspects of the brain repeatedly. The repeated stimulation leads to imbalances of the brain. Eventually the constant stimulation of certain aspects of the brain lead to suppression and depletion in the brain. The overuse results in depletion and the constant use eventually exhausts the over stimulated aspects of the brain. This can lead to cravings. The depleted aspects can no longer function as before and the body and brain realize this in the form of cravings. The desire to experience the sensations associated with the over stimulated brain can not be realized in the depleted and suppressed state. The cravings give the person the false belief that the only way to satisfy the cravings is by use of drugs. This is an illusion since the brain no longer has the chemical ability to repeat the sensations associated with the over stimulated brain.
The constant use of heroin has exhausted the brain chemically, imbalanced it, and has made it subject to associations and cravings, and all of these are problems that heroin users need to remedy to move on with their life. Additionally, heroin use results in damage to brain tissue from free radicals. Free radicals are created by stress to the body. Heroin use, even after you stop it, produces free radicals due to the stress of drugs. Free radicals are said by modern medical research to be responsible for most of the damage to the body and brain. To learn more of free radicals go to the article the "Free Radical Cascade." The important point is free radical damage will continue even after you stop using drugs. Therefore free radicals need to be neutralized by antioxidants. Antioxidants are the substances used to repair and detox the body from damage, and they neutralize free radicals. . Also, heroin use as led to decreased brain efficiency. This leads to decreased function which results in additional ongoing damage to brain tissue leading to more free radical accumulation and additional damage.
Therefore one part of recovery from heroin use is to regenerate the brain. You need to restore balance and function to the brain. We often mention Dr. Bob Gibson on this web site. He was a M.D. and healer 65 years and also a diabetic who lived to 108 years. He started treating addicts in the 1930's and continued to treat them into the 1990's. He understood the problems of the over stimulated and chemically imbalanced brain of drug addiction. He was also an orthomolecular doctor. Orthomolecular medicine uses only natural substances that are safe and non-toxic in a wide range of dose and mainly uses herbs, vitamins, and minerals. Dr. Bob developed an orthomolecular protocol to improve the brain of heroin users.
Dr. Bob's protocol, is designed to improve mood and cognition, as well as repair and protect the brain. Heroin use has created many problems in the brain. You must jump-start the brain in order to get it back to normal functioning. This will usually not happen on its own when the damage that has occurred as depleted the brain and suppressed many other of its aspects. This idea is similar to a car battery that is low and can no longer start. Once it is recharged it may be able to start the car again, but until the battery is recharged the entire automobile cannot function. The brain is electrical, and it is recharged by the neurotransmitters. If the neurotransmitters are low or depleted they need to get a jump-start. Furthermore, many cravings of addiction that are triggered by the depleted brain, may be reduced in a brain that has been improved and rejuvenated. Dr. Bob said often, "good luck and may heaven's blessing be yours."
SPECIAL NOTE: Dr. Bob suggested taking the substances in
his "Brain Regeneration Protocol" at the same time, except melatonin
and tyrosine. The substances become more potent when taken at the same time. Dr.
Bob also suggested taking most of them before 3:00 P.M. so they would not
interfere with sleep. Additionally sometimes it was not possible to do the
entire protocol, often expenses being a reason. On these occasions Dr. Bob
recommended starting the brain regeneration with vitamin B-5, citicholine, L-pyroglutamate,
Note – In order for these anti-aging ideas to be successful, you must use supplements of the highest quality. Dr. Bob often said, "almost all supplement companies produce poor quality." You can consider the product page of this web site. Almost all the products met Dr. Bob’s approval. Since he passed away we have attempted to keep the same high standards.
WARNING: DO NOT STOP ANY TREATMENT OR MEDICATION YOU CURRENTLY USE. CONSULT WITH YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE STARTING THE USE OF SUPPLEMENTS.
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