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Overcoming alcohol or drug addiction is not a do-it-yourself process. If you choose to quit using alcohol or drugs for good, it's always better to avail yourself of the many therapies and support groups designed to assist recovery.

A Drug Detox Diet

If your immediate goal is to get alcohol and drugs out of your system so you can feel good and function normally, however, science indicates that some simple dietary choices can help.

Diet as a tool of drug detoxification is a two-edged sword. That's because the same choices in diet that can help you overcome your habituation or addiction to drugs can lift your mood in ways that encourage to go out and look for more drugs. Don't try a detox diet if you haven't resolved to quit, and found the support you need to quit, even if you only have the willpower and resources to avoid drugs just for today.

A lot of what medical science has learned about diet and recovery from drug addiction began as a study of criminal justice in Texas. Back in the 1960's, epidemiologists were puzzled that 24 counties in Texas (later narrowed down to 11 counties in Texas) had high rates of poverty, few resources for community health and law enforcement, and close proximity to the Mexican border, but relatively low rates of drug addiction and violent crime. They looked at many different variables and did find anything that explained these results. Finally, one scientist said "it must be something in the water," and, actually, it was.

These 24 counties in Texas, and it was later found, several desert counties in California, have unusually low rates of homicide, suicide, forcible rape, theft, burglary, narcotics possession, and juveniles running away from home that coincide with high concentrations of lithium in municipal tap water. This discovery led to a clinical trial that found that users in recovery from crystal meth (methamphetamines) and heroin who got 400 micrograms (that 400 millionths of a gram) of lithium a day showed demonstrable improvements in mood and cognition. They also earned higher scores on psychological tests measuring energy, sociability, and happiness.

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