Neurorecovery is a program that helps those receptors heal.
The hardest part is the cravings. Cravings are the need to use a drug just
to stay on an even keel, to avoid the unbelievably bad sensations of the
nervous system trying to wake up. Just to be able to function normally,
for Pete’s sake. If our drug of choice is alcohol, we jokingly call
it the “hair of the dog that bit us” – that first shot
in the morning that restores balance to our world.
What if there were a way to get over the cravings quickly, within a few days? Without having to fight them every day for weeks and months on end? Without
the risk of death from withdrawal? Without
feeling we are going to die from withdrawal?
Willingness to quit is the first step. After that, it’s just a matter of time and finances.
about addiction… about the withdrawal program… about the
time commitment… about the cost of the program…
Addiction is a disease of damaged neurotransmitter receptors, not of willpower or morals.
Whether we get our drugs on the street or at the pharmacy, whether we wear
a business suit or surgical scrubs and go to the office or the operating
room every day, or wear cast-off clothes and live on the streets, has
no bearing on either addiction or withdrawal symptoms.
Addiction is a disease of damaged neurotransmitter receptors which have
been compromised by our drug of choice.
These drugs may be street drugs, or prescribed medications purchased from
a pharmacy. ALL drugs that act on the nervous system and the brain in
the long run damage our neurotransmitter receptors. And in the long run,
we find that we cannot live without them.
What if there were a way to get off the medicines more gracefully, with fewer symptoms?
What if we could get rid of the cravings?
And what if this program worked for
all the drugs that affect our brains, our mood, our neurotransmitters?
benzodiazepines – Valium, Xanax, clonazepam, Ativan.
opiates – oxycodone, hydrocodone, Percocet, morphine, methadone, heroin
antidepressants – Prozac, Wellbutrin, Remeron
antipsychotics – Zyprexa, Risperdal, Clozaril
stimulants – Adderall, Ritalin, meth, cocaine
- alcohol, barbiturates, sleeping pills and other sedatives
nicotine – cigarettes, cigars, vapes, chew…
addictive behaviors – gambling, sex, work, exercise…
Whether the drugs are legal prescription drugs, illegal street drugs, or
behaviors that stimulate our brain’s reward system makes no significant
difference in the way they operate within the body. The only difference
is where we buy them and whether we can be arrested for using them.
In the beginning, the “feel good” medicine, the “happy
pill”, felt amazing.
As time went on, we required the stuff to “feel normal”.
In the end, we don’t feel normal anyway, we just require the stuff
to stay alive and functional.
And eventually we stop being functional.
always unpleasant. Sometimes it is beyond unpleasant. We can get very sick –
any narcotic addict will tell you that. We can even die in withdrawal
– alcohol, more than any other drug, can cause fatal withdrawal
Because the brain’s neurotransmitter receptors have been damaged
by the drugs, and now truly require these drugs to function at all –
even if not normally – we are tempted to do things that we would
never think of doing if we were in our right minds – visiting doctors
in different parts of town, taking other drugs if we cannot find a source
of the one that our bodies crave, lying, stealing, selling our bodies
for a hit… Addicts are all in the same boat, whatever their socio-economic
status. Having money does not protect us from addiction. Our brains all
work the same way, under the influence of any medicines or drugs which
mess with our neurotransmitters.
If a medicine modifies neurotransmitter receptors and damages them so that
they do not recover spontaneously, that drug is addicting.
If we can take it or leave it, we are not addicted. If we
say we can take it or leave it, but simply do not choose to leave it, we are
If we can’t leave it, we are definitely addicted.
Addiction is a steep and slippery slope. Doesn’t everyone take a
Valium® to survive stress, just to calm the nerves? Doesn’t everyone take
Adderall® to help them study, pass those exams, feel their brain waking up? Doesn’t
everyone need something like
Prozac® to get over the depression in their lives? And cocaine or
Adderall®… the feeling of invincibility and brilliance of mind under the
influence of cocaine is almost irresistible, once it has been experienced…
The worst part is that we can see that slippery slope – we even see
the runaway truck exit ramps – but we just can’t get ourselves
to take those ramps. The inevitable crash is just too fearsome to even
So we pretend we have it under control. And live our lives in silent desperation.
What if there were a way to get over the cravings? Without having to fight them every day for months or years? Without the
risk of death from withdrawal? Without even
feeling we were going to die from withdrawal?
There is a way – based on years of research by Dr. William Hitt.
This is not a magic bullet. It requires three things for success:
- An overwhelming desire to get off the drugs.
- Commitment of time – about two weeks.
- Commitment of money – between $10,000 and $13,000 depending on the
drugs of choice.
Withdrawal from any of the psychotropic drugs – those which affect
our neurotransmitters and their receptors – can be an extremely
difficult process. Anyone who has ever tried to quit smoking, or come
off their chronic pain medications, has had the experience of symptoms
of withdrawal. Sometimes these symptoms are so intolerable that we simply
go back on the drug – as nasty as it may be – rather than
suffer through the withdrawal.
And when we do manage to get off the drugs, we may find that we still have
cravings for them months later. Or that we just still feel terrible, even
though there are no cravings. Benzodiazepines are notorious for extremely
lengthy withdrawal symptoms without the sensation of cravings.
Withdrawal is tough.
There is a way to withdraw in such a manner that healing of neurotransmitter
receptors occurs faster than it would occur naturally (if it ever occurred
naturally). All we have to do is give the neurotransmitter receptors enough
of the right nutrients they require for healing – and the healing
will occur in a surprisingly short time.
Healing can occur rapidly – within the space of 10 to 13 days –
using a protocol of intravenous nutrients, amino acids, vitamins, and
detoxification agents – all of which are normally produced in the
healthy body. They have been depleted in the body on drugs – legal
or illegal makes no difference. They can be replenished and restored easily.
If order to get off the drugs which are making our lives intolerable, there
are only three requirements for success:
- Burning desire to get off the drugs resulting in a core decision to do so.
- Willingness to spend the time it takes to get off the drugs.
- Willingness to pay for the treatment.
Treatment is office based, every day for between 10 and 13 consecutive
days – including Fridays and week-ends. Treatment generally takes
between 6 and 8 hours per day, depending on your response to the amino
acids. Most drugs require about 10 days for completion of withdrawal and
restoration of sense of well-being. Benzodiazepines require about 13 days
– the cravings are seldom seen with benzodiazepines, but neurotransmitter
receptor damage may be extensive, explaining the prolonged withdrawal
You will receive each day a vitamin and nutrient infusion, with glutathione,
and a specific blend of amino acids (depending on your current drug use)
that will help repair the damaged receptors in your brain.
It’s all about healing the receptors. With benzodiazepines, there
is no particular craving, you just can’t get out of bed when you
are in withdrawal. And the withdrawal goes on for a VERY long time, depending
on how damaged your neurotransmitter receptors are. With many of the other
drugs, withdrawal may be VERY intense, but is significantly diminished
with the therapy, and is usually no longer a factor after the first 2-3 days.
The only requirement for success in the program will be that you
stop taking any drugs by the first day of therapy (except for methadone which has such a long half life that it is tapered
for 3 days before stopping). If withdrawal symptoms are extreme, you may
take the drugs on day one of therapy, but not beyond. If you are already
off the drugs, therapy may go more quickly.
If you continue to take the drugs during therapy, you might as well save
your money and not do the therapy at all, since the neuroreceptors will
continue to be damaged – kind of like trying to plug a barrel with
a pencil when the bottom has dropped out.
Drugs to stop will include ANY psychotropic drugs in ANY category. Nutrient
therapy will be replenishing the neurotransmitters and their receptors
starting with day 1, so there is hardly ever any significant physical
withdrawal. For benzodiazepines and alcohol we sometimes use Dilantin®
prophylactically for 2-3 days, to lessen the chance of withdrawal seizures.
The formulas infused will be specific to you, and to the pharmaceuticals
that you have been using. So it is important that we are clear on what
drugs we are treating.
You do NOT stop thyroid medicine, diabetes medicine, anti-hypertensive
medicine unless this becomes necessary during the treatment.
Benzodiazepine withdrawal typically requires 13 consecutive days of treatment
– longer than for most of the other drugs. You will most likely
start to “wake up” and feel better by day 4 or 5 of the treatment.
You may have treatment in our main IV room, if you like chatting with people.
That may not be your favorite activity during the first few days of withdrawal.
You may also have a private room if you prefer.
Be sure to bring something to do, and some food. Plan to stop all the psychiatric
drugs and pain medicines either the day before you start treatment (preferably)
or on day 1 of treatment.
There are specific supplements to take after the 10-13 day treatment is
completed, to continue the process of healing of the neurotransmitter
receptors. It is essential to take these, so that true healing may occur.
Should any recurrence of cravings or other symptoms occur, it is easy to
do a one or two day “booster” treatment to get you back on
track. It is, of course, best if you have the booster within a day or
two of noticing any recurring symptoms, so as to avoid backsliding.
For the narcotics – Tramadol, etc – you may very well notice
that you have LESS pain once you are off them completely. They can cause
a paradoxical pain reaction because of damage to those neurotransmitters,
producing the very symptoms that they were supposed to eliminate.
Cost of withdrawal protocol
Cost of the treatment is $1000 per day. If you pay the whole thing in one
payment, there is a 20% discount. More than one payment is, of course,
an option and carries a progressively smaller discount with increasing
numbers of payments.
Please let us know if you have any questions prior to starting therapy.
We look forward to working with you and are honored to participate in your
new life direction.
Give us a call at 480-240-2600 to schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation
with Dr. Grout, so that you can decide whether this plan is for you, and
so that we can together decide whether you are a good candidate for successful