Incorporating orthomolecular medicine into addiction treatment services is the key to successful repair. Twenty-first century science has established drug and alcohol addiction as having its cause in chemistry, not in personality. Since 1935, alcohol addiction treatment has tried but failed to cure this physical disease by dwelling on “defects of character,” the need to make a “searching moral inventory.”
Unfortunately, the recovery rates remain no better than for those who stopped drinking on their own. Government studies by The Rand Corporation showed less than 10% recovery from traditional addiction programs. Yet, after more than 50 years, over 95% of U.S. addiction treatment programs are 12 step and they still attempt to talk away this genetic physical disease. They review the effects that result in an altered brain, and counsel clients to change their mindset and behavior. But, Nobelist Dr. Linus Pauling warns, “The mind is a manifestation of the structure of the brain itself.”
Pauling coined the term “orthomolecular,” which he defines as “establishing the right molecules in the body/brain by varying the concentrations of substances normally present and required for optimum health.” This type of scientific testing and physical restoration following the “blueprint of life” has resulted in many successful corrections of abnormal brain functioning, mental disorders and addiction treatment.