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Amino Acid Therapy
The Biology of Addiction
At Ampelis, we consider all aspects of the mind, body, and soul in healing addiction. One crucial element for success is nutrition. Through clients’ entire experience with Ampelis, they will have the guidance they need to make educated food choices so that they can maximize their healing.
Before clients come to Ampelis for their four-week residential stay at our beautiful property in Springville, Utah, they will go through a detox process. While the detox process is necessary, its completion alone does not mean the addiction is over. The detox process helps remove the chemical substances from the brain and body, but the brain and its neurotransmitters are still damaged from substance abuse. Clients will likely struggle to create the normal levels of neurotransmitters the brain needs to function properly and avoid cravings that may lead to relapses.
The Residential Stay
Clients at Ampelis receive individualized care in all aspects of the program, and nutrition is no exception. Clients will work one on one with the in-house nutritionist to determine neurotransmitter deficiencies, food sensitivities, and create an individualized pro-recovery meal plan. Clients will also learn more about how to support their recovery through nutrition so they can carry that knowledge with them after their residential stay.
Amino acids are at the core of nutrition and client recovery at Ampelis. Clients at Ampelis receive amino acids intravenously during their first ten days at the property, and the food clients eat during their entire stay is also centered around providing clients with a full range of amino acids and supportive nutrients to support the proper creation of neurotransmitters. That means avoiding potentially allergenic foods like dairy and gluten and emphasizing a high protein and nutrient dense diet. All meals and snacks will be prepared and served by our personal chef.
A sample daily menu may look like this
Breakfast: Oat pancakes with eggs
Snack: Hummus and slices of red peppers and cucumbers with gluten-free crackers
Lunch: Herb roasted chicken wraps
Snack: Functional food shake
Dinner: Baked salmon with roasted vegetables and lemon rice
Dessert: Chia seed dark chocolate pudding with coconut whip
It is essential that clients in the process of addiction recovery eat frequently, provide their bodies with nutrient-dense foods, and avoid pseudo-addictive substances like refined sugars and starches. The residential program at Ampelis takes all of this into consideration and makes it easy for clients to follow dietary recommendations so they can focus full-time on healing. After finishing the ten-day Amino IV, clients will begin individualized oral amino acid supplement protocols to support their optimal health and balance their minds and bodies.
Once clients leave residential treatment they take on more responsibility for their nutrition, but they have access to a support system to help them continue making optimal health choices. After leaving residential care, clients will have weekly check-ins with our nutritionist for the first month, bi-weekly check-ins for the next month, then monthly for the next six months as well as access to meal plans and recipes to help them continue their pro-recovery diet. . Many clients will continue to take amino acid supplements orally for three to six months after residential treatment and some may continue to take them throughout their lives to maintain optimal brain balance and prevent future relapses.
There is no one way to heal from addiction. That is why Ampelis was created: to address the root causes of addiction through bio-psycho-social and spiritual healing. Proper nutrition is one of the many ways in which Ampelis can help clients find the peace and freedom they are searching for.
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