I feel like every family including mine has someone who is an alcoholic, and wishes they could stop drinking. One of my relatives has struggled with alcoholism and drug addiction since he was 14. Now, over 60 years of age, he’s still suffering.

I’m sure out of the millions of you who read my articles each week, some of you actually want help, and need hope. I’ll give you that today. The actual part of “quitting” is not as hard as staying sober thereafter.

So if you’ve made it your New Year’s resolution to stop drinking, or stop taking sedatives, sleeping pills or tranquilizers, here is some important research and information that I want to share:

1. You must have patience

Failure occurs when people give up instead of bearing with it, and holding on. Those receptors in your brain can, and do heal. You see, if you drink (or take benzodiazepine sedatives), the GABA receptors on your cells are atrophied. This means the little areas on your cells that hug GABA and pull it into your cell are dead.

It’s called down regulation if you want to look it up. Time is the only thing that will allow those receptors to regrow and heal. This is why you have to be patient and have faith. The receptor sites will upregulate.

2. Supplements and medications usually backfire

The chemistry of addiction is such that these feel-good endorphins are needed constantly. So when you suddenly stop getting endorphins (in the form of alcohol, antidepressants, benzodiazepines, opiates like hydrocodone or heroin), your cells starve. The “happy” brain chemicals aren’t there anymore.
Conventional medicine’s answer to this is to prescribe medications quickly because it restores some feel-good endorphins. The problem with this (and this is common sense if you think about it) is if your receptors are down regulated, the new medication will obviously backfire. The key is to re-sensitize your receptors, not push production of endorphins, there’s nowhere for them to go, their levels spike causing terrible side effects.

3.  Use micro doses of anything you want to try

Supplements that may help raise GABA are available without prescription. I don’t recommend any of them early in withdrawal, but maybe after a few months. Micro dosing is key to testing any supplement you want to try. Supplements that support your GAD enzyme are most helpful because the GAD enzyme forms the calming neurotransmitter called GABA.

It’s GABA that is elevated when you drink! Two inexpensive, over-the-counter nutrients can support the GAD enzyme, and they are lysine and P5P (pyridoxal 5 phosphate) but there’s a trick to taking those.

I have some more incredible information about GAD and alcohol and benzo recovery.  If you would like read my extended article, I have to email it to you. Just go to my website ( and sign up for my free newsletter.

Hang on and stay focused, I believe you can heal if you give it enough time. Most people unfortunately give up too soon because they don’t know what I’ve just taught you. Share my article and help someone you love.

Suzy Cohen is a registered pharmacist. The information presented here is not intended to treat, cure or diagnose any condition. Visit

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