This health video shows how a change in nutrition can help you combat alcoholism.
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Jennifer Matthews: After a series of tragic events, stress got the best of sue. Her drinking spun out of control. Sue: I would drink to get to sleep at night. I would drink because I thought it would get rid of this horrible depression I had, that sort of thing. Jennifer Matthews: After seeing many friends fail to recover with the standard twelve-step approach, sue wanted something different. She found it with Joan Matthews-Larson, a nutritionist and author of the book, 7 Weeks to Sobriety. 20 Years ago, Matthews-Larson started Health Recovery Center -- a rehab program focused on fixing the alcoholic brain's chemical imbalance. Dr. Joan Matthews-Larson: It's a physical thing. We can fix the brain. Jennifer Matthews: Matthews-Larson says the alcohol keeps the brain from producing its own mood-boosters. She found diet can help. More specifically, high protein foods like chicken, fish and eggs reduce cravings for starchy foods, including alcohol. Since the brain is made of fat; olive oil, butter, yogurt, cheese and Omega-3 fatty acids help with neurological repair. Finally, supplements are used to target individual deficiencies. Dr. Joan Matthews-Larson: For alcoholics, within the first week, usually, cravings have stopped completely. Jennifer Matthews: It worked for sue. Now, she thinks clearly and has more energy than ever before. Sue: I wouldn't be doing what I am today if I hadn't gone through the program at Health Recovery Center. There's absolutely no doubt about that. Jennifer Matthews: This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.