Ascertain the de-addicting effects of continuous parenteral injection of specific micronutrients that have demonstrated de-addicting effects for chemical dependencies and addictive behaviors. A unique feature of this investigation is that it is the first to administer these substances using a pre-filled, disposable elastomeric continuous parenteral pump.
Provide patients with chemical dependencies with a series of pumps prefilled with de-addicting micronutrient chemistries:
- Ascorbic acid
- NAC / Glutathione
Most of these need only be taken orally, but for some, especially ascorbic acid, the de-addicting effect requires blood concentrations that are difficult to achieve without parenteral administrations. The patient is to use a new pump each day, starting with the day they stop their addiction. This is in support of the “cold-turkey” addiction recovery strategy, and is to be used in conjuction with the 12-step process and an active sponsor for each patient to whom the patient checks in twice daily. They are removed at night. This continues for 3 weeks to help the patient through the most challenging part of the de-addiction process. Subsequent oral administration continues for another 3 months.
- Patients will be administered the QLQ-30 test before, during, and after the trial to assess how well the protocol is assisting them.
- Objective Cognitive Functional test.
- Supplementary Addiction Recovery Survey to be completed before, during and after the trial.
- Endpoint will be complete remission of addictive behaviors.