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Orthomolecular Therapy

A Rich Resource for Those Overcoming Addiction

Those suffering from alcohol abuse or drug dependency don’t generally show up to rehab with great nutritional habits. In fact, many suffer from a variety of nutritional deficiencies that tend to exacerbate issues in a body that is already taxed from substance abuse.

Molecular biologist and two-time Nobel Prize winner, Linus Pauling, coined the term “orthomolecular” in 1968 in the journal Science. “Ortho” is Greek for “correct” and molecular refers to the smallest structures in a chemical compound. That’s a lot of science to say that orthomolecular medicine literally means finding the “right molecules” – often in the form of nutritional supplements – to help the body function properly and heal itself.

What is critical to the success of orthomolecular therapies is that the orthomolecular medicine practitioner provides the body with the optimal amounts of the natural substances that it needs to regulate itself.

At Cliffside Malibu, your own personal physician runs comprehensive blood tests on all residents at intake. From these blood tests, we determine what biochemical deficiencies may contribute to your drug dependency. You may suffer from vitamin deficiencies, heavy metal poisoning, viruses, or a variety of common parasites. All of these add stress to your body and make overcoming the physical aspects of addiction more difficult. With proper orthomolecular supplements and/or diet, we can help your body restore itself to a state of balance.