Drug Addiction Self Therapy

Drug Addiction Self Therapy

Reagan Houston, MS, PE.   9/7/2017

Copyright by R. Houston and free to copy

Deaths from all legal and illegal drugs caused over 135 daily deaths in 2014 and even more this year.1 Doctors have not solved the drug problem and neither have the ministers, lawyers, drug companies, or the police. My aim is for ordinary people and drug addicts to solve or at least decrease the problem. If they knew a simple, cheap, at-home therapy for drug addiction, many could decide to stop the craving and save much money. Drug addicts would be in charge of their life. Here’s how it has been done.

Ewan Cameron, Consultant Surgeon in a Scottish hospital, was treating cancer patients who had pain from cancer expanding within bone and were receiving narcotics.2 His treatment was sodium ascorbate as a possible therapy. The patients were mostly given10 grams (10,000 mg) per day of sodium ascorbate. About a week after starting the ascorbate the patients had no pain, no craving, and stopped asking for narcotics. The patients had no withdrawal symptoms. As long as they received ascorbate they were craving-free and pain-free.

Vitamin C can control pain.

In 1977, Alfred Libby, MD, a family doctor and Irwin Stone, MD, a researcher of vitamin C, were treating street drug addicts. They suggested that vitamin C mimics morphine and is absorbed on the opiate receptor sites in the brain while displacing the narcotics.3 Opiate receptors are groups of protein cells on the semipermeable membranes. The proteins can combine with opium-like compounds to provide pain relief and addiction. When the receptors were loaded with narcotic signals, pain was much less. Large doses of vitamin C can displace the narcotics out of the receptors. Vitamin C has controlled pain and without nasty withdrawal side effects. Vitamin C at 10 grams/day can gradually replace the narcotic signal in the receptors with vitamin C.2

Vitamin C can be either ascorbic acid or sodium ascorbate.

Robert Cathcart, MD. was one of the few physicians who treated his patients with high doses of vitamin C, even 200 grams per day.4 Cathcart had pain from his eye surgery.5 As his initial narcotic was wearing off, he started taking ascorbic acid at 12 grams every 15 minutes for 90 minutes for a total dose of 72 grams. This large dose loaded the receptors with ascorbate. He reported that he had “absolutely no pain.” Next, he dropped the vitamin C to a holding dose of 10 grams per day, a variable dose that maintained the pain control but was not enough to cause diarrhea and again he reported no pain.

Some patients might prefer a slower starting dose of 6 grams every 15 minutes and expect to be pain-free and addiction-free in 3 hours. The typical dose was again about 72 grams. Instead of taking a fixed amount of vitamin C, the patient could start with high doses of vitamin C to stop the pain and craving. Then the lower dose could be started.

Addiction can be treated by stopping the narcotic intake and letting the body slowly clear the opiate receptors, a highly uncomfortable, lengthy “hangover.” Methadone is a legal narcotic used to help drug addicts but it has side effects as bad as other narcotics and may leave patients anxious to get a shot of regular narcotics.3 Neither of these choices has been helpful at stopping addiction. Attempts to lower the strength of narcotic doses has not worked. The US drug problem remains.

But by taking vitamin C we have a simple, safe way to control addiction. Addicts may work with a friend or spouse. Encouraging drug addicts to be straight more of the time may be enough to keep their digestion working and health good. A high blood sugar level may block vitamin C from entering cells and require extra vitamin C.6 Vitamin C is safe even at 200 grams per day.4

If patients have pain from drug withdrawal, they can take vitamin C to control pain and craving. Patients are in charge of their health. They can choose their drug time and clean-and-sober time. They can have a narcotic Saturday and still get to church on Sunday.

Drug therapy with vitamin C is highly flexible. If patients dislike pills, they can dissolve almost tasteless sodium ascorbate powder in water or juice. The powder is available from health stores or the internet. One measuring table spoon of powder holds about 9 grams of ascorbate. They can make enough solution for the day and take small spaced doses.

People can change their minds about taking narcotics. They can stop the narcotics and control any withdrawal pains with vitamin C. Then they may discontinue the vitamin C and go back to narcotics. Vitamin C treatment for addiction can be done no matter how long the person has been a drug addict or the type of drugs used.

People can save their marriages and jobs. They can be better parents. They can even save their friends. Since narcotics harm the body, they might also save their health with vitamin C.

People can alternate between taking drugs and avoiding them. People could enjoy narcotics for a short period without becoming addicted.

With the present US drug addiction problem, vitamin C could be a great help in decreasing the number of drug addicts. Easy, cheap, control of chronic pain and addiction could lower the cost of health and possibly lower our national debt. Patients are in charge. What will doctors say about vitamin C? Most doctors never studied high dose vitamin C and, therefore will probably dislike it. Apparently doctors do not have a better solution to the drug problem than vitamin C.

People may enjoy narcotics and then clean up with vitamin C. People in pain praise vitamin C. The drug problem becomes less.


Reagan Houston, MS, PE. a professional chemical engineer at age 94, lives in Hendersonville, NC. He got into medicine when diagnosed 20 years ago with aggressive prostate cancer. He has controlled his cancer mostly with vitamins but without surgery, radiation or chemotherapy. With vitamins and a pacemaker he controlled his congestive heart failure. His occasional colds were cured in 4 days or less with vitamin C. He has published two books on cancer and health. Contact: h@cancertherapies.org.


Reagan Houston, MS. PE.

Professional Chemical Engineer

Hendersonville, NC 28792




  1. Annual Causes of Death in US. Drug War Facts, 2014. Downloaded 2/13/2017. http://drugwarfacts.org/cms/causes_of_death#sthash.fa24o8B1.dpbs.
  2. Cameron E & Pauling L. Cancer and Vitamin C. 1993, Camino Books. Philadelphia.
  3. Libby AF and Stone I. The Hypoascorbemia-Kwashiorkor approach to drug addiction: a pilot study. Orthomolecular Psychiatry. 1977; 6(4): 300-308. http://orthomolecular.org/library/jom/1977/pdf/1977-v06n04-p300.pdf
  4. Cathcart, Robert. Vitamin C, Titrating to Bowel Tolerance, Anascorbemia, and Acute Induced Scurvy. Medical Hypotheses, 1981.7:1359-1376. Downloaded 4/12/2017. http://www.orthomed.com/titrate.htm
  5. Cathcart, Robert, Vitamin C in high doses provides significant pain relief. Date unknown. He died in 2007. Downloaded July 7, 2017. http://vitamincfoundation.org/www.orthomed.com/pain.
  6. Benade L, Howard T and Burke D. Synergistic killings of Ehrlich ascites carcinoma cells by ascorbate and 3 amino-1, 2, 4-triazole. Oncology. 1969;23:33-43, at the National Cancer Institute.  1188 words

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