Chronic Pain & Drug Addiction Therapy-1

Chronic Pain and Drug Addiction Therapy-1

Reagan Houston, MS, PE.   7/16/2017

Deaths from all legal and illegal drugs caused over 135 deaths DAILY in 2014 and even more this year.1 What can a person do if his friend is addicted? Long term pain almost needs narcotics. People with chronic pain can often become addicts under medical treatment. Narcotics control pain by sending a signal to the opiate receptors in the brain. The receptors decrease pain but cause addiction and miserable pain when the narcotic is withdrawn. Vitamin C, ascorbic acid, when taken at 10 or 20 grams/day can gradually replace the narcotic signal with vitamin C in the opiate receptors in about a week.2 Then the ascorbate loaded receptors continue the pain control but eliminate negative side effects of the narcotics. The pain signal continues but is neglected by the receptors and not felt.

For chronic pain control, Robert Cathcart, MD. was one of the few physicians who often treated his patients with high dose vitamin C, even 200 grams per day.3 Cathcart had pain from his eye surgery.4 As his initial narcotic dose 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 was enough to load the receptors. He reported that he then had “absolutely no pain.” Then he dropped the vitamin C to a variable dose of10 grams per day, a dose that maintained the pain control but not enough to cause diarrhea and again reported no pain. Some patients might prefer a lower 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. This high dose would be maintained until pain and craving were fully stopped, and then the lower dose was started.

For drug addicts, Ewan Cameron, Consultant Surgeon in a Scottish hospital, was treating cancer patients who had pain from cancer expanding within bone and needing narcotics.5 The patients were mostly given 10 grams per day of sodium ascorbate and in about a week the patients had no pain and no craving.

Street drug addicts often spend their money on drugs instead of food. Patients are then badly malnourished and lack vitamins, protein, and a balanced diet. These patients may use vitamin C but should work with a doctor or dietician to take the right foods when escaping from addiction and bad life style.

Sometimes things go wrong and an addict starts withdrawal pains with no narcotics available. He or she can try taking 70 grams of ascorbic acid and or sodium ascorbate in a short time. Cathcart used 12 grams every 15 minutes for 90 minutes. He took the vitamins until the pain stopped and then he changed to the lower dose as mentioned. For someone in early withdrawal pain, 70 grams may not be correct. Taking the high dose vitamin C until pain and craving cease may be better choice, but diarrhea may occur.

The low cost of pain and addiction control benefits the patient and his family. All steps appear to be safe, tested, and demonstrated. The dosages, time to alleviate addiction and possible diarrhea may vary with each patient. With the present 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.


Reagan Houston, MS, PE. a professional chemical engineer, lives in Hendersonville, NC at age 94. He got into medicine when he was diagnosed 20 years ago with aggressive prostate cancer. He has controlled his cancer mostly with vitamins and without surgery, radiation or chemotherapy. With vitamins and a pacemaker he cured 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:


Reagan Houston, MS. PE

Professional Chemical Engineer

600 Carolina Village Rd. Apt 389

Hendersonville, NC 28792



  1. Annual Causes of Death in US. Drug War Facts, 2014. Downloaded 2/13/2017.
  2. Libby AF and Stone I. The Hypoascorbemia-Kwashiorkor approach to drug addiction: a pilot study. Orthomolecular Psychiatry. 1977; 6(4): 300-308.
  3. Cathcart, Robert. Vitamin C, Titrating to Bowel Tolerance, Anascorbemia, and Acute Induced Scurvy. Medical Hypotheses, 1981.7:1359-1376. Downloaded 4/12/2017.
  4. Cathcart, Robert, Vitamin C in high doses provides significant pain relief. Date unknown. He died in 2007. Downloaded July 7, 2017.
  5. Cameron E & Pauling L. Cancer and Vitamin C. 1993, Camino Books. Philadelphia, page 132.



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