Drug Addiction – A Possible Cure 3/27/2018

Reagan Houston, MS, PE. Copyright and free to copy

Drug Addiction – A Possible Cure 3/27/2018

Reagan Houston, MS, PE. Copyright and free to copy

Introduction   About 100 people die each hour of drug addiction.1 This article explains how both drug addiction and chronic pain can be cured. In both cases the pain signal or narcotic signal is absorbed on the opiate receptor sites in the brain.3 Opiate receptors are groups of protein cells on the semipermeable cell membranes that combine with opium-like compounds to provide pain relief and often result in addiction. Fortunately, vitamin C (ascorbic acid and sodium ascorbate) as ascorbate can wash both pain and narcotic signals from the receptors. With ascorbate loading the receptor, pain control continues but the bad side effects of narcotics stop. Thus we have little or no pain, no constipation and no craving. Cured!

People with chronic pain (or often drug addiction) who eat regular meals have a simple therapy available. They can take high oral doses of vitamin C (ascorbic acid or sodium ascorbate). Vitamin C is safe even at 200 grams of vitamin C per day. For example, one person had an infected tooth and extreme pain took 70 grams of ascorbic acid over two hours. About four hours later the pain stopped but diarrhea started and continued for about 12 hours and then stopped. Slight pain returned so she took 1 to 3 grams of vitamin C per day. She remained pain free for a month and continuing.

Let’s look at some vitamin C history.

Examples Starting in 1971, Ewan Cameron, Consultant Surgeon in a Scottish hospital, was treating cancer patients who had pain from cancer that was expanding within bone. patients were receiving narcotics.2 His treatment was sodium ascorbate as a possible cancer therapy. The patients were regularly given 10 grams (10,000 mg) per day of vitamin C as sodium ascorbate by IV rather than orally. About a week after starting the sodium ascorbate the 5 patients had little or no pain, no craving, and stopped asking for narcotics. The patients had no withdrawal symptoms. As long as they received sodium ascorbate they were craving-free and pain-free. Diarrhea can be a problem but Cameron’s patients probably had little or no diarrhea since Cameron did not mention diarrhea.

Vitamin C can control withdrawal pain and craving.

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. When the opiate receptors were loaded with narcotic signals, pain was much less.3 Large doses of vitamin C can displace both the pain signals and narcotics off of the opiate receptors. Vitamin C has controlled pain without nasty withdrawal side effects.3

Libby treated drug addicts by stopping the narcotics and starting them with at least 25 grams of sodium ascorbate in milk taken in a 3 or 4-hour period. If this did not stop the craving he would increase the first-day dose up to 85 grams or more. This dose was continued for 3 or 4 days total until craving fully stopped. Then he decreased the sodium ascorbate to 10 grams per day or less to maintain pain control but stop diarrhea.4 Of Libby’s first 30 drug addicts, all 30 were cured of craving. L. Benade reported that if ones blood has too much glucose such as from sugar in the diet then vitamin C cannot enter cells.4 However people can take vitamin C 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal to separate vitamin C intake from the blood glucose peak if necessary.

In the 1980s, Robert Cathcart, MD, was one of the few physicians who treated his patients with high doses of vitamin C, up to 200 grams per day.5 Cathcart had pain from his eye surgery.6 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. Then he had “absolutely no pain.” Next he dropped the vitamin C to a small variable dose of about 1 to 10 grams per day of vitamin C, a dose that continued the pain control but was not enough to cause diarrhea and again he reported no pain.

Cecilia England, my friend who lives in Landrum, South Carolina, had an infected tooth with a pain level of 8 to 9 out of 10 maximum. She took no pain control, only antibiotics. Pushed by the pain, she took 70 grams of ascorbic acid pills in 90 minutes. After about 4 hours, the pain stopped but diarrhea started and lasted about 12 hours. Four hours was the time needed for ascorbate to move from the stomach into the receptors, as I see it. She has been taking 1 to 3 grams of vitamin C daily to stay pain free for a month and continuing. If pain returns she can start high dose vitamin C to repeat the process. The time to purge out pain or narcotics and then saturate the receptors with ascorbate varies with the vitamin C dose and the patient.

Oral vitamin C controlled pain and craving in a few hours or days.


Pain. If you have bad pain such as from surgery or a fall, the England therapy may be helpful. Continue the pain control you are using, if any. Take 70 pills of 1,000 mg (one gram) of ascorbic acid over a period of 2 hours with water. The pills may have no obvious effect for about 4 hours. Then the pain may stop and diarrhea starts. Stay close to the rest room and wipe with wet toilet paper. After about 12 hours more the diarrhea should stop. If minor pain starts, take vitamin C at 1 to 3 grams per day or more if necessary. Your bad day may give you a month free of pain. You no longer need a narcotic to stop the pain,

Addiction The Cameron method may help cure your drug addiction . He administered 10 grams per day of IV sodium ascorbate to bedridden patients, They were pain free in about a week. We’ll use oral vitamin C rather than expensive IV vitamin C. Oral vitamin C is less effective than IV vitamin C so we’ll start with 20 to 40 grams per day of ascorbic acid in water or milk in divided doses.   Hopefully within 1 or 2 weeks the craving ends. You may have diarrhea as England did although Cameron did not mention diarrhea with his patients. We do not have a current example of Cameron’s method with oral vitamin C but it should be similar.

Each patients is different so results may vary widely. If Cameron’s method stops craving, you are temporarily cured of addiction. However if you have been a drug addict for a long period you may need help from certified social workers to get back to normal with good digestion, nutrition, vitamins, family, job, and friends. Then you are fully cured of drug addiction!


Overdose of narcotics can be treated by 50 mg of sodium ascorbate in milk or water if patient can swallow and retain food. Unconscious patients can be treated with 30 to 50 grams of sodium ascorbate given by IV slowly. Addiction without any narcotic intake lets the body slowly clear the opiate receptors, a highly uncomfortable, lengthy “withdrawal.” To help drug addicts, methadone is available as a legal narcotic to replace illegal narcotics. In practice, methadone has side effects as bad as other narcotics and may leave patients anxious to get a shot of regular narcotics.3 Methadone has not been helpful at stopping addiction. Attempts to lower the number or strength of narcotic doses have not solved the US drug problem. Local labs offer addiction therapy but they have not been quick or effective.

Your doctor may be uncomfortable with high doses of vitamin C. Three of the examples given above were done by MDs. Most doctors are never taught how to use vitamins for therapy, including vitamin C. The FDA recommends 2 grams (2,000 mg) per day of vitamin C as a normal maximum for people. If the FDA restricts doctors from giving high doses of vitamin C, patients may legally take high doses on their own choice. Drug addicts in jail might volunteer to be cured. I wish the FDA would recommend effective doses for sick people.

Vitamin C treatment for addiction can be used no matter how long the person has been a drug addict or the types of drugs used. People can save their marriages and jobs. They can take better care of their children. They can even save their friends. Since narcotics harm the body, addicts might also improve their own health with vitamin C. Patients are in charge of their health. If I had chronic pain so that I needed narcotics, I would take vitamin C.

With the present US drug addiction problem, vitamin C could be a great help in decreasing the number of drug addicts. Easy, economical, control of chronic pain and addiction could lower the cost of health care and possibly lower our national debt. Vitamin C can provide relief for many with chronic pain. With pain under control, narcotics may be used less and for shorter intervals. Pain may stop being a cause of addiction.

If you have success or failure with high-dose vitamin C, please contact the author at h@cancertherapies.org. With your help we may develop a good, simple therapy for drug addiction.             .                                                                                             Thank You.


Reagan Houston, MS, PE. a Professional Chemical Engineer, lives in Hendersonville, North Carolina, USA. He has a dozen patents on air pollution control. When diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer 21 years ago, he controlled the cancer with vitamins and some hormones. He never needed nor had surgery, radiation or chemotherapy. With vitamins, diuretics and a pacemaker he controlled his congestive heart failure. He has published two books on cancer and health. His blog and web site is www.cancertherapies.org. He can be reached at h@cancertherapies.org. He is hard of hearing, so please use email.

Disclaimer This article is educational and is not intended as medical advice, as the author is not a physician. The author’s objective is to provide readers with a summary of scientific literature so they can consult their doctors and draw their own conclusions concerning the role of vitamins. The opinions contained in this article have not been evaluated by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration.


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