Those with alcohol or drug addiction are generally malnourished and have suffered a number of blows to their body, such as liver damage. Nutritional therapy attempts to reverse this damage by fulfilling nutrition and eliminating toxins. Zinc and Vitamin C are both great nutrients that can aid in detoxification. Antioxidants are also beneficial as they can neutralize free radicals. Antioxidants include beta-carotene, Vitamin C and E, zinc and selenium.
Alcohol addicts generally suffer from low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia. To reduce the symptoms of hypoglycemia, it can be helpful to increase the intake of unrefined complex carbohydrates, avoid all sugars and reduce the intake of refined carbohydrates.