During the detoxification process there will be a lot of talk about vitamin B1. In fact chances are one of the first things the hospital staff does when you enter the detox center is place an intravenous solution of B1 into the alcohol or drug abuser. Here is a look at what B1 does to the body and why it is important to get those that have a substance abuse problem a high dosage of the vitamin B1.
The vitamin B1 is known as thiamine and is essential to the brain. When a person drinks a high amount of alcohol the body has a tendency to become deprived of the vitamin B1. The body becomes deprived of this vitamin the brain will almost appear to become pickled or dried out. A brain in this state can cause a lot of problems from disorientation to loss of brain function and amnesia.
Many times the vitamin B1 can be replaced through supplements and injections. This allows the brain to receive the nutrients that it needs to work properly. The ability to give the brain back the nutrients that it needs is why many detox centers will start the IV of vitamin B1 right away.
One of the best benefits about the vitamin B1 is that it is water soluble. That means if the person who is receiving the vitamin doesn’t need the amount that is given to them the vitamin will absorb in the body and not cause the person any potential harm. This reason is why many detox centers will give it to a substance abuser regardless of what course of treatment they wish to undergo.