Top 20 Alcohol Detox Supplements for Natural Alcohol Detox

In this article, I’m going to discuss the best alcohol detox supplements. We will review a number of highly effective supplements for alcoholics that include many basic vitamins and go well beyond them.

Alcohol Withdrawal Vitamins

Years ago, I had cravings that were so bad that I wondered if they would be a permanent part of my life. I began to research the subject of natural alcohol detox.

I discovered that quality supplements can significantly alleviate withdrawal.

I read every book that I could find on the subject of withdrawal supplements. I experimented with dozens of vitamins for withdrawal, most of them ordered from reputable companies through I did all of this while training clients in the gym who were unaware of this real passion, but who often benefited from my newfound expertise in nutrition and mental health.

Acute withdrawal occurs when alcoholics stop drinking. Symptoms can include:

  • Intense anxiety (for me, a sense of impending doom)
  • Intense insomnia
  • Crippling depression
  • Seizures (in extreme cases)

While acute withdrawal typically ends within a week, post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS) can last for up to a year. Symptoms are typically less extreme variations of acute withdrawal symptoms:

  • General anxiety and depression
  • Lack of motivation (or a sense of blah!)
  • Mood swings
  • Inability to focus

These symptoms often lead alcoholics right back to the bottle. Through independent research, I have identified a number of supplements for detox and withdrawal that actually work to relieve these symptoms.

Whether you’ve just quit drinking or you’re struggling with symptoms of PAWS, this list of vitamins for withdrawal can seriously change your life for the better.


Why Do We Need Supplements For Alcohol Detox?

Because alcohol depletes so many important nutrients from the body, the root causes of withdrawal symptoms are often nutrient deficiencies that have built up over time.

Many people suffer needlessly and even relapse because they do not know about the benefits of even the most rudimentary vitamins for withdrawal. No amount of positive thinking, group therapy, or spiritual guidance can help when the cause of your problem is physiological.

Unfortunately, the average multivitamin is not enough to put an end to withdrawals. I found relief over time, gradually, and I tried many that did not work. The process was worthwhile because every now and then, I would discover a miracle supplement that would catapult my sense of well-being to new heights.

Supplements for detox and recovery fall into six categories:

  • Anti-anxiety agents
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • EFAs (essential fatty acids)
  • Amino Acids
  • Herbs

Rest assured that there are compounds from each of these categories that work incredibly well for alleviating withdrawals and restoring healthy body chemistry.

These supplements do not need to be taken indefinitely. 

In my experience, my nutritional deficiencies were resolved after one to three months of supplementation.

Whether you’ve suffered from withdrawals or you’re trying to help someone else, you’ll want to become familiar with the withdrawal vitamins listed below.

For a basic understanding of how nutrient repair for addiction works, check out my in-depth video below and be sure to read the rest of this article!

Top 20 Supplements for Natural Alcohol Detox

Review the following types of detox supplementation.  We’ll dive into each type in related articles to help you determine whether or not you think these alcohol detox supplements are right for you.

Vitamins and Minerals

Regularly consuming alcohol impairs your body’s ability to properly absorb vitamins thereby inducing a variety of substance abuse symptoms such as bone loss, dehydration and more.

This lack of vitamins and minerals can make recovery more difficult with worsened withdrawal symptoms.

To make withdrawal and detox easier, we recommend taking:

Why do I recommend these? In a related article, I share why these are the best vitamins and minerals for alcohol detox as well as some signs of deficiency.

Fatty Acids and Amino Acids

The neurotransmitters in your brain produce dopamine to help you “feel good”, however, drinking interrupts these neurotransmitters.  Unfortunately, regular consumption means addicts require drinking in order to feel good, although the feeling isn’t sustainable.

The good news is that, over time, you can repair your liver, regulate amino acids and retrain your brain to produce dopamine.

There are certain fatty and amino acids that I found useful in my recovery:

  • Omega-3 Oil
  • L-Glutamine
  • L-Tyrosine
  • DL-Phenylalanine (DLPA)
  • 5-HTP
  • N-acetyl Cysteine (NAC)
  • L-Theanine

I discuss the benefits of these 7 fatty acids and amino acids for alcohol detox in much more detail in a related article.

Natural Compounds

Alcohol abuse is a direct abuse of your liver and is the leading cause of liver disease in the U.S.  But there’s hope, even after years of abuse because your liver has the fascinating ability to regenerate itself over time.

In addition to drinking lots of water and healthy eating, there are natural compounds that assist with detox including:

  • Sam-E
  • Hemp-Derived CBD
  • DHM
  • Fruits

Learn more about why and how to use these natural compounds for alcohol detox.

Herbal Supplements

Although herbal alcohol detox isn’t a new concept, it hasn’t been widely accepted in the West as many experts and medical professionals turned to the use of pharmaceuticals for withdrawal.

Fortunately, studies are being conducted and Ayurvedic professionals recommend the use of herbal remedies for detox.  The following herbs have been recommended:

  • Ashwagandha
  • DHM (dihydromyricetin)
  • Milk Thistle
  • Mucuna Pruriens
  • Passion Flower

Here’s everything you need to know about using herbal supplements for alcohol withdrawal.

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Scientific Research

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Research has shown that there are major benefits to using withdrawal vitamins:

  • In a double-blind study, alcoholics given vitamin and amino acids had reduced stress and better “behavioral, emotional, social and spiritual” outcomes than alcoholics given a placebo. (source)
  • Thiamine (Vitamin B1) depletion is a significant factor in alcoholic brain damage. (source)
  • Niacin (Vitamin B3) supplementation improves health and recovery outcomes for alcoholics. (source)
  • In a 1957 study, alcoholics who were given glutamine experienced fewer cravings and got to sleep more easily, while placebo subjects continued to crave alcohol intensely. (source)
  • Omega-3 fish oil helps to repair brain function in alcoholics. (source)
  • NAC supplementation supports abstinence from alcohol. (source)
  • Milk thistle supplementation improves survival outcomes for alcoholic cirrhosis patients. (source)
  • DHM counteracts acute alcohol intoxication and helps to reduce withdrawal symptoms. (source)
  • SAM-e offers promise for treating alcoholic liver disease because it is a precursor for glutathione, an antioxidant produced in the liver. (source)
  • An analysis of scientific studies found that CBD seems to have direct effects on addictive behaviors, possibly by replenishing endocannabinoids that may be missing from the body, as well as indirectly by improving stress vulnerability and reducing neurotoxicity. (source)

There are few studies on the results of using herbs for withdrawals and recovery. I can vouch for their efficacy, as can many other people. More research is clearly needed!

2021 Update: The past few years have brought the research I called for years ago, with studies now vindicating CBD, DHM, and milk thistle.

Benzodiazepines For Withdrawal

Benzodiazepines are anti-anxiety and anticonvulsant drugs that must be prescribed by doctors. They are often a necessary part of detox for people who have been drinking very heavily for months or years.

Benzodiazepines activate a neurotransmitter called GABA (gamma amino butyric acid), preventing seizures that can arise as fatal complications of withdrawals.

Although I’m a strong supporter of using supplementation for natural detox, I mention benzodiazepines here for three reasons:

  • Ativan saved me from potentially life-threatening withdrawals
  • I easily tapered off of Ativan under a doctor’s supervision
  • You may be able to obtain a prescription without expensive treatment

Learn more about the role of benzodiazepines for alcohol withdrawal.


I hope that this article helps you find relief much faster than I did. There are some others that I don’t have room to include here, so please subscribe and stay tuned for future articles.

As you can see, I have personally researched and taken everything on this list. Addiction is not an emotional problem; it is a biochemical disorder that can be addressed and resolved.

People often ask me if I still take all of the supplements I’ve written about. The answer is that I only take what’s needed. I have a medicine cabinet filled with the aforementioned supplements, and it feels good to know that I have them just in case I need them.

Sometimes, I’ll take passion flower or L-theanine to help me get to sleep. Other times, I’ll take ashwagandha or rhodiola rosea to help balance my system during a stressful day. I’ve found that if I need an extra mental boost to stay up and finish some work, mucuna pruriens does the trick.

Everyone’s biochemistry is different. I know which vitamins work for me as tools, buffers, or lines of defense against stress, insomnia, and poor health. Figuring out which ones worked best for me was an empowering process of self-discovery, and the same will be true for you.

I often take DLPA before busy mornings – it is probably my favorite supplement on this list. One of my coaching clients recently told me that this amino acid worked instantly for him, staving off a panic attack at work. (He’s been conquering post-acute withdrawal for four months now and I couldn’t be more proud of him.)

If you have any questions, please post them in the comment box below.


Hierarchy of Alcohol Recovery

What vitamins do you need when you quit drinking?

There are at least 15-20 nutrients that have been clinically shown to help people quit drinking and repair their bodies. Which ones are most beneficial for you will depend on your biochemistry. Often there is a process of trial and error to determine the best possible supplement regimens, but luckily there are effective programs that can help.

What can help me stop drinking?

Quitting drinking is best done with support, along with a solid recovery plan. Take into account your unique situation and try to determine the factors that contributed to your drinking problem. Address these issues while being sure to repair your body from drinking.

Can I stop drinking by myself?

The majority of people who try to quit drinking by themselves will fall back into old habits. There are many resources that offer help, and it’s crucial to find one that suits your needs. If your goal is to begin an empowering, holistic adventure to start living your best life beyond booze, check out Total Alcohol Recovery 2.0.

What are the first signs of liver damage from drinking?

Signs of liver damage include fatigue, swelling or pain in the upper right abdomen, nausea or vomiting, loss of appetite, and yellowing of the eyes and fingernails. Vitamins like milk thistle have been shown to protect the liver. The only way to protect the liver long-term is to eliminate or drastically reduce drinking.

What supplements are good for recovering addicts?

B-vitamins are a good place to start for recovering addicts, who may have deficiencies in these cofactors needed to produce neurotransmitters and feel-good hormones. These are just the tip of the iceberg, however, and people who embark on a program of nutrient repair often use amino acid therapy, multi-nutrient blends, and herbs backed by science for supporting the brain-body system.

Is there a supplement to stop drinking?

Most people use a combination of vitamins to help stabilize the brain and body while quitting drinking. While there is no single compound that is as effective as multi-nutrient blends, a good place to start is BR Restore, which covers many bases of nutrient repair.

What is the best multivitamin for alcoholics?

Alcoholics who begin a program of nutrient repair often incorporate a multivitamin, among other supplements, to help cover a wide range of nutritional bases. A potent multivitamin like Legion Triumph is often a good idea, and results are generally even better when combined with amino acids found in supplements like BR Restore.

Does alcohol deplete vitamins and minerals?

This substance has been shown to cause deficiencies in essential nutrients, including vitamins and minerals that are needed to support detoxification and other biochemical processes. If you have been drinking to excess, be sure to educate yourself about how exactly alcohol causes nutrient deficiencies.

More Alcohol Detox FAQs can be found here.

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1 year ago

great I also said
Good Sources of Vitamins Vitamins help your body to function efficiently- for example, they assist it to process other nutrients. They do not, however, provide tissue or energy. Vitamins are organic compounds required for metabolic reactions as well as protection of our body from foreign disease

1 year ago

Good morning! I have been listening to your podcasts every day for about a month now and love love them. Although I haven’t quite drinking alcohol completely I have cut back for sure and incorporated some supplements that you and Matt talk about. That being said, the Vitamin B makes me all amped up! I have high energy naturally, especially in the morning. How important is this supplement to changing the biochemicals in my brain? Memory loss is probably the biggest symptom I have dealt with since I started drinking 4 to 5 to times a week after work. Should… Read more »

1 year ago

I followed yoface her ur suggestions on some of the supplements. I was already on a pretty intense regimen to begin with. Took three times but now I am alcohol free for 26 weeks 3 days, AND I have alcohol in the house. Trying to help my DIL face her demons.

Sean O
Sean O
1 year ago

How much dlpa should I take per day to help with serious withdrawl ?

1 year ago

Hey can we take all these vitamins together in one go every morning? Thank you

Last edited 1 year ago by Zos
M Sarah
M Sarah
11 months ago
Reply to  Chris Scott

It has been my experience that taking supplements throughout the day works best. Higher doses at the beginning, then gradually lowering after 2-3 weeks. Sleepy time tea was also helpful before bed time.

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