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Using drugless healers: alternative medicine

Today, more than ever, people are choosing to use alternative medicine to recovery from addiction. While using alternative medicines to treat drug addiction and alcoholism is considered unorthodox and does not have proven success in treatment, however many people choose to use it as an innovative and integrative from of therapy.

Alternative Medicines have been classified as an unrelated group of non-orthodox therapeutic practices by The National Library of Medicine and the MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) Term Working Group, Office of Alternative Medicine, and the National Institutes of Health as of 1996. This is because do not follow the conventional biomedical explanations in treatment, and are not taught in medical schools. Alternative Medicine is developed by professionals within the field of chemical dependency based off experiences of success during clinical treatment without satisfactory scientific explanation for its effectiveness.

Alternative Therapies in Treating Addiction

Addiction is the physical and psychological dependency to drugs and/or alcohol. It causes your to loose control of your life, causing problems in your personal and social life, work and can take away your financial stability, as well as causing serious effects on your health and well being. Professionals in the chemical dependency field have developed alternative therapies to fill in the gaps where conventional treatment is lacking so the patients are able to fully heal from addiction and move on to live more fulfilling lives in sobriety.

Types of Alternative Therapies

  • Acupuncture
  • Chiropractic
  • Faith healing
  • Folk medicine
  • Herbal medicine
  • Homeopathy
  • Naturopathy
  • New age healing
  • Nutritional Therapy
  • Massage
  • Music therapy

Nutritional Therapy

Nutritional therapy is the most common form of alternative medicine used in the treatment of addiction. This is because those suffering from drug addiction or alcoholism become malnourished due to their disease, serious damage to the body, especially the liver. Nutritional therapy is used to help the patient restore themselves to proper nutrition, assisting the body through the detoxification process to rid itself of the chemicals and toxins associated with drug and alcohol abuse.

Patients may receive nutritional supplements throughout this theraputic process. Supplements such as zinc and vitamin C helps to speed up detoxification and get them balanced. Patients who have been using drugs or alcohol over a long period of time will lack key nutrients, this is why many will receive supplements such as: beta-carotene, vitamins E,  selenium, calcium and magnesium.

Herbal Medicines

Herbal medicines is another one of the most common forms of alternative medicine used in the treatment of drug addiction and alcoholism. A conventional treatment program will use prescription medications to ease symptoms of withdrawal and speed up the detoxification process, this is simply replacing one drug with another. Herbal medicines used in alternative therapies will help to detoxify the body of the harmful chemicals and toxins related to its use, as well as offer comfort from uncomfortable symptoms of withdrawal. Herbal medicines can help reduce cravings and allow you to keep focused on your recovery.

Herbal teas with catnip, chamomile, peppermint, and skullcap are often used to relax and sedate the nervous system. Many patients experiencing depression will take St. John’s Wort which offers them calmness and clarity. Other herbal medicines such as burdock root, milk thistle, and echinacea (purple coneflower) will aid in the detoxification process. Milk thistle prevents any drug related damage to the liver as it boost in the filtration process. Kudzu root tea will help reduce your cravings to drink alcohol, cutting its use nearly in half.


Alternative medicine is not for everyone. Some people going through the treatment process for addiction prefer conventional treatment as they are scientifically proven to be effective. However others, especially those who have gone through a conventional treatment program, realize that it lacks appropriate treatment in many areas and choose to use alternative medicine to help them successfully overcome their addiction to drugs or alcohol.

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