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Today there are more and more people choosing to use alternative medicine as a way to treat drug addiction and alcoholism. While alternative medicines are considered unorthodox and have unproven success in treatment many choose to use it as an innovative and integrative from of therapy.  Alternative medicines do not follow the conventional biomedical explanations in treatment, this is why it has 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. These practices are not taught in medical schools but are developed by professionals within the field of chemical dependency based off experiences of success in using alternative medicines for client treatment, whether it is considered to have no satisfactory scientific explanation for its effectiveness.

Alternative Therapies and Addiction

Alcoholism and drug addiction over powers you as a physical and psychological dependency to that substance. It can cause you to loose control of your life, causing problems within your work, school, home life and your health. Conventional treatment for addiction cause lack in certain areas where alternative therapies pick up and will help you heal fully from this disease.

Types of Alternative Therapies

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

 

Nutritional Therapy is One of the Most Commonly Used Alternative Therapies in Treatment of Addiction

Alcoholism and drug addiction can cause the addict to become malnourished. This can cause serious damage to the body, especially the liver. Nutritional therapy helps to correct this by getting the addict the proper nutrition that will allow them to eliminate toxins associated with drug and alcohol abuse.The goal is to make dietary changes that will increase the proper nutrients within the addicts body.

Many addicts are depleted of key nutrients, this is why supplements such as zinc and vitamin C will be given to help to aid in this process, speeding up detoxification and get them balanced. Other nutrients that are antioxidants supplements given during nutritional therapy include; beta-carotene, vitamins E,  selenium, calcium and magnesium. Most commonly alcoholics will be vitamin B deficient requiring injections of this vitamin during the beginning stages of treatment. It is also very common to find alcoholics with low blood sugar, hypoglycemia, requiring further nutritional treatment to stabilize.

Herbal Medicines Treating Alcoholism and Drug Addiction

Alcohol and drug withdrawal are painful and overwhelming. Conventional treatment  uses prescription medications with addictive properties as a way to ease these symptoms, replacing one drugs withdrawal to another drug. Alternative therapies use herbal medicines that will ease some symptoms of withdrawal and help to detoxify the body of alcohol and drugs. From anxiety and insomnia to strong cravings a herbal medicine can help take away this discomfort and allow the addict to focus on their recovery.

Herbs such as catnip, chamomile, peppermint, and skullcap are often used together as a tea and help to relax and sedate the nervous system. Many will take St. John’s Wort as a herbal prescription to alleviate feelings of depression and offer calmness. Herbal medications that aid in the detoxification process include: burdock root, milk thistle, and echinacea (purple coneflower). The milk thistle will help to prevent any drug related damage to the liver as it boost in the filtration process. Cravings for alcohol have been controlled by kudzu root, this is a bitter tea used traditionally by Chinese Doctors, and it helps to cut the alcoholics drinking nearly in half.

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