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Alternative medicine treatments to overcome addiction

Discussion in 'Questions About Treatment' started by amethyst, Apr 29, 2015.

  1. amethyst

    amethyst Community Champion

    During the acute stages of my recovery from alcoholism I decided to seek out an acupuncturist and herbalist to help me deal with my symptoms. It was the best decision I ever made. I chose a gentle form of Japanese acupuncture that was treating the root causes of my addiction, such as the manifestations of imbalanced energy in my spleen from living too much in the past, my inability to let go of deeply buried traumas, etc.
    Together, with a constantly changing combination of herbs, that worked on my liver, spleen, kidneys and lungs, I was gradually able to make big leaps forwards and upwards.
    Have you ever tried anything similar? And how did you fare?
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  2. TripleD123

    TripleD123 Community Champion

    I have not tried anything like this personally but I am a firm believer in do what works for you. You tried this and it works so that shows me that your body was able to respond to this kind of treatment. I have wanted to try acupuncture for some health issues but haven't broken down to try it yet. I have been dabbling in the practice of essential oils and while I'm not 100% sold on it I do feel like it is worth a try and I will keep it up for a while. I'm so very glad you found something to help you. Keep up the good work.
  3. DancingLady

    DancingLady Community Champion

    I think alternative treatment has a lot too offer in regards to addiction treatment. I have read a number of articles that talked about how a person's diet can contribute to the extent of their addictions. One doctor advocated that smokers first fix their diet, eliminating all unhealthy foods, refined carbs and switching to mostly or all organic food before making another attempt to quit smoking. In his opinion, based on his experience, those who followed that course were much more successful at quitting permanently. Tobacco is of course just one particular substance, but I would expect the same principles hold for other thing like alcohol and other drugs.

    Everybody is unique though, so there isn't one perfect answer for everyone. I'm glad you found a treatment that worked well for you. Especially since you were able to address not just the physical components, but also the emotional and psychological factors of your addiction.
  4. lulu

    lulu Active Contributor

    My fiance is addicted to prescribed meds and because the doctors have had him on the for so long it's becoming very hard to get him off. And now they are trying to slowley take them away and it's only making it worse. I know there are other meds he can take that aren't as strong or harmful and will help him stretch aways from the bad but the doctor is just not doing it!
  5. xTinx

    xTinx Community Champion

    I am also a strong advocate of alternative medicine. There's so much dependency on synthetic drugs nowadays that it's become hard to convince people that manufactured medicine may contradict our system at times. Hence, the side effects or replacement addiction (if you're taking it to overcome an existing addiction). Although resorting to herbs may cause healing crisis in some cases, this response is only natural because toxins are being purged out of your body.
  6. EditorsRHumansToo!

    EditorsRHumansToo! Community Champion

    I, also, have chosen natural path in maintaining good health. I've seen loved ones of friends who have suffered the effects of substance abuse and from prescription drugs that do not lengthen my life if I take them. So, I have made a resolve to be drug-free as much as possible.

    Be very brave in what you have started to do. I wish you well and good health, @amethyst.
  7. Auril

    Auril Active Contributor

    Good for you guys who've managed to get clean using natural methods, though it wouldn't be my first recommendation. The issue with natural methods is that there often aren't enough evidence based studies to prove that the methods of treatment work and aren't, in some instances, even harmful. Medications and some therapies have been through studies and peer reviewed. They have to be effective to a certain degree to be approved to be used with the general public. That is why I generally choose traditional methods over natural treatments.
  8. juno

    juno Community Champion

    Alternative treatments are quite effective. As a mater of fact, Naturopath doctors have very similar backgrounds to medical doctors. They can prescribe medication and everything, however their approach is more wholistic and they will opt for the most natural resources to cure your problem.
  9. btalivny

    btalivny Active Contributor

    The only warning I would give about alternative medicine is to research it before attempting to use it. A lot of them sound very appealing but do not have a huge positive turnout rate while some have huge success rates.
  10. juno

    juno Community Champion

    I would deffinity do detailed research for any treatment you choose. However, don't completely disregard combining alternative treatment into your plans. There is a lot of promising research on it and it can be a way of getting treatment that empowers you to rely less on medications.