Your Guide to Natural Detoxification from Drugs and Alcohol
When someone is addicted to drugs such as cocaine or opiates, that person can develop a physical dependence on the substance and its effects. Addiction can affect every aspect of a person's life, especially health. Drug and alcohol addicts are unlikely to recover on their own-if you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, call us at 800-653-6351 at any time of the day or night.
Many people with an addiction to drugs or alcohol are malnourished, and they have also sustained damage to vital organs such as the liver. A sound nutritional therapy program can help the body detox from drugs and alcohol naturally, and it can fill in any gaps in the recovering addict's diet.
Supplements such as magnesium, calcium and zinc may aid the detox process. People who are addicted to alcohol or drugs are frequently deficient in those nutrients, as addiction affects a person's dietary habits and can inhibit the body's absorption of some nutrients. Therapy can include supplementation with:
- Vitamins E and B
- Beta carotene
Vitamin B1 deficiencies may be at the root of some behaviors shown by alcoholics. Treatment typically involves:
- An increased intake of complex, unrefined carbohydrates like fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as whole grains
- A limited intake of white bread, white rice and other simple or refined carbohydrates
As you detox from drugs and alcohol naturally, your therapist will likely recommend that you add chromium, additional B vitamins, vitamin C and protein to your diet.
Herbs may certain lessen withdrawal symptoms like insomnia and anxiety, and they may also assist in the detoxification process by reducing the addict's craving for the substance. Certain herbs are associated with relaxation, such as chamomile, catnip, skullcap, and peppermint can be brewed into a tea or taken in tablet form.
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese treatment, but it is a possible way to treat alcoholism and drug addiction. Acupuncturists view any addiction as an imbalance in the qi, or life energy that flows throughout the body. With small needles placed at certain points on the patient's body, acupuncture aims to correct the imbalance and ease the physical and mental symptoms of withdrawal. There is little evidence for the efficacy of this treatment, however.
Creative Visualization/Guided Imagery
Many who are addicted to drugs and alcohol began using their substance of choice as a way to boost confidence, cope with life, or to ease stress. Creative visualization techniques and guided imagery can help recovering addicts do all of the above.
"...you can enjoy the positive side of sobriety-a clear mind, healthy relationships, and a healthy body-and also imagine the negative aspects of continued addiction."-Detox.net
Detox treatment sessions typically involve the patient imagining the positive benefits of a drug-free life, as well as the negative results of continued drug use. Relaxation techniques and breathing exercises are used to clear the mind and to maximize the effects of the guided imagery and visualization.
After you are sufficiently relaxed, you can enjoy the positive side of sobriety-a clear mind, healthy relationships, and a healthy body-and also imagine the negative aspects of continued addiction. You can do some exercises on your own, but they are more effective when scripted by a practitioner. To find a guided imagery practitioner or other addiction recovery help, call us at 800-653-6351 today.