Sunday, March 3, 2013

Tips For Overcoming Alcohol Without Treatment

Heavy alcohol use is not easy to overcome for anyone. Over the years the most popular forms of treatment for alcohol addiction have been through a rehab or treatment program. However, over the past few years there have been more popular alternative methods arising to help people overcome alcohol use.

Different Holistic Approaches

Acupuncture has been an ancient treasure of traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years.[1] It's based on the theory that that an essential for good health is a balanced flow of a life energy (Ch'i) which is believed to travel through pathways (called meridians) in a person's body. It's believed that medical problems result from an imbalance of Ch'i. The goal of acupuncture is to insert thin needles into the patient's body at various points on the meridians to remove blockages of Ch'i.[2]

For the treatment of alcoholism and drug use in the West, needles are typically inserted anywhere from three to five locations on the outer ear. Other locations on the body are sometimes used in an effort to strengthen the kidneys, liver and lungs in the belief that these organs have been overworked in eliminating alcohol or drugs. Different schools of thought disagree about how many meridians there are, where needles should be inserted, whether ying and yang should also be used, etc. However, a common belief is that different meridians connect to different organs. Although acupuncture has been used for thousands of years, medical research has found no evidence that it is helpful in helping either alcoholics or drug users.[3]

Nutritional Therapy
Nutritional Therapy has been used to help people overcome alcohol, especially so they feel better when experiencing withdrawal from alcohol. Either alcoholism or drug use can result in nutritional deficiencies. For example, alcoholics often suffer deficiencies in vitamins A, C, D, E, K, the B vitamins and minerals including iron, calcium, zinc, and magnesium. Therefore, it seems reasonable that an effective therapy might involve eliminating such nutritional deficiencies and much research has examined this possibility. However, after examining all the medical evidence, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) concluded that there is little evidence to support claims that eliminating nutritional deficiencies is effective in treating alcoholism or drug use.[4]

Homeopathy is a medical system created in the late 1700s that attempts to cure diseases and other conditions based on the belief that "like cures like." To do this, practitioners first identify their patients' symptoms.

They then give the patients minute doses of substances that, in larger doses, create those very symptoms. Before they are administered, the "like" substances are heavily diluted over and over in the belief that the weaker the solution, the stronger its therapeutic impact. A wide variety of substances are used in homeopathic treatment for both alcoholism and drug use. They include sulphuric acid, strychnine, opium, Nux vomica, Cannabis Indica, Hyoscyamus, Spiritus, and Quercus Glandium.

Homeopathy has become increasingly popular and in some countries in European over half the population receives homeopathic treatment. In spite of its popularity, medical research has not discovered any homeopathic treatment to be effective for either alcoholism or drug dependence.[5]

Power Of The Mind
It is important to know that there are many holistic forms of treatment available, but the most powerful is the power of the mind. Through the power of neuroplasticity the brain can relearn and replace negative habitual thought patterns concerning drugs and alcohol to positive ones.[6] This method has been proven to work over the past 23 years. Addiction can be overcome through this innovative science and the power of positive thinking. Addiction is a choice, not a disease.

This article is contributed by our guest author Melissa who blogs for Saint Jude Retreats, which provides an alternative approach to traditional drug and alcohol rehab. The Saint Jude Retreats Program is not treatment, and incorporates Cognitive Behavioral Education and Neuroplasticity as solutions for addiction.



[3] Avants, S.K., et al. A randomized controlled trial of auricular acupuncture for cocaine dependence. Archives of Internal Medicine, 2000, 2305-2312; Bausell, R.B. Snake Oil Science: The Truth about Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.

[4] Bausell, R.B. Snake Oil Science: The Truth about Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007; Mathews-Larson, J. and Parker, R.A. Alcoholism Treatment with Biochemical Restoration as a Major Component.  International Journal of Biosocial Research, 1987, 9(1), 92-106.

[5] Ernst, E. A systematic review of systematic reviews of homeopathy.

British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 2007, 54, 577-582; Ernst, E. and Pitter, M.H. Re-analysis of previous meetanalysis of clinical trials of homeopathy. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 2000, 53, 11, 1188; Kinde, K. and Melchart, D. Randomized controlled trials of individualized.

homeopathy: a state-of-the-art review. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 1999, 4, 371-388; Linde, K., et al. Are the clinical effects of homeopathy placebo effects? A meta-analysis of placebo-controlled trials. Lancet, 1997, 350, 834-843; Linde. K., et al.

Impact of study quality on outcome in placebo-controlled trials of homeopathy. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 1999, 52, 631-636.


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