Overcoming addiction with natural remedies

By: Dayna Copeland Schaef

It is no secret that an addiction to alcohol or drugs is an incredibly debilitating and difficult condition to overcome and because of this, there are many, many outlets available today for those suffering from these illnesses. While a diverse and continual amount of support is necessary to treat the disease of addiction, there are also many natural remedies available for someone who is working towards sobriety.

In conjunction with other therapies like support groups, formal rehabilitation and medically supervised  detoxification, herbal and nutritional supplements can be taken to further the addicts efforts.

While detoxing, taking a daily dose of Milk Thistle can help cleanse your system of any toxins that compounded over the days and weeks and months of abuse. A daily Echinacea supplement is also recommended for this reason.

St. Johns Wort is an herb that is often “prescribed” to help dampen the difficult period of withdrawal . The herb has been known to help curb the cravings and ease the anxieties associated with quitting drugs and alcohol.

While taking strides toward sobriety and working through all of the physical and emotional changes that are affiliated with that transformation, steps should also be taken to replenish the deficiencies that have been caused by any damage done by the substances that were consumed. Malnutrition is a very common occurrence in individuals suffering from the disease of addiction.

Taking a multi-vitamin that contains all of the B vitamins, Vitamin C, Thiamine, Magnesium and Zinc is important to help bring the body back to a healthy equilibrium. It is likely that the consumption of drugs and alcohol have also introduced countless toxins into your system, so it is also beneficial to consume increased amounts of antioxidant rich foods in their raw state, like: berries, red grapes, eggplant, pomegranate and beans. These foods will aid in expelling the harmful, unwelcome toxins from your body, helping to curb cravings and help to bring your body back to it’s most perfect state.

Overcoming an addiction of any kind is a long, hard road. It is a disease that requires constant management, but by replacing unhealthy, addictive habits with healthier, nourishing behaviors, triumphing over addiction is possible.

We provide information and not medical advice. Please consult your doctor on your individual needs.