Alternative Addiction Treatment
Today we focus on alternative addiction treatment methods. Some of these programs combine a psychological approach with motivation, some use other shrill techniques. Bottom line is, if you are seeking treatment options, it’s worth looking into every avenue that is provided. What works for some, may not work for you. We explain why and things to help you along.
- One of the most interesting of alternative addiction treatments actually involved AA. The founder of AA, Bill Wilson, promoted the use of large doses of vitamin B and claimed it was the most effective help he had ever received. The AA board members thought otherwise and shot the idea of promoting it down. Today, you can get vitamin B in heavy concentration by IV drip known as NAD (Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide). It’s a coenzyme derivative of vitamin B3 – otherwise known as niacin. It’s been thought that NAD can reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms in patients without using replacement therapies. According to reports, it has been used successfully to treat addictions to prescription drugs including opiates, benzodiazepines, and stimulants, alcohol, cocaine, marijuana, suboxone, and methadone. Results may include improved mental clarity, increase in cognitive function, returned focus and concentration, more energy, better mood, and more positive outlook.
- Meditation is an art of mindfulness, which makes Yoga very popular. You can really become relaxed and remove all stress by simply meditating. Even AA and staff at treatment facilities recommend meditation and generally provide Yoga classes for that very purpose.
- Biochemical Restoration is another alternative that repairs the biochemical imbalances that cause cravings, depression, anxiety, and the unstable moods that lead to and perpetuate addiction. Basically, its a chemical nutrient therapy that improves the imbalances of neurotransmitters in the brain, nutrient deficiencies, amino acid imbalances, hypoglycemia, inflammatory and oxidative stress, and adrenal fatigue. In order to use this treatment, you would need to research a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and get an assessment so that you could have a personal nutrition plan created which consists of a micronutrient supplement including amino acids (sometimes with a futuristic approach of micronutrient injections), and prescribed physical activity and relaxation.
- Exercise is a great option for those who aren’t into Yoga.¬†Physical exercise has many cognitive benefits that can specifically help recovering addicts. For one, it leads to increased neurotransmitter levels, improved oxygen and nutrient delivery, and increased neurogenesis in the hippocampus. It can have a positive effect on learning and memory.
These are just a few of the alternatives available to try or adapt into your everyday life. Not everything works for everyone, so trying new things will break up the monotony and allow for experimentation. Treatments such as acupuncture are said to help as well but low cost/free alternatives work just as well.