Treatment For Addiction Withdrawal
Recovering from an addiction to drugs and substances such as alcohol often requires devotion, commitment, and persistence. One of the most difficult stages of recovering from drug addiction is the detoxification stage.
Detoxification is a process that attempts to eliminate traces of drugs and substances from the body. This often results in a situation where the recovering addict has to deal with withdrawal symptoms that can be quite severe at times.
Recovering addicts may suffer from withdrawal symptoms such as:
- Chronic depression
- Muscle and joint pains
- Profuse sweating
- Hallucinations and delirium
- Stroke, heart attacks and respiratory failures
Indeed, many recovering addicts find it difficult to deal with these withdrawal symptoms and the cravings that normally follow. As a result, many recovering addicts end up relapsing.
It is possible to treat withdrawal symptoms using prescribed medication. However, there are also natural ways to treat withdrawal symptoms without necessarily having to take prescription drugs.
It would be important to note that successful recovery from an addiction is not influenced entirely by one’s ability to stop using. Most experts agree that recovery is largely influenced by one’s ability to adapt to habits that make it easier not to use drugs. Here are some natural ways for the recovering addict to recover from addiction withdrawal.
1. Proper Nutrition
Most drug addicts suffer from poor health and nutritional deficiencies in their bodies. Eating a healthy and balanced diet that supports nutrition is absolutely important during the detoxification stage. Experts suggest diets that include;
- Anti-oxidants e.g. Zinc, Selenium, Vitamin C and Superoxide Dismutase (S.O.D)
- Lots of fruits and vegetables
- Vitamins such as B complex
- Minerals such as Potassium, Magnesium, and Calcium
2. Herbal Medications
These can help reduce cravings, treat withdrawal symptoms and even enhance the detoxification process. Some popular herbs used in treating addiction withdrawal include;
- Milk Thistle
- Ginseng (e.g. American and Siberian Ginseng)
- Burdock root
- Kudzu root
3. Physical Exercise
Exercising on a regular basis will help boost mood. In addition to that, exercising is a good way of filling the void that is left when one stops using drugs/substances.
Experts have also proven that exercising improves the functioning of body systems and can even have benefits such as improved memory, improved learning and even improved oxygen and nutrient distribution in the body.
4. Yoga And Meditation
It is absolutely important for those recovering from drug addiction to have peace of mind, body, and spirit. Yoga attempts to align these three elements and in so doing, trigger inner peace.
Yoga is especially useful in dealing with the emotional instability that often accompanies drug addiction withdrawal. Yoga also enhances detoxification while at the same time, having a positive impact on energy levels. Most importantly, yoga and meditation are a good way of channeling the inner strength to fight off cravings.
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese treatment that attempts to address and get rid of imbalances in the body. Many a time, people get into drug and substance abuse due to imbalances in their body.
Acupuncture will help treat addiction withdrawal symptoms such as chronic pain, depression, stress, anxiety, and insomnia among others. Acupuncture is also used to enhance detoxification and prevent relapse.
In fact, a study conducted on recovering alcoholics in the United States established that those treated with acupuncture were less likely to relapse than those who did not get any acupuncture treatment.