Addiction treatments for drug addiction rehab and alcohol addiction treatment requires a multidisciplinary approach that helps to resolve the overall health of the individual. Underlying biochemical or psychological triggers that provoke the Addictive behavior, whether you are dealing with alcohol, caffeine, heroin, cocaine, marijuana, or pharmaceutical drugs like hydrocodone, vicodin, diazepam or Zoloft may need Nutritional support to help the mind and body to get over its compulsive use of a narcotic substance.
I provide holistic treatment options in Drug addiction treatment, alcohol addiction treatment, smoking, and other addictive behaviors. By assessing the body and treating addiction as a symptom of some underlying imbalance, rather than a disease that must be cut out or resolved directly, a more holistic approach to addiction recovery is provided.
Therapies I use in my practice for the treatment of Addiction include:
Addiction recovery can be a terribly painful and upsetting process, as we are forced to give up something that we feel we cannot live without. Many times we are seeking relief from some internal disharmony and by using some substance or activity, we are able to feel more at peace. We start to rely too heavily on this one thing to make us feel better, without truly addressing the underlying cause of our pain or anxiety.
The chronic use of many types of drugs and alcohol is usually associated with Adrenal Fatigue. Adrenal fatigue is a condition where our adrenal glands are unable to supply enough energy to perform all of the energy requiring metabolic processes which take place inside of our bodies and thus our body's ability to produce energy from food is severely diminished. We always struggle and so we need a kick start to help get us going in the morning or afternoon.
All drugs are stimulating to the Adrenals because they create a toxic reaction inside the Liver which draws its energy from the Adrenals. All toxins will create an Adrenal response which feels stimulating and gives us the illusion of having more energy than we really do. Alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, heroin and other seemingly depressant type of substances are actually very stimulating to the Adrenal glands and therefore give us a sense of euphoria and energy, as our pain, anxiety, worries and agitation are forgotten.
The problem is that as our Adrenals become weakened more and more by the very substance that is causing us to be so tired, we crave it more and more, in order to provide that momentary relief from fatigue, pain or depression.
Depression is a major precursor to many types of addictions and is very commonly associated with Adrenal Fatigue, Hypothyroid and the biochemical imbalances that result from Adrenal fatigue, such as Copper toxicity Zinc and magnesium deficiencies, and low Serotonin levels due to low Zinc, B6, and L-Tryptophan can all cause depression, which will lead one to seek instant gratification from some activity or substance.
Low serotonin and endorphin levels in the brain will cause someone to feel depressed, confused, disoriented, and generally lousy. All of these neurotransmitters become depleted when the Adrenals become fatigued as well as with the effects of constant stress.
Stress comes in many forms, ranging from bad relationships, worrying about money, negative environment, internal stressors such as improper diet, lack of exercise, unfulfilled desires or ambitions can all be sources of stress. When stress creates a 'fight or flight' stress response, we become very anxious and tense as if our survival is being threatened. This type of stress response is very stimulating and draining on our Adrenal glands and wears down our Liver, Kidneys, and all of our internal organs are weakened and become dysfunctional with this chronic 'fight or flight' reaction.
Initially this stress response stimulates the production of adrenal hormones epinephrine, cortisol and aldosterone to raise blood sugar levels, increase sodium and Copper retention and eliminates Zinc, Calcium and Magnesium from the Kidneys because these are very calming minerals which are not needed in a 'fight or flight' type of situation. However over time, our adrenals become tired and are unable to produce adequate levels of hormones and we begin to slide into adrenal insufficiency. Even though we still have the same amount of stress, our body is unable to meet the demands of our lifestyle, job, relationships and so we seek out stimulants to keep us going, even though we are really exhausted.
Zinc and magnesium deficiencies due to chronic stress and poor diet will result in even more fatigue as we are unable to produce any proteins without Zinc.
Magnesium is an essential mineral in maintaining heart health, and is necessary for over 300 different energy producing enzymatic pathways, and is very calming to the mind and nervous system, giving you a buffer against stress so that you are less reactionary.
Drug and Alcohol addiction therapy need to be very effective since the toxic effects of drugs and alcohol are much more debilitating than the effects of say, a coffee addiction.
However, the underlying causes of all addictions are similar, no matter what the substance or activity is.
A compulsive pattern of behavior that is self-reinforcing and difficult or painful to stop, followed by a momentary elation and sense of euphoria.
Many people who require Addiction recovery have feelings of anxiety, self loathing or depression that they wish to cover up with a substance or activity that can numb the sensations associated with these emotions. It is frequently common that there are underlying feelings of anger, fear, self doubt, or even extreme terror, driving individuals to self medicate themselves with drugs or alcohol.
Certain individuals are in a lot of severe physical pain and therefore get hooked to their prescription pain killer medication. Prescription drug addiction is common since the drugs used to treat pain like Vicodin, Morphine, and Oxycodon are very addictive. These people may also develop an addiction to alcohol or marijuana since these may also provide temporary relief from their aches and pains.
All of these substances have serious side effects and cause serious health problems if proper Addiction recovery protocols are not administered.
In order to stop an addiction to a substance or activity, we have to resolve the underlying causes that drive a person to feel the constant desire for that certain substance. This means that we need to find out through differential diagnosis what the underlying imbalance is, so that we can then correct it.
Each of these causative factors, requires a different type of Addiction Recovery treatment protocol. However, all addictions are rooted in a feeling of Agitation.
Using a variety of different therapies, we can reeducate our minds and our nervous system to Relax and feel contentment with:
It is the unacceptance of these five things which causes us to seek out some form of numbing or gratifying behavior, to forget how we truly feel about ourselves and our place in the world.
Everything can change.
Be that change that you would like to see in the world.
You are capable of anything.
Although I can't just simply tell you to Relax or Meditate or Get over it, I can offer Nutritional therapies, Breathing Exercises, Stress Relief exercises, and Body-Mind Therapeutics that can help calm the nervous system out of the reactionary "Fight-or-Flight" sympathetic mode, and into the more calm and peaceful parasympathetic nervous system.
Some common signs of addictive behavior are:
Path of Power to Personal Freedom
Releasing these negative thoughts and feelings can be easier than we may think. There is a system I give my patients that helps them to resolve any type of habitual or addictive behaviors, thoughts or feelings. I call this system "Path of Power to Personal Freedom" which is loosely based on the 12-step method.
Another exercise that helps tremendously at calming the nerves and reducing cravings for drugs, alcohol, and food cravings is Emotional Freedom Technique.