22 Natural Ways to Cure Drug, Alcohol, and Smoking Addiction

Scientific studies and clinical experience show that overcoming addiction can actually be achieved far more easily than most are aware. Today my research article on this topic has been featured on PickTheBrain, one of the largest personal development websites on the internet. You can read the entire article here:

20 Natural Ways to Shatter A Drug, Alcohol or Tobacco Addiction

Here is a summary of what these synergistic natural therapies can offer. Please read the full article to see the details as well as all the scientific references, and share it with others:

1. Vitamin C Therapy

Giving 20 to 85 grams of vitamin C a day to addicts, along with other nutrients, for 4 to 6 days offers addicts taking methadone, heroin, and morphine withdrawl without any symptoms, and wellbeing that is restored in 12 to 24 hours.

(Update 11/18/2010: “liposomal” vitamin C can be made at home, can be taken in large doses orally, and may be more effective than IV vitamin C.)

2. Lithium Orotate

Alcoholism and associated mood disorders are significantly alleviated by over-the-counter, low dose lithium therapy. Most patients report improved mood and decreased desire for alcohol after about six weeks.

3. Raw Foods Diets

One of the world’s leading authorities on nutrition, David Wolfe, says:

“…I have run into many former drug addicts who, by switching to raw-food nutrition, were able to naturally achieve the high they had looked for with drugs and alcohol.”

4. Insulin Potentiation Therapy

30 patients quit smoking after just one treatment.

5. Hyperbaric oxygen

A study showed 340 addicts experienced “tranquilizing or bioenergizing effects” and a 50% reduction in treatment duration.

6. Amino Acid Therapy

Amino acid therapy has an anecdotal success rate of 70% in the U.S.

7. N-Acetyl-Cysteine

Tasking NAC showed a significant reduction in craving and likelihood to scan the internet for cocaine-related news within just 2 days.

8. Chlorella

Chlorella is most well known for detoxification. It also contains all the essential amino acids.

9. Essential Fatty Acids

Monkeys given an omega-3 deficient diet and access to alcohol for an hour a day have the DHA in their brain get depleted by half.

10. Milk Thistle

Milk thistle has been shown to help protect liver cells and detoxify the body.

11. Stop Sugar Consumption

Some studies indicate that sugar craving may be related to drug addiction.

12. Exercise

Fit rats are shown to give up cocaine far more easily than lethargic rats.

13. Skullcap

This herb is anecdotally said to reduce withdrawal symptoms.

14. Infrared Sauna

A small study demonstrates that the sweating gets rid of drug residue stored in tissues.

15. Glyconutrients

Glyconutrients are said to reduce withdrawal symptoms and may help correct a monosaccharide imbalance that increases the urge to smoke.

16. Magnesium

A study showed magnesium cut drug use by roughly 66% and craving by roughly 75%.

17. B Vitamins

Animal studies show B vitamin deficiencies are both a cause and effect of drug use.

18. Suboxone

This pharmaceutical (not natural, but gets honorable mention anyway) often causes addicts to go into remission within just 1 day.

19. Remove Underlying Causes of Susceptible Behavior

Assessing an addict for the 5 principle causes of illness, heavy metal poisoning, lack of good nutrition, mold allergies, hidden food allergies, excessive stress, and chronic infections such as Lyme, bartonella, and Candida can remove the underlying causes of addictive behavior.

20. Supporting Methods

Meditation, counseling, support groups, massage, and acupuncture may all potentially help addiction.

Updates:

21. Liposomal Glutathione

A number of studies show increasing glutathione levels is desirable for alcoholics.

22. Niacin With Flush

A regimen of niacin with flush may be helpful.

Please share this information with anyone you know who is struggling with addiction.



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