Alternative treatments for addiction

Alternative treatments for addiction

People who smoke, drink, or abuse substances like heroin, opioids, etc. as a habit, often find it difficult to quit their addiction. They are usually unable to win over their substance abuse problem even if they try to do so. May be, it’s time for them to explore some alternative treatments to help them quit their harmful habits.

A decade ago there were very few options to treat people dealing with addiction. However, things have certainly changed with growing number of evidence-based as well as alternative treatments for addiction. In fact, alternative treatments for addiction are no longer just an alternative in the “outside of the mainstream” sense. Today, it’s accepted widely and such treatment modes can complement traditional treatments, helping addicts and alcoholics to muddle through early sobriety. Let’s discuss some promising one by one.

Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD): NAD is a coenzyme derivative of vitamin B3, which is otherwise known as niacin, found in all living cells. NAD helps in metabolism and is essential in producing energy in our bodies. NAD, therefore has become a valuable resource for helping addicts, especially when used in mega-doses, for rapid detox.

NAD has been successfully used to treat addictions to opiates, benzodiazepines, and stimulants, alcohol, cocaine, marijuana, suboxone, and methadone. The treatment can improve mental clarity, increase in cognitive functioning, regaining focus and concentration, better moods and positive outlook.

Neurofeedback: It’s a form of biofeedback which has been used to treat addiction and a variety of mental conditions. Over the past few years, neurofeedback has been gaining traction as a form of alternative treatment at leading recovery and rehab centers. It helps to train the brain in improving its ability to regulate all bodily functions and take care of itself.

It is a process by which electroencephalography (EEG) sensors are attached to one’s head which allows the brain’s activity to be fed back into a computer that displays brain waves in real time. The subject can then interact with brain waves in order to alter them, directly impacting their frequency. A better functioning brain can help improve sleep patterns, manage emotions, anxiety and depression and can also help refrain from using substances.

Ibogaine: It’s an alternative treatment for opiate addiction. Ibogaine is a psychoactive alkaloid naturally occurring in the west African shrub abernanthe iboga. Ibogaine alleviates physical withdrawal symptoms of opiate detoxification by resetting and refreshing the opiate receptor sites.

Ibogaine is non-addictive and doesn’t need to be taken on a continuing basis. It treats other chemical dependencies by cleansing the body of the drugs, and resetting the brain’s neuron-chemistry.

Acupuncture: This ancient Chinese way of treatment has grown in popularity for treating addiction and related emotional imbalances such as anxiety and depression. The best-known method of acupuncture is penetration by thin needles; others include application of heat, pressure, or laser light and may be accompanied by cupping therapy.

Acupuncture can make detoxification less painful, help control cravings, and decrease anxiety. It modulates neurotransmitters; stimulates the endocrine system, resulting in relaxation; stimulates circulation and helps the body regain its balance.

Meditation/mindfulness practices: Meditation is a centuries old practice that promotes relaxation, increases energy and develops positive human traits (such as compassion, love, patience, generosity and forgiveness). It is the art of practicing mindfulness which helps a substance abuser to be aware of their thoughts and feelings, good and bad, but doesn’t react to the negative ones which is an important step to prevent relapse.

Mindfulness meditation is a very good way to regulate mood. It can lower the levels of stress hormones, increase the immune system and assist in the body’s ability to detoxify itself of harmful chemicals.

Biochemical restoration and nutrition: Biochemical restoration is a form of chemical nutrient therapy which aims to repair the biochemical imbalances that cause cravings, depression, anxiety, and the unstable moods. Certain biochemical imbalances tend to make a person prone to addiction like imbalances of neurotransmitters in the brain, nutrient deficiencies, amino acid imbalances, hypoglycemia, inflammatory and oxidative stress, and adrenal fatigue.

An individualized biochemical restoration plan can be established for the addict which can include a personal nutrition plan, a micronutrient supplement including amino acids (sometimes with a futuristic approach of micronutrient injections), and prescribed physical activity and relaxation.

Alternative approaches to addiction can be of great assistance throughout the stages of recovery. Such approaches help in regaining personal balance by detoxifying toxic elements from the body, reducing stress and anxiety, and improving mental wellbeing.

However, if you or your loved one is in the clutches of addiction, it is time to initiate treatment. Whether mainstream or alternative, our experts in the California Detox Helpline can help you find the best treatment suiting your needs. Call today at 855-780-2495 or chat online for immediate assistance.