Holistic Withdrawal Methods

While doctors, hospitals and treatment centers ( with an assist from the big pharmaceutical companies) continue to prescribe and administer a plethora of synthetic medication from Buprenorphine to Phenobarbital to benzodiazepines, a growing amount of scientific evidence and clinical experience show there are many natural methods of detoxification from drug addiction. A number of the following therapies have achieved success in overcoming addiction:

1. Vitamin C Therapy

This protocol usually begins with 20 to 85 grams of vitamin C daily, combined with various nutritional supplements. This continues for 4 to 6 days as the vitamin C dosage is lowered to 10 to 30 grams. There are reports to suggest that addicts taking methadone, heroin, and morphine are withdrawn without any symptoms, and that well-being is restored in 12 to 24 hours.” This has not been completely substantiated, though.

2. Hyperbaric oxygen

Hyperbaric oxygen is a therapy where someone lies down inside a sealed chamber, and is exposed to oxygen at higher than normal pressures. A study of 340 addicts treated with this therapy reported that many experienced “tranquilizing or bioenergizing effects” and that there was an “accelerated reduction of psychoneurological and somatovegetative disorders” resulting in a 50% reduction in treatment duration.


3. Amino Acid Therapy

Amino acid therapy has an anecdotal success rate of 70% in the U.S. A number of individual amino acids such as glutamine have been demonstrated to help addiction, so it isn’t any stretch of the imagination to think that giving a broad array of amino acids can be beneficial. Amino acids are converted into neurotransmitters and help repair damage to the brain. Taking multivitamins may also help ensure that amino acids are metabolized for this purpose, as opposed for other uses in the body.

Cameron McIntyre, a naturopathic doctor practicing in Vancouver, B.C., explains that drug abuse damages neuroreceptors in the brain. That damage then makes a person more susceptible to addictive tendencies, reinforcing the cycle of drug abuse. Amino acids then repair damaged proteins in a drug user’s brain, “basically giving the brain the chemicals that it is craving, but in a healthy way.”

4. Exercise

An interesting animal study shows exercise may help drug addiction. One group of rats was placed in cages with running wheels and got plenty of exercise. Another group of rats got no exercise at all. Afterwards, all the rats were connected to infusion pumps that would provide a dose of cocaine if they pushed a lever in their cage. The number of pushes required to get a dose increased each time. Fit rats gave up after pressing the lever around 70 times, whereas unfit rats did not give up until around 250 times.

5. Magnesium

In a 2003 study, a group of 12 addicts were either given magnesium or a placebo. Urine samples were taken twice a week for 12 weeks. Those taking magnesium had drugs in their urine only 16% of the time whereas the placebo group had drugs in their urine 48% of the time. Cocaine craving scores were also 78% lower in the magnesium group.

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