Addiction to drugs is a global issue that affects millions of people from all different societies, cultures, and countries. The ongoing opioid epidemic has ravaged American citizens as cases of overdoses from powerful opioids such as fentanyl and carfentanil have been introduced to the black market and used as a cut product in heroin to increase potency while decreasing the cost of the drug at both the dealer and street levels.
What is Drug Addiction?
Drug addiction can be defined as substance abuse and dependence. However, addiction is not limited to chemical compounds. Addiction and dependence on substances such as alcohol, tobacco have occurred in society for centuries. Substance addiction can ruin people’s lives, causing them to withdraw from their families and friends as their addiction deepens. Some drugs such as heroin, opiate painkillers, barbiturates, and benzodiazepines are incredibly addictive.
Breaking the addiction may often be too challenging for an addict to handle alone. In this case, they need support, however, often times the hold of the drug on their system causes them to avoid help and slip further into addiction, eventually overdosing on the drug. No addict wants to remain an addict forever but the pain of giving up their drug of choice may far exceed the pleasure of being clean in the long term, thus, addicts need support and counseling to help them break the addiction and return to a normal, sober lifestyle.
Treating Drug Addiction
There are many different treatments for drug addiction. Many drug counseling programs offer drug treatments, such as methadone treatment for heroin addicts. However, relying on drugs to solve a drug addiction alone will only result in the addict eventually relapsing.
There are other treatment programs and natural remedies that can be added to a recovery program that will improve an addict’s chances of recovering and preventing a relapse. Programs like Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous use step by step programs to help their addicts recover in stages. Many addicts are unaware of the program and what are the 12 steps involved in the recovery process, however, just getting started with the program and taking the first step is the most important.
Here are four effective natural remedies that can be used alongside a treatment program to improve addicts recovery.
#1 Apple Cider Vinegar
ACV that is organically produced has a host of health benefits, one of them being the ability to reduce cravings. ACV contains live micro bacteria known as ‘the Mother’. These bacteria reduce inflammation in your GI tract and bring balance to your system. This is particularly important for addicts as the cravings to relapse can be very intense. Using ACV regularly, you can expect to stop cravings while improving metabolism and strengthening the immune system
This is a controversial compound that some may think has no place in a recovery program. However, caffeine can be used as a replacement stimulant that will reduce the impact of withdrawal from stimulant drugs such as cocaine, methamphetamine, and ecstasy. Caffeine boosts metabolism and blood flow to the brain, improving cognitive processes and clearing any urges to relapse. Caffeine should be used in small amounts as it can also have addictive properties that should be avoided.
The addict’s mind can be a self-destructive place. When cravings strike, it can seem like an uncontrollable force pushing toward a relapse. The mind is the final frontier for the addict and controlling thoughts should be the best way to ensure that relapse does not occur. Daily meditation can improve your mood and settle the mind of the addict. Using breathing to control your body’s response to a craving, coupled with strong thoughts of positive intention will allow the addict to control their craving response. For more information read our post on how to recover from drug addiction.
#4 Milk Thistle
Drug addiction tends to really take its toll on your liver. Abusing pills and alcohol has a direct impact on your liver which can lead to liver disease and possible death. Milk thistle extract is a powerful remedy that restores liver function and fights off any potential liver disease, allowing the addict to experience a better physical recovery.
Solving the riddle of addiction is never easy. It is a long, slow road to recovery that requires a daily approach to managing your mental state. While natural remedies may not have the reputation of their chemical counterparts they offer a way to improve your well-being and avoid a relapse, give them a try and note your results.