ARR23 – Holistic Recovery Addiction Programs. Do They Work?

03.31.2012 - By "Addiction Recovery Radio"

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Holistic addiction is thought by many, to be snake oil. We have a lengthy discussion about it and give you a little insight to it.
Holistic Addiction Recovery Options:
1.Acupuncture - Acupuncture is a part of East Asian medicine developed in China over 2,500 years ago and currently practiced throughout Asia, Europe and the United States. Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into specific points on the surface of the body for the purpose of stimulating healing.
2. Animal/Pet Therapy - Used for Human healing. Most creditably known for those with acute and chronic illnesses found in adults and children Pet therapy is widely adopted to bring positive physiological and psychological benefits in these patients.
3. Aromatherapy - Aromatherapy uses essential oils extracted from plants and herbs that can be inhaled or applied through the skin.
4. Bioelectricity - Bioelectric therapy is a safe, drug-free treatment option for people in pain. It is used to treat some chronic pain and acute pain conditions. It relieves pain by blocking pain messages to the brain. It's been used over the last 10 years in addiction to block cravings from the brain. However, there is no scientific proof out there that this is a successful alternative.
5. Biofeedback - Biofeedback is a scientific way of learning tension reduction. Biofeedback practitioners employ instruments to give a person immediate feedback about the level of tension in their body. People practicing biofeedback often say they gain psychological confidence when they learn they can control their physiology. Again, there is no scientific proof this works or any large data pools out there showing successful addicts.
6. Brainwave Biofeedback - Brain wave biofeedback (or neurofeedback) is a therapy in which patients learn to alter their brain wave patterns. In one type of neurofeedback the training involves normalization of alpha and theta waves which are disturbed by long term substance abuse. Again, people claim this works to prevent relapse but i cannot find any data out there showing it does.
7. Creative Arts Therapy - The creative therapies can be very helpful in the process of recovery from addiction. They can provide time to get in touch with the inner self and with the higher power and can provide a form of expression for feelings that cannot be easily identified or put into words.  This is interesting because having something positive come out of creativity, allow you to extract that passion back into your life. good examples of creative arts could be:
Performing Arts such as Acting/Singing
8. Herbal Therapy - Herbs are natural botanical substances that have effects on the body. Many herbs have long been used in detoxification. Examples of herbs used in addiction treatment can be found below:
5-HTP -200mg 5-HTP used to stop the trigger to drink alcohol
Apple Cider Vinegar - Consumption of ACV is believed to not only remove the urge to stop smoking, it helps reduce the urge from smoking such drugs as crack and meth.
HYDROGEN PEROXIDE - 3% H2O2 food grade one capfulis mixed into drinking water is said to induce vomiting when taken and any type of alcohol or drugs are ingested. This is popular in eastern asia.
L-GLUTAMINE  -LG has been said to remove the craving from alcohol if taken once per day. Most alcoholics are known to be hypoglycemic and this can prevent it.
LICORICE ROOT - Said to relieve the affects of wanting to smoke.
9. Homeopathy - Homeopathy is a non-toxic system of medicine that uses highly-diluted remedies to treat illness and relieve discomfort in a wide variety of health conditions. Here is another unproven system for treating addiction.
10. Hypnosis - Hypnosis is a state of focused attention and concentration induced by the self or a therapist.

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