Homeopathy for addiction
Addiction which is also a dependency from particular substances is more common and has eaten deeper into society than you probably may know. Addiction is a type of substance abuse. It has been said that where the purpose of a thing is not known, abuse is inevitable. Substance abuse occurs when you use a substance for the wrong purposes – for example when heroine which is a potent painkiller is used for recreational pleasure or use of anabolic steroids to gain some muscles so you can have an unfair advantage over others in a competition. In other cases, abuse comes up when a substance is used for the right reasons, but in a wrong way. For example, while it is normal to have an occasional drink or two, it becomes abuse when you “drown” yourself in alcohol as a way of escape. Addiction to a substance leads to abuse of a substance and can have many harmful effects both on your body (alcohol, for example, damages the liver) and on your relationship with others (drug abuse is closely linked to dysfunctional relationships and dysfunctional families). This is why if you are addicted to a substance, you need an effective treatment for that dependency. Homeopathic remedies for addiction can help you on your journey to recovery. However, as with other illnesses, it is important to know if you are really sick before treatment. So, the question is how do you know you are addicted to a substance?
Addiction Vs Habit
It is possible that you may have had some bad habits in the past which may have been difficult to break – or you still have one or two of them. However, when does a habit cross the line from being just a bad habit to an addiction? An addiction has three major characteristics – the first is a kind of preoccupation with the object of dependency where you think about that most of the time and anticipation of pleasure anytime you indulge yourself in that addictive activity. The second is intoxication/binging where you have the tendency to overindulge yourself in that dependency. Finally, there is withdrawal and negative effects of addiction where you have shame from realizing what you have done and try to withdraw but you can’t because you experience some negative feelings whenever you try to withdraw. As for annoying habits, you can do without them, however, you just have the tendency to do them unconsciously. All these characteristics can be put into two components of addiction. There is the physical dependency where your body actually becomes addicted to the drugs or substances and cannot do without it and the psychological addiction where you have an overwhelming desire for that substance and can do anything to get it.
Homeopathic remedies for addiction:
Homeopathic medicines can be used to treat various aspects of addiction. From helping you detoxify from the substance you are addicted to, to dealing with withdrawal symptoms that keep you glued to that unhealthy addiction and then with some of the negative effects of substance addiction like damage to various organs of the body. Here are some homeopathic remedies for addiction:
Arsenicum: this is very good for dealing with withdrawal symptoms of alcohol addiction. It is used for nervousness in the context of withdrawal symptoms in alcohol addiction.
Belladonna: is very useful for feverish withdrawal symptoms usually seen in heroin addicts or addicts of hallucinogenic drugs like LSD or other potent drugs. It helps relieve the symptoms of hallucinations such as people seeing ghosts and the likes.
Syphilinum or sulfur can reduce cravings for alcohol in some people and can help curb return to alcohol for many people.
Plantago or Tabacum can help people addicted to cigarettes because it fights against nicotine addiction. This would help reduce cravings for cigarettes.
Nux vomica: is one of the major remedies for substance addiction withdrawal symptoms and is very good for general symptoms like headaches, nausea, vomiting and so on, especially if a patient addicted to alcohol.
Ipecac can be used to treat nausea and vomiting in the case withdrawal symptoms for drugs like heroin and morphine.
Crocus is used to resolve or manage liver damages in cases where damage is irreversible from alcohol abuse. A combination of herbal remedies like milk thistle, or with Chelidonium and Cholesterinum are also very effective in managing liver damages pending when a liver transplant is performed if the damage is extensive.
Other homeopathic medicines such as Avena Sativum, Coffea, Opium, Hyoscyamus, Morphinum and so on are very useful in treating various dependencies symptoms. In order, to get the full benefits of homeopathic remedies in substance addiction, it is good to combine it with other complementary treatments such as the use of Esperal implants for alcohol addiction, auricular acupuncture, hypnosis for dependencies treatment and others to get a more individualized and holistic treatment. This would give you a better result. This is so because, in addition to physical overdependence on a substance, there is also psychological (mind) dependence. As homeopathy takes care of the physical aspects of dependencies and helps manage withdrawal symptoms, other therapies like hypnosis can deal with the component of the mind.
Homeopathic treatment for addiction in Philadelphia
At the Philadelphia Homeopathic Clinic, the professional team supervised by homeopath Victor Tsan treat different forms of addictions, using acupuncture, hypnosis and homeopathic remedies. The effectiveness of this alternative treatment is higher than average in the industry.
For any questions regarding the holistic treatment of any form of addictions contact our clinic by calling (267) 403-3085.