My battle with drug addiction started at around the same age when most people were preoccupied with playing outside in the sun. Nine years old might seem like an impossible time to get into substances, but it happened to me.
Alcohol was the first step in the wrong direction in my life. It was the beginning of many wasted years chasing highs when I should have been chasing dreams. By age 13 I was experimenting with marijuana, and then I got hooked on meth at around 19.
The big jolt to my world came in the shape of prison time. While in my early twenties, I was imprisoned on drug-related charges. What followed was a gut-wrenching period of detox mixed with introspection. After I was released, I spent some time in a rehab clinic in Bellevue, Washington before being set free with a blank slate.
Very few people get a second chance to tackle life all over again. It’s true that I had another opportunity, but fighting drug addiction doesn’t end after rehab. Recovery is a long and difficult process, but there are ways to make it easier on you. People head for rehabilitation centers and get to know the 12-step program, as well as other different methods to restore hope.
Maybe you landed on this article looking for home remedies for addiction recovery. What you need to understand is that addiction is a disease. It was classified as one in 1956 by the American Medical Association. A disease does not have a one-size fit all cure that you can cook up at home. Yet, there are certain steps you can take to ease the process and help your body bounce back from the damage done to it. Let’s take a look at 5 ways you can recover from drug addiction:
1. Yoga For A Natural High
Yoga was a major outlet of introspection for me. By being mindful, I was able to forgive myself for my past and focus more on the present moment. The time you currently live in is much more important than what may have happened in a past you can’t change.
The general recommendation after rehab is to seriously consider exercise as part of your daily routine. Yoga is a form of exercise, and I found myself feeling in a better mood during, and in the time after I finished my sessions.
Yoga also helps tolerate negative emotions such as stress, depression and anxiety. Those same emotions are among the top reasons for relapse in recovering addicts. Learning how to keep them under control is essential to your success.
2. Milk Thistle For Liver Healing
As stated above, negative emotions are contributors to relapse. Aside from yoga, milk thistle has been proven to reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety in patients. The herb is affordable and easy to access.
Another fact is how milk thistle affects the liver. Our livers are vital in the detoxification of our bodies. It will play a crucial role in your recovery and helping you get back to good health as soon as possible.
As it turns out, milk thistle is also an antioxidant. As such, they help the liver heal itself quicker than its normal pace. If your liver functions properly, then you will feel better faster in recovery.
3. Acupuncture For Reduced Cravings
Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicine. Its benefits include sleep improvement and stress relief, among many others. It is also used to treat many diseases, pains, and other symptoms.
One acupuncture specialist used ear acupuncture on women suffering from addiction in the Bronx. Her first hand experiences showed lower cravings for drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes in her patients.
4. Omega-3 Fatty Acids For Your Brain
Diet was another major component of my rehabilitation at the clinic. There was always a nutritionist available to consult me on how to eat properly. One of the top ingredients that was necessary for my recovery was Omega-3.
Our bodies need Omega-3, but we do not produce it. This is why it’s essential to ensure you get the right amount from your diet. Drugs and alcohol damage your brain in many different ways, and Omega-3 fatty acids are highly recommended to help your brain rebuild. Studies are now linking malnutrition to addictive tendencies, thus making a case for the augmentation of Omega-3 in our diets.
5. Massage Therapy For Dopamine And Serotonin
As you may know, drugs and alcohol provide you with an artificial dose of dopamine and serotonin, depending on the substance. By artificial, it may provide you with an extra boost or stimulate more production by the body.
When we rely on this constant uplift from dopamine and serotonin, our bodies always end up wanting more. Massage therapy has been proven to increase the production of the two naturally.
The first stages of withdrawal can be full of uncomfortable symptoms like insomnia, pain, and anxiety. There are massage techniques that target each one of those side-effects from withdrawal.
We all make mistakes in our lives. Acknowledging what we’ve done wrong and accepting it is the start of the journey. Once you come to terms with yourself, you can begin recovering. Holistic methods are plenty and experimental techniques are emerging every day. I am often tempted to have a drink every now and then, but as the days pass, the craving diminishes. If you build you strength and your resilience, there is nothing that can stop you from taking advantage of your second chance at life.
What other remedies or holistic treatments can you recommend to recovering addicts? Comment below!