Drug abuse may not may not be an illness. They say that alcoholism is a disease, but I remain unconvinced. Drug addiction is a problem that is treated by the conventional health system in America with a double-barreled piston known as withdrawal and recovery. Your drug addiction may be treated with methadone or it may be treated with counseling or you just may be stuck inside a recovery center until the drugs have left your system. Alternative medical treatments for drug addiction are available. Of course, in some cases, the treatment may seem worse than the addiction.
If your drug of addiction is not one requiring injection, you may not exactly look forward to acupuncture as alternative medical treatment. Acupuncture can be used to treat addictions to substances like heroin or cocaine as well as other drugs. Acupuncture that focuses its pins on the ears can sometimes be capable of reducing the severity of withdrawal symptoms. Ear-based acupuncture also has produced anecdotal evidence of helping with preventing relapses and improving recovering rates.
A cleansing of the body can produce a cleansing of the soul. At least that seems to be the main point of hydrotherapy as an alternative medical treatment for drug addiction. You don’t even need to go the colonic irrigation route with hydrotherapy. Mix yourself half a cup of baking soda or sea salt and pour it into a standard bathtub and take a standard bath. The result won’t be seen for a few months, but you should be able to get away from drugs without the fearful specter of a long period of withdrawal hanging over you. Of course, those who propose the high value of colonic irrigation will tell you that the only real way of using hydrotherapy is to shoot some water up your rectum so that you can get a profoundly deep cleansing of the body and soul.
Those who promote herbal therapy over convention treatment will forward the proposition that cleaning the body of those dangerous toxins will result in a more healthy and satisfying life. Among the herbs that are popular for drug treatment are burdock, licorice, milk thistle and valerian. Taken as a whole, these herbal remedies are supposed to result in, respectively, cleansing the blood, making your live stronger and reducing the anxiety associated with getting off drugs. As an alternative medical treatment for drug addiction, the dosages of these herbs and manner of taking them can vary widely from person to person. If you are intent on seeking out herbal therapy to help kick your addiction, consult a professional herbalist for specifics on dosage and technique.
Guided imagery is a very alternative medical treatment for drug addiction that focuses on reducing stress and changing behavior. Guided imagery attempt to use the power of the mind and positive thinking to create an emotional change in your response to drugs that ultimately results in a physical rejection. Guided imagery is best accomplished under the supervision of a professional, but eventually you can indulge in guided imagery techniques all by yourself.