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What is the holistic approach to drug and alcohol addiction, treatment and recovery?

What is the holistic approach to drug and alcohol addiction, treatment and recovery?

Mind, body, spirit: Holistic treatment would provide what the individual needs in order to withdraw from the addictive agent, and change the mental, emotional, social, and spiritual environment in which the addiction formed. Detox, relaxation, meditation, prayer, 12step programs, nutrition, exercise, psychotherapy, acupuncture, medications might all be used in some cases. ...Read more

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Dr. Vasu Brown
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Addiction (Definition)

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more


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What are treatment options for nicotine addiction recovery?

What are treatment options for nicotine addiction recovery?

Prevent withdrawal: The nicotine patch provides a constant level of nicotine in the blood, preventing acute withdrawal from smoking. The dose may be gradually reduced, allowing for a gentle detoxification which is best facilitated by mutual support, available in nicotine anonymous. ...Read more

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Do you know the holistic approach to drug and alcohol addiction treatment and recovery?

Do you know the holistic approach to drug and alcohol addiction treatment and recovery?

Nutrition and...: Drug & alcohol addicts usually have genetic metabolic imbalances & often benefit from high doses of vit b3 & other individualized nutrients including amino acids. They need to avoid sugar, caffeine, tobacco & food allergens. Exercise, meditation/biofeedback, counseling, medicinal herbs, homeopathy & acupuncture are also important modalities utilized in a holistic approach to recovery. ...Read more

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What is the most successful treatment program for alcohol abuse and drug abuse?

What is the most successful treatment program for alcohol abuse and drug abuse?

Addiction: Aa & na groups, also deterrents such as antabuse, (disulfiram) campral, zyban, etc., depending on the type of substances used. ...Read more

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Whatis the best addiction treatment program?

Whatis the best addiction treatment program?

The one that works: The 12-step programs have been very successful. However, there are other methodologies that work. Like most mental health treatments, you must fit the patient to the treatment modality. ...Read more

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Would medication for alcohol and amphetamine addiction complicate a mini tummy tuck procedure? I'm struggling to overcome alcohol and amphetamine addiction with specialized therapy and counseling. The medications that help me with the withdrawal are cloni

Would medication for alcohol and amphetamine addiction complicate a mini tummy tuck procedure? I'm struggling to overcome alcohol and amphetamine addiction with specialized therapy and counseling. The medications that help me with the withdrawal are cloni

Not a Good Idea: You should not undergo tummy tuck surgery or any other type of elective surgery while in the recovery phase of addictions. Patients should be medically, psychosocially, financially stable prior to proceeding with any type of elective surgery. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What is the best course of action (besides aa) for staying sober after completing detox for alcohol?

What is the best course of action (besides aa) for staying sober after completing detox for alcohol?

Support & meaning: U r right, detox is only the start. Addiction is a disease of disconnection, & recovery is feeling connected w others & knowing that yr life has meaning. What i see as the 3 "active ingredients" in successful recovery r 1)support from others who r succeeding @staying sober, 2) working on personal growth, & 3) improving yr spiritual or emotional groundedness. Lifering & sos r alternative grps to aa. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for gambling addiction?

What is the treatment for gambling addiction?

I'm glad you asked: There are a variety of cognitive and medication-based treatments. Of all the addictions, this is the one most likely to lead to suicide. Think of those who you love, and who love you. You are CERTAIN to lose this if the behavior continues. Let this give you the strength to go along with treatment. ...Read more

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Do the twelve steps of recovery work for alcoholics?

Yes, absolutely: Why else would people be hanging out in those rooms for over 70 years, it works without a doubt. It takes a lot of work though, 1-2 meeting is not a cure. People who listen to others go to lots of meeting, 90 in 90 days, do the steps and get a sponsor have amazing results. Its not the only answer and others find excellent recovery in other ways this is true, but it does work. Its also free! ...Read more

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Is psychotherapy a realistic treatment for chronic alcoholism?

Treat Alcoholism: Definitely. I would recommend a cognitive-behavioral therapist (cbt) who specializes in substance abuse and is familiar with motivational interviewing. This treatment is the most research-supported. However, initial detoxification in a hospital may be necessary (to prevent life-threatening withdrawal symptoms) and the person should seek an evaluation for this as a first step. ...Read more

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What is the success or recovery rate for exercise addiction?

What is the success or recovery rate for exercise addiction?

Fair: It's a lot like eating disorders in that the person afflicted thinks he/she is being 'healthy' when, in fact, their obsession is leading to unhealthy outcomes. The challenge is reversing those false beliefs. It's tough and usually requires a huge shift in thinking by the patient. ...Read more

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Which treatment works the best and fastest for alcohol abuse?

Which treatment works the best and fastest for alcohol abuse?

Best is not fast: There is no "best and fast" treatment for alcohol abuse. The treatment is to quit, often in a medical detox facility, and then join a support group such as aa or celebrate recovery. It takes time and support and lots of hard work but recovery is possible. If this is for you, seek out an aa or cr group today! ...Read more

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What does addiction recovery entail?

What does  addiction recovery entail?

Learning to cope: We can consider addictions as diseases in which one's motives are distorted so that pursuing a substance becomes more important than anything else. Recovery from addiction entails reordering one's life without the addictive substance. After detoxification and a period of grief one learns to live without the substance. ...Read more

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What is ibogaine, and how successful is it for the treatment of opiate addiction?

What is ibogaine, and how successful is it for the treatment of opiate addiction?

See below: It is a hallucinogenic substance that is not available in the us. Treatment for opiate addiction does not have scientific support. ...Read more

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How does Suboxone treatment for addiction work?

Suboxone is ....: Not a pure opioid but it blocks the same opioid receptors as opioids do. It is different because it does not activate the receptors like a pure opioid and does not give you the same type of response. So no good feelings that require a gradual increase in dosage like pure opioid. Suboxone is used to allow you to get off an opioid fairly comfortably and the keep cravings at bay. ...Read more

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Following prescriptions for neck injury/migraines, a relativehas become addicted to prescription painkillers. What is thebest course of action to end addiction?

Following prescriptions for neck injury/migraines, a relativehas become addicted to prescription painkillers. What is thebest course of action to end addiction?

Pain specialist: This is not uncommon, and likely very unnecessary. You should find a doctor who specializes in trauma and pain management, and get either detoxified or under better control. There may be issues such as crps that need to be addressed. Seek additional help. ...Read more

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After heart surgery recovery - what is the best treatment for the patient?

After heart surgery recovery - what is the best treatment for the patient?

Support: 1st phase of recovery last 6-8weeks. Instructions will be given before you leave the hospital. Instructions like diet, the rehab program, activities, wound care, bathing, pain control, leg swelling, driving, medication, sleep, emotions, sex, return to work, follow up care. Family support extremely important. Depression/transient decrease in cognitive skills may happen. ...Read more

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Will undergoing treatment for alcohol abuse also get rid of the person's smoking habit?

Addiction=addiction: Addiction treatment centers used to not address smoking. Many people still resist being asked to stop smoking when they stop drinking or using other drugs. However it lights up the same reward pathways in the brain. Many treatment programs now strongly encourage quitting smoking @ the same time. It is a good idea. Those that continue to smoke have higher rates of relapse to the other substance. ...Read more