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Addiction Support with Acupuncture, Supplements and Nutrition

Beating Addiction with Natural Support
Addiction in all its forms can bear a terrible burden on a person, but addiction to drugs and alcohol can have the worst effect on a person's health and wellbeing. It is all too easy to become dependent on such substances, and can often happen very quickly. Freeing yourself from addiction is not so easy, and right now the United States has the highest level of drug addicts living in the country than any other time in its history. Luckily there are plenty of methods that can help people overcome their dependence on drugs and alcohol, and they don't have to be expensive. There are a variety of natural ways to help a person overcome addiction that can be very cost effective.

Detoxification
Stopping the consumption of drugs and alcohol is the first step in fight addiction, and is often the hardest part. Flushing out the remnants of drugs or alcohol along with the build-up of harmful toxins in the body can take some time. Natural remedies can be used to help your body through this process. Ginger root tea can be drunk to induce sweating and the release of toxins through your skin. Inulin, an active ingredient in dandelion flower supplements, can boost your liver function which helps remove traces of drugs and alcohol from your organs and blood.

Nutritional Therapy
The ravaging effects of drug and alcohol addiction take their toll on the human body, and can leave it in a weak and vulnerable state. It is one thing to stop taking an addictive substance in the first place, but that is just one step to recovery. Nutritional therapy helps to provide the body with everything it needs to regenerate and repair the damage caused by prolonging drug use or alcohol consumption. Foods that are high in nutritional value and contain all the essential vitamins and minerals that the body needs are an important factor to an addict's successful recovery.

Amino Acid Supplements
Amino acids are used as the foundations for chemicals in the brain known as neurotransmitters, and these play a large part in the behaviour associated with addiction. By using supplements to boost the level of amino acids in the body, cravings can be suppressed so that an addict has less chance of relapsing. Supplements like D-Phenylalanine can reduce cravings, as well as promote pain relief and the feeling of pleasure, while L-Tyrosine can increase energy, metal focus, and reduce depression. L-Glutamine is considered an excellent source of fuel for the whole of the brain.

Acupuncture
A huge amount of research has gone into whether acupuncture actually helps addicts to recover from their affliction. While many studies have been inconclusive, what is known is that acupuncture can be of great use to patients that need pain relief. It has been used as a method of treatment for addiction for quite some time now, and is widely considered to be an important part of a natural drug treatment program. One of the best things about acupuncture is that some addicts have reported that the calm and relaxation they feel while undergoing a session can be similar to the feeling of release they had from their chosen drug, and so serves as a completely healthy and beneficial supplement.

Discovering the Right Treatment for You
Addiction is hard to beat, but everyday people across the world are freeing themselves from the shackles of addiction and beginning new lives where they are in control. It is not just about finding the best drug rehabs if you want to get successfully treated, it is also about finding out what type of treatment will work best for you. There are lots of artificial drugs out there that can supress the symptoms associated with coming off drugs or alcohol, and there are also many natural ways that the body can be supported while it struggles to cope without the substances it has grown so used to. Some people can even kick addiction without help, relying solely on abstinence from the drug they are addicted too, finding a new way to spend their time, and exercising regularly. All types of treatments should be considered by a patient before they make a decision about which is the right one for them.

It is not just about finding the  best drug rehabs  if you want to get successfully treated, it is also about finding out what type of treatment will work best for you.

Meet the Author

Kristien Boyle DOM, AP (FL), LAc (SC)
Kristien Boyle DOM, AP (FL), LAc (SC)

Dr. Boyle D.O.M. (FL) is the founder of the Holistic Wellness Center of the Carolinas where he is the Director of Functional Medicine. He holds a Diplomate in Oriental Medicine and is acupuncture physician and primary care physician in the state of Florida. His post-graduate focus has been in the fields of functional neurology, functional immunology, and functional endocrinology.

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