The standard treatments for addiction include an array of pharmaceutical treatments for drug addiction. From Suboxone to Methadone, these drugs have become standard practice for many treatment programs.
However, there are a number of options available which do not have recourse to further drugs. It seems like something of a paradox to treat drugs with drugs.
Dry fasting has a long history as a natural form of healing. This regimen works with our own natural internal processes to allow the body to break down toxins and regenerate healthy cell growth. Dry fasting holds tremendous potential for addiction treatment.
In addition to dry fasting, there are a number of plant-based remedies which can also help with addiction treatment. Ayahuasca and ibogaine are just two prominent possibilities.
What is Dry Fasting?
To put it simply, dry fasting means to not eat or drink anything for a specific period of time. Sometimes called “biblical fasting” or “Hebrew fasting,” this process removes everything from your intake some as to allow your body to cleanse and find its natural internal equilibrium.
This process allows your body to live exclusively on metabolic water. All toxins and other materials that are not in support of natural metabolic processes can be shed. This allows your body to purify your blood and begin to regenerate cell growth.
Dry fasting has been linked to the destruction of cancerous cells and regeneration of healthy cells in their place. It can eliminate the toxic imprint left on the body from eating the dangerously toxic foods so characteristic of contemporary life. Dry fasting also eliminates the poisons from alcohol and drugs, the poisons which linger in the body and contribute to the cycle of addiction.
Direct benefits for addiction
The theory behind dry fasting and addiction is that as we experience the cravings which come with addiction, what we are in fact living with is the toxic impact of the drugs and alcohol.
We then treat this toxic impact with the very toxin which causes it. By depriving the body of these toxins allows the blood and cells to cleanse these toxins and the toxic imprint they leave behind.
Dry fasting both stimulates the immune system and sets in motion anti-inflammatories in the cells which repair the damage from drugs and alcohol as well as the toxic imprint left from drug and alcohol abuse.
As a result of this combined effect, the body is able to repair the physical damage on the cellular level and thereby alleviate the cravings and desire to use.
Re-building Stem Cells
Dry fasting also facilitates the growth of new stem cells through ketosis. This is essentially the breakdown of cellular material which the result of which is the death and regeneration of new cells. In order for the body to regenerate cell growth it must allow for the production of the basic structures for cells.
All of this allows for a general re-building of the body which becomes worn down from drug and alcohol abuse. As our bodies start to generate stem cells and the new cell growth which directly comes from this, we replenish the depletion brought about through addiction and effectively re-build from the inside out.
Of the alternative addiction treatments to emerge in recent years, one of the most promising is ayahuasca. This traditional indigenous herbal is actually a powerful hallucinogenic. Made from the Psychotria viridis bush, this traditional herb is used to make a tea. Recent research has shown that ayahuasca has the added benefit of reducing the desire to drink alcohol. It has also been shown to alleviate depression.
These two benefits of ayahuasca would suggest a combined benefit for those who are attempting to recover from alcohol abuse and addiction. By treating both the desire to drink and the depression that often accompanies alcoholism, ayahuasca appears to be a major break-through in treating alcoholism.
Another real possibility for plant-based treatment is ibogaine. Derived from an African herb Iboga, ibogaine has gained some legitimate recognition in treating addiction.
Like ayahuasca, this ibogaine can be hallucinogenic in sufficient quantities. However, researchers have found the ibogaine substantially reduces withdrawal from opioid drugs. It also relieves or eliminates the cravings that tend to cause people to relapse even after treatment.
Experts have found that ibogaine has few properties that would lead to its misuse and it is safer than most plant-based treatments.
Unfortunately, ibogaine is listed as a class I hallucinogenic in the United States and cannot be legally obtained. Activists have submitted information to the regulatory bodies in the U.S. to allow for further study of the herb. Advocates claim the benefits for the treatment of opioid addiction far outweigh any potential harmful uses.
As we have seen, dry fasting and plant-based treatments are legitimate options for people recovering from addiction. These methods and herbal treatments work entirely with the natural processes which alleviate withdrawal and facilitate the healing process.
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Erik Christian Johnson is a full-time blogger, self-development advocate, and full-time network marketing Entrepreneur.