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Use Holistic Medicine To Overcome Drug Addictions

October 3rd, 2008 · No Comments

It is possible to overcome drug addictions but you will probably have to look outside the box of “conventional” addiction treatment programs to find the answer. Standard treatment programs often don’t take into account the “physiological basis” of drug abuse, an oversight some see as the main reason for their low success rates.

Although it isn’t logical to enter a program where the success rate is low, people have been doing so for years. Part of the reason may be that most people don’t realize that alternatives exist – viable alternatives with excellent success rates using the holistic medicine approach.

Dr. Joan Mathews-Larson, one of the pioneers in the holistic treatment of alcohol addiction, stated: “the conventional treatment system is antiquated because it isn’t based on science. It’s based on someone’s notion that there is some psychological flaw in alcoholics and that if we talk to them long enough, we’ll straighten them out”.

The following graph was adapted from Dr. Joan Mathews-Larson’s book, “Seven Weeks to Sobriety”. Dr. Larson was the first to show that the Orthomolecular Medicine approach, when added to a conventional psychosocial treatment model, could double and even triple the expected long-term recovery rates for alcohol and drug addicted people.

On the graph the Y axis on the left shows the percentage of people achieving long term abstinence in each study as listed and the X axis lists the year that various studies were done to measure the outcomes. The studies of conventional treatments showed successful outcomes of between 8 and 34 percent. The holistic medicine approaches showed successful outcomes of 60 to 79 percent.

Which Drug Abuse Recovery Program Makes More Sense?

Dr. Charles Gant, author of “End Your Addiction Now”, duplicated these astounding high recovery rates when he was the medical director of a 60-bed inpatient drug and alcohol treatment facility in the 1990’s.

Julia Ross, MFT, a pioneer in the field of nutritional psychology and author of the highly acclaimed book “The Mood Cure”, stated that “psychological and spiritual approaches are valuable in many ways, but I have not found them to be very effective for eradicating addiction – unless they are combined with nutritional rehabilitation.” Her book outlines ways for people to improve their health and well-being using a self-help holistic approach.

The truth is that you can treat substance abuse problems holistically. Using this approach has been shown to provide the best chance of a successful recovery from drug abuse. Why settle for less than the best possible chance?

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