Why look at homeopathic remedies for alcohol withdrawal when you can get some diazepam from your physician and fight through the delirium tremens (DT's) or sign yourself into a detox clinic or begin to attend a support group such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Smart Recovery? These are the options open to most who want to quit drinking.
What you don't hear much about is a homeopathic detox option. Is this a viable option for alcohol withdrawal? Is there hope in a self-tailored holistic alcohol treatment regime?
First let's get a firm understanding on what is meant by the term homeopathy. Homeopathy is a treatment system developed by German physician Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843). The whole system of homeopathy rests on the belief that "like cures like" In other words, homeopathy suggests that that which causes the symptoms in a person of health will heal the same symptoms in an ill person.
This, of course, does not mean that the homeopathic remedy for alcohol withdrawal is to drink alcohol. What it does mean is that each symptom of alcohol withdrawal needs to be treated by using minuscule amounts of a substance, that in larger amounts of the substance WOULD CAUSE the symptom in someone not going through alcohol withdrawal.
Has anyone developed a treatment plan that embraces homeopathic remedies for alcohol withdrawal? Quickly looking at the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal, the alcoholic is often faced with some, or all of the following symptoms:
Although not many studies have been done on the efficaciousness of homeopathic remedies for alcohol withdrawal, those that have show that homeopathy does indeed have a place in the treatment of alcohol withdrawal:
There is a paucity of research when it comes to the use of homeopathy and alcohol withdrawal and more needs to be done to convince a skeptical majority.
Conventional medicine offers little in terms of pharmacology to help patients overcome alcoholism, homeopathy offers over a 100 remedies for alcoholism alone.
Taking the statistical evidence above into account and the "treat the entire person" mentality together, multiple approaches to treatment are perhaps the best answer.
Psychotherapy, good nutrition, exercise, support group attendance, and a sound homeopathic alcohol detox plan are not mutually exclusive of each other.
All of these approaches can be performed simultaneously with great success if a strong commitment to treatment can be created.
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Deborah Morrow, M.S. Addiction Psychology, is the director of treatment programs for The Alcoholism Guide website. In her practice, Deborah provides on-line coaching and support for those dependent on alcohol or who require other services such as relapse prevention or court mandated services. (Read More)
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