Methods to use: Chew on the small "glass like" leaves (fresh or dry, powdered works as well), one can also seep the leaves into a tea
Findings: This remedy, while seemingly very reliable, can also have adverse effects. According to CBS a South Florida mother blames Kartom as the cause of her sons suicide, saying, "He wasn't the same after using Kratom. With that said, there are many risks involved with treating Opioid addiction and withdraw/recovery should be done under the care of your health care provider.
Kratom can be very helpful in overcoming the side effects of Opioid withdraw.
Uses: May Help Treat the Effects of Addiction
Methods to Use: Sterile needles puncture the skin and enter into muscle tissue
Findings: Although major testing is underway, the current studies project a picture of evidence in acupuncture's ability to suppress the reinforcing effects of drug abuse. It's been found that neurotransmitters like Serotonin, opioid and amino acids including but not limited to GABA are effected by the dopamine released during a session of acupuncture. These responses provide the type of evidence needed to begin the studies that are now underway on the relationship between addiction and acupuncture.
Methods to Use: One can preform acupressure on themselves or have a partner or use an instrument to preform the pressure point therapy
Findings: When we can naturally encourage our bodies to release it's own dopamine level we are lessening the effect of a dopamine releasing drug. Opioid becomes an addiction because the body develops a dependency on a drug to release dopamine. When we do acupressure we are encouraging our body to naturally release dopamine.
Uses: Massage Relaxes the Body Allowing Internal and External Healing to Begin
Methods to use: Typically people visit a masseuse who has been trained in massage therapy
Findings:According to experts at Geocities.com, "Anyone who is trying to come off drugs will benefit from a regular massage." With all the self-imposed shame and guilt addicts often suffer, massage shows them they are worthy of self-care and attention. "For once, they realize there are other ways of feeling good apart from taking drugs. By relaxing and experiencing a new form of pleasure, drug addicts are able to remember their pre-drug days, and regain respect for their bodies. The mother of one addict said having a massage was the turning point in her daughter's recovery
Uses: To Develop an Understanding of the Mind Body Connection
Methods to use: Yoga is a free exercise done on a mat, or anywhere where one can find a quiet moment to use balance and stretching to reach a calm state of mind
Findings: It has been found that people with addiction illness often benefit from Yoga because one can reach such a calm state of euphoria that no synthetic can replace.
Uses: To Treat Addiction and Co-Dependancy
Methods to Use: To reflect inward in a quiet space, it is not uncommon for people to repeat and affirmation/mantra while meditating
Findings: When one learns the art of meditation they are learning the art of quieting their mind. If one developed control of their mind through meditation they may find it easier to kick bad habits as well as develop a healthier physical and mental relationship within themselves.
Uses: To Treat Addiction and Co-Dependency
Methods of use: Aroma Therapy is the most common use, but often people internally or topically use oils in healing traditions from ancient medicine to current holistic approaches
Findings: When there is dis-ease in the body, cells are not properly communicating with each other and essential oils are concentrated up to 100 times its herbal counterpart, thus intensifying it's effects. Used aromatically, oils effect our limbic system- which regulate psychological issues like depression and anxiety. Essential oils also create an oxygen-rich environment. So, when taken internally, they can remedy disease like cancer that thrive in oxygen deprived areas. The Greek physician Marestheus (around 500 BC) noted that almost all plants have that ability to be a sedative or stimulant. Scientists have confirmed that certain essential oils, like frankincense, have the ability to cross the blood brain barrier- the American Medical Association declared that they could "find an agent that would pass the blood brain barrier, they would be able to cure Alzheimer's disease, Lou Gehrig's disease and multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson's." (Modern Essentials, p.7)
Uses: To Cope With the Stress That Can Lead to Relapse or Co-Dependency
Methods for Uses: When one speaks to a trained therapist about problem area's in one's life
Findings: It has been found that talk therapy can create a safe environment for people to address the underlying causes of addiction or those co-dependent behaviors. Talk therapy involves full disclosure and the willingness to find out what the root cause of developing the addiction truly is. Honesty with thyself, and with the trained professional is the hook, line, and sinker. But if done correctly people can develop a sense of accomplishment when working through their trials and tribulations of life and learn to celebrate success as well as failure because it is in failure that we grow. It is with growth that we evolve as beings.