Illnesses

Addiction

BACKGROUND INFORMATION
What Is Addiction?
from Schick Shadel Hospital
"Alcohol and other drugs produce a positive feeling at first, but when the effect wears off, it leaves a person with opposite feelings of depression and irritability. The body's normal production of chemicals in the brain, which ordinarily produce feelings of pleasure, are suppressed, sending the brain into a state of depression. It physically demands more of the drug to go back to "normal'' and feel good again. This pleasure/tension cycle leads to physical loss of control over the use of alcohol and other drugs - and results in addiction."

Addiction Is a "Brain Disease"
from About.com
"Scientific advances have offered remarkable insights into how the human brain works and how it molds behaviors that affect drug addiction ..."

Desire and Addiction
by Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman N.D.
"This article will focus on the attitudinal change needed to release addictions."

Treating the Chemically Dependent as a Resurrection Process
by Sadhu Singh Khalsa LISW, MSW
"Since addiction affects the body, mind, emotions and soul, these are legitimate domains for us. The addict needs cellular reconstruction work, physical fitness work, emotional healing and reintegration and balancing of all of his systems and finally reintegration back into his family and the community."

Addiction Relapse Similar to Other Chronic Diseases
from About.com

TREATMENTS/THERAPIES

Health Recovery Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota
A nutrition-based treatment program that addresses underlying biochemical abnormalities such as hypoglycemia.  Many articles and testimonials.

Natural Medicine For The Recovering Addict
by Janet Zand L.Ac., O.M.D.
"In this article we will focus on substance addictions and the various remedies which can be used to allay some of the common problems associated with recovery."

Alternative Treatments for Addictions: Promises & Perils
by Linda Davis Kyle, M.A.
in Counselor Magazine

Articles by Elson M. Haas M.D.
General Detoxification and Cleansing

Nutritional Program for Caffeine Detoxification

Nutritional Program for Nicotine Detoxification

Nutritional Program for Alcohol Detoxification

Nutritional Program for Drug Detoxification

Nutritional Program for Fasting

OTHER RESOURCES

Addiction Resource Guide
"A comprehensive directory of addiction treatment facilities online."
Recommended

Alternative Treatment International, Inc. Links
Extensive

Caron Foundation
"The Caron Foundation is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide an enlightened and caring treatment community in which all those affected by alcoholism or other drug addiction may begin a new life."

Charles Gant, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Kevin McCauley
"The Addiction Doctor"
A recovering addict, Dr. McCauley "lectures for treatments facilities throughout California and the United States, helping addicts understand the neurophysiology behind addiction - that addiction is not about 'bad choices' and that there are very real chemistry reasons for the things addicts do."

Schick Shadel Hospital
"Schick Shadel Hospital has provided alternative alcoholism treatment and a drug rehabilitation since 1935. Its unique medical treatment using counter-conditioning therapy helps patients maintain healthy, productive lifestyles, free of the craving for alcohol or drugs."

Government Agencies
Center for Substance Abuse Prevention

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

National Institute on Drug Abuse

Substance Abuse And Mental Health Services Administration

RECOMMENDED BOOKS

Please click on the picture of the book or the title to order.

Anne M. Fletcher, Sober for Good: New Solutions for Drinking Problems -- Advice from Those Who Have Succeeded

 

Joan Mathews Larsen, Seven Weeks to Sobriety: The Proven Program to Fight Alcoholism through Nutrition

Genita Petralli, Alcoholism: The Cause & The Cure

Charles Gant, M.D., Ph.D. and Greg Lewis, Ph.D., End Your Addiction Now: The Proven Nutritional Supplement Program That Can Set You Free

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