Addiction- A 500 Pound Gorilla on Your Back
We would like to help you get started right now getting the monkey, or 500 pound gorilla, off your back, or off the back of your friend or loved one.
Here is a list of things you can do right now to start getting some traction with the disease of addiction. Bear in mind that it will be an uphill battle, at least for a while. Don’t give up because you only make a little progress. Inches add up to feet, and feet add up to miles.
Phase I- Healing Addictions Naturally:
1) Consume large doses of vitamins and minerals. If you can afford to buy a large pile of fruit and vegetables everyday, you can probably get all the vitamins and minerals you need…if you can eat like 5-10 pounds daily. Not an option for most of us- all gastric nightmares aside.
The next best way is intravenous (IV) vitamin and mineral therapy, so if you have the money and IV Vitamin and Mineral therapy is available in your area, this is the first thing you should do. The Myers cocktail is a time- tested formulation of Vitamin C, Vitamin B, Calcium and Magnesium. It “fills in the potholes” in vitamin and mineral deficiencies created by drug and alcohol abuse, and fast.
If you don’t have the option of IV vitamin/mineral therapy, you are left with the last option, which is not the best. It involves supplementation, and there are 2 obstacles you can encounter here. The first is cost, and the second is the dubious absorption of oral supplements in the gut. This can be corrected with acupuncture and Chinese herbs, so if you have any sort of digestive disorder, I recommend seeing a Chinese doctor.
Here is a good article on improving overall brain health. If you can afford the supplements, the ones listed here are highly recommended as a supportive measure when detoxing or in recovery. From the article: “These brain supplements help improve memory, mood, clarity and focus and protect against mental decline, depression, anxiety and dementia. “
2) Learn to meditate. We are not talking about joining a religion. Secular forms of meditation like Mindfulness based Stress Reduction (MBSR) are on the rise and are appropriate for anyone, regardless of creed, race or faith. Meditation has been proven to alter neurochemistry for the better, on it’s own and only with 30 or so minutes a day of practice. if you meditate on a regular basis, several positive things happen. The connection between the medial pre-frontal cortex, the part of the brain that constantly references back to you, your perspective and experiences, and higher centers of consciousness begins to wither. Anxiety decreases, as we associate bodily sensations less with a problem we created, due to decreased self- reference. As addicts we reference our own sensations and feelings probably more than others. Meditation is great for us!
3) Regulate your diet. This is not easy, but it is very effective. We rec’d a diet high in protein (brain food) and fatty acids (the beneficial fats, high- density lipo-protien, or HdL) with very little to no carbos/ legumes, and a variety of fresh organic (when possible) fruit and vegetables. Eliminate foods that are common allergens and/or cause inflammation, like refined sugars and dairy products. Be aware that sugar and especially caffeine can send your mood up quickly, providing a rush of dopamine, then a sharp downturn will follow. We strive to eliminate substances that are going to cause glycemic (blood sugar) surges, and thus mood swings.
4) Cultivate positive community connections. It has been proven that our neurochemistry changes in the presence of others. When we cultivate positive relations with other humans, we receive many benefits for our inner being. Levels of certain neurotransmitters increase, giving us a natural feeling of well being.
Do your best to increase the positive interactions you have with other people, even strangers. This can be of great benefit to generating a positive mood. Simply act with kindness and respect, even if you don’t feel it all the way, and you will attract positive experiences with other people that will enable you to feel happier.
5) Feel happier. This is the goal! We want to move away from a paradigm that is life-negative to a vision of life one that is positive. We have had enough of the darkness generated automatically from the disease of addiction, we need some light, and fast. Remember, right now, what makes you happy. Make a list of 3-5 things. Hang it on your bathroom mirror, learn it, know it, and live it as much as possible. Try to at least one thing a day that you know make you feel happy. Be aware that happiness is self- generating. Once you have attained a positive state of mind, you can keep it by taking steps to generate another positive state.
OK, What is Next?
If you do the above steps and repeat when necessary, you should be feeling better soon. But healing an addiction naturally takes a commitment. We will have to work at it vigorously, as if our lives depended on it. They do.
Above are the simple steps we recommend to begin the process of healing your addiction. When you are ready for Phase II of your journey, I will give you access to Phase II- Healing Addictions with Alternative Choices in Recovery. Just fill out the form below.
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