Leveraging the Healing Power of Nutraceuticals in Addiction Treatment
There are a lot of side effects of drug and alcohol addiction that you don’t hear much about, such as mental cloudiness, fatigue, depression and insomnia. Even after getting clean and sober, recovering addicts may find that they don’t feel as good as they’d expected.
Drug and alcohol addiction damages the reward system in the brain, making it difficult to feel pleasure from the things that bring joy to life for others. Although no one can promise that addiction recovery will be easy, the path of recovery can sometimes be made smoother by leveraging the healing power of nutraceuticals.
What Are Nutraceuticals?
Nutraceuticals are a combination of amino acids, nutrients and other naturopathic products that work together to achieve a pharmacological-like effect in the body. When used in conjunction with therapy and other addiction treatments, nutraceuticals can help resolve the chemical imbalances in the brain and nutritional deficiencies that commonly accompany addiction.
Nutraceuticals have been used effectively to:
- Reduce drug cravings
- Boost energy
- Relieve anxiety
- Improve mental clarity
- Enhance sleep quality and quantity
- Provide an overall sense of well-being
Restoring Balance Through Holistic Addiction Treatment
The benefits of nutraceuticals for treating addiction aren’t going unnoticed in the addiction treatment community. Some cutting-edge drug rehab centers are making nutraceuticals and other naturopathic therapies available to their patients.
At Sober Living by the Sea, a network of southern California drug rehab centers, nutraceuticals are part of a holistic approach to addiction treatment. With an emphasis on treating the physical, psychological and psychosocial aspects of addiction, as well as the biochemical ones, the addiction specialists at Sober Living use a pharmacological approach when indicated, an all-natural approach when indicated or a combination of both.
Working closely with Sober Living by the Sea is Dr. Bradley, a board certified addictionologist and interventionist who serves as the drug rehab center’s director of integrative medicine. After completing an in-depth assessment, Dr. Bradley designs a protocol that is tailored to the individual patient’s specific needs, depending on the individual’s drug history and symptoms. For example, a person addicted to stimulants who complains of fatigue will take a different blend of nutraceuticals than an alcoholic who suffers from insomnia.
“Drugs skew the body in one direction, depleting it of vital nutrients,” said Dr. Bradley. “With nutraceutical treatment, we aren’t trying to manipulate the body, but rather give it what it needs to return to a more balanced state.”
Unlike medications, nutraceuticals have little to no contraindications or negative side effects. All of the nutraceuticals used by Dr. Bradley and Sober Living by the Sea are of the highest quality, meeting and exceeding the requirements of the Food and Drug Administration.
Dr. Bradley often describes the healing process to his patients by saying that the same power that creates the miracle of birth doesn’t leave you as you grow.
“The human body is a self-healing organism,” he explains. “When you put it in a position to get better, it usually does.”
He continues, “If you break your arm, a doctor will set the bone to put it in the best position to heal, but the body itself does the healing. Similarly, nutraceutical treatment works in conjunction with other therapies to put the body, mind and spirit in the best position to repair themselves.”