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How to Cure Drug Addiction Naturally?

By Linda Whiteside

Medically Reviewed by: Dr. Ryan Peterson

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How to Cure Drug Addiction Naturally

Addiction is a progressive condition that can be difficult to overcome. While drug treatment and proper support can help you become sober, combating addiction over the long run requires a comprehensive strategy. There are ways and natural treatment for addiction that are simple, natural, and proven to work.

Following are five ways to help you cure drug addiction naturally that you can easily incorporate into your recovery plan.

5 Ways to Help you Cure Drug Addiction Naturally

Exercise Regularly

Many people who are active in addiction aren’t physically active. They feel tired and sluggish, and they can feel depressed and stuck which can fuel their addiction further. In recovery, regular exercise is an effective way to combat addiction. It is a healthy way to stay busy, increase strength and flexibility, and it helps increase confidence and self-esteem.

Exercise can be as simple as going for a 20-minute walk every day. You can also pursue activities such as aerobics and weight training, or you can take up a sport such as basketball, tennis or the martial arts Whatever you pursue, do it regularly! Having family or friends with you can increase your motivation and fun.

Meditation

The common triggers that lead to relapse include anger, stress, sadness, and anxiety. As a recovering addict, you need to find healthy ways to cope with the highs and lows of daily life. An effective way to do so is through the practice of meditation. There are a variety of meditation practices that are simple to master and only take 10-15 days for you to reap their benefits.

Whether it is focused breathing, mindful meditation, yoga or other similar practices, meditation focuses your mind on the present and what you can do in the here and now to deal with your emotions. Meditation allows you to clear your head, become more focused and gives you the confidence to better manage your emotions.

Balanced Diet

There is no doubt that a balanced diet is an effective way to combat addiction. While this is true, it often gets neglected as one progresses in recovery. If you aren’t eating nutritious foods, your mind and body can become deficient in the vitamins and minerals it needs in order to function properly. If you’re not receiving proper nutrition your mind can feel out of whack, making you feel irritable, and mentally and emotionally unstable, increasing the likelihood of relapse when exposed to stressful situations.

Be sure you are eating several smaller meals each day, and make sure you are consuming lean meats, fruits, vegetables, and nuts. You can also take a high-quality multivitamin supplement if you need. It is helpful to consult with a nutritionist or dietician to help you get your diet sorted.

Have People in Your Corner

One of the most effective ways you can combat addiction is to build a solid support network. This network comprises of family, friends, recovering peers and others who are completely in your corner. Being in recovery can feel isolating at times, and you may feel like you are alone. Having supportive people in your corner is crucial when you are feeling vulnerable and can provide the support you need to stay empowered in your sobriety.

You can find support through 12-step groups like AA and NA. There are also alternative groups such as SMART Recovery and LifeRing at your disposal. As always, supportive family and friends provide a layer of support that acts as a buffer when temptation strikes.

Take a Holistic Approach to Recovery

Over the years, there has been an increased focus on holistic methods of combatting drug addiction. While it may not be a standalone “treatment”, incorporating herbs, aromatherapy and other natural remedies may help you relieve stress, increase calm and encourage relaxation. Holistic therapies can also aid in overcoming drug addiction and help you in getting restful sleep which is vital for the body to repair itself and heal.

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Written By: Linda Whiteside
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Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who has been providing mental health services for over 10 years.

Medically reviewed by: Dr. Ryan Peterson
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Went to medical school at The George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C.

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