Naturopathic Medicine for Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Treatment

Naturopathic medicine is a holistic approach to health that includes diet and nutrition, homeopathy, acupuncture, herbal medicine, hydrotherapy, exercise, spinal manipulation, and massage. Its therapies include the use of electric currents, ultrasound, and light.

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According to the National Association of Naturopathic Physicians

“The primary cause of disease is reaction to unnatural environment . . . When the body is weighted down by toxins in excess of the amount with which the vital force is able to cope, then enervation... supervenes and there is a lag in the body's power to expel the "ashes" of metabolism... Enervation leads to the secondary cause of so-called disease -- toxemia. Toxemia is the state of auto-intoxication resulting from the accumulation of poisons in the body - poisons taken in from without in the form of incorrect food, impure water, vitiated air, etc., and which are not thrown off by the body because of its enervated state, and in addition thereto the poisons formed within the body itself by the processes of metabolism. . . The presence of these poisons within the blood stream and tissues causes the vital force to make efforts to eradicate toxemia, and these efforts are what is called "diseased crises." . . . Disease, therefore, is not a hostile entity to be attacked, but is rather a manifestation of vital force in its efforts to continue to live and to remove anti-vital conditions caused by man's deliberate, or ignorant, breaking of the laws of health and life ... Disease, then, is the result of stagnation and accumulation of filth in the blood stream and in the tissues."

The goal of naturopathy is to return the body to a natural state of purity and good health.

Given the nature of alcoholism and drug use it would appear that naturopathic medicine might well help people achieve sobriety and live free of substance problems.

Unfortunately, scientific medical research has not found naturopathic medicine to be any more helpful to alcoholics and drug addicts achieving or maintaining recovery than than the use of a placebo (“sugar pill”).

The most popular approach to alcoholism is through Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.). It has a success rate of only about 5%. This is a very large failure rate --- if a medication or other therapy had no better success rate, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) would not approve its use.

However, many programs have a much higher success rate than A.A. and other 12 step programs. They include SMART Recovery (Self-Management and Recovery Training), Moderation Management, Rational Recovery, HAMS (Harm reduction, Abstinence, and Moderation Support.), Women for Sobriety, LifeRing, and the Life Process Program.

The existence of effective programs enables people to get the help they need to lead lives free of alcohol and drug problems.

Note: This site is informational only. It does not provide suggestions or recommendations about alcohol, alcoholism, drugs, addiction, recovery, or any other subject and none should be inferred. Neither this website nor your host receives any compensation of any kind, directly or indirectly, for listing or describing any program. Neither listing nor description implies endorsement..

Readings on Naturopathy Therapy for Alcoholism and Addictions

  • Atwood, K.C. Naturopathy: a critical appraisal. Medscape Medicine, March 5, 2004.
  • Beyerstein, B.L., and Downey, S. Naturopathy. In: Sampson, W. and Vaughn, L. (Eds.) Science Meets Alternative Medicine: What the Evidence Says about Unconventional Treatments. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2000. Pp. 141-163.
  • DeGrandpre, Z. The Naturopathic Treatment of Alcoholism. N.D. (Doctor of Naturopathy) dissertation. Portland, OR: National College of Natural Medicine, 2007.

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