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Heroin Treatment - Are FDA-Approved Drugs Enough?!

January 30, 2019

Most of us are aware that the standard treatment protocols for heroin addiction are the
usual from medical model dominant practitioners – more drugs, more drugs, and more drugs.

These, of course, are of the prescription kind, and include drugs like methadone, suboxone,
vivitrol, and a number of newly-FDA approved ones…all guaranteed to give you short- and
long-term side effects, up to and including death!


How well do they work? See for yourself. In spite of all the attention and money this
crisis has been receiving, addiction and its often-times lethal after-effects are still rampant and


Take a look at this video from Dr. Mercola’s Video Library, entitled, The Effects of
Narcotic Addiction
, for an historical overview of drug use in America.


Government funding is available for medications currently being prescribed. However,
those practitioners who have become disillusioned and have moved toward other approaches are literally popping up everywhere, usually in the private realm of treating entities.


In fact, there was recently an Addiction Summit for the public held online in August of
2018, and through this we can see that a new model – seeing addiction as a spectrum – has
emerged thanks to Dr. Paul Thomas. This is a more holistic approach, and likely to have better
empirical outcomes.


Nutritional changes seem to be a central issue in changing the scope of addiction
treatment. I wholehearted agree that nutrition forms the foundation of helping a person heal and
become fully healthy again.


There are other alternative options. A few of these are:

  • IV Niacin (NAD)

  • Amino Acid Therapy

  • Neurofeedback

  • Meditation

  • Biochemical Restoration (nutrient therapy)

  • Acupuncture

  • Homeopathy

  • Pet Therapy

  • Art Therapy

  • Music Therapy

…and the list goes on.


While in favor of nutritional and supplement (biochemical restoration) approaches, and one
can effectively go through withdrawal with few if any symptoms using NAD, amino acid
therapy, etc., it seems prudent to utilize multiple approaches as a more comprehensive, integrated means of support, offered according to how well clients/patients respond to them. Think about this: talk therapy would be much more effective with a healthy brain in a healthy body!


For a more in-depth educational experience on this topic, please consider taking this course,
entitled Addiction: Do We Always Need More Drugs, which has been awarded 2 continuing
education hours by the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board.


For more information on holistically healthy approaches to all aspects of healthy lifestyles,
please visit healthandwellnessonline.org, and sign up for our email list to get updates!

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