Last Modified on Mar 07, 2014
Alcoholism Treatment to Break Addiction and to Detox
Alcohol addiction can run the gamut from the nightly case of beer, to the once a week drunk, and even include those who absolutely need that one cocktail each night when they get home from work. Alcoholism is a personal thing, and addiction can have many meanings, but addiction treatment is an increasingly well-understood area of healthcare with therapies that work for just about everyone if they're ready to kick their addiction.
Effective treatment for alcohol abuse should first begin with a firm commitment from the alcoholic to escape their addiction. This is one of the principle lessons of most 12-step programs for alcohol treatment. Likewise, a support system of friends, family, other recovering alcoholics, and in some cases medical professionals is also necessary. The latter group is particularly necessary for those with severe alcoholism, as withdrawal symptoms from alcohol dependency can elevate to a condition called delirium tremens, a potentially life-threatening mix of shaking, hallucinations, and confusion that can be controlled with sedatives and medical detox.
Home remedies for alcohol treatment include simple multivitamins including especially omega 3 fatty acids; Vitamins A, B, and C; magnesium; and zinc. The amino acid supplement l-glutamine also shows promise as a mood enhancer that helps to break the addiction cycle.1 Other alternative treatments for alcoholism include hypnotherapy for addiction, energy healing, acupuncture,3 and exercise to release endorphins no longer provided by alcohol-intake.
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Alcohol Addiction Treatment
09/27/2013: Judy from Australia: "Hi there. Im in the process of realizing that I have a real problem with drink. I've been drinking wine now for nearly ten years. I'm having up to six glasses a day, start about midday and drink through the afternoon until teatime. I know that I'm consuming more wine as the weeks go by. I've tried twice in the last month or so to stop drinking but when I do I go through a bad time. The first 24 hours isn't so bad... Apart from dealing with the habit more than anything.. The second day however, I get muscle tightening around my jaw, neck and shoulders... With pain... Headache and acute need for a drink. I have tried one valium last time I tried to give it up but that valium wasnt enough. So, here I am again, realizing now just how much its affected my body and I want so badly to be able to walk away from it for good. Ive been reading the posts here. Can anyone suggest for me what is the best home treatment I can do for myself please? I don't want to see a dr about this, I'm convinced that's not necessary at the moment."Replies
09/28/2013: Linda from Lauzerte, France replies: "Bless you Judy, this is tough. I am going through something similar. I know for me that I am using alcohol to self-medicate, there are emotional issues that I need to deal with and so I am going for help with dealing with these.
Be aware that feeling bad when you have not had a drink is because of detox, headache is a classic sign of this.
Something that might be worth looking into is finding something that will relax you a little and help you to feel you don't need a drink - cannabis used to do it for me but I don't have that option now. Have a look on here for something that will help reduce stress and give it a go.
Sorry I can't be more help, but I just wanted to say that you are not alone in this - and you have done a very brave thing by admitting you have a problem and asking for help.
With love, Linda"
09/28/2013: Judy from Australia replies: "hi there Jill... Thans for your reply. I'm only new to this forum... There is just so much information here. I think that I passed a milestone yesterday when I finally admitted to myself that I was actually having withdrawals from alcohol through overuse. That was a biggie for me.
I've started taking liver tonic... And I'm having coconut oil about three times a day. I'm going to buy a multivitamin, plus d3, sometime this week.
Starting today, I'm cutting back on my alcohol. Where sometimes I was having up to six glasses over about a six hour period, I'm now cutting back by at least two a day. I will see how I cope with that. Obviously stopping cold turkey makes me feel ill so I have to work my way around it .
I've also realized that I may have some candida problems... And that would be due to the extra sugar breakdown from the alcohol. All these issues. I think that nearly everyone just has their drinks without even thinking that it literally is a poison.. And they dont have a clue as to what it does to their brain, liver or kidneys.. or their heart.
Anyway, all the best for you. I hope it all works out well for you. Keep in touch.
WE can't use marajhuanna (sp) here, not even the medicinal type.
i will also start taking orange juice with some apple cider vinegar and ice daily .... I know that cider vinegar is good for us. its a good way to take it.
Looking foward to hearing how you get on. Judy"
09/29/2013: Andrea C from Wales replies: "Please read this link, it will help you, go in under Alcohol on the Menu, and read it well follow the links on each page on Alcohol Adicction. Love Andrea C xxx www.AddictionsAndRecovery.org."
09/29/2013: Linda from Lauzerte, France replies: "Hi Judy, good for you, you sound like you have a plan. Cutting down slowly sounds like a good idea, I try to have one day a week with no alcohol.
I am aware that I am giving myself permission, and when I am in an unusual situation eg away from home it's easier to drink less - unless I am around other people, partly I drink to cope with social situations. This is part of what I am trying to get help with.
I take cider vinegar every day too, it's so good for you, and also coconut oil. I also take milk thistle which is commonly available and is very good for the liver.
One last thing that I think is very important - be kind to yourself. Pamper yourself. Get some relaxation tapes and make time to listen. If you fall off the wagon - don't beat yourself up. Next day just jump right back in. You have years of habit to break, try to look at yourself as if you were your best friend so to speak, so often we get angry with ourselves for things where we don't with other people.
Really wishing you all the best with this and would like to hear how you get on too
10/19/2013: Ted from Toronto, Canada replies: "Few people know that alcohol and fructose use the same pathways in the liver. So, when you drink, do not drink pop, soda or any other product with High Fructose Corn Syrup in it that same day. Drink only very dry wine, as a sugar addiction coupled with an alcohol addiction makes it twice as bad and hard to break.
When trying to quit, do not let yourself get hungry, but avoid high carb snacks. Nuts, veggies with dips, moderate fruit all work. Shiritake noodles (yam based) work great with any soup, stew or sauce you like to satisfy appetite and fill you up with low carbs.
Alcohol depletes vitamin B1. It is water soluble and easily drained from your system. To fight back, buy the fat soluble form, called Benfotiamine, and use as a suplement. In short, you will lessen metabolic damage. Hopefully, this will mean it becomes easier to quit as the side effects of quitting are less.
Likewise, vitamin C is depleted. Same story, top up vitamin C as soon as possible.
Repair liver stress with silymarin and NAC (n-acytlcysteine).
Some people find niacinamide (a form of vitamin B3) lessens cravings. | do not confuse with niacin (also B3), as niacin causes flushing."
[YEA] 01/28/2010: Wave Runner from Ft Lauderdale, Fl Usa: "Alcoholism: Changed my body chemistry and followed an anti-yeast diet.. Since I have elimanted yeast, sugar all processed foods, I no longer have the cravings to drink alcohol. I have been on this diet now for 3 years..my family is so proud of me.I don't fight the urge anymore and is the most Wonderful feeling. I almost use to faint going by the beer & wine section in the grocery store. My husband has been able to have a full bar in our house for the first time in 25 years and I don't think about drinking anymore. I forget it is even in the house. At first it is hard to retrain your eating habits but it can be done. I have Candida Albicans, and cleaning out all of your insides can take years. I have done 15 Liver flushes and have removed liver flukes and thousands of stones.. Got this info from Dr. Hulda Clark.. I drank for more than 20 years, and I can tell you how happy I am to know that the food I was eating was the cause of my addiction and just stopping the food with chemicals from going into my body has saved my life!"Replies
08/15/2013: Ms.gwen from North Carolina replies: "Please explain in detail your anti-yeast diet... I am very interested in trying this. Thanks"
Apple Cider Vinegar
08/08/2012: Shay from London, Uk: "Hi there, I have a problem with my husband's drinking. He says that he doesnt drink alot, just the occasional beer or glass of wine with friends but I believe it is more than that. I still want him to quit, since I think it is affecting his physical health (liver) and his mental health (he forgets alot).
Note that he doesnt want to quit and doesnt know that I want him to. Would apple cider vinegar help in this case? If so, how can I use it without him knowing?"
[YEA] 07/18/2009: Alfred from Bangkok, Thailand: "True story.. My neighbor was a Alcoholic, every afternoon he would come over for a drink. One day I ran out of his favorite whiskey.. I put two Jiggers of Apple Cider Vinegar in the glass with orange juice and ice cubes.. I mixed it the same way I would mix it if I had used whiskey.. We sat down as we had done for months.. he drank his drink and did not say a word.. We did for 10 days.. no comment from Ken.. T hen told him I substituted Apple Cider Vinegar for the Whiskey.. He did not beleive me..He said it tasted the same. Now NO More Whiskey.. He switched to Apple Cider Vinegar.
Stay well my friends,
12/31/2012: Nortrnrednek from Lewisburg, Tennessee replies: "coming from a non drinker what is a jigger?"
12/31/2012: Carolyn from Akron, Oh replies: "roughly one ounce of liquid."
Chloride of Gold
12/05/2010: Brooke from Montgomery, Tx, Usa: "If you take some gold into the body, anytime you drink alcohol, it will make you sick. One way to do this is: Chloride of Gold Solution be taken internally - Begin with one drop in half a glass of water (the solution being in the proportions of one drop to one ounce of distilled water), every day for five days. Then take two drops every day for five days, then three drops every day for five days, then four drops every day for five days. Then leave off for five days. Then begin with the one drop again, and so on. Also, some people have great results with Castor Oil packs. To find chloride of gold just Google it. If you try alcohol during this time, it will make you feel nauseated and it might even make you vomit."Replies
[WARNING!] 04/21/2013: Joe from Brighton, Sussex replies: "I beg you, for your sake... Do not do this!
Chloride or ionic gold is neuro toxin, it can do severe damage to your nervous system. It may eventually lead to Peripheral Neuropathy; where your skin will itch and feel like its burning, leading to permernant numbness.
There are some commercial products that will, upon alcohol consumption induce nausea and vomiting, also some strong antibiotics ( which ones I can't remember) will also produce a simmilar effect.
Alcohol dependency is often a symptom of depression or boredom, try st johns wort and go outside or read."
02/06/2011: C1265 from Jacksonville, Fl, Usa: "I quit drinking about a month ago and now I having some type of episodes where my whole body feels like electricity is flowing thru me. I've tried vitamins and b complex but they seems to make it worse. I had one last night after take a bath in epsom salt and could not sleep the entire night. Can anyone help me with this? Could I have another issue that's serious?"Replies
02/06/2011: Lily from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia replies: "Hi to C1265, well done giving up the alcohol. Google delirium tremons and you will find a lot of information about alcohol withdrawal, most people think that the dt's are a hangover but they are a lot more serious than that. You will find some extra information and I would try to find a forum where ex drinkers are discussing their symptons and what they did to relieve them. I do know that juice is quite helpful in restoring the sugar in your body that the withdrawals deplete. Hope the best for you. Lily."
01/13/2009: Rich from Boca Raton, Fl: "For border-line alcoholics(5-6 beers per day), you can set rules like: no drinking before lunch. If you have kids, a rule like no drinking before the kids go to sleep might help.
Once those rules are in place, you can set a limit like 4 beers. When you get used to that, decrease to 3. At that point, change to a cheat day like 1 day per week. Alcohol steals your time, but it is possible for some to wean off of.
If beer is your alcohol of choice, and you're quitting, beer is high in b-vitamins, so a b-complex may be helpful. Unclear.
Since Ted mentioned liver damage, it would seem that this may be reversible. My chemistry isn't very good, but I see Phenyl and Sulfur, two anti-fungals in this Drug, so the closest natural remedy might be turmeric (which has both).
"Improved Liver Function"
[QUESTION] 01/25/2009: D from SF, CA replies: "Rich: I must have missed something. Sorry. In your last sentence, you said "in this drug". What drug are you referring to that has the same anti-fungal components as turmeric? Thank you."
[YEA] 07/29/2012: Alfred from Rangsit, Bangkok, Thailand: "Husband Alcoholic. HERBS TO THE RESCUE. Several ways to stop Drinking Boose.
1. one part of Goldthread herb, one part goldenseal herb. Place equal amounts in 1/2 small tea bag. Put into tea infuser and steep as you would a cup of tea.. Not necessary but if you Add a little Epicae to the tea it will make the tea stronger..
After They drink the tea... The taste of alcohol will be bad.. he will not drink again..
2. buy the herb Antibuse and follow directions.
your husband will be back to normal.
06/26/2013: Tami from Nevada replies: "Hello you had Epicae added to one of your tea mixes. What is it? I can't seem to find it. Thank you. Tami"
07/22/2009: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand: "Over the past weeks I have been looking over the use of hydrogen peroxide to stop alcohol addiction and drug abuse addiction. The remedy is a straightforward one, a 3% H2O2 food grade one capful is added into an ordinary drinking water. Use this as a normal drinking water. If a person happens to be drinking wine, beer, liquor, the body will immediately reject it and tries to detoxify it, causing nausea, or vomiting when they take it. The body may also reject certain drug meds, such as birth control pills, cocaine, for example in a few cases. So if the drinking water with hydrogen peroxide is taken at one glass is taken within one hour, the effects is even more stronger and will encourage people to quit the alcohol use.
[YEA] 08/22/2013: Jo from Raceland, Ky replies: "My son was drinking 4 to 5 thirty pks of beer a week! He was driving me and everyone else around him crazy, and he did not want to quit saying it was his life, so I had to trick him :) He had acid reflux so I gave him 2 tbls of Apple Cider Vinegar morning and evening. He also said he needed more energy so I had him use Bill Munro's method of inhaling 3% hydrogen peroxide 4 to 6 times a day. I noticed he was drinking a lot less after 2 weeks so to speed things up I bet him $20.00 he could not go 1 week without drinking. Not only did he win the bet that was 2 months ago and he still has not had a beer. Thanks Ted and Thank God for helping me find Earth Clinic."
[YEA] 09/18/2007: stephanie from Chicago, IL: "Most "alcoholics" don't realize their addiction is chemical and a direct result of being "hypoglycemic". The addiction to the alcohol is so strong because their blood-sugar level drops so severely and gets replenished so quickly with alcohol--because of the high sugar content. In other words, it's not your fault! This is the answer, if you are trying to cut back on your alcohol intake or go "cold turkey", just buy a bottle of "L- Glutamine" and take one every time you have a craving for alcohol. "Glutamine is an amino acid that your brain can use as an emergency substitute fuel when you haven't eaten recently or have been eating too many carbs and your blood sugar level is too low. This is a glucose stand-in that stops the impulse to run to the candy machine when it's low blood sugar time. L-Glutamine can stop your cravings and get you feeling steady and even within ten minutes." Julia Ross, from The Mood Cure-awesome book. I'm telling you, it works, now go help yourself!"
L-Glutamine, Kudzu, B Complex, Magnesium
[YEA] 10/17/2008: Kevin from Chicago, IL - US: "I have had a few bouts w/ alcoholism myself. I've found the following to be helpful: L-glutamine (an amino acid) [already mentioned], Kudzu (an herb), grapes or grape juice, B complex vitamins [already mentioned], & magnesium - use as directed by what the supplement bottle(s) says. As far as I know, it's safe to combine any & all of the above supplements. There may be others not mentioned here, but I think these are worth mentioning. Hope this helps."
11/30/2013: Lisa from Madison, Wi: "Which method do you recommend for someone who is trying to quit drinking alcohol?"Replies
11/30/2013: Mr. Ree from Usa replies: "Go to www.watercure.org and read the testimonials about alcoholism...It's a very cheap cure...You're mineral deficient..."
11/30/2013: Wayout from Motown, Ca replies: "It may seem like a common answer, sweetie-- but I am living proof that 12 step programs work, if you work it. I am 26 years sober, by God!
The trick is to find someone as a sponsor who has worked all the 12 steps themselves, first, and whose life appears to be peaceful, joyous and free, despite how life treats them. Ask that person to be your "temporary sponsor, " to see if it is a good fit, first.
I have long believed this to be both genetic and a nutritional deficiency in the body somewhere, a condition handed down. Some have said B-Vitamins help.
12/01/2013: Mr. Ree from Usa replies: "Make that www.watercure2.org...I prevuiously left out the 2"..Big difference...Check out the testimonials for alchoholism..."
07/26/2012: Samuel from Auckland, New Zealand: "My husband is an alcoholic and he doesnt wanna go off alcohol. He drinks nearly everyday and on fridays he drinks alot and gets very drunk, that he doesnt even recall anything the next day. He doesnt want to consult the doctor or take any medications. He also has early stage of diabetics, high cholestrol and gout. I dont know what should I personally do to help him get off alcohol for good. I have never seen anyone drink so much. His drinking has started to affect me, I am not able to focus on anything else, whole day I keep thinking what to do to get him clean. I tried Apple Cider Vinegar but he doesnt like the taste and he stopped taking it. I bought H2O2 3% food grade but it says its poisonous and I am scared to give him that. Someone please help me on what should I do."Replies
07/27/2012: Cameron from Brisbane, Qld, Australia replies: "Try Oil Pulling. I found Sesame Oil to taste the best, Oil Pulling has a reputation for stopping smoking and all sorts of bad habits.
Also try to look at why he might drink, pressure, boredom or deppression are all common factors. I am sure he will not appreciate meddling or being interrogated but some quiet investigating may help. Do not take this the wrong way but also look at how you and your life may have changed, could this have affected him, I know my wife and life has changed since we had kids.
Just some thoughts but certainly try the Oil Pulling."
08/01/2012: Gail from Cleveland, Ohio replies: "Try going to Al-Alanon for your mental well-being. You can offer your alcoholic various remedies, but it's his choice in the end. If he wants to keep drinking, he will. If he wants to take the remedies, he will. Or not. If you keep trying to make him better, but don't take care of yourself because you're focused on him, then neither of you win. And you drive yourself crazy. Difficult stuff. Peace to you."
08/20/2012: Keleeemo from Dover, Nh replies: "I know what your going through although I don't live with my alcoholic son. I go to Alanon to stay sane and try and take care of me and stop trying to control the alcoholic because until they decide to quit I am just wasting my time. I should know because I am an alcoholic myself and stopped drinking 10/01/02. It runs in my family and my son's Dad died from alcoholism when he was 4. It is a horrible disease and the only cure is abstinance. AA helped me to get rid of the resentments I used to drink over and learn how not to form new ones. I did not quit until I was within a year of dying from Liver disease and I had to make up my mind and put myself in rehab and then go to meetings daily for a few years but I never want to drink again ever. I hope I don't have to bury my son but if that is Gods will I will get through it and not drink over it. Today I know I was born with a predisposition to drink. From my first drink I got crazy drunk which is not normal and my son did the same thing. My daughter did not and doesn't drink at all. Try Alanon, It really helped me. Good luck!"
11/01/2011: Natural Living from Destin, Florida : "Would you suggest something to help reduce the effects of alcohol withdrawal and help reduce depression (not clinical depression just general blue feeling that lasts for a few days...... especially after drinking in excess)."Replies
11/01/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Natural Living, Dr. Hoffer had great success using Niacin therapy with alcoholics. It also helps with the depression issue.
I would imagine that you also have a candida issue with all the sugar in alcohol so treating that would also help.
11/01/2011: Gavin from Manganui, Northland, New Zealand replies: "Up the B complex vitamins big time. In a week you'll feel a different person."
11/02/2011: Jenny from Sydney, Australia replies: "Hi. I would agree re probably having candida with the alcoholism. I have thought for some time that part of alcoholism is craving sugar. I have had candida for 20 years or so and most of the time had trouble with craving sugar. I used to think I was weak willed and rarely could control the cravings. EV coconut oil is the first thing that has helped me balance my blood sugar and stop the cravings. It has made a world of difference to how I feel and what I eat. I also drank wine most evenings - would need a drink by 6 pm although usually only had one or two glasses. Now I have a glass of wine once a week. I started with a teaspoon of EVCO twice a day and have built up to the recommended 3 Tablespoons daily on this website. If that is added into the diet it may also help with the alcoholism. Good Luck!"
07/27/2011: Anna88 from Mannheim, Germany: "Hello, My husband is habitual drinker. He drinks daily 1L wine or 6 beers daily. During our three years of marriage I have seen him drinking after work and at night before dinner. We are trying to concieve but due to his low sperm motility are not yet sucessful. I have made all my efforts to convince him to quit drinking but all in vain. He is not willing to stop drinking thats why I cant take help of a doctor. Can I use Ted's Remedies for alcoholism? Is it safe to do detox at home? if my husband is willing to do that because he also wants to be a father of a baby. Can I use kudzu with folic acid, B3, B complex, lecithin and magnesium? Can you suggest me what must I have to do? What home remedy will be suitable for my husband."Replies
07/27/2011: Gavin from Manganui, Northland, New Zealand replies: "Yeh the problem is that in a man who drinks , is that the testosterone is turned into estrogen. The reverse happens in women. The downside is the lowered sperm production.. The upside is I bet hes got a healthy head of hair. Garlic will also lower sperm production as well. He will have to knock off the beer and wine ."
08/21/2011: Cate from Melbourne, Vic., Australia replies: "Hiya, haven't read the thread but saw the response from Gavin while I'm searching for some other info. on todays posts...
Re. eliminating alcohol; I have "the alcoholic's gene" as Mother always said. Went through a fifteen year bout with binge drinking, black-outs, alc. Poisoning, no social gatherings without it. Slippery slope that one.
Turns out once I mastered my diet I no longer crave- or even much like the stuff. Us kiwi's (in particular) really need to keep an eye out- our food/farming/soil content is MUNTED, so even if you're eating veges you'd want to know they're as organic/biodynamic as possible, same with meat I'm afraid. It is the only way you'll meet the B complex nutrition to prevent an alcohol dependency. Dad died of complications of alcoholism, same with his mother and her brothers. I have siblings who are possibly coming close, and I had a narrow escape. That said, I still love a glass of pinot in a bar for old times sake, but go home and forget about it for the next year or so. Please read 'Nutrition and Physical Degeneration' by Weston A. Price and cure yourself/alcohol issue with food.
Spoken by one who has GENUINELY BEEN THERE (and back again)."