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!
I used licorice to aid in replacing the habit of smoking. Not only did this give my hands and mouth something to do. It relieved stress. Anytime I felt the urge to smoke, I chewed on a piece of licorice. The closer to the real thing the better, steer clear of the sugar laden sort, so check the labels!!
I'm a 25 year old who , like many in this growing pandemic, began taking prescription painkillers to get more energy and ward off sore muscles caused by over working myself, so that i'd be able to perform better at work & home, help more of my extended family, and such other reasons. This inevitably turned into an addiction, and before I knew it I was stuck! To come off the meds, u have to basically put yourself through symptoms that equal to 3x's a really bad flu! The mind starts kicking in when u start to feel unpleasant and every little feeling u have, u amplify thinking its getting worse even if its not. I finally went to a methadone clinic in my area, which I thought would help, and in some ways it did! I was finally following my prescription by Dr.'s orders, which wasn't a rush like i'd gotten somehow from taking what I wasnt supposed to! The methadone , though helpful to get over opiates, was just another dependency, and it was similar to the problem I had.
Others in my shoes couldn't go 24 hours if they had to without methadone, I could even though I couldnt go 24 hrs without painpills , because I knew the facts ( its designed to last in the system for 24-36 hours)where I didnt know as much about the pain killers, only whether or not i'd taken something. Anyway, when I was detoxing, which in my case was a 10 day gradual decrease from 70mgs, I knew in my mind i'd taken something, and I stayed busy taking care of house work and such, so I didnt sit around expecting to feel like crap or give myself free time to think about symptoms ( looking back, I'm sure they wouldnt have gone unnoticed whether or not I was thinking about them! )
When my mom started to call and check on me at day 7, she asked how I was feeling and I stopped to really think about it. At that point I began to get the hot/cold flashes, restlessness, and alot of anxiety and irritability. Then I began to look online at blogs written by others going through methadone detox, who were picking apart every symptom or fear of the process! I was freaking out by that point! But when I went to the clinic for my last dose, I asked the counselors and nurses if I should avoid the blog, if I did indeed have the worst hell to come as I had read, and they told me that, just like I had thought, looking at someone elses symptoms didnt mean I would have them, and it was putting the ideas in my head. With the mind being such a powerful thing, of course they could make me believe I was having a harder time than I was! AND, That at the same time, I could tell myself I was going to have a good day, take a shower, exercise, relax (rather than calling it fatigued) and it would help! The nurse told me that I would have a harder time in a few days when the drug was out of my system, then she said "So?! .. And you'll get through it and that will be that! Have you ever had the flu?! ... And did u get over it?! .. Its not the end of the world, and dragging it out inside ur head wont help u at all.! Just do it and be done! ".. And she was right!
Educating myself BEFORE I ever began the detox process, gave me all the info I needed to remind myself of the facts, which helped me to know what to expect. But reading everyones opinions and symptoms only scared me and put stuff in my head, WHICH MADE THINGS ALOT WORSE!! When I went through the worst and most painful breakup in my life (so far) I made myself get up and go out with friends , even though I wanted to sit by the phone and wait for a call that wasnt coming, because I told myself he was out doing the same thing! .. Going out didnt make me forget him all together, but it kept me distracted and gave me alot more smiles than I would've had! That was actually some of the BEST months I had ever lived up until then! .. When I work and I know I cant have a cigarette for HOURS, or I have HOURS left before my shift is over, I start doing more work or cleaning or something that gets alot of my attention, and it helps! If you let your mind scare u, it will, but if you make it help u out, and give your self pep talks that u find to be true, its almost like ur being ur own best friend rather than making urself miserable!
**P. S. ** I also gain weight easily and love sweets, so if I keep reminding myself that the sweets are whats causing my weight gain and unhappiness, they stop looking so tempting!
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Posted by Leighroy (Stockport, Cheshire) on 01/05/2009
Having spent the whole of the festive period wallowing in my own self pity due to a severe case of the flu, which I shared with the rest of my family, I was fortunate to find your website in the search for a remedy for my affliction.
I became engrossed in reading at least 10 pages of post's relating to "oil pulling" and its benefits. Being probably as sceptical as most are when they told that a tablespoon of oil swilled in the mouth for 15 minutes could change your life. I decided that I had nothing to lose and that I might even benefit.
Wooooooooow!!! the following day, my fever had subsided leaving me with just the "snotty congested remnants" of the flu - I kept an open mind as I had consumed several cloves of garlic that night and had enough "flu remedy tablets" to put a whale to sleep. The following day however I felt optomistic about the whole affair and pre breakfast treated myself to another bout of OP.
THe reason for my post is to give a huge thumbs up for the benefits of this treament which if nothing else has boosted my enthusiasm for life. More importantly I gave up smoking after my second treatment due to the fact that the taste of the tobacco was no longer pleasant. I have managed to remain a non smoker for the last seven days which is the longest I have been without tobacco for 27 years. Prior to OP I had absolutely no inclination to quit and rather enjoyed it smoking at least 10-15 per day.
I am in no way saying that OP will make you stop smoking .......but for at least 7 days it has been the driving force behind my new found love of fresh air. Each morning I use 1 tablespoon of cold pressed olive oil as I cant seem to source sesame. I swish for 20 minutes before rinsing out with a solution of 1tps rock salt/1tps bi carb soda and 8 oz water taking care to lightly brush everywhere.
As such I would recommend OP to everyone and have done so. I would be interested to know if there are any other documented cases where OP has directly contributed to a smoker giving up. Thanks again and yes my teeth are whiter but that may just be the absence of tobacco. I have also found that I need less caffein and have hardly touched alcohol but again this may be due to the flu residue or just the fact that sub conciously I am making a real effort to stay healthy.
Whatever.... OP for life
EC: More on oil pulling here: http://www.earthclinic.com/remedies/oil_pulling.html
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Posted by Tina Fina (San Juan, Puerto Rico) on 02/06/2008
Hola! My name is Tina. I've been a fashion model for years, a smoking fashion model, that has quit drinking alcohol but hasn't dropped the cigs. I did the oil pulling for the first time with E.Virgin Olive Oil and whoever came up with this' technique is a genius! I did it for 20 minutes no problem (tasted the nicotine and the toxins emerging) It is imposible to take one drag off a cig all day. I keep tasting the nicotine coming out! I think i've found the ultimate solution! Can't wait to share it with my family and friends ! Thank you ARYUVEDA and DEIRDRE! GREAT SITE *MY FAVORITE! T.
Posted by Gina (Chicago Ill) on 12/13/2013
A friend who is addicted to Prescription Drugs:
Hello..My name is Gina and I have a question that I hope you may answer for me. I have a dear friend that I have known for over 30 years. She is taking these prescription meds that do not seem to help her in the least. One is Carbidopa Levodopa. She is told that she has a form of Parkinson's but I think it all reality it is all in her head. These doctors keep prescribing different drugs for her but to me it is all about the money and not about the human being. She is on 2 other medications that do not seem to work either. I keep telling her to find a natural cure. Something that is not filled with harmful chemicals. These drugs are messing up her mind and body. Please can you help me? I want her to get better so much and I worry that these drugs will kill her eventually. Thank you very much.
Posted by Cf (Delaware, Usa) on 01/11/2012
I stopped smoking on Sunday, 1/8/12, and haven't gotten a decent night's sleep since then. I can fall asleep easily enough, but wake up about every 1-2 hours during the night, completely alert. I have never had sleep issues before, and have made no other changes in diet, routine, etc. Any thoughts?
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Posted by Connie (Slc, Ut) on 01/04/2011
Hello Troy, You've made a practical choice to give up the beer and weed; they aren't good substances for long-term wellbeing. There are better ways for you. Nausea and low appetite usually indicate low stomach acid and digestive enzymes. I suggest a good B-Complex and pancreatic enzymes for this. B-1, B-3, B-5, B-6, and B-12 are instrumental in forming HCL. Salt pickled ginger may also help nausea. These nutrients are also great for moods. B-3 and B-6 are good for anxiety as they help the body form GABA, a relaxant neurotransmitter. B-5 is good for appetite and energy.
Good digestible amino acids are needed for rebuilding, and for creating the body's own natural pain relievers. Endorphins and other peptides are formed from chains of amino acids, such as glycine, tyrosine, and phenylalanine. The protein molecule, casein, found in dairy foods, when fermented and broken down with enzymes, becomes an opioid compound with pain relieving properties.
Nuts and seeds soaked overnight in sea salt water, then placed in oven at lowest temp. For 12 or more hours retain nutrients and enzymes, and provide easily digestible amino acids. (Sally Fallon's recipes for "crispy nuts". ) Almonds and sunflower seeds are very high in potassium and magnesium, good for anxiety. Pumpkin seeds are a great source for tryptophan. Gelatin is a great source for glycine and proline, to rebuild damaged tissues all round; stomach lining, organs, skin, capillaries, etc. Milk thistle, dandelion root, turmeric, beetroot, etc. , are good to promote the flow of bile for digestion. Good to all, Connie
Posted by Troy (California, Usa) on 01/03/2011
Hi, I desperately need help... I have been a chronic marijuana smoker for over 6 years (all day long smoker), and also abused alcohol (daily 6-pack drinker at night time) and 10 days ago I was finally able to quit. This has been the longest I have been ever since without using either. The first 3 days was the worst: my mood swings were unreal, I was crying one minute and laughing out-loud the next. Insomnia was also bad but all that is gone now and I'm finally starting to feel better, but little by little.
However, I simply cannot eat. I'm not only not hungry, but I'm also nauseous and can't keep food down. Even fruit/vegetable juices and soup will make my stomach turn... Please help... I feel very weak, have lost a ton of weight. I tried going to a big food court to see if something would interest me, but the smell of food makes me sick. I'm a vegetarian but would be willing to eat meat if that's what took it, but so far the only thing I want to do is lay down all day and rest. I'm going insane! I feel like my brain is screaming trying to figure out how to restore its natural balance. Miraculously I do not have the desire or urge to drink or smoke (THANK GOD), but I wonder how much longer I will have to put up with this. It's affecting work and I can't get anything done. Please help and please pray for me, this is though. I need something else other than patience.
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Posted by Calgary_rip_off (Calgary, Ab) on 10/01/2012
Last saturday I took a break from the one capsule of Rhodiola that I normally take in the morning from(unnamed British Columbia supplement maker), because I found the 250 mg tablet was making me too relaxed. I decided to take a break, given that I had taken Rhodiola daily for the last year. I noticed distinctly when not having it in my system that it had healed something from damage I had created.
In March-September of 1993 I got addicted to pseudoephedrine and caffeine pills. I was in my early 20's, naive, and depressed University of Washington Seattle student. 600 mg of caffeine pills(3 vivarins) and 90 mg sudafed(3 pseudoephedrine pills), per day spaced throughout the day and probably 10 cups instant coffee on top of that. With this amount of stimulants in my system, I ran literally each day for 4 hours. I believe that I did some serious damage from these amounts of stimulants. When I stopped the pseudoephedrine and continued drinking coffee(but no caffeine pills) that september I felt severely depressed. The depths of depression and felt very off.
Apparently, with the Rhodiola this has more or less been healed. I highly recommend Rhodiola to ex addicts as it is very very healing.
I am not sure about the dosage recommendations, that is individual. As my neurotransmitter system probably is altered, I notice that with the (unnamed B. C. Supplement maker) Rhodiola, low doses(250 mg with 1% active components) I get more tired than stimulated. So I decided to triple the dosage about 3 hours ago before the weight workout and I notice a dose related effect: A heavier dose and more of it leads to more stimulation, not less, apparently the opposite as noted on some threads.
I am happy there is a feedback page such as this one, and hopefully someone can benefit. This post is designed for those searching for something to help their synaptic systems if they have been damaged.
If you live in a cold climate you can grow your own too, without naming sources and introducing bias to this post, there are resources for Rhodiola growers here in Alberta, Canada you just have look online for them. I did and am growing Rhodiola in my backyard. Now I just have to wait until 2017 before I harvest the roots and make a Vodka tincture.
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Posted by SunflowerBliss (New York City, New York) on 06/17/2009
An old friend of mine from college called me yesterday to tell me that her marriage had just fallen apart. Her husband, it turns out, is a sex addict and had been one for years. You name it he did it: online porn, real-life affairs with their (her!) friends, co-workers, massages. To help my friend, I started researching sexual addiction today and came across an article that people might find interesting from Elle magazine. It came out in January 2009: www.elle.com/Beauty/Health-Fitness/Sexy-Beast
If anyone has any remedies to treat sex addiction, please let me know. According to this article it takes 3-5 years of therapy to change the pattern. But since we are dealing with chemicals in the brain like dopamine, maybe there are supplements that can speed along the process. Sigh.
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Posted by Ti (Houston, Usa) on 07/11/2011
I have been on Lunesta and Ambien (prescription sleep medication) for over 15 years now. I really, really need advice on how to come off of them and use natural ways to fall asleep and stay asleep.
Any advice will be greatly appreciated.
Thank you all :)
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Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France
Posted by K.L. (Dallas, TX) on 12/06/2006
Sun gazing cured cured caffeine addiction, insomnia, and helped depression! Suffering from insomnia and depression, I had gone to a natural physician who suggested I stopped drinking coffee and replace the coffee drinking with sunshine in the morning by looking almost directly at the sun for a minute or two every morning. He said the effect would be much the same as coffee as far as waking up the body goes.
This physician didn't lie. For the past 2 years I go out every morning upon waking, either on the balcony or if not just through my window and look up for a minute or two towards the direction of the sun. There is an almost immediate energizing of the body. I no longer have any need for caffeine. After 15 years of coffee, I don't crave it at all. I sleep with no sleeping aids (the result of no more caffeine) live a much more peaceful life without all those stimulants, and from my half hearted effort at this "sun gazing" practice, my depression is definitely manageable.
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Posted by Joyce (Joelton, TN) on 11/11/2007 | 529 Posts
... On those supplements info - I always recommended that my junkfood addicts take 4-10 grams of vitamin C, l-4 400IU softgels of vitamin E, and at least 2 (50mg) zinc tabs spaced out over the waking hours to hasten healing. More than l0 grams of C causes some GI irritation. The E prevents scarring as well as hastens healing.