Addiction: Natural Cures and Holistic Treatment

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Valerian Root, Skullcap Tincture
Posted by James (Mindlands / Uk ) on 02/15/2017
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Hi guys, I have been referring to this site and recommending it to people for the last 6 years now.

In fact it was finding a natural remedy on this site which set me on my life changing path of learning about herbal remedies, and then being my first port of call for anything for myself and anyone I know when ill.

Over the last week I have been helping a friend kick her addiction to heroine ( smoking, not injecting ) and I have had such amazing results I just had to inform you guys and beg you make a post out of it so other people can benefit from it.

My friend asked me to stay with them for a few days to help them kick there heroin addiction. I decided as I'd already read about the uses of valerian root and skullcap for helping coming off benzodiazepine drugs. Also the fact that they are calmatives working on the central nervous system, that as I had these in tincture form already ( homemade vodka based ) for my own sleep issues through excess cannabis use I'd give them a try on my friend.

Now I wasn't expecting such quick results as even tinctures are said to take 2 weeks to fully work into your system.

I gave my friend half a wine cap full of valerian root and the same of skullcap as the clucking/cold turkey ( withdrawing from the drug) I said to have these sit under the tongue for as long as possible to get into the system that little bit quicker.

Within almost 5 minutes the shivers and crawling under the skin sensation ( some symptoms of withdrawal) had stopped and a warm tingley feeling was then felt.

This lasted for about 2 hours until shivers and crawling feeling came back. Again with the same dose I put the tinctures in some pure orange juice ( any juice will do ) as the taste under the tongue was a bit much for my friend to take. Again with in roughly 5 minutes the withdrawal feelings had subsided.

It is worth noting that my friend was also having help from the local GP with Diazapam and zopicolne to help with the sleep which is one of the main issues when withdrawing. No other opiate substitute was used or in our recommendation advised as then a whole new detox would be required to come off those.

These tinctures mearly helped with some of the other symptoms during the time of being awake and have really really helped wth the temptation to use heroin again. Also some people are stronger willed then others and in this instance I stayed with my friend 24/7. We are currently through 2 and a half days of this and I will continue to stay with my friend till at least day 5 just to make sure. Prior to these 2 and a half days there was a couple of set backs. It's important to remember if anyone finds themselves in my situation to stay firm, oh my god persistent and patient. I at one point refused to enable my friend and allow me to be around while they smoked heroin and this made them realise they couldn't just carry on the way they had been.

This takes hard work from both parties but we and others will get through this.

Good luck to anyone else going through this same struggle.

Oil Pulling
Posted by Ken (Philadelphia, PA) on 04/01/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Yes! it worked for me. 1 tbsp of sesame oil each morning. It absolutely clears all cravings for things you don't want to do, except spurred on by bad choice of food, hence watch your food at least for two weeks, that is if you really want to/ (just) 'want' to quit smoking/ addiction. Because oil pulling does 3/4 of the work. The only problem i encountered was the thought of cigarettes, especially when i see others smoke. In my thinking thats an iota of the real struggle people lament about in dealing with old habits.

You see this was even the first time i tried to quit and it made it feel so easy. In short, i think oil pulling corrects abnormalities in your body and makes you normal. Big two thumbs! up to Earth clinic. I don't know what the big companies are really doing, when the amazing medications lie in the very simple things of life. Thank you for your service on behalf of the world.

Oil Pulling
Posted by Tina Fina (San Juan, Puerto Rico) on 02/06/2008
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Cold Shower Therapy
Posted by Juliette (Reston, Va) on 11/02/2011
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I have been taking cold showers for the past few days and I feel great! I am a recovering drug addict and suffer from intense anxiety ALL THE TIME. Today I feel more together more calm and more whole than I have in a long time... Years! As an addict I am prone to going ALL in with things and really over indulging in things but cold showers have been a great indulgence. It is hard at first but soo worth it. I just wish more people would be willing to be uncomfortable for a couple minutes to reap amazing rewards! I go in for a warm shower then when im done washing up I turn it to cold until I get used to it then get out and moisterize. My hair is smoother too! I suffer from insomnia as well and have been sleeping better and having more motivation than usual. I also live in a cold basement and it doesn't feel so cold anymore!! This is only day 3 of my cold shower experience and I can't wait to see how much better things get the more I take cold showers. Well worth it!

Rebalancing After Addiction
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 Gokhals (Ca, US) on 12/14/2014 36 posts
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1 tablespoon black strap molasses, 1-2 tbsp coconut oil - add to this boiling spring water with fresh crushed ginger in it. Mix. Drink in lieu of coffee.

I also ate a sublingual B12 (with B6/Folic Acid) yesterday and today.

It was pretty miraculous. No horrible back of the neck headache yesterday. No thumping heart at night. Napped in the afternoon. Slept like a baby at night. Woke up up today with a clear mind. I am hoping I can get through today without caffeine withdrawal as well. I am not sure which of these remedies permitted me to kick caffeine overnight, but one of them did.

The last couple of days I have also been drinking a couple of teaspoons of apple cider vinegar twice a day. If you are trying to kick caffeine, this works, instantaneously. Thank you Sally.

Prescription Drug Addiction Remedies
Posted by Timh (Ky, Usa) on 12/14/2013 2084 posts

Gina: Buy her a copy of the book What the Drug Companies Won't Tell You and Your Doctor Doesn't Know. Here's a link to the author's website.

Cold Shower Therapy
Posted by Emberrorsist (Long Beach, Ca) on 04/20/2012

Iggy Pop was totally strung out in the late 70s, using needles, heroine, speed, and being Iggy. He lived in Venice with Danny Sugarman who wrote about this in his memoir Wonderland Ave. Every morning Iggy would rise before the sun and dive into the cold blue Pacific Ocean. Iggy also alludes to this in I want more, but it was clearly his salvation but as yu not PE , apparently extreme for Sugarman whom nearly died fron excess not long after he and Pop were roommates.

Hydrotherapy is an amazing way to bring your ethereal body into alignment. The cold water you shower in does shock the skin and senses but it's hardly an ordeals used the cold shower thing to survive many a hangover, calm my jagged nerves and to restore color to my flesh. French women swear that cold water keeps their breast saluting the sun and it I'd keep me perky long after I should had sagged. As I got older and cleaned up my act, I no longer did the cold shower thing so much. I love my baths but just had my old tub fitted with a shower, I have been depressed after a series of horrible events and need to pull myself together to keep going. I think th cold shower, FGHP WMD mor sun &'exerscise will bring me back. Thanks for the memory.

Posted by Dan (Myrtle Beach, Sc, Usa) on 01/03/2011

Thanks to the GREAT info you have on this website regarding Apple Cider Vinegar, I have heavily added it to my life-routine, and have felt major benefits from using it. A suggestion: I have been seriously studying CAFFEINE and the negative affects it has on health. I've read a few books on how it seriously hampers the functioning of the mind, body and immune system. Its amazing how many common ailments go away when caffeine is removed from your diet, as I have done.

Even though it is not a supplement, I think a discussion/section on the benefits of quiting caffeine would be terribly interesting on this site, as it affects many of the very same things people are using Apple Cider Vinegar for. Its amazing how removing things from your diet can be just as healthful as adding certain supplements or remedies. One main book I recommend is CAFFEINE BLUES, by Stephen Cherniske. The book was extremely helpful to me, and I'm not saying all this to recommend the book, but I would love to see caffeine discussion on the site. What do you think?

Posted by Sister Of Wolves (Cork, Ireland) on 01/03/2011

Congratulations on kicking the addiction: may strength be with you. I gave up black tea years ago as I was drinking it all day every day. After 9 years, I picked up a packet of tea in the supermarket, thinking after all this time it wouldn't hurt. Wrong! Back to square one. It's a difficult addiction as it's an accepted part of life worldwide. Anyway, to get over the tea addiction the second time around, I took to drinking coffee - and got addicted to that. There's no easy way: I had to put caffeine down and leave it down for good. I'm free now, from the prison of addiction. I sleep well, have clear skin and I am not shackled to the obssessional thinking about the subject I was addicted to. Good Luck and God Bless everyone who is taking the road to freedom from addiction. Sister of Wolves

Mind Power
Posted by Carrie (Dallas, North Carolina) on 09/17/2010

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!

5-HTP for Alcohol Addiction
Posted by Jake (Middletown, New York) on 05/02/2009
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Help to stop drinking: I have had difficulty with alcohol consumption for years, did not drink every day but when I did I did to excess.Then a friend sugessted 5-HTP which has greatly reduced my desire to drink and when I do I have a few and just get that feel that I dont want any more.I take 200mg 5-HTP at bedtime and 100mg in morning both on empty stomach. I now sleep great feel, calm and just drink socially now like those without drinking issues.

5-HTP for Alcohol Addiction
Posted by Steve (Las Vegas, Nv Nevada) on 12/28/2012

I have had awesome results with 5HTP, pulled me out of one of the deepest, darkest, depressions I have ever experienced with no side effects. Having said that if you are concerned about taking 5HTP consult with your health practitioner. A good alternative is regular tryptophan at perhaps a 500mg starting dosage.

5-HTP for Alcohol Addiction
Posted by Pacosf (San Francisco, Usa) on 12/11/2013

I have used 5-HTP to address depression for years. The major side-effect is getting too tired (when at work, for example) So I'd take less. 100mg is a good starter dosage and work up to 200mg taken 2X per day. It's already in your body, just some people have lower levels. There's no harm in taking it. 5-HTP is a chemical compound that is naturally produced in your body as it makes serotonin, an important hormone for regulating your mood.

Oil Pulling
Posted by Leighroy (Stockport, Cheshire) on 01/05/2009
5 out of 5 stars

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:

Oil Pulling
Posted by Waltz (Bangalore) on 03/18/2018

Try Horsetail extract which contains Silica complex. This can make you kick the habit within a week.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Toma (Chicago, IL)
5 out of 5 stars

I advised my friend to take ACV for losing weight. She said that she didn't have any good results in losing weight, but since starting drinking it, she hasn't been enjoying smoking that much : smoking causes unpleasant taste in the mouth.

Valerian Root, Skullcap Tincture
Posted by James (Mindlands ) on 03/03/2017

I'd go with the valerian root and Skullcap just like my previous comment. But as your friends wants those out of his system I'd add St. John's wart tincture as well. It does very similar things but why I would add this is because a contra indication with St. John's wart is that it gets other drugs out of your system quicker. In this instance we would want that with your friend to clear it out quicker. If they are on other medication that is not wanted out the system then leave the St. John's wart out and stick with the first two.

Also at the end of the day the symptoms are like the flu, so I would add some of the usual pain killers for that as well to help with those symptoms at the same time as using the tinctures.

Good luck

Valerian Root, Skullcap Tincture
Posted by Amy (Utah) on 02/23/2018

I kicked suboxone and at other times just about every opiate there is. Sub is long acting and the longest withdrawals I've experienced. Two things are the best,

kratom (powdered leaf, NOT tincture)

sodium ascorbate (a type of vitamin C) powder form

Both will bind to opiate receptors and stop not only withdrawals, but cravings. If you use the sodium ascorbate make sure you don't use any other form of vitamin C instead. It's the sodium molecule that binds to the receptor.

DLPA is an amino that helps your body make its own endorphins (natural opiates) as well as a tyrosine, methionine and glutamine regimen. Reply to me for more info, I'm typing on a touch screen, so takes forever. I'm a week away from stopping heroin and I am not feeling bad.

I'm sorry for what you're going through, subs are the devil in disguise for me.

Valerian Root, Skullcap Tincture
Posted by MissM (new york) on 03/12/2021

I would get some electrolyte drinks. Even Pedialyte.

Bone broth for nutrition.

Magnesium calm will help the system.

Theanine, HTP are good for calming as well.

I am not an expert, but the above can be good for bodies under this kind of duress. Nutrition can work wonders.

Soundscapes on YouTube. There are amazing ones that can calm people down and take their mind off of anything.

Tense then relax exercises works with people to manage pain.

Imagine your friend giving birth, have them do these exercises.

Again you have to want the change to succeed.

Posted by Kerry (St. Louis, Missouri) on 10/30/2016
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I can say that Black Strap Molasses absolutely works for caffeine withdrawal. I drink several cups of coffee per day and had no intention of stopping my coffee habit today, however, after using BSM in a smoothie upon waking to treat menstrual cramps...I realized that I didn't have any desire to even drink a cup of coffee. Wow, so not only did I not have any coffee today (again, usually 3-4 cups daily) I did not have a headache what so ever!!! This is incredible. I'm going to see how it goes tomorrow as well. Oh and cramps at all for the last 2 is wonderful.

Rebalancing After Addiction
Posted by Cecile (Cape Town, South Africa) on 01/11/2012

Nicotine is the opposite molecule of niacin (nicotinic acid).... You will battle to relax without your addictive fix... Get yourself some niacin... Get the no-flush... Niacin or niacinamide now needs to replace the nicotine. Also try an epsom salt bath before you retire at night. BEST WISHES and well done for quitting smoking!

Rebalancing After Addiction
Posted by Ladycook (Ma) on 03/16/2018 3 posts

How much niacin do you need to take...a safe level. There was another vitamin help quit....can't remember the name? Remember licorice! Just trying to get my weapons in order to destroy my smoking addiction. Any other suggestions very welcome.


General Feedback
Posted by Paula (Eureka Springs, Ar) on 11/30/2011

I have quit smoking 3 times in my life. The first 2 times were horrible experiences. Thought I would never smoke again until my husband was in a terrible accident. After 5 years, I decided it was time to try again. I dreaded it. The 2nd time I quit, I gained 70 pounds, used patches, was depressed, miserable, horrible, horrible, horrible. I so dreaded trying again. But then I quit and it was so easy that I was absolutely astonished. Don't know if this will help anyone else, but here it is.

For one thing, when I went back to smoking, I smoked natural tobacco only---none of the 2000 extra chemicals they add to make it more addictive. And then on the day I quit, I also quit coffee, caffeinated tea and all carbonated drinks. (I never drank many carbonated drinks anyway, but added it to my list). I put on patches. I know it sounds radical, but I was amazed. No real cravings. No caffeine headache. No sleep disorder. No mood swings. No 3 days of hell. Chewed a couple of pieces of nicotine gum in the first couple of days, but after 6 days I realized I had forgotten to put on the patch and never used another one. Don't know if any of this has any cause and effect to it. All I know is that it has been 2 months. I haven't gained a pound, am not smoking, or using caffeine and feel better than I have felt for a very long time. Once in awhile, when I am in a very stressful place, I will chew a piece of gum 20 times and spit it out. But those times have only occurred maybe 10 times in 2 months. Hope it helps someone out there.

Posted by Alfred (Rangsit, Bangkok, Thailand) on 03/31/2011

New catagory needed.. DRUGS .. IBOGAINE WILL DO THE TRICK. in 48 hrs .Without Withdrawal Symptons.. Thank you ...Alfred

Rebalancing After Addiction
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.

Rebalancing After Addiction
Posted by Brendan (Adelaide, South Australia) on 01/04/2011

Hey Troy, I was in a similar position about 2-3 yrs ago. I had smoked weed every day for approx 5 and half yrs, and I mean a lot, as weed in Adelaide is cheap, like at least half of what youd pay in any other state of Aus and the laws here are crazily slack. I also drank plenty too. I quit cold turkey in early 2008, I dont remember having appetite loss to the point of what you have but I had plenty of other weird side effects including being sent to the hospital for a suspected heart attack, at age 22, which scared the shit out of me. It turned out that it was just my heart spasming because it was missing the thc so much, thats what the docs said anyway. I did have some loss of appetite but nothing like what you describe but I guess everyones different.

All I really wanted to say was, Stick with it coz I swear to god getting off weed and drink was the best thing I ever did, probably the hardest too, but the most rewarding. It takes a long time before you really feel changes (maybe a year or more) but after being off for 3 years, I have gone from being very depressed, reclusive, anxious, angry, irratic, lazy, demotivated, suffering bad memory loss and recall. I am now feeling better than ever, im more outgoing, rarely anxious or nervous, so much more happy, motivated, and just loving life so much. Mentally, I feel like a kid again, something I never thought I would get back. Drugs are shit and they stop real happiness, getting off them was the best thing ive ever done and I wish I could grab every kid that is like I was, shake the shit out of him and tell him to put down the bong and the booze. I had a bit of councelling too which I think helped so you might benefit from that, usually there would be free drug councilling but I dont know about where your from. Anyway, good luck dude, I really hope you stick with it coz it's so so worth the crap your going through. Good luck, Brendan

Posted by Es (Newton, Nj) on 10/05/2010

Quit drinking with hypnosis

Hi, I want to share what worked for me. Please also see my post for quitting smoking cigarettes since I cannot post the whole story all over again, but in it I share the entire experience. Suffice to say I drank a lot. I am a petite lady and drank as much as a magnum bottle of wine all by myself in a day, and drank very heavily several days a week. It was a pretty bad thing. I quit smoking with hypnosis and then realized I'd better quit the booze too. I'm 36 years old by the way, and began drinking at age 15. Anyway, after one session with a hypnotherapist, I haven't had a drink since. It's been about 3 months and I have no desire to drink. I don't want it. And good thing I quit cause I met the man of my dreams shortly after and I know darn well it would never have worked out if I hadn't quit drinking prior to meeting him. Because A) I would have sabotaged it in a drunken stupor and B) His dad was a nasty drunk so he can't stand dating alcoholics. His ex used to flip out in nasty drunken dramatics and he couldn't stomach it. Anyway, if you are having trouble stopping drinking, you may wish to try a reputable hypnotherapist. I no longer drink nor smoke, nor do I want to. I enjoy my life free and happy. No longer chained to addictive habits that are self-abusive. Good luck

Posted by Marilyn (Fort Wayne, Indiana) on 11/22/2016

There is a really GREAT Book that has been out for years now called: Co-Dependent no more, and they have a 2nd version out as well. Read and do as it tells you. What happens is we begin to put undo pressure on our partners, and they get resentful because ultimately, You are the only person responsible for your own Happiness. Some people will think I'm nuts but I really believe, and I have seen it work: is if everyone went to Alcoholics Anonymous and worked the 12 Steps to the best of your ability, You will be an entirely new and better version of yourself. It is not a room ful of low lifes, they are normal every Day folks of all ages, creeds, Colors, Religions or not, Gay, Straight whatever. In those rooms, No-One is different from another. We are all addicted to something or someone. I used to suffer the same thing as you, Not any more. MY LIFE IS THE BEST IT HAS EVER BEEN TODAY and I am quite happy to be by myself. No-one does for me what I can do for myself today. I choose to be in a relationship. It is not necessary that I be in one. Give it a try. You do not have to talk if you do not want to. Just pass. Be sure you go to OPEN MEETINGS. Call your local AA Hotline and get the schedule.

Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Ted (Bangkok, Thailand) on 07/22/2009

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.


Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Andrea C (Wales) on 01/16/2014

This is not a ''free e book!! '' It takes you to a link to buy it!! It's basically information that's on EC and other H202 site's for free! And it's ;add 1 drop of 3% diluted foo grade h2o2 ( 1 amount of food grade hydrogen peroxide added to 11 times the same amount of distilled (only!! No other water!! ) water=3% h2o2.

And what the author did was.....follow this dosing table and these instructions here as below

''The Dr Williams dosing protocol for hydrogen peroxide dosing schedule : (H202)

Day # -Number of Drops/ Times Per Day
1 - 3 / 3
2 - 4 / 3
3 - 5 / 3
4 - 6 / 3
5 - 7 / 3
6 - 8 / 3
7 - 9 / 3
8 - 10 / 3
9 - 12 / 3
10 - 14 / 3
11 - 16 / 3
12 - 18 / 3
13 - 20 / 3
14 - 22 / 3
15 - 24 / 3
16 - 25 / 3

Maintenance Dosage
In most situations after the above 21 day program, the amount of H202 can be tapered off gradually as follows:

25 drops once every other day for 1 week
25 drops once every third day for 2 weeks
25 drops once every fourth day for 3 weeks

This can then be reduced to between 5 and 15 drops per week based on how one feels. Those with more serious problems will often benefit from staying on 25 drops three times a day for one to three weeks, then tapering down to 25 drops two times daily until the problem is resolved (possibly as long as six months). Those with chronic systemic Candidiasis may need to start with 1 drop three times a day, then 2 drops three times a day before starting the above schedule. It is important that H202 be taken on an empty stomach. This is best accomplished by taking it either one hour before meals or three hours after meals. If there is food in the stomach, the reaction of H202 on any bacteria present may cause excess foaming, indigestion, and possibly even vomiting. Additionally, some animal research indicates that when H202 given orally combines with iron and small amounts of vitamin C in the stomach, hydroxyl radicals are created (J Inorg Biochem 89;35(1):55-69). The bleach-like aftertaste of H202 can be lessened by chewing one of the sugar-free cinnamon gums. Some individuals taking H202 immediately before bedtime have a difficult time getting to sleep. This is probably due to a sense of alertness triggered by an increase of oxygen at the cellular level. The oral dosage schedule is basically the same for all conditions. There are several points to keep in mind, however.

Some individuals may experience upset stomach. If this occurs it is recommended that one not stop the program, but rather remain at the current dosage level or reduce it to the previous level until the problem stops. (Some patients have been able to solve the nausea problem by taking three or four lecithin capsules at the same time they take the H202.) During the program it's not uncommon to experience what is known as a healing crisis. As dead bacteria and toxins are released from your body it may temporarily exceed your capacity to eliminate them quickly enough. In some individuals this overload may cause fatigue, diarrhea, headaches, skin eruptions, cold or flu-like symptoms, and/or nausea. One should not discontinue using the peroxide to stop this cleansing. By continuing the program, toxins will clear the body sooner and this healing crisis will pass rather quickly.

If you are not already taking vitamin E and an acidophilus product, I recommend starting them before going on H202. Vitamin E can make more efficient use of any oxygen available and acidophilus will help re-establish the beneficial bacterial flora in the lower bowel and also help in the internal production of hydrogen peroxide.


Posted by Renee (Seattle, WA) on 07/04/2009

Dave - You don't say why you are taking Cymbalta or what symptoms you have, but I'm going to take a stab in the dark here and describe my situation in hopes that it helps you. I've suffered from depression on and off for over 20 years. I've taken some depression meds without success, seen several doctors without success.

What I have come to realize is that depression is a symptom caused or related to many other problems and I and my allopathic doctors have been trying to treat a symptom and not the root cause. In other words, depression is my body's way of telling me that there is something wrong and using meds or counseling to get happy will never resolve the underlying issue.

Note that I have only recently come to this conclusion and mostly because of the brave people on EarthClinic. I've found that their descriptions of their issues are similar to mine and have helped me to narrow down the cause of my depression, hypothyroidism. Which I have suspected for years.

So what does this mean? Am I saying that you have a hypothyroid issue? No. Am I saying that you should become a hypochondriac and assume that every illness is causing your depression? No.

What I am saying is take a step back from the depression issues and look at your entire body. Ask yourself, what else is going on that you might have ignored or brushed off? What do you recognize about yourself in the symptoms described by someone else? Is there something familiar for you?

For me, the symptoms of hypothyroidism stood out like a sore thumb when reading other people's experience. I found myself saying, wow, I feel like that too, but had forgotten about it, had just accepted that experience of myself or more importantly, failed to realize how connected all of the symptoms and the body's organs and functions are to each other. I will never look at an illness symptom in the same way ever again.

Now I'm going to get those levels checked out and have been trying to address some of the underlying issues of hypothyroidism (iodine deficiency, etc.)

What's funny about me going down this path and looking into thyroid issues, is that I came to EarthClinic to learn more about Apple Cider Vinegar and it's effectiveness for weight loss and acne, not depression or thyroid issues. I didn't make the mental connection that weight gain is caused/related to an underactive thyroid until I got to EarthClinic. When I read other people's symptoms related to iodine deficiency, it all clicked for me because it was like someone was describing my daily experience. Intuitively, I knew all along, but needed that confirmation. With additional research, I now know exactly what I need to do and what I need to ask for from my doctor or what I need to do on my own to resolve this.

So be patient, listen and trust yourself. Every day, your body is trying to tell you what is wrong and what it needs. You have to be open to receiving and acknowledging the messages.

Hope this helps.

Licorice Root
Posted by Danielle (Florida, U.S.A.) on 03/27/2008
5 out of 5 stars

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!!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Anonymous (Hartford, Wi) on 05/22/2012

Do you think it would work for sexual addictions too?