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4 Natural Ways to Help Beat Drug Addiction
Battling addiction is a long-term commitment, and as such, it takes a serious approach for the results to occur. From handling potential and actual relapses, to managing your emotional and physical side-effects and turmoil as the residue of addiction, social stigma, and conflicts, as well as a slew of challenges that surface as soon as you take the road to recovery, beating drug addiction has no one-size-fits-all solution. You are a unique person with unique traits, and you need to find strategies that will work for you and combinations of different approaches that make sense for you.
Thanks to modern medicine and tech, we have access to extremely advanced medical solutions, therapy, as well as counseling and combination treatments that help people heal from addiction. However, you can always enrich your medical and professional treatment with certain natural options that come with promising potential to help you cope with the process. Here are a few that many have used that could help you recover.
Add a workout routine into your schedule
For someone who’s struggling with energy slumps and sluggishness, as well as depression and all kinds of emotional troubles, it may seem counterintuitive as well as close to impossible to suddenly start leading an active lifestyle. However, even a little effort can take you a long way forward with your recovery, since regular exercise has a powerful impact on your body’s chemistry, helping you produce more happy chemicals such as endorphin and oxytocin.
Add to that, regular exercise boosts your metabolism, your energy levels, makes you sleep better, and gives you the feeling of accomplishment. That alone is enough to give you a boost in confidence, and to remind you that even when all else seems to be out of your hands, you can cherish your body in one simple, healthful way.
Consider various healing plants
We’re no strangers to utilizing medicinal plants and their healing properties to help us with our ailments and health issues. Some plants, however, have greater potential and more prominent properties that others in our battle against addiction. For example, chamomile extract has been used in treating withdrawal symptoms in a study using rats, whereas the same study introduced ginseng extract for inhibiting dependence on morphine.
Another plant that has the potential to help with withdrawal symptoms is kratom, although this is based on anecdotal research, while studies have yet to confirm its potency. In case this plant is legal in your country, you can look for a reputable kratom shop and try adding it to your diet in the form of a powder. That way, you can control your intake and monitor how your body adjusts and hopefully, you’ll help your body recover with greater ease.
Practice smarter self-care
Recovering from addiction is best handled when you have a routine to rely on, and you should focus on creating a routine that is based on self-care rituals. For example, you can introduce brief, beneficial habits into your day that can improve your mood, help you with anxiety, and nourish your body. Start your day with a short meditative session infused with affirmations and slow breathing. That will help you visualize a positive day and prepare your body and mind for the day ahead.
Then you can prepare a cup of tea for yourself and a delicious breakfast, while you read a book or talk to someone you love. Try to include that active session into your day, be it a jog in the park or an aerobics class where you can also socialize, or simply take a restorative walk. Also, rebuilding relationships after addiction is a hugely important step towards feeling more like yourself again. Such simple habits for taking better care of yourself can make all the difference.
Change your environment for the better
Sometimes, you cannot control every external factor that can impact your mood and your self-perception, but some of them are indeed in your hands. You can, for instance, spend more time with supportive, loving people and let go of toxic relationships that plummet your self-esteem.
Moreover, you can change the look and feel of your home to add more natural elements such as potted plants, herbs, and of course, you can use aromatherapy through candles and diffusers to create the perfect soothing atmosphere.
Although rehabilitation institutions, as well as support and group therapy all, need to be a part of a holistic way to heal from addiction, Mother Nature is always full of surprises. You can certainly alter how you approach your daily routine and introduce these mild, but powerful changes for your mind and body, and empower yourself to move towards recovery one day at a time.