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August 2010
Alcohol De addiction
The Natural Way with Naturopathy
Dr. Panchali Moitra
Alcohol consumption, abuse and addiction have seen an uncanny escalation in the recent years. Whether it has to do with the increased stress, peer pressure, higher level of disposable income or attractive advertising campaigns; the fact remains that the person who gets into the fizzy world of whiskies and rums, may eventually become an addict.

An addict is someone who is unable to resist the indulgence, even after experiencing its associated harmful implications. And de-addiction is crucial to not only save their liver but also their relationships, work and financial status.  

There may be many approaches to deal with alcoholism; but the treatment that encompasses strengthening of mind to quit the habit and building a desire to lead a happy, healthy life, along with the components of withdrawal and relapse management, is the best bet in the battle against alcohol abuse. Naturopathy and its holistic interventions offer all of that. The principles of naturopathy help not only to kick the habit, but also to deal with the root cause of the problem. The multidisciplinary treatments include diet, water baths, mud packs, massage, yoga, sound sleep and counselling. Since there is no use of sedatives or tranquillisers, de-addiction comes naturally, without any side effects.

Diet therapy
  • Start the day with a litre of warm water and then follow it up with freshly extracted vegetable juices: amla or aloe vera juice as a part of the detoxification process.
  • Increased consumption of complex carbohydrates (whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables) is suggested to increase the level of serotonin in the brain and induce a calming effect. These fibrous foods take longer to digest than sugary simple carbohydrates like white bread and white rice and thus help to stay fuller longer and maintain a steady blood sugar level.
  • Excess intake of meats, spicy and fried foods can worsen the anxiety, irritability, and nervous tension and are best avoided.
  • Bathing the spine with cold water 2-3 times a day with a shower, rejuvenates the system.
  • If the withdrawal symptoms make the person too anxious, a neutral bath (with water having temperature similar to body temperature) is used after a body massage, to unwind the mind and sedate the body.
  • A cold mud pack may be placed on the lower back, and on the forehead, in between the eyebrows, to sooth the senses and induce sound sleep.
  • A full body massage in the evenings (the time when usually the desire for alcohol is at the maximum) followed by a well balanced vegetarian meal and a glass of warm milk at bedtime ensures a relaxed state of mind.
Yoga and Meditation
  • Pranayam or controlled breathing exercises coupled with specific asanas and meditation, aid to bring the patient closer to his own self and instil strength to fight back the drinking habit.
  • Exercise in fresh air, pursue any hobby of choice and laugh a lot. They all release endorphins or ‘feel good’ chemicals in body, that puts one at ease and gives an all around sense of well-being.
Furthermore, ensure that the person stays away from alcohol completely and is always under supervision. With proper care, which includes exercise, healthy diet, and correct healing techniques, you will have a great defense in battling addiction by easing symptoms and learning coping skills. Be Positive and get your life back!
Mock Champagne
If initially, during your de-addiction programme, you just can't say no, try this non-alcoholic mock champagne recipe to trick your body to believing its alcohol.

  • 2 litre bottles chilled ginger ale
  • 1 can chilled pineapple juice
  • 1 bottle chilled white grape juice
  • In a large punch bowl, combine ginger ale, pineapple juice and white grape juice and serve chilled in champagne flutes.
Dr. Panchali Moitra is a Nutrition Expert and Weight Management Consultant

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