Ebook on Alternative Medicine in Addiction Treatment

Alternative medicine can be highly effective addiction treatment and be used to help substance abuse disorders as well as behavioral addictions. Find out which therapies can effectively reduce cravings and prevent relapse.


The oldest form of addiction is what is today call "substance use disorder." Substance use disorder, also known as drug use disorder, is a condition in which the use of one or more substances leads to a clinically significant impairment or distress. Although the term substance can refer to any physical matter, 'substance' in this context is limited to psychoactive drugs.

Mental health problems and substance use disorders sometimes occur together. This is because: Certain illegal drugs can cause people with an addiction to experience one or more symptoms of a mental health problem. The symptoms associated with a substance use disorder fall into four major groupings: impaired control, social impairment, risky use, and pharmacological criteria (i.e., tolerance and withdrawal).

Alternative Medicine and Addiction

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies for addiction are becoming more and more mainstream sense. These days, many treatment facilities and therapists offer an array of these types of CAM therapies. In addition, CAM therapies can be highly effective complements to traditional treatment. Find out which therapies can effectively reduce cravings and prevent relapse.

Alternative approaches to addiction and alcoholism can be of great assistance throughout the stages of recovery. From detoxification to reducing stress and improving mental and physical well being, holistic approaches play a vital role in regaining personal balance.

For the recovering addict, holistic approaches should be accompanied by a professional treatment plan but can be effective well beyond the initial recovery phase. Recent scientific studies have demonstrated dramatically improved success rates with the addition of holistic treatment approaches.

About The Author

Dr. Randi Fredricks is a psychotherapist and best-selling author, and internationally recognized expert on treating mental health with alternative medicine. As a holistic psychotherapist, she devoted her career to learning about complementary and alternative therapies that improve emotional health.

Dr. Fredricks' book Healing & Wholeness: Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Mental Health provides a comprehensive overview of such treatments and has an entire chapter on using natural remedies in addiction counseling. Dr. Fredricks treats addiction, anxiety, depression and other psychiatric disorders using traditional psychotherapy and other alternative holistic approaches at her office in San Jose, California.

This Ebook is 31 pages.

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