By Martha Jette
Addictions of any kind can cause serious damage to the human body and even death. The best advice is to seek professional help to deal with them. However, you can do some things to help yourself by using
Alcohol destroys the liver, and increases the risk of cancer of the bowel, mouth, pharynx, larynx, esophagus, liver and breast. Smoking tobacco can cause lung and heart disease, while drug use in its many forms can result in a wide variety of illnesses.
Cannabis or marijuana not only impair your judgment but can also cause psychotic episodes – seeing, hearing or feeling something that isn’t there. Cocaine is a highly addictive drug that speeds up the brain and nervous system.
According to the Better Health Channel, cocaine is “extracted from the leaves of the coca plant and is processed with a blend of other chemicals to form a white powder known as cocaine hydrochloride.” Because this drug released dopamine into the body users always crave more. In a high does, it can cause “dizziness, hallucinations, nausea, vomiting, tremors, headaches and heart pain,” and the long-term consequences include “seizures, brain hemorrhages, kidney failure, heart attacks and stroke.”
Even overuse of such prescribed drugs as antibiotics can lead to resistance to them when you really need them. The World Health Assembly held a nine-day session in 2005 on the issue of the irrational use of drugs and found that 50 per cent of medicines are “prescribed, dispensed or sold inappropriately.” Its session also revealed that “there is increasing anti-microbial resistance, with resistance of up to 70-90% to original first-line antibiotics for dysentery (shigella), pneumonia (pneumococcal), gonorrhea, and hospital infections.”
However, it must be noted that part of the problem lies with “antibiotics produced and sold as inputs in animal feed to fatten the animals.”
Asian herbalists have used Kudzu Pueraria Lobata for more than a 1,000 years to treat alcohol cravings and according to a Harvard study on lab animals, it was found that this herb reduced alcohol consumption by up to 50 per cent. As an added bonus, it was found that it also helped nerve tissue.
Those who drink, smoke or take drugs excessively do so because the brain shoots out neurotransmitters that tell a person they must have it. A supplement called GABA (gamma-animobutyric acid) inhibits the neurotransmitter from sending such messages.
While the solution to many addictions is treatment in a rehabilitation center, there are some natural herbal remedies that can deal with some side effects. If you are a heavy drinker, you should consider doing a complete colon and liver cleanse to detoxify your system. You can find such products at your local herbalist or health food store.
If you smoke heavily and suffer from shortness of breath, drink green tea to open bronchial passages. Hyssop tea also relieves respiratory congestion.
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If you suffer from emotional instability or depression try:
To help ease cravings of any kind, including tobacco, read Addiction Free, Naturally, Liberating Yourself from Sugar, Caffeine, Food Addictions, Tobacco by Brigette Mars. This comprehensive guide may help you overcome addictions by using natural remedies including herbs, homeopathy, aromatherapy, flower essence remedies, color therapy, acupressure, and more.
- The question is: “Are addictions in truth unhealthy behavior?” (tfollowers.com)
- Smoking to Cocaine: Is Nicotine a ‘Gateway’ Addiction? (healthland.time.com)
- Hangovers Cured For Good? Ancient Chinese Herbal Remedy Yields Amazing Results – Huffington Post (huffingtonpost.com)
- Nicotine is the most heavily used addictive drug in the world (liv2loveyourself.wordpress.com)
- The Electric Cigarette – A Danger Or A Revolution In Waiting (eciganywhere.wordpress.com)