Friday, 2 March 2012

How Homeopathy can help with substance dependency

Substance abuse can be defined as “the continual misuse of any mind altering substance which severely interferes with an individual’s physical and mental health, social situation and respon- sibilities”. The World Health Organisation (WHO) describes substance misuse as a “significant threat to the social and economic fabric of families, communities and nations”. The number, according to WHO, of worldwide alcohol users is estimated at 2 billion and drug users at 185 million; the use of tobacco, alcohol and illicit drugs contributed to 12.4% of deaths in 2000 with this percentage set to increase over time.

A number of studies have, consequently, been undertaken to understand whether homeopathy can be effective in the treatment of drug and alcohol dependency. The Indian government conducted a study on 60 heroin addicts, 30 of whom were given individualised homeopathic medicines whilst the other 30 were given placebo. The government’s study concluded the number and intensity of the symptoms during withdrawal were significantly less in those given homeopathic remedies. 

In addition 35% of patients, who were prescribed placebo, left the study prior to completion due to the lack of therapeutic benefit, compared with only 5% of those taking homeopathic remedies.

The Hahnemann College of Homeopathy in California, having ascertained that homeopathy can be used to improve the withdrawal symptoms, set out to discover the relapse rate of recovering alcoholics and drug addicts undertoing homeopathic treatment. It concluded, through a number of investigations, there was a decreased relapse rate when using homeopathy over and above the use of placebo.

It became apparent, through these studies, that Rhus Toxicoendron was the most effective remedy in patients with drug abuse, although Avena Sativa, Nux Vomica and Arsenicum album also proved successful with some patients. For more information see:

This article was first published in issue 16 of 'Homeopathy Healthy Medicine'

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