Alcohol Detox and Addiction – Some Overlooked Factors

Showing a man overcome by alcohol intake
A detox center is often just place to stay for a short spell with no real detox or treatment to help the patients

Are you getting  signals that you need to take a break from alcohol?

The signals don’t arrive by SMS but in your feelings. So if you drink alcohol every day or are feeling run down, fatigued and having symptoms such as aching muscles or digestive problems then a detox hint can be decoded from the signals.

With daily use or occasional binging, harm is being done to the brain and to the liver, stomach and kidneys.

Like a boxer getting back into the ring every day, you might be denying that any harm is happening.

The boxer is taking the damage and getting, “punch drunk” while you may be denying the damage and getting “alcohol drunk”.

Every part of the body is involved when alcohol is consumed simply because it gets into the blood stream and all of the the alcohol (or other drug) really ends up in the liver.

The Liver is the central organ for detox so it has to grab every molecule of alcohol it can and convert it to a less harmful molecule which is not going to cause any damage to the body.

Cycling each tiny amount of alcohol through a process of chemical transformation is complicated and we can do it but it comes at a cost.

For every molecule of alcohol to be detoxed and transformed nutrient molecules have to be used.

When you bake a cake you need flour and water and other ingredients and when you detox you need multiple vitamins especially B complex and minerals as well as protein for amino acids to help deal with the alcohol.

When “alcoholics” are taken to a facility “to detox” they are simply left to recover from the effects of drinking too much and not given any help to process the alcohol through their system. This is often wrongly called a detox or detoxification centre.

Really this is just a “drying out” at a recovery centre. Then they’ll start all over again.

Real detox is a careful step by step process where the nutrients the liver and the rest of the body, need are provided.

In addition when working with an addiction, emotional and spiritual support and counselling is required. Addiction is not just a habit or a fad, it is a sign that something deeper is missing from the person’s life. If the addicted person – and I don’t like the word, “patient”, or “user”,  is helped to gain insight and helped either with Cognitive Behaviour therapy or many other possible awareness therapies then they have a chance of putting the addiction behind them for good.

Addiction is a sign that something is missing from that person’s life and until that is addressed the addict is vulnerable to a downward slide to deeper levels of trouble and damage to their life.

Nutritional therapy is essential to work with the physical aspects of the problems but counselling and awareness is important to work with the non  physical part of addiction.

Have you put an addiction behind you? How did you do it?


Image attribution – thanks to Pixabay!


Alex Newell ND

I'm Alex Newell and I am a Physicist who retrained as an Osteopath and Naturopath when my own health began to decline in my 30's. In fact I kept training and asking questions and began writing books and blogging over the last few years. The purpose of this blog, is to help those with an interest in Natural Health Care to improve their health and detox and chelate industrial chemicals out of the brain and body in a safe and effective way. Please feel free to ask questions and contact me

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