Holistic Approach to Addiction Recovery  addiction_integrative_medicine_DC

Recovery from substance abuse disorders and addictions is usually referred to as a recovery of mind, body and spirit. This also describes precisely the Integrative Medicine approach to any physical or mental disorder provided by NIHA. Integrative medicine has advanced remarkable in the last few decades but strangely, very few of the powerful and healing integrative medicine methods have been made available to those in recovery from substance and alcohol use disorders.

Addictions can be to Alcohol, Tobacco, Illicit Substances, Prescription Drugs, and Processed Carbohydrates.  Addictions may be the cause of 90% of prison incarcerations,  50% of psychiatric admissions and 25% of admissions to general medical hospitals, as well as a major factor in the incidence of suicides, murders, vehicular homicides, spouse battering, divorce and other kinds of social and occupational upheaval.

Opioid Epidemic

Our country now sees addiction to painkillers and opioids such as vicodin, oxycontin and heroin as a national epidemic. And when there is an addict in the family the whole family suffers.  When a loved one is suffering from an addiction, the stress of that relationship (co-dependency) can be at the root of any medical or psychiatric disorder, and this cause of illness if often overlooked by both conventional and non-conventional health care providers.

Generally speaking, if you are a recovering person looking for help, you find assistance for a recovery of mind and spirit- but not the body. You may even find "energy" treatments like acupuncture, but few resources are available to assist you in the natural regeneration of neurotransmitters like serotonin, or to assist in detoxifying your body from the residual poisons left over from the use of drugs and alcohol.

On Painkillers and Opioids: The 6 Amino Acids That Are Essential to Eliminate Your Cravings   Click  HERE


Addiction Detoxification & Recovery of the Whole Body 

NIHA offers this missing link in recovery- a recovery of the body. For instance, we offer amino acid precursor therapies to help restore the imbalanced neurotransmitters that may have caused substance or alcohol use or abuse in the first place. These amino acid and nutritional therapies can be delivered through nutritional supplements, intravenously and transdermally (through the skin).

We also offer detoxification therapies such as infrared sauna, oxygen/steam treatments, IV's and other detoxification treatments. We can provide laboratory testing prior to treatment to determine what your specific nutritional and metabolic imbalances and toxicities are, so that your unique "body" or physical causes of addiction may be pinpointed and corrected.

How to Proceed

All addiction therapies at NIHA are medically supervised and are adjunctive treatments. They are not meant to take the place of conventional addiction treatment or peer support groups like AA. Integrative addiction therapies at NIHA are intended to complement and enhance the benefits of conventional addiction treatment and support groups.

On the first visit, patients will receive a history and physical examination. Laboratory testing will be recommended to determine the underlying biochemical imbalances. They will undergo an in person or phone counseling session to determine how best to proceed. Recommendations will be provided. The Integrative Medicine model of treatment invites you to be a co-equal partner in deciding what therapies are best for you.

Educational Materials

At the core of any Integrative Medicine therapy is patient education. All patients will receive the book End Your Addiction Now by Chas Gant MD, PhD, as well as other information. This information emphasizes how to achieve a drug-free recovery using nutritional therapies to rapidly regenerate the "feel good" natural, brain hormone neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, GABA, endorphins and dopamine. Once these are regenerated, symptoms such as cravings, mood swings, compulsive behaviors, insomnia, anxiety and low moods often are lessened or disappear completely.

Download the paper "Dysautonomia, 12 Stressors Behind the Toxic Load"

Addiction Therapies Offered For Recovery of the Mind/Body and Spirit


Additional Resources and Articles on the NIHA blog

Book, End Your Addiction Now

Book, End Nicotine Addiction


How to Quit Smoking Naturally, Painlessly and Successfully

Opioid and Painkiller Abuse: Replace What is Needed in the Brain

The Truth About Addiction: Drug and Alcohol Addiction is NOT Caused by Drugs and Alcohol