One method of treatment for alcoholism is the bio-chemical method. While other recovery paths concentrate on powerlessness over addictions and the acceptance of a higher power, the bio-chemical treatment places importance on stabilizing the brain’s chemistry.
It has long been known that certain brain chemicals such as dopamine, serotonin and endorphins impact the way we think. In most cases, an increase in these brain chemicals causes us to feel happy and confident. A reduction in them has the opposite effect.
Rehabs and coaches that subscribe to the bio-chemical approach encourage the alcoholic to replace the missing serotonin, dopamine and endorphins that have been altered by drinking. This is done through nutritional coaching and vitamins/supplements.
Using a combination of diet and changes in lifestyle, the alcoholic is educated in adrenal function, low blood sugar, nutritional deficiencies, hormone imbalances, underactive thyroid disease, metal toxicity and food allergies or sensitivities.
When the alcoholic enters treatment, he undergoes a supervised detox off alcohol, and counseling for changing his thought process. In addition, he is trained in how to live his new sober life caffeine, sugar and nicotine free.
He will learn the value of nutritional supplements and vitamins and he will receive nutritional counseling, talk therapy as well as stress management.
Yoga and meditation are important components of bio-chemical treatment for alcoholism.
- The treatment goals include:
- Stable, life-long sobriety
- Erasing of anxiety or depression
- An ability to live sober without any 12-step-meetings
- Discovering the cause of the addiction
- An overall health improvement
Advocates of the program report a high success rate for long-term sobriety. In addition, they say that cravings for alcohol are gone and they no longer suffer from anxiety.