Addiction is a common issue in the United States. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 19.7 million American adults (aged 12 and older) battled a substance use disorder in 20171. In 2020, 40.3 million people aged 12 or older had a substance use disorder within the past year, including 28.3 million who had alcohol use disorder, 18.4 million who had an illicit drug use disorder, and 6.5 million people who used both2
While addiction is common, that doesn’t mean that it isn’t treatable. Standard treatments for addiction often involve the use of fairly harsh methods, including other drugs. While these methods may work for some, or many, there can be more natural ways to try that may not be as hard on the body and mind, or even in combination with traditional techniques. Addiction can often be explained by a biochemical imbalance, and that can sometimes be treated by nutritional and other therapies. Some common natural remedies for addiction include exercise, sleep, dietary changes, supplements, avoiding allergens and therapy. It’s important to note that the effectiveness of these remedies may vary from person to person and it’s always a good idea to consult with a healthcare professional before trying any new treatment.