Best Home Remedies to Cure Alcohol Addiction Fast!
What is a natural or home treatment for alcoholism that works quickly and takes the cravings away? My partner is trying to quit but the withdrawal symptoms keep getting the better of him. Thank you for your help.
When you first try to quit something addictive (alcohol, cigarettes, caffeine, drugs, etc) there will always be a period in the beginning where the body goes through a withdrawal phase. It's become accustomed to this substance and now it's been taken away. However, this usually doesn't last very long, but the "craving" period can be quite awful and difficult to go through.
Thankfully, there are some natural remedies and ways that will not only curb these withdrawals, but will also curb the urge to want to consume alcohol in the future. In fact, one natural treatment in particular is so effective, it works 9 out of 10 times on the first go! And if you continue to drink it every day, the urge to go back to alcohol will be gone... it really does work that well.
So here's our top 6 home remedies for alcohol withdrawal and addiction. Be sure to use them all together in combination for maximum "bang for your buck" effect...
Home Remedy for Alcohol Addiction #1... Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV): This should definitely be your first choice and go to remedy. When you drink alcohol, the body converts it into sugar. Obviously, when you quit drinking you don't get this carbohydrate or sugar rush (remember sugar is also addictive) so your blood sugar level plummets. And low blood sugar is the #1 cause of alcohol cravings and withdrawal symptoms!
So to keep the cravings away, you must keep your blood sugar levels stable. That's what the apple cider vinegar does. It normalizes your blood sugar levels pretty much straight away, and will continue to do this for 3-5 hours afterwards. This is why ACV is a common and very effective treatment for diabetes.
Apple cider vinegar also gives a bit of a burn in the throat when you drink it. Many alcoholics say they miss this "burn" when they quit so the ACV helps to alleviate this problem as well. In addition, apple cider vinegar kills yeast fungus in the body - another major cause of alcoholism and alcohol cravings.
And finally, not only is ACV a powerful remedy for alcohol addiction, it's also extremely good for you and will help with any health problems you may be suffering with!
So first off, you must make sure that you purchase the right type of apple cider vinegar for this remedy to work. ONLY buy the raw organic ACV with the "mother" apple (such as this one
). This is 100% crucial. Mix a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of warm filtered water and drink down. Do this 3 times each day, particularly first thing in the morning and last thing at night, and/or when you're most prone to your alcohol cravings. Also, whenever you do happen to feel a craving or any withdrawal symptoms coming on, mix up a glass of ACV and drink up!
Natural Remedy for Alcohol Addiction #2... Kudzu: Kudzu has been used historically in China to regulate/reduce alcohol consumption and the subsequent side effects. This herb has actually been proven in studies to reduce alcohol cravings. A 2013 study published in the Psychopharmacology
journal found that standardized kudzu extract helped participants to reduce their withdrawal symptoms, and in turn, cut down on alcohol consumption.
You can purchase kudzu extract
from most health food/herbal stores or online. Take between 2500-3000 mg's per day in divided dosages for two to three months before ceasing.
Natural Cure for Alcohol Addiction #3... Niacin: This essential nutrient is also known as vitamin B3, nicotinic acid and vitamin PP. It also comes in the amide forms nicotinamide and inositol hexanicotinate. Dr. Abram Hoffer and others, including Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) co-founder, Bill Wilson, began experimenting with high doses of vitamin B3 to treat high cholesterol, schizophrenia and alcoholism as early as the 1950s with amazing success.
Dr Hoffer said in one transcript...
“I have been able to bring many alcoholics with severe tremor out of the tremor
very quickly by giving them one gram of nicotinic acid only, by mouth. This has helped several alcoholics to terminate a severe alcoholic bout”.
He also spoke about Bill Wilson's success with niacin for treating alcohol addiction...
“Bill understood it first hand, for even though he had been abstinent for many years, he was still unwell. He suffered from immense anxiety, tension, and fatigue, but was able to function in spite of what might have been disabling. After taking 3 grams of niacin daily for two weeks, his symptoms vanished and he remained free of addiction. This was a peak experience that he never forgot. He became determined to give as many AA members as possible the benefit of the same healing vitamin”.
If your brain is producing feel-good neurotransmitters naturally (which is what niacin makes the brain do), you'll find yourself on a natural high and feeling good with or without an alcoholic drink. Why? Because there's no cravings for alcohol and no desire to drink when you're brain is in this "feel good" state of mind. If you were to have a drink, it wouldn't give you that much needed relief from the psychological or nagging physical symptoms because the root cause of your symptoms - the brain’s inability to produce sufficient amounts of "feel good" neurotransmitters - has already been corrected by the niacin!
Dr. Abram Hoffer and Bill Wilson recommend 3,000 mgs of niacin taken daily in divided amounts (1,000 mg's 3 times throughout the day) to cure alcohol addiction. Just be aware that niacin can cause flushing of the skin when you first start taking it so be sure to go with one of the "no flush" niacin supplements so this doesn't affect you. Here's what you should be looking for... Niacin Flush Free
For more information on this remarkable therapy, I recommend you take the time to read this terrific review article (you need to download the PDF text)... The Treatment of Alcoholism with Vitamin B3
Natural Treatment for Alcoholism #4... Coconut Oil: Coconut oil works a treat for alcohol cravings and addiction. Alcohol consumption causes free radical damage, which in turn leads to insulin resistance and poor brain glucose metabolism. Coconut oil contains fatty acids (MCT's) that are essential for the metabolism of glucose in the brain. By maximixing brain glucose metabolism, alcohol cravings (or any cravings for that matter) are significantly reduced. In addition to this, coconut oil destroys yeast fungus (candida) in the body. Like I said, yeast fungus is a major cause of alcohol addiction and withdrawal symptoms.
So go out and purchase some organic virgin coconut oil
(do not buy the refined or hydrogenated coconut oil) and consume 2-3 tablespoons daily mixed in a warm drink or smoothie - and be sure to use it in your cooking as much as you can.
Natural Cure for Alcohol Cravings #5... Healthy Diet/Candida Diet: This one's not rocket science really. Eating healthy and eating the right foods will keep your blood sugar levels nice and consistent, thereby reducing and eventually eliminating all alcohol cravings. Following the anti-candida diet will kill all yeast fungus in the body and allow the growth of good gut bacteria, which is crucial for the long term success of conquering alcohol addiction.
You can read more about the candida diet and what you need to do here... Candida Diet Explained - Dr Axe
. And for more proven ways to destroy yeast fungus in the body, be sure to have a read of our article on this here... Natural Remedies for Yeast Infections
Home Remedy for Alcohol Withdrawal #6... Exercise: Most alcohol rehab centers incorporate some form of regular exercise into their rehabilitation programs. The reason? It works! Exercise reduces stress, heightens your mood, fights depression and combats cravings. Regular exercise also helps to promote sound sleep. Plus, a study published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research
back in 2013 showed that regular exercise helps to prevent brain damage and loss of cognitive function from years of heavy alcohol abuse.
So hopefully these tips and home remedies manage to help your partner out.
Good luck and all the best to you!
Troy (Certified Holistic Nutritionist & Herbalist, Health & Wellness Coach)