“If you observe well, your own heart will answer.”
R. Schwaller de Lubicz
Do you find yourself looking for something to cope with the demands of a fast-paced life? Do you wish you could cut down on a habit in your life and find yourself unable to? Is the habit affecting your work, relationships or enjoyment of life? Addiction comes in many forms such as food, social media, sugar, work, gambling, sex, caffeine, tobacco and nicotine products, alcohol abuse, and drug abuse – from recreational drugs to prescription medications, to name a few. With the new year come new year’s resolutions to quit, and homeopathy’s holisitic approach is a great way to get to the bottom of the problem and ease the process of recovery. Depending on the severity of the addiction and needs of the person, it should be used in tandem with other therapies.
Addiction is characterized by the compulsion to do something despite the associated problems that arise from them, the propensity for relapse, and a loss of control to the activity. The individual’s freedom to engage with life becomes limited due to the incessant need or desire for something. It affects the person on all levels: spiritually, psychologically, socially, and physically. Emotionally, addiction can be related to feelings of hopelessness, anxiety, depression, low self esteem, and denial. Addiction can also be considered a symptom of an underlying chronic state. This all-encompassing disturbance requires a global approach for recovery, and homeopathy provides a way for the individual to inquire into the uniqueness of his/her life context and the roots of the disease dynamic.
The dependence to something outside of the self is a behavioral response to an underlying perceived stress (for stress related to chronic disease visit ‘Homeopathy: A Third Millenium Perspective’ by Judyann McNamara. The case taking inquiry with the homeopath is an invitation to bring awareness to this perceived stress. It is through this deep process of looking at the physical effects of the disease and the play of the emotional and mental states involved in the compulsion, within the context of the other factors of life, that the underlying core issue and unique susceptibility is brought to light. The pattern of the way the person moves through life will be matched with a homeopathic remedy.
The process of homeopathic inquiry supports the person’s awareness of the core disturbance of his/her organism. This insight is central to the process of recovery. (For more on this and a homeopathic approach to addictions, click here.)
The benefits of a core remedy are complemented with homeopathic detoxes and cellular supports which can aid the organism in recovery from the damaging effects of long-term substance or food abuse. Acute treatments can help when hospitalization is required for states of withdrawal. Withdrawal can be life threatening, and it is important that the person is stable before seeing the homeopath.
“The soul never thinks without a picture”
The core remedy action results in increased energy and vitality to the individual. The vital changes to the organism are also seen within the mental-emotional sphere the relationship to the object of addiction changes. Homeopathy and the MICH method™ help an individual gain freedom to respond to life from a place of flow and authenticity. Opportunities that were once unseen become clear to the person. There is increased hope and optimism, and the person becomes more balanced and in touch with the freedom to be and choose from a heart-centered place. Because it is an approach that is not trying to influence the person or advise the person on what his/her way should be, it engages the individual’s newfound integrity and strength to navigate his/her own path to success to maintain the new lifestyle. It gives mindful freedom to truly live one day at a time.
For examples of treated cases, see my blog post: ‘Spongia Case’, an example of a woman looking to make changes in her habits. Also check out Adam Fiore’s latest blog called “The Lure of Addiction” and “How to Work with Our Emotions” by Kate Hudson, for a deeper look at how homeopathy can help support individuals in releasing addictions.
Julia Thompson, DHom, Nurse
Julia’s focus and experience is in working to help people with addictions, mental health and mood disorders and the challenges surrounding trauma. She works with children, adolescents, and adults and is also a supervisor and facilitator with MICH. Click here to visit her full profile.