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The "Cross Training" Support Program ® was developed by Andrew Pacholyk, MS, L.Ac as a multi-layered health system for healing. This great resource is for those looking for a sensible and rational easy-to-use guide to the best researched alternative therapies. Developed and referenced from the foremost experts on nutrition, herbs, acupuncture, exercise, homeopathy, healing touch and the metaphysical arts, this program allows one to use an "across the board" methods in health and healing.

The following maladies are all situations that can be helped with Aromatherapy, Herbal Medicine, Acupuncture, Exercise, Nutrition and Lifestyle Changes, Crystals and/or Homeopathy. These "Complementary Therapies" are the 'cross training program' of Alternative Medicine and is only a jumping point in the healing process. You may access other modalities at the menu bar to the left.

*Disclaimer: This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your condition. The information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended as diagnosis, treatment, or prescription of any kind. The decision to use, or not to use, any information is the sole responsibility of the reader.

Addictions

See also anxiety, depression, detoxing, fear, heart health, high blood pressure, pain management, stress.

Addictions: are the excess use and dependency of/on anything including food, sex, alcohol, smoking, caffeine, sugar, shopping, chocolate, drugs... Why do we become addicted? Many addictions have their roots in painful childhood experiences. According to a study undertaken by the National Academy of Sciences, children are more likely to end up addicted to something if they are physically abused, humiliated, or lied to, and if their parents are themselves substance abusers. For example, alcoholism is four to five times more prevalent among the biological children of alcoholics than among those with nonalcoholic parents. New research suggests that we may well be hardwired for addiction from a very tender age. Are you addicted?

1. Do you feel that you just don't want to stop indulging in a
particular substance -- caffeine, sugar, tobacco, alcohol, drugs,
sex -- right now, although you could at any time?

2. Have you ever tried to stop for a week but been unable to do so?

3. Do you resent the advice of others who express concern about your
substance use?

4. Have you ever tried to control your addiction by switching to an
alternative addictive substance? For instance, have you ever taken up
smoking so that you could give up drinking?

5. Do you envy people who can indulge without getting into trouble?

6. Has your substance use created problems with friends and family?

7. Do you try to avoid family or friends when you're using your
substance?

8. Have you lost relationships because of substance abuse?

9. Are your friendships determined by whether others indulge in the
same substances as you?

10. Do you indulge in your substance alone?

11. Have you ever neglected your family or work for more than two
days in a row due to substance abuse?

12. When substances are limited or unavailable at social events, do
you try to obtain some anyway?

13. Have you missed time from work during the past year due to
substance use?

14. Has your substance of choice stopped being fun to use?

15. When you are low on your substance, do you feel anxious or
worried about how to get more?

16. Do you plan your life around your substance use?

17. Do you ever consume more of your particular substance than you
intend to?

18. Are you consuming more than you used to in order to feel the same
effects?

19. Do you consume as much as you can and feel reluctant to discard
any leftovers?

20. Are you experiencing financial difficulty due to substance use?

21. Do you use your substance when you are disappointed, depressed,
or going through a difficult time?

22. Does your substance use affect your sleep?

23. Has your sexual ability or desire suffered from your substance
use?

24. Are you concerned that if you stop using, you will lack energy,
motivation, confidence, or the ability to relax?

25. Do you use your substance repeatedly to sleep or stay awake?

26. Do you ever lie to others about how much or how often you consume
your particular substance?

27. Have you ever stolen money or goods to support your habit?

28. Have you lost a job because of substance use?

29. Do you ever regret the way you behaved while you were on a
substance-use high?

30. Do you experience irritability, headaches, or tremors when you
have not consumed your particular substance for a while?

31. Have you ever passed out from substance use?

32. Have you ever felt your life would be more productive if you were
not indulging in that particular substance?

33. Have you become more irritable and difficult to get along with?

34. Is your pattern of use potentially dangerous? (This can be true
even in cases where substance consumption is neither frequent nor
excessive.)

35. Do you lack self-control in deciding whether or not to consume
your particular substance?

36. Is your habit putting you into a state of poor health?

37. Is your substance abuse dangerous to others? (Via secondhand
smoke, drunk driving, using up family resources, et cetera?)

How many questions did you answer yes to? Deep down inside, if you
are being honest with yourself, you know if you have a substance-
abuse problem or are on your way to one. Do something about it now,
while you can.


Addiction To Anything

The term addiction is widely used today to mean a dependency. The dependence can be physical or psychological, but implies a compulsive or habitual need to repeat the experience. Many drugs are addictive, but food can also be addictive. Even tasks can be addictive, including exercise, work and dieting.

Once a dependency exists, nutrient deficiencies, hypoglycemia and substances like caffeine and sugar promote intense cravings. These factors cause mood swings and other problems such as insomnia. Excessive alcohol consumption will deplete the body of B vitamins. Narcotics reduce the Minerals in the body, especially magnesium and calcium. Vitamin C, on the other hand, actually helps combat the toxic effects of drugs.

Addictions can be mild or serious. When an addiction becomes severe, it is more important than social acceptance, family, friends, and even life itself. Addictions tend to begin slowly and grow insidiously. The biggest problem in treating addiction is recognizing the problem. Since there is no simple definition, the point where casual use becomes abuse is hazy. Drug and alcohol abuse are the most well-known forms of addiction, yet they still exist in epidemic proportions across the population. Many groups exist to provide support for addicts and their families. Their programs have achieved remarkable success in helping addicts to achieve long-term substance withdrawal.

Drug and alcohol addictions are caused by a physical and/or psychological dependence. The physical addiction causes withdrawal symptoms, and the psychological addiction causes the intense cravings. Marijuana, cocaine and LSD dependencies are physical addictions. Alcohol and cigarettes are highly addictive, both physically and psychologically. With habitual use of these substances, tolerance levels increase. More is required to reach the same effect, and yet the damage to the body does not lessen. Food addictions have gained tremendous attention in recent decades due to excessive dieting and the idealization of the perfect figure, causing serious health problems in the younger generations especially. These problems include eating disorders such as yo-yo dieting, anorexia and bulimia. Endorphins released by the brain are thought to be at least partly responsible for the psychologically-addictive anorexia. (Endorphins are "pleasure" chemicals released when conditions become near unbearable, to help the body cope.) Obesity is also caused by addictive behaviors.

Personality plays a role in addiction, although to what extent is unknown. Peer pressure, emotional instability and feelings of inadequacy and unhappiness are often evident in addicts. Since teenagers experience many of these emotional hardships, they are particularly vulnerable to substance abuse and eating disorders.

The social acceptance of medicinal drugs and alcohol encourages use and dependencies. Today, pharmaceutical drugs of all varieties are widely available to kill pain, induce sleep and lift spirits. Advertisements promise easy solutions to complicated problems. Young women are praised for maintaining slim figures, even if it causes poor health.


Top 10 Ways To Stop An Addiction

by Dennis R. Tesdell, Personal Development and Self-Care Coach

Everyone has a habit and some an "addiction" that they would like to break or quit for health or other reasons. The "bad" habits can be minor such as nail biting, mild overeating, eating junkfood, drinking caffeine beverages, or,they can be severe addictions to alcohol or other "hard" drugs, or to tobacco. This list is intended for most people as an ADJUNCT to getting *professional* or other supportive help from their doctors, substance abuse counselors or therapists, sponsors, family and friends. Always get professional help when trying to quit an alcohol/drug habit, and it's highly recommended if you are needing to seriously diet or quit smoking tobacco also.

1. Make Sure Positive Reinforcement Is There For You!

Quitting a long-standing habit is hard enough. Not having any support or positive influences makes it doubly difficult. If you are trying to quit smoking or to drink alcohol, hanging out with friends who smoke or drink in your presence is not recommended. TELL your friends and *all* support people what you are trying to work on and quit, and let them know it will be easier for you to quit if you are not tempted by being around the habits or activities you are giving up. Let them know it is not a "personal" judgment of them. Find new places to go, and new things to do if you must, to avoid smelling the smoke or being around the bars and the booze. This is especially important during the first 2-3 weeks of your "self-improvement" program.

2. Give Yourself Frequent Rewards!

Animal trainers have long known that the way to train or retrain an animal to do something is by giving them a small reward when they have done well. This theory works well with humans as well. If you have gone a day without smoking or sipping a beer, or eating any junk food, treat yourself to something healthy. Buy yourself the scarf or shirt you have been looking at for months. If overeating or junk food is not your bad habit/addiction, buy yourself an ice cream cone, frozen yogurt, or a banana split! A new CD or book is also a small but symbolic gift which says you are doing well, and you deserve to be commended! Buy or give yourself whatever" treat" or gift you like. The above are suggested since the treats animals trainers use of fish, dog biscuits and bananas are not very appealing to most humans.

3. Substitute The Old "Bad" Habit For A Healthy New One.

If you are giving up smoking, eating junk food, alcohol, or tobacco, there are things you can substitute for them that will make quitting easier. Sugar free gum and candy in your mouth is a well tested substitute for a cigarette, pipe or cigar. It lacks the nicotine, but it does serve a purpose and seems to help many people. Lollipops worked for the TV series detective "Kojak" as I recall. Also, if junk food is your "bete noire," keep popcorn (NOT the microwave type that is salted and very oily) on hand to pop in a "hot air" or microwave popper without oil. Studies have found that humans get a lot of their craving for food satisfied by eating things that "crunch." Obviously there are very high calorie snacks that crunch, but pick some that do not, such as carrot and celery slices (keep on hand in a large bowl of water in the refrigerator so they are all ready to eat). If "rabbit food" does not appeal to you, try the popcorn or be creative. People quitting alcohol can keep club soda or carbonated flavored drinks on hand. They allow you to drink something, and they are a good alternative at parties and when you must be in a bar or lounge.

4. Quit or Change For *Yourself* First, Not For Anyone Else.

Self-motivation is vital to quitting a bad habit or an addiction. Do not start trying to quit a behavior or addiction because your spouse, minister, parents, or friends want you to do it. You *must* be at a place where you want to quit for YOURSELF, because you realize what you are doing is not healthy or is not something you want to continue to do. Without this "self-motivation," quitting will be harder, and often is not long-term nor permanent. It is fine to quit also for the benefit of your friends and family and job and doctor, etc. AND, you must first really have a "deep down" commitment and desire to quit for *you* and for your own health, self-esteem, emotional balance, and happiness. Use your family and friends who support your efforts to help you and help keep you motivated beyond your own "inner strength" and desire to change.

5. Use PROFESSIONAL Help And A Dependable Support Network!!

Especially if you are addicted to alcohol, to cigarettes, or to drugs, it is important to have a physician who is very knowledgeable about your condition, and who will support you and monitor your health and your progress as time passes during your change and recovery phases. It is important to have a recent physical exam if you have been an alcohol or drug abuser, or if you are severely overweight. This way, the doctor can offer advice on any appropriate dietary supplements, as well as exercise guidelines for your specific situation. In addition, get the help of a support group which specializes in your problem if it is overweight, or substance abuse. They are usually free and can be of good support to you in the early stages of your new "lifestyle change." Friends, family and clergy are also common sources of support. A therapist or "substance abuse counselor" is also an option. Check your Yellow Pages under "Substance Abuse," "Hospitals," "Counselors," "Therapists," "Drugs," "Rehabilitation," and even the "Red Cross." Many of these agencies have either free or "sliding scale" support programs available, depending on your situation and the size of your city.

6. Start A Stress Reduction Program When You Begin Your Change.

We have all heard people say they need a drink "to unwind," or a cigarette "to calm my nerves." That is simply medical hog wash. Most people know nicotine is a stimulant, and does nothing physiologically to "calm" the smoker down! While alcohol IS a depressant, and the person will feel sedated or "calmer" for a while, after the alcohol is metabolized as sugar, it drops the blood sugar level, and the adrenal glands are stimulated, often making the person edgy or nervous again. Some heavy drinkers often wake in the night a few hours after going to bed, due to hunger (the low blood sugar is making them hungry) or an inability to stay asleep (the adrenal glands have "kicked in" and they have put some adrenaline, cortisol, etc. in the bloodstream, raising the person's pulse rate and blood pressure). And as we also know, many people say that eating food or certain foods "calms them down" or helps them "feel better" when they are sad or disturbed. It's time to start reducing the stress and tension by healthy means. The best (and most easily used in any environment) stress and tension control skills to learn are yoga, meditation, self-relaxation or self-hypnosis, and biofeedback. These can all be learned by books, video and audio tapes, or you can go see a trained professional and learn them. They will be useful to you your entire life, and will help you immensely when you get the craving for a cigarette, a drink, or a quart of "Rocky Road." The time to learn them well enough to get good use from them will vary from 1-4 weeks. The cost can be as low as $10. for a book or audio tape, to $400-500. for a month of professional instruction. Keep in mind the cost of a month of smoking, heavy alcohol consumption, or junk food. DO IT. It is well worth the investment.

7. Don't Get On The "Guilt Train" During Your Journey To Self-Improvement.

Change, and especially the giving up of severe addictions, is an up and down journey. You will have many good hours, days, and weeks, and you will have times when you are ready to quit and "throw in the towel." It is RARE for a person to quit a bad habit or an addiction without experiencing these "ups and downs." If you falter; sneak a "smoke," buy 3 Snickers bars at the Quick Trip and devour them in the car on the way home, etc. don't beat yourself up for it later! Guilt is a *non-productive* feeling humans create to handle conflict. Creating guilt will only lower your self esteem, making it harder for you to stay on course. Many behavioral scientists also believe guilt actually makes it *easier* for humans to repeat "bad" behaviors, since they have in a sense "punished" themselves for what they did, and the punishment was not all that bad! Do not accept guilt laid upon you by anyone else either. Forgive yourself. Remind yourself that what you are doing is hard, and that it is for your very best interest, and that changing or dumping a bad habit or addiction is VERY difficult. If you find quitting alcohol is too hard alone without medication, some doctors still will prescribe drugs such as "Antabuse." Be aware that it will make you *VERY* ill if even the smallest amount of ANY type of alcohol is ingested or enters your bloodstream. This includes such substances as shaving lotion and rubbing alcohol on the skin as well! Try to use this as a last resort.

8. Get Yourself Into A Routine of Physical Exercise.

Depending on the habit or addiction you are working on quitting, you may already be exercising.. Chances are however, if you are a heavy smoker, drinker, or eater, you are not exercising much, if at all. Drinking, smoking, and obesity of course affect the heart and lungs so much that anything very strenuous has the drinker, smoker (often heavy smoking and drinking go hand-in-hand) or obese person huffing and puffing in a short time. First, have your doctor examine you and give you any guidelines regarding the types and the degree of exercise he feels you are ready for to be medically safe. The exercise serves several purposes. The main two are to get your heart and lungs reconditioned if you have been an abuser of alcohol or tobacco or overweight, and to help keep your tension level under control. You will also find that you have a very hard time sipping a scotch, smoking a cigarette, or eating a Big Mac or anything else while you are running, on a treadmill, on a "stair stepper," in the swimming pool, riding a bike, or "Sweating To The Oldies" at a health club. The trick is to keep your mind on the road ahead, the speedometer, the water, or the various spandex outfits around you. Distraction and stress reduction combined will greatly help to curb any outside thoughts or cravings for most people.

9. Hit "Rock Bottom" *If You Must* To Get Motivated.

Most of the animal kingdom is smarter than humans when it comes to learning lessons or to taking care of themselves. If a fox gets buckshot in his rump trying to sneak into a chicken coup, chances are he will never return. If a young bear cub reaches into a bee hive for honey and gets his nose stung by the angry bees, he'll learn another way of getting the honey before he tries that again. For some reason, God and the Universal Laws of "Lesson Learning 101" for humans is many times more difficult. Humans often need to get "hit in the head by a brick," "run over by a truck," or almost die, before they figure out it is time to evaluate their lifestyle or habits! If it takes a doctor saying he sees a "suspicious spot" on your lung X-ray, or a "large mass" in your colon or on your liver for you to decide this is perhaps your final "wakeup call" to change a harmful habit or addiction, pay attention! You can start to work on your life ANY time. *Hopefully*, you can do it before any serious damage has been done by your habits or addictions. If not, do what the doctors recommend, and all of these hints will still be of great benefit to you in how you recover or feel.

10. Pace Yourself, Depending On Your Particular Situation.

Do not gauge your progress or lack of same based on other people's experiences, what you read, see on television, etc. You are unique, both in your body and mind. Everyone heals and recovers and changes at different rates and in different ways. Don't be fooled by the ads for "quick and easy" weight loss by liquid diets, pills, herbs, or machines. It takes a combination of *many* things,some named above, to really successfully lose weight. The same is true of addictions to tobacco. Do not think that a magic "patch" or chewing gum is going to help you quit quickly and forever. Without the motivation, the exercise, the stress control, and the other things mentioned, you will probably be using tobacco within a few weeks or months. This is documented by scientific studies. The same is true of alcohol or drug addictions and withdrawals. One needs to use a muti-disciplinary treatment program to ease off and quit and to stay away from any bad habit or addiction. Have your doctor, your therapist, your counselor or coach, and your family support you, and as long as you are making progress, even if it seems inordinately slow to you, you are on track and will do much better perhaps than those who lost 5-7 pounds a week (never suggested by experts) or who quit smoking or drinking or drugs "cold turkey." When in doubt, ask your support and professional team for guidance, and if necessary, ask for encouragement! It takes guts to quit a bad habit or addiction. Allow yourself to feel good about your decision to do it. When you have done it, celebrate life and give youself a BIG gift of some kind!




Exercise

Exercise is crucial for addiction withdrawal. (Unless the addiction is exercise. In this case, less is more!) Not only does it help boost dopamine levels, but by increasing your physical activity you can modify the way your brain regulates hormone levels.

Consider Power walking, Aerobics, Swimming or any cardiovascular exercise that you do consistently for 20-40 minutes. It is important to keep the heart rate up in your target zone during this time in order for cardio exercise to work effectively.

Stimulate your metabolism. Adding weight training and/or cardiovascular exercise to your routine will boost your metabolism. Cardio will burn extra calories while you're doing it. Resistance training will actually increase the rate at which your body uses calories.

Exercise during the day to exhaust the muscles and the mind. The moving is good when we are depressed too! Aerobics, power walking, weight training, swimming are all great for working the muscles and the mind. Exercise gets the blood flowing and makes us move past many issues.

Exercise early in the day. Twenty to thirty minutes of exercise every day can help you sleep, but be sure to exercise in the morning or afternoon. Exercise stimulates the body and aerobic activity before bedtime may make falling asleep more difficult.

See a doctor before starting any kind of exercise program if you have never exercised before or have any other illnesses.


Nutritional Advise

Malnutrition is often coupled with addiction problems and compounds the symptoms of cravings and withdrawal. Supplements can rectify these imbalances. Addicts often lack the B vitamins that are essential for calming the nerves, combating stress and helping to control cravings. Vitamin C is an excellent supplement during  withdrawal, and combats the effects of toxins on the body. This vitamin also eases the symptoms of withdrawal, reducing anxiety and improving rest and appetite.

Vitamin E has also proven beneficial in reducing the side-effects experienced during withdrawal. Both vitamins C and E help the body to detoxify and are antioxidants which protect the body from free-radical damage.

Magnesium is particularly useful for treating addictions where irritability and cramps occur, since this mineral soothes cramps and calms the nervous system.

Green food supplements are excellent in assisting recovery from drug and alcohol addictions. Chlorophyll and Alfalfa detoxify the blood and provide numerous essential nutrients, including protein and many minerals.

The essential fatty acids available in cold pressed Hemp seed oil and fish oils, and the gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) in Evening primrose oil are essential for the body and are needed as a balance, particularly for the nervous system. Bee pollen is also used in addictions as a nourishing food, to provide the body with energy and reduce cravings.

Glutamine, an amino acid, is also known as "nature's brain food." Supplementing with glutamine improves mental capacities, helps speed the healing of ulcers, alleviates fatigue and the craving for sugar. It also detoxifies ammonia in the brain and is very effective in the treatment of hypoglycemia.

To provide additional support against free-radical damage, the antioxidants, Vitamin A, Selenium and Zinc are also recommended.

By supporting and rebuilding the liver, pancreas and adrenal glands, the taste for alcohol, tobacco, caffeine and other drug cravings will eventually subside. Herbs that nourish, strengthen and build the nervous system also provide lasting results.

Water is essential in any healing process. Distilled water is the best. 6-8 eight ounces glasses per day. Drink plenty of water to flush your body of toxins that smoking creates. When you get a craving, drink water until the craving subsides. The up side to all that water is you will have skin that will "glow"!!

By eating alkaline foods, this minimize withdrawal symptoms and maximizes the ability to stay free of nicotine. The best alkalizers are vegetables and the worst are meat and alcohol but, vegetable juices are more potent. Carrot juice has been established as the best rapid alkalizer, partly because it is processed efficiently by the body, and partly because it can gererally be consumed in large quantities without unpleasant or harmful effects.

A cup of carrot juice a day or even 2 times a week reduces your risk for lung cancer, sometimes by half, depending on the person. Other vegetable juices for addiction include celery, cucumber, lettuce, & cabbage. Sunflower seeds contarin compounds that mimic some of the effects of nicotine and can offer smokers some of the gratification they seek. Sunflower seeds contrin most of the B vitamins, vitamin E, and essential fatty acids. Every time you feel the desire to smoke, it is suggested that you go throught the process of breaking seeds open and popping them into your mouth to munch on until the desire subsides.


Managing Your Addictions

  • Avoid prolonged, excessive stress. Find a complete change of environment through travel or a retreat.
  • A natural, balanced lifestyle with plenty of sleep, rest and relaxation will help the body rebuild the organs damaged by the addictive drugs. Walk and hike in the fresh air of forests, meadows and mountains to oxygenate the blood and stimulate the liver and digestive functions. Take along a sympathetic friend who understands your situation and can give moral support to help you go through with the detoxifying program.
  • Swimming, gardening and regular deep-breathing exercises, as well as sauna and cold, morning body washes help restore health and vitality.


  • SMOKING AND NICOTINE ADDICTION

    Tobacco, in the form of cigarettes, is the most addictive drug in the world. Nicotine is one of the strongest stimulants known, and smoking is one of the most efficient drug-delivery systems. Smoking actually puts drugs into the brain more directly than intravenous injection. It is true that one of the "benefits" of smoking is the brief relief of internal tension; unfortunately, within 20 minutes the tension is back stronger than before, demanding another fix.

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    DEALING WITH SEXUAL ADDICTION

    Sexual addiction is rapidly becoming recognized as a major social problem with similarities more well-known to alcohol and drug addiction or compulsive gambling. We are becoming accustomed to hearing about sexual scandals in our communities, in the workplace, in churches and schools, even in the White House, involving those in which we place our trust. And sometimes we experience shocking sexual discoveries in our own families, involving people we know personally. Many of these situations are better understood if we have some knowledge about sexual addiction.

    Based on a 10-year research study of 1500 sexual addicts, Carnes has estimated that about 8% of the total population of men in the US are sexually addicted, and about 3% of women. That translates into over 15 million women and men who suffer from this problem.

    Some Characteristics of Sex Addiction

    The sex is shameful. The addict feels shame about what he or she is doing, or more accurately, about what he or she has done, usually immediately after engaging in sex acts that violate some of the person's standards. Or the shame may be denied by calling it normal for "a real man," or by focusing on others: "She wanted it," or by engaging in it again right away so the shame is exchanged for pleasure. Thus a married man may feel remorse after having sex with his best friend's wife, rationalize that his friend wasn't sexually satisfying her, and avoid going to bed with his own wife afterward by staying up and masturbating while watching a movie on the sex channel.

    The sex is secret. The sex addict more and more comes to live a double life--perhaps well-known, respected and admired in his visible life but secretly engaging regularly in sexual acts that would be shocking to those who know and love him. So a sexually addicted minister could be revered on Sunday morning for preaching on the sinfulness of adultery and fornication and then engage in those behaviors himself at a modeling studio or adult bookstore on Monday afternoon, having told the church staff or his family a lie about his whereabouts. Or a gay man might tell his relationship partner that he is going to visit a friend but goes to a park to cruise for anonymous sex instead.

    The sexual behavior is abusive. It violates someone else's choice or exceeds their understanding. There is the man who manipulates or coerces his date into being sexual with him; the woman in a partially unbuttoned blouse who bends down toward an unsuspecting male coworker and "accidentally" exposes her whole breast; or the man who seeks out crowded shopping malls so he can meander among the throng to "cop a feel." Or adult men and women who manipulate the trust of children and abuse their power over them by tricking them into performing sexual acts with them. This is exemplified by the teacher who becomes sexual with a student, a scandal we've seen recently in the news, or the neighbor who hires a boy to mow the lawn and then invites the child inside and lures him into sex. The sex may also be abusive to the sex addict him or herself, such as masturbating to the point of physical injury or cutting or pinching oneself for sexual arousal.


    The Emotional Aspects of Sexual Addiction

    The emotional component attached to sexual addiction is Fear. It is the running from the self. It is also considered not knowing HOW to love one's self.

    Compulsive sex is a coping mechanism learned early on. One learns to use sex to obtain comfort and at the same time has to deal with a message that being sexual is perverse, shameful and humiliating. The conflict results in self-loathing, which in turn leads to more pain and loneliness -- and more need for sex. In our culture, sex seems to be either repressed or glorified and commercialized. One popular attitude is that it is healthy and desirable to have sex as frequently as possible. This cultural attitude makes it tough to see that there can be such a thing as sexual addiction.

    Steps to Change


    There is no magic pill or herb till help "cure" sexual addiction.
    This is a process that must be followed and it starts with loving and
    learning to love and respect yourself!

    You must want to change. You must want to take aggressive action to stop this addiction. This applies to ANY ADDICTION. The desire to want to change must be there. Otherwise, you will lose an up hill battle.

    Start each morning and end each evening with a a positive
    affirmation. Say out loud to yourself:

    "I now realize how wonderful I am. It is my choice to love and
    respect my self today and everyday."

    There are many 12 step programs avialable that helps you to work through this addiction with others who are in your shoes. There is nothing that compares to sitting in a room of others who have been there and found true recovery in working the steps. It is really hard to tell lies to other addicts who have been there and come back.

    SO many alternative and complementary modalities have great success when combined with the desire to want to control or better yet, re balance yourself. Acupuncture has the NADA protocol which works wonders for addiction and the stress that comes with it. Homeopathy can redirect the energies through the subtle yet powerful applications. Massage and energy medicines can re-structure the physical body and re-align the energy bodies in ways that are profound. These are a small sampling of modalities.

    All these ideas together, start becoming a lifestyle. The best way
    to deal with EVERY situation.



    Clinical View

    I have had the opportunity to see many people over the years in my clinical practice who deal with sexual addiction. Whether it manifests itself as compulsive masturbation or indiscriminate sexual experiences with strangers, the elements of compulsive behavior and the lack of control qualifies the behavior as being addictive.

    I have also found that the act of controlling sexual addictions is completely up to the individual dealing with the addiction. I will say this again because it is worth repeating the act of controlling sexual addictions is completely up to the individual dealing with the addiction.

    No friend, relative, lover, partner, parent can control or want you to control the addiction. Addicted to sex can be determined by these guidelines. Ask yourself the following 10 questions:

    1. Are you having sex just to have sex?
    2. Do you spend excessive amounts of time in pursuit of sex, having
    sex?
    3. Are you unable to stop even though there are consequences to pay?
    4. Do you constantly have to increase the danger of high-risk or
    destructive
    sexual behavior because what you've done until now is no longer
    enough?
    5. Do you have an ongoing desire to curb your sexual behavior?
    6. Do you do sexual things that you repeatedly promise yourself never
    to do again?
    7. Is the sexual experience devoid of intimacy?
    8. Do you spend excessive amounts of time recovering from the
    experience?
    9. Do you have feelings of quilt, shame or humiliation after the
    experience?
    10. Does the thought, act or desire keep you from completing your
    daily routine?


    Sex is a wonderful and necessary part of our human souls! Our Sexual Health is one of the most important elements of our whole being and one that is often shunned, ignored or found to be down right "dirty." A mentor of mine said to me once, "You should look at EVERY person as a sexual being!"

    But when sex becomes an overwhelming part of your persona, when you define everything around you through sex, then you will realize just how much of your life you're in control of, or how much your addiction is in control of you.

    I have included some helpful resources below:


    RECOVERY PROGRAMS FOR SEX ADDICTS

    SEX ADDICTS ANONYMOUS (SAA)
    For people interested in recovery from their sexual addiction.
    (Some meetings are for men only, some for women only, and some mixed.)
    Phone: (713) 869-4902
    Address: International Service Organization of SAA (or ISO of SAA)
    P.O. Box 70949
    Houston, TX 77270
    E-mail: info@saa-recovery.org
    www.sexaa.org/index.htm


    SEX AND LOVE ADDICTS ANONYMOUS (SLAA)
    For people wanting recovery from patterns of addictive relationships
    where love, romance and sex are the addictive focus.
    Phone: (781) 255-8825
    Address: The Augustine Fellowship
    P. O. Box 338
    Norwood, MA 02062-0338
    E-mail: SLAAfws@aol.com


    SEXAHOLICS ANONYMOUS (SA)
    For sexually addicted people looking for a recovery program with a
    more specific definition of what recovery is.
    (Seems to appeal particularly to heterosexual men.)
    Phone: (615) 331-6230
    Address: P. O. Box 111910
    Nashville, TN 37222-1910
    E-mail: saico@sa.org


    SEXUAL COMPULSIVES ANONYMOUS (SCA)
    For sexually compulsive people seeking recovery.
    (Founded by gay men and open to people of all sexual orientations.
    Web site has online meetings.)
    Phone: 1-800-977-4325 ( 1-800-977-HEAL) International: +1 212 606
    3778
    Address: P. O. Box 1585, Old Chelsea Station
    New York, NY 10011-0935
    E-mail: info@sca-recovery.org
    www.sca-recovery.org



    RECOVERY PROGRAMS FOR PARTNERS

    CODEPENDENTS OF SEXUAL ADDICTION (COSA)
    For those whose lives have been affected by another person's
    compulsive sexual behavior and who seek support and recovery from
    their own addictive patterns with their sexually addicted partners or
    others.
    (Majority of meetings usually women's meetings, though isolated mixed
    and mens meetings may be found.)
    Phone: (612) 537-6904
    Address: COSA National Service Organization (or COSA NSO)
    9337-B Katy Fwy #142
    Houston, TX 77024 E-mail: cosa@shore.net
    www2.shore.net/~cosa/


    CO-SEX AND LOVE ADDICTS ANONYMOUS (CO-SLAA)
    For partners of sex and love addicted people seeking support and
    recovery from their own addictive patterns with their sex and love
    addicted partners.
    Phone: (617) 332-1845
    Address: P. O. Box 650010
    West Newton, MA 02165


    RECOVERY PROGRAMS FOR COUPLE

    RECOVERING COUPLES ANONYMOUS
    For couples in which addiction (not just sex addiction) and
    codependency exist, who desire recovery from their addictive behavior
    with each other. Phone: (314) 830-2600
    Address: P. O. Box 11872
    St. Louis, MO 63105
    E-mail: rca-wso@aol.com


    Sexual Addiction Recovery Online:

    http://www3.primushost.com/~sareco99


    Get More Help. Find It Here:
    for more information go to the website:
    http://www.sexaddictionhelp.com/general.html




    CHOCOLATE AND ADDICTION

    Some great research has been done in Scotland on the power, history
    and addictive properties of chocolate. The research is called:

    "Chocolate addiction": a preliminary study of its description and its
    relationship to problem eating.

    by
    Hetherington MM, MacDiarmid JI
    Department of Psychology,
    University of Dundee,
    Scotland.
    Appetite 1993 Dec; 21(3):233-46


    http://www.chocolate.org/addiction.html



    The Full Spectrum Diet

    The Full Spectrum Diet is based on the proponents of Chromotherapy and Phytotherapy. This easy to use system monitors healthy weight by the colors of food on your plate! Meals rich with different colored fruits, vegetables, meat, chicken, fish and whole grains means you are getting a healthy variety of nutrients that your body needs.

    This is a common sense, lifestyle plan! No counting calories, grams of fats, carbohydrates and proteins. No monitoring the foods you eat for a week and then changing to another set of rules. No buying of prepared foods specifically for that diet or charting everything that goes into your mouth!

    As a Nationally Certified Herbalist and Licensed practitioner of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, Andrew Pacholyk, MS, L.Ac. has spent years developing a natural healthcare plan, which incorporates the benefits of fresh, full spectrum foods based on their color and their properties. A balance of attractive colors in the foods we eat, play an instinctual part as to what the body needs in the moment. The color energy of fruits, vegetables, vitamins and minerals all come into play when furnishing our bodies with the proper nourishment.

    The Full Spectrum Diet simply uses The Color Energy of Foods . Included in this diet is a balance of proper exercise, good quality sleep and a lifestyle of moderation.

    The Full Spectrum Diet is a common sense, lifestyle plan for those who:

    * Wish to eat healthier.

    * Want to control their weight.

    * Desire to transform their bodies.

    * Should decrease cortisol levels

    * Are diabetic.

    * Need to control their blood sugar levels.

    * Have allergies.

    * Want to improve their aging process.

    * Transform your body and your life.

    * Give you more energy than you ever imagined.

    * Help you to shed unwanted pounds.

    * Allow you to use healthy, natural food as a tool for weight control and anti-aging.

    * Replace cravings and binging with sensible eating habits.

    * Educate your mind on the power of fresh, wholesome foods.

    * Empower you to create positive change in the way you eat and how you look at food.

    This easy to use system monitors healthy weight by the colors of food on your plate! Meals rich with different colored fruits, vegetables, meat, chicken, fish and whole grains means you are getting a healthy variety of nutrients that your body needs. A balance of attractive colors in the foods we eat, play an instinctual part as to what the body needs in the moment. The color energy of fruits, vegetables, vitamins and minerals all come into play when furnishing our bodies with the proper nourishment. Want to know more?.


    Herbal Remedies

    Malnutrition is often coupled with addiction problems and compounds the symptoms of cravings and withdrawal. Herbs can rectify these imbalances.

    Astragalus Strengthens the natural defenses of the body. Can involve the immune system, cardiovascular system and glands from all other systems. Provides energy to fight fatigue, increases metabolism. Good for colds, flus and immune deficiency symptoms. The belief that astragalus can strengthen immunity has a partial basis in Chinese tradition. It was the Chinese who first developed astragalus. Astragalus should be for use while you're healthy, for the purpose of preventing future illnesses. The root of the herb is used. Extracts of astragalus have been found to stimulate parts of the immune system in humans.

    Bee Pollen - has been used to build up the immune system to to fight colds and to counteract depression. Bee pollen has also been used internally to increase anti-allergenic properties to enhance the immune system against allergies to pollen. Bee Pollen is used in the fight against addictions because it helps support and strengthen the immune system.

    Burdock Root - Burdock root contains high amounts of inulin and mucilage. This may explain its soothing effects on the gastrointestinal tract. Bitter constituents in the root may also explain the traditional use of burdock to improve digestion. It also contains polyacetylenes that have been shown to have antimicrobial activity.

    Dandelion - Dandelion is a natural diuretic that increases urine production by promoting the excretion of salts and water from the kidney. Dandelion may be used for a wide range of conditions requiring mild diuretic treatment such as addictions, poor digestion, liver disorders, and high blood pressure.

    Garlic - One of the oldest recorded culinary spices, garlic (Allium sativum) is mentioned as a food in the Bible, and is known to have been part of the diet of Egyptian workers as long ago as 2600 BC. It is the dominant flavour in much of Mediterranean cuisine, but is also a more subtle addition to many Asian dishes. But alongside its popularity in food, garlic has a long history of medicinal use and a traditional history that has gained increasing recognition from science. Garlic preparations have long been used to relieve the congestion of colds and hayfever.

    Herbal Combinations and Formulas

    Herbal tinctures are concentrated liquid extracts of the medicinal properties of herbs. Tinctures represent one of many different ways to prepare and use herbs. The terms tincture and extract are often used interchangeably.

    Shake the tincture bottle well. As a dietary supplement, place 1 to 3 droppers (under the tongue, or in juice or water as needed, 2-3 times a day.

    Blood Purifier - Pau D' Arco, Red Clover, Yellow Dock, Burdock, Sarsaparilla, Dandelion, Cascara Sagada & Buckthorn.

    BreathEasy Tincture - Lobelia, Pleurisy, Marshmallow, Mullien, Coltsfoot, Licorice.

    Circulation Support Tincture - Hawthorn berries, Ginger, Angelica, Bayberry Bark, Hyssop, Prickley Ash bark, Cloves, Cayenne.

    Ginseng Energy Tincture - American, Korean, Siberian & Tienchi Ginseng.

    Headache Support Tincture - White Willow Bark, Feverfew, Chamomille, Pepermint, Scullcap, Catnip, Fenugreek.

    Immunity Tincture - Astragalus, Pau D'Arco, Suma, Dandelion root, Oatstraw, Kelp.

    Infection Tincture - Astragalus, Pau D'Arco, Suma, Dandelion root, Oatstraw, Kelp.

    Mood Support Tincture - St. Johns Wort, Chamomille, Schizandra, Oatstraw, Avena Sativa.

    Nerve Strength Tincture - Oatstraw, Black Cohosh, Scullcap, Avena Sativa, Pleurisy root, Catnip, Lobelia.


    Supplements

    Chromium Picolinate: The mineral Chromium plays an essential role in the metabolism of carbohydrates and fats and in the action of insulin. Chromium, in a form called Chromium Picolinate, has been studied for its potential role in altering body composition.

    5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP), the precursor to the neurotransmitter serotonin, has been shown in two short-term controlled studies to reduce appetite and to promote weight loss.

    Cinnamon: Cinnamon is a spice that has not only shaped world history, but is now shaping medical science. Research conducted at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and other prestigious institutions has shown that cinnamon is one of the herbal pharmacopeia�s most valuable botanicals for assisting the body's conversion of glucose into cellular energy. It has also been shown to be an important spice for maintaining healthy blood lipid profiles already in a normal range.

    Green Cleansing: Most natural health practitioners agree that periodic internal cleansing is an essential key to radiant health. Maintaining a healthy digestive system is the goal of a regular cleansing program. Without a proper functioning digestive system we are unable to absorb the nutrients we eat or effectively or eliminate toxins that our bodies generate. Pure Energy Cleansing Smoothie contains a combination of fiber, nutrients and herbs to gently support the body's natural cleansing process.

    Green Energy Powder: is a concentrated formulation of the super green wholefoods. An easy way to get your greens with a busy life style. Add to any smoothie or glass of water to increase your greens. Ingredients: Spirulina, Chlorella, Barley Grass, Wheat Grass, Klamath Blue Green Algae. These ingredients contain the most powerful combination of nutrients ever known in any grain, herb or food. They contain almost all of the vitamins, minerals, proteins and enzymes necessary for the human diet, plus chlorophyll.

    Green Smoothie: These ingredients which include Soy Protein Powder, Bee Pollen Powder, Psyllium Husks, Lecithin Powder, Chlorella, Spirulina, Klamath Blue Green Algae, Barley Grass, Wheat Grass, Alfalfa, Kelp, Acidophilus, and American Ginseng have been shown to improve all day energy, help with greater focus under stress, increase a sense of well-being, strengthen the immune system, decrease food cravings and bring optimum synergistic balance of essential nutrients for total health.

    Green/White Tea: are rich sources of polyphenols, including epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). Of all the teas, white tea (the budding phase of Camellia sinensis) is the most highly prized and least processed. According to major university data bases, green tea contains at least 51 phytonutrients shown to promote a healthy inflammation response, confer profound cardiovascular and cellular protection, support detoxification, and support a healthy metabolism

    Holy Basil: A gift from the Ayurvedic system of medicine, Holy Basil is the ultimate adaptogen. Holy Basil helps support blood sugar levels already in the normal ranges, supports detoxification, promotes healthy gastric tissue, encourages healthy immune function, and is radioprotective.

    Super Omega 3: is known for being rich in unsaturated fatty acids and provides rich OMEGA-3 fatty acids, (Pure EPA 360mg/DHA 240mg). Alaska Deep Sea Fish Oil are made from natural marine lipid concentrate and may help reduce or inhibit risk factors involved in cardiovascular disease, as well as inflammatory and immune disorders.

    Cruciferous Complex: High dietary intake of cruciferous vegetables, specifically those of the genus Brassica,(i.e., broccoli, Brussel sprouts, and kale) has been shown to preserve DNA integrity and promote normal cell growth, even during exposure to xenobiotics. These compounds have been shown to induce phase-2 liver detoxification enzymes, providing a powerful strategy for protection against oxidative free radical damage and abnormal cell growth.

    Women's Nutrients: offers the hormonal support of vitex and the energizing action of maca, along with digestive and liver support from artichoke. Nettle leaf provides an alkalinizing source of minerals. Nine of nature�s most powerful herbal free radical scavengers including cinnamon, oregano, and rosemary are combined to maximize cell protective and anti-aging effects. Features what is considered by many to be the world�s most important functional foods and herbs for health and longevity: organic spinach, organic blueberry, turmeric, and ginger.

    Men's Nutrients: Delivers the balancing and energizing benefits of schizandra and maca combined with the digestive support of artichoke and fenugreek. Nine of nature�s most powerful herbal free radical scavengers including cinnamon, oregano, and rosemary are combined to maximize cell protective and anti-aging effects. Features what is considered by many to be the world�s most important functional foods and herbs for health and longevity: organic spinach, organic blueberry, turmeric, and ginger.


    Herbal Teas

    In a stainless steel pot, boil desired amount of water. The moment it boils turn the heat off. Add the following herbs in an infuser, muslin bag or tea ball for a single cup or add one-three teaspoons of herbs per cup for larger amounts. Allow the herbs to infuse for up to 5 minutes. Drink 3-4 cups a day. For flavor-add lemon and sweeten with Stevia or organic honey. These herbs are helpful for gently cleanses, purifying, detoxing, anti-inflammatory. This powerful formula will help remove accumulated toxins in the body. Strong antioxidant, cleanses the colon and stimulates circulation.

    Immune Builder Tea- When taken on a regular basis, this tea helps to build and strengthen the immune system. Astrugalus, Echinacea, Hawthorne, Peppermint, Spearmint.

    Alfalfa Mint Tea- This great tasting tea helps to detox the system, eases inflammation, lowers cholesterol, balances hormones. Helps in digestive and skin disorders. Provides great vitamins in this form. Alfalfa and Peppermint.

    Detox Tea- This powerful formula will help remove accumulated toxins in the body. Strong antioxidant, cleanses the colon, reduces cramps, and stimulates circulation. Rosehips, Red Clover, Ginger, Nettle, Alfalfa, Dandelion, Goldenseal Leaf, Echinacea, Pan D'Arco, Burdock, Clove, Stevia.

    Stop Smoking Tea- Reduces cravings for nicotine. Helps with balance and food cravings. Clears congestion, has a mild antiseptic and reduces swelling by helping to reduce blood flow. Spearmint, Lobelia, Kudzu, St. John's Wort, Peppermint, Marshmallow Root, Mullen, Licorice Root, Stevia, Clove, Eucalyptus, Orange Peel.


    Aromatherapy Remedies

    Aromatherapy can help by controlling your addictions. People who do try to stop an addictive behavior such as smoking or binge eating, often find themselves over indulging in cigarettes or overeating. One reason is habit. They are used to doing something with their hands and mouth, so they eat. Or they could be battling the misery of nicotine withdrawal with the nurturing pleasure of food. Regardless of the excuse, this lack of control often leads to many health problems. Helpful, are essential oils such as Bergamot, Fennel and Patchouli because, together, they can help suppress addictive behavior.

    An addiction is a physical or psychological craving or need for a habit-forming substance or chemical compound. Most drugs and even some tasks can be addictive, such as exercising, working, eating or dieting.

    Addictions can also be linked to nutritional deficiencies. The physical dependence causes symptoms of withdrawal and the psychological dependence causes intense cravings. To improve your chance to succeed in kicking a bad habit, use essential oil such as :

    Clary sage - Clary sage essential oil has a strong, nutty aroma. The essential oil Clary sage it used for its antidepressant, antiseptic, deodorant, digestive and sedative properties. Clary sage with its regenerative properties is commonly used for the skin in today�s aromatherapy. It is used for premature balding to stimulate hair growth. It is used to control greasy hair and dandruff. It is also used in dream therapy; it helps you to remember the dreams by being able to dream more clearly and helps with the memory of dreams. It is also recommended for stress therapy, it helps reduce the feeling of stress. Clary sage is also used for the reproductive system, some herbalists prescribe Clary sage mixtures for couples experiencing difficulty-conceiving children. It is also used for both premenstrual syndrome and menstrual pain. Clary sage can be used as a natural muscle relaxer, relieving muscle spasms, backaches, and stiffness of the joints and muscle cramps.

    Grapefruit - has a light, fresh and fruity scent and is often helpful in breaking the bonds of dependency.This oil is refreshing tonic, enhances concentration and zest for life, brings positive thoughts. A native to tropical Asia and the West Indies, this oil has a long tradition as a fragrance component, and a popular additive in desserts, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages. Commonly used by aromatherapists to help with cellulite, obesity, muscle fatigue, water retention, nervous exhaustion, depression, flu, chills and common colds.

    Lavender - Lavender is often called the universal oil, because you can use it for so many things. It is analgesic, anti-coagulant, anti-convulsive, anti-depressant, anti-fungal, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, anti-toxic, cardiotonic, and is a sedative. It has a very balancing effect on the body, emotions, mind and spirit. It may help acne, allergies, arthritis, asthma, boils, bronchitis, and is excellent for burns of any type. It has been used for cramps, dandruff, depression, diaper rashes, earaches, eczema, fainting, flatulence, hair loss, headaches, high blood pressure, indigestion, insect bites and repellant, infection, flu, insomnia, laryngitis, helps to detoxify the lymphatic system, migraines, nausea, nervous tension. PMS, psoriasis, rashes, helps to prevent scarring, sprains, stress, stretch marks, sunstroke, throat infections, tuberculosis, typhoid fever, thrush, water retention, and wounds.

    3 times a day, morning, noon and night, utilize these blends of essential oils:

    Angel's Mist Addiction Massage Essential Oil Remedy Blend

    Angel's Mist Addiction Compress Essential Oil Remedy Blend

    Angel's Mist Addiction Bath Essential Oil Remedy Blend


    Hydrotherapy

    Steam baths and dry saunas have been used as healing therapeutics for centuries. Perspiration is one of the best ways to detox our system. Sweating helps rid the body of wastes products, regulates body temperature, and invigorates our largest organ, the skin. Steam increases white blood cells, which protects and strengthens our immune system. Medical studies show that frequent steam baths help reduce stress and keeps your circulatory system running smoothly.

    Warning: If you are pregnant, have diabetes or have heart disease, consult a doctor before taking a sauna or steam bath.

    Try this Detoxification Bath

    2 Droppers full of Amethyst gem essence
    2 Cups Sea Salt
    2 Cups Baking Soda
    4 Tbsp. Ginger Powder

    Place all ingredients in a hot bath and bathe for 20 minutes. Drink plenty of water. This bath withdraws impurities from your body and helps you to feel better. This bath can be done 2 to 3 times in a week or as needed.


    Homeopathy

    This medical system uses infinitesimal doses of natural substances to stimulate a person's immune system and body's natural defenses. Homeopathic remedies are named for the plant or animal ingredients they are made from. Homeopathy not only offers relief from temporary disorders but, can provide long term healing of a person due to its individual and "holistic" approach. This often leads to a complete recovery from the dis-ease, as well as, providing an improved understanding of the patient's situation. This type of healing makes it easier and possible to avoid recurrence or relapses in the future and homeopathy stimulates the body's natural defense system by reestablishing normal immune system and cell functioning.

    ADDICTIONS:
    Aconitum napellus- If the person is very fearful while going through a withdrawal period, this remedy may be indicated. Intense palpitations may occur, which can make the person even more frightened and anxious.
    Aurum metallicum- This remedy may be helpful during the withdrawal process, especially for individuals who feel disgusted with themselves, believe they have failed in life, or have become depressed and hopeless. Serious, work-oriented people who have turned to addictive substances as an outlet of tension are especially likely to respond to Aurum.
    Carbo vegetabilis- When withdrawal symptoms include fatigue and faintness, with a lot of gas and belching, this remedy can bring relief. The person may feel weak and very cold (especially in the extremities), yet still has a desperate craving for fresh or moving air. This remedy is often helpful for regaining energy after long- term illnesses or health problems.
    Chamomilla- If a person is hypersensitive, and finds discomfort unbearable to the point of seeming irritable and angry, this remedy may help. The person will feel worse from heat and worse at night. Relief from motion, especially vigorous rocking, is a strong indication for Chamomilla.
    Coffee cruda- This remedy is often helpful when a person's mind is active and excitable. Sleeplessness is a common problem. The person is very sensitive to noise or any distraction. Neuralgic pains or headaches can occur, and may be soothed by cold applications.


    Traditional Chinese Medicine:

    Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is the oldest, continually practiced, and professionally administered health care system in the world. It is a documented medical system spanning over 2,500 years based on comprehensive philosophies, rational theories, clinically tested and empirically verified by over 100 generations of highly educated practitioners. Chinese Medicine is a total system of internal medicine which is comprised of a diagnostic procedure based on signs, symptoms and treatment styles including acupuncture, herbal medicine, exercise, diet and meditation. It�s foundation is based on the principles of balance; the interdependent relationship of Yin and Yang. Through this balance, health is achieved and maintained.

    Chinese Medicine takes a unique approach to addictions! Diet, exercise and good quality sleep are the proponents of betting addiction.

    Acupuncture is used primarily to strengthen the endocrine, boost the immune system and helps the body to cope with cravings, withdrawal and the emotional stress.

    Herbal medicine is an important component for working at the root of the problem. The theory behind this is simple. When stimulating the immune system, the body becomes more able to work on its own to help improve energy, strengthen the other systems of the body and help on a functional level in order to beat the particular addiction.

    The N.A.D.A Protocol is simple, yet quite effective. Drug, alcohol and tobacco addictions are major problems that affect tens of millions of people worldwide. The addition of acupuncture into the treatment for addiction seems to be very beneficial, and almost the single ingredient that helps the protocol succeed.

    In 1972 a neurosurgeon in Hong Kong, H.L. Wen, discovered that acupuncture could relieve symptoms and cravings associated with drug withdrawal. Because of its effectiveness in relieving symptoms as well as preventing relapses, his discovery gained more and more popularity and was used in hospitals and detox centers throughout the US. 1985 an official protocol was developed and the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) was formed. The protocol involved using five specific acupuncture points on the ear. In August of 2000, Yale University School of Internal Medicine conducted research further demonstrating the effectiveness of the NADA protocol for cocaine, heroin and methadone addiction.

    Learn more about The N.A.D.A Protocol.

    Visit Your TCM practitioner for a proper diagnosis and treatment.


    Healing Touch Therapy:

    There are many different approaches to massage and applications of it. "Massage Therapy" is a holistic procedure that affects all systems of the body; digestive, elimination, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic, endocrine and nervous systems. Many of today's health problems arise from stress. Because stress upsets the delicate integral balance of all your body's functions, regaining this balance requires a holistic approach.

    Massage Therapy and Lymphatic Massage not only calms your mind, but also affects the whole of your metabolism through normalizing your circulatory, muscular and nervous systems and their interdependent functioning.

    Body brushing helps our lymphatic system to remove toxins from the body. Five minutes of dry body brushing before your bath or shower helps to get fluids moving and boosts blood flow. Use a natural bristle brush and take long strokes. Start at your feet, brushing up your legs and thighs towards the groin. Work in circular movements over the tummy, then do hands and arms, back and across the shoulders. Use gentle downward strokes on your neck, throat and chest. Your skin may redden and start tingling as the body brushing increases the circulation in areas of greatest fat-concentration.

    Learn How to Give a Massage. This step by step method will help you learn just how to make your subject feel great!

    Hot Stone Massage Therapy. is recommended for this condition. It is an ancient Ayurvedic therapy with river bed stones which draw out stress, tension and impurities from the body.


    Emotional Aspect:

    There is an emotional aspect to every illness. Often times, it is the emotional thoughts or "excess emotions" that will lead to illness.

    The following therapies are utilized for calming the mind, help with stress relief and focuses on our mental powers over any situation. The ability to balance your emotional, mental, physical and spiritual self is up to you. Here are some suggestions:

    Enlightenment and Dependencies Don't Mix!

    • In the East it is known as attachment. In the West it is addiction. Addiction is the elaborate system of emotion and conscious mind thinking that over time becomes cellular, leaving its imprint upon the nervous system and physical body.
    • Living in the past holds us back from becoming the person we really wanted to be. "I am living in the present. Yesterday is gone forever; tomorrow has not yet come."


    • "Today is the day that I have to work with." "I can only change the mistakes that I had made yesterday and better myself today for the future."


    • "Living one day at a time is all I have and all I really need." "I look forward to living in the here and now every new day that comes my way."
    • Purification can be slow and gradual or arduous and difficult. It can be miraculous or labored. The choice is always up to the individual.


    What is your experience with this disorder? Sharing your own experiences often helps others. We'd love to know in the Peacefulmind Community


    Improving Self Esteem

    One of the biggest culprits in weight control issues is how we look at ourselves. Our distortion of our body image is one of the most destructive behaviors we can harbor and must be conquered in order to win over this self abuse! Consider these great tips:

    Self Destructive Behavior and How to Cope

    The Honor Myself Check List

    Andrew's Self Esteem Series


    Emotional Recovery Diary:

    Make an Emotional Recovery Diary

    1. For two weeks, make notations whenever you have a mood swing, emotional upheaval or change in energy (such as hyperactivity or lethargy).

    2. Note the date and time of the event.

    3. Note what actions you take to bring yourself back to balance. Do you sit down and do yoga, stretch, meditate. Do you binge eat, have a drink or do other actions revolving around food?

    4. If you react with ___________, what do you do? Find comfort in?

    5. Note the reaction accept it and then ALLOW yourself to move on and move past it. Write the truth in your journal.

    6. The Emotional Recovery Diary is NOT a judgement tool. It is a way for you to go back to it, AFTER a week is done and look at habits you may not even realize you are doing in response to change.

    7. After committing to two weeks of journaling, take a look at the overall process. Was it somehow helpful to you? In retrospect, did you gain valuable information from it?

    8. If so, consider writing in it for another week.

    9. You can use this diary to write down "positive progress" as well. Did you make any changes after your first two weeks?

    10. Your Emotional Recovery Diary can just be the tool you need to take you to a new plateau of understanding your emotional connection to addictions and how you can actually take control and do something about it!


    Hypnotherapy

    Your mind is an untapped source of amazing power. If you change your mind, you must change your life. Hypnosis has now become widely recognized as the smartest and easiest method we can employ to change our life. Hypnosis for addictions can help with controlling stress, facing our fears and creating an altered state of consciousness. Hypnosis will change your inner mind to help you change your ideas and images about an addiction and its behavior patterns. Contact Andrew for a local Hypnotherapist.


    Guided Imagery

    The power of visualization and guided imagery is one of our most powerful gifts! A healing tool we all have with in us - the "power of the mind!" Learning how to do Guided Imagery has many benefits. Guided Imagery helps us to develop our imagination as a healing tool. The premise is to use "Mind Medicine" to connect the mind and body in order to free ourselves from pain due to ANY Medical Condition. This concept allows us to deepen our abilities to fully relax, quiet the mental chatter, create restful sleep and invite a positive and productive thought process. Learn more about how guided imagery can work for you!


    Counseling and Psychotherapy:

    Anxiety, depression and addictive disorders are responsive to counseling and to a wide variety of psychotherapies. During the past several decades, there has been an increasing enthusiasm for focused, time-limited therapies that address ways of coping with anxiety symptoms directly, rather than exploring unconscious conflict or other personal vulnerabilities.


    Dream Therapy:

    The implication is that psychological re-organization of large patterns of information allows the body to heal itself psychically. Curiosity and imagination may be the bottom line that makes the difference between wellness and illness. If you give your subconscious enough data, it seems to filter through and find what it needs.

    The beginning of religions have all been attributed to the attempts of interpreting and understanding dreams. These visual images that appear during sleep cycles can convey many messages. Based on a particular culture, the meaning of dreams can vary in their scope and interpretation. One book, "Oneirocritia", was written by Artemidorus- a Roman philosopher in the 2nd century A.D., has served as the foundation of many other dream interpretation books. Psychologist Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud, who have both embrassed the important significance of dream interpretation, have given credit to Artemidorus' work.

    Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, interpreted people's dreams in order to help them unearth hidden feelings. Jung, a Swiss psychologist, who initially followed in Freud's footsteps, developed theories of Anima (women) and Animus (men) involving the feminine and masculine principles and the collective unconscious symbols known as Archetypes.

    Each dream is a message from the subconscious mind relating a message about the dreamer�s current state of awareness. The dream message has immediacy, applying to the thoughts and attitudes of the previous 24 to 48 hours. Everything in the dream, each person, place or thing represents some aspect, quality or way of thinking of the dreamer. In this picture language of dreams, what has been studied and taught for the past quarter century at the School of Metaphysics as the Universal Language of the Mind, lies truth that will open the dreamer�s eyes to the reality of his own thinking, to the consciousness of the Self and to the ideals of the soul.

    We seek detachment from a chaotic, confusing, baffling world. And we seek it in dreams, and fantasy.

    By living with imagination, and learning to make real our dreams, we come to realize that ours is not a single, unique, isolated experience, but related to others dreams. Our myth has been dreamed by others. This is a myth that comes from the unconscious, which is not isolated and unique, but universal.

    Dream analysis can help with stressful situations. It can help to explain your anxiety or fears that are getting in the way of your productive life. Consider a Dream Interpretation.


    Yoga Therapy:

    Yoga poses can be good alternatives to "traditional" health remedies because they relax the body and mind, improve circulation and respiration, reduce tension and help the body through it's healing process.

    Stress Control:

    The Yogic breath exercise can be done without instruction, without danger, and with a good chance that your discomfort and stressful feelings will be reduced. Relaxation Breath is the most powerful tool for stress management.

    Sit up, with your back straight in any position. Place your tongue against the ridge of tissue just behind your upper front teeth and keep it there throughout the exercise. Exhale completely through your mouth.

    Close your mouth and inhale quietly through your nose to a mental count of four. Hold your breath for a count of seven. Exhale completely through your mouth, to a count of eight. Repeat this cycle three more times for a total of four breaths. Try to do this breathing exercise at least twice a day. You can repeat the whole sequence as often as you wish, but don't do it more than four breaths at one time for the first month of practice. This exercise is fairly intense and has a profound effect on the nervous system.

    Deep Diaphragm Breath

    Sit with your legs crossed in a comfortable position. Breathe slowly and evenly from your diaphragm, through your nose. Fill your lower abdomen, lungs, then chest with air. Hold for a four count then slowly exhale the air out from your chest, lungs, then lower abdomen. Repeat 3 or 4 times. That's it! Just allow your shoulders to drop and your face relax as you breath, deep.

    Also consider Breath Exercises, Child's Pose, Cat, Head to Knee, Knee to Chest, Laying Down Twist, Standing and Seated Forward Bends, Standing Back Bends..


    Meditation Therapy:

    Meditation is a time-honored technique that can take you into infinite dimensions of consciousness. One major principle to meditation is in the ability to completely quiet your mind. Quieting the mind comes as a result of meditating over a long period of time, but any time you are looking within, you are meditating.

    There are many meditation methods. Some are passive and others are active -- not in the physical sense, but in the sense that you actually do something during meditation. Meditators learn to focus their awareness and direct it onto an object: the breath, a phrase or word: a mantra, repeated silently, a memorized inspirational phrase, an image in the mind's eye. Researchers have documented immediate benefits in terms of lowered blood pressure, decreased heart and respiratory rate, increased blood flow, and other measurable signs of the relaxation response.

    Meditation will calm an agitated mind, creating optimal physical and mental health, undo our sense of separateness, which is the common root of fear and misery, unify consciousness, putting us in touch with our higher self and connect us to higher consciousness. Meditation restructures the mind, allowing us to achieve our full potential as human beings.

    Fold your hands gently in your lap and close your eyes. Take a few deep breaths. Then just sit. If you have never meditated before, you will probably feel as if your mind is full of thoughts. Don't try to stop the thoughts, just watch them. Imagine that you are on the bank of a river and that your thoughts are the river going by. Don't try to stop the river, just watch it. Within a week, you will see the river begin to slow down. You may become impatient, or even bored. That's okay. If you find yourself complaining, just watch the thoughts pass by. Do this for 5 to 10 minutes. You may find that you fall asleep because you are so relaxed. That's good because, in many ways, you have begun to let go. Continue at this pace and each day allow just alittle more time for yourself to meditate. Doing this allows you to relax and forget about time.

    Consider the amazing power of the Deluxe Meditation Kit . Whether for meditation, quiet reflection or for creating a peaceful environment to be yours, the opportunity awaits those ready to explore the world of meditation!


    Color Therapy

    When you are balanced, you can more effectively fight dis-ease, rid your system of toxins, as well as, negative patterns. You can achieve balance through the vibrational remedy and application of color. Color interacts with the human energy system in a unique way to stabilize physical, emotional, mental and spiritual conditions.

    Mood Relief:

    Violet or Purple: are colors of transformation. They heal melancholy, hysteria, delusions and alcohol addiction and bring spiritual insights and renewal. These colors slow down an over-active heart; stimulate the spleen and the white blood cells (immunity). Bring sleep. Soothe mental and emotional stress. Decrease sexual activity. Decrease sensitivity to pain. They help in detoxification.

    Indigo: helps to stimulate the pineal gland. This gland plays a large part in the patterns of addiction. Indigo is a great purifier of the bloodstream and also benefits mental problems. It is a freeing and purifying agent. Indigo combines the deep blue of devotion with a trace of stabilizing and objective red. Indigo is cool, electric, and astringent. Indigo is associated with and stimulates the Brow Chakra (third eye) and controls the pineal gland. It governs both physical and spiritual perception.

    Blue: is one of the greatest antiseptics in the world. Cools down inflammations, fever, high blood pressure, stops bleedings, relieves headaches, calms strong emotions like anger, aggression or hysteria. Brings tranquility. Anti-itching. Anti-irritation, anti-stress. Soothes suffering.

    Green: Green is the color of Nature and the earth. It is balance and harmony in essence and possesses a soothing influence upon both mind and body. It is neither relaxing nor astringent in its impact. Green can be used for just about any condition in need of healing. Green brings psychological and emotional harmony and balance. Green is associated with and stimulates the Heart Chakra. Green affects blood pressure and all conditions of the heart. It has both an energizing effect and a moderating or soothing effect.

    Yellow allows us to take back the power we have lost.

    Orange helps the body to absorb the change in behavior we are trying to change. Orange is warm, cheering, non-constricting. Orange has a freeing action upon the body and mind, relieving repressions. Orange shows new possibilities and other options in life. Stimulates creative thinking and enthusiasm, and helps assimilate new ideas. It is also helpful in dealing with excess sexual expression.

    Red helps to root us in the survival mode and keeps us on track and grounded.

    Determine what color you need. Learn more about your personal Color Therapy Analysis.


    Music/Sound Therapy:

    Vibrational medicine, which validates that everything in the universe is in a state of vibration and the frequency at which an object or person most naturally vibrates is called resonance. The chakras, bones, and organs in the body all possess a different resonant frequency. When an organ or part of the body is vibrating out of tune or nonharmoniously, it is called "dis ease" or disease. A body is in a healthy state of being when each cell, each organ creates a resonance that is in harmony with the whole being.

    Music is a powerful tool that can be used in so many ways. It has been proven that the type of music that makes a person relax or become receptive is not any one kind. It all depends on the individual and their affinity with it.

    Drumming can be a simple yet powerful way to enhance recovery. New medical research shows that it can slow down brain wave cycles, enhancing theta-wave production and brain wave synchronization. This is important as addicts often have brain wave abnormalities as explained in our section on brain wave biofeedback.

    Soothing Music is recommended for calming and relieving nervous tension, which can aggravate this condition.


    Metaphysical Remedies:

    The power of your mind and your belief system has everything to do with the condition, the speed and the way that you heal.

    * Our Belief System is one of the major factors that can get us through situations or can cause our life to crumble around us! I do believe that there is a lot of innate goodness and balancing our minds do subconsciously to get us through hard times. The other portion of this is how we "program" ourselves to deal with any given situation.

    * Our self-confidence and self-love are often the key to opening and strengthening this portion of our thoughts which in turn emanates from ourselves!

    * Energy follows thought. Program thought to be positive and your energy will reflect it!

    * Really appreciating what we DO have as opposed to what we would like to have, sometimes makes a signifcant difference. This is always an important element in healing that is often neglected.


    Crystal Remedy Reference

    Crystals have both piezoelectric and pyroelectric properties. This means that the polarities of the crystal will change when subjected to pressure or heat (even body heat from the hands). This will radiate energy from the crystal due to this reversal of polarities. It provides the transfer, storage and transformation of energy.

    Offering a balanced energy field, energy modification, amplifies both energy and thought, clarity in thinking, and harmony and alignment with the chakra energy areas.

    The Complete Chakra Kit stimulates the seven main energy sources which govern all the major organs and psychologically alters and clears the body's energy in order to allow healing to take place.

    Addiction Control

    Allowing emotions to be expressed is the goal with crystal therapy. Crystals to consider are Amethyst, Bloodstone, Fluorite, Labradorite, Quartz, Ruby .


    Book An Appointment with Andrew

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    The Misson/Vision:

    Andrew offers a unique and personal path in developing, understanding and incorporating the power of our belief system and your own inner wisdom in the healing process. Andrew works with:

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    * Nutrition, Herbal and Chinese Botanicals

    * Cupping, Moxabustion, Electrostimulation

    * Mind Medicine, Belief Systems, Emotional Healing

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