Withdrawal Is Painful
Wanting to help someone and not knowing how to help them hurts, too. Knowledge about how to help someone through withdrawal can help you and the person going through a withdrawal.
The afflicted’s biggest hurdle to overcome addiction, besides the decision to quit, is the physical body’s craving for another fix. Drugs first stimulate the nervous system and, over time, act to deaden the nerves. Lessened or no sensation is the result, except for what sensations the addict gets from actually using the drug. Gnawing at his nerves, the drug calls him or her back for more.
In the past, this reaction was thought to be quieted only by re-using the drug. Today, however, there are better solutions but also a worse “cure!”
What Would You Do?
If you had to treat someone, would you give a drug addict a new drug to get him off his addictive, old drug? Would you proudly announce him “cured,” when you had simply addicted him to your new drug?
What would you think of people who did that?
The heroin “cure” that uses methadone is one example of this “rehabilitation technique,” even though methadone is considered in some circles to be far harder to withdraw from than heroin.
I well recall the day that a decorated Marine veteran of the Vietnam War told me how he addicted himself to heroin in Vietnam and tried to kick it back in the United States. He was introduced to the methadone program — he had to drink methadone daily — and told me, “Ron, the methadone is at least 10 times harder to kick than heroin ever was. And it’s killing me.” That Marine had survived many battles, the worst of which was a rout at Khe Sanh, in which 100’s of his buddies died and only a handful survived after they had to call for a napalm bombing on their location.
Today methadone use is one of the Top Ten killer recreational drug activities in the USA.
Who developed Methadone?
Germany developed methadone in 1937 because of an opium shortage. Eli Lilly and Company introduced the drug into the United States in 1947. (Now, why would they do that?!)
The Germans swiftly had abandoned the use of methadone. Their reason? The adverse effects it had on German soldiers during early trials. In contrast to morphine, which was used to alleviate pain in the injured and to boost the esteem, stamina, and drive of German soldiers in combat, methadone’s effects were described as: “Dolophine (methadone) had many adverse effects on the soldiers to whom it was given, leading to apathy, lethargy, and decreased willingness to engage in combat.”
Today, abuse of methadone results in about 5,000 overdose deaths per year in the United States.
Why are we using methadone, then, to treat heroin addicts? Why are we using any new drug to get people off drug use? Does that sound like sane or “humane” treatment to you?
There is good news.
Scientists and the general public are slowly beginning to realize that replacing the nutrients depleted by drugs makes withdrawal from drugs a better, easier-to-confront experience.
Key vitamins and minerals combined into what is known as a “drug bomb,” when given in generous quantities, replace the nutrients the drugs have depleted, giving addicts a much better chance of rehabilitation. Using nutrient therapy to exercise their will to support their decision to quit, thousands of otherwise hopeless addicts can now hope to beat drug addiction through reduced pressures and demands by the body for the drug.
In other words, nutrition trumps not only addiction, but also treating people by trading one drug addiction for another, synthetic drug addiction.
According to expert nutritional pharmacist Ben Fuchs, “Drugs do not heal people. They stop systems in the body from working that are signaling that something is wrong. There is not a single drug in the world that heals people. Drugs are beneficial if you have a life threatening issue and you need to knock out one of the systems of the body, but only in a temporary fashion.”
Two of the worse and almost uniformly experienced symptoms during withdrawal are extreme nervous edginess and muscle cramping. Rough-edged nerves can be coated by magnesium, and an abundance of calcium can prevent or reduce muscle cramps. The combined effect of these two minerals acting as natural painkillers is a major factor in mood stability and successful withdrawals. Knowing this, gives you data about how to help someone through withdrawal, and to help them find a better way to rehabilitate from drug use and addiction.
“My boyfriend, Marius, was heavily into drugs for quite a few years. He was clean for 10 months when I met him but last year, after being clean for two and a half years, he relapsed because of pressures that he placed on himself to be better than he was at work. Even though he was working really hard and doing a great job, he checked into rehab for 28 days. Things apparently went really well there… so I thought!
“He didn’t use again, but I realized in February that he was [going through] boxes and boxes of pain pills, buying them at different pharmacies so no one realized. After seeing his bank statements, I was shattered! I was glad that he didn’t use street drugs, but he basically had replaced them with pain pills.
“Marius’s therapist in rehab wanted him to see a psychiatrist, but after watching a DVD… about the “Industry of Death” (Psychiatry), I realized that all they are doing is replacing addictions with anti-depressants and drugging addicts…” (Name withheld to maintain the privacy of our customer.)
(NOTE: Marius had been addicted to acid, cat, crystal meth and heroin for many years. His immune system was very weak, and he used to get sick every two weeks. With a vitamin and mineral regimen, he’s doing much better now. Marius is a completely different person and his mindset is very positive! He has realized that he needs to deal with his problems like everyone else and that he can’t hide from them by using drugs or taking pills.)