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Withdrawal from the use of alcohol can be
a complicated matter. Guidance from a professional can be both
physically and emotionally supportive. The following remedies may
ease some difficulties during the time that stressful changes are
For dosage information, please read the
information at the end of this section. See also “Using Homeopathy
With Professional Guidance” in What
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.
Arsenicum album: A person who feels
exhausted and extremely chilly, yet is driven by anxiety to move
restlessly from place to place, may benefit from this remedy. A
person who needs Arsenicum may also be obsessive about small
details and feel afraid to be alone.
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 alcohol or other 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.
Nux vomica: A person who needs this
remedy is nervous, irritable, impatient, easily offended, and
oversensitive to light, noise, touch, and odors. Chilliness, cramps,
and digestive upsets, with an urge to vomit or move the bowels (with
limited results) are other indications. Nux vomica is known
for its beneficial effects on conditions—acute or
chronic—related to overuse of alcohol and drugs.
Staphysagria: This remedy may be
helpful to a person who has had an abusive relationship or
childhood, with deeply suppressed emotions, and has subsequently
turned to alcohol. Habitually meek and mild-natured, and very
sensitive to humiliation or embarrassment, the person may have
started letting the anger out—to the point of throwing things or
flying into rages. Staphysagria may help a person stay in
balance without suppressing feelings.
Select the remedy that
most closely matches the symptoms. In conditions where
self-treatment is appropriate, unless otherwise directed by a
physician, a lower potency (6X, 6C, 12X, 12C, 30X, or 30C)
should be used. In addition, instructions for use are usually
printed on the label.
physicians suggest that remedies be used as follows: Take one
dose and wait for a response. If improvement is seen, continue
to wait and let the remedy work. If improvement lags
significantly or has clearly stopped, another dose may be
taken. The frequency of dosage varies with the condition and
the individual. Sometimes a dose may be required several times
an hour; other times a dose may be indicated several times a
day; and in some situations, one dose per day (or less) can be
If no response is seen
within a reasonable amount of time, select a different remedy.
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