Recovering from addiction is not a cookie-cutter scenario. What I mean by that is, it isn't exactly the same for any two people. In this way, naturopathic doctors can be extremely useful. Though, what is naturopathy and how does it pertain to your sobriety?
Well, you are in luck because I'm about to tell you!
Ok, what are 'naturopathic doctors'?
While many people associate homeopathy and naturopathy, they really aren't the same. Short and simple, homeopathy is geared toward matching medicine to an ailment. Naturopathy deals with a more broad range of things that focus less on chemical medicine, and more on holistic healing.
The practices these doctors promote can vary but almost all of them revolve around the body's ability to heal itself, given the right nutrients and attention. They can set out something as simple as getting more sun and eating more berries.
Usually, there is a lengthy process involved beforehand.
This doctor wants to know as much about your goals, and your history pertaining to them, as they possibly can. A naturopathic doctor is more concerned with making a specific "program" (for lack of a better term) to address the issues at hand.
Anything they recommend is usually holistic because these people believe (rightly so) that your body knows what it needs to take care of itself.
By adding some natural supplements to dietary changes and exercise, naturopathic doctors can help support your overall body function.
Wait, don't slam the door just yet!
Before you roll your eyes at any image you might have conjured up of a barefoot hippie in a lab coat, these people are doctors. Real doctors!
They have been to school and they often work side by side with actual medical findings. One of their main jobs is to prevent (if possible) diseases by teaching their patients how to live healthy lives. Sound like anything you've encountered in your other programs? To me, it sounds a lot like a sponsor, sober coach or therapist. It really seems to cement the fact that naturopathy aligns perfectly with our recovery goals.
If you have spent any time in recovery from your drug of choice, you know all of the changes that come along with it.
- Eating more nutritious
- Exercising/ Yoga
- Vitamins/ Holistic medicines and supplements
Those are the same things a naturopathic doctor will address, only they will have medical charts and an education to back it up!
If you let them!
Don't just take my word for it, psychologytoday.com published an article about what an asset naturopathic doctors can be when battling addiction.
A recovery program that is tailored to you in a way that supports your mental and physical wellbeing. The only thing left for you to decide is if this is a way to sobriety for you.