Many people think homeopathy refers to all forms of alternative medicine, but it’s actually one specific type of alternative practice, very different from nutrition and herbs. Classical homeopathy works well for most medical and psychiatric problems. For people in psychotherapy or suffering from addictions, it removes roadblocks, and speeds the recovery process. And the right homeopathic remedy will also transform marriages and other significant relationships. Nothing heals and transforms a person’s life like the right homeopathic remedy.
In my experience, homeopathy can help all psychiatric problems except ADHD and schizophrenia. However, it works exceptionally well for anxiety disorders (panic attacks, social anxiety, specific phobias, PTSD and OCD), bulimia, sex and love addiction, and anger. It’s also very helpful for personality disorders and unusual problems that defy easy diagnosis.
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I began working with addicts and alcoholics in residency back in 1985 and it’s been an important part of my practice ever since. I’ve worked for several substance abuse treatment facilities. Recently I started prescribing buprenorphine (Suboxone, Subutex) for opiate addiction and regularly prescribe anti-craving medicines for alcoholics. But my policy with all patients is they must do recovery work—12-step meetings, church-sponsored recovery groups or online meetings. Without serious recovery work, medicines are not very useful.
Alternative medicine is very helpful in treating addictions, but it will not treat chemical dependency itself; patients must do recovery work, and that means going to meetings. However, homeopathy and nutrition are very helpful for treating the issues that make people relapse—anxiety, depression, relationship problems and other issues. For process addictions such as bulimia, sex and love addiction, codependency or gambling, homeopathy and nutrition can be very effective. I’ve seen process addictions completely stop with the right alternative treatment.