Substance addiction among in the world is very common these days, which leads to destruction, loss, heartache, frustration, and affects practically every aspect of life. These substances include alcohol, heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and many more. Continued use of these drugs leads to plenty of problems such as financial inability, overdose, problem in managing interpersonal relationships, health unconsciousness, and eventually death. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that globally 62 percent population was indulged in drug addiction in 2016 and around 144000 deaths were reported solely due to drug misuse.

The question raised here is, why and how people get involved in drug use and then get addicted? For the query why, the answer is there are several risk factors that can include genetics, underlying mental health issues, childhood trauma, biological factors, societal factors, and more, causing individuals to find immediate stress relief. Once, a person gets relaxation from any kind of harmful drugs they it can transform them into becoming dependent on these substances. Now come to the question of HOW, harmful substances have the tendency to cause changes in your brain, your brain commands your whole body to be receptive to those substances. As our brain is the leading part of our body with which we perform our daily life routine if our brain gets enslaved to any substance our body will eventually respond to it accordingly and results are in the form of severe addiction.  While many questions remain, but another posed question is what are professionals doing to treat addiction. One not so conventional answer may be the use of Ayahuasca for addiction.

Ayahuasca; Against Addiction Treatment

We have been observing for decades, a number of drugs used to treat substance use disorder and addiction, with the use of plant medicine and Ayahuasca becoming more mainstream in recent years. Ayahuasca is a psychotropic plant medicine that induces hallucination in the mind of the user against that particular misused substance and can lessen its craving. Ayahuasca is a medicated mixture of two plants one is a shrub known as Chacruna; a Psychotria Viridis, and the other is Ayahuasca Vine; a Banisteriopsis. The blend of these two plants is molded into a tea that is also made up of these plants. Individuals take it according to the prescription of a Shaman. In a 2016 clinical study, half of the patients reported auditory and visual hallucinations and the remaining went through deep spiritual and emotional effects leading to a positive alteration to their mental state. Ayahuasca for addiction helps people face their life problems, helping the recovery of substance addiction to ease mental agonies. Misuse of Ayahuasca of it can also be harmful, that is why it is advised to take it according to doctor’s prescription.

Benefits of Ayahuasca for Addiction

Ayahuasca has several clinical benefits. It can be used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, cancer, pain, sleep problems, and addictions. Research done on it, up till now, shows that it helps in overcoming substance addiction. People get addicted to substances to have peace of mind, to overcome their guilt, or to have a feeling of relaxation. Ayahuasca provides an alternative way to achieve these goals. A person who takes it, experiences his problems in the form of images. Along with this, the amplification of consciousness allows him to generate solutions and alternatives to solve the problem. This new perspective to his problems enables him to have a sense of relief which prevents him to consume addictive substances. Besides this, it also serves as a great facilitator in self-knowledge development.

Those addicted to substances face difficulty in conveying their messages or revealing their emotions. This plant medicine allows people to get over this limitation. It takes us beyond verbal and non-verbal limitations. Addictive persons have a low capacity to symbolize their feelings, so Ayahuasca for addiction can be an effective remedy as it induces vision instead of verbal explanation. The patient can visualize what is running in his mind and ultimately, when he will have a clear understanding of it, he can easily disclose conflicts in his mind to others. Hence, verbal therapy can be improved to overcome these conflicts.

The Process of Ayahuasca

Ayahuasca is a natural substance, and there is no risk of toxic effects because of this. This therapeutic dose used for addiction is much smaller than its amount which can be harmful to humans. The extremely bad taste of this medicine prevents its over-dosage. It also helps the individual to improve physically and psychologically. At an earlier stage of taking it, a person may undergo diarrhea or vomiting. This helps to remove toxic addictive substances from the human body.

Ayahuasca itself is not addicted, however during the treatment of Ayahuasca for addiction, haunting memories can be replaced by good ones. Humans have a narrow perspective towards things in general, but the enlightenment which it brings broadens it. During this time the individual is able to see the brighter side of things and start accepting them as something positive.

Adequate use of Ayahuasca for addiction can help a person to know their strengths and limitations. This awareness is crucial in overcoming substance addiction. Those addicted to bad habits always have a fear that they cannot overcome their use of substances. Medical therapy using Ayahuasca is truly a great solution to get rid of this fear. The enlightenment it brings prepares a person to enjoy pleasures of lives leaving behind his ugly past.

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