Herbal Treatment for Drug Addiction

March 26, 2024
Solace Asia

What Is Herbal Treatment?

Herbal treatment, also known as herbal medicine or phytotherapy, involves the use of plants or plant extracts to prevent, alleviate, or treat various health conditions. This form of treatment has been practiced for centuries in many cultures around the world and continues to be popular today.

What Herbal Remedies For Drug Addiction?

Herbal remedies can potentially play a supportive role in managing drug addiction, but it's crucial to note that they should not replace professional medical treatment or therapy. However, some herbs may offer certain benefits in managing symptoms or supporting overall well-being. Here are a few herbal remedies that have been explored for their potential in addressing aspects of drug addiction:


Kudzu root extract has been studied for its potential in reducing alcohol consumption and cravings. It contains compounds that may help in reducing the desire for alcohol by affecting neurotransmitter systems in the brain.

Milk Thistle: 

Milk thistle is known for its liver-protective properties. Since many drugs can cause liver damage, milk thistle may help support liver function during detoxification.

Rhodiola Rosea: 

This adaptogenic herb may help in reducing stress and improving mood, which could be beneficial during the withdrawal phase of addiction recovery.


Passionflower is often used for its calming effects and may help alleviate anxiety and promote better sleep, which can be beneficial during the recovery process.

Valerian Root: 

Valerian root is another herb known for its calming properties and potential to improve sleep quality. It may be helpful for individuals experiencing insomnia or anxiety during withdrawal.


Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine to reduce stress and anxiety. It may help individuals cope with the psychological symptoms of drug withdrawal.


Ginseng has adaptogenic properties and may help improve energy levels and overall well-being during the recovery process.

St. John's Wort: 

St. John's Wort is commonly used to treat depression. While its efficacy in treating addiction directly is unclear, it may help with mood management during recovery.

Why Residential Therapy Over Herbal Remedies For Addiction Treatment?

Drug addiction is a complex condition that often requires comprehensive treatment approaches tailored to individual needs. It's important to consult with a healthcare professional or a qualified herbalist before using herbal remedies, especially if one is undergoing treatment for drug addiction. Some herbs may interact with medications or have contraindications for certain medical conditions. Additionally, herbal remedies should be used as part of a comprehensive treatment plan that may include therapy, medication-assisted treatment, support groups, and other interventions tailored to individual needs. Alongside, below are some reasons why residential treatment is better:

Addiction is a holistic illness

As a disease, addiction affects every aspect of the self. Herbal remedies may be useful when treating withdrawal symptoms such as fatty liver. As mentioned before, drug addiction destroys liver tissue. Hence, taking Milk Thistle can help remedy that. But, what about social issues such as isolation? Or the spiritual issues such as an inability to admit one's wrongness like dishonesty? Or belief systems that keep the addict entrapped such as "not being good enough"? One needs therapies to address these symptoms. Unless these get addressed, one can have a smooth recovery from withdrawals. But, not from addiction.

Herbal Treatment may contain addictive qualities

Like their synthetic counterpart, herbs, too may be addictive. For example, marijuana is a herb. Some herbal remedies such as "Ibogaine" are questionable. Are they addictive? If so, then, promoting that herb is no different than replacing one addiction for another. Not knowing the addictive properties of herbs may damage recovery. 

Herbal treatment is still a chemical dependency

Recovery is about having a life free from addiction. It's not about becoming dependent on any substance, be it drugs or otherwise. Herbs are still substances. What is the difference if one substance gets replaced by another? One is still depending on externals to get well. The answer lies within. The reason for being clean should be internal.

Residential treatment teaches addicts tools for living life free from any substance

In treatment, one will learn how to have social connections and talk about feelings. One will also learn how to get in touch with oneself. From this, one will find inner healing.  Herbal remedies may treat the illness, but they can't teach one to live life on life's terms.  

Some herbal remedies may be harmful to one's health.

The NHS (National Health Services) in the U.K. has noted that some herbal remedies may be unsafe for one's health. It's irresponsible for any treatment center to use medicines that are not recognized. National medical bodies such as the U.K.'s NHS ensure the safety of medicines. We are being unprofessional if we rely on personal opinions for herbal remedies. Professionalism is something we prize at Solace Asia.

Treatment At Solace Asia

Residential treatment includes round-the-clock care. There are also daily therapies, as well as recovery programs. At Solace Asia, we know that this is the only way to treat drug addiction. It's because addiction encompasses every aspect of life. As a treatment center, our main aim is to promote recovery rather than inhibit it. We teach our clients how to live in acceptance. We also teach them how to grow out of the pain that caused the addiction in the first place. If anything, that's the best healing remedy available for anyone.

We adopt a "Biopsychosocialspiritual" model of treatment. Biologically, we address the body and health concerns. Psychologically, we treat the thinking processes that have come to create the addiction. We call this the addictive personality

Our program includes various therapies. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or CBT addresses problem thinking and core beliefs. DBT or Dialectical Behavioural Therapy helps addicts to accept themselves. Whereas, Interpersonal Group Therapy or IPGT integrates the addict into the recovering community.

Besides therapies, we provide activities. These activities show our addicts that there is life beyond addiction. We will take you on outings to beautiful and exciting places. You'll also take part in sports, fitness, creative arts therapies, alternative therapies, and massages. All these activities will help in the healing process from addiction.

After your initial treatment, you are most welcome to join the transitions at Solace. This is a program designed to help our clients to make the necessary leap from treatment to real life. We will support you till you are able to support yourself in the new life that you've built with us.

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