DRUG ADDICTION- Ayurvedic Treatment, Diet, Exercises, Yoga & Pranayama

Drug addiction is the condition manifested due to the repeated use of drugs. It is also called substance use disorder.

  • SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF DRUG ADDICTION
  • CAUSES OF DRUG ADDICTION
  • PATHOPHYSIOLOGY OF DRUG ADDICTION
  • DIAGNOSIS OF DRUG ADDICTION
  • TREATMENTS FOR DRUG ADDICTION
  • PROGNOSIS OF DRUG ADDICTION
  • COMPLICATIONS OF DRUG ADDICTION
  • DRUG ADDICTION AND AYURVEDA
  • NIDANA- AYURVEDIC CAUSES OF DRUG ADDICTION
  • PURVAROOPAM- AYURVEDIC PREMONITORY SYMPTOMS OF DRUG ADDICTION
  • SAMPRAPTI – AYURVEDIC PATHOGENESIS OF DRUG ADDICTION
  • LAKSHANA- AYURVEDIC SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF DRUG ADDICTION
  • AYURVEDIC PROGNOSIS OF DRUG ADDICTION
  • CHIKITSA- AYURVEDIC TREATMENT FOR DRUG ADDICTION
  • AYURVEDIC SAMANA TREATMENT FOR DRUG ADDICTION
  • AYURVEDIC LOCAL TREATMENT FOR DRUG ADDICTION
  • COMMONLY USED AYURVEDIC MEDICINES FOR DRUG ADDICTION
  • HOME REMEDIES FOR DRUG ADDICTION
  • DIET AND BEHAVIOUR FOR DRUG ADDICTION
  • YOGA FOR DRUG ADDICTION

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF DRUG ADDICTION

  • Social withdrawal
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Irritability
  • Anorexia
  • Sleep disorders
  • Behavioural problems  
  • Weight loss or weight gain

CAUSES OF DRUG ADDICTION

  • Genetic factors
  • Physiological factors
  • Social factors
  • Psychological factors

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY OF DRUG ADDICTION

The above-mentioned factors are responsible for the repeated use of drugs. The pathophysiology is based on the type of drug abused. Cannabis, barbiturates, opioids are some of the commonly abused drugs.

DIAGNOSIS OF DRUG ADDICTION

  • Proper History taking
  • Based on the symptoms

TREATMENTS FOR DRUG ADDICTION

  • Behavioural therapy
  • Counselling
  • Stop using drugs
  • Treatment for withdrawal symptoms

PROGNOSIS OF DRUG ADDICTION

  • Symptoms are manageable with appropriate therapies. 

COMPLICATIONS OF DRUG ADDICTION

  • Suicidal tendency
  • Family problems
  • Adverse effect on memory and consciousness 
  • Other health problems 

DRUG ADDICTION AND AYURVEDA

  • In Ayurveda drug addiction is managed based on the symptoms.

NIDANA- AYURVEDIC CAUSES OF DRUG ADDICTION

  • Ati madya sevadi nidana – excess consumption of alcohol etc.

PURVAROOPAM- AYURVEDIC PREMONITORY SYMPTOMS OF DRUG ADDICTION

  • Irritability

SAMPRAPTI – AYURVEDIC PATHOGENESIS OF DRUG ADDICTION

Excess consumption of alcohol and other drug abuses leads to dosha vitiation. The vitiated doshas first affect buddi and smrti which is located in the heart, and then travels to manas through the srota-which may be viewed as a functional circulatory or nervous system, leads to irritability in the manas (mind) and difficulty in concentration.

LAKSHANA- AYURVEDIC SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF DRUG ADDICTION

  • Chardi – vomiting
  • Moha – confusion
  • Kampa – shivering 
  • Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Weakness

AYURVEDIC PROGNOSIS OF DRUG ADDICTION

  • Symptoms are manageable with proper Ayurvedic treatments

CHIKITSA- AYURVEDIC TREATMENT FOR DRUG ADDICTION

AYURVEDIC SAMANA TREATMENT FOR DRUG ADDICTION

  • Stop drug use

For addiction to alcohol

AYURVEDIC LOCAL TREATMENT FOR DRUG ADDICTION

  • Murdha taila – oil application on the head
  • Shirodhara
  • Abhyanga – oil massage on the body
  • Vamana – with madana phala yoga

COMMONLY USED AYURVEDIC MEDICINES FOR DRUG ADDICTION

Internal administration for addiction to alcohol

  • Drakshadi kashaya
  • Kharjuradi mantha
  • Ashtanga lavana

HOME REMEDIES FOR DRUG ADDICTION

  • Drinking water to prevent dehydration
  • Engage in activities
  • Maintain proper communication with family and friends

DIET AND BEHAVIOUR FOR DRUG ADDICTION

  • Consume a balanced diet
  • Avoid excess consumption of alcohol
  • Oil massage on the head is advised.
  • Advice regular exercise

YOGA FOR DRUG ADDICTION

  • Nadi Shuddi Pranayam    – Calms the mind

The patient needs to be seated in a meditative posture with the head and spine erect, with the body relaxed. The patient has to close his one nostril (e.g. left nostril if using the right hand and vice versa) with the thumb and exhale completely through the other nostril. Again, he will have to breathe in deeply through the other nostril while the opposite nostril is still closed with the thumb.

                              Video:  https://youtu.be/d324ZzE-uXc

  • Shavasana – relaxes the body and mind
  • Bhastrika pranayama

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