Replace regular alcoholic drinks for fruity beverages and green juices.
Addiction to alcohol is fulfilling a need within ourselves. People who chose to over-indulge in intoxicants are searching for something in their lives that will make them feel better. If the effects of alcohol give us a feeling of confidence, or an increased sense of self-worth, we “logically” reach for another drink.
The first step on the road to recovery is recognition of the problem. The second is seeking help to stop drinking. Abruptly stopping alcohol use in a person who is dependent on alcohol can be dangerous. An alcoholic who needs to drink daily should stop their use of alcohol under the supervision of a physician.
Programs offer individuals intensive, personalized treatment that address the deeper issues at the root of addiction and help individuals identify and release stored emotional pain, destructive thought-patterns and life-damaging beliefs. These are replaced with more nurturing, self-empowering behaviors and experiences.
In addition to group and individual therapy,patients can benefit from the mind, body, spirit healing that addresses the needs of all five senses: touch (twice weekly massage,) sound (music,) taste (vegetarian cuisine,) sight (art therapy) and smell (aromatherapy )along with meditation, yoga and acupuncture. Using this mindfulness approach and paying attention to all five senses, residents transcend and overcome addiction.
In Section XIII of the book “The Key to Theosophy,”from H.P. Blavatsky deals with the issue of meat eating and vegetarianism and also that of drinking alcohol and using drugs.
- Eating meat has the effect of “clogging” and “weighing” our “brains and bodies” and “hampering and retarding the development of [our] intuition, inner faculties and powers.” It “retards our progress.”
- “We believe that much disease, and especially the great predisposition to disease which is becoming so marked a feature in our time, is very largely due to the eating of meat.”
- “Every kind of animal tissue, however you may cook it, still retains certain marked characteristics of the animal which it belonged to.”
- “When the flesh of animals is assimilated by man as food, it imparts to him, physiologically, some of the characteristics of the animal it came from.”
- Just as the eating of meat has a negative and undesirable effect on our inner nature, so does the drinking of alcohol and the use of drugs.
- Any type of alcohol is bad for our “moral and spiritual growth” and has a “very deleterious influence on man’s psychic condition.” Drinking wine and spirits to any degree at all is “destructive to the development of the inner powers.”
- When you drink alcohol your chackras become blocked or clogged. Your soul or spiritual energy decreases. If you are low on energy you are not taking care of your etheric body properly, not to mention the effects on your physical body like dehydration and symptoms that affect the Central Nervous System.
It is often quite astounding to see the hold that alcohol has over many spiritual people. There are many who naively cling on to the idea that “It doesn’t do any harm to have a glass of wine or a can of beer every now and then” despite knowing perfectly well what the teachings have to say about it.
Alcohol does the opposite of supporting your spiritual growth. Alcohol lowers your vibration, numbs your psychic senses, and creates energetic holes in your aura.
Continuing to have a drink from time to time on a social basis “just because my friends do it” isn’t really much of an excuse. If they are really your friends then they won’t object at all if you tell them that you’ve abstened from drinking alcoholic beverages. You can substitue these for other types of drinks.
One of these is as follows: “No animal food of whatever kind, nothing that has life in it should be taken by the disciple. No wine, no spirits, or opium should be used; for these are like the Lhamayin (evil spirits), who fasten upon the unwary, they devour the understanding.”
In her note on this rule, HPB explains that “Wine and spirits are supposed to contain and preserve the bad magnetism of all the men who helped in their fabrication; the meat of each animal, to preserve the psychic characteristics of its kind.”
Meditation, abstinence in all, the observation of moral duties, gentle thoughts, good deeds and kind words, as good will to all and entire oblivion of Self, are the most efficacious means of obtaining knowledge and preparing for the reception of higher wisdom.
As for the eating of meat, Theosophy teaches that all life is sacred, all life is precious, all life is divine. All life is the ONE Life. So we may ask ourselves what gives us the right to take life and to snuff out the life of another living being, especially when there is absolutely no legitimate need to do so seeing as human beings can survive perfectly well and healthily without the consumption of meat?
Here in the West we have unfortunately become so de-sensitised over the centuries that we don’t even think twice about eating meat…never sparing a thought about what it is we’re actually doing…and have thus become happy eaters of animal corpses and in many cases developing a far more animalistic craving for animal flesh.
Spending even five minutes inside an abattoir or slaughterhouse will prove it. It is no wonder that many clairvoyants perceive huge dark clouds and sinister shapes and shadows around such places. The mass slaughter – “mass murder” would be equally as valid a phrase – of millions upon millions of animals every single day, in order that human beings can feast on their corpses, adds to the suffering of the world and the Karma of humanity in ways we can hardly imagine.
Animals are just as divine in their inner essence as we are ourselves. The majority of them are helpless and defenceless against, and easily overpowered by, the violent or murderous intent of a human being. Can we not love them, care for them, and show them the same compassion that we would show for an innocent, helpless, defenceless human being?
Nutritional deficiencies from an alcohol addiction
The most common vitamin deficiencies for alcoholics are vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), vitamin B1 (thiamine), and folic acid. Lacking these nutrients can lead to problems such as anemia (decreased amounts of red blood cells or hemoglobin in the blood) or Korsakoff’s syndrome, a neurological disorder.
Start with hydration
Alcohol is notorious for dehydrating the body, and many drug users do not feel the need to drink water while using. Your body needs hydration to function well. In addition to lots of water, try electrolyte-packed beverages such as Gatorade and coconut water as well, especially if you’ve been vomiting. If you’re able to make an investment, consider getting a juicer to start getting fruits and vegetables to start getting vitamins back in your system while you hydrate.
Dark green, leafy vegetables
Vegetables like spinach, kale, romaine lettuce, and other salad greens can provide vitamin B6, folic acid, and beta-carotene. These are all nutrients that are often found to be deficient in alcoholics. Drinking green juices daily is a good way to incoporate these vegetables to your diet and increase your energy levels.
Individuals who have used alcohol heavily often show additional deficiencies in vitamin A, vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), vitamin c (ascorbic acid), calcium, and iron. Women especially are at risk of osteoporosis after drinking heavily and should increase their calcium intake. However, always consult a doctor before starting any diet, supplement, or nutritional program.
Bright fruits & veggies
Citrics like papayas, bell peppers, strawberries, pineapple, and oranges are all high in vitamin C and many other vitamins. They help keep your gut bacteria in check, something that meat-eaters need to work on.
Establishing healthy habits
- Exercise: do your best to get some fresh air every day. A simple walk will help you clear your head, and the endorphins may help with your withdrawal symptoms.
- Don’t force food: You might feel nauseous during your detox. It’s important to eat what you can, but don’t force it and make yourself sick.
- Stick to regular mealtimes: You may be used to eating sporadically, and changing that habit may take a little while. Focus on three healthy meals a day.
- Use essential oils to fight alcohol cravings. Lavender, eucaliphtus, rosemary and tea tree are good choices.
- Diffusers in a room provide a relief from symptoms.
- Know when it’s time to get professional help.
It is important to recognize that as individuals make the courageous leap to free themselves from alcohol addiction, physical detoxification is only the primary step in an ongoing process of recovery. For continued success, it is critical for people to address the underlying issues, which contribute to the behavioral pattern of alcohol addiction. Physical pain, unresolved emotions and traumatic experiences can all be contributing factors that require healing and attention.
Before and after pictures