Biochemistry and microbiology appeared to support auto-intoxication theory in the 19th century, but by the early twentieth century detoxification-based approaches quickly fell out of favour. Even though abandoned by mainstream medicine, the idea has persisted in the popular imagination and amongst alternative medicine practitioners.
For years, substance use disorder treatments have fallen short of the mark. With drug overdoses now killing more people than car crashes and guns, it’s time to reconsider our approach. It is a long, arduous process that requires social and emotional support and an acknowledgment of the complex underlying factors that led to these behaviors in the first place. It’s time that we adopt a more holistic approach to treating addiction—one that gets at the root of the issue.
Dairy, such as yogurt or cheese, should be full-fat and unsweetened. "Fat, fiber and protein slow the absorption of sugar, so taking out fat from dairy will make you absorb sugar faster," Alpert said. Once the first three days of the sugar detox are completed, you can add an apple. "There is no one person who wouldn't benefit by eliminating added sugars from their diets," Lustig said. If you've read about the latest wellness trends, you may have entertained the idea of a diet detox.
While more scientific inquiry is needed for firm recommendations, Milk thistle contains a mixture of polyphenolic compounds that assist liver cells in removing toxins from healthy blood cells. While the assumption is that all patients will transition from detox into an outpatient or residential treatment program, the reality is that few patients actually do. A 2012 study of more than 200,000 individuals in California found that less than 11% of detoxification admissions were followed by admission into maintenance treatment within 14 days. This points to a serious flaw in the coordination of care from detox to further substance abuse treatment—one that costs us thousands of lives every year. Alcoholism and drug addiction can have truly devastating consequences for addicts and their loved ones.