Drug and alcohol addiction can be healed using outdoor environments which is known as environmental healing for susbtance abuse. By using the four elements of fresh air, sunlight, walking barefoot (especially on grass, dirt, or sand), and pure water, the spirit and body can be cleansed of impurities through environmental healing. Walking outdoors every morning before other daily activities stimulates proper blood flow; air is transferred from the nostrils and into the lungs, which fills the whole body with oxygen. Oxygen is the driving force of pure thought and action in the mind and body, assists in building bodily tissues, and promotes the production of serotonin and other “feel good hormones.” Oxygen is one of the main components of environmental healing for substance abuse. Qi Gong and yoga practitioners, midwives, doulas, and physicians tell mothers in labor to breathe so their energies are focused on the birth itself, providing much needed strength to her core, thigh, abdomen, shoulder, and chest muscles. Without proper breathing, the birthing process will not occur smoothly.
We have all experienced a better mood when walking outdoors, spending time in the elements this is environment healing. A schedule can be set to walk outside each morning just after sunrise. By receiving direct and indirect sunlight on the skin and into the eyes, Vitamin D production occurs, and the body is warmed naturally. During winter months, the eyes and face should still be exposed to the sun and fresh air when possible. Despite the fear of having too much sunlight, observing traditional cultures reveals long term exposure to the sun without incidences of skin cancer. Every individual has a different sunlight tolerance level which will depend on many factors including, their location, length of exposure, the angle and proximity of the sun to the earth, and their melanin content which determines the color and hue of their skin. In any case, sun exposure on some level, is absolutely necessary for health.
Walking, jogging, and sprinting barefoot in grass, dirt and sand are other ways to enjoy environment healing for substance abuse. Movement stimulates the reflex points on the bottom of the feet which correspond to the body’s internal organs. This stimulating helps to cleanse organs such as the liver, pancreas, and small and large intestines, which have been damaged by legal and illegal drugs, and alcohol. It also stretches the tendons, ligaments, and muscles in the feet and calves, which improves posture. Once posture is improved by straightening of the spinal column, one finds breathing much easier and a deeper intake of oxygen takes place.
Who would of thought environment healing for substance abuse would take on so many different facets and modes of use?
Thus we have a constant interplay of the healing elements that may also reduce the desire for drugs and alcohol which is why environment healing for substance abuse is so important as a part of holistic health.
In our previous article on physiognomy, that is, using the body as a feedback mechanism, we covered iridology and its place in diagnosing damaged organs in a patient’s body. This article covers sclerology which is an additional, yet complimentary modality that can be used in addiction treatment.
Sclerology is the study of the sclera—or white portion of the eyeball—and the shape, location, and depth of the blood vessels and foreign markings found therein to determine present disease states which are sometimes more current than iridology. Like iridology, sclerology was utilized by physicians in ancient cultures such as Nubia, Egypt, Babylon, and among the indigenous American populations. The modern form was modified by A. Stuart Wheelright whose legacy is carried on by Dr. Jack Tips, director of the International Sclerology Institute.
Sclerology is a companion modality to iridology, and both possess their own unique strengths and compliment one another diagnostically. Digital camera technology is now used to magnify the sclera. However, the white tissue surrounding the iris can be read with the practitioner’s naked eye. The red lines found in the eye and various markings found in the zones correspond to the zones in the iris.
This science is lesser known than iridology but is just as important in the diagnostic process. In times past, the tissues in each eye were read at once and a diagnosis was given according to the reading. Both techniques can be used in drug addiction treatment to determine both the constitutional disposition and organ weaknesses within the patient/client.
For more information you may contact the International Sclerology Institute at http://www.sclerology-institute.org/
Reflexology is yet another tool health practioners can use in drug and alcohol addiction treatment. It is part of every massage system in the world, is at least 6,000 years old and is one of the first healing modalities in existence, even predating acupuncture and chiropractic. The advantage to reflexology is its utility as both a diagnostic technique and treatment modality. Each organ in the body has a reflex point in the hands, ears, and feet. When using a visual map of these areas we find they mirror the internal organs located in the torso and head areas.
By pressing, rubbing, kneading, and pinching the reflex points, the corresponding organs are energetically healed; on a physical level, the immune system is stimulated and the body uses its own intelligence to send blood, hormones, oxygen, and other vital substances to these areas. Reflexology is very useful in the field of addiction, as it can first be used to relax the patient/client while the liver, colon, heart, and other vital organs are being healed.
How a practitioner determines which organs must be stimulated is dependent on the type of pathology that is sensed by smell, touch, and sight. It is common, for instance, for someone to rub a painful area on their hand, and when they stop to think about the source of the injury, there is no recollection of physical injury. This means there is an issue with the organ that corresponds to that particular zone. Markings may also appear on the area such as bruising, discoloration, and swelling.
Using the techniques above, an individual can either heal themselves or find a skilled reflexologist to assist them in the healing process.
Ann Gilanders. The Joy of Reflexology: Healing Techniques for the Hands and Feet to Reduce Stress and Reclaim Life. Gaia Books Limited: London, 1995.
Inge Dougans. The New Reflexology: A Unique Blend of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Reflexology Practice for Better Health and Healing. Marlowe & Company: New York, 2006.
The iris has several layers of thin tissue that reveal the depth and spread of disease to various organs. Deeper markings reveal deeper disease states in that region of the body. Thus we have, in increasing order of severity: Acute, sub-acute, chronic, and degenerative. In the acute stage the body’s immune system has attempted a rapid destruction of the cause of disease, while a high degree of metabolism is still present.
Sub-acute markings show a slower metabolism and impaired immune function. It is possible at this stage to have minor organ damage which the patient/client must act upon to hasten the healing process. At this stage it is common for them to experience fatigue and a reduction in motor function, depending on the organ that is damaged. Markings will begin to appear higher in color contrast or a deeper brown or black color.
Chronic stages of disease find the organs damaged to such a degree that immediate action must be taken. A physician’s diagnosis of chronic pain in any of the bodily systems means a problem has existed for a longer period of time than should be and must be treated quickly. As with drug and alcohol addiction, which can lead to cirrhosis of the liver, brain damage, and colon cancer, all diseases, if not treated when symptoms first occur, can lead to even more serious, degenerative problems. Organ or system degeneration shows up in the iris as a deep, black hole, mainly with an irregular shape. It must be treated on a more regular basis, and protocols must be administered in a timely manner. At this stage, however, regeneration of damaged tissue is difficult to obtain unless the patient/client makes lifestyle changes on the spiritual, emotional, and physical levels.
In each stage the patient/client experiences nutritional deprivation as a result of the energetic and physical break in organ integrity. If the lungs are damaged, for instance, due to repeated smoke inhalation, full breaths cannot be taken, thus depriving one of full oxygen levels. Once oxygen levels are reduced it is impossible for blood to receive and process nutrients that are carried from the colon walls to other parts of the body. Fresh air is literally food for the body, just as a connection exists between food we intake through the mouth, the soil it is grown in, and sunlight we intake through the eyes and skin.
Furthermore, the colon, which is lined with and connected to muscles on its inner and outer walls, relies on taking full breaths that expand and contract the whole diaphragm. This in turn impedes intestinal peristalsis, which moves fecal matter outside the body. This is the end stage of digestion, which is called elimination.
If any of these physical problems occur, even for a short period of time it will be revealed in the iris
Family can be a primary source of healing in alcohol addiction treatment. During sporting events, holidays, and weddings, alcoholic drinks are present that pose as possible temptations to those struggling with substance abuse. There are several steps that we can take to help our relatives heal in a holistic fashion:
First, it is imperative that everyone in the family is understood for who they are individually before attempting to understand their relative who is addicted to alcohol. Physicians of ancient Egypt believed that one must first know themselves before they are able to provide healing to others. It is this basis for medicine that will draw relatives addicted to alcohol to their family for acceptance while at the same time being held accountable for their actions.
Second, if alcohol is usually present at a gathering hosted by the family, it can be removed altogether from the list of drinks being served. At sporting events the family can keep their relative who is in recovery accountable for what they consume while attending. This leaves no access for a substance abuser or recovering addict to falter in their healing process. Even if there has been no clinical treatment at this point, the abuse can be halted during one of the greatest times of temptation.
Third, alcohol addiction can be healed and the one dealing with it must be loved and have kind words spoken to him/her. We must believe in this wholeheartedly for our clients and families to heal. Environments filled with high levels of emotional stress present unique situations when the family lets their guard down and things may be said that should be withheld for the sake of peace. If someone does not feel loved, healing will never take place.
The healing process is hindered if there is denial on the family’s part that a problem exists. This is common in families who have an intergenerational history of substance abuse. This abuse may even have involved the selling of drugs which may have led to imprisonment, or long term rehabilitation treatment, or even death. Denial acts as a mask to cover up character flaws, failures, spiritual and emotional trauma of the individuals involved and even those affected by them.
Every individual’s spirit is different and alcohol addiction will manifest in a variety of ways, including a loose tongue, (revealing private information), cursing, weight gain, damaged liver, depression, unbridled anger, lack of ambition, neglect of personal and family responsibilities, and in other ways. By learning and understanding alcohol addiction, we understand its mechanisms and can assist our clients and family members in a more holistic fashion.