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According to a recent study by Trust for America’s Health, the amount of Americans who have died from drug overdose has doubled since 1999. Out of the 44,000 drug-related deaths recorded in 2013, 52% involved prescription drugs. Prescription medication, when used correctly, can be extremely beneficial – but over the years, abuse and misuse have led to a dangerous epidemic. Instead of risking addiction, check out these natural remedies to take the place of the following prescription drugs:
Instead of reaching for a Xanax when you’re feeling stressed, try meditation which helps reduce anxiety and tames the brain. A combination of L-Lysine and L-Arginine has also been proven to relieve anxiety. Taking these amino acids will drop your cortisol and chromogranin-A levels. Exercise and diet can also contribute to your mood – for the better, and for the worse.
For pain, you may want to consider willow bark extract instead of opiates. Willow bark produces salicin, giving it a similar chemical makeup of aspirin. In moderate doses, this natural solution can reduce back and osteoporosis pain without the harmful effects of aspirin.
Codeine syrup is frequently prescribed to patients who are suffering from a nasty cough. Some studies have found that taking a tablespoon of honey 1-3 times daily can be more efficient than over-the-counter pills. Drinking licorice root tea has also been known to soothe airways and ease congestion.
To stay awake and alert, try eating more fish. Fish is packed with fatty acids such as Omega-3 and Omega-6 that keep you focused during the day. You can also incorporate a small amount of caffeine into your diet if you’re feeling extra drowsy.
Addictions and alcoholism have a genetic component – you might especially want to consider alternatives if you or people in your direct family have struggled with addiction before. If you feel like this applies to you ask your doctor how you can stay away from prescription medication and live a longer, healthier life.
If you or someone you know is already suffering from a prescription drug addiction, read about our comprehensive treatment programs here. You can also contact us or call 1-888-928-2272 directly for a no-obligation assessment.