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Is Vomiting an Effective Addiction Help Method?

You may have read the recent news stories about monks in Thailand helping people overcome drug addiction by inducing projectile vomiting. You may be tempted to try it but, before you do, there are some things you should know about vomiting, and about how drugs are stored in the body. Then you might want to reconsider and choose another type of addiction help.

The idea behind vomiting is to get rid of toxins, including drugs. This works pretty well when someone has ingested poison – tainted food is a good example – but only while it’s still in the stomach and before it has been absorbed into the blood stream. Some drugs also lodge in fat cells – hallucinogens, for example – and vomiting won’t do you any good there either.

Vomiting over and over again can also be harmful. We can take a lesson from bulimics – those who eat and purge, eat and purge, eat and purge. Sometimes they purge with laxatives, diuretics, or by fasting, and sometimes they do it by vomiting after every meal. Here are some of the problems it can cause:

• Irregular heartbeat, which could lead to heart failure
• Lowered blood pressure
• Stomach ulcers, which may rupture
• Weakness
• Dehydration
• Malnutrition
• Constipation
• Diarrhea
• Abdominal cramps and contractions
• Irregular or no menstrual period
• Dental problems – primarily tooth decay and corrosion of tooth enamel – caused by the regurgitation of stomach acid

And, because the drugs are in the blood stream and well as being lodged in fat cells and organs, you’re taking a very big risk with continuous vomiting, without actually getting rid of the drugs.

If you’re trying to stop taking drugs, it is important to get them out of your body as much as possible. As long as they’re in there, the body can crave drugs. They can also re-activate, so you feel the effects of a drug without having taken it.

Many drug rehab facilities have a good nutritional and detox program to get the body as cleaned out as possible.

If you’re looking for a good addiction help program, check into this aspect of things – it could make a huge difference in the success of the treatment.

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