Somethin’ Got a Hold on You?

Photography by: Pornchai Mittongtare
Somethin’ Got a Hold on You?

Your problem PHARMACEUTICAL DRUGS
Get more sleep People often turn to prescription drugs, such as OxyContin, Vicodin or Xanax, because they have a lot of pain or anxiety. But withdrawing from these drugs actually intensifies those feelings, says Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D., medical director for the national Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers. Sleep can help relieve the pain and the anxiety. If you can’t sleep, the calming herbs valerian, passionflower, wild lettuce, Jamaican dogwood and hops may help. TRY: Fatigued to Fantastic! Revitalizing Sleep Formula by Enzymatic Therapy ($15 for 30 vegetable capsules; enzymatictherapy.com)
Start exercising Strengthening practices with a mindful component, such as karate, can bolster your body’s ability to calm itself without replacing one addiction (pills) with another (exercise). Gentler types of exercise like qigong and yoga also can help.
Try hypnotherapy The subconscious mind is always moving you from pain toward pleasure, says hypnotherapist Debra Berndt, author of Let Love In (Wiley & Sons). If it senses that kicking a drug habit will cause discomfort, your subconscious will steer you toward that addiction, not away from it. Hypnosis can “rewire” this subconscious pattern by using the powers of suggestion and visualization, Berndt says. Commit to 20 sessions (in 20 days, if possible) for the best results. To find a medical hypnotherapist in your area, go to hypnosisleague.com.