Do Herbal Remedies Help Fight Alcoholism?
A new product that has come onto the market claims an 84% success rate in curing a person’s alcoholism. “Sobrexa” is an eight week herbal liquid remedy that scientists believe has real potential in the war on addiction. The herbal liquids are derived from the kudzu vine, which have long been thought to have wonderful healing powers. However, many people in the recovery community are skeptical of a product that claims such outstanding success rates for users.
Even the best abstinence programs ever created have never boasted a success rate close to the 84% that Sobrexa makers claim. That is just one of the reasons why so many people are skeptical about the new remedy. The substance that is found in the kudzu vine is known as daidzin, which is organic. Sobrexa is marketed as “an 8 week, at home, do it yourself program that has been proven to help you reduce your desire to over-drink alcohol with ease. No will power needed.”
Kudzu is being studied fervently at Harvard’s medical school and its affiliate, the McLean Hospital. It is being researched for its anti-alcohol properties, as well as for its potential use in other areas of medicine. It is believed that the kudzu vine holds many amazing properties that make it the perfect remedy for a variety of ailments.
A new study published in the Drug and Alcohol Dependence journal quotes one of the leading doctors of the McLean Hospital, Dr. David Penetar, as saying “further evidence that components found in kudzu root can reduce alcohol consumption and do so without adverse side effects.” To individuals that have struggled with recovering from an addiction to alcohol, this probably sounds too good to be true. One of the studies conducted let people in an apartment for a few days and told them they could drink as much beer as they wanted. Subjects that were taking Sobrexa actually consumed far fewer beers over the course of the experiment.
Even though scientists still are not fully aware how the kudzu vine works, they have gained enough knowledge to know that further testing should be done and that there are properties of the vine that can help people suffering from certain health problems. Some researchers believe that taking Sobrexa prevents alcohol induced dopamine surges in the pleasure center of a person’s brain. Ultimately, a person taking Sobrexa will supposedly have no urge to drink at all because they are no longer getting the pleasurable effects that they were used to. The thinking goes that this will get a person to quit drinking in an extremely short period of time.
It is certainly understandable that many in the alcohol rehab treatment industry would be skeptical of such a miracle cure. What we do know, is that many people do recover from alcoholism and drug addiction as a result of working a 12 step program. Treatment is not a cure in its self, what addiction treatment can provide is a safe structured environment where an addict or alcoholic can be treated for detox, be educated on the disease of addiction, heal with therapy, and have enough support to continue their journey in recovery once they leave treatment. Although a cure for addiction would be a break through in science, the recovery community seems to be doing just fine utilizing 12 step programs since the 1930s, it works if you work it.