Complete alcohol/drug detoxification is a requirement for everyone who enters the Horizons of Hope substance abuse program; our continuous detoxification recommendations augment all other components within our program. Detoxification works to remove or eliminate any accumulation of the 77,000 toxins we are exposed to in our daily lives. Of particular note are heavy metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium and arsenic. These toxins must be removed from the body to alleviate the many inflammatory reactions they can trigger, including serious illness and disease.
Our Detoxification program includes:
- Colon hydrotherapy
Colon Hydrotherapy, also referred to as colonics, is a therapeutic procedure that uses filtered water to gently cleanse the large intestine or colon. It helps remove accumulated waste, mucus, bacteria, gas, and other toxic matter by hydrating, softening, loosening and rinsing the walls of the colon. It also improves colon muscle tone, peristaltic action and nutrient absorption.
- Far-infrared Sauna
Far-Infrared is part of the sun's light spectrum and is an energy which humans naturally absorb. This energy stimulates many of our biological systems and can be a used for inducing therapeutic and detoxifying perspiration. Far-Infrared energy has also been shown to enhance circulation, provide anti-inflammatory effects and boost immune systems.
- Kidney, liver and gallbladder cleanses
The gallbladder, liver and kidneys are a large part of our detoxification system, with the liver being the major detoxification organ.
When all of the body's systems are functioning appropriately and the nutrients we take in are being absorbed properly, each of the organs work efficiently at ridding the body of toxins. When you combine lack of proper nutrition, high stress levels and little to no exercise in a person who is abusing alcohol and/or drugs, the toxic load can become overwhelming. For this reason, we assist the organs with their job of detoxifying the body.
By administering herbs, vitamins, whole foods, homeopathy and plenty of water, we can help stimulate, support, protect and detoxify these important organs. Cleanses will help to stimulate the bile production which in turn helps enhance the elimination of toxins. This helps cleanse the kidneys so that they can filter out toxins safely, help boost the immune system and stimulate the lymphatic system. Nutrients and supplements also provide necessary antioxidants for the body, so that it can scavenge free radicals and maintain healthy systems.
- IV Chelation for heavy metals
Chelation of heavy metals is the process of introducing a chelating agent into the body, which binds heavy metals so that they can be excreted via the urine or feces. Chelating agents can be introduced orally or intravenously and can range from garlic and vitamin C to ethyl diamine tetracetic acid (EDTA) and dimercapto propionic sulfate (DMPS).
- Oral herbal supplements
Oral supplements are usually given as part of the overall nutrition and detoxification plan to help support a healthy recovery.