There is great value in water fasting with substance abuse (alcohol, drug). Water fasting is the most efficient and effective approach in the beginning steps to recovery. Alcohol abuse is not a disease, rather it is a symptom. The etiology and progression of the symptoms are addressed in both The Grand Purpose and, A Course in Health.
The Emotion-link is the key to addressing the cause of any substance abuse. Those seeking to address the true cause of substance abuse must abandon the idea that other drugs (Rx prescription meds) are the path to recovery. Think about the person addicted to coffee, when withdrawal symptoms arise, the choice is either adding caffeine to rid the headache or self-sooth through the discomfort. One path obviously produces success, the former is perpetual (nicotine patches do not work long term).
Any stimulant or sedative is intended to sooth emotional distress (over and under stimulated nervous systems). The sign of withdrawal for any addiction is the cause and effect. This basic fact is not understood nor applied in other recovery programs.
Alcoholism (alcohol abuse) is a chronic condition that develops over years. Overcoming chronic conditions requires rest, repair and resolve. The symptoms requiring repair include thickening and toughening of the membranes in the alimentary canal, from throat to stomach, and changes in the liver, adrenals, kidneys, pancreas and gut bacteria. When you water fast there is an objective repair of the damaged areas. Furthermore, rest associated with a water fast allows repair of the nervous system and an emotional reset. When you water fast, a sense of comfort and resolve is certain. Resolve being the resilience from the Emotion-link
Why quitting smoking or caffeine may be somewhat more difficult than alcohol is interesting (I don’t believe that nicotine or caffeine is less or more addictive than alcohol). One main difference is that nicotine levels, unlike alcohol, are in a state of a steady ‘high’, compared to the elevated peak or varying degrees of intoxication of someone getting drunk. There is no doubt that nicotine/caffeine affects brain function. It is a fact, they are drugs. With nicotine/caffeine intake people feel pleasure, combined with irritability, anxiety, and depression, all of which cause subtle brain impairment, (most people refuse to accept that these drugs cause anxiety and depression). This impairment is not significant enough to stop smokers from driving a car or working their job while nicotine/caffeine levels are elevated or decreasing. Understanding that the steady use of nicotine/caffeine is a more leveled ride versus the roller coaster drugs and alcohol creates - a blinder that makes their use harder to stop.
Quitting nicotine/caffeine requires addressing the root cause, (Emotion-Link) nerve repair and anxiety/depression not being addressed results in the ongoing use of substances. With water fasting, repair and sensitization to these toxins are guaranteed to make the taste undesirable or intolerable.
Another consideration is that nicotine/caffeine, (and even alcohol), are not as strong as meth, cocaine or heroin. The personality traits of those using any stimulant is explained in, A Course in Health. If your personality traits and emotional triggers are not understood or addressed, recovery is more of a challenge.
To reset our nervous system and be open to the Emotional-link(A Course in Health) is most efficiently and effectively achieved through water fasting.
Many resilient people have overcome their addiction by naturally doing The Course, I encourage those comfortable to take charge, to do so. Withdrawal of drugs, alcohol, and stimulants can be harsh or seemingly unbearable. It is essential to be prepared and guided through this process by understanding obstacles. Referring to the “Q & A” section regarding water fasting applies. The symptoms present in any person addicted must be addressed.
I maintain that addressing the true cause results in the recovered person having a distaste for tobacco, excess caffeine, spicy condiments, alcohol, and drugs. If your addiction program results in you having to resist the substance after your treatment it is and will be a failure.