Review of the Benefits of Naturopathic Interventions used in an AOD Treatment setting

The 2018 Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference will be held this month over Monday 28 and Tuesday 29 May with optional workshops on Wednesday 30 May at the QT Gold Coast.

Ms. Sarah Fair, Manager, Community Services at Windana joins us at the Conference to discuss ‘Review of the Benefits of Naturopathic Interventions used in an AOD Treatment setting’.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Naturopaths in an AOD Treatment setting use an evidence-based approach to select a limited range of herbal medicines and supplements to treat service users in alcohol and other drug (AOD) withdrawal and rehabilitation programs, and in the community and educate participants regarding evidenced-based nutrition for recovery and improvement of overall mental and physical health.

PURPOSE: The purpose of this review is to evaluate the current scientific literature on the benefits of the naturopathy interventions practiced at Windana Drug and Alcohol Recovery Health and Healing Program. Such an evaluation is important as it provides an understanding of the current state of the science, and the scientific literature, that underpin the practice under review. The review will be focused on herbal medicine, supplements and nutrition as tools of trade of naturopathy in an AOD treatment setting.

METHODOLOGY: i) General citation review; ii) an evaluation of the extent of pharmacological research in herbal medicine and nutritional supplements and interventions; iii) a literature review of herbal medicine and nutritional supplements and interventions research. Databases: Pubmed, EMBASE will be searched for Randomised Controlled Trials and Systematic Reviews publication years between 2010 and 2017.

Biography

Jen Rollings has been Senior Naturopath at Windana for 4 years and is currently Team Leader for Windana Health & Healing. She heads up the interdisciplinary nutrition commission program at Windana’s Therapeutic Community that co-designs menus with participants. She has a Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy) and a Graduate Diploma in Alcohol and Other Drug Studies.

For more information on the upcoming 2018 Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference please visit the conference website.

 

 

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