Physical Health

How Important Is a Healthy Eating Plan in Treatment?

How Important Is a Healthy Eating Plan in Treatment?

While it may surprise you, a healthy eating plan is extremely important during addiction treatment. Maintaining a healthy eating plan is vital for everyone, but people who struggle with addiction and other illnesses will find that proper nutrition can be a simple change that completely turns their health around. Recovery professionals frequently find that people who suffer from addiction and other mental health disorders also have poor nutritional habits. In fact, the Substance Abuse and Mental...

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Physical Activity, Staying Busy, and Living Sober

It is plain and simple: idleness is a huge risk factor for relapse. When people are bored, they often instinctively reach for something that they know can cure that boredom. For instance, many bored people go to the pantry to find something to eat, or they reach for the remote to turn on the television. However, recovering addicts know that, in the past, their go-to cure for boredom and/or pain was drugs or an addictive activity. So, during addiction treatment, it becomes imperative for...

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How to Manage Ongoing Medical Conditions During Rehab

How to Manage Ongoing Medical Conditions During Rehab

Good health is the foundation of addiction recovery. Although drug detox and counseling are critical for recovery, addicts who also struggle with ongoing medical conditions need to treat both issues at once. When a mental health diagnosis (such as depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder) is in the picture, it is especially important to get professional help. If ignored, these psychiatric conditions tend to generate problems that can quickly lead to relapse. On the other hand, when people get...

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What Causes Eating Disorders and Drug Abuse?

What Causes Eating Disorders and Drug Abuse?

According to the National Eating Disorders Association, nearly 50 percent of those with an eating disorder are also abusing drugs or alcohol – a rate five times greater than the general population. Eating disorders and drug abuse are a dangerous combination. By definition, addiction is a chronic disease that affects brain function and behavior. An addict is a person who engages in a destructive behavior in spite of the continued negative consequences. Although a person with an eating...

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The Dangers of Abusing Multiple Depressants

The Dangers of Abusing Multiple Depressants

People abuse drugs and alcohol for a variety of reasons. Some people use these drugs in their leisure time for entertainment, while other people use them to self-medicate physical or psychological problems. Unfortunately, many people who abuse drugs come to think that one drug is not enough; they may progressively increase the amount of drugs they take, or they may mix drugs together to get a stronger high. Unfortunately, abusing multiple depressants can be incredibly dangerous, so seek help to...

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The Dangers of Using Contaminated Drugs

The Dangers of Using Contaminated Drugs

Many people use drugs of some sort, regardless of whether these drugs are prescribed or are being used recreationally. However, there are dangers associated with both kinds of use, especially if the drugs are contaminated. Dangers of Contaminated Drugs Drugs can become contaminated in many ways: at the factories, on the streets, and in the homes of dealers and producers. The dangers of drug contamination are very real and can include the following: Negative reactions – If a drug is...

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Repercussions of Positive Drug Tests in Newborns

Repercussions of Positive Drug Tests in Newborns

When a newborn tests positive for illicit drugs, federal guidelines require a plan to keep the infant safe and provide needed services. Laws Governing Substance-Exposed Newborns Public health workers became widely concerned with the number of infants exposed to illicit drugs in the midst of the crack epidemic in the 1980s, according to a 2004 report from the National Conference of State Legislatures. In 2003, the federal government passed the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA),...

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Opioid Use and Heart Palpitations

Misusing a drug such as an opioid can create serious psychological and physical consequences. Some of these consequences are temporary, but others can permanently impact a user’s life, health and overall wellbeing. Many opioid users suffer problems like liver damage, stomach ulcers, dizziness and more, but one of the most serious side effects includes heart palpitations, or cardiac arrhythmia. This is a dangerous problem that will require professional help immediately. Side Effects of...

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Hepatic Damage from Overdose

Hepatic Damage from Overdose

The term “hepatic” refers to anything that pertains to the liver. Hepatic damage is one of the many adverse health consequences that may result from an overdose. When an individual overdoses, the body is flooded with more toxic components than it can handle. A drug or alcohol overdose can be described as poisoning. The body can only metabolize so much of a toxic substance at a time. In the case of alcohol, intoxication occurs when the body cannot metabolize or rid itself of the alcohol...

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Hyperalgesia and Opiate Abuse

Hyperalgesia and Opiate Abuse

Hyperalgesia is a condition that causes intense pain, but it is disproportionate to an injury or disease. This occurs for an extended period of time either throughout the body or in a localized area. It can stem from nerve damage or a related temporary sickness, as well as an injury. One form of this problem is called opioid-induced hyperalgesia, which is brought on by taking synthetic opiates such as hydrocodone or oxycodone. Hyperalgesia can develop after extensive use of opioids, but also...

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How Opioids Affect Sleep

How Opioids Affect Sleep

Opioid pain medications are semi-synthetic drugs that replicate the effects of the opiate class of drugs that includes morphine and heroin. Opioid painkillers are classified as controlled substances and are available only with a prescription. In ascending order of potency, these include hydrocodone (Lortab, Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin, Percodan, Percocet) and hydromorphone (Dilaudid, Palladone). These are not the only opioids available, but they are the most commonly prescribed. How Opioids...

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How Diet and Body Chemistry Affect Addiction

How Diet and Body Chemistry Affect Addiction

Addiction is a psychological condition that occurs in response to how drugs affect the brain’s neurotransmitters, specifically dopamine, serotonin and gamma-amino butyric acid (GABA). Drugs mimic the effects of these transmitters either by enhancing their effects or keeping them in the brain for longer than normal. With regular use the brain comes to rely on the drug to affect the neurotransmitters, and without the drug the addicts experience cravings and depression. Diet and Addiction A...

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