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Importance of Diet and Nutrition in Recovery

On the heels of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics March’s “National Nutrition Month®,” we wanted to discuss the importance of diet and nutrition in recovery. In every substance abuse recovery there is the goal of changing negative behaviors into positive ones. Eating right, relaxing and exercising all play an important role in helping you make these changes. Choosing to eat healthy is crucial to sustaining a healthy lifestyle.diet and nutrition in recovery

We naturally assume that food affects our physical body but it also affects our mood. Deficiencies in amino acids and nutrients like folic acid and B-vitamins can have tremendous negative impact on how we feel. Sugar and caffeine are two big culprits in sabotaging one’s mood.
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How Practicing Mindfulness in Recovery Can Help You

Practicing mindfulness in recovery is a great tool. So what is mindfulness? Psychology Today describes mindfulness as “a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.” Practicing Mindfulness in Recovery

How can this help in your recovery? Practicing mindfulness in recovery can help manage stress and prevent relapse. It’s been proven effective for building coping skills that arise from various psychological issues and that are often the reason one turns to drugs and alcohol in the first place. Mindfulness can be a great tool in helping to overcome urges and cravings. By fostering mindfulness you might notice: Read more

The Dangers Hiding in Medicine Cabinets

dangers hiding in medicine cabinetIt’s easy to assume that if something is sold over the counter or even prescribed by your doctor, then it is safe. But this isn’t always the case. In fact many of the seemingly harmless bottles in your medicine cabinet can carry some dangerous risk. Pay close attention to what these dangers are, learn the risk, read the instructions carefully, and don’t be afraid to ask your doctor question. Here are some common dangers hiding in medicine cabinets:
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The Perfect Game Against Substance Abuse Stigma


Who just pitched a perfect game against substance abuse stigma?

The stigma surrounding substance abuse and addiction is so strong in our society that we rarely think of a successful person as someone who could struggle, even though they are just as likely. The negative stigma continues to perpetuate false stereotypes, and in return, reinforces behavior of stress, fear, denial and secrecy. All of which exacerbate the problem and stand in the way of people getting help.Who just pitched a perfect game against substance abuse stigma?

Let’s take a quick look at some baseball facts:

In 2001, CC Sabathia was the youngest player in the major leagues (after being awarded Minor League Player of the Year in 2000). He’s played for some of the top MLB teams. In 2008, he signed what was at the time the largerst contract for a pitcher in MLB history for the New York Yankees. He’s been an invaluable player since. In 2009, he was the Opening Day starter and that year won his first championship ring with the Yankees. He also won the American League Championship Series Most Valuable Player Award. By the end of 2014 season, he was one of the more sucessful pitchers from a hitting standpoint. And his ability to pitch a high number of effective innings each season has some broadcasters calling him the “workhorse.” He is the very definition of success in this country: determined and hard-working. Read more

Life in Recovery: Finding a Healthy Approach to Mardi Gras

Finding a healthy approach to Mardi Gras can be challenging. It is not a time of year known for its balance and moderation. In fact, those two goals seem to go against the essence of the season, and it can be a difficult time of year for someone in drug or alcohol recovery. But there are plenty of ways to enjoy the festivities without overindulging.Healthy Approach to Mardi Gras

Laissez les bons temps rouler! Mardi Gras is a time of feasting that’s for sure. Maybe this year you could take a new angle of it and try some of the amazing, yet healthy restaurants that are popping up all over the city. Splurge a little this time of year on eating out and trying all the healthy options the city has to offer. Sip on juice or a smoothie instead of a Daiquiri as you stand on the neutral ground and yell for beads. To get that King Cake fix check out the low-sugar options at The Green Fork and Breads on Oak.

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Does Hope in Fighting the Drug Epidemic Reside in Our Teens?

We are a country of people chasing the feeling of “normal” and we don’t know how to stop.

As we look for answers in fighting the drug epidemic that is crippling our nation, we might find hope in helping the younger generations make real change.As we look for answers in fighting the drug epidemic that is crippling our nation, we might find hope in helping the younger generations make real change. Last week the New York Times ran the article “How the Epidemic of Drug Overdose Deaths Ripples Across America” that stated what many people have experienced first hand in their communities:

“Deaths from drug overdoses have jumped in nearly every county across the United States, driven largely by an explosion in addiction to prescription painkillers and heroin.” We are a country of people chasing the feeling of “normal” and we don’t know how to stop.

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