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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Pill Popping & Prescription Drug Abuse

Pill pping and prescription drug abuse
The statistics are staggering. At just five percent of the world’s population, the U.S. consumed 75% of the world’s prescription drugs in 2010. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 54.2% of people taking prescription drugs got them from a friend or relative—not their physician. And 62% of teens surveyed said that they take prescription drugs because they are “easy to get from their parents’ medicine cabinet.”

The “Whys” Behind Prescription Drug Abuse 

We take medication to alleviate physical and psychological pain, bring us up when we’re down, focus when we’re distracted, and relax when we’re tense. It’s an epidemic—and it is wreaking havoc on our families, marriages, workplaces, and relationships. The need to medicate our problems away begins early. Studies show that more and more adolescents and young adults are self-medicating to deal with life and stress. Earlier this year, WebMD reported that 24% of high school students (over five million kids) have abused some type of prescription drug. The majority of them believe that it is safer than taking street drugs, so they don’t consider it a problem.

The truth is, addiction is addiction, no matter what you are addicted to. The intense cravings, poor decisions, and compulsive pill seeking behaviors are part of a “short circuit” in the brain: a disease that impacts learning, memory, and our ability to control our behavior. It takes more than willpower to stop abusing prescription drugs. If you have been dabbling in prescription pills for a long time—or have recently become physically dependent on prescribed painkillers or medication for ADD, help is here. 

Holistic Treatment for Prescription Drug Abuse 

At Red Oak Recovery®, we are experts in prescription drug addiction rehab. Combining traditional addiction treatment programs with holistic therapies, nutrition therapy, and mindfulness techniques, we have a high success rate in addiction recovery and relapse prevention. If you began using prescription painkillers because you have a documented medical condition, holistic therapy options like acupuncture and eco-therapy are often a beneficial alternative to the drugs you’ve come to rely on. Specializing in wilderness experiences and team building, we teach clients to get in touch with a reality beyond drugs and step out of their comfort zone to develop pro-social coping mechanisms.

Get Help for Prescription Drug Abuse

Don’t become a statistic. If prescription drug addiction has a hold on your life, make the call today. Red Oak Recovery® intake specialists are available 24/7. Our clinically driven adventure therapy program is rooted in evidence-based research that has helped thousands of young men and women recover—physically, emotionally, and spiritually—from prescription medication abuse. Call 866.831.9107 now.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Nutrition and Addiction: Caring For Your Body During Rehab

Substance addiction can damage both the mind and body. Intensive outpatient and residential addiction treatment programs clients heal physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Detoxification and cognitive-behavior therapy help purge the body of substances and the mind of negative thoughts that cause destruction. As you’re “unloading” what’s weighing you down, you’ll also need to think about replenishing the things that you’ve lost to your addiction, such as good nutrition.

The Need for Nutrition Therapy and Planning 

Drug or alcohol addiction and poor nutrition often go hand and hand. Reasons may vary:
  • Loss of appetite & weight loss with drug use (cocaine, methamphetamine) 
  • Not enough money for drugs & nutritious food 
  • Organ damage due to alcoholism 
  • Nausea and vomiting from withdrawal 
When you’re on the journey to recovery, you need your strength to follow through with your goals to reach sobriety. Healthy meals and if required, vitamin supplements prescribed by your doctor, can help you gain weight and make up for essential nutrient deficiencies. Top-ranked NC rehab facilities often include meal planning and nutritional consultation services in an integrative approach to treating addiction.

Research Backs Nutritional Therapy for Mental Health 

Research shows that a healthy, well-rounded diet plays a valuable role in drug and alcohol addiction treatment, as well as co-existing mental health conditions such as depression and bipolar disorder.

One recent study suggests that vitamin D may have a protective effect on the brain of people who are addicted to methamphetamines. Vitamin D is safe for most people to take as a supplement; milk is also fortified with vitamin D if you do not have a dairy intolerance. Ask your doctor if vitamin D is appropriate for you.

Researchers have found that some people who have clinical depression also have deficiencies of vitamins C, B and omega-3 fatty acids. Eating foods rich in these nutrients, such as oranges, broccoli, whole grains, and salmon can boost your levels, and may help boost your mood.

As you progress work through your treatment program and follow a healthy diet, you’ll start feeling better and stronger—both physically and mentally. It’s important to remember; however, to talk to your clinician or physician about making major dietary changes.

Young Adult Addiction Recovery in North Carolina

Red Oak Recovery® offers a range of traditional and holistic addiction treatment programs for young men and women. Our individualized approach helps drive healing, sustained sobriety, and peace of mind in a way that’s right for each client, and we focus on nutrition and addiction throughout your stay. Call 866.831.9107 to learn more about our facility, staff, and programs or inquire about insurance coverage for your residential addiction treatment.