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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Nutritional Whammy of Addiction

It’s likely not too surprising that years of substance abuse can take a nutritional toll on the body. That’s because both alcohol and drugs can cause vitamin and mineral deficiencies, which threaten physical and mental health, damage vital organs and the nervous system, and compromise the immune system.

For instance, research shows that alcoholics can consume as much as 50 percent of their daily calorie allowance from alcohol itself. Other drugs, like stimulants, are known to suppress appetite. And opiates wreak havoc on the digestive tract, causing severe vomiting and diarrhea (and vitamin depletion) during withdrawal.

Harmful lifestyle choices associated with addiction can also play a role. Most often, the need for the addictive substance is prioritized over the need for a well-rounded, healthful meal. And poor eating patterns combined with lack of exercise can increase the risk of such long-term health problems as metabolic syndrome, diabetes, hypertension, weight problems, and eating disorders.

Top 10 Benefits of Nutrition Therapy
It makes sense that more addiction treatment centers are adding nutritional therapy as part of their recovery programs. Nutritional therapy approaches food and eating holistically. You’ll learn how to change your diet to cut back on salty, fatty, and sugary fare — and to focus on foods that give your body the nutrients it needs to:
  • Rid itself of toxins
  • Strengthen the immune system
  • Build and repair organ tissue
  • Enhance your mood
  • Improve your sleep
  • Increase energy
  • Manage stress
  • Regulate blood sugar
  • Curb emotional eating
  • Boost self-esteem
Good Nutrition at Red Oak Recovery
We value the importance a healthy relationship with food has on a lasting and fulfilling recovery. Our intention is to educate and encourage our young women to make inspired choices in the food they prepare and eat. For more information, call 866-831-9107.

Friday, August 26, 2016

5 Benefits of Exercise for Men in Recovery

You know that exercise is good for you – and it’s also a great recovery tool. Among the many health benefits, working out can improve heart health, increase concentration, remove toxins from the body, ease anxiety, and reduce substance cravings. 

Here are a few more of the many ways that a good sweat session can be
beneficial for men in addiction recovery.

  1. Exercise heals the brain. Many men recovering from substance abuse disorder experience lack of concentration and forgetfulness. Exercise, especially when combined with a traditional rehab program, can help rebuild your brain and minimize these mental side effects. 
  2. Exercise fills a void. Having a schedule that includes healthy activities is an important part of staying sober. To this end, exercise provides men in recovery a healthy distraction and replacement for alcohol, cigarettes, gambling, or drugs.
  3. Exercise helps you fight back. There’s no better defense than a healthy body to fend off stress, cravings, and withdrawal symptoms. 
  4. Exercise increases confidence. Getting stronger and building endurance will help minimize any feelings of self-loathing and hopelessness, which are all too common among men in recovery. And it will also help give you the motivation and confidence to take charge of your recovery and make lasting changes. 
  5. Exercise restores inner peace. Mind-body techniques like yoga, Pilates, and tai chi aren’t just for women. In fact, they are proven to help both men and women alike unwind, focus, and better cope with daily stressors. And the less stressed you are, the less likely you’ll return to using. 
Men’s Drug Addiction Treatment
In addition to therapy, our young men will learn about what triggers and motivates them to use substances in the first place, and will work to develop new healthy coping strategies and positive skills for recovery and relapse prevention. To learn more, call: 866-831-9107.


Friday, August 12, 2016

Even Olympic Athletes Suffer Depression

U.S. Olympic swimmer Allison Schmitt, 26, is making waves when it comes to breaking the stigma surrounding mental health.

This week, the Olympian, who finished second in the women's 4X100m freestyle relay, spoke candidly about her own struggles with depression and how therapy and the support of her friends, family, and coach have helped her battle through.

"When I woke up in the morning, I would look forward to going back to bed. As soon as my alarm went off, I knew that it's time for practice. But my thoughts were, 'Okay when can I get back into bed," Schmitt told TODAY's Jenna Bush Hager.

Signs of Depression

While the symptoms of depression can vary, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, the most commonly reported signs include:
  • Feeling sad or "empty"
  • Feeling hopeless, irritable, anxious, or guilty
  • Loss of interest in favorite activities
  • Feeling very tired
  • Not being able to concentrate or remember details
  • Not being able to sleep, or sleeping too much
  • Overeating, or not wanting to eat at all
  • Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts
  • Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems
There's No Shame in Depression Treatment
Schmitt is further proof that depression can happen to anyone — and that it’s not a sign of weakness or something to be ashamed of. Depressive illnesses are serious and affect more than 19 million American adults, occurring most frequently in women ages 25 to 44.

Fortunately, depression is very treatable. More than 80 percent of people with depression are treated successfully with medication, psychotherapy, or a combination of both, according to Mental Health America. If you or someone you love is showing signs of depression, take a cue from Schmitt and get the help you need. 

Addiction, Depression, and Trauma Treatment at Red Oak

One out of three depressed people also suffers from some form of substance abuse or dependence. The Willows at Red Oak Recovery℠ is a clinically dynamic, trauma informed treatment center that addresses the underlying emotional issues that are fueling self-destructive thoughts and behavior. To learn more, call: 866-831-9107.