Recovery from drug addiction is a long journey and now that you are clean you deserve congratulations. But if you’re feeling run down, tired, and can’t summon much energy for a celebration, it may be because of all the damage that you did to your body by taking drugs. We often hear about the impact of drugs on the brain and on mental health, but years of drug abuse can also take a huge toll on your body. To really heal from your addiction, and to help you avoid relapsing, you need to take time to heal your body. With nutrition and exercise, you can slowly begin to feel well again. Continue reading
In this interview on Univision, Ana Moreno of Lucida Treatment Center discusses self-injury, which is intentional injury to one’s body in an effort to escape from emotional trauma. This is a problem that affects two million people a year in the U.S. Self-injury is often an attempt to feel a sense of control. Another current issue is the social phenomenon of “copycat” behaviors.
Appropriate psychological counseling can provide a solution to this problem, and those close to people who engage in the act of self-injury should be alerted to help them.
The liver is responsible for cleaning and detoxifying the blood. It also helps blood to clot properly. It enables the body to absorb proteins, vitamins and carbohydrates, and provides glucose. The liver performs so many key functions that should it fail, no manmade device could fully replicate its duties. Since the liver is the primary spot for detoxification and promotion of nutrient absorption everything a person ingests gets sent there, including alcohol. Alcohol undergoes an ingenious chemical conversion process in the liver where the ethanol is converted into acetic acid, then into acetate, with harmful ingredients either being absorbed by the liver or sent outside the body in the urine stream. The liver is a marvelous organ that protects the body from the poison of alcohol by watering it down and eliminating it.
Though not entirely understood, the link between testosterone and a wide variety of health problems is one of the most interesting discoveries in men’s health. Testosterone is a steroid hormone that humans produce naturally. It is generally thought of as a male hormone, although it is actually produced by both men and women. Men do, however, produce an average of 20 times more testosterone than do women and use it up at a much higher rate.
Excessive alcohol consumption is a known major factor in the development of a range of serious health problems, including alcohol abuse, alcohol addiction, heart disease and certain types of cancer. Doctors and other health professionals can play a critical role in preventing these problems by discussing the dangers of excessive consumption with their patients. However, according to the results of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released in January 2014, less than 20 percent of American adults review their drinking patterns with their doctors or receive advice on alcohol-related issues.
The psychotherapeutic community attempts to cater to the needs of all people suffering from mental health disorders, regardless of sex, race, ethnicity, socio-economic background or personal life history. But this strategy of inclusivity has in many respects been a failure, especially for individuals of color. While only one-third of those victimized by mental disorders will ever seek counseling and treatment to help them cope with their conditions, the percentage of African Americans experiencing mental illness who choose to enter therapy—or are able to gain access to therapy—is only half as high as the rate for non-Hispanic whites.
Ana Moreno of Lucida Treatment Center discusses common elements of addiction and Lucida’s unique approach to treating substance abuse and mental health. Treatment programs at Lucida are based in the understanding that addiction is not a condition that can be treated by simply focusing on the addiction. In actuality, addiction is a symptom of a greater life problem.
To be effective, drug rehabilitation programs must approach addiction holistically and comprehensively. At Lucida, addicts see that rehab and recovery are simply parts of the larger healing process that must take place in order for the individual to experience freedom and wellness. This involves focusing on emotional development and lifestyle issues, and will often incorporate the addict’s family in the recovery journey.
Alcohol is poisonous to human beings, and the body needs to break this substance down as rapidly as possible in order to reduce any risks for serious harm. Unfortunately, some of the specialized proteins (called enzymes) that the body uses to break down alcohol can also cause significant damage. In a study published in late 2013 in the journal Breast Cancer Research, a team of British researchers looked at the potential for one particular alcohol-processing enzyme, called CYP2E1, to increase risks for the development and progression of breast cancer. Since CYP2E1 appears in higher amounts in people who consume excessive amounts of alcohol, heavy drinkers may have heightened chances of developing alcohol-related cases of this form of cancer.
Zinc is a dietary mineral that humans need to consume in order to function normally. For a number of reasons, a range of population groups across the U.S. have unusually high chances of developing a deficiency of this mineral. In recent years, a number of research teams have attempted to assess the potential role of zinc deficiency in increasing the risks for the onset of depression, as well as the potential role of zinc supplementation in depression treatment. The authors of two recent, large-scale study reviews analyzed the results of these research efforts and came to several important conclusions regarding the connections between zinc and depression.