Alcohol addiction – Heed the signs

Alcoholism is a deadly disease. It so main stream media acceptable these days that many don’t even realize the lives lost daily due to this deadly disease.

It not only destroys the abuser, but in some instances the entire family unit.

It is a disorder of physical and psychological dependence on alcohol daily or binging on a regular basis.

It can be a gradual progression, and the individual is not heeding the warning signs. When the threshold is passed, unfortunately, there is no going back.
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How Much Alcohol is too Much?

How Much Alcohol is too Much?

How Much Alcohol is too Much? – Source www.cdc.gov

This is a question that almost everyone from college students to lawyers (and everyone in between) ask themselves at some point.  It is a very difficult question to answer, and honestly the answer will be different for each person and each situation.

A 100 pound girl can handle much less than a 250 pound grown man.  How much is okay at a bar with your friends is very different from what might be okay at your conservative grandmother’s 65 birthday party (maybe none is best).

Different cultures also have varying views on alcohol.  Europe tends to have a slightly gentler view of alcohol consumption than the United States.  The easiest approach to answering this question for you and your life style is by examining how your life is affected by it.
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Addiction: Friends and Family

Worried about family or friends?

Worried about family or friends?

Addiction is different for everyone, so there is no easy way to tell if someone you care for is struggling with drug use.

Just because a loved one is struggling with substance abuse does not mean the need to go to rehab, either.

Simply talking to your loved one may help.  There are both physical and emotional signs of addiction, so simply paying attention may cue you to your loved one’s need for help.
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Hidden Risks of Diet Pill Addiction

Most people know that diet pills are either drugs that are produced pharmaceutically or created by naturally derived plant–based means. These pills are used by millions every day as a means of losing weight. They are available by way of prescriptions or as over-the-counter medications with a common goal of assisting people in losing or maintaining their weight. These pills affect the body’s natural processes by curbing appetite, increasing metabolism, controlling the absorption of calories, and sometimes giving the person an energy boost as well.

Many people see diet pills as a quick fix to lose a little extra weight after the holidays or before a vacation or other special event. Some who have a normal weight will take these pills to maintain that weight and keep energized so as to remove the focus from consuming calories and keep the focus on an active lifestyle. People who suffer from eating disorders may take these drugs as well. Most often results from diet pills is temporary if not used in conjunction with permanent lifestyle changes of better diet and increased exercise.

Side Effects of Diet Pills

While many people feel taking a natural weight loss supplement, like the one written about here, is safer than a pharmaceutical it is important to realize many natural supplements have severe side effects too. Common side effects from diet pills include, mood swings, trouble sleeping, digestion issues, dizziness, headache, rapid heartbeat, nausea, and anxiety. More severe side effects can include kidney and liver damage resulting in permanent damage or death.

Diet Pills can be Dangerous and Addictive

Sometimes appetite suppressants can have mental side effects as well. If a person is in a compromised mental state and is looking at a pill as a miracle cure they may have severe reactions to the pills not working including taking more than the recommended dose which can lead to abuse of the pills and addiction.
The ingredients of natural supplements can be addictive as well. Although derived from plants, roots, fruits and vegetable sources many ingredients still have serious power on the human body. Always listen to your body when you choose to use a natural weight loss pill and if you feel you are experiencing any side effects stop taking the supplement. Also, remember that diet pills are not to be used indefinitely, your body needs regular breaks from any drug or supplement.

Appetite Suppressant Addiction

Appetite suppressants are the most commonly abused form of diet pill. These drugs usually contain amphetamine-type drugs that are easy to misuse and have high rates of addiction. These drugs cause the brain to release chemicals that reduce the sensation of hunger and can have a stimulation effect on the body. People who respond well to these drugs have great success with weight loss, high energy, and even a feeling of mild euphoria. Teens need to be especially careful not to go overboard with diets and diet pills, read this article for more info specific to teens.

As with other amphetamine drugs, appetite suppressants are highly addictive and people can build a tolerance to them fast. Once a person has developed a tolerance to the medication or supplement they need to take more to achieve the same feelings or results. It can be difficult to stop taking these meds as withdrawal symptoms are common. Chronic use of appetite suppressants may cause a person to be depressed, anxious, have memory loss and paranoia. Diet pills can be very dangerous when used inappropriately and people must be carefully monitored when they choose to utilize these substances for weight loss. Check out this article from LiveStrong for more info.

Is “Hobby-preneurship” Good for Recovering Addicts?

One of the most important things in ensuring the road to addiction recovery is transitioning back into society after rehab. Those who have never been recovering addicts will not understand how hard this can be. Contrary to what many may think, they don't walk away from rehab feeling confident that they'll be able to get their lives back together in a snap. Recovering addicts are usually full of self-doubt, insecurities, and confusion. Of course, they still have some hope that they can pick up the pieces bit by bit.

Aside from a solid support system, recovering addicts need something to take their minds of their addiction. The craving does not really go away which is why they need an outlet to pour their attention to. This is why getting employed is vital. Sure, a hobby can be good too but keep in mind it is always better to hit two birds with one stone. By getting a job, a recovering addict can ease back into society bit by bit.

If you're reading this and you're a recovering addict, you may be thinking that the last thing you need right now is a job. After all, the stress and pressure brought about by employment can very well lead you back to that dark road. Here's the thing, the job does not necessarily have to be stressful. If your old job is what lead you to become an addict, it may be time you explore other career paths.

These days, more and more people are choosing to become "hobby-preneurs" rather than become corporate slaves or regular employees. What are exactly "hoppy-preneurs"? Well, they're people who make a living out of their hobbies. Needless to say, their lives are a lot less stressful because they're doing something they enjoy. For this reason, becoming a "hobby-preneur" is probably the best choice for recovering addicts.

This doesn't necessarily mean that you would need to shell out a lot of money to put up a start-up business. Start with baby steps. Say you enjoy painting and really have the talent for it. You can begin by taking on small jobs that won't require too much equipment. But don't forget to save a little from your earnings so you can invest in the best paint sprayer in the market sometime in the future. Having the right tools and equipment will help you grow your business exponentially.

The same goes for hobbies such as writing. Nowadays, it is much easier for a writer to get his work out there because the internet has made it possible for authors to self-publish their work digitally. Another option is to become a freelance writer if you have the knack for writing but aren't much of a storyteller. There are a lot of internet marketers looking for people who can write decent content for them. Of course, that doesn't really fall under "hobby-preneurship" but you can still earn money by writing.

You may have also noticed the influx of home bakers and homemade food products in the recent years. This is another good example of "hobby-preneurs". Homemade food products are usually made by hobbyists who decided to try earning some money by offering their signature dishes to the public. If you enjoy cooking and have fantastic recipes up your sleeve, this is definitely worth a try.

At the end of the day, it doesn't really matter what type of work you want to be doing. What matters is it's something that you enjoy and doesn't cause you enough stress to drive you to relapse. Another thing you need to remember is to always seek help when you feel that you're on the verge of breaking down.

The Ideal Life?

What is an ideal life?

Obviously this is different for everyone but I think at its core it’s very much the same for most. Friends, family, love and having the resources to enjoy life seem to be very important. Resources equal money for the most part and everyone needs or wants different amounts. A large majority of the people that I see that are happy aren’t necessarily multi-millionaires. I think that not having to worry about money contributes to the ideal life though. Although we cannot completely erase stress and worry from our lives it definitely helps to minimize it or as I like to say “choose your battles wisely.”

Because I am talking about the topic of money I feel that discussing the topic of passion is also of utmost importance as well. Being passionate about our relationships, being passionate about our jobs or being passionate about a hobby, it doesn’t matter as long as there is some form of passion. Multiple outlets are even better because passion and boredom rarely mix and it keeps life fun and interesting.

I met an amazing brother and sister couple this past weekend and they were very passionate about what they were doing. I could feel it when I spoke with them and it was a breath of fresh air. We had a long discussion about what they were doing in regards to their business but we also discussed their “why.” Why were they doing it? I always like to ask people their “why” because I feel likes it’s an important ingredient that is often times missed. The brother (his name is Todd) was very clear in regards to his why. He has a 3 year old girl (beautiful little girl btw, he showed me pictures,) and he was fed up with his job and not being challenged on a daily basis. He was also tired of working for someone else and building someone else’s empire rather than his own. The sister (her name is Tara) has a successful brick and mortar business and although the money is good, it requires tons of time and she feels empty inside because she really isn’t doing what she loves which is helping people. Tara is a past meth addict and by her looks and outlook on life you would never be able to guess that. I was blown away by her energy and zest for life. Talk about a transformation! After speaking with her for quite some time I can truly see that her mission in life is helping others. She is so full of this “giving energy” that she absolutely blew me away.

These two have now teamed up (which I think is very cool) and are building a business together and fulfilling those desires that their previous jobs were not. The business they are involved in is a multi level marketing company by the name of Isagenix. I am not really familiar with Isagenix itself but I do know that in order to succeed at multi level marketing (or MLM for short) you must be willing to give of yourself to others. It cannot and does not work any other way. Basically their success depends on the success of others so if other people are succeeding in their team Tara and Todd will succeed. It’s a very neat business concept, one that should be adopted more often in the business community I feel.

Check out their blog here it’s really quite funny and they are very creative. The reason I chose these two as an example is because they fit the criteria for what I believe is an ideal life. Although they may not have the ideal life right now, they are striving for it and it’s refreshing to see a young brother and sister team doing something like this and also having a ton of fun as well.

Hobbies to Help with Recovery

The hardest part of overcoming an addiction is not stopping using substances, it is the keeping away from using again. Several days or weeks after detachment from what a person is addicted to usually bring with them an upsurge in the craving for that substance, one starts to rationalize the use or benefits of such addictive substances. Phrases like ‘I have been off for two weeks; clearly I am not addicted’ start running through the mind of the recovering addict. It is so easy to fall back into the addiction black hole. The complication in most situations is that a recovering addict usually is without a job, as they need to focus on getting over their current obstacle. So they find themselves with a lot of time on their hands. And you know what they say about idle minds, right?

This is where hobbies come in help. With the extra free time, recovering addicts are usually hard pressed to find activities that enable them spend their time more wisely. If they are able to, and of course with the help of their close relatives and friends, any recovering addict should find something that they enjoy doing and through which they can express themselves. If it is possible, they could make a hobby out of this activity that they enjoy so much. This will help them become better, which really is the ultimate goal of the recovery process, by giving them something other than their (previous) addiction to focus on.

A great hobby could enable a recovering addict focus his or her energy. In learning to hone in on their energy and consciously decide what they want to spend their energy on, they can learn how to better control their urges, how to turn away even when the temptation is strong and how to exercise control over the addictions that previously controlled them. Take archery, for example, so much control and discipline is required to shoot just one arrow with a bow that suits you. Not only do you reap the physical benefits of toned muscles and a stronger core, you also get to have the emotional benefits, like peace of mind, calmness… and have you seen archers? They have got control locked down. Such control can also be found when one practices hobbies that are mostly sporty; from playing basket ball to going for yoga classes. Once individuals have their control, they can happily tuck their urges under their belts and go on to live a fulfilling life.

For a recovering addict, hobbies are good to keep him or her occupied, and maybe along the way, they may help discover something a former addict is really passionate about. The world is awash with stories of men and women who in the darkness of addiction found a light that shone on for the rest of their lives. So if you are in recovery, consider getting a hobby. Just search yourself or search Internet for good hobby options and you will find something (if our archery example sounds like something you want to try, you can read more about it here). Or if you already have one, consider spending more time on your craft, making it better, making yourself better. Be disciplined about it, give it your all. And this journey to an addiction-free life may be shorter and more fun.

Treating Addiction with Crossfit Training

Addiction to drugs, sex, speed, money, gaming, or your own personal affliction will eventually have a negative effect on your own life and the people around you. All of the above are classed as “unhealthy addictions” and the aim of my own research is to exchange a bad addiction with a “healthy addiction“.

Recent university studies show experiments using humans and animals indicates a similarity in behavior between healthy and unhealthy addictions. The connection between the two are endorphins which are  produced by our central nervous system. The main function of endorphins are to produce pain signals but they also produce a sense of euphoria depending on our own aspect of enjoyment.

My Own Rehab Experiments

Over the past three years I have worked closely with a local rehab clinic to provide a range of keep fit classes that include: spinning, crossfit, yoga and 5 a side soccer. The original purpose was to give patients the opportunity to keep fit during their stay.  It was noticeable that some patient’s attitude and habits changed dramatically when their thoughts were focused on a positive activity.

During the past 8 months I have conducted my own experiments of sports therapy. Below are my findings and advice for anyone wanting to implement a similar system.

Crossfit Training

To get the best results variety is the key. If all the  activities remain interesting it  stimulates the mind to prevent the patient from thinking about their addiction. Crossfit is the perfect solution because the activity is always changing. Below I have provided an example of one WOD (work out of the day).

Barbara Wod

20 Pullups
30 Pushups
40 Situps
50 Squats
3 min rest between each of 5 rounds

Crossfit Equipment and Gear

Crossfit requires a range of equipment and the correct gear before you can start. Below is a list of things you should buy to get started.

T-Shirt:  you will sweat and become hot during every session. A T-Shirt is ideal for training.

Shorts: a pair of running shorts or compression shorts if you also intend to cycle.

Shoes: a pair of good quality shoes designed for crossfit are essential. My own shoes are the Reebok Nano but make sure when you do purchase a pair of shoes they are made for cross training to avoid injury. More information can be found at www.dsstuff.com

Socks:  At every crossfit session I always bring  two pairs of socks. It is important to keep your feet as dry as possible.

Sweatshirt:  If you are running outside for an extended period of time a warm sweatshirt will maintain  adequate body temperature.

Kettlebell: Many of the cross fit workouts incorporate a kettlebell during the routine

Weightlifting barbell: Nothing focuses the mind like weightlifting

Rings: They are not essential but they are cost effective for the beginner to add variety to your workout .

Medicine ball: Another cost effective piece of equipment that will target those are to tone muscles.

Jump rope:  One of my favorite exercises is skipping . Make sure to find one that suits your height or a fun activity could turn into a frustrating  experience .

Rowing machine: Investing in a good machine may cost you a few extra dollars but it will be worth it in the long run. Cheap machines tend to break fairly easy  causing more time and money to be wasted . This is one thing you don’t want to buy used.

Training Method

You can easily research crossfit training routines online which will list  all the WODs to create a good routine. I would  suggest watching crossfit workouts on youtube.com which will allow you to see the workouts performed . I create classes that last from 60 to 90 minutes, offering morning and afternoon sessions.

Set homework assignments after every workout ensuring the patient develops a better understanding of the sport . If the patient is fully vested into the workout routine it will result in long term compliance. The key to success is consistency, if you miss sessions the system becomes ineffective and the patients can loose interest quickly.

Conclusion

Implementing a system for your patients or even yourself can be easy and effective if you find the right fit.  Variety is the key to keeping things interesting, and keeping everyone engaged .

Juicing To Help Overcome Addiction

A little-known secret is that proper nutrition can help you overcome many types of addictions. Your body must be strong in order to combat withdrawal symptoms. Nutrients are vital for exactly this reason. I recommend juicing as a very healthy way to get nutrients into your body. When one is addicted to drugs or alcohol (or even to junk foods) it may feel like there is no way out. But if you seriously increase your vitamin and mineral intake, your body may just stop craving the bad stuff (drugs, alcohol, and other junk). I’ve seen ithappen.

I was personally addicted to sugar and junk food and became overweight. I couldn’t stop eating! I felt like Fat Bastard from Austin Powers, it was like every day I had to have junk. When I changed my life style to include proper nutrients and exercise (through juicing and running everyday) and after the first few days the cravings almost totally disappeared. But I have to tell you sometimes it can take up to 2-3 weeks to get rid of those cravings, it depends on the severity of the addiction. As a result of me doing this I lost 30 pounds and felt great!

I found that juicing with kale and wheatgrass has helped a lot because there is so many good nutrients in them and they get straight into the system when you juice them. Your body doesn’t have to digest all the fiber when they are juiced; the decomposition of the plant’s cells happen while the leaves are being juiced. I add 1-2 apples and a stalk of celery to the juice to make it palatable. Celery has been found to help lower blood pressure and it also contains anti-cancer compounds that combat cancer.

There are many people out there that have overcome their food addictions through juicing and I read an article just the other day about a man who overcame his drug and alcohol addictions by juicing every day. Juicing helps cleanse and rejuvenate the body with the nutrients it needs to make the body work. You can even take this one step further by doing a juice cleanse. If you do this and succeed at it, you will never be the same. You’ll see how juicing will becomes part of your everyday life. Your energy level will be so high that you won’t even be down and need to take any drugs.

On a more scientific note, studies have shown that juicing can help prevent heart disease, cancer, kidney stones, irritable bowel movements and chronic inflammation. The juice from raw fruits and veggies have about 95% of the nutrients our bodies need! That’s why juicing helps to detox the body and rebuild the immune system and create a stronger bone structure and an overall healthier body. When you juice, the nutrients go straight into the system and it’s very easy for the body to assimilate. You will also find that your body has much more energy after the first 4 days of juicing and this energy just comes naturally because your body is everything it needs.

There are plenty of juicing recipes you can find on line that will help you in your journey of overcoming your addiction. Juicing greens in particular is very effective in cleansing the body (just make sure to get the right juicer). Just remember that if it tastes too bad you can add fruits to it, but starting off with just the greens will start off your cleanse right. If you can’t stand the taste even if you’ve added fruits, take it anyway, because the bad taste will be better than letting your body deal with the effects of withdrawal without nutrients. Good luck to you on your journey to a healthier and happier life style!

Personal Story: Reinventing Myself After Alcoholism

As I watch over my daughter sleep tightly in her bed, I was smiling warmly, thinking of how much I am grateful of her presence that has changed me a lot. If it weren’t for her, I would be the same old me today, drinking my life without a care in the world. I knew it was killing me, but I still went and did it anyway. It was during my teen years that I felt connected to the world with the influence of alcohol. Little did I know that it was slowly killing my life, until my daughter came.

I am pretty much a blessed child – money to spend for, living in a better environment, had all the things I want and even do the things I want to. Those were the years when we, the teenagers, love to party all day and all night, because it was our time. Drinking and smoking made us look cool – different from the rest of the world. Thinking that I have nothing else to do after class, as I am gifted with brains as well, I just had to hang out with my friends and drink a few. But that became a habit and I had a hard time trying to avoid getting drunk, because I had to match up with how much my friends can drink in one night. Since I am the type that does not want to lose, I challenge myself in drinking more than what my body could take.

The guilt was eating me up as when I got my daughter with my long time wife. I always promised myself that I am going to become a better person for my daughter, but my dependence on alcohol made me lose myself in it all the more. Everything went bad when my once great job went down the drain, I get upset so easily, I blamed everyone, even my own wife for my shortcomings when in fact I knew deep down that everything is my fault. My wife could no longer take it, so she decided to file a divorce and leave me and our daughter behind.

The catalyst that made me realize to stop drinking alcohol completely is when my daughter got sick of pneumonia. The result of my actions all went to my daughter, whom I’ve neglected from always drinking alcohol. I was not taking care of her properly and took it for granted that my daughter will be alright as long as she eats everyday properly. The pain of losing her was something I could not bear at all, and it would mean my life forfeit if I lose her. She was my only ally in life now that everything went bad for me.

I don’t know what really happened, but my body was reacting to everything I wanted to do: to become healthy and a better father for my daughter. One day while I was out buying clothes for my daughter, I found a weird-looking stroller by accident. The salesperson explained it to me that it is a jogging stroller – I can put my child into the stroller and do my jogging exercise with her every morning. I thought that it would be such a fun thing to do daily, so I decided to buy it.

The first day of taking my daughter out with me jogging was very challenging. She’s not used to waking up early so she gets grumpy when she is disturbed. But whenever I start jogging and the jogging stroller advanced, her cries diminish and eventually goes back to sleep. I love watching her expressions change from time to time whenever we go out jogging, so I made my habit of seeing her happy face each day by doing things that are healthy both for me and my daughter.

After two months of jogging with my daughter, I can see the difference it made in my life. I am much healthier, lowered my alcohol intake and became sober. I can’t thank enough the salesperson who introduced me to the great stroller. I am having my own father and daughter bonding. I always look forward to every morning. It is the best time of my day.

Getting Sober is Easier if You Have Support

Addiction is a disease, the same way that diabetes is a disease, high blood pressure etc. The difference is that with alcohol and/or drug addiction the addict himself has to acknowledge his problem before he will listen to those closest to him. A friend can be supportive of an addict, but until he is ready to admit he has a problem with drugs/alcohol, chances are against his getting better.

The treatment for drug and alcohol addicts often has to be an inpatient treatment facility, a detox, to rid the person’s dependence on drugs. Those people not physically addicted to drugs can try outpatient therapy in an effort to manage their addictions. A conversation with people who have similar issues can help the still suffering addict come to terms with his addiction. There are support groups available that utilize the 12-step recovery process as outlined by Alcoholics Anonymous . The recovery rate is contingent upon many things. It is not easy to stay sober, when it seems everyone around you is able to manage using alcohol and drugs without any problems.

A supportive friend can make the road to sobriety easier to navigate. There will indubitably be triggers that will make the addict think that all the work to get sober is not worth it. They feel that are not a “happy camper” as a sober person. A connection with a religious organization can assist with some perspective of their situation.

12-Step groups are not religious; they are more oriented toward spirituality. If the addict’s life revolves around drugs then chances are it is unmanageable. The goal of all these groups is to enable the addict to re-enter the sober world. It is important to recognize that even with regular attendance in AA or NA meetings, there is a real chance of recidivism. Even if one is out of town, or on vacation , an AA or NA in another city or town would always welcome you for the time being.

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug dependence is a resource that has educational materials to read, if your friend is unsure if they are an alcoholic or drug addict. There is an old saying, heard in 12-step rooms, if it looks like a duck, and it quacks like a duck, chances are that it is a duck. Applying this to alcoholism and drug dependence is not a far stretch.

If you cannot go without drinking on a daily basis, waking up and not knowing where you are, what you have done, or who you have done it with, chances are that you have a problem with alcohol and/or drugs. If you are happy with the way your life is running with these substances in it, then you must come to the conclusion yourself, to choose to change your life for the better. No one can get you sober, or keep you sober, that is the truth of the matter.

To be chemically addicted is taking the real chance that you are injuring your brain. Nerve cells may eventually regenerate, but they are the slowest cells in the body to do so. Having a compassionate friend to turn to in the face of this illness can definitely be a source of comfort.

Juicing Diets and Fighting Addiction

For any person that is unfortunate to be suffering addiction to a controlled substances, such as alcohol or drugs, the proper treatment techniques are needed to fight off the addiction. Once the road to recovery starts to progress, the body can be given a significant boost by adopting a healthy diet and lifestyle. Adjusting the diet to include the right food intake or even a juicing diet can help cleanse the body and have it functioning properly. Also, the healthy diet will ensure the former addict gets enough nutrients, vitamins, and minerals.

Did you know that your juicing machine can be your best friend when facing addiction? Read on to find out how.

What foods should I consume during recovery?

As a person starts to recover after an addiction, the body is certain to experience a variety of changes. The body can change in relation to the mental process, how organs function, and the metabolism.

A healthy juicing diet or similar is certain to increase the chance of the body recovering well, which should ensure organs are healthier and more able to combat infections. Also, the diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables is certain to help with increasing energy and making it possible to recover much faster.

The benefits of healthy eating

The proper proteins are needed to repair the body from the wide-ranging damage that can be caused during the period addicted to drugs or alcohol. Vitamins benefit the body by ensuring it performs well, while the function of the metabolism is improved.

Energy production comes from carbohydrates. Fats (polyunsaturated or monounsaturated) help with chemical reactions and energy production. General body function can benefit from minerals, while water is vital to stay hydrated and improve the overall function of the body.

So, what foods should I eat during recovery?

Because of the wide-ranging benefits that are available to those able to adopt a healthy eating plan, it is crucial to get the daily food intake right. If planning to enter a recovery program, try to determine the type of foods offered throughout the duration. Any decent recovery program will ensure a well-balanced diet is in place to help through the recovery and withdrawal process. A personalized health food or juicing diet is certain to offer the most benefit. To make the process a little easier, we recommend finding a great juicer, and here’s a hint: the best juicers can be found on a juicer review site such as http://Juicerfanatics.com

A well-balanced diet should include food like fish, beans, spinach, apples, oranges, broccoli, and chicken. Also, ensure the recommended daily intake of water is taken as most drugs will cause various degrees of dehydration.

A typical diet that is consumed during the recovery stage and beyond is likely to include 2000-2500 calories per day, which consists of 25% protein, 30% fat, and 45% carbohydrate content. Also, a diet can be discussed with a dietitian, nutritionist, or physician to ensure the right food combination is eaten. Try to eat at least 3 regular and healthy meals (whole or liquefied) each day, which should include a lot of fresh vegetables, fruits, beans, and whole grains.

Do not forget, a well-balanced food or juicing diet is easily complemented by taking the daily vitamin supplement. Taking the right supplements will ensure the body is getting the desired nutrients that are often depleted from the body when addicted and using alcohol or drugs are regular intervals.

Extreme Sport Addictions

Extreme sports addictions represent an interesting case because they involve activities such as skydiving, surfing, base jumping, whitewater rafting, mountain climbing, and paintballing. These activities do not have negative effects on biological functioning. But on the other hand, extreme sports are inherently risky and do present a real threat to life and limb. In fact, most who are drawn to these activities admit that the risk of injury and death is a part of what makes extreme sports so stimulating.

When interviewed about their passion for risk-taking, what extreme sport practitioners mention again and again is the incredible adrenaline rush they feel when pursuing these dangerous activities, and they acknowledge that it is this high risk/high reward dichotomy that always brings them back for more.

This isn’t to say that all extreme sport practitioners disregard safety. For instance, paintballers will equip themselves with paintball markers, but also safety gear like masks. Nonetheless, the element of danger is an integral factor in its attraction.

Extreme Genetics and Brain Chemistry

Research seems to indicate that at least some compulsive risk takers do suffer from dopamine deficiencies, a 2008 study published in the Journal of Neuroscience presented evidence in support of this theory. Researchers from Vanderbilt University in Nashville and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City looked more closely at what was going on inside the brains of the sensation seekers participating in their study, and they discovered that people who love to take risks appear to be suffering from a deficiency of dopamine-inhibiting receptors in their brains.

It is speculated that people without the ability to regulate dopamine release properly may actually experience a more intense high while putting their life and health at risk, as their brains may become flooded with high concentrations of this pleasure-producing chemical. Even more so than alleviating possible dopamine shortages, it could be the exaggerated nature of this reaction that makes extreme sports so appealing to so many people.

When Extreme Fun Turns to Addiction

Whether or not the risk is really worth the reward is a question each extreme sports enthusiast must answer for him or herself. But when interest gradually transforms into obsession, to the point that family and work responsibilities are being neglected, and financial problems are being incurred because so much money is being spent in support of an extreme sport hobby, these are strong indicators that calculated thrill seeking has changed into addiction.

Wanting to do something and needing to do it are two different things entirely, and those who find themselves so consumed by a formerly pleasurable activity that it is adversely affecting other parts of their lives may need to seek professional help in order to get their behavior back under control. Addiction counselors or psychotherapists who specialize in obsessive-compulsive disorders will be able to help extreme sports addicts gain new insight into their personalities while showing them how to reorient their lives so that their hobbies are no longer the primary focus of their existence.

Like any other pleasurable pursuit, extreme sports can add spice and enjoyment to a person’s life. But if they become a source of obsession or addiction, they can also cause an enormous amount of physical and emotional damage and pain, for addicts and their loved ones alike. And if the extreme sports addict is driven to try more and more dangerous stunts in order to increase the intensity of the high, he or she may end up paying the ultimate price.

5 Ways a Certified Nursing Assistant Can Help Addicts Recover


Supporting Addiction Recovery Treatment

Addiction is not a simple disease to treat. Unlike many other diseases that can be simply regulated with medication or a permanent change to one or two aspects of lifestyle – addiction treatment requires a holistic change to the entire lifestyle and behavioral patterns of the individual, as well supporting medical treatments. For the CNA working in an addiction recovery setting, the role they provide for the treatment team is one of the most complicated of any of the Certified Nursing Assistant team positions. The focus of CNA training for addiction recovery is on helping to create a support system while providing care to the family and person suffering from addiction. There is greater recognition now that as a member of any treatment team, it is the CNA that provides the psychosocial care, as well as supporting medical care for the individual. They are the eyes and ears of the support team.

The role of the CNA in addiction treatment

Online CNA classes focused on addiction recovery and support go in-depth into what addiction is, who can become addicted, and common addictions. They explore the neurochemical, biological and psychological factors that contribute and are influenced by addiction. CNA training for addiction recovery treatment is more holistic than other treatment team roles because it is the CNA that will have the most interaction with the person and family while in treatment. Being on the floor with the consumer while in treatment allows them to not only provide care, but to observe behavior and be able to alert the treatment team to any issues that may be arising.

Supporting families

The other aspect that is covered by CNA classes taught online is how to support the family and friends of a person undergoing treatment for their addiction. In the same way that the CNA interacts more with the consumer, they are also usually the only members of the treatment team who will be present when the consumer’s support system visits. The relationship they form through their daily interaction with the consumer also means that the CNA is in a greater position to have an ongoing therapeutic conversation with the consumer about handling their interaction with their families post treatment. While not counseling per se, the CNA is the only member of the team that the consumer and support system can interact with daily.

What makes good recovery support?

The best treatment for recovery from addiction doesn’t occur in the crisis centers and detox units, it comes after in the residential care and continued support when the person returns to their world. The CNA often follows the person more closely as they may be the one who checks their vitals or assists with their care when they come in for supportive after care treatment. That continued relationship is key to keeping the person connected to their program of recovery as they build their own support network outside of treatment. The CNA needs to know about what types of support networks are available outside of the recovery and detox treatment facilities so they can give the person resources when possible.

Why are CNAs so involved?

CNA training has changed greatly over the past few decades, particularly in the area of addiction recovery as medical communities have recognized the value of the relationship they build with a consumer. They tend to have more one on one time with a person that combines personal care with medical care. This forges a bond of trust and reliability between the CNA and consumer that can help to support successful recovery from addiction. The treatment teams now value the CNA as an important member of the treatment team for each individual.

How To Overcome Cigarette Addictions

AddictionWhen smoking a cigarette the first things that are noticed is the flavor and the feel of the cotton filter. Smokers often enjoy the experience of smoking outdoors and rarely ever get to experience the joy of smoking inside these days. A smoker who is trying to get over nicotine addiction has a few options.

The first option is the nicotine patches followed by nicotine gum and last but not least the electronic cigarette. The electronic cigarette offers a few advantages over the patches and gums that are out there. The first thing to notice is the fact that e-cigs offer the feel of an actual cigarette. The main thing that smokers enjoy is the feeling of the smoke and the oral fix that is obtained through the process that is smoking. E-cigs offer this due to the fact that it is essentially water vapor with flavored nicotine so in addition to getting the feeling of smoke and still being able to to blow smoke rings, the smoker can also enjoy the flavor that they enjoyed when they smoked cigarettes.

While the e-cig many not be the final solution for someone who is looking to completely kick the habit, the fact that it can be smoked inside to deal with those cravings that are bound to come to anyone who has ever been addicted to tobacco products. The electronic cigarette can still provide relief to someone dealing with addiction in a manageable way. In order to consider additional advantages to smoking an electronic cigarette over patches is that when a patch is applied in addition to smoking, can cause serious sickness. The E-cig offers the ability to get a nicotine fix while not putting yourself at risk of consuming too much nicotine. This same concept can be applied to the many gums offered out there for smokers that do not take care of the need to actually smoke something. Some people are on a budget and when it comes to this alternative that can be accounted for.

Electronic cigarettes are sold in one time use form, for around thirty dollars. This kind of electronic cigarette can offer around four hundred drags then has to be disposed of. The second option for someone looking to spend a little more money upfront but less money in the long run is the electronic cigarette “starter kits.” These start at around eighty dollars and come with a charger and a refillable electronic cigarette. These offer around eight hundred “puffs” and can be refilled with whats called E-liquid. E-liquid is essentially nicotine that comes in different flavors like menthol or classic or even exotic flavors like cherry or grape. The nice thing about buying an electronic cigarette that can be refilled is that not only can the flavor be chosen, but also the amount of nicotine that is in the E-liquid. Essentially this means that the smoker can slowly ween themselves off of nicotine all together with a little effort and a little research as to which flavors have higher or lower nicotine content.

Mad Men and The ‘Glamor’ of Smoking in the Film and TV Industry

We’ve all seen the anti-smoking ads. We know what the consequences are of cigarettes. And it’s not pretty. So why is it that whenever we see the en vogue members of the silver screen lighting up, we want to do the same?

The thing is that each and every one of us is part of a malleable species that’s influenced by even the most blatant of messages. Celebrity endorsements are often ridiculed, but there’s a reason they’re consistently churned out despite the ‘laughing stock’ image: they work incredibly well.

Film and television has always been the perfect platform for product placement and subtle nudges towards buying certain products. Unfortunately, tobacco has often been used as both a marketing gimmick and a representation of trendiness that the producers are trying to get across. From the very start of the silent film era to the modern-day blockbusters, smoking has often taken center stage.

Mad Men is perhaps the best example of the glorification of smoking on television and film. Yes, it’s set in a time where the effects of smoking were still being debated, but it’s nevertheless been a blatant choice by producers to put smoking right at the forefront the show’s premise (tobacco ad execs doing their thing). Call it satire, call it social commentary, people are still seeing smoking as fashionable.

Don Draper: Definition of Cool

So what is it that makes Don Draper a character that many guys would love to be? It’s that inexplicable charisma, that undeniable charm, the fashionable 60s suits and classic good looks. But it’s not just that. Don Draper also ticks the ‘smoking box’, representing the ultimate visual of a man that approaches life with reckless abandon and confidence to spare.

Whenever Don does something that’s the benchmark of a gentleman, he’s always smoking. The consequences? Women, booze, and a party at every corner. Perhaps a more accurate timeline for Draper would be smoking > party > ends up in a hospital attached to a wide variety of machines keeping him going while his body is slowly killed by lung cancer.

While the actors on Mad Men didn’t actually smoke real cigarettes – they went for the ‘healthy’ herbal variety – they very much impact viewers to grab a pack (or two) of the full nicotine type. And no, that’s not a good thing.

Stating the Obvious: Advertising Works

The simple fact of the matter is that advertising works. We’re feeble creatures that fall victim to this type of influencing, even if it’s blatantly obvious that we’re being pitched to. Mad Men execs are probably not even doing it on purpose (conspiracy theories aside), yet they’re still very much actively promoting it.

Many studies have shown that smokers are particularly susceptible to these kinds of messages, perhaps even more so than your blatant tobacco ad. If you’re an ex-smoker and are battling addiction, we suggest watching Mad Men with some serious caution. It may sound a little silly, but addiction is easily fuelled by inspirations such as these.