Feeling Like ‘You’ Again After Overcoming Addiction

Addiction is hard on the body, and in turn is hard on our looks. Once you make it through to the other side, you’re not the same person you were when you started either mentally or physically- and so finding ‘you’ again isn’t always something that comes easy. When you have an addiction this often comes ahead of anything else, including your health and appearance, and so spending time and effort on yourself again once you’re clean and sober might take some adjusting to. However, doing so can actually be very beneficial. Of course there’s more to a person than their outside appearance, but the way you look can really affect your self esteem and confidence. Feeling like yourself again after being detached from that for a while can be a nice feeling and it’s good for you both physically and mentally. Here’s how you can get back to being yourself.

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General Health

It might have been a while since you visited the doctor and there could be symptoms you were either ignoring or didn’t’ notice due to your addiction. If you’re a woman, you should book in for a smear test if you need one. Since alcohol has been linked to skin cancer (as well as drugs on a less direct level just as they weaken the immune system) you could book into a skin clinic if you have any concerns. Moles that have appeared or changed in shape or size are reasons to be checked out. Have your GP check your weight, blood pressure and blood sugar and make sure things are in check- if not, they can advise you about what you need to do to get these things in order. If you have been using needles or having unsafe sex, a blanket blood and sexual health test will help to give you peace of mind or let you know what kinds of treatments you need. Once you’re healthy and well again, you’ll be feeling much more like yourself.




Hair, Skin and Teeth

Addiction, particularly those that involve physical dependence such as substance abuse tend to cause issues with skin, hair and teeth. This is partially due to the addiction meaning you don’t take as good care of yourself and your maintenance regimes can slip, and they can also be a direct result of the drink or drugs. Alcohol for example is full of sugar and can cause tooth decay, and the toxins in both drink and drugs can lead to breakouts, dull skin and unhealthy hair. After addiction, take steps to put these things right. You could go to a beauty salon and have a facial and have them recommend some products. Visit a dentist about your oral health and look into cosmetic work if you need it. Go to a hairdresser and have them give you a cut and colour that suits you and makes the most of your locks. Just these things alone can massively improve your appearance and self esteem.




Do Things You Enjoy

Finally, a big part of what makes you ‘you’ is your hobbies and interests. These were likely put on hold when you were caught by addiction but are something now you can take up again. Not only will these be enjoyable but you could meet like minded people and it gives you something productive to do and takes your mind off your past addiction. It could be anything from dance to a sport to a craft or something else entirely, but throwing yourself into hobbies can prevent relapse and help you feel back like yourself again.

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How To Start Your 2018 Health Kick Right

2018 HealthWe all do it; we start the year off with so much promise; then we slowly let our standards slip through the year until you don’t even recognize the person shoving toddlers out the way as you head for your third helping at the family Christmas dinner. Well, January is just around the corner, which means it’s time for an overhaul of your fitness program. Below are some key things to  consider when you renew that gym membership in the New Year.

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Diet

Potentially the most important aspect of your health regime; your diet is what keeps your body healthy and well fueled. It has often been said that you can’t outrun a bad diet, so make sure your diet is working with you, and not against you. It can be very tempting to drastically cut back on your portion sizes when you’re trying to lose weight; however, this is more likely to hinder your progress. When you don’t eat enough, your body enters into ‘starvation mode’ and is actually more likely to keep hold of the fat you are trying to burn. Instead, focus on keeping your diet as balanced as possible, this way you don’t have to completely cut anything out of your diet, and can still enjoy the odd treat. Ensuring you have a quality breakfast every morning can set you up for a more productive day. You should aim for around 60% of your daily calorie intake to be from carbohydrates (yes, even for weight loss). Try to eat more complex carbohydrates, so your body has to work to get its energy, and keep simple sugars to a minimum to keep your body fueled all day long.  Whilst fruit is a great way of getting vitamins into your body, try to avoid excessive amounts of fruit smoothies. They typically have more sugar than fizzy drinks, and the liquid form means that your body doesn’t have to work as hard to get the energy. Around 20% of your calories should be protein, and 20% should be fats. Fat is an important part of your diet, so avoid reduced-fat products (they’re normally pumped full of sugar instead). You should also try to keep your saturated fat levels as low as possible in your diet. Stick to the more healthy, unsaturated, fats as much as you can.




Exercise

Another excellent way of shifting those excess Christmas calories is to get your heart pumping. There will be many articles and workouts telling you that their way is best. However, the truth of the matter is that so long as you’re exercising, it doesn’t matter how you choose to do it. The important thing is that it’s something you enjoy doing and can stick at consistently. You should definitely consider incorporating some resistance training into your routine. Not only is it a great way to sculpt and tone your body, but it also burns more calories than cardio does. This is due to the fact that cardio only burns calories whilst your exercising, whereas resistance training burns calories even after you finish (your body needs extra energy to help your muscles recover). If you do choose to start utilizing resistance training, it may be worth educating yourself using online tutorials or a personal trainer. The last thing you want to do is spend the next six weeks in physio because you overdid it at the gym.




Rest

After all the effort at the gym and time spent preparing meals, you’re likely to be well and truly drained. Allowing your body to fully recharge each night is extremely important to making the most of your workouts. Good quality, deep sleep is needed to allow your body to fully rebuild itself each night, so ensure you get a solid eight hours. Don’t leave it too late before you get into bed either; the more time your body has to rest before midnight, the better. Turning off the technology an hour or two before bed is a good way to let your mind switch off, ready for a good night’s sleep. The artificial lights can play havoc with your circadian rhythm and disrupt your melatonin production all of which can make it difficult to be fully rested when your alarm goes off in the morning.

Try to research as much as possible to avoid misinformation when looking for diet tips. It’s easy to get sucked into fad diets that promise so much but deliver so little. It’s better to make small changes to your lifestyle that you can commit to for a long period of time, than it is to make drastic alterations that only last a few weeks. Follow this advice and, hopefully, your 2018 will be a year full of personal growth and targets achieved.

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5 Ways Nutrition Plays A Vital Role In Recovery From Addiction

Everything that you put into your body has an effect on your physical and your mental well-being. Taking drugs and consuming excessive amounts of alcohol not only cause damage to your body, but they also often prevent your body from absorbing the vitamins and minerals your body so desperately needs from the food that you eat.

A very common consequence of addiction is that addicts and alcoholics eat very little while using. It is also very common for addicts to vomit during binges so the little food that they have managed to consume is lost.

Depending on the drug the addict may also binge on food, such as marijuana addicts.




Whatever the addicts habits their relationship with food is bound to be unhealthy, causing even more havoc to their body in addition to the physical damages from the alcohol and drugs.

Getting clean from drugs and alcohol is not an easy process and the role that good nutrition plays is often overlooked. When looking for treatment for addiction it is a good idea to ask what emphasis they put on nutrition before choosing a treatment center.

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Here are some vital ways that nutrition impacts your recovery from addiction:

1 Detoxing from alcohol and drugs

Coming off your drug of choice and going through a withdrawal period is inevitable if you want to get clean. You will need to detox from drugs.

Depending on the drug you are coming off this process can be relatively simple with a small amount of discomfort, or it can be a traumatic and painful process if you are coming off a drug like heroin which has serious withdrawal symptoms and very often has to be medically supervised.

The foods that you eat during this time won’t magically cure you from withdrawal symptoms but you can lessen symptoms significantly by ensuring that you are eating properly.

One of the most important things to do during this time is to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.

Stay away from high caffeine drinks such as coffee and avoid drinking sugary carbonated drinks. If you struggle to drink a lot of plain waster a great option is to drink sugarless iced tea which you can make yourself using an iced tea maker. It is a much healthier option than Coke or Coffee which is what so many addicts drink in recovery!

2 Repairing Body Damage

Drugs and alcohol cause significant damage to your body. While there are some things that won’t be able to be undone such as cocaine damage to your nose, a lot of your body’s internal organs will start healing to some degree once you stop using.

Getting in vitamins and minerals to your body will now be vital to helping your body to recover from drug abuse.

Eating plenty of fruit, vegetables and natural foods will give your body the boost it needs. Focus on getting in foods high in protein, fiber and natural fats.

Stay away from processed foods and foods high in sugar.




3 Healthy Living Habits

While in active addiction addicts often don’t look after themselves in any way. They are often dirty and malnourished. Part of being in recovery is changing your lifestyle and habits. You need to learn to look after yourself properly.

Eating regular, healthy meals is a huge part of this process along with good personal hygiene habits, good sleep habits and exercise.

Recovery from addiction is about change, it is about moving from an unhealthy mindset and lifestyle to the a healthy mind and life.

4 Mental Well-being

While many may think that addiction is just a physical problem this is incorrect. While there definitely is a physical craving for drugs this is not the deeper problem. The mental state of an addict is what needs the most work.

Getting over the physical cravings very often is they easy part, getting over the physical withdrawal and cravings happens in a short space of time.

Staying clean and being mentally well is much harder and has to be maintained. Good nutrition plays another essential role here. By eating properly you can control your blood sugar levels which will help to keep your moods stable.

Eating correctly can help to combat depression and anxiety which can greatly impact your chances of being successful in your recovery from addiction.




Many addicts have a dual diagnosis, meaning that they often get diagnosed with a mood disorder along with addiction. This makes paying attention to your mental health so important since your mood disorder can affect your recovery from addiction and in turn your addiction can affect your mood disorder.

It is important to stay focused on both of these issues and treat them both simultaneously. Good nutrition and healthy eating habits aids you in your recovery from addiction and is highly beneficial to your mental health.

5 The Dangers of Cross Addiction

The importance of healthy eating is not just to help the addict to get physically and mentally well. It is also essentially important to educate the addict against the dangers of cross addiction.

When an addict is withdrawing from a substance, even from cigarettes, it is common to crave unhealthy foods such as foods with high sugar or caffeine. While this may help the addict in the short term to pull through withdrawals there is the possibility that the addict can then form a cross addiction into food.

People can become addicted to anything, from the more obvious things like drugs and addiction, to things like gambling, sex, food, online dating, online games, work and exercise.

With food often being the only thing left that an addict has access to when in treatment for recovery from addiction this needs to be looked at.

Teaching an addict to have a healthy relationship with food is therefore essential on so many levels and can have a direct impact on the addict’s recovery from addiction, both short term and long term.


About The Author

My name is Eva Swain, I am the founder of Women’s Guide. I have a passion for keeping up with the latest information and providing the audience with the facts they need to make better choices in their lives. I started Women’s Guide for women who want to advance both for themselves and the greater good. Follow Eva @EvaCSwain


 

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