FOOD ADDICTION AND ITS RECOVERY

Food addiction is simply being addicted to foods . Food provide nutrients needed by the body for it growth , however for many individuals , food addiction can become as serious as alcoholism ,drug addiction and other forms of addiction .

   EARLY SIGNS OF FOOD ADDICTION.

Here’s a sample of questions that can help determine if you have a food addiction.  Do you:

  • End up eating more than planned when you start eating certain foods?
  • Keep eating certain foods even if you’re no longer hungry?
  • Eat to the point of feeling ill?
  • When certain foods aren’t available, go out of your way to obtain them?
  • You eat certain foods so often or in such large amounts ?
  • You avoid social situations where certain foods are available because of fear of overeating?

       CAUSES OF FOOD ADDICTION.

  • Stress and Emotions – you may become addicted to food if you eat for positive emotions and reduce negative emotions .
  • Foods that are rich in fat and sugar can alter how the brain works. 
  • Skipping breakfast
  • Dieting

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     EFFECTS OF FOOD ADDICTION

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Malnutrition
  • Obesity
  • Headaches                               

WWW.eatingdisorderhope.com

THE RECOVERY STAGE {LETS FIX THIS} 💪

Overcoming food  addiction is challenging , it involves following the same way that is used to overcome other types of addictions- — you need a plan and support . You can overcome this if you:

  • Detoxify your body by avoiding fast foods , junk foods and foods with processed sugar🚫
  • Avoid  certain places such as the restaurant  🚫
  • Eat breakfast👍
  • Avoid dieting🚫
  • See a nutritionist👍
  • Eat three meals a day👍
  • Make a plan of what you will eat – draw a menu👍

https://WWW.foodaddictsanonymous.org

SOURCE  : Parylak,S.L.,Koob,G.F.,& Zorrilla,E.P.(2011) The dark side of food addiction.

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BY KUKUA GARDINER

MASTURBATION

Hey there!! Welcome to another exciting edition of the addict doctors, we do hope and believe our previous post was helpful and we pray and hope this will too.

Today’s topic for discussion is MASTURBATION, this has been a pain in the as of a lot of you, where people are battling to find solutions to it. The aged, adults and the young ones are all victims, the sad things is that it is a no respecter of age.

WHAT IS MASTURBATION

One may ask what is masturbation?
Masturbation is when an individual stimulates their genitals for sexual pleasure, which may not lead to orgasm. People masturbate for many reasons. These include pleasure , enjoyment, fun, and tension release.
Some individuals masturbate alone whiles others masturbate with a partner.

CAUSES OF MASTURBATION

• Some believe that it helps prevent sexually transmitted disease if they do not engage in sexual activities with the opposite sex.

• Late marriage as a result of not having a steady partner.

• Having sexual fantasies about real or imagined sex

***Reading and watching pornographic materials.

WHEN IS MASTURBATION A PROBLEM ??

It becomes a problem if it is negatively affecting a person or impacting other areas of their life. Eg if it starts to interfere with their ability to orgasm or have sexual relationships with a partner, it may be worth addressing the habit.

EFFECTS OF MASTURBATION

• It result in feeling guilty and embarrassment.

• It result in bruising the genital organ leading to serious infections if not managed properly.

• It is medically associates with pre-matured ejaculation.

• It becomes a habit which can’t be broken!.

WAYS TO STOP MASTURBATION.

❤.Avoid pornography: eg pornographic movies, images, and websites, this can help solve this.

❤. Stay active: Find something doing all the time

❤.Seek professional help: seek advice from mental health professionals who specializes in human sexuality.

❤.Spend more time with others

❤. Exercise: exercise is an effective way for both lower tension and positively focus energy.️

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PORNOGRAPHY ADDICTION

Young Adults tend to like issues related to sex like porn. Ever thought about why? Well Individuals between the ages of 15-21 tend to have strong sexual desires due to the hormonal imbalances associated with adolescence. This could have adverse effect on individuals when they are exposed to pornographic material. All these make them addicted. As an addict doctor, I’m here to educate you more on porn addiction.

PORNOGRAPHY ADDICTION

Pornographic addiction Is an obsessive need to view sexually enticing images to the detriment of actual interaction.
However, there are signs and symptoms of one being labelled as a porn addict and these include:
• Excessively viewing of pornography.

• Sexual dysfunction. {E.g. impotence, premature ejaculation}.

• More time spent watching pornography is needed to get you aroused before a sexual encounter.

• Masturbating may be a clear sign of porn addiction.

Furthermore, pornography addiction cam hamper an individuals mental health and have some negative effects which include;
a. Preoccupation with sexual thoughts throughout the day.

b. Guilt, shame, confusion

c. Tendency towards other impulsive behaviors like gambling and alcoholism

d. Depression, anxiety or other co-occurring psychological disorders.

However, there are treatment options available for such individuals experiencing this disorder. These are:
                         THERAPY
If you believe you have a compulsion or addiction,its worth seeing a mental health professional for evaluation.

Depending on how porn is impacting your life,your therapist may recommend individual/Group,Couples Therapy/Counselling.
  • Individual/Group Therapy-  This with a qualified mental health professional is always a safe approach. It usually consist of 30-60 minutes sessions, focusing on behaviors related to porn addiction. It allows you to be in a community of others with similar experience.
  • Couples Therapy/ counselling- This can be very important for partners when one or both watch porn in unhealthy way. It resolves addictions and improving communication relations and healthy sexual functioning between the two partners

  • Support groups- Many people find strength in talking to others who have first hand experience with the same issue. This provides an opportunity for people to share personal experiences and feelings about diseases or treatment.
  • Sleep, food and exercise. Sleep can help prevent pornography addiction. Research studies find that both teenagers and adults are seriously deprived of sleep. Sufficient sleep is especially crucial for anyone wanting to find freedom from addiction.
    ■ Also food is another way of prevention. If you want to build strength in this battle take a look at the food you take. Don’t listen to what others tell you to eat, listen to your own body.
    ■ In addition to sleep and food you can exercise. When exercising, a flood of oxygen heads to your brain and other processes are triggered to help your brain grow. You are rewiring the brain in a healthy way and giving it an extra boost to function quickly.


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References:

https://www.mayoclinic.org
https://www.thehopeline.com

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Addiction to Prescribed Drugs


Can a person become addicted to medications prescribed by a doctor? Yes. There are people who abuse prescribed drugs, that is taking them in a manner or a dose other than prescribed. Do you know prescribed drugs are pharmaceutical drugs that legally requires a medical prescription to be dispensed. A medical doctor or physician writes a prescription based on your medical history, symptoms and other factors. These helps the doctor to decide which medication to give and which not to.


Early signs of prescribed drug addiction Behavioral changes could be key indicators. According to Mayo Clinic, those signs can include:
•Stealing pills
•Forging prescription
•Sleeping more or less than usual
•Seeming energetic, revved up, or high on frequent basis
•Claiming medication “loss” so you must purchase more


Symptoms of prescribed drug addiction
The following are symptoms of prescribed drug addiction.
•Depression
•Hypotension
•Impaired coordination
•Excessive sweating
•Paranoia
•Limited attention span

Do you know that drug addiction affects the brain?
When you develop an addiction, the brain craves the reward of the substance due to the intense stimulation of the brain’s reward system.
http://www.addictioncenter.com

Below is a video of how the body absorbs and uses medicine.
http://www.merckmanuals.com/home/drug

Chart of National Drug Overdose Death Involving Any Opioid,
Number Among All Ages, by Gender, 1999 – 2017

How to recover
Drug treatment is intended to help you the addictive individual stop compulsive drug seeing and use. Recovery process means getting you creative treatment options. According to Current Pain Perspectives, clinicians might recommend:
•Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
•Meditation
•Aerobics exercise
•Support groups
•Meaningful hobbies
These steps are used in addiction treatment programs which leads to remarkable changes. You aren’t alone. You deserve help. We are here to help you get clean and stay that way.


Sources
Ocean Recovery
Addiction center
Merck manuals
Mayo Clinic
Center for Diseases and Prevention

ALCOHOLISM AND IT RECOVERY

Alcoholism also known as alcohol disorder is a condition in which you have the desire or need to consume alcohol even though you know the negative effect it has on your body . Alcohol like most drugs is legal but can be illegal . it is legal in the possession of adults or of the legal age 18 years in most countries and 21 years in the united states . it is illegal in the possession of one not of the legal ages 18 and 21 . it causes hyper activeness in its users . Most people rely on to help bury their worries , a good feeling enjoyed by most thus its continuous consumption , leading to the development of it addiction.

ALCOHOLISM AND ITS RECOVERY

Alcoholism also known as alcohol disorder is a condition in which you have the desire to consume alcohol even though you know the negative effect it has on your body .Alcohol like most drugs is legal but can be illegal . It is legal when in the possession of adults, from the legal age of 18 years in most countries and 21 years in the United States . It is illegal when in the possession of one not of the legal ages  . It  causes hyper- activeness in its users . Most people rely on alcohol to help bury their worries , a good feeling enjoyed by most and its continuous consumption can lead to addiction.  

      EARLY SIGNS OF ALCOHOLISM

You are likely to misuse alcohol if you answer with a yes option to the following questions ;

  • Do you drink alone?
  • Do you take alcohol before eating ?
  • Do you get angry or violent when you are asked about your alcohol intake?
  • Do you miss school or work just to consume alcohol ?
  • Do you feel guilty after consuming alcohol ?
  • Do you experience blackouts whenever you consume alcohol ?

The answers to these various questions shows that you are likely to become an alcohol addict.

CAUSES OF ALCOHOLISM

Alcoholism is influenced by a variety of factors .Alcoholism does not discriminate ,just like death it can have an effect on anyone regardless of your age, gender ,color ,or ethnicity , the only difference between this two is that with alcohol you have full control over it . This causes alcoholism if;

  • You have low self -esteem
  • You  are  stressed 
  •  You have close relatives with alcoholism history 

WWW.healthline.com/health/alcoholism/basics

EFFECTS OF ALCOHOL ON YOU

Alcohol’s effect on your body starts the moment you take your first sip. Alcohol abuse can have a long term life threatening effect on you if left untreated . Alcohol acts as a powerful depressant in the central nervous system , it can have effect on your behavior, mood, mental health and cognition .

 • If you abuse alcohol you are likely to experience black out (ie)a temporary loss of consciousness .

    THE RECOVERY STAGE [ LET’S FIX THIS ] 

Overcoming an addiction  to alcohol is not easy , it requires lot of time , effort and mental energy . Take it one day at a time. If you want to put a stop to alcohol you can. You have to;

 • Avoid bad influence – distance yourself from people who encourage you to drink ; some friends may make fun of you but it is better to loose them as friends than to loose yourself .

 • If in the past you tried to stop drinking , ask yourself what you did that worked  and what you did that didn’t work . 

• If you live with your family tell them about how you want to recover from alcohol addiction .FOR EXAMPLE       I will not drink before eating any food.   I will not drink anything alcoholic on weekends, with this clear announcement of your goal your family will serve as a reminder when you even try to go back to the old you.

.• Alcohol counseling – a counselor can help you develop personalized strategies to overcome alcohol, depending on how severe your drinking problem is .

• You are not alone – if you are heart broken ,you might feel unloved ,instead of thinking that way , celebrate the fact that you are choosing to focus on yourself right now , meet up with your family or friends and have fun .

• Rehab – sometimes quitting alcohol on your own is not possible. You can visit rehabilitation centers ,you need to talk to professionals in other to settle on what you need .

• Do no stock alcohol at home – make sure your home is free from alcoholic drinks ,even if your friends bring it to your home make sure you dispose off the left overs . 

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WWW.therecoveryvillage.com  

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SEX ADDICTION

BODY LUST;

Wondering why the need to know if you are addicted to sex or you just see it as a normal thing in everyday life. Well, as a blog doctor, I am here to help you know where you stand when it comes to sex addiction.

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Sex addiction, is an appealing act performed by an individual constantly with a particular mindset. The fact that is a constant act, makes you an ‘’addict’’. Sex addiction can go a long way to have a negative impact on the life of the individual.

EARLY SIGNS OF SEX ADDICTION.

•A sex addict easily gets involved with anyone he or she comes into contact with, regardless of whom they are.

• A sex addict finds it difficult to abandon his or her relationship even if there is the need to. This is because he or she focuses only on the sexual affairs of the relationship.

• A sex addict cannot be single for long, he or she wants to always be involved in sexual acts, hence always wants to be with someone.

CAUSES OF SEX ADDICTION

• Environmental influences could be a cause, such that, the condition in which the person was brought up and how he or she was brought up.

• Mental health, that is depression, anxiety could cause one to involve in sexual acts, with the mindset that, that is the only way he or she can overcome that situation.

• Rejection in relationship, could make one addicted to sex.

• The type of friends or group an individual find him or herself in.

• The type of content one feeds him or herself with, that is sexual content, could influence one’s thirst for sex.

EFFECTS OF SEX ADDICTION.

One must put into consideration that, the effects of being a sex addict can be very severe.

•Sexually transmitted disease is one common friend to a sex addict.

• Females are also at risk, in the sense that, unwanted pregnancy can come out of it.

• There is a reduction in concentration and the productivity of work.

• An addict can never be positive, he or she is always thinking about something profane or negative.

• Some addicts even engage themselves in drug in order to boost their sexual drive, which can be a treat to their health as well.

FEW POINTS TO SHOW IF YOU ARE BECOMING AN ADDICT

•You feel embarrassed over your sexual acts.

• Always promising yourself to abstain from sex, yet you fail.

• Sex is like a ritual you can’t do without.

• If you don’t involve yourself in sexual acts, you are not yourself.

• Having interest in sexually related items, such as masturbation and watching porn.

DEALING WITH SEX ADDICTION

• Speaking with a counselor about your situation would be of great help.

• Abstain from sexually related materials, such as porn.

• Watch your circle. The kind of people you mingle with.

• One could also get any of the sex addiction drugs to curb it, such as Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, which is an antidepressant to help curb sex addiction, but it is more advisable to seek medical consultation before taking these drug.

REFERENCES

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PsychGuides.com

Posted by ; JENNIFER KISSI.

ADDICTION GENESIS

THE GENESIS

Heya, this blogging platform is here to make you understand everything you need to know about addiction, from the common ones you have heard about to the uncommon ones you have not even thought of or considered as addiction.
We cannot delve into the subject of addiction without knowing what the term ‘addiction’ actually means.

WHAT DOES ADDICTION MEAN?
Basically, addiction is a compelling or irresistible need for a substance or an activity, not considering the adverse effects it tends to have on the individual. It is a repeated involvement in a substance or activity.
With this definition, we can put addiction into two categories:
⦁ Behavioral addiction
⦁ Substance addiction

BEHAVIORAL ADDICTION
Behavioral addictions or non-substance addictions are a set of behaviors that a person becomes dependent on and craves. They are activities that an individual tends to do all the time without having the control to stop. Examples are sex addiction, masturbation and pyromania.

Click on the link below to get a detailed video on behavioral addiction.

https://www.coursera.org/lecture/addiction-and-the-brain/behavioral-addictions-VyzrH

SUBSTANCE ADDICTION
Substance abuse can be said to be different from substance addiction. Abuse is when you use substances like drugs in ways you should not but addiction is when you cannot stop. It is a chronic disease characterized by drug seeking and use that compulsive and difficult to control despite harmful consequences.

https://drugabuse.com/addiction/addiction-drug-abuse/

Substance addiction includes substances such as:
⦁ Alcohol
⦁ Cocaine
⦁ Heroine
⦁ Coffee
⦁ Inhalants
⦁ Marijuana

This is just the beginning of what we will be talking about in our subsequent posts as we delve into the types of addiction under these two categories.

REFERENCE:
https://drugabuse.com/addiction/addiction-drug-abuse/
https://www.coursera.org/lecture/addiction-and-the-brain/behavioral-addictions-VyzrH

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WHAT IS IT? THE GENESIS

WHAT IS IT?
THE GENESIS
Heya, this blogging platform is here to make you understand everything you need to know about addiction, from the common ones you have heard about to the uncommon ones you have not even thought of or considered as addiction.
We cannot delve into the subject of addiction without knowing what the term ‘addiction’ actually means.
WHAT DOES ADDICTION MEAN?
Basically, addiction is a compelling or irresistible need for a substance or an activity, not considering the adverse effects it tends to have on the individual. It is a repeated involvement in a substance or activity.
With this definition, we can put addiction into two categories:
⦁ Behavioral addiction
⦁ Substance addiction
BEHAVIORAL ADDICTION
Behavioral addictions or non-substance addictions are a set of behaviors that a person becomes dependent on and craves. They are activities that an individual tends to do all the time without having the control to stop.

https://www.coursera.org/lecture/addiction-and-the-brain/behavioral-addictions-VyzrH

SUBSTANCE ADDICTION
Substance abuse can be said to be different from substance addiction. Abuse is when you use substances like drugs in ways you should not but addiction is when you cannot stop. It is a chronic disease characterized by drug seeking and use that compulsive and difficult to control despite harmful consequences.

https://drugabuse.com/addiction/addiction-drug-abuse/

Substance addiction includes substances such as:
⦁ Alcohol
⦁ Cocaine
⦁ Heroine
⦁ Coffee
⦁ Inhalants
⦁ Marijuana

REFERENCE:
https://drugabuse.com/addiction/addiction-drug-abuse/
https://www.coursera.org/lecture/addiction-and-the-brain/behavioral-addictions-VyzrH

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