Macro- and micronutrient deficiencies can lead to symptoms of depression, anxiety, and low energy, all of which can lead someone to start using drugs or alcohol or trigger a relapse.” Mental health andaddiction issues are closely related. Poor nutrition can affect a person in recovery in a number of ways. Malnutrition can cause anxiety, depression, confusion, or fatigue, all of which can trigger the desire to use drugs or alcohol. Many clients enter treatment with significant malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies. For example, opiates decrease gastrointestinal motility and often clients experience severe constipation, whereas other drugs may cause bouts of diarrhea. Alcoholism is often accompanied by severe micronutrient deficiencies, including thiamine and other B vitamins

Brain based approach to addiction recovery

People take drugs because they want to change something about their lives.

  • It would have strategies in place to provide patients with individualized bio/psycho/social treatment plans (focusing heavily on biochemical rebalancing).

  • Dr. Kevin Mccauley has proven with undeniable research that in addiction, the organ affected is the brain, though the symptoms look like badness (lying, stealing, cheating etc.). According to Dr. Mccauley: Addiction is a dysregulation of the midbrain dopamine (pleasure) system due to unmanaged stress resulting in decreased functioning, specifically: 1) loss of control 2) craving 3) persistent drug use despite negative consequences.

  • ADHD, anxiety, OCD, ODD, anxiety, depression, sensory processing disorders, schizophrenia, and PTSD are just some of the many learning, behavioral, and mental health disorders that cause people to seek balance in their life through use of chemical substances. 

  • While most of our society continues to view opiate addiction as a moral deficiency (and likely will continue to do so), it is in fact a disease. According to the disease model of medicine, for something to be a disease there has to be an organ affected and symptoms that go along with it. While most of our nation is spending their time judging people with opiate addiction as lacking moral fiber and will power, I’ve chosen to dedicate much of my free time to researching all the available treatment options with the highest percentage of success, due to traditional rehab and 12-step meetings failing miserably to put any kind of a dent into this monstrous health epidemic.

  • and now there are biochemical changes that need to be corrected?

  • From my perspective, addiction is a bad habit that gets way out of control, which can lead to temporary and reversible dysregulation of the midbrain dopamine (pleasure) system due to unmanaged stress, ultimately resulting in craving and other symptoms (lying, stealing etc).

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