Alcohol and drug addiction causes damage to your body and brain. Here are a few suggestions to find healing for your body and mind:
- Proper nutrition – A balanced diet with lean protein: fish, chicken, turkey, eggs, and low-fat dairy products (amino acids in protein help replenish serotonin levels depleted from excess substance abuse), whole grains, fruits and vegetables, will provide you with the essential vitamins and minerals your body needs to survive. It is important to focus on getting the proper nutrition and essential vitamins your body has been deprived of during drug and alcohol addiction. It may take time and money to eat properly so take the time necessary to shop for foods that are good. Local food banks usually have plenty of healthy foods offered if money is an issue. Eating healthy is not as expensive as you think and your body will love you for it. Eliminate foods that offer no nutritional value, such as sugary and fast foods, and replace with healthy options. Seek the advice of a nutritionist if necessary.
- Supplements – Because addicts often lack proper nutrition, you may want to take a multivitamin to help replace vitamins you did not get during your addiction. It is highly possible that as a recovering alcoholic or addict, you will be suffering from B1, B12, Folic Acid and Vitamin C deficiency—and it’s a good idea to take a multivitamin. Even with proper nutrition, it is hard to eat a wide enough variety of food to get all of the necessary vitamins and minerals the body needs. Some over the counter examples are Melatonin is good for sleeping, and Vitamin D and St. John’s Wart for depression. Check with your doctor because certain disorders and medications could possibly interact with new supplements, vitamins or minerals.
- Water – It is recommended that women drink 9 cups of water a day and men drink about 13 cups of water a day. HYDRATE HEALTHY!
- Exercise – Regular exercise reduces depression common in people recovering from drug and alcohol addition. Alcohol is a depressant and exercise will help stop the depression and elevate your mood. Exercise releases endorphins and seratonin which make you feel better. It will also help the addict to feel calmer, ease anxiety, and sleep better at night. Endorphins are the body’s natural morphine. Endorphins bind to the same receptors in the brain as pain medication, heroin and other opiates.
Your new found sobriety will offer you plenty of spare time. What will you do with all of your free time? Spend it on finding healthy, healing, ways of self care creating a new healthy, beautiful you. Let health and self-care become your new obsession void of all the terrible side effects.