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5 Things to Eliminate for a Successful Recovery

Posted on :  October 3rd, 2014  |  By :  towardsrecovery

It seems obvious that the major goal of undergoing an addiction treatment program is to achieve recovery. As anyone who has undergone treatment can tell you, it can be quite challenging at times.

Working towards recovery requires the elimination of more than just addictive substances. It also involves ridding oneself of limiting thoughts and behaviours. An addict can achieve a better, more successful recovery by letting go of these unhealthy patterns. Here are five things to eliminate:

1. Eliminate negative emotions

When an alcoholic or drug addict stops abusing, that person is usually faced with an overwhelming flood of negative emotions, especially anger and resentment. Without the substance to mask the individual’s feelings, these emotions bubble to the surface.

Giving into negative emotions and letting them take over can lead to a possible relapse. Using drugs again helps to suppress those ugly and painful feelings.

It is important to feel and acknowledge anger and resentment, but letting go of them is crucial in order to move forward.

2. Eliminate excuses

A substance abuser often makes excuses for his or her behaviour, whether in the past or during those times he or she stumbles in recovery. Excuse making then becomes a habit, which halts progress.

Owning up to past mistakes and substance abuse helps a person grow, and it improves determination. Eventually, that determination leads to strength to help fight cravings and ease one’s recovery process.

3. Eliminate fear

Fear can be paralyzing and extremely self-limiting, which makes it difficult to advance along the road to recovery.

Undergoing a treatment program in and of itself is a very courageous act. That alone should help one eliminate some of the fear lurking within one’s mind.

At the same time, it’s quite understandable to be afraid of the unknown. Drug rehab involves many changes, and that is often a scary prospect. Facing physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms, lifestyle adjustments, and changing personal relationships are all worrisome events. However, fear won’t make them appear any better; they’ll simply appear worse.

As with other emotions, acknowledging their existence, then letting them go is the best way to eliminate their fierce, life-limiting grip.

4. Eliminate guilt

Guilt often plagues the person going through a recovery program. This feeling, just like anger and fear, can also limit the work of recovery.

Guilt keeps one focused on the past. It’s almost like driving while staring in the rearview mirror; one misses the details of the road ahead. That just creates a slowdown and also leads to possible unforeseen dangers. In the case of rehab, it could mean a relapse.

Regret and shame over past behaviours is common. Very few recovering addicts are proud of their drug use, especially if it led to criminal activity or the betrayal of friends and family.

It is perfectly acceptable to recognize and atone for past mistakes, but then the guilt must be eliminated. It served its purpose to provide awareness, but then it must go. That is the only way for healing to begin. It also makes for a more positive recovery.

5. Eliminate negative self-talk

One of the most important elements in recovery is the mental talk in one’s head. It comes as no surprise that negative self-talk will hamper recovery efforts. Why? Because itacts as a self-fulfilling prophecy.

The mind is very powerful, and its thoughts can influence a person’s beliefs — and more importantly, a person’s actions. Constant thoughts of “I can’t do this” end up becoming a reality, which can make a recovering addict slip right back into abusing again.

Eliminating negative self-talk can help keep a person’s recovery efforts on track. Better yet, substituting positive self-talk can help improve one’s journey towards recovery.

A successful recovery is possible with the right support. Besides focusing on the elimination of addictive substances, getting rid of unhealthy attitudes can make a huge impact — in recovery and life.

If you’d like to learn more about understanding drug abuse and addiction, and live in or around Hamilton, St. Catharines, or Brantford, Ontario, you can make the first step by contacting Towards Recovery on 519-579-0589 to locate your nearest clinic and kick start your journey. Make sure you have an unexpired OHIP card or call 1-866-532-3161 to find out how to get one.

Towards Recovery Clinics Inc. (TRC) is an Ontario addiction treatment centre with the philosophy to help individuals take control of their addiction and help them rebuild their lives and careers.

The Importance of Diet in Addiction Recovery

Posted on :  September 11th, 2014  |  By :  towardsrecovery

When it comes to a successful recovery, people focus on a variety of things but often ignore the importance of nutrition. Eating a healthy diet is essential while going through a treatment program. It not only helps with drug withdrawal symptoms, it also aids psychological recovery and sets up healthy habits for life.

Why diet matters in addiction recovery

You’ve heard the old saying “you are what you eat.” That matters more than ever while undergoing rehab. Being clean and sober also relies upon eating clean, healthy foods. Doing so addresses nutritional deficiencies, eases withdrawal symptoms, supports mental recovery and promotes lifestyle changes.

Addicts are notorious for having poor diets. They often rely on their substance of choice instead of food for sustenance.

Being trapped in a cycle of addiction also leads to vitamin, mineral and other nutritional deficiencies. Drugs and alcohol can interfere with the body’s absorption of nutrients. Alcoholics, for example suffer from calcium deficiencies, which can lead to osteoporosis, muscle spasms and even memory loss. A healthy diet in recovery is essential to help replace such deficiencies and losses.

Aiding withdrawal and recovery

In addition to addressing nutritional deficiencies, a healthy diet also combats withdrawal symptoms. Foods rich in B vitamins, for instance, can help ease the stress and nervous tension associated with detoxing from opioids. Calcium and magnesium rich foods aid muscle twitches and cramps, while vitamin E helps repair skin damage from drug injection sites.

Drug and alcohol cravings also lessen when the body is given nutritional support. Healthy foods help sustain energy levels, leaving the body less likely to seek drugs in order to function.

A proper diet also facilitates recovery by strengthening the mind. Eating healthy reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression, as well as mood swings. Regular nutritious meals keep blood sugar levels stable, which helps with those psychological ups and downs. A successful recovery requires a good deal of mental strength, and a good diet can support that.

There is no underestimating the healing power of good nutrition. As Hippocrates, the ancient Greek physician said, “Let food by thy medicine and medicine by thy food.”

Supporting a lifetime of healthy habits

Adopting a wholesome diet is a lifestyle change that supports other healthy habits, often for life.

Opting for nutritious foods leads to a sense of control that can impact other areas of a person’s existence. Making healthy food choices gives one a sense of pride that boosts self-esteem. Eventually, this feeling takes hold and influences other life choices. It can lead to many positive new developments such as starting an exercise program, taking classes, or seeking a better job.

A healthy diet, as part of an addiction recovery program, can empower an individual to make that all-important shift from addiction to achievement.

Diet dos and don’ts in recovery

Here are some dos and don’ts when trying to follow a healthy diet during recovery:

  • Do eat organic foods as much as possible.
  • Do drink plenty of filtered water.
  • Do eat complex carbohydrates like oatmeal, whole-grain breads, beans and starchy vegetables.
  • Do eat lycopene-rich foods, like tomatoes, to help mop up toxic drug residue in the body.
  • Do eat foods containing good fats like avocados, salmon and walnuts.
  • Do indulge in dark chocolate now and then. It’s rich in minerals and boosts mood.
  • Don’t eat junk food or processed food. An occasional treat is fine.
  • Don’t drink beverages with high fructose corn syrup or artificial sweeteners.
  • Don’t eat too many sugars or simple, refined carbohydrates like cakes, cookies and white bread. Avoid them as much as possible.
  • Don’t eat foods with trans fats or partially hydrogenated oils if possible.
  • Don’t expect to make dietary changes overnight. It’s a journey.

If you or anyone you know wishes to seek help for addiction, and live in or around Hamilton, St. Catharines, or Brantford, Ontario, contact Towards Recovery on 519-579-0589 to locate your nearest clinic.

Make sure you have an unexpired OHIP card or call 1-866-532-3161 to find out how to get one.

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  • Individuals using/abusing street narcotics (e.g. heroin).
  • Patients abusing prescription narcotics(i.e., Codeine, Talwin, Percocet/Percodan, Dilaudid, Morphine or Demerol, et cetera).
  • Individuals displaying any of the following behaviours: Compulsive drug use or drug seeking/craving.
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