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Healthy feeding affects mental and emotional health

Healthy feeding

Healthy feeding affects mental and emotional health in a positive way

Healthy feeding affects mental and emotional health: When food can be bad for your health

As a basic need food should all the time add value to the body. However this is not always the case in some instances. First we must ensure that what we feed on is right and appropriate. We may all be informed of the fact that good healthy feeding is beneficial to us in healthy weight management, eradication of certain illnesses and many more benefits, but it is also important to note that depending on how you eat, your diet can also cause adverse effects on your moods and generally your sense of wellbeing. That is why both the individuals and health practitioners needs to be well informed of the merits of good healthy feeding. Doctor Dalal Akoury is making this possible to the nurses and other healthcare givers at AWAREmed integrative addiction institute by offering the best and qualitative training services to all nurses from USA and across the globe. If you are a nurse then this is an opportunity you must not let go and therefore, you can call doctor Akoury today on telephone number 843 213 1480 for any queries you may have.

In the meantime available statistics indicate that food feeding habits has more health benefits. Many of the health problems we have today are associated with bad feeding habits. Like for instance feeding on a diet rich in processed meats, packaged meals, take always food and those sugary snacks are the major reason why people are suffering from depression, stress, anxiety and even bipolar disorders. Doctor Akoury reiterates that when you eat unhealthy food stuff, you are likely to develop mental health disorders like Alzheimer’s disease ADHD and many other complications including increased risk of suicide.

Healthy feeding affects mental and emotional health: The healthy food components

It goes without mentioning that eating more natural, fresh fruits and vegetables, meals prepared at home, and minimizing sugar intake and refined carbohydrates, can be a key factor in helping individuals to improve their mood and lower risks for mental health problems. Therefore if in any case you have been diagnosed with a mental health problem before, your desired solution could begin with eating well. This way you can even help to manage your symptoms and regain control of your life sooner than you can imagine says doctor Akoury.

Finally, while some specific foods or nutrients have been shown to have a beneficial effect on mood, its important noting that besides that, it is your overall dietary pattern that is most important. What that communicates is that switching to a healthy diet doesn’t have to be an all or nothing proposition. In other words you don’t have to be perfect and you also don’t have to completely eliminate foods you enjoy to have a healthy diet and make a difference to the way you think and feel. That should not confuse you in any way. But if you have any concern, you can get in touch with doctor Akoury today on telephone number 843 213 1480 for a one on one deliberations.

Healthy feeding affects mental and emotional health: When food can be bad for your health




The Integrative Approach to Behavioral Addiction

Introducing the Integrative Approach to Behavioral Addiction

Behavioral Addictions:Addictions can come in many forms. For many, it is harder to not eat that cheeseburger than it is to not smoke that cigarette or drink that beer. For others it may be harder to not consistently use sex as a therapy. Yet and still, others may have the hardest time not placing a bet on their favorite prizefighter. Regardless of the category, the person may or may not fall under these three areas constitute behavioral addictions. The upcoming Integrative Addiction Conference being held in Austin, Texas covers these topics and many others.

behavioral AddictionThere are a number of ways to potentially treat behavioral addictions. Some approaches may look to study extensively the genetics of the person and then decide the best approach to treatment that way. Others may focus on sociological and/or psychological factors. In essence, the distinction being made here is that of nature versus nurture. However, much like the great philosopher Aristotle said, the best approach to a person’s behavior would be one that understands thoroughly not one or the other, but rather, both of the areas. It is not nature or nurture – it is nature and nurture. The true cultivation of a human being and their habits is derived from both the people we were born as, as well as from the things we learn and the habits we acquire from our teachers and peers. These are simplifications alluding to the age old anthropological debate, but this should be understood as a mere analogy. An integrative approach to behavioral addiction then, is one that takes in to consideration both genetic or neurological data while also considering an individual’s unique social and psychological environment.

 Check out the Integrative Addiction Conference Being Held In Austin, Texas

 Modern medicine, then, coupled with psychological treatment should both play a role in a successful integrative approach to behavioral addiction. In fact, this traditional dichotomy, even when combined, is still outdated. It really should not stop there. An integrative approach to behavioral addiction can be taken in the most literal of terms. Thus a successful integrative approach to behavioral addiction should be multifaceted, incorporating a number or potential treatment styles. According to the integrated approach philosophy this is essential to maintain function and successfully treat addiction and recovery. The ideal therapy should incorporate a number of approaches such as neurological, social, communal, psychological, or familial factors. This is the basic idea behind the integrative approach to behavioral addiction.

The multifaceted and nuanced approach may bother some used to more cut and dry or traditional methods and approaches to behavioral therapy, but these integrated methods to not exist without justification. Quantitative and qualitative data informs such approaches. As human beings, we most often want to simplify things or put them in categories for our own convenience. In many instances, the underlying reality operating before us that is life is actually more complex than our natural capacities or inclinations want it to be.

For this reason, there is a general trend across various disciplines, academic and professional, that look to incorporate the most multifaceted approaches possible. Rather than relying only on medical data to provide research on depression pills, psychological information is understood to create a more informed outlook. Rather than looking only to the field of Archaeology to understand a given artifact, the field of History is referenced to better understand the social significance of the artifact. As opposed to only referencing empirical physical sciences and quantifier logic to write a contemporary analytic philosophy paper, the poetry of Goethe is referenced and adds perspective to a given metaphysics or epistemology by separating from the leaves and branches and showing us the trees and forest. The general professional and academic trend then is one of being multidiscipline, or multifaceted in approach. The former dichotomies of treatment then should no longer bind us and in fact, most evidence tends to point against them, at least in the most absolute and confining sense of the dichotomy.

Behavioral addiction

What we do know, however, is that the decisions that we make on a daily basis indubitably change the person who we become. This is why a more multifaceted and integrated approach is most likely the most logically sound and effective one. It allows us to take into consideration all of the individual’s unique factors when formulating a treatment plan. If someone is struggling greatly with food, it is important not only what his or her genetic predisposition is, but also what available food is around their everyday environment. Even further, why is it the case that this food is what is available? What are the current socio/economic conditions of the area the person is in? What other hurdles might be getting in the way or discouraging recovery? If there are any, what are the negative influences? Are they people? Are they activities? These are all potential things to consider if we want to have an integrated approach to behavioral addiction.

Similar questions (yet specific to each addiction) should be asked for both gambling and sex addictions as well. The complex physical, psychological, and social factors tend to determine an individual’s behavior. Because of this, an integrated approach to treating these addictive behaviors is a potentially successful and complete one.

The best way to learn all about the integrated approach to behavioral addiction is to attend the upcoming Integrative Addiction Conference being held in Austin, Texas.


Dealing with the minds perception about cocaine addiction

Dealing with the minds perception about cocaine addiction: Coping with craving of cocaine (part two)

Dealing with the minds perception about cocaine addiction

In our part one of this series of articles about the cognitive behavioral approach of treating addiction, we had highlighted some of the areas to focus on as listed below and we were able to explore on the first one i.e. understanding craving. You can actually make reference on that as we progress but for the purpose of this article we want to continue from where we left and see how best we can describe craving which is one of the biggest elements when it comes to solving the problem of addiction. Our team of experts from the home of addiction solutions (AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center) under the able leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury who is also the founder of the facility, we want to explore on the possibilities of dealing with the minds perception about cocaine addiction with a view of finding lasting solutions to the scourge of addiction.

Dealing with the minds perception about cocaine addiction: Describing craving

Having understood what cravings is our next point would be to get the essential sense of the patients’ experience of craving. This can be very broad and may include having the knowledge about the following information.

What is craving like for you? – Doctor Akoury says that cravings or urges as it is commonly known is experienced in many different of ways by different patients. Like for instance an individual could say, the experience is primarily somatic that is to say, a patient would just get a feeling in the stomach or the heart races or just start smelling the element being craved for. For others, craving is experienced more cognitively; like for example one would say that “I need it now” or “I can’t get it out of my head” or “It calls on me.” Or it may be experienced effectively; for example, “I get nervous” or “I’m bored.” Depending on your individual experience, it is important that when seeking for help, you let your therapist know your experience with craving, this way they will be able to get to the roots of the problem and offer solutions effectively.

Are you bothered by craving? – There is tremendous variability in the level and intensity of craving reported by patients. For some, achieving and maintaining control over craving will be a principal treatment goal and take several weeks to achieve. Other patients deny they experience any craving. Gentle exploration with patients who deny any craving especially those who continue to use cocaine often reveals that they misinterpret a variety of experiences or simply ignore craving when it occurs until they suddenly find themselves using. Other, abstinent patients, who deny they experience any craving often, when asked, admit to intense fears about relapsing.

How long does craving last for you? – In this journey doctor Akoury says that to make the point about the duration and nature of craving, it is often very important for professionals to point out to their patients that they have rarely let themselves experience an episode of craving without giving in to it.

How do you try to cope with it? – Getting a sense of the coping strategies used by patients will help the therapist identify their characteristic coping styles and select appropriate coping strategies.

Dealing with the minds perception about cocaine addiction: Identifying triggers

The next point to focus on would be the identification of the triggers to the substance of abuse. It is important that therapists should work very closely with their patients to develop a comprehensive list of their own triggers. Some patients become overwhelmed when asked to identify cues. From experience doctor Akoury says that when handling addicts, you will notice that someone may even associate breathing with cocaine use. Again, it may be most helpful therefore to concentrate on identifying the craving and cues that have been most problematic to the patient in recent weeks. This should commence immediately during the therapy session and this should include self-monitoring of craving so that patients can begin to identify new and more subtle cues as they arise.

Dealing with the minds perception about cocaine addiction: Avoiding cues

When considering the avoidance of cues it is always advisable that you keep in mind the general strategy of “recognize, avoid, and cope.” These strategies are particularly applicable to craving for all substances and not necessarily cocaine. Doctor Akoury says that real experts would first identify the patients’ most problematic cues then make an exploration of the degree to which some of those could be avoided. This will come with certain sacrifices including breaking ties or reducing contact with individuals who use or supply you with cocaine, getting rid of paraphernalia, staying out of bars or other places where cocaine is used, or no longer carrying money, as in the following example:

Finally in dealing with the minds perception about cocaine addiction one needs not to let any stone unturned. I am saying this because we are all aware that cocaine is an illegal substance but other substances like alcohol which are legal can form a perfect avenue for the consumption of cocaine without being noticed. Besides that the ability to pay for the substance is another point of consideration. When the financial strength allows users to access cocaine could easily form a solution in an alcoholic drink. Therefore experts from AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center recommends that for any meaningful treatment to be realized, therapists and other professionals in the line of substance abuse must spend considerable time exploring the relationship between alcohol and cocaine with patients who use them together to such an extent that alcohol becomes a powerful cocaine cue. Specific strategies to reduce, or preferably, stop alcohol use should be explored. We appreciate that doing this may not be easy for many people and that is why doctor Akoury will be readily available on call for you to schedule for an appointment so that any pending or unclear issues relating to addiction can be attended to professionally.

Dealing with the minds perception about cocaine addiction: Coping with craving of cocaine (part two)


The pain of addiction

Celebrities are vulnerable of drug addiction

Celebrities are vulnerable of drug addiction: Alcohol programs and celebrities?

celebrities are vulnerable

Celebrities are vulnerable of drug addiction this concern is closely associated with the demands of their lives and the pressure on them to deliver and keep to the top

The demands of life are increasingly becoming overwhelming to everyone. People of all races are waking up early and retiring very late in the night all to make ends meet. Target set by employers is even making life even more stressful and if this is to be compounded by drugs, life can become even more unbearable. All this is happening to people in equal measure and the sooner something is done, the better to everyone. Looking at different personalities across the globe, one group is always quite common with substance abuse reports almost every day. We are talking about the celebrities and their lifestyle. From the information we get in different media channels one will not be wrong to wonder why celebrities are vulnerable of drug addiction? I am almost certain that you have come across this question somewhere and so that now forms the basis of our discussion even as we develop this to understand why this is becoming the norm. It is no longer a secret that life is full of stress and pressures and especially in this day and age where people gauge everything they do in terms of success that comes from their products. To be precise and to the point success has become one of the prime importance giving rise to extreme competitiveness. With the strength with which drug addiction is making inroads to our societies, every one including celebrities must have a very strong mind in order to survive in this world intoxicated with substances.

Doctor Dalal Akoury MD, President and also the founder of AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center, is reiterating that it is important to note that even individuals with strong commitment and will, can still often break down due to the increasing pressures, and look for alternatives that would help them seek temporary relief. In many instances people often make adverse mistakes of turning to misuse of alcohol and drugs in order to deal with their stress which is not productive by all standards. While they are hoping to get better on account of these substances, unfortunately, they don’t always realize the dangers that are associated with turning to alcohol and drugs. And that introduces us to our next question that why do celebrities get addicted to alcohol and other substances?

Celebrities are vulnerable of drug addiction: Why do celebrities get addicted to alcohol?

There is no doubt that celebrities often live a very stressful and busy life, they are normally at the center of attention to their supporters and to the societies and with very little time for themselves in quiet and solitude. In the nature of their live, attending parties can be a frequent occurrence and drinking is in most cases the rule rather than an exception. Surprisingly and without knowing the pressures and stress these people bear with them every day many people may envy celebrities for their lifestyles that appear flashy and attractive from the outside. However, these people live very difficult and tough lives to the little knowledge of many. The truth is that celebs are under constant pressure including the competitiveness of the glamorous world is enormous, and it is always extremely difficult to survive unless one knows how to get things done and done right. Sometimes if not most of the times, celebs often turn to alcohol and drugs to cope and to get relief from constant stress and pressure. Doctor Akoury expresses the most unfortunate situations in the lives of most celebs is that quite often drinking and drug use get out of hand and becomes a major problem impacting on both of their personal lives, career and social life in the public. Hence, many celebs end up having to get enrolled to different rehabilitation centers for drug addiction treatment.

Celebrities are vulnerable of drug addiction: Do celebrities get treated specially during alcohol programs?

At AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under the able leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury, all persons are passionately treated equally with dignity, respect, reverence and care. We take this as a condition in life that needs to be attended to medically and professionally as opposed to seeing it as a moral failing. Keen interest must be taken to note that alcohol addiction is a disorder and curing it is a process which is uniform for people from all walks of life. Therefore AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center is a great place with qualified and highly trained professionals not just for celebrities in need of treatment but also applicable to all people across the globe that are struggling with any kind of drug addiction. Up on scheduling for an appointment with doctor Dalal Akoury, special consideration will be taken on all individual client including, celebs and high profile people who will be expectant to receive, strict confidentiality throughout the treatment and even after the treatment period.

Celebrities are vulnerable of drug addiction: Challenges faced by celebrities during their stay at treatment programs?

When attending to clients at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center, we are always keen on tailoring the treatment to suit the individual client’s needs and specifications. We understand the different needs of our clients and that is why when celebs visit our facility we take keen interest in their individual lifestyle while considering that generally time, concentration and dedication to the program are the key factors that pose challenges to the celebrities in their pursuit of freedom from addiction and dependence. We understand that celebrities may not want to spend an extended period in a rehab; they are often worried about what will happen to their career when the rehabilitation takes long. We look at all these and give to our client treatment that will be most desirable to their needs even as we advise then on the consequences of certain decision they may choose to take owing to the fact that addiction treatment is a process and not just a note time treatment agenda. Therefore as we come to the conclusion of this discussion, if you are struggling with any kind of addiction, you may want to consider scheduling for an appointment with doctor Dalal Akoury today for a one on one treatment and advice for the situation you have found yourself in.

Celebrities are vulnerable of drug addiction: Alcohol programs and celebrities?









Treating brain impairment caused by cocaine abuse

Treating brain impairment caused by cocaine abuse: Is healing of addicted brain possible?

Treating brain impairment

Drug addiction is very dangerous to human health and therefore treating brain impairment caused by cocaine abuse is very essential in the recovery process.

The human brain is the engine of life and any infringement to its proper functionality is not only a problem to the brain but to the whole body. The brain can be affected in several ways but one emerging common fact that cause damage to the brain is the use of drugs. There are so many drugs in the market both the legal and illegal once capable of causing damage to our social well-being by infringing on the brain and for the purpose of this article; we want to narrow our discussion on one substance that is among many substances raising havoc to the brains operations. Therefore cocaine is going to be our key focus even as we explore on treating brain impairment caused by cocaine abuse or addiction. This is a very interesting topic you do not want to miss and therefore if you are joining us for the first time, we want to encourage you to stay with us on the link and get the best you need to know about the impact of cocaine in your health and how best you can be on top of it for the betterment of your life and that of your loved ones. And now to set the ball rolling, we want to engage the services of experts from AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center which is a health facility founded by doctor Dalal Akoury MD and also the President of the establishment. It will also interest you to note that doctor Akoury is a veteran addiction expert who has offered addiction treatment very passionately to millions of people across the globe for several decades now making her to be one of the most experienced and qualified to handle your condition. You can therefore seek for her professional advice by scheduling for an appointment with her today by calling her on telephone number 843 213 1480 and she will be able to address all your concerns in confidence and with high standard of professionalism.

Treating brain impairment caused by cocaine abuse: The lifestyle of a cocaine user

Ideally cocaine users are living a very disturbing life owing to the complications that come with the usage of this substance. These are people who need our help and that is one of the reasons why doctor Akoury founded this establishment (AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center). It is however regrettable that for cocaine users, every high is a little less great. Thus they continue to go back for another high even as they try to match their last high. Professionally doctor Akoury registers that the most horribly tragic thing about this habit is that even though they repeatedly use more units every time, they will never reach those highs again and frustratingly every next high results in lower highs and higher lows. Because of this reasons, there has been a great deal of discussion about healing the addicted brain and whether or not true healing of an addicted brain is possible.

Brain scans have indicated that in the short term, the revival of dopamine transporter (DAT) binding is not very healthy. One month of discontinuance still shows a stark drop in DAT binding. However, in their example, 14 months of abstinence shows an almost full return of dopamine transporter binding. When cocaine is first used, the dopamine levels in the brain are found to skyrocket by two or three times. However, once this short high of approximately 12 hours wears off, then dopamine levels are depressed to lower than normal levels. This actually explains the reason as to why users (drug addicts) are often yarning for that next high to get their dopamine levels back above normal. Even though this is a push and pull event, the truth is that the end result is just never quite as high as the previous one.

Treating brain impairment caused by cocaine abuse: The role of serotonin in solving the problem of addicted brain

Looking at the topic of discussion before us, it is equally important to note that serotonin is another neurotransmitter that plays a significant role in the addicted brains inclination towards the continued cocaine use. It therefore means that Serotonin is involved in a variety of physiological states impacting on sexual behavior and even being culpable for things or conditions such as depression. Doctor Akoury registers that when drugs are abused in whichever way, the impact of that action is that the levels of serotonin will be elevated. It therefore means that each time when the drug users make an attempt to stop their serotonin levels are depressed. And besides that there has been a lot of pharmacological use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) to raise a depressed individual’s serotonin levels without the use of the drugs that first elevated their high, like cocaine. Even though that has been helpful for many people in the past and even currently, many users are still out in the exploration field wanting to try and get their addicted brain fully healed.

Finally these research findings that it is really the behavioral effects of the addicted brain that never fully return to normal, in some cases. While the brains serotonin can be regulated through the use of SSRIs, and DAT binding returns to quasi-normal levels after prolonged discontinuance, there is always the X factor of whether or not these users will return to their prior behaviors. This is very important in securing a permanent solution to the problem and therefore, if you are not so sure of your position or that of your loved ones, you can schedule for an appointment with the experts from AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under the able leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury today for further direction. Up on receipt of your appointment, doctor Akoury will professionally take you through all the process you need to know in order to be on the right path when it comes to curing the addicted brain from the effects of cocaine abuse.

Treating brain impairment caused by cocaine abuse: Is healing of addicted brain possible?