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Addiction sobriety journey

Addiction sobriety journey

Addiction sobriety journey needs to be all inclusive including those that are seen to be legally allowed for use

Addiction sobriety journey: The cold turkey experience

I long for that day when we will in unison change to the tune of victory that we have defeated the problems of drug addiction. Our sons and daughters, parents, relatives and friends are suffering from the scourge of addiction. This is one of the biggest motivations why doctor Dalal Akoury made a decision of forming the AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center, a facility whose main objective is to transform each individual’s life through increasing awareness about health and wellness and by empowering individuals to find their own inner healing power.

It, therefore, means that when we acknowledge that we have a problem on our own will without any threats or undue influence, then and only then will start the rough road of quitting heroin addiction and other addictions as well. Remember that when you have made up your mind, you can schedule an appointment with doctor Akoury for professional help. Even as you consider doing that, it may interest you to know that doctor Akoury’s practice focuses on personalized medicine through healthy lifestyle choices that deal with primary prevention and underlying causes instead of patching up symptoms. I encourage you to make that lifesaving call today and escape the agony of addiction today.

Addiction sobriety journey: The distress of heroin addiction

Even though addiction sobriety is a long journey, you must not allow this to scare yours from realizing your goals. This is just to prepare your for the healing process because the truth is, it will not be an easy one. Let us listen to the story a former addict and her experiences with heroin addiction. She says that the last time she quit heroin, she went cold turkey on a friends couch. This was not really planned but all the same, it happened something like this. At that time she was living with some junkie in her parent’s house. Her parents were both coke heads and they knew she was an addict to heroin. Her stay here did not last long since this family had a strong policy in their house that no needles’ shall be used in their home. What that meant is that her welcome was no longer needed there and she was requested politely to leave.

At this time I was again becoming homeless and with no money, I had to do something she says. That made her wonder “how rough is the road of quitting heroin addiction”. In that state of confusion, she thought of an old friend and as fate will have it this friend agreed to accommodate her on her couch as long as she wanted. Immediately I bought a bus ticket headed to my friend’s place which was quite a distance of about 10 hours’ drive. To keep me going I chose to take with me some ten bags of dope and ten needles and by the time I got to my friend’s place only one dope and one needle was left, this was the beginning of my gradual reduction technique. From that story you can begin to appreciate that addiction sobriety is a journey and in it, you need professionals to guide you through. Speaking to doctor Dalal Akoury MD and her team of experts from AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center will be of great benefit to you in making this journey shorter.

Addiction sobriety journey: The cold turkey experience




Challenging relapse experience during recovery

Challenging relapse experience

Challenging relapse experience during recovery when defeated makes patients even much committed to the recovery program

Challenging relapse experience during recovery: The process is never easy

When we said that addiction recovery process isn’t easy you can appreciate that from the story of this client. Having been on treatment, she is now facing all the challenging relapse experiences. And in her own words she says that, “the next thing that came in my mind now that am that weak is to go online hoping to connect with people who might be able to help but no luck there. I ended up reaching out to the guy whom I had dated shortly for like a week before I move to another town. As fate would have it, he had also been kicked out of his house around the same time and had left the state. But he missed me a lot and wanted to come back. Because I needed company of a friend, I requested my mother if my “boyfriend” could stay with us for a while and like a loving mother to her only daughter she agreed. So he hopped the first plane over here. And that’s how my real life started, I suppose.”

I ended up marrying that guy and having a child and then divorcing him almost immediately and now we are working things out or whatever. But the most important thing is that we don’t do heroin any more. And we don’t use needles. We are both well aware of the pain and the consequences of the drug. Still we seem to have different views. I feel like there is a junkie living in my head and it will never go away. For this reason, I think of myself as forever an addict and I don’t trust that I will turn down a shot if offered. He claims to feel no desire for the drug at all but he was not as hard into it as I was. He didn’t even know how to shoot up on his own; I remember at some point I had shot him up a few times and clearly he wasn’t as much an addict as I was. That may be good for him but I will never rid myself of that voice in my head, my inner junkie. She is locked away in the back of my mind but she is always screaming and begging to be let out. There’s always that suggestion of just one time. Just one hit for fun this time. I’m in control because I have chosen to. Those are some of the challenging relapse experience during recovery.

Challenging relapse experience during recovery: Cold turkey heroin

Finally, if you ask me what cold turkey heroin withdrawal does to a person, I will tell you that it searches deep within the reaches of your mind for any shred of hope and joy  or anything resembling such and destroys it completely, killing it brutally and mercilessly. It leaves you just as a shadow of your former self. And for some, it never ends. In some form or another, it stays with you for life. That is why doctor Dalal Akoury founded AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center to help you cope with all these withdrawal challenges. You can call doctor Akoury today to book for an appointment with her for a more professional recovery treatment process.

Challenging relapse experience during recovery: The process is never easy







Seeking for support in dealing with addiction

Seeking for support in dealing with addiction: Why it is necessary that you get help from the professionals?

Seeking for support in dealing with addiction

Seeking for support in dealing with addiction from experts is paramount in solving all problems of addiction and avoiding future relapse.

The journey of addiction recovery will not be an easy one and therefore when adding nutrition to your list of elements and tools of fighting addiction, it will be very important for you to find and collaborate with a trained nutritionist who can tailor your diet to your specific needs in recovery. Remember that no matter where you live, seeking for support in dealing with addiction is not optional and for sure it will not be difficult for you finding a trained nutritionist within your locality. The good news to you is that when you reach out for experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under the able leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury, you will not only find nutritionist but also highly qualified addiction experts who will be able to holistically address all your nutritional and addiction needs professionally and timely leaving you to enjoy your life to the fullest thereafter.

Dr. Akoury is fellowship trained and certified in anti-aging functional and regenerative medicine, as well as having more than twenty years of accumulated experience in emergency medicine, pediatrics, and a master’s degree in public health. She has also served fellowships in pediatric hematology/oncology and has performed research in leukemia and the effects of smoking. Besides that her decision to create a medical center whose main objective is to transform each individual’s life through increasing awareness about health and wellness and by empowering individuals to find their own inner healing power was guided by the enormous struggle that she saw in the faces of those struggling with addiction problems. It will also interest you to note that Dr. Akoury’s practice focuses on personalized medicine through healthy lifestyle choices that deal with primary prevention and underlying causes instead of patching up symptoms. Therefore if you or any of your loved ones is struggling with any kind of addiction, you can reach out for her on telephone number 843 213 1480 and schedule for an appointment with her to have all your addiction needs professionally addressed today.

Seeking for support in dealing with addiction: The sugar saboteur and food as a substitute addiction

In her practice, doctor Akoury strongly emphasizes on sugar regulation because of its addictive nature. It is not uncommon, she says, for people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction to become addicted to sugar. Alcoholics are especially prone to sugar addiction and to the energy rollercoaster that accompanies it, nonetheless that is not all because sugar addiction also affects other addicts too. Akoury believes that eating in a way that promotes blood sugar spikes and crashes is a recipe for disaster when it comes to maintaining your sobriety. She says that when you get that blood sugar crash, your body craves for more sugar. In an alcoholic’s mind, and it works this way in a drug addict’s mind too, when you crave sugar it immediately translates in your brain to alcohol and you get a really strong craving for alcohol. It may be a craving that you can’t control. By regulating their blood sugar, recovering alcoholics can avoid the sugar highs and lows that often send them running for a drink. According to her, in many cases, an addict’s overwhelming urge for his or her next fix is actually a sugar craving in disguise.

The tendency for recovering addicts to develop sugar addiction as they withdraw from alcohol or drugs is an example of a very common phenomenon in addiction recovery. It is not uncommon for those recovering from addiction to turn to food as a replacement. According to a study published in the international research journal Appetite, men in the early stages of recovery often practice dysfunctional eating habits, including substituting food for their drug of choice.

Seeking for support in dealing with addiction: The role of amino acids

Professionals at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center agrees that one of the most promising areas of nutritional therapy for recovering addicts relates to neurotransmitters, amino acids, and how they all affect the brain. Research has also demonstrated that the substantial role neurotransmitters, the chemicals that transmit messages between neurons and other cells in the body, play in addiction.

The connection between neurotransmitters and addiction results from the ability of drugs and alcohol to impact the brain’s output of certain neurotransmitters. For example, cocaine causes the brain to increase its production of the neurotransmitter dopamine which impacts mood and stimulates the feeling of pleasure. A problem arises, however, when the brain has been artificially stimulated to produce a neurotransmitter so often that it no longer produces this neurotransmitter on its own. Essentially, what this means is those recovering from addiction are dealing with a brain that no longer creates neurotransmitters, like dopamine, which play an integral role in their well-being.

According to doctor Akoury, amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein, are precursors to neurotransmitters including those most related to addiction like serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. This connection indicates the potential to treat addiction through the targeted consumption of amino acids, which can be done through the intake of certain foods or supplements. Since dopamine is the key neurotransmitter involved with addiction and is associated with ‘reward,’ it is critical to restore depleted dopamine levels through a higher protein intake. Phenylalanine is an essential amino acid which is widespread in food that becomes tyrosine, which is converted to dopamine.

An example of how amino acid supplementation works for addiction can be found in the instance of alcohol withdrawal. Alcoholics going through withdrawal experience an increased turnover of the neurotransmitter norepinephrine. The amino acid phenylalanine, however, is a precursor to norepinephrine. If an individual recovering from alcohol addiction eats foods high in phenylalanine, like meat and fish, he will be helping to fulfill the need for this neurotransmitter during withdrawal.

Finally says doctor Akoury, it is important to note that dietary recommendations do vary mostly depending on the substance you are withdrawing from. Alcohol and opiates, for example, negatively impact the stomach it therefore means that people recovering from these substances should work to restore gut health through increased intake of probiotics. Cocaine however is associated with essential fatty acid deficiency, so those recovering from cocaine addiction would benefit from increased consumption of Omega 3. Because of these nuances in each recovering addict’s dietary needs, it is important to collaborate with a trained nutritionist to determine what nutritional approach will help you most on your road to recovery.

Seeking for support in dealing with addiction: Why it is necessary that you get help from the professionals?



Exploring nutritional therapy for substance abuse eradication

Exploring nutritional therapy for substance abuse eradication: Being objective in dealing with addiction

Preceptorship Addiction Treatment – Effective Treatment Support

Exploring nutritional therapy for substance abuse eradication

Because complications relating to drugs addiction are not going to go away anytime soon going by the various statistics gathered from research documents, we need to up our sleeves into bringing this ghost of addiction to manageable levels. That would therefore means that no stone must not be left unturned and everyone must be brought on board for the operation to be successful. For that reason, AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under the able leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury who is a veteran addiction expert of several decades is going to share with us in depth about exploring nutritional therapy for substance abuse eradication from our societies. This is very important not just to the direct victims of substance abuse but even to their loved ones who are equally affected even if it is indirectly. We are therefore going to us this article to conclude on the two elements we did not handle while discussing on the topic “medical nutrition therapy for substance abuse” in our previous article. The two elements we want to address include:

  • Weight management and eating disorders and
  • Pharmacotherapy

Exploring nutritional therapy for substance abuse eradication: Weight Management and Eating Disorders

According to the experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center, the problems that are associated with weight management are common nutritional concern related to substance abuse. In the same discipline detoxification programs are commonly seen to be leading to weight gain, as addicts being taken through the process often turn to food instead of their drugs of choice. Besides that biochemical changes also result in increased appetite and a preference for highly palatable foods, and confusion in hunger/fullness cues arise. However, for some, weight gain is important due to significant protein-energy malnutrition and low BMI as a result of substance use. Doctor Akoury is raising concern that increased consumption of lots of calories and weight if not managed properly can lead to other devastating health complications including obesity, diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease, therefore it is very important that professionals in this discipline should monitor and counsel patients on healthful eating and weight management and that is what doctor Akoury and her team of experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center are doing relentlessly in giving their contribution towards fighting the scourge of addiction from our systems.

While in treatment, most patients reduce their levels of exercise either due to lack of time, the program structure, or lack of motivation. Increased abnormal liver tests are common in re-feeding among hospitalized drug addicts, which is theorized to be caused by a lack of exercise and increase in weight. According to a study conducted by the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, it was established that the daily weight change had a significant positive correlation with changes in serum alanine transaminase or aspartate aminotransferase concentrations from admission to discharge. Experts can therefore help in monitoring weight gain and laboratory results primarily to identify patient goals for achieving or maintaining a healthy weight. They can also work with professionals including the families and relatives of the victims to develop exercise programs during and after treatment that can help to level patients’ liver enzymes and manage their weight.

Doctor Akoury is of the opinion that with the high prevalence of eating disorders in the substance abuse population, care must be taken in making recommendations for weight management to ensure they aren’t too restrictive and weight gain or loss is monitored and steady. It is a point of great concern that up to 72% of women who are below 30 years of age and are struggling with alcoholism have eating disorder problems and besides that, other substances such as cocaine are associated with a higher prevalence of eating disorders, it is therefore very important that careful attention and precautions be taken when working with these populations.

Exploring nutritional therapy for substance abuse eradication: Pharmacotherapy

The next element of discussion is the pharmacotherapy which is a common component of addiction treatment. While exploring nutritional therapy for substance abuse eradication, it is important to note that these medications are intended to improve mood stability and recovery success and to assist with any medical or mental health problems resulting from or co-occurring with detoxification. When exploring this working with experts is very important because they can help in the management of any nutritional implications of these medications says doctor Dalal Akoury.

According to the experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center, medication-assisted treatment for substance abuse has been effective for alcohol and opioid dependence immensely. It’s important for dietitians to be familiar with these common medications, because the side effects may influence patients’ nutritional status. Alongside that, dietitians need to be cautious when recommending supplementation in this population due to addicts’ quick-fix mindset and already-taxed bodies. Taking cognizance that a damaged liver may not be able to correctly process certain supplements, and the supplements may ultimately have a negative impact on liver health. And that not with-standing nonetheless, and according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health it was suggested that a common over-the-counter herbal supplement, N-acetylcysteine, can reduce the cravings of cocaine and heroin addicts and possibly alcoholics during withdrawal.

Finally Naltrexone (ReVia, Vivitrol, Depade), disulfiram (Antabuse), and acamprosate calcium (Campral) are used to treat alcoholism. Naltrexone, which also has been used with opiate and narcotic dependence, may cause anorexia, weight loss, nausea, and vomiting. Disulfiram may cause nausea and vomiting, and if patients ingest alcohol, they will become very ill. Therefore, care must be taken to ensure that all traces of alcohol are eliminated from patients’ diets, including any that may be used in recipes. Acamprosate calcium may cause an increase in appetite, increased weight, and taste changes. Dietitians should take note of these side effects and work with patients to identify ways to promote adequate nutritional intake. With all these worthy points about exploring nutritional therapy for substance abuse eradication, if you still have any area of concern that you need to be clarified, you can schedule for an appointment with doctor Dalal Akoury for a one on one professional touch today and you will never be the same again there-after.

Exploring nutritional therapy for substance abuse eradication: Being objective in dealing with addiction







Medical nutrition therapy for Substance Abuse

Medical nutrition therapy for Substance Abuse: Specific nutritional threats discussed

Medical nutrition therapy for Substance Abuse

Medical nutrition therapy for Substance Abuse is a very effective way of dealing with toxic substances in the body for a better, healthier lifestyle using natural nutritious food elements.

The dangers of substance abuse can be very fatal and life threatening if action to address them is not expedited. Over the decades we have been on the first lane of delivering solutions to this problem with a lot of professionalism, care and excellence. It is our commitment to see this problem eradicated in it’s entirely in our life time and that is the reason why we have not relented in our zeal to its elimination. For that reason, we the experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under the able leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury will remain in the forefront of the fight of drug addiction applying all the tools at our disposal until we can say that the war is worn. Nonetheless this is not an easy assignment and we are acknowledging that and that is why our team of professionals are well trained to the task. Over the past few weeks we have been looking at the effect of proper nutrition in the fight of this problem and we want to further that discussion today in this article by the effects of medical nutrition therapy for substance abuse elimination and how it works.

Doctor Dalal Akoury says that depending on the variance of the substances abused by different individual, their nutritional status, weight problems and disease, we are likely not to have similarities the ways such substances affects them. It is therefore very important that when seeking for the best avenues, we must conduct out a full assessment and evaluation primarily to determine the individual requirements. And that is what we want to first explore in this article with a view of examining the common needs for medical nutrition therapy (MNT) in substance abuse and then discuss the specific nutritional threats each substance poses as well as the recommendations for addressing those threats. By the end of the discussion you will be well equipped to face any nutritional challenges that may come your way even as you fight off addiction. We therefore urge you to stay on the link for much more information about this way of fighting addiction.

Medical nutrition therapy for Substance Abuse: Malnutrition

Malnutrition is a serious health problem that comes into the body due to the deficiencies of several food nutrients. It causes the body to be pale, weak and being vulnerable to any attacks by chronic health complications. Nonetheless for the purpose of our discussion, malnutrition that is related to addiction is categorized either as primary or secondary malnutrition.

Primary malnutrition – this normally occurs when the substance replaces other dietary nutrients in the body thereby causing a lot of intoxication to the body system.

Secondary malnutrition – under normal circumstances this will results from improper nutrient metabolism, absorption, utilization, or excretion even though the diet may be adequate. Even though malnutrition is categorized in either primary or secondary, they both have one common denominator which are both types of malnutrition can result from any substance use.

Medical nutrition therapy for Substance Abuse: Effects of malnutrition

Doctor Akoury registers that even though malnutrition can affect any body, it is important to note that patients who are struggling with multiple addictions show increased deficiencies due to malnutrition. Like for instance in one of the studies it was revealed that up to 70% of addicted drug users suffered vitamin D deficiency and low levels of vitamin C, and yet in another research it was also established that some 50% of addicts were deficient either in iron or vitamins (vitamins A, C, and E being most common) during detox.

It is also important to note that MNT for malnutrition roles includes correcting any deficiencies, providing an adequate diet, and addressing any alterations that need to be made to the diet due to oral, digestive, or metabolic issues. A once-a-day, low-potency multivitamin/mineral supplement may be useful for those unable to consume a calorically adequate diet and those with dietary limitations or severe gastrointestinal damage.

Medical nutrition therapy for Substance Abuse: Metabolic syndrome

According to the experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center, substance abuse, especially alcohol abuse, is closely associated with an increased risk of metabolic syndrome, which consists of increased abdominal obesity, hyperglycemia, abnormal cholesterol, and hypertension. The mechanisms through which substance abuse contributes to this condition includes increased cell damage, reduced energy production, cells’ reduced antioxidant potential, and enhanced excitotoxicity. Some substances, including alcohol and marijuana, lead to higher calorie intakes, increased weight circumference, and poorer nutritional profiles, all of which will lead to an increased metabolic syndrome risk.

The prevalence of metabolic syndrome in substance abusers is reported to be 5% to 31%, with a higher risk for those who abuse alcohol and opioids. Higher risk is thought to be associated with an increased period of dependence on a substance. To reduce this considerably, it is important that we take such patients through counseling particularly on the subject of lifestyle changes. The effectiveness of this will go a long way in decreasing their risk of contracting chronic health conditions like cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Besides this such patients should also be encouraged to engage in healthy practices like exercise, weight loss and dietary changes to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol and quitting smoking.

Before we come to the conclusion of this discussion, I want to give some assurance to you concerning the best way forward even after leaving this sight. But before you go remember that we have only looked at malnutrition and metabolism and we are yet to explore on pharmacotherapy, weight management and eating disorders which are also very instrumental in medical nutrition therapy for substance abuse. Because of that we are going to proceed with the two in our next article and it is going to be very healthy for you to be there. Finally as a possible way forward whenever therapy is mentioned, people often think of resources and the cost implications. Remember what we said in the introduction that we are determined in seeing you through this process of eliminating addiction all through. That is why doctor Dalal Akoury founded this facility (AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center) so that you can get the much needed assistance conveniently and at a very competitive rate. Therefore if this description suits your situation, then you need to schedule that appointment with doctor Akoury today for the commencement of your recovery journey today.

Medical nutrition therapy for Substance Abuse: Specific nutritional threats discussed