Do you know someone with an addiction? Are you that person? Do you ever wonder where addictions stem from?
Addiction is a widespread and very broad issue in the world, and throughout the United States. People are addicted to many things. Addictions, like coffee, alcohol, and cigarettes are addictions that might take a longer amount of time for the consequences to show up. Examples like heroin, methamphetamine, and opioids lead to becoming a non functioning addict more often, and more quickly. All addictions come with consequences, whether it be weight, danger to your health, danger to your life, loss of control in your life.
Addictions like those mentioned above can lead to health problems, loss of people in your life, job loss, or incarceration to name a few. You probably know this already, along with that often when confronted or caught, these individuals who have the addiction say something along the lines of “I can’t help it”. Which is mostly true, this article has some important facts about addiction in the U.S. https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/understanding-drug-use-addiction
Having an addiction to something stems from somewhere, for someone who doesn’t have the best brain chemistry, tries something that may cause an addiction, likes it, and starts making it more regular until it is no longer in their control – they are addicted. Have you ever felt this way? Maybe with coffee, or your phone? Like you rely on it for happiness or believe you need it to function. This comes from your neurotransmitters being off, this comes from having nutrient deficiencies. https://www.weightandwellness.com/resources/podcasts/how-control-cravings/
Brain Health and addiction – Lifestyle & What you eat, can save you from addiction
Why don’t you have control? Why can’t you stop? Why did you start in the first place? Why do my friends not have this problem? I imagine are some of the questions addicts ask to themselves. To learn more on https://www.amenclinics.com/blog/addictions-stuck-brain/
Dr. George Papanicolaou, DO says that “Addiction is a powerful force that can sabotage your life and hurt those who surround you. Whereas researchers once considered addiction a weakness of character, in recent decades we’ve learned that brain-chemistry imbalances often underlie addiction to drugs like cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine.” Please read this article before you continue reading. https://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/2018/01/30/7-ways-heal-addiction-functional-medicine-approach/ As Dr. George explained, having the correct nutrients, correctly firing neurotransmitters, and way of life give you a balanced brain. One that is significantly safer from bad decisions causing addictions, and addiction in general.
I hope reading this gave you a sense of control, and an understanding of what can be done to prevent or recover from addiction. Do you see the connection between taking care of your brain and preventing addiction? Looking at this information, it re-inspired me to really do all that is necessary for a healthy balanced brain, and hopefully rely less on coffee for energy, and less on media for happiness. It also made me grateful my parents raised me eating right, and taking the correct supplements, exercising, and getting good sleep. It shows me it is worth it – despite both sides of the family having members with severe addictions, I have successfully avoided addiction despite having had exposure to many things that could have led me down a destructive path.