Exercise and Drug Addiction

Food, Exercise and Drug Addiction: A Strange Combination

Eating healthy, exercise and drug addiction may seem like an odd combination, however recent studies show that exercise could decrease substance abuse and reinforce abstinence, while healthy eating may increase mood and long-term recovery.

Exercising while using drugs is not recommended and could be very dangerous due to increased or decreased heart rate, blood pressure, and respiration.

Since many drugs and withdrawal often deplete your body of nutrients, leave you dehydrated and create electrolyte imbalances in your body, exercise should always be discussed with your treatment team to ensure safety.

Exercise and Drug Addiction

In a recent study on exercise and drug addiction it was found that in a group of thirty-eight people who were suffering from opioid, cocaine or cannabis use disorder that exercised three times per week for six months, were more likely to commit to abstinence from drugs. Out of these thirty-eight people, fifteen reported abstinence or decreased use.

Exercise and drug addiction coupled with the proper therapy, healthy habits, community support, and a 12-step program, could be used in a person’s early recovery to help distract them from intense cravings.

At Ohio Detox Center, we provide patients with a variety of wellness services, including on-site visits from yoga teachers and exercise instructors. Patients all have access to group exercise classes on site as well as catered meals to ensure healthy options are available. Case managers also help our patients learn about nutrition and help patients map out healthy grocery lists as they work towards leaving our care. During detox the body often craves sweets, and balance is important to any healthy diet, which is why our detox center offers an onsite ice cream machine.

Exercise can give people in early recovery from drug addiction, a natural high. Exercise “highs” happen when the brain releases endorphins after vigorous exercise- such as running or HIIT.

When people are entering early recovery, they often substitute sugar or caffeine for drugs or alcohol, which can lead to other health problems. We will help you learn how to make better choices to promote health and recovery.

Eating Healthier Improves Recovery!

Exercise is not the only way you can work towards bettering your health when entering recovery for drug or alcohol addiction. Learning to eat healthier, balanced meals is one thing you can utilize in early recovery to curb cravings and create a healthier lifestyle while also help repairing organ tissue, fighting depression, and increasing depleted serotonin caused by drug or alcohol misuse.

People who misuse alcohol get fifty percent of there daily calories from alcohol consumption, leaving their body at high risk of vitamin deficiencies such as calcium and zinc, as well as malnutrition and a weakened immune system.

Omega 3-fatty acids are found in salmon, walnuts, and chia seeds and are proven to improve depressive symptoms and even aid to the effects of anti-depressants.

When people are entering early recovery, they often substitute sugar or caffeine for drugs or alcohol, which can lead to other health problems. The extra consumption of sugar of caffeine may be linked to more intense drug or alcohol related cravings. Alcohol turns to sugar once it is in the body, which is why many people who are recovering from alcohol addiction crave sugar. However, when you give in to this craving again and again, it does not give your body the time to heal. Sugar may cause your mind and body to crave alcohol, which can lead to irritability, anxiety and depression.

Learning To Live Healthier: The Ohio Difference

Regardless to whether you misused alcohol or drugs, it is important for your health and recovery to eat a complex diet made up of carbs, protein, calcium rich foods, healthy fats and plenty of water. It is proven that a healthy diet can improve your recovery and your brain function!

At Ohio Detox Center, a case manager will help you plan grocery lists that will help aid in your addiction recovery, as well as exercise classes such as yoga. Our goal is to promote your recovery and improve your mood, mind, spirit and body.

Oxycodone Vs. Heroin: Which Is Worse?

Oxycodone Vs. Heroin

When it comes to Oxycodone vs. heroin, many people question which is worse. The assumption is that heroin is worse than Oxycodone since one is a pill given out by doctors and one is bought on the street- however are they really that different?

Heroin was once marketed as "safe" by Bayer. People quickly realized it is a very dangerous, Schedule 1 Narcotic, with no medical use.
Oxycodone is an addictive prescription painkiller that many people believe played a part in the U.S opioid epidemic.

When it comes to Oxycodone, heroin and other drugs, we know there is a stigma attached. There is something that makes drug addiction a conversation about choice versus disease and incarceration versus treatment. Families are blamed for the addiction, addicts are blamed for the addiction, every mistake made throughout addiction is judged as a poor choice and moral failing. Even when an addict enters recovery, they are faced with the public perception that “once an addict always an addict,” the possibility of relapse, and difficulty when it comes to finding a job or a place to live.

However, there is one stigma that we don’t talk about, and sometimes even ignore, which is killing more people as the opioid epidemic rages on…the stigma between heroin addiction and Oxycodone pill addiction.

What is it that makes addiction to prescription opioid pills, such as Oxycodone, more “acceptable” than someone saying they are addicted to heroin?

Since the beginning of the opioid epidemic people have been more inclined to ask for help when it comes to Oxycodone pill addiction, people have been less judgmental towards those addicted to Oxycodone and families and communities have came together to fight the opioid pill epidemic. However, the opioid pill epidemic has quickly turned into a heroin epidemic. People remain hushed about heroin and have stuck with calling the epidemic an Oxycodone problem. We continue to place blame on doctors and pharmaceutical companies instead of trying to really talk about the epidemic and solutions.

So, we are left with the questions is heroin addiction considered worse than oxycodone addiction?

The idea that Oxycodone is safer than heroin may come from prescriptions for Oxycodone being commonly handed out after surgery, or it could be because they are manufactured in a laboratory and not on the streets. People who are misusing Oxycodone may even believe that the price tag per pill, in comparison to heroin, makes it “better” and even safer.

Even once the epidemic got worse, it wasn’t until people in the upper middle class were affected that we began talking openly about opioid addiction and the misuse of Oxycodone pills. This all leads to dangerous stigma that makes people assume Oxycodone misuse and addiction is okay to talk about, but heroin addiction is for “junkies” and considered “the worst of the worse.”

But what happens when Oxycodone pills aren’t enough, and it leads to heroin addiction?

What do we say if there was no surgery that got someone addicted to Oxycodone pills?

What happens when you are stealing Oxycodone from your grandma after her surgery?

The problem is that since Oxycodone pills are more socially acceptable, people are more likely to try them, which can lead to Oxycodone or heroin addiction.

Did you know, in the 1900’s heroin was marketed by Bayer as “safe.” It was prescribed to children and adults for mild pain until people quickly realized that heroin was not safe, it was highly addictive and dangerous. Many people understood then, this heroin is a dangerous drug, its bad, and now it is a Schedule 1 Narcotic with “no medical use.”

If this story sounds familiar to you, it’s because it is what’s happening with Purdue Pharma right now. When Purdue marketed opioid pain pills, like oxycodone, as safe in the 1990’s and began giving it to people with chronic and minor pain, it quickly spiraled into the epidemic we are seeing right now. We found out quickly that these pills are addictive and dangerous. Opioid pills, like oxycodone, are pharmaceutical grade heroin, highly addictive, and often lead to street heroin abuse.

Heroin and prescription opioid pills are the same thing.

Heroin Vs. Oxycodone: Is one worse than the other? It surprises many people to find out that oxycodone and heroin are actually very similar and dangerous.

Heroin and Oxycodone pills are practically the same when we look at the chemicals in each and have very similar effects. The only difference is that one is made by doctors, lab technicians and scientists, while the other is made on the street. The stigma that we place on heroin addiction creates shame and guilt, which makes people less likely to seek help and more susceptible to overdose and death.

Heroin and Oxycodone pills are both highly addictive and dangerous. We can no longer compare one to the other as better or worse. Both can, and will, kill you.

It is time for people to stop pinning Oxycodone vs. heroin and begin talking about these drugs as if they are equally addictive, dangerous, and deadly. This epidemic has already claimed so many people’s lives, we need to help people chose to enter treatment and live a life of recovery.

If you or a loved one are ready to enter recovery, reach out to a recovery specialist today. Don’t fool yourself into believing Oxycodone pills are safer than heroin. Get help now.

New Year’s Resolution 2019

Is Your New Year's Resolution to Get Sober?

Every year we make a bunch of New Year’s resolutions to live a healthier life, whether it is being more compassionate with others, eating healthier, more exercise, or getting sober. The problem with the new year, new me resolutions is that they often start off strong, only to fail in the end. Think about all your canceled gym memberships, the romaine lettuce that went bad in your fridge, the person that cut you off on I-95 that you flipped off, and the time you decided being sober was not for you and went back to drinking or using.

First, its not about the date you have, as long as you have a date. If you are using New Year’s Eve as a last hoo-rah, you may not be ready to commit to sobriety, and you are putting yourself at risk for overdose, alcohol poisoning, and death. Then, if you survive New Years Eve, and have a few months of sobriety under your belt, and relapse, it suddenly becomes a ruined year. All or nothing thinking is toxic. Sobriety and recovery take work and it is not always perfect.

If you are serious about this attempt at sobriety, why wait until January 1, 2019 to decide that you need sobriety? You can choose sobriety any day of the year and make it a resolution to work on it daily for the rest of your life.

While we can’t help you with your resolution to eat more salad, we can help you with your resolution to get, and stay, sober.

Getting and Staying Sober

There are many things you can do to help assure that your attempt at sobriety succeeds this new year and beyond. Some things you can do to strengthen your sobriety are deciding on going to treatment, whether it is inpatient, PHP, IOP or OP, this could give you extra accountability and help you navigate early sobriety.

Another important decision one makes in early recovery may be deciding on entering community housing. Community housing is a sober environment where you can relearn how to live without drugs and alcohol with the help of sober housing aids. It can also be helpful to get out of an environment you were using or drinking in.

It’s important to ask for support from friends and family, who play integral parts in the healing process. Families are encouraged to take part in the treatment process, since they too may need to heal from your addiction.

Outside of treatment it is pertinent to create a support group at your local 12 step meetings (AA/NA/CA). These support groups can help you maintain long term sobriety and guide you through the steps of recovery.

Creating new hobbies such as exercise or art can help you take your mind off using and teach your brain positive coping skills. When we constantly use drugs or alcohol, it rewires our brains, so teaching yourself new things to enjoy could positively impact your attempt at long term sobriety this new year.

Something that will help you as you move from early sobriety onward is giving back to your community by volunteering and making it a goal everyday to be the best version of yourself. Doing things for others can help us remember how good it feels to be this person today.

2019 is just around the corner, make this year count by getting sober at Ohio Detox Center.

How Ohio Detox Center Can Help You Get, and Stay, Sober in 2019

At Ohio Detox Center, we believe the individual makes the difference. Our staff understands how you feel, and many of them have been where you are now, desperately looking for change. We want to share recovery with you.

Our treatment team works with you to decide on the best treatment plan for you. No two people are the same, so why should their treatment be?

Medical detox is the first step towards lifelong recovery. Our treatment team will work to make sure you are comfortable as you begin healing physically and mentally.

At Ohio Detox Center we offer medical detox and inpatient care covered by Ohio Medicaid. We are ready to help you make 2019 the best year yet. Call a recovery specialist today and start your journey to a happier life.

Experimenting With Drugs

Experimenting with drugs and alcohol can quickly go from fun to an addiction, but how do you know?

There comes a point in many young peoples lives that they consider experimenting with drugs and alcohol. It is important to understand how harmless experimenting with drugs could lead to an addiction.

You don’t always know you are going to become addicted when you begin experimenting with drugs.

It is vital to understand that substance abuse disorder is a mental illness, and not a moral failing or lack of willpower. Substance use disorder, like many other mental illnesses, cannot be detected by medical tests such as blood work and CAT scans. Does that mean the only way to know you are an alcoholic or addict is by experimenting?

Not exactly.

There are many signs that you could have the “addiction gene.” The addiction gene is like any other gene, it just chills in your DNA waiting to come out, and maybe it has before in other ways like a food addiction or a shopping addiction. If it has remained dormant and you have never said the words “oh my gosh I am so addicted to (insert word here)” then there are some other signs you should refrain from experimenting with drugs or alcohol.

Some key examples are if you have any family members that are addicted to drugs or alcohol, being diagnosed or undiagnosed with another mental illness such as depression or anxiety, lack of self-esteem and a history of trauma.

Even without any of these it is important to keep in mind you could still become addicted to drugs and alcohol. The most effective way to remain not addicted to drugs or alcohol, is to not do drugs or drink alcohol, which may be a little unrealistic.

So, you decided to gamble and experiment one or two times with your friends.

It was fun. You felt free and happy for the first time in a long time.

But you don’t really think about the drugs or the alcohol again, you know it was expensive to go out with friends and don’t have much money laying around to do it all the time, plus you have class and your recreational flag football team.

Then about a month passes and your friends want to do drugs and drink again, you say sure, why not?The next weekend comes, and your friends want to do drugs and drink again, you say sure, why not?

Now getting drunk and high is part of your weekend routine. You convince yourself that its fine, it’s only a social thing.

You are all just having fun, because its only on the weekends, maybe once during the week, that’s it!

You are still able to go on in life and do the things you have to, like your relationship, work, homework and that recreational football team.

Has your experimenting with drugs gone from all fun and games to all you can think about? Break the cycle today.

This next step in the cycle is where experimenting becomes addiction. It happens very gradually, then suddenly, and your stuck wondering, “How did I get here?”

You start using drugs and alcohol every day, at first with friends then alone. Every dollar you make at work goes straight towards your next high. Your relationship is over, heck most of your friendships are over. Your lifestyle has completely changed, you don’t care about class or that team, or even your personal hygiene or nutrition. All you can think about, even in your dreams, is getting high and drunk.

You have no money, you got fired from your job and can’t find a new one. You are worried about how you will get money to continue using drugs and alcohol.

You might try to steal from family or pawn a few things that you “didn’t like anyway.”

It is no longer fun to drink or get high, you only do it because you must, or you won’t make it through the day without getting sick.

This is how curiosity killed the cat, and this is how experimenting with drugs and alcohol can kill you.

Experimenting with drugs and alcohol puts you at a greater risk for developing substance use disorder.

If you think you or a loved one may have went from experimenting with drugs to a problem with drinking or drugs, know that help is always available. Our trained staff is available to talk on the phone or online 24/7.

Full recovery is possible.