nutrition and addiction

Nutrition and Addiction: Can Food Help With Sobriety?

Nutrition and Addiction: The Connection

Addiction is a chronic condition that begins in the brain. This is an important piece of information, as some don’t realize how closely connected addiction and the brain are. Addiction changes the way the brain works, including how neurons communicate via the neural network throughout the body. Once this communication is out of order, the brain has trouble telling different areas of your body how to function and how to feel.

During recovery, the brain begins to heal. Without the right nutrition, however, this process will be slow or even non-existent.

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Self-Medicating: Using Drugs and Alcohol for Depression

Self-Medicating and Its Impact

There is a large percentage of the population who chooses to self medicate depression. There are a variety of reasons why. Many say they didn't find the relief they needed with therapy or under doctor's care. For others, it's just easier.

Both prescription and illicit drugs have the ability to change the way a person feels, and this can be tempting for a person who feels smothered under the weight of depression.

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5 Signs You’re a Functioning Alcoholic

What is a functioning alcoholic?

What does an alcoholic look like? Do you picture the person who wakes up and starts drinking, the one who reeks of liquor throughout the day, and doesn't put the bottle down until their head hits the pillow? Do you envision their lives consisting of blackouts, outbursts, and embarrassing episodes?

If this sounds like the right description, you might want to take another look.

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drug use during pregnancy

Drug Use During Pregnancy Statistics

Drug Use During Pregnancy


Approximately half of all pregnancies in the United States occur without planning. Even if a woman is trying to become pregnant, she likely won’t know about the pregnancy until she is four to six weeks along. Approximately 40 percent of women use substances, such as alcohol, opiates and/or marijuana, and are unable to quit using them even after finding out they are pregnant. What are the implications of drug use during pregnancy? 
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Heroin Use: Recognizing the Signs in Your Son or Daughter

Heroin use can affect every part of your child’s life, changing the way he thinks, acts and even interacts with you. According to Narconon.org, 17 percent young adults use some type of drug during their day, and that number is growing. Heroin is everywhere, from government housing to the suburbs. Recognizing the signs of heroin use early on is vital.

If you think your son or daughter might be using heroin or any other type of drug, it essential that you seek help. Here are some specific signs you can look for to identify heroin use.

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withdrawal

Withdrawal from The First Breath: What Happens to Children Born Into Addiction

Infant Withdrawal: An Epidemic


Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) is a term for a group of problems a newborn experiences when withdrawing from exposure to narcotics.

What Causes Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)?


Drugs taken by a pregnant mother, pass from her bloodstream directly to the fetus. Substances that cause drug dependence in the mother also cause the developing fetus to become addicted. At birth, the baby's dependence on the substance continues. Since the drug is no longer available, the baby goes into withdrawal. For an infant, withdrawal symptoms are significant and can last up to six months.  
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Are You Headed for an Alcohol or Drug Relapse?

Alcohol or drug relapse doesn't have to be a part of your recovery journey, but for many, a return to that old way of life, old choices and old habits sometimes occurs. The first thing to realize if you or a loved one has recently relapsed is that you haven't lost all the tools you've gained while you were walking in recovery.

Some of us get so consumed with shame and guilt after an alcohol or drug relapse that we act as if we are truly at square one. Although we may have strayed from a solid path of recovery and allowed compromise to sneak in, relapse can be a good lesson in powerlessness, and you can bounce back stronger than ever.
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What To Do When Your Sponsor Relapses

I've had the same sponsor throughout the entirety of my recovery. Maybe you have too. My sponsor did more than just take me through the steps. She reminded me, through her daily walk, of the person I was called to be.  She has been an example of strength, freedom and wisdom for me. I didn't call her daily, but she was always there when I needed her.
The sponsor / sponsee relationship is strong. So, how do you handle it if your sponsor relapses?
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5 Self-Awareness Exercises that Promote Recovery

Habits can be helpful or hurtful. Many of my daily habits help to promote recovery on autopilot. Everything from making my bed in the morning and feeding my dog and reading my daily devotions with my first cup of coffee. I used to think these were the signs of a boring life, but today I realize that my former highly impulsive behavior was just trying to protect it's place in my life. My life can be highly fulfilling and exciting without the chaos of impulsive behavior. 
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After Hurricane Irma: Relapse Prevention During Crisis

If there's anything that can be a potential relapse trigger for those in recovery, it's the thought of impending doom or facing a high-stress situation.

In active addiction, our minds would ping-pong between thoughts of overdue bills, withdrawal, broken or strained relationships, legal troubles, declining health, and other responsibilities that were crumbling. Temporary relief could be found in a bottle or a needle, again and again, until days turned into years...or decades.

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Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma

As Hurricane Irma approaches South Florida, Gracious Care Recovery will be using our Facebook Page for all updates.
We want the make sure the loved ones and friends of our clients will be kept in the loop.

We have been closely monitoring the storm for the past week and have plenty of food, water and supplies for clients and staff. If you are looking for updates on the storm's path or strength, please check the National Hurricane Center website. Our Facebook page will have periodic tracking information but will also be used to let you know we are all fine and whether we are experiencing any power outages, etc. during the storm.

Please know that we have weathered many storms here at Gracious Care and take every precaution for the safety of our clients and ourselves.

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opiate withdrawal

Opiate Withdrawal Timeline

Getting through opiate withdrawal. There are a million thoughts that go with these four words. Most of them are so racked with irrational thoughts and fear, a person in active opiate addiction finds them too difficult to face.

Being at that crossroad, that point where you desperately want to stop but feel helplessly locked in the bondage of addiction is a kind of a living hell. The thought that "we will never have to go through this again" once we get through it is often all we have to give us hope.

If you or someone you love is facing opiate withdrawal, it helps to know exactly what you will go through. Whether it's  heroin withdrawal or prescription pain medication that you've obtained legally, here's what you need to know:

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