In recent days with the spread of the Covid-19 becoming more prevalent, many people wonder how it affects people struggling with addiction. If you or someone you care about is addicted, the likelihood of more severe symptoms increase. At GIA, we are particularly interested in ensuring that each of our patients has the tools they need to achieve long-term sobriety. And to this end, we offer a broad range of telehealth options so that you can continue to get the help you need while quarantined at home. But there are also several simple steps you can take to make sure you remain physically during this time of uncertainty. Understanding how addiction and health are intertwined is key in healing and recovery.
Let’s make one thing clear: addiction is a disease that physically affects the chemistry of the brain. And once addiction takes hold, the physical effects can be more than just inconvenient. They can be dangerous and even deadly. Among the most common effects of long-term drug and alcohol abuse are:
When you use drugs and alcohol, the results are not only psychological and behavioral. Your body is being damaged every time you use these substances.
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It is no secret that people who drink or engage in drug use are less likely to take care of their bodies properly. In addition to the adverse effects of alcohol and drugs on the body, individuals with substance use problems often fail to eat nutritious foods and have difficulty sleeping because of their addiction. This wears the body down, making it easier for viruses to take hold when they come around.
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We tend not to associate good nutritional health with battling addiction. But by addressing the following, you can make that struggle easier, and also reduce your chance of acquiring other kinds of conditions such as:
This list is not comprehensive. Addiction and health is a complex relationship. But by paying attention to what your body is telling you, you begin your road to recovery all the more effectively.
GIA’s nutritional and wellness programs were designed to give you the tools you need to replenish the nutrient deficiencies that have resulted from addiction and help you to develop healthier habits. The two pillars of our program are:
By focusing on these and other important aspects of your physical and mental health, the team GIA Miami can help lay the foundation for your future health and happiness. Reach out to us online or call 833.713.0797 to learn more.
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