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Why Do Recovering Opiate Addicts Crave Chocolate
Emotionally disturbed addict. I'm a recovering alcohol, crack, heroin and Valium addict, how to cope?
You need support: Few people, if anyone, can recover all on their own. There are self-help groups like aa/na and others, formal therapy groups that use cognitive behavioral therapy, individual psychotherapies and family/couples therapies. Work on improving health with diet and exercise, and develop other fulfilling activities and hobbies, religious and/or meditative practices. Treat underlying psychiatric problem. ...Read more
Feels good: There are substances in chocolate which actually can stimulate the pleasure centers in one's brain so a person feels better after eating chocolate. Everything in moderation is usually sound advice as far as chocolate is concerned. I love chocolate and always have, but i know i can't eat it all the time or too much or i'll become fat. ...Read more
Craving chocolate: Chocolate contains neurotransmitters like phenylethylamine. This is the neurotransmitter that is very high when we are madly in love. Depression due to rejection( not correspondence from our love wishes) drops this levels causing depression. Unconsciously rejected lovers crave for chocolate. Also substances like theobromine and caffeine in chocolate are stimulants. Copders are not the only ones. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Genetics, exposure,: Life experiences (trauma may predispose), etc. Addiction to heroin is a chronic disease that is treatable and can go into remission. Much of the risk for addiction is genetic. When people use the drug, it is very reinforcing and changes the brain so it is extremely difficult to stop. More info at: http://www.Drugabuse.Gov/publications/drugfacts/heroin. ...Read more
Its in their genes: It is rare, but studies have shown that they have a genetic predisposition toward addiction. It is not enough to be predisposed one must also be exposed the agent causing addiction. For many people, their first exposure to narcotics occurs following trauma or surgery, and for less than 1% things can escalate out of control from there. ...Read more
Many strategies: In addition to dr. Blixt's fine suggestions, avoiding sugar & taking high doses of vitamins b1, b3 and b6 can be very helpful. Those who crave alcohol usually have hereditary metabolic imbalances & often are also addicted to sugar, caffeine & tobacco. They are often depressed. It is important to address these issues as well. The vitamin cure for alcoholism by abram hoffer md is a great resource. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not addictive: Chocolate is a delightful treat and many crave it for the sake of the taste and smell satisfaction. It is not addictive in the medical sense. And men as well as women enjoy this savory treat to the taste buds. The craving is fairly universal which is why chocolate is present in so many forms and products. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many reasons: "meth mouth" is caused by a combination of grinding teeth, dry mouth, bad oral hygiene, and increased sugared soda intake, all of which are side effects of methamphetamine addiction. Meth, like all "uppers" makes the body edgy and tight. The cost of prison dental care has exploded since meth became common. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/meth/body/. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Healthy ones: If you're in recovery from meth, that is a hard road. You've used a lot of your resilience in your habit, and now need to build it up again. As many fresh fruits and vegetables as you can eat, leafy green salads, and lean meats like chicken and wild alaskan salmon would be good. The latter will help replenish your omega-3's to stabilize neuronal membranes. Whole foods that are not processed. ...Read more
It wouldn't.: It is undoubtedly not the nicotine or the addiction that is to blame. More likely, the same emotional problems that are causing you to smoke and possibly to keep you addicted are the same things which are causing you to overeat and to gain weight. If you eat like a bird and still gain weight, then perhaps the two problems are unrelated. ...Read more
Relapse: Lack of will power, addictive personality, poor compliance with treatment, availability, social factors, predisposition, lack of support, to name a few. ...Read more
Oral Fixation: It could be a few things. Perhaps some have an addictive personality. A classic view of this addiction specifically would be that this person has an oral fixation. This means that this person has a need to put something in the mouth that is satisfying. The emotional equivalent would be giving this person a lot of positive feedback and emotional support, verbally. ...Read more
Relapse: Anyone wishes that they would not relapse . But it is a very common part of the problem. We cannot expect perfection of ourselves or others. This not the end of the world. This is the beauty of "a day at a time." get back to the system you were using. The bright side is you didn't take opiates. You will see i often say that it's not the drug it's why you use the drug. Deal with the triggers. ...Read more
Use best treatments: Stopping is one of the best things to do for your health! make sure to get the best treatments: coaching, free at 800-quit-now they won't nag you, will help with a plan and get you though cravings. Medications help with craving and nicotine withdrawal. Depending where you live and your insurance- you may be able to get them low cost or free. Go a day, then a week, then a month! ...Read more
Guilt by association: Many people combine smoking and drinking - and it becomes a very compelling habit. One substance becomes a trigger for the other. One thing that helps in stopping smoking is to avoid situations where you are drawn to drink alcohol. Read alan carr's book on smoking cessation, and ann fletcher's excellent book, "sober for good." stop both of these habits and you get to live longer. Good luck. ...Read more
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