Understandably, in the midst of this “pandemic,” many of us are not focusing on the still ongoing and alarming rates of drug use and overdose deaths. In the last fiscal year, we saw an increase in usage of 28.5% over the previous year. Deaths increased from opioid use (fentanyl, heroin), methamphetamine (meth), cocaine and prescription opioids (pain medication).
As if that were not enough, in Americans aged 12 and over, 31.9 million are current illegal drug users, and have used within the last 30 days. The age of starting drug use seems to be getting younger all the time. In fact, when I was working in a middle-school setting, I noticed how many younger kids were starting at increasingly younger ages, while still in elementary school.
If you have read my articles, then you know I “harp” on nutrition, which includes foods and beverages and over-the-counter supplements, to both treat and prevent drug use. Hey, that’s the good news – it really works well!
This falls under the banner of holistic treatment (and thus also prevention). This includes work on a number of levels – the physical, the emotional, the cognitive, and the spiritual realms.
In addition to consuming a very health-giving diet – and this can vary from individual to individual – plus supplements, we might consider adding in services like massage, acupuncture, acupressure, yoga, meditation, and more. For example, how about energetic ways to help a person remove negative, trapped emotions from the past? Think Emotion Code and others.
Did you know that about 50% of adults in America use some type of alternative treatment modalities? And why not? At times, it also makes sense to combine some conventional with holistic approaches if we can get a better outcome and control for toxic side effects.
So, what are some commonalities that seem to work across all boundaries?
Eat whole foods – avoid overly processed foods that may seem to make life easier but will tend to help ruin our health! Think soda, white flour products (bread and pasta), candy, chips, etc. Whole foods are ones like meat (assuming you eat meat), lots of veggies made in healthful ways, a little fruit, healthy fats, etc. They don’t include products like packages of mixes that ask you to add the meat (sorry!)
There are many supplements and vitamins available that are healthy for all, and especially healthy for persons trying to recover from addiction. A few examples are the antioxidants (C, A, and E), fish oil, and especially amino acids which can aide in the detoxification phase of recovery as well as in healing our brain chemistry (especially neurotransmitters like serotonin).
This means that amino acids are also good for mood disorders and other conditions!
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If you think that healthy foods don’t look or taste good, try this recipe:
Chicken and Veggie Stew
Chicken pieces, choose what you like
Onion, about ½ a medium size yellow one, diced
Mushrooms, about ½ to ¾ cup, chopped
Chicken broth – either make it yourself or buy an organic one preferably, about 2 cups
Spinach leaves – fresh – about 1 cup
Carrots, about ½ cup, diced
Celery, about ½ cup, diced
Any other vegetable you’d like to use!
Tomato sauce, if desired, about ½ cup, to taste
Olive oil, or other healthy fat, for browning, about ¼ cup
Brown onions, carrots, and celery along with chicken pieces in oil in pot until caramelized and browned.
Add all other vegetables.
Either transfer to a slow cooker or pressure cooker or other large pot and add broth. You can brown using the same pot you will cook with.
While stirring, add tomato sauce (or leave out according to taste).
Cook at least one hour at low heat after first bringing to a boil.
Chicken should be at least 165° F so make sure it’s cooked all the way through.
And, as always, please have a happy, holistically healthy day!
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