Nourishing The Addictive Person

Nourishing The Addictive Person

PRESENTED BY | Cheyenne Brown, CH . . .

April 17, 2020, Friday | 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

I WAS ADDICTED TO FILLING A VOID WITHIN MYSELF
WITH THINGS OTHER THAN MY OWN LOVE — YUNG PUEBLO

What is addiction?

Latin word Addicere: “to deliver, award; devote, consecrate, sacrifice. A state of being (self)-addicted” to a habit, pursuit. Addictus evolved in the Middle and Late Roman Republic to the notion of enslavement, the verb addict meant simply ‘to attach.’

Addiction can be described as any time we crave something we know we shouldn’t do or have, yet are compelled to it regardless. There is a pleasurable momentary satisfaction in submitting to a craving’s consequential terms. A release of pleasure hormones surge, but alas leave your body in a worse place than before with repeated use. Did you know that there are deeper reasons as to why your body responds with cravings like these? That your unique biochemical make up contributes to addictions and with the proper support from a whole body perspective, can success be changed?

Common Triggers of Addiction

  • Conditions such as nutritional deficiencies, hormone imbalances, impaired detoxification processes, hypoglycemia, insulin resistance, fatigued adrenals, blood sugar dysregulation, and particular genetic predispositions play a huge role in causing addictive tendencies.
  • Factors that cause cravings can grow from unmanaged stress and emotional triggers.
  • All of which without attentive treatment may lead to emotional disturbances such as anxiety, depression, mood swings, insomnia, and chronic fatigue, all containing the ability to perpetually feed into more cravings.
  • Appetite and addiction share interwoven brain/behavioral processes. Poor nutritional status in addiction severely impacts someone’s psychological and physical health. Which can synergistically impede their ability to resist substances of abuse.

Brief Physiology of Addiction

When you engage in a substance, a release of endorphins is triggered. Hormones create feelings of pleasure when released plus an imbalance of hormones such as leptin and serotonin, cause reoccurring cravings within the body. These cravings can frequently occur as triggered response patterns of endorphin releases; mirroring addictive attributes

Holistic Treatment Strategies

Instead of looking at treating the symptoms you want to gather a plethora of coping skills to aid in subsiding the cravings, substituting the spaces filled with cravings for empowering lifestyle factors, and providing nourishing foods to what the body is asking for in communicating “cravings” from a pathological standpoint.

  • Restoring biochemical imbalances based on individual compositions to help reduce cravings as a result of deficiencies

What is your body trying to communicate?

  • Malnutrition, a key component among individuals with alcohol and drug use disorders. Malnutrition in substance abuse may also promote vicious cycles of drug seeking therefore impeding the recovery process
  • Nourishing brain chemistry and nervous systems can demote potential for seeking addictive substances to fulfill aspects within the body. You can do this by correcting mineral/nutritional deficiencies, using nervines and nutritive herbs, supporting the liver’s detoxification ability through detoxifying veggies, and stabilizing blood sugar spikes/falls
  • Feelings of disempowerment and a loss of control is often a major part of any addiction.
  • The need for empowering, the ability to show up for self, or loved ones, in an array of capacities can be a huge factor. It supports not only the mental and emotional picture of the addictive person, but the physical. The spiritual. And the environmental factors as a whole.

WHAT KEEPS YOU SOBER IS LOVE AND CONNECTION
TO SOMETHING BIGGER THAN YOURSELF. — MARY KARR

JOIN OUR CLASS!The opposite of addiction, is connection. Join Cheyenne Brown a Clinical Herbalist and Clinical Nutritionist in a discussion around kitchen tools we can count on endlessly to nourish the addictive behaviors within and around us. We will discuss what foods to avoid as well as what foods to keep on hand to turn to for nourishing support in satiating cravings and whole body healing. Discussing vital supplements, herbal medicines to keep in the kitchen, and fulfilling lifestyle practices to adopt for a successful recovery from substance abuse- so that you may go forth to implement these tools that aren’t addressed in typical rehabilitation centers but will provide substantial potential for success in you or your loved ones recovery process.

Resources:
https://innerbalancehealthcenter.com/, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31606310, https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0376871617303915?via%3Dihub, https://consultjameshart.com/tag/addiction/, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28806640), https://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12889-015-1729-y

[The content of this blogs does not necessarily represent or express the views of CSCH.]

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REGISTER |  Email to confirm your spot and receive more information on joining the zoom meeting for this discussion at cheyenne.brown@clinicalherbalism.com

DATE & TIME |Tuesday, April 17, 2020 from 4:00-6:00 pm.

LOCATION | DUE TO COVID-19 CLASS WILL BE TAUGHT VIRTUALLY ON ZOOM.

COST | $10 / Free for CSCH Students
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