Trading Drug and Alcohol Addiction for Sweets

drug treatment in raleigh NCIt’s pretty common that giving up one vice can mean picking up another. Smokers often begin snacking more or chewing gum when they give up cigarettes. But did you know that people who give up drugs or alcohol are also prone to developing a new addiction?

More often than not, they turn to sugar. If you need alcohol and drug treatment in Raleigh NC, please call Legacy Freedom. We can help you.

Sugar Addicts

Alcohol contains sugar that increases dopamine levels. When people give it up, they look for something else to create that feeling. Sugar can give you that same high, and it can cause a physical addiction if you’re not careful.

Addiction starts in a similar fashion, whether it’s drugs, alcohol or food. People turn to something to help them cope with uncomfortable feelings or thoughts, or to fill a void they can’t place. Having an addiction to drugs or alcohol is considered far more dangerous than an addiction to sugar, but it is still something to cause concern.

Too much sugar in your diet can cause weight gain and increase your risk of diabetes. Not to mention, it can make you moody. A sugar rush isn’t just a cute phrase; it occurs in the body when you eat food loaded with sugar. Your blood sugar levels spike, causing a high that may give you increased energy. Because sugar is a simple carbohydrate, it’s broken down faster so the effects don’t last, which make you feel as if you crash an hour later.

In some rehab programs, healthy eating and nutrition aren’t taught as part of becoming healthy. Often patients are encouraged to eat unhealthy foods in order to keep them from having cravings. It can be seen as a lesser of the evils, but it can lead to an addiction that is just as hard to beat.

It’s important for a treatment program to incorporate all aspects of a person’s wellbeing into their recovery. Learning to cope with issues without turning to drugs, alcohol or food is the healthiest way to deal with problems. If you used to reach for a beer when you felt bad, but now you grab a candy bar, you’ve just replaced one coping mechanism with another. You’re not dealing with the problem itself.

If you’ve developed a sugar addiction after giving up alcohol or drugs, you can change your patterns. It takes the same first step as dealing with any addiction or unhealthy behavior – admitting it is there.  Once you recognize that you’re turning to sweets instead of drugs or alcohol, you can make a conscientious effort to break the habit.

Talk with your counselor or therapist about the problem. Begin to reduce your sugar intake, even in small amounts in order to wean yourself off of it and help reduce cravings. Use less sugar in your coffee. Cut back on how much soda you drink. Try replacing bad sugar with sugar found in fresh fruits.

Remember why you quit taking drugs or drinking and use that motivation to break your sugar addiction. There will be a period of detox and you will have cravings, but if you can kick drugs or alcohol, you can do this, too.

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Do you have questions about the different types of addiction? Call Legacy Treatment Center today to get the answers you need about our alcohol and drug treatment in Raleigh NC. An admissions counselor is waiting to talk with you about substance abuse and recovery. We offer outpatient programs designed to let you continue to work and meet family obligations. Call us today to discuss the many treatment options we offer. We have alternative therapies not found in other facilities that allow us to offer you an individualized program. Call us today to get started.

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