1 in 3 of us are addicted to something, whether it be a substance such as caffeine, cocaine or alcohol, or whether it is being in the grips of a particular habit that is preventing someone from living their lives in the way in which they’d like; Addiction encompasses a wide range of behaviours and dependencies.
Nutrition can play an essential role in recovery, it can help to attenuate cravings by addressing and supporting certain biochemical factors that can influence someone’s chances of relapsing. The symptoms caused by abstinence, when the addictive substance or habit is removed, can be debilitating. Anxiety, fatigue, hypersensitivity to stress or pain, problems sleeping and mood swings, are just a few of the many symptoms that can come with giving up an addiction, which can continue for long periods of time and can therefore be a negative influence in relapse.
The addicted brain has essentially become dependent on a substance or habit to produce its feel-good chemicals; neurotransmitters that are associated to feelings of reward, pleasure, satisfaction and relief. When neurotransmitter balance in the brain is out of kilter, we are more susceptible to turning to substances such as alcohol or caffeine to bring us back to balance, as our brain instinctively craves what we are deficient in.The problem with this is that these are often substances or habits that can leave us in a vicious circle of needing more to produce the same effect.
Our team at the Brain Bio Centre, will work with you to identify nutritional and biochemical imbalances, which could contribute to worsening abstinence symptoms. Once we have identified these, we will create a tailor-made plan for you that will aim to restore health and support brain function. As well as having positive effects on your mental health, the changes we recommend may also have a significant effect on lifestyle factors such as better sleep, increased energy levels and weight loss. These positive effects will support you on the road to long-term recovery.
“I noticed that I had started to feel a bit anxious just going about my daily routine. I wanted to nip it in the bud quickly so I visited the Brain Bio Centre. After a couple of minor adjustments to my diet and starting a small supplement programme I am back to enjoying my gym sessions and no longer feel anxious about leaving the house.”