In the modern way of living, we’re not deprived of anything. We should thank our lucky stars, we’re living in a time with the most freedom any populace has ever lived under. We can do anything we want to. Governments can’t tell us how to live, think tanks can’t frighten us with bad news stories, and even warnings on the labels of products have almost no effect. That means we can live how we want to but it also means we have to live with the consequences of our decisions. More freedom and power to the citizen so what’s not to like? As ever, with power comes responsibility and since we don’t live in a big brother state, you are responsible for yourself. Addiction creeps are everywhere nowadays. We don’t even realize it but we have some habits that control us instead of us controlling the habit. What are the signs you might have some sort of addiction and what are your treatment options?
A craving for a mouthful
Food was once just seen as sustenance. Purely to keep us alive and give us the energy to regulate our body temperature and fuel our autoimmune system. These days, however, we have an amazing agricultural society, we have an abundance of food. No matter what season it is, food storage techniques have improved so much that you can get a ripe tomato in winter. Since we don’t necessarily always eat for fuel but rather a pleasure, we can begin what’s called ‘comfort eating’. This is something that fulfills our craving and isn’t necessarily good for you. It’s usually something fatty and sugary like chocolate or pizza. If you are stocking up one such item and you have fewer and fewer things like vegetables and basics like eggs, cheese, and bread, you may have some kind of specific addition. It happens slowly but it becomes a habit which you tend to normalize in your own mind. Speak to a nutritionist or dietitian about your cravings and see how they can help you.
After a long day, sometimes not even food is a good comforter. Alcohol is something to be treated with respect. It’s something that far too many of us abuse without knowing it. It’s a good idea to read up on the latest unit guidelines to know how much alcohol your body can take on a daily and weekly basis. If you find that you are intaking way more than you’re supposed to for your weight and age group, then you may need to contact an alcohol addiction treatment center. They have a residential treatment program where you can come and live on their premises. They have everything set up for you such as a room to yourself, bed, television and more to keep things as normal as possible. They also have a detox program to flush out toxins in your body and manage any sort of withdrawal pain.
In this day and age, even food is something we can become slowly addicted to. It’s alright to have a craving but if it becomes half of your shopping list, then it’s time to talk to a professional dietitian to help plan out a new way of eating and drinking. What are your treatment options?