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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

5 Ways to Be Good to Your Bones

Did you know that addiction can do damage to your bones? One reason is because drug and alcohol abuse interferes with the body’s ability to absorb vitamin D, which plays a critical role in calcium absorption necessary for bone health. In addition, abused substances like nicotine, alcohol and opioids can reduce your bone density, making you more susceptible to the bone thinning disease osteoporosis. Having clinical depression, which often co-occurs with substance use disorder, has also been shown to up a person’s risk of osteoporosis.

Luckily, committing to your recovery is a great first step toward safeguarding your bones. A few other healthy habits can help prevent osteoporosis, too. Get started with these five bone-boosting tips:
  1. Learn your family health history. Studies show that genetics plays a role in 50 percent of osteoporosis cases.
  2. Book a bone density screening. They call osteoporosis a “silent disease,” which means you won't know you have it until you get tested (or you break a bone).
  3. Load up on bone-friendly foods. A few to consider: sardines, canned salmon (with the bones), almonds, dark green, leafy vegetables, milk, yogurt, cheese, calcium-fortified juices, breakfast cereals.
  4. Quit cigarettes. Smoking isn’t just bad for your lungs; it also robs your bones of vital nutrients (like calcium) and makes you more prone to broken bones.
  5. Make exercise a priority. When you move those muscles, you stimulate bone-building cells called osteoblasts to create more bone. Depending on your bone health, exercises that use your body weight as resistance (sit-ups and push-ups, for example) are your best bets for building bone density.  
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With our in-house chef, the Haven at Pismo helps clients create dietary patterns that support sobriety and correct nutritional deficiencies caused by addiction. Residents learn how to replace sugar, refined carbohydrates, and processed foods with healthy fiber, quality proteins, and antioxidant-rich vegetables. Call today to speak confidentially with an intake specialist: 805-202-3440.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Study: Shared Reading Helps Chronic Pain

If you’re among the some 100 million Americans struggling with chronic pain – defined as any form of pain that lasts for at least 12 weeks – you might want to listen up. The answer to relief may be inside the pages of a book, according to a new study at the University of Liverpool in England. 

Researchers found that the literature-based intervention known as shared reading (SR) can help patients become aware of and confront their deeper emotions related to chronic pain. And the benefits may even extend beyond cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which has been long touted for the treatment of pain management. The results were published in the BMJ Journal for Medical Humanities.

“Our study indicated that shared reading could potentially be an alternative to CBT in bringing into conscious awareness areas of emotional pain otherwise passively suffered by chronic pain patients,” said study leader Dr. Josie Billington from the Centre for Research into Reading, Literature, and Society (CRILS).

Opioid-Free Ways to Manage Pain
This is especially good news in lieu of our growing opioid abuse epidemic. As you likely already know, prescription painkillers (like OxyContin, Vicodin and codeine) may bring relief – but there's often a high cost. These drugs can be highly addictive and even deadly. Luckily, there are many alternative, non-opioid methods that have been proven successful for individuals suffering from chronic pain. Talk to your healthcare professional to determine if any of these treatment methods may work for you:
  • Acupuncture
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Sound therapy
  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Massage therapy
  • Exercise
  • Physical therapy
Help at The Haven
If you’re suffering from chronic pain and opioid addiction, our credentialed staff will teach you the skills needed to stay sober and manage your pain. Our specialized therapies include hypnotherapy, sound therapy and more. Call us today: 805-202-3440.