Did you know that addiction to illicit drugs or alcohol is considered a mental illness? Substance abuse disorder changes normal desires and priorities of users. It changes regular behaviors and interferes with the user’s ability to work, school, and keep good relationships with friends and family. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), in 2014, 20.2 million adults in the U.S. had a substance use disorder and 7.9 million had both a substance use disorder and another mental illness. NIMH Website.
Pain can limit everyday activities, social activities and occupational activities. According to the Mayo Clinic these are some effective ways to reduce every day pain: Reduce stress, exercise, and get plenty of sleep. Stress and pain feed off each other. When you become stressed, your pain will likely increase. Exercise has many proven health benefits, one being to help decrease pain. Here is a link for basic exercises: Exercise Tips and Basic Stretching Techniques.
We all know the importance of nutrition and healthy living. According to the Mayo Clinic, A healthy diet should include a variety of foods, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, lean proteins and healthy fats. This gives your body the nutrients and energy it needs to function properly. A well-balanced diet is also vital for building your body’s immune system and healing power. That’s why nutrition can be your ally in fighting pain and inflammation.Find more nutrition information here: Mayo Clinic on Nutrition.
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