Addiction recovery can be a lifelong process, or it can be as simple as making certain dietary changes.
Lots of experts will argue with this theory. Entire industries, especially medical and psychological careers are devoted to the study and treatment of addiction.
For most of the 20th century and up through the first decade of the 21st century the medical establishment has been resisting the idea that nutritional changes can eliminate most or all diseases.
Is addiction a disease?
Alcoholism is frequently labeled as a disease. I think it's a disease, just much as cancer is a disease.
Both, however, are often successfully treated through dietary changes!
There are a lot of different approaches for facilitating addiction recovery - which makes sense in a way, since there are many different kinds of addiction.
Alcoholism is said to be hereditary.
It does seem to run in certain families - but maybe it runs in families that are more or less dysfunctional families.
Sometimes the dysfunction can be as simple as a lack of understanding of nutrition, or the inability to procure excellent nutrition.
Not knowing about certain nutritional information - which we could call ignorance - can be a great hindrance to great health in general, and no less so with addiction.
Everyone in the U.S. along with most
everyone in all Western countries has been consuming wheat in great
quantities for as long as any of us can remember. We've all thought
wheat to be one of the healthiest foods on the planet.
Except for those diagnosed with gluten allergy.
A fairly recent book by the title of <u>Dangerous Grains</u> by James Braley, M.D. and Ron Hoggan makes a very strong case for eliminating wheat from almost everyone's diet.
How many have read this book - or any book warning us that wheat is a dangerous food?
Now there are more books by medical doctors warning that wheat is dangerous.
Grain Brain and Wheat Belly are two of the best known.
Among those who may have seen or read any of these books, how many will heed the warning?
Probably very few, would be the answer to both questions.
The first reaction of most hearers of this information might well be to dismiss it as nonsense.
It's far from nonsense.
Non medical authors have been warning us about wheat for decades. For
most of the intervening years, most medical doctors - if they had an
opinion one way or the other - probably would have said it's nonsense.
How could wheat - the primary grain grown and eaten all over the world - be dangerous?
Wheat consumption could be the cause of alcoholism along with other addictions.
So, addiction recovery could be as simple as eliminating wheat and other gluten grains from the diet of the addict.
But how many would actually be willing to do it?
Sadly, probably only a few.
So all the psychologists, doctors, the organizations devoted to addiction recovery can rest easy.
But I suppose even if drastic dietary change suddenly became fashionable, many addicts would still prefer to keep their addictions than to change their diets.
For many alcoholics and other kinds of addicts, the eventual bottom line is homelessness.
Sometimes the homelessness comes after a certain amount of incarceration.
When people are locked up and when they're homeless, what do their diets consist of?
Sandwiches. Usually made from white bread.
It doesn't really matter whether it's white bread, or whole wheat bread.
When kitchens cook for anyone in any type of institution, wheat is contained in everything. Soups, salads, dressings, meatloaf, fried chicken - it's almost impossible to escape from wheat consumption.
Addiction recovery might be too easy if wheat were eliminated from addicts' diets.
If you understand something about the mind-body connection, you know something about how mood and emotions are affected by what you eat and drink.
Even something as important as blood-sugar levels are drastically affected by the specifics of what you eat.
The health of your gut determines whether essential biochemicals are produced.
There are all kinds of addictions - having to do not only with drugs and alcohol, but with other behaviors, including eating.
Addictions are often an indication of fear.
Some have become addicted to prescription medicines which were given to relieve irrational fear.
Drastic changes are always a necessary ingredient for real addiction recovery. Changes never come easily - especially changes in habits which have become ingrained for years.
Maybe the best way to accomplish real change is to understand the benefits.
I think we all stick to certain habits because we're comfortable with them.