Food Is the Best Medicine for Eating Disorders

Healthy Food for Eating Disorders

By Steven Karp, DO, FACN

One of the first questions people struggling with eating disorders ask is how to get these crazy thoughts about food, weight and body image out of their head. What is the best treatment to stop these obsessive thoughts and the compulsive nature of the eating disorder behaviors?   The answer is simple, FOOD, in an adequate variety, quantity and quality so it can restore the body and brain to a healthy nutritional state.
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Overage Drinkers: It’s Never Too Late to Get Help

Elderly Addiction and Drinking

 By Shannon McQuaid, LMFT, LISAC, CDWF, CSAT-C

The statistics are startling: 2.5 million older adults suffer from an alcohol or drug problem. Widowers age 75 and older have the highest rate of alcoholism and elderly addiction in the U.S., while nearly half of nursing home residents have alcohol-related problems. Four out of five seniors who seek treatment for substance abuse have a problem with alcohol versus other types of drugs.
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Out of Whack: A Fresh Look at Codependence

Codependency and Substance Abuse

Experts define codependency as a pattern of behavior in which you find yourself dependent on approval from someone else for your self-worth and identity. One key sign of this is when you derive your sense of purpose or self around making extreme sacrifices to satisfy your partner’s needs (also known as enabling). And when your partner — or loved one — is an addict, this can become dysfunctional for both people.
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