The most common addiction replacement for drugs and alcohol is without question or hesitation, food. An average 137 lb (62Kg) adult is expected to gain 6.6% of their body weight or 9lbs (4.1Kg) during opioid detoxification (Cocores).
The great news for all you foodies is that you can drink and eat whatever is available in our well stocked residential eateries.
This is because the debate, or should I say—all-out “boxing match,” as to whether or not residential detoxification and rehabilitation facilities should have their patients detox from all drug and behavioral addictions while detoxing from their drug of choice already happened a long time ago.
Here is how it went down
Leading-top rehabs across the country picked their corner like good orthodox healers and not as orthodox healers usually do.
In the Right Corner of the Ring
GOD stood in the orthodox recovery treatment corner of the boxing ring, and was cheered-on by a small number of supporting treatment centers. Not kidding. As she almost always did in public, GOD stood tall and strong in the right corner of the Drug and Alcohol Treatment Policy Ring.
In the Left Corner of the Ring
The conservative/reform recovery treatment people backed their less confident boxer in the Left corner of the ring, Larry.
Larry was most definitely intimidated by GOD because he and his fans knew how tough of a fighter for orthodox recovery treatment she had been in the past. This woman was a vetted and well known warrior for orthodox recovery treatment and famous for her TKOs. Heck, who had GOD as their license plate?
Geraldine Owen Delaney founded Alina Lodge in 1957. “Mrs. D” or “Geraldine” to her respected associates, was a legend in the field of alcoholism treatment and facilitated the treatment and sustained recovery of countless alcoholics and mixed drug abusers and their family members.
She was truly an amazing women with a heart larger than the remarkably beautiful landscape of Hardwick Township, New Jersey. She was as soft as a rose pedal. But everyone who knew her personally and professionally knew to never, ever step into a ring with Geraldine. She could somehow take you out before the starting bell. I’m surprised she didn’t graduate from West Point.
Mrs. D’s position was clearly the most orthodox path to a sustained recovery lifestyle: alcoholics and drug addicts should not be enabled to continue cigarette, pipe, cigar, gambling, sex, love, anger, hate and processed food addiction while detoxifying from alcohol and drugs, regardless of how it affects the facilities censes.
Larry’s corner timidly shouted: No one will come to treatment! We have a real hard time as it is, persuading people that the recovery lifestyle is a better path to happiness and success. It’s too fanatical. Patients and their families will think we’re nuts!
Knowing Geraldine was medically and scientifically correct, Larry and his followers, many hesitant or on-the-fence Larry supporters, told Larry to get out of the ring quickly before Geraldine knocked his sorry glutei out of the ring.
The boxing match was over before it started. Classic Geraldine.
It was not a draw that day. There were no winners or losers. There was however a mutually respected schism that day.
With love and compassion for the people we serve, the orthodox people continued to deliver top-shelf recovery treatment without undermining the conservative/reform centers.
The conservative/reform treatment facilities continued to deliver top-shelf recovery treatment without undermining the orthodox treatment programs.
Orthodox treatment programs continued referring to select conservative/reform treatment facilities. Certain conservative/reform treatment programs continued referring to certain orthodox treatment programs.
How Did it Work Out
Both sects gratefully served millions to follow the recovery lifestyle road to serenity.
It was not often without casualty for conservative/reform mentored people to later go orthodox after numerous treatments ended in relapse.
For example, one of several household name or famous patients was shocked after her last cushy conservative/reform treatment program transferred her to an orthodox treatment facility. The international star may have cleaned a bathroom or two, the hard way, after asking welcoming orthodox rehab staff to bring in her bags from her limo. Bye the way, her recovery has been a beacon both to her and for others for many subsequent decades.
This story says a lot about why we try and make your entry into treatment as attractive as possible.
We know that your substance(s) is your best friend. It consistently helps you feel better, withdrawal aside. It doesn’t talk back. It is always there when you need comfort or get away on that instant mind-vacation. It doesn’t argue, etc.
That is why your family and friends try so hard to sell you on treatment and don’t succeed. Indeed, losing your “best” friend in treatment doesn’t make for an easy sell.
We are confident that it would be more difficult for you to pick up the phone if you were also expected to stop all nicotine and behavioral addictions at the same time.
We are both honored and delighted when you get up the courage to pick up your phone, instead of your next bump.
Once you arrive, listen to your body and mind regarding what to eat and how often to eat. Don’t concern yourself with the nutrition facts of each rehab food or beverage you ingest, unless that is your nature, of course.
Prepare for weight gain because processed, heated, and otherwise altered and adulterated food, oxidized food, is dopaminergic just like your drug of choice. Raise your white flag of surrender for now, and eat whatever and whenever you wish.
Food can become your best substitute-friend until you substitute oxidized food abuse with the recovery lifestyle, complete with its own abundance of cognitive, behavioral, mindful and/or spiritual dopaminergic fountains. Pleasure center fountains that promise sustained joy and contentment without emotionally painful drug withdrawal symptoms.
But know that oxidized food abuse must eventually be curtailed or your next addiction, oxidized food addiction, will more certainly get you an early grave than your drug of choice.
So let’s begin by letting you in on some secrets that health experts don’t know about, so that when the future arrives, you sustained recovery will remain better insured.
What Food Experts Don’t Know or Haven’t Told You
First of all “Food Addiction” is not believable and a little silly if you think about for a few minutes.
Please find me someone that eats or drinks excessive amounts of the following minimally oxidized foods and loses cognitive and physical functioning because of it, and eventually dies a horrible and unhappy early death because of it:
- Fresh cucumbers
- Fresh tomatoes
- Fresh kale
- Frozen lima beans (contains all 9 essential amino acids)
- Fresh okra
- Frozen glandules (contains all 9 essential amino acids) (pigeon peas sound disgusting)
- Fresh bananas
- Fresh apples
- Steak Tartar
- Organic first press olive oil in frosted glass (FP)
You get the picture.
The aforementioned are all non-addictive foods essentially incapable of a large buffet of life threatening diseases in the face of regular and frequent consumption. These and countless other minimally-oxidized foods
On the contrary, the above are much more congruent with much less systemic oxidative stress (SOS). SOS is easily visualized by knowing that oxidized food consumption causes countless numbers of electrons, like the ones in the wall outlet and your vehicles battery, take laser-bullet shots at of your body’s cell contents, including DNA. Therefore, “Food Addiction” is not descriptive or believable; it’s silly and won’t help reverse the top killer in the world: Oxidized Food Addiction. “Oxidized Food Addiction” is much more descriptive and hopefully help begin reversing the top killer in the world
Oxidized Foods Include:
- Cheese burgers
- Macaroni and cheese
- Fried chicken
- Fried fish
- Vegetable oil other than FP
- Apple pie
- Banana cream pie
- Creamed kale
- Sautéed tomatoes
- Sautéed tomatoes
- Canned lima beans
Some foods get more longevity friendly the more they are heated, organic tomato paste bottled in glass is much more longevity friendly than eating a dozen unheated tomatoes.
How do we know some much?
Most experts and people follow the mesmerizing parade of “healthy lifestyle” beacons. Not a single one of which has a single piece of centenarian stats to back their claims. That’s right: eat this, don’t eat that; keto-the new Atkins; Paleo; the eroded Mediterranean Diet; cardiologist recommendations; nutritionist recommendations; and countless other so called longevity experts and entities do not provide proof that their longevity plan’s promises actually work.
How Can Anyone Prove their Longevity-Friendly Lifestyle works?
That’s very easy and simple. Leading experts in oxidized food addiction base their research on studying the lifestyles of countries and regions of the world with the highest number of centenarians, the number of people over 100 years of age that can still briskly walk up a mountain! We don’t count the unhappy ones on respirators and in wheelchairs.
A medical nutrition classmate of Atkins founded the original orthodox Mediterranean Diet (a far cry from the knockoff of today) and is still alive. Ketone diet originator, Dr. Atkins, died many years ago after a long history of heart attack, congestive heart failure and hypertension.
Our Data Regarding Oxidized Food Addiction Comes from Researching Lifestyles with the Highest Number of vital centenarians. And we have learned many ways to help you learn how to combat oxidized food addiction after you have at least six-month clean time.
Here are some, for you, startling discoveries and theories that we can substantiate:
Eating Disorders v Oxidized Food Addiction
Body dysmorphia is associated with bulimics and some weight lifters. That is, many bulimics are temporarily out of touch with reality when their scale reads “ideal weight” as they scream: I feel and look fat! Many ripped weight lifters are temporarily out of touch with reality when they disappointingly say to themselves: I’m not big enough.
When you are mainly in-touch with reality, and/or over in-touch with reality (neurotic), and sometimes out of touch with reality, you are likely to be diagnosed with Borderline Personality and protest that any shrink had the nerve to call you that.
We believe bulimia and anorexia, so called eating disorders, are actually people who have lost control of their lives and find comfort in controlling things or people in their life. It could be cleaning out a closet and straightening it out every day, not letting your spouse do anything without your prior authorization, or controlling what you don’t eat or regurgitate.
Chronic Oxidized Food Addiction has the following signs and symptoms:
- Heart disease
- Stroke or atrial fibrillation
- Diabetes type 2
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Mood disorders
- Attention Deficit
- Intimacy disorders
- And countless others
Epidemiologists, Healthcare Professionals & Others Got there Statistics Wrong: The Top Killers Worldwide are:
- Oxidized Food Addiction
- Nicotine Dependence
- Drug and Alcohol Addiction
(In that order)
By the way, Circa 2005, the American Cancer Society put oxidized food abuse and sedentary lifestyle as causing more cancer than tobacco use
Why is the oxidized food addiction symptom of heart disease still the leading cause of death worldwide with all these cardiologists writing billions of dollars’ worth of heart prescription and non-prescription medicine?
These so-called scientists assumed that if:
- Fin fish contains 0.55 mg/g of cholesterol
- Chicken contains 0.88 mg/g of cholesterol
- Cheese contains 1.04 mg/g of cholesterol
- Eggs contains 0.55 mg/g of cholesterol
It has been said by a top psyche-physicist: Don’t every think that the scientific community is scientific.
Indeed, trend setters in cholesterol-longevity matters assumed that eating more fish and chicken, and eating less cheese and eggs would decrease the risk of heart disease.
How has that worked for the millions of people who suffer horrible deaths well before their potential expiration date, while taking prescription medicine?
Many centenarian-dense countries and regions eat way more eggs and cheese than chicken and fish, and they get to joyfully savor great-great grandchildren and the like.
What did the medical and health experts get wrong?
They followed the blind unscientific cholesterol leader(s) without checking if he did absorption dynamic and absorption kinetics studies. Anyone in the pharmaceutical industry knows that x mg of exogenous substance does not usually translate into x mg endogenously.
Each food type as never tested to see how much of the cholesterol absorbed and turned to the two types of bad cholesterol and what percentage is eliminated as waste.
No one conducted cholesterol absorption dynamics studies on all common foods before medically advising the world to eat this, don’t eat that.
That’s why some researchers have been conducting small anecdotal studies based on the paradoxical high density centenarian consumption of cheese and eggs.
One uncontrolled anecdotal found that fin fish and chicken turned into higher levels of bad LDL than red meat, and eggs and cheese raise LDL by zero. This was just a single case study and does not necessarily translate to the general public.
However, regardless of whether we had anecdotal evidence, or more importantly, centuries of centenarian data, don’t you think it would have been a good idea to conduct absorption dynamics and absorption kinetics studies first, before spouting out longevity-friendly medical advice and leading countless millions to an early tortuous death?
One Last One for the Road
There are two types of omega 3, 6 and 9. Longevity super-friendly cis-omega 3, cis-omega 6, and cis-omega 9. Then there are the widow makers, trans-omega 3, trans-omega 6, and trans-omega 9.
There is a laboratory instrument that tells us what percentage of cis and trans double bond isomer is in a particular vegetable oil. The Australian Government carefully monitors their almost exclusively cis omegas first press olive oil with essential zero trans-fat.
Their studies confirm that sunlight or heating above 212 F (think: FP does not oxidize to trans in tomato sauce but will if you sauté or fry with it) will increase the percentage of trans omegas, hence it comes in dark frosted glass and stays cis friendly for up to a year.
What about Vegetable Oils Other Than FP?
Brace yourself Bridgett! Vegetable oils are substantially processed and oxidized. First, they are put under enormous pressure which generates heat and converts cis omegas to trans omegas. The mush is also heated to crazy high temperatures and if there were any cis omegas left before, there are essentially non left over after. If that is not enough rapeseed (the seed used to make Canadian “canola” oil) brutality and oxidative torment, the stuff is bleached to tone it down from not see-through dark to transparent yellow.
If vegetable oil manufacturers ran their fully-digested-dog-food-like oil through the cis/trans laboratory analyzer, the sure haven’t told us about the results.
Ask vegetable oil manufacturers to post the lab results for why their Nutrition Facts:
- say “0 Trans fat”?
- contains such and such mg of omega 3:
- is it all cis omega 3?
- is it all trans omega 3? (we’re betting on this)
- is it an x%/y% blend
- show us your cis/trans test results for omega 6 & 9 please
- warnings that foods fried in vegetable oil oxidizes the foods much more, thereby changing a previously longevity-friendly food into a powerful disease and longevity-slicing form.
That is just a sample try of tips we have for you if or when you’re ready to trash your oxidized food addiction.
At Royal Life Centers we are way ahead of the pack when it comes to the diagnosis and treatment of addictions.
For now, focus on your recovery from drugs and alcohol, and we hope you enjoy our food and snacks. Don’t concern yourself with fried or oxidized this and that. One addiction at a time. Eat as much of whatever you wish; it’s all great dopamine replacement. Bon appetite. Buen provecho.
If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse problem, please reach out to our addiction specialists for guidance and support, at (888) 907-0898. Our addiction specialists make themselves available to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Because We Care.