By Christina Veselak MS, LMFT, CN. Director, The Academy for Addiction and Mental Health Nutrition In honor of Stress Awareness Month, I would like to explore the roles our four mood-mediating neurotransmitters play in helping us cope with stress, and how to support their function […]
On St. Patrick’s Day, let’s talk about the darker side of Irish culture – the heavy drinking that is often associated with it. Did you know that people from Gaelic or Scandinavian backgrounds have a genetic disruption that can lead to depression and alcohol dependence? Learn more by reading our latest blog post.
How the FINANCIAL BOTTOM LINE of an Addiction Treatment Program Will IMMEDIATELY Benefit From Adding a Robust Nutritional Component to their Approach!
This article was written on the last day of a 4-day addiction conference in Colorado. I was there presenting on a genetic test, GARS, that purports to be able to predict with a fair degree of accuracy people’s predisposition to a variety of behavioral and […]
I believe that Functional Nutrition and Functional Nutritionists hold the key to transforming the efficacy and success rate of addiction treatment and recovery efforts. However, addiction is not typically addressed nor taught in nutrition circles, and therefore people with addictive disorders as their primary complaint are a massively underserved population.
As we all know, prevention itself is a powerful long-term strategy in our fight against addiction. It takes many shapes and forms, but the key is to build resilience in vulnerable populations.
Last night, I had the joy and privilege of meeting with two delightful people in epicenter of Kentucky’s flood disaster, Hindman, KY. Roy and Debbie Hodson run a non-profit called Heartkeep.
April is Alcohol Awareness Month. Thus, I want to pay tribute to one of my mentors, Joan Mathews Larson, PhD, who wrote the seminal book, Seven Weeks to Sobriety, which I require as a text for my Level 1 Training. If you haven’t yet read […]
As we all know, and many people have directly experienced, people in recovery from Opioid Use Disorder can suffer from profound cravings, which often lead to continuing use. While the pharmaceutical companies offer various medications such as buprenorphine, naloxone, etc., these drugs are themselves highly […]
There are many reasons I love working with people in recovery who struggle with ongoing slips and relapses. First of all, everyone who has come to me for help is committed to sobriety and desperate for the right type of help. By the time they get to me, there is no ambivalence left. They WANT to make a new life work for them but simply haven’t found the right key. Some people have given up trying by this point because no matter what they try, it doesn’t seem to work.