At Olympia House, we believe that excellent healthcare understands that health is a result of a functioning system of psychological, physical, emotional and mental factors. When that system isn’t functioning well, problems may arise.
Addiction is often related to a co-occurring disorder. Chronic health conditions are challenges that take a lot of energy and may affect day-to-day life to a varying extent. These are just the sort of challenges that may contribute to addictive behaviors. As part of our philosophy, we believe in ending the stigma of addiction. The root cause of addiction can help frame it as a symptom of a larger system of factors. This helps to fight any resulting shame as well as ensures a lasting recovery.
What are Chronic Health Conditions?
A chronic condition is a disease that is persistent and characterized by effects which can last for a long period of time. It is estimated that 45% of the American population have at least one chronic condition. These include but are not limited to alcoholism, asthma, Crohn’s disease, chronic hypertension, arthritis, Alzheimer’s and heart problems.
Alcoholism and Diabetes
A well-known link between a chronic condition and addiction is the complex relationship between alcoholism and diabetes. Type 1 diabetes occurs when there are higher than normal sugar levels in the bloodstream. This is because the body is not producing enough insulin, a hormone that combats glucose or because the body becomes too sensitive to insulin.
Alcohol can pose an extra challenge to your body if you are diabetic. Alcohol contains carbohydrates that can be broken down into glucose. This makes the preexisting symptoms of diabetes worse. This feedback loop between alcohol and the symptoms of diabetes can be dangerous. We want you to get the help you need to begin treating your diabetes free of addiction to alcohol or other harmful drugs.
Arthritis and Addiction
Those who suffer from both arthritis and addiction suffer unique challenges. Sometimes co-occurring disorders can be a result of an opiate prescription for pain. Contact us now for prescription drug addiction rehab.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the joints of the body. It causes swelling, warmth, and pain in the joints. Sometimes, to treat bothersome symptoms, doctors prescribe powerful opioid medications including fentanyl and oxycodone. The problem is here is that arthritis sufferers can develop a dependency on these opioid medications.
Alzheimer’s Disease and Addiction
Although Alzheimer’s is a challenging disease, breakthroughs in science are providing much hope for patients. However, when you or a loved one is suffering from Alzheimer’s, your main concern is to be at your best to help treat its symptoms. Addiction can hamper the energy needed for mental and physical activity that is crucial to your Alzheimer’s treatment. We know that addiction can play a role in having helped to develop Alzheimer’s. It may also cause its symptoms to be worse.
Addiction plays a role in Alzheimer’s. As one of many symptoms, memory can be affected. During heroin addiction, the drug can suppress a chemical call norepinephrine. When there is not enough norepinephrine, the brain isn’t able to remember or receive information as well.
Addiction to stimulants, specifically methamphetamines, is also linked to long-term effects such as depression and eventual dementia.
Finally, alcohol can cause blood vessels to become thin and hard to pass through. This may cause blood to not reach brain cells properly. When red blood cells don’t reach brain cells, the brain cells may die. Over time, this can be a leading cause of dementia.
Heart problems and Addictions
We believe that when you live with heart problems or cardiovascular disease, addiction can be especially challenging. Long-time users of cocaine may develop pulmonary hypertension. Dangerously high blood pressure levels make it very difficult for the heart to pump oxygen to the body.
Pulmonary hypertension may also develop through cocaine abuse. Cocaine is a stimulant. This means the drug excites the nervous system which may cause the blood vessels to narrow. When the blood vessels narrow, it makes it harder for red blood cells to pass through. When this happens, it leads to abnormal blood pressure levels.
Obesity and Addiction
A recent study showed that addiction in the brain is linked to over-eating. With two-thirds of our American population facing the challenge of obesity, it’s important to understand what’s going on in the brain instead of creating an unnecessary culture of shame that can make things worse. With this commitment to ending the stigma of addiction, we know that a circuit in the brain called the dopaminergic circuit plays a critical part in both obesity and addiction.
The power of addiction stems from the fact it creates a direct feeling of reward. Eating indulgent or delicious food also activates this feeling of reward, even though the full effect takes a bit longer. However, the pleasure of eating is still very compelling and can result in symptoms similar to addictions. These include feeling like you can’t control yourself, feeling stressed, and binging.
We believe a lasting recovery is a holistic recovery. At Olympia House, we incorporate the latest research to ensure you get state-of-the-art care.
Crohn’s and Addiction
Crohn’s is a challenging disease that the medical field is developing a more complex understanding of every day. Also known as Inflammatory Bowel Disease, or IBD, we believe in your battle with Crohn’s. It is important for you to be well both physically and psychologically. Because Crohn’s can be difficult to navigate emotionally, we know that some sufferers may be prone to drinking alcohol to forget emotional pain. However, alcohol can further inflame the already irritated lining of the lower intestine.
Similarly, to relieve painful symptoms such as pain in the abdomen, bleeding and cramping, opioids may be prescribed. However, these medications release feel-good chemicals that can ultimately cause dependency. The painful symptoms of withdrawal are not something that you should have to deal with while you work with your Crohn’s. We offer medically-assisted treatment that is evidence-based today.
Though living with a chronic health condition is a daily challenge, we believe you are and always have been up to the task. When you are in great physical, emotional, and psychological health, we know you can effectively fight the symptoms of a chronic health condition. We’re near you. Call us today at (888) 795-1965.