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Addiction and Hormones

No two people have an identical composition of hormones within their bodies. Often when people think about hormones, they immediately think of the crazy behavior hormones create in teenagers or the hormones that influence an individual’s sex drive. The reality is that our bodies are made up of a myriad of hormones, and they ebb and flow within our bodies regularly. The seasons, our environment, and even our activity level affect the levels of certain hormones and their production throughout our bodies.

When a person is actively struggling with addiction, hormones can have a huge impact. A surge of certain hormones might increase the bodies cravings or make you more susceptible to triggers. Some hormones affect mood and emotions and can ultimately create irrational reactions or urges when it comes to drugs or alcohol. That moment when you know you shouldn’t have a drink but feel a strong desire to drink it anyways. That could be due to a hormonal reaction in your body.

While we don’t have direct control of the processes in our bodies that produce hormones and regulate them within us, there are some things that we can control that positively impact our hormones. First, a healthy diet can significantly improve a person’s hormonal production. Ensure that your diet consists of a sufficient amount of fruits and vegetables on a daily basis. Fruits and vegetables assist the body in production and internal distribution of your hormones.  

Next, make sure you are regularly participating in physical activity. Exercise produces a nearly immediate release of endorphins which are hormones that make you feel good. Consider endorphins as your “natural” high. It can be as simple as going for a daily walk or as advanced as taking spinning classes at your local gym. It might be participating in a sport or on a team. Whatever it is, make sure it works for you and commit to it. The long-term effect on your body’s hormones will make all your efforts worthwhile.

If you or a loved one is dealing with addiction and need guidance as to how you can get out from underneath the dark cloud of addiction, you are in the right place. Please call Villa Tranquil at 214-799-3080 today to speak with an addiction expert to find the support you need to make this choice and enter a world of sobriety. There has never been a more perfect moment than right now. Make the call.