THE CONNECTION BETWEEN BOWEL HEALTH AND SUBSTANCE USE
- January 11, 2019
Did you know that bowel health is often considered one of the most denounced health issues? While most of the world’s population tends to suffer from a string of these problems (from diarrhea related to food poisoning or constipation from a dairy allergy), talking about the byproducts of our system is a bit taboo and tends to make us feel more embarrassed than sympathetic. So, imagine how people suffering from drug addiction or alcoholism feel? In many situations, these victims may be reluctant to discuss their bowel problems with their doctors, the people who are trained to help, heal, and guide them. However, did you know that your bowel health can actually impede or improve your recovery? Let’s take a closer look at the connection between bowel health and substance use.
Inducing a Movement
Throughout the years, some addicts will use specific drugs to kickstart a bowel movement, which is definitely not the correct way to manage symptoms. From the habitual caffeine consumer to the hardcore drinker, an entire range of abusers and addicts tend to suffer from blockages. For some drugs addicts, constipation can be an overwhelmingly uncomfortable (and painful) side effect of their habits, and some drugs can actually relax bowels (but not in a good way). Overall, doctors recommend that abusers and addicts who need to get things going again (so to speak) should stay well-hydrated and stay away from substances like over-the-counter laxatives and marijuana (despite recent reports).
Controlling Your Gas
As much as we hate to admit this, each of us passes gas on a daily basis. Expelling methane is simply a natural way for the body to relieve itself. However, some people may smoke to mask the nasty smells of intestinal gas (particularly at social gatherings). In an interesting twist, though, some doctors recommend breathing techniques and methods of relaxation to that will help you relax the bowels and prevent unwanted leakage.
Unfortunately, a large number of addicts may not necessarily suffer from constipation and will, instead, endure severe bouts of diarrhea. Although this might sound shocking, some drug addicts and alcoholics will consume more of their poison just to ensure they do not suffer from this painful problem (a commonality among heroin addicts). Likewise, a fear of “fecal incontinence” and overwhelming embarrassment will prevent opioid users from getting the help they deserve. However, there is nothing humiliating about healing.
Seeking Treatment for Drug Addiction or Alcoholism
Always remember that drugs and alcohol do not have control over your life. You do. Are you suffering from a substance use disorder or a severe form of addiction? Do you have a friend or family member suffering from one or more of these debilitating illnesses? If you do, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our counselors and healthcare experts are ready to walk you through every step of the detox and withdrawal process and rehabilitation and guide you towards living a happier, healthier, and freer lifestyle. While the road to recovery might not be an easy road to travel, we promise to help you every step of the way. Take the first step to stay fit, healthy, and safe.
The time for you to take back control of your life is now. If you are interested in one of our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how to overcome your drug abuse, alcohol abuse, or addiction troubles today.