Are you feeling powerless and heartbroken over not knowing how to stop people dying from addiction?…. ….Because I am!

Hi. I’m Christina Veselak. I have worked as a counselor and nutritionist in the addiction field for over 35 years. During that time, I have seen many people relapse and even die, in spite of motivation and extensive treatment.  Why? 

Addiction is well-known to be a bio-psycho/social and spiritual disorder. However, traditional treatment, including 12-step programs, ignore the BRAIN as a driver of the addictive processes. They only address the biochemistry of addiction through using more medication to treat symptoms, but meds only tweak the brain – they don’t actually feed the brain what it needs to function optimally and they don’t truly correct the underlying biochemical imbalances. This is like sitting on a 3-legged stool with only 2 legs! It doesn’t take much to lose your balance and fall over!

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However, nobody knows this!!! While the natural health community has supported this approach for 70 odd years, it hasn’t made its way into the general public, nor into mental health and addiction treatment worlds. Therefore, many people have struggled and perhaps died unnecessarily. 

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Those who are feeling powerless to help others and those who are feeling powerless to stop using substances themselves

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Opioid Overdoses – Higher Than Ever

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COVID hit our country hard. Americans everywhere went to great lengths to avoid the virus. We saw many of our neighbors, friends, and family deal with isolation, anxiety, and depression. And for the 20 million Americans struggling with substance use, life is harder than ever. How can we help? More than 80,000 Americans died from an overdose in last year’s report—a new record. As the world recovers from a pandemic, we’re walking into an opioid epidemic that’s worse than ever . . .
  • When clinicians, trained in the nutritional/biochemical approach, DO ask their clients when was the last time they ate protein prior to their craving or slip, the answer is consistently that at least one meal was skipped, of not several. 
  • People with a history of chronic relapse report consistently report that they don’t pay much attention to what they eat, and tend to regularly skip meals. They further report having NEVER been taught that it matters!
  • Conversely, when these same clients start eating 20 grams of protein every 4 hours, they report a significant decrease in cravings and recurrent use, and a much more stable experience in recovery. 

Finally, eating simple carbohydrates including sugar, and other substance use disorders work through similar neural pathways, and substance use disorders can cause nutritional problems, therefore nutritional interventions should be further studied and used as a low cost clinical intervention that can support long-term recovery from addiction. Down the road we hope to raise enough money to fund research further supporting the role of nutritional intervention in robust recovery. 

Feeding the brain fuels the recovery journey!

Why it matters...

A well-fed brain helps us make good choices and feel good. Low blood sugar can cause us to be irritable, anxious, or angry. It can also be a trigger for those in recovery.

Fight or Flight

Blood sugar stability is tied closely to our moods, emotions and behaviors. When blood sugar drops too quickly or too low, the body produces a large amount of adrenaline. Adrenaline is a naturally occurring hormone that is released when we think we are in danger.

What if...

Q: What if we don’t do anything to stabilize our blood sugar?

A: We may have a drop in energy level, feel shaky or irritable, have difficulty thinking, or be vulnerable to grabbing food, drinks or other substances that may sabotage our positive coping skills.

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A Solution from the Kitchen Table

Good news! There’s reason to hope. We are creating an opportunity to educate the world about a commonsense solution – nutritious, healthy food eaten regularly. 

One of the simplest, most widely accessible ways to support vibrant recovery is within everyone’s reach. The message is clear that eating protein every 4 hours within a well balanced diet significantly reduces cravings. This has been researched for over 60 years, this incredible research and clinical experience is not well known. 

Hospitals, recovery centers, and state substance use agencies have always struggled to provide successful treatment. Now is the time to tell everyone the good news about a simple idea that really has impact: Healthy, protein-rich foods eaten regularly reduce cravings. Try it for yourself!

There are many recent discoveries about the science of addiction and substance use disorders. Unhealthy eating and addiction mechanisms work through similar neural “reward pathways.” We also know that substance use problems make nutritional problems worse. The same addictive behaviors that underlie heroin use also contribute to harmful eating patterns. This becomes a vicious cycle. 

The good news? A healthy diet with regular amounts of protein helps people stop the cravings that lead to relapse. As the evidence for this simple, effective approach grows, a grassroots movement has emerged to help fight substance use disorders with simple nutrition.

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Our production team is equipped with public health analysts, addiction and nutrition specialists, corporate sponsors and we have great support from the scientific and medical community. 

To design the billboard and other visual advertising, we have a rock star illustrator who has done covers for Time Magazine, The New Yorker and Rolling Stone as well as major advertising projects for global brands. 

 

These billboards will make a real impact, yet they are expensive because billboard advertising works! Whatever you donate will go far in spreading this powerful message of hope. Feeding the brain optimally has the power to reduce relapse and overdose in some of the hardest hit areas of the US. 

Addiction is a chronic disease. Healthy eating, when used as a therapeutic tool, is a long-term solution that helps the body heal in fundamental ways. In response to the growing numbers of overdose deaths, we need to raise awareness of the power of nutrition as a first-line aid to prevention and treatment. 

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Scientific Foundation

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more than 20 million Americans struggled with substance use disorder.

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more than 81,000 people died from drug overdoses in the 12 months ending in May 2020, the highest number of fatalities ever recorded during any one-year span in American history

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