Is weight gain common after quitting alcohol and drugs?
According to the author of
The Hunger Fix, recovering addicts often become transfer-addicted to food. When users and
alcoholics are no longer able to fill their old cravings, they can swap
that addiction with a (seemingly) more innocuous one, like food.
Some studies even suggest that refined sugars and other types of foods are actually more addicting
Like drugs and alcohol, food can act as a stimulant or as a suppressant.
Rehabs.com suggests that up to
65% of people gain weight after leaving a rehab or detox facility. Coming off a drug addiction or
alcoholism can also cause a person to develop anxiety, at least at first.
Research has shown that anxiety and stress put some people at an increased
risk for overeating.
Food addiction doesn’t just plague former addicts though. According
to the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA), 50% of people who have an eating disorder are simultaneously abusing
drugs and/or alcohol at five times the rate of the general population.
Turning Point offers a wide range of programs for those living with drug
addiction or alcoholism, including
short term residential,
transitional living, and
family wellness programs. Find the best fit for you or your loved one by contacting Turning Point
in New Jersey today.