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Alexis Franzi is the Content and Social Media Specialist for Lakeview Health. She studied English at the University of Florida and has always had a passion for writing and editing. She thoroughly enjoys reading in her spare time and would love to someday take the time to work on a novel.
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The Prevalence of Eating Disorders in the LGBT Community

Often times when people think about eating disorders, they associate them with young, straight, white females as that seems to be the stereotype. However, just like drug or alcohol addiction, eating disorders affect all walks of life; especially the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. Because of the stress due to discrimination, bullying, and harassment, these factors directly correlate to the many mental health issues plaguing the LGBT community. These issues include: Anxiety Depression Suicide Attempts Eating disorders Substance abuse According to the National Eating Disorders Association, the LGBT community is at a higher risk of developing an eating…

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Binge Eating Disorder

There are often misconceptions as to what differentiates binge eating from overeating. While a lot of people overeat on occasion, like during the holidays having a second or third plate of food, some people who excessively overeat feel like it is out of their control and it becomes a regular occurrence which crosses over the line into binge eating disorder. They will feel a compulsion that they can’t resist and will continue binge eating. Binge eating disorder (B.E.D) is defined as recurring episodes of eating significantly more food in a short period of time than most people would eat under…

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Eating Disorder or Disordered Eating

When someone is addicted to drugs or alcohol, it is likely that their appetite can become suppressed due to the abuse of these types of substances. After an individual receives treatment for their substance abuse and is clean and sober, it’s possible for them to develop an eating disorder like binge eating in order to fill the void that the absence of drugs or alcohol have left in the brain’s pleasure center. However, it’s important to know the difference between having developed an eating disorder, or if you have disordered eating; the distinctive difference between the two being the level…

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Health, Wellness, and Recovery

Your overall health is so important in recovery. Not just your physical health, but your mental health as well. You want to try and always make informed, healthy choices that positively support your overall well-being. Every aspect of your life affects your welfare; your job, your living situation, your friends, family, hobbies – it’s imperative that all of these things are a positive influence throughout your recovery. While every day won’t be rainbows and roses, if there is a constant negative in your life, you know you need to make a change in that area. Everyone knows the saying, “Insanity…

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Why Are Eating Disorders a Concern in Early Recovery From Addiction?

Did you know that we have a reward pathway in our brain called the mesolimbic dopamine system which detects rewarding stimulus? True story – we all have it and the way you know you have it is it controls your responses to natural rewards, being in love, getting praised or exercising. Without getting too scientific and losing you with a ton of medical jargon, basically, when this pathway is activated, it tells you to repeat whatever reward you just engaged in that triggered the pathway. And not only that, but according to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai,…

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Why is Mental and Emotional Health Important to Recovery?

When someone goes through substance abuse treatment, gets clean and sober, and begins their journey in recovery, they’ve been cleansed of the drugs or alcohol that was in their system; they haven’t lost their personalities or miraculously had all their problems vanish once they got out of treatment. “You’re learning how to face life without a substance now,” Alexis Thomas, M.S., LMHC, CTRS, and Therapist Team Lead for Lakeview Health explains. “Once a client is clean of off drugs and alcohol they can begin to clearly see their problems areas. Be it anxiety, depression, anger etc., they work on coping…

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Eating Disorders as a Replacement Addiction

One thing that can happen to an addict during the recovery process is the substituting, or replacing of one addiction for another. While not all replacement addictions start out as unhealthy, such as picking up a gym routine, or meditating, they can quickly turn into behavioral obsessions if you’re not careful. We are all aware by now that addiction is a brain disease, therefore the chemical reasons that led you to being an addict in the first place are the same reasons that could lead you to filling the void of the addiction you’re working on overcoming with another one.…

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