Welcome to Day 3 of Lifestyle Medicine Week.
Today we visit another Lifestyle Medicine pillar: avoidance of risky substances. While it may seem obvious, it is extremely important to acknowledge the harm that is caused by opioids, alcohol, tobacco, vaping, and other inhaled, injected, and ingested non-food substances.
If you are experiencing a substance addiction, please reach out to your medical provider or the national Helpline of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) 1-800-662-4357. You can also find a list of resources for individuals and families by clicking here.
While you may be among those fortunate enough not to be under the control of addiction, we all need to recognize that there are many toxic substances that we are exposed to in our environment and food supply that are not under our direct control. Let’s all consider what role we can play in helping to insure that there is clean air, clean water, and uncontaminated food for us and for future generations.