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I definitely gain weight when I come off of the pills. For me, taking drugs always worked to help me lose weight because I wasn't hungry when using, and plus I would throw up as a side effect from the pills almost every night.

The weight gain has been a big issue for me during my recovery, as I am self-centered (imagine that... :))
and I want to look good on the outside as well as feel good on the inside.
From what I understand, craving sweets is a common side effect of stopping opiates...not to mention that once we stop using the drug of our choice, we often turn to food to fill up that void in our souls. Anything that makes us feel better, right? :)

I would be cautious about taking the diet pills, since once an addict, always an addict and you are more susceptable to getting hooked on anything.

What I have been doing is making time to go to the gym as important as making time to go meetings. it helps my mental status ALOT, in terms of getting those natural endorphins flowing. I've always found that exercising helps when I'm having a particularly bad craving day. Plus, I feel better emotionally knowing that I'm doing something positive for my body. I belong to a gym and go 5-6 times a week. It's time for focus on my needs and walking on the treadmill, biking, or being on the elliptical machine really is like therapy for me.

A lot of people say they just don't have time to exercise, but I bet you can find at least a half hour in your day to at least take a fast paced walk. Weight lifting with small weights at high reps also does wonders in terms of changing your body composition and buring fat. And if you can join a gym, believe me, its worth the money and time to be able to go somewhere and have some positive "you" time.

Plus, getting fit is another way to feel better about yourself and being able to look in the mirror and like the new you. I dabbled a bit in personal training at one point, and would be happy to help you come up with an exercise plan to fit your needs.

Also, eating the proper foods (lots of fruits, veggies and protein) helps keep your body running properly and healthily and staves off the cravings and negative effects of past drug use.

Definitely look into a work out program...I know for me it is one of the best forms of therapy I've found! :)

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