Demi Lovato, 28
Introduction: “Lovato, 28, who identifies as nonbinary and uses they/them pronouns, has been candid for years about their struggle with drug and alcohol addiction. After suffering a near-fatal overdose in 2018, Lovato began their recovery process anew. However, during an interview with ‘CBS Sunday Morning’ that aired in March (2021), the ‘Anyone’ singer said they still use marijuana and drink alcohol.
‘I think the term that I best identify with is ‘California sober,’’ Lovato said. ‘I really don’t feel comfortable explaining the parameters of my recovery to people because I don’t want anyone to look at my parameters of safety and think that’s what works for them, because it might not.’
Solution: While Demi continues to moderate their alcohol and marijuana usage without completely discontinuing its use, they still battle the symptoms of an intense addiction to narcotics. Demi could benefit from Exact Nature’s products by using Detox to prevent excessive cravings, Boostto start their morning with a focused mind, Serenity to stay calm and focused, and ZZZs for a better, deeper sleep at night.
Trish, 47 Addiction: Exercise, Recovery from Anorexia, Binge-Eating, Depression
Introduction: Trish has always been an active person; she played multiple sports in high school and ran track in college. After her college track career ended, she went through a rough bout with depression, as she had lost her primary sense of belonging in the world. Trish gained 40 pounds in her first year after her track career ended after she began to “eat her feelings” and developed a binge-eating disorder. Trish looked at herself in the mirror one day and was repulsed by her weight gain. So, Trish turned from one extreme to the other. Rather than binge-eating to battle her depression, she began overexercising and undereating, causing her to become anorexic and addicted to working out. For years, Trish shifted from one disorder to another. She finally attended a rehab center for eating disorders after her family expressed their concerns over her dwindling physique. The rehab center taught her how to manage her disordered eating, but she was still unable to combat her raging exercise addiction after her treatment ended.
Solution: Along with the treatment from the rehab center, Trish sought help from a therapist, support group, podcasts, and online forums for individuals with similar issues. Eating disorders are not happenstance; they result from chemical imbalances in the brain in the same way a drug or alcohol addiction does and should be treated as such. Trish uses the full range of Exact Nature products (Detox, Serenity, ZZZs,and Boost) to combat the symptoms of her various addictions and disorders, as they are all formulated to help with these chemical imbalances. Trish is now able to focus on her overall health, manage her exercise cravings, and battle the effects of her depression after including these products in her daily regime.
Jenny, 29 Anxiety & Depression
Introduction: Jenny has recently been dealing with a moderate to severe case of anxiety and depression. Her days fluctuate in severity: some mornings she wakes up, ready to tackle the day, but other mornings she can hardly find the gumption to get out of bed. She has never been a fan of prescription medication, so she decided to look for a more natural alternative that might be able to help her.
Solution: Jenny was chatting with her friend Sara about her desire to find a more holistic approach to her anxiety and depression treatment. Sara mentioned that she has been using Exact Nature’s products to help with her own mental health. Sara explained that Exact Nature’s products are specifically formulated for individuals in recovery from addiction who are battling similar issues with their anxiety and depression. Jenny chose to purchase Exact Nature’s Booststickpacks to help her get moving on those particularly hard mornings, as well as their Serenity capsules to keep her calm and focused.
Anonymous, Addiction: Food, Recovery from Binge-Eating & Purging
Introduction: “After 14 years of binging and purging almost every day, and despite the overwhelming shame and guilt I felt about these things, I finally confided in a friend that I had a problem with food. I remember feeling instant relief after telling her. She told me about FA. I went to my very first FA meeting a day after confiding in my friend. There was a beautiful woman speaking at the front of a room filled with about forty people. I don’t remember much about what she said except that she did not eat flour or sugar.
It took a little while for that to sink into my brain, as I could not imagine such a thing being possible. At the break, I asked the woman sitting next to me if she ever ate flour or sugar. She gently and lovingly replied, “I do not eat it—one day at a time.” Completely annoyed, but filled with curiosity, I said, “Yeah, I get it, but like, will you ever eat it again?” Again, she just smiled and said, “Well, like I said, I don’t eat it—one day at a time.” I remember thinking I wanted to strangle her. I was so frustrated. Who are these people? However, as much as I was frustrated, I was equally intrigued. Captivated by the positive energy in this room, I felt as if I had stepped into another dimension, another world.
I attended a couple of more meetings and was set up with my first sponsor. She gave me a food plan and I proceeded to call her for two days. On the second day, she suggested that I choose a different fruit from the one I had written down the night before. I did not understand why, especially since I had just purchased several of them. I decided to never call her again and to find a place that would help me love myself and accept all foods. I managed to leave sugar and flour out of my diet for a few days and then paid enormously for a program that said they would teach me how to love myself and accept all foods. I ended up binging and purging again almost daily for the next year. So, there I was, one year later, sitting on the floor in the back of another FA meeting. Something inside me knew this was the answer.
Immediately after the meeting ended, I bee-lined it over to a beautiful woman who had just shared that she was a former bulimic. Not realizing how blessed I was at the time and how radically my life would change from that day forward, I got into my car and started to sob like a baby.
The story of my life continues to unfold with each new, amazing day. I just take it one day at a time. That is all I can handle. I could write a novel on how FA has changed my life. It truly is the best thing that has ever happened to me. I have not binged, purged, or eaten flour or sugar for one year and eight months. I have to pinch myself in the morning because I feel like I must be dreaming. My life cannot be this good. Not mine. But it is my life, and it keeps getting better. I am living a dream” (https://foodaddicts.org/stories-of-recovery/feeling-the-pinch/ )
Solution: This individual, like all other addicts, must take their recovery “one day at a time;” Exact Nature products are here to help. Food addiction is a particularly difficult addiction to battle with because we must eat every day for survival. That being said, food addicts are facing their triggers face-to-face, every day, multiple times a day. Individuals with a food addiction could benefit from Exact Nature’s Detox products to curb their impulsive eating habits. Most food addicts also battle a range of eating disorders and mental health issues- Exact Nature’s Boost and Serenity products can help keep these individuals calm and focused on their recovery goals.
Ben, 34 Addiction(s): Heroin, Risk-Taking/Adrenaline
Introduction: Ben is a former heroin addict. Ben has been sober from heroin for 10 years, but he still finds his highs in other ways. Ben loves the feel of the adrenaline pumping through his veins when he’s participating in extreme sports; base jumping, paragliding, skydiving- he loves it all. Ben is always on a mission to push his limits and find his next risk. In the summer of 2018, Ben was in a rock-climbing accident when he was “free climbing” (rock-climbing without the use of any ropes or harnesses) and he lost his footing. Ben fell 20 feet from a rock formation and broke both legs, as well as his right arm. After this accident, Ben’s family expressed their fears for his safety in this extreme lifestyle. He didn’t want to give up his adrenaline-seeking, but he knew that he couldn’t continue pushing his limits without facing repercussions.
Solution: Ben researched adrenaline-seeking after drug addiction and found that many addicts in recovery suffer from the same need for risk-taking as him. In his research, Ben found a Facebook group for adrenaline addicts that answered many of the questions he had about his newly discovered addiction. In this Facebook group, one user mentioned that she used Exact Nature’s product line to help her battle her addiction. Curious, Ben explored the Exact Nature website and decided to purchase the Serenity capsules to help him manage his emotions during his withdrawals from adrenaline-seeking. After using this product, Ben found himself better able to calm himself down and turn his attentions from his desires to his sobriety.
Taylor, 26 Addiction(s): Social Media, Cell Phone Use
Introduction: Like many people, Taylor found herself unable to spend more than a few minutes away from her phone. She was constantly texting, Snapchatting, and checking her social media pages throughout her day, regardless of where she was. When she was at work, she was frequently distracted by her social media pages, causing her performance to suffer. When she was home, she and her husband had fallen into a routine of barely speaking to each other through the night because they were both buried in their phones. It wasn’t until her marriage began to suffer that she realized the problem.
Solution: Taylor and her husband decided to attention couples’ therapy to repair the damage to their marriage. Because they were both so addiction to their phones, they found that they had no idea what was going on in each other’s lives and had forgotten how to communicate face-to-face with each other. The therapist suggested that they set aside one hour during their night in which they were both allowed to use their phones, but, after the hour, the phones should go in a drawer for the rest of the night. Though this task might seem simple, Taylor found herself unable to enjoy the night because she was always wondering how many notifications she was getting while she was not tending to her phone. Taylor recognized these feelings as “cravings,” and began searching for help. In her search, Taylor found Exact Nature’s Detox and Serenity products. After taking both of these products, Taylor was able to stop focusing on her cravings and spending relaxing, quality time with her husband.
Kathy, 63 Mother of an Alcoholic
Introduction: Kathy’s son, David, is 36 years old and has been an active alcoholic since he was 22 years old. Kathy has tried to help David get sober countless times by offering to pay to send him to rehab and therapy, throwing away all of his alcohol, arranging interventions; she’s done everything in her power. David was recently in a car accident as a result of his drinking, after which he remained in the hospital for 3 weeks with internal bleeding, a broken arm, and a concussion. This accident was a rude awakening for David, and he finally agreed to go to rehab. After rehab, David was struggling to maintain his sobriety in the “real world.” He battled with constant cravings, anxiety, and depression while he was adapting to his new lifestyle.
Solution: Kathy recognized the issues that David was combating, so she, once again, began searching for a way to help. Kathy had a friend whose son was also a recovering addict. Kathy spoke to her friend about the issues that David was facing post-rehab and asked her if she had any suggestions. Kathy’s friend explained that her son went through the same issues as David in his early recovery, and they had used Exact Nature’s products to help. Kathy looked into the products that Exact Nature offered and felt as though David could greatly benefit from taking them. As a bonus, Kathy learned that these products did not contain THC, were non-addictive, and provided a natural solution for people struggling with sobriety. Kathy shared these products with David, who explained that he was willing to give them a try, so Kathy purchased the Detox oil to help David with his cravings and the Serenity capsules to provide David with calm and focus to combat his anxiety and depression. After trying these products, David found that his cravings significantly subsided, and he was better able to manage his mental health.
CBD: On a real market high
It looks like pot, can be vaped like pot, even eaten like pot. But pot, it is not. It’s called CBD, short for cannabidiol, a buzzy chemical compound that’s on a real market high.
CBD is extracted from hemp, in the same plant family as marijuana. But CBD won’t have you microwaving pizza rolls at 2 a.m., because it contains very little THC, the stuff that gets you stoned.
It’s essentially weed without the high, and those who swear by it say it’s helping everything from arthritis to insomnia, anxiety to depression, and maybe much more.
At CBD Kratom in Chicago, sales associate Elijah Olson can barely keep the shelves stocked.
Correspondent Lee Cowan said of CBD’s claims, “It sounds like it’s almost too good to be true.”
“Yeah, and I think for some people it might be,” Olson said, “but overall, people are finding at least some relief, it’s at least taking the edge off, if not totally helping them out.”
Bethany Gomez has been using CBD for her chronic pain. “I mean, we’re seeing it in everything from the taffies to gummies and caramels to coffee, pet treats, shampoos, bath bombs,” she said.
Cannabidiol, a chemical compound extracted from hemp, is now at the center of a swiftly-growing industry which last year derived about $600 million in U.S. sales. CBS News
Gomez also happens to be the managing director of the Brightfield Group, a market research company that has been tracking CBD sales. “I have never seen an industry grow this quickly, and I’ve never seen an industry with so much headwind.”
Last year the U.S. market hit about $600 million. But Gomez forecasts that in as little as five years, it’s likely to blossom nearly 40 times that, making CBD a $22 billion a year market.
She said, “Over the past year, it’s grown by more than 200%. And that was with the market being federally illegal until December 20, when the Farm Bill passed.”
Yep, the Farm Bill. Hemp, once a common crop in the U.S., got lumped together with marijuana and banned back in 1937. But last year’s Farm Bill lifted that ban. So, as long as it has less than 0.3% THC and is grown by licensed farmers, hemp is legal.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is derived from the hemp plant. CBS News
But that doesn’t mean the CBD derived from it is, at least not entirely. According to the FDA, it’s still against the law for CBD manufacturers to make any health-related claims about their products. And companies that add CBD to food and beverages, do so knowing they’re operating in legal murky waters. That’s because large scientific studies on CBD are way behind its newfound popularity. Even what dose to take is in question.
“We’re having people consuming this compound in large quantities, and we don’t know the full health impact,” said Yasmin Hurd, a professor at Mount Sinai’s School of Medicine in New York. She says CBD is showing promise, but a healthy dose of skepticism sure wouldn’t hurt.
“It’s not going to work for everyone,” she said. “No drug works for everyone.”
The FDA has approved one CBD drug called Epidiolex that’s now in use to treat seizures associated with certain forms of childhood epilepsy. And Hurd’s own research suggests that CBD may also curb addictions to heroin and other dangerous opioids. “The research to date gives us a big promise on which to build,” she told Cowan.
Laura Fuentes is threading the needle between the scientific and anecdotal evidence. She said she was skeptical at first. “I started making products way back, and we gave them to friends and family. And it started working. And I was like, What? What’s happening here? Like, it’s working.”
The one-time pharmacist jumped into the CBD market with both feet, trusting that the research and the regulation will soon follow.
Cowan asked, “So, you must have a pretty strong faith in what this does for you to give up your career to do this.”
“I do. I have a really strong faith in it,” Fuentes replied.
“You don’t know exactly what the potential is.”
“But you know there’s some potential?”
“There is great potential,” she said.
Her company, Green Roads, is now one of the largest CBD makers in the country, cornering about a 10% share of the CBD market. Its sales force is made up of mostly 20-somethings who feel like they’re on the cutting edge of something big.
National chains like CVS and Walgreens have announced plans to carry CBD products in some of their stores. It’s already in department stores like Neiman Marcus. So, analysts say it’s only a matter of time before CBD is as mainstream as Coca-Cola.