NEW BLOG SERIES! – What is cross addiction, and does it really exist?

Cross-addiction is a phenomenon that has been unofficially observed for some time. It is defined as the instance when one compulsive behavior is exchanged for another compulsive behavior, and is also sometimes referred to as addiction transfer. Cross-addiction has been recognized by participants of 12-step programs, such Alcoholics Anonymous,...



Bringing Long-term Post-ops back to Surgical Support Group

Disclaimer: This blog post does not reflect the views of the OAC, the National Board of Directors or staff. Information contained in this blog post is not based on scientific research and has not been validated. So now that we’ve talked about the dynamics of support group from a longer-term...



Three Reasons Some Longer-term Post-Ops Don’t Attend Surgical Support Group

Disclaimer: This blog post does not reflect the views of the OAC, the National Board of Directors or staff. Information contained in this blog post is not based on scientific research and has not been validated. In the first part of this blog series, I expressed the sentiment that I...



Diets – They’re Complicated.

You would never think that writing three blog posts about diet would be hard. Especially since this is more or less my profession, and I am rarely at a loss for words when it comes to talking about nutrition. But when you get right down to it, diet –...



The Dynamics of Surgical Support Group from a Longer-term Patient Perspective

Disclaimer: This blog post does not reflect the views of the OAC, the National Board of Directors or staff. Information contained in this blog post is not based on scientific research and has not been validated.  In my last blog post, I told you that I, as a longer-term...



The Life-long Journey – Bringing Long-term Bariatric Post-ops back to Surgical Support Group

My name is Nikki Massie, and as I write this, I am five years, eight months and 18 days post-op from gastric bypass surgery. And because I know that this information is customarily paired with success statistics, I have the following to offer: The day I walked into St....



Exercise – YES YOU CAN! Part II

Welcome to part two; last month I focused on your homecoming from surgery and the start of this new incredible life journey.  We now continue… Disclaimer: Before starting any exercise program, please consult with your healthcare provider.   Months Four – Six: First thing to do is figure out...



Exercise – YES YOU CAN!

Disclaimer: Before starting any exercise program, please consult with your healthcare provider. Club/Fitness Membership not possible? Set up a play room at home! We all know that exercise/fitness is important and even more so when we are just starting out with our exercise routine. In this blog series, I...



The Long View: Nutrition for the Rest of Your Life

*Please Note: The OAC Blog is not a substitute for medical advice. If you have any questions regarding the information in this blog series, please be sure to speak with a healthcare professional regarding your concerns. For many of us, the thought of doing anything for the rest of...



Bariatric Surgery Follow-up – It’s Important!

*Please Note: The OAC Blog is not a substitute for medical advice. If you have any questions regarding the information in this blog series, please be sure to speak with a healthcare professional regarding your concerns. After you have had bariatric surgery, your surgeon or healthcare provider will ask...



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