Proper nutrition is always important for optimal physical and emotional health. When the body is recovering from physical trauma like illness, injury, or surgery, it is essential to maintain a diet of wholesome fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, and healthy dairy.
Disruption and Destruction
Drugs and alcohol create toxicity in the body, and the same can be said for a poor diet. Just as with substance abuse, chronic consumption of processed foods and a high-fat, low-fiber diet can result in:
- Lack of energy
- Achy joints
- Poor skin, hair, and nail health
Oftentimes when someone is an abuser, the substance will replace food and water. Drugs and alcohol also disrupt the nutrition process, thwarting the body’s ability to absorb what nutrients it does receive.
Substance Abuse and Nutrition
Wise nutrition choices are as essential to recovery as behavioral therapy. When the body is not receiving the proper vitamins and minerals, you may find yourself in a perpetual state of hunger, constantly snacking and eating more and more bad food.
As hunger is part of the HALT (Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired) phases that a person in recovery should avoid, a healthy diet of all-natural whole foods is vital to recovery success. Proper nutrition can:
- Promote healing
- Repair cell damage
- Enhance long-term sobriety
Recovery Nutrition as Therapy
Beyond the physical benefits of good nutrition, dedicating yourself to a wholesome diet can also become part of your therapy. You can spend quality time researching a way of eating that best fits your needs and lifestyle, and then engage in fun and therapeutic activities like:
- Food Preservation
Let the Healing Begin
Summit Malibu is dedicated to patient-centered customized recovery treatment, including an emphasis on a healthy, wholesome diet. Contact us today for more information about our substance abuse recovery programs and the ways we can help you or a loved one lead a better life.