The Ridge's Nutrition Recovery Program
The Importance of Nutrition in Addiction Recovery
Nutrition is an addiction recovery tool, as patients suffering from drug and alcohol abuse typically do not maintain balanced diets. With our recovery diet plan, we focus on providing balanced meals that will give the patient energy and make he or she feel and look better – two critical aspects that collaboratively work to psychologically and physiologically aid the patient in overcoming addiction, and future cravings.
While achieving sobriety is an addicted person’s first priority, it’s essential that they take the extra steps to regain a holistic sense of health and wellness. A healthy body feels more comfortable, energetic, and balanced, contributing to the continuance of a sober lifestyle. The Ridge is committed to achieving this level of health for our patients with a balanced program of nutrition and exercise.
How Substance Abuse Affects Appetite
Think about it – when you’re recovering from addiction, your body is still suffering from the drugs and alcohol it’s been consuming for weeks, months, or years. As you undergo addiction recovery nutrition is essential to becoming healthy. Excessive drug and alcohol use has compromised your immune system and actually limits the amount of nutrients your body can absorb. When you don’t get the correct amount of vitamins, minerals, proteins, etc., your whole body suffers. Your mood changes, you suffer from a lack of appetite, you gain or lose weight due to poor eating habits, and your gastrointestinal system can’t process foods like before.
When patients are recovering from addiction, an optimally-balanced menu full of nutrient-rich foods will help to restore the body’s natural functions and support long-term recovery. Limited sugar, reduced caffeine, and increased vitamins and amino acids will help improve your mood.
Some of the benefits of a healthy, balanced diet include:
- Repair of damage to organs and tissues.
- Improved immune defenses.
- Increased energy.
- Improved mood.
- Reduced risk of relapse due to fatigue or depressed mood.
You may be tempted to indulge in junk food while you’re recovering from addiction. But this can actually hinder your recovery process and make it more difficult for you to stay clean.
The best option is to eat a nutritious diet that will foster physical and mental health and improve your chances for long-term sobriety.