Healthy eating is important for everyone, but especially so for those who are in addiction recovery. Many people who suffer from addictions and other mental health disorders have poor eating habits; Since poor nutrition can lead to other serious health issues, it’s essential that a person going through addiction recovery is also educated about how to develop and maintain a healthy diet.
Adverse Effects of Addiction on Nutrition and Health
Addiction leads to multiple health problems, both short- and long-term. The National Institute on Drug Abuse has identified several below:
Florida Nutritional Therapy for Addiction
At the onset of Florida addiction treatment clients will begin a long process of recovery that includes many stages. The first essential stage is detox where the person gets all the drugs out of their system under medical supervision. During this stage, medical professionals will actively carefully observe the person’s overall health and nutritional intake.
The second stage is partial hospitalization addiction treatment and rehabilitation. Here, clients participate in different therapies, with the goal of helping the person learn both how their addiction developed and how they can manage it and any other possible psychological issues in the future. Most addiction treatments recognize the importance of nutrition in the recovery process. Our Place Recovery nutritionists create nutritional counseling in tandem with traditional psychotherapy. Clients also learn the importance of staying hydrated and eating regular meals.
The final stage is preparing the client for return to everyday life, where the client will use the skills they learned in treatment to live a drug-free and healthy life. In this stage, clients practice the good nutrition habits in nutritional therapy, and work to keep their bodies as healthy as possible to keep them on the path of continued sobriety.