Nutrition Counseling

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.

Nutrition counseling for addiction treatment.

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:

  • Alcohol: alcohol damages several organs in the body, especially the liver, which flushes out toxins from the body, and the pancreas, which controls blood sugar levels and fat absorption. Alcohol addiction can cause diabetes, cirrhosis of the liver, heart disease, seizures, and malnutrition.
  • Opiates: common opiates such as oxycontin, codeine, morphine and heroin damage the gastrointestinal organs, often causing constipation during use and diarrhea, vomiting, and nausea during withdrawal.
  • Marijuana: the most common nutrition-related side effect of marijuana is an increase in appetite, making people addicted to marijuana more likely to be overweight.
  • Stimulants: common stimulants include methamphetamine and cocaine, and these decrease a person’s appetite, making people with stimulant addictions more likely to be underweight. Since stimulants also increase a person’s energy and make them more likely to stay awake for long periods of time, they may also have dehydration and electrolyte imbalance problems.
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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.