Does Nutrition Play a Key Role in Addiction Recovery?

Does Nutrition Play a Key Role in Addiction Recovery?

Our bodies provide us with the energy and means to complete daily tasks, form and maintain relationships with others, reach goals, and more. If it weren’t for our bodies, we wouldn’t have a proper home, a proper way of getting around, or an ability to complete any of the things that we do each day. When it comes to addiction recovery, the body isn’t typically discussed. There is more or less an idea that addiction recovery is about “getting rid of the problem” – but it’s so much more complex than this. Addiction is often labeled a disease of the mind, body, and spirit, and that’s because it’s affects everything – especially our health.

As stated on The Fix, addiction in and of itself wreaks havoc on the body. Alcohol and drugs can cause nutritional deficiencies, gastrointestinal issues, appetite suppression, severe vomiting and diarrhea, dehydration, and more. Some addictions lead a person to want to eat a lot of food, but it’s typically fast food – which provides little to no nutritional value. When a person is in addiction recovery, lifestyle changes towards healthier living means they will feel better overall – and when a person feels better, they are more likely to maintain their recovery goals and less likely to relapse.

If a person wants to maximize their health so they can live happier, what do they need to start incorporating in their diet? Here are some essential nutrients that need to be present if possible:

·    Protein

·    Complex carbohydrates

·    Dietary fiber

·    Vitamins and minerals, such as zinc, B vitamins

·    Amino acids

·    Water

In addition to this, exercise goes hand-in-hand with nutrition and can make a huge impact on a person’s outlook on themselves and their life. If you’re ready to start living a happier, healthier life, speak with someone from a reputable treatment center who can guide you on the path of recovery. As your body begins to rejuvenate, you’ll be able to think more clearly – which is a beautiful step towards gaining your life back.  

The mission of The Beach House is to provide success in the recovery process and elevate the standard of comprehensive addiction treatment. Located right on the coast of Malibu, California, expert clinical care and a holistic view of the recovery process is provided to ensure Best-in-Class treatment tailored to the needs of each client. If you’re ready to start your recovery journey today, call us at 310-924-0780.

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Kimberly James

I am the founder and owner of The Beach House Treatment Center, The White House, Indigo Ranch, Sweetwater Mesa and Beach House Center for Wellness, all in Malibu, California.