Individuals who enter an addiction recovery are often consumed with thoughts about detox; about relapse prevention; about going through the 12 Steps, or whatever other addiction recovery framework they choose.
Rarely do they think very much about eating right.
And yet, nutrition is an integral part of comprehensive addiction recovery. We’re all told when we’re young to make sure we eat enough fruits and vegetables, and not to overdo it on the junk food. There are clinical and common-sense reasons for these entreaties, and they remain very relevant to those going through addiction recovery.
Why Nutrition is Essential for Recovery
Indeed, the recovery benefits of a proper diet are myriad. Eating right allows you to sleep better at night. It gives your body strength and endurance for those hard days of detox or recovery. And it regulates endorphin release, giving your body those “happy” hormones and allowing you to feel more positive about your progress.
Something else that’s worth noting: Addiction can actually deprive your body of the nutrients it needs. Indeed, drugs and alcohol can dry up the vitamins and minerals your body needs to function. That’s why, according to some researchers, an astonishing 80 percent of all addicts and alcoholics are chronically malnourished.
As you consider your way forward in recovery, then, it’s important to have a plan for eating right. This includes not just what you eat, but when and how: Eating normal meals at regular mealtimes, preferably in the company of others, is highly recommended. This social aspect of eating can be an important motivator in your recovery journey.
As you meet with your counselors at Seacliff Recovery, you’ll learn more about what good nutrition really looks like, and how you can make it a priority during your treatment. If you have any questions or wish to learn more about the intersection of nutrition and recovery, reach out to us at any time.