It’s often thought that in the initial stages of addiction recovery,
nutrition is of little concern, given the more pressing problem of drug
addiction. Yet, well-balanced nutrition is essential for
improving one’s physical and mental health. Consider choosing an addiction treatment center that emphasizes the importance
of holistic treatment, including sound nutrition.
Identifying Nutritional Problems
There are a number of reasons why good nutrition is especially important
for individuals who are battling drug and alcohol addictions. When using
a drug has become the highest priority for a person, healthy lifestyle
habits tend to be neglected. Drug addicts and alcoholics are known for
eating poorly. Additionally, the drugs and alcohol can contribute to nutritional
deficiencies. Since opiates cause gastrointestinal problems, nutritional
deficiencies are likely. Individuals who abuse stimulants tend to experience
a drastic decline in appetite. Alcohol is another common culprit of nutritional
deficiencies, since it inhibits the ability of the body to break down
and absorb nutrients.
Correcting Physical Deficits
After going through drug detox, patients can begin to repair their damaged
bodies through proper nutrition. It’s not unusual for drug addicts
and alcoholics to have sustained damage to the internal organs and other
tissues. They may even have decreased bone mass due to insufficient intake
of calcium and vitamin D. A well-balanced diet gives the body the nutrients
it needs to begin repairing the tissues and strengthening the immune system.
Enhancing Emotional Wellness
Addiction recovery is a complex, lifelong journey that involves caring
for both body and mind – and nutrition is closely linked to mental
health. Eating well can help support self-esteem and contribute to overall
feelings of well-being. Additionally, some foods may even influence serotonin
levels in the brain, which encourages a positive mood.
Retreat at Lancaster County is a luxurious drug detox center that features holistic therapies and
a community garden. We encourage patients to enjoy fresh home cooked created
by our culinary staff. If you have any questions about admissions, you
can speak with a friendly staff member by calling (717) 859-8000.