How does nutrition impact the addiction recovery process?

by | Jun 1, 2024

Impacts of Substance Abuse on the Body

The effects of abusing a dangerous substance will have an impact on the brain and your body. These effects vary depending on the drug or substance that the person is taking, but misusing a drug will without a doubt have a serious impact on one’s health. Drug abuse can lead to issues with organs throughout the entire body. One’s immune system will become weakened overtime which in turn increases the possibility of becoming ill. Substance abuse often leads to health concerns due to appetite problems, difficulties eating meals regularly, and unintended weight loss. Because one’s diet is poor their blood sugars may be low. Stokes, seizures, memory problems, and issues focusing all can be a result of substance abuse. It is very difficult for a drug abuser to remain healthy, and even when it appears their body is healthy they are likely coping.

Effects of Eating Nutrient Dense Foods During Addiction Recovery

Creating a structured and balanced diet gives you and your body more strength to manage symptoms of withdrawals, the detox process, changes in your body, and the entire recovery process. Because of the way drugs and alcohol impact the gastrointestinal tract, a patient’s body may struggle to capture all of the nutrients of the food they are eating. A healthy diet during addiction treatment not only reduces symptoms but strengthens your immune system to help you maintain an overall healthy state during recovery. No matter what the end results are, it’s important to make sure the diet is working for each individual. Being forced to eat a food someone hates will only add stress to the process. By tailoring general needs of the patient you will have more positive results.

Diet & Nutrition: Inflammation During Detox

During the detoxification process a patient will likely experience a handful of symptoms. Toxins that have built up in the body release, which is one of the parts that make drug detoxification so difficult. When going through this process the patient may experience extreme inflammation. By introducing a diet that is high in vitamins, nuts, leafy green vegetables, certain fish, and certain fruits you can reduce inflammation. Diet and nutrition have a massive impact on our overall health. A healthier diet can reduce symptoms of detox, and dramatically reduce any inflammation the patient may be experiencing.

Recovering from a drug addiction can be a strenuous process. It’s important to use any healthy means necessary to ease the recovery process and help the patient purge substance toxins from their body. Drug addiction can impact our health in numerous ways, but eating a healthy diet can help with addiction recovery and restore our body to a stronger point so it can best serve us.

Importance of Hydration

One of the more common side effects during addiction recovery is dehydration. The body requires water for many functions and in order to improve one’s overall health during recovery hydration is important. Oftentimes we see when someone has a drug or alcohol addiction they lack a healthy diet and necessary nutrients to keep their strength over long periods of time. During recovery a patient not only should be consuming food that is nutrient dense, but also ensuring they are consuming enough water. Drinking water aids the detox process as well and should be encouraged through both detox and the entire recovery process. Because recovery is taxing on both the body and the brain it is helpful for patients to keep a log of the water they’re drinking. Sticking to a regime is the best way to receive the positive impacts from healthy meals and hydration.

Reducing Symptoms

Many of the physical symptoms a patient will feel when going through addiction treatment can’t be fully masked, but there are healthy techniques to help manage the discomfort. Nutrition can make a noticeable difference in someone’s recovery process. With higher levels of nutrients in one’s diet you can reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure, curb chronic headaches, Some symptoms may make it difficult to consistently eat full, healthy meals. Loss of appetite and nausea mean patients may be less interested in foods. It is still important to try to eat well during recovery and maintain a healthy diet. Increased water intake will help prevent muscle aches and headaches, help regulate body temperature, and help purge toxins from the body.

Faith Focused Treatment

One important key element to the Freedom Recovery approach is our inclusion of spirituality during treatment. Patients will undergo standard evidence treatment for their addiction alongside our faith-based approach to recovery. By incorporating spiritual elements like community, fellowship, and prayer, we aim to strengthen the spirituality of all of our patients. We provide a unique faith-based approach to addiction recovery that strengthens spirituality as much as their physical, mental and emotional health. A majority of the staff members at our recovery center are Christian, however, we accept patients from all backgrounds and all walks of spirituality.

Freedom Recovery Programs & Services

Freedom Recovery offers different programs in order to best tailor our services to each patient. We perform an intake assessment that helps us understand the patient’s needs and best customize their recovery process. We provide substance addiction recovery, recovery counseling, alcohol rehab, drug rehab, and multiple outpatient programs.

Substance Addiction Recovery

The way dangerous substances can impact our overall health and lives can make the journey of addiction, recovery, difficult without assistance. It is our goal to provide the resources and services to our patients that help them create a new lifestyle and thrive in their own progress and success. Through our 12 step program, patients will undergo a transformative and strengthening experience.

Counseling During Recovery

Therapy plays a highly crucial role in addiction treatment. When it comes to the recovery process, understanding our past, and the major events that have brought us to where we are helps with acceptance of our situation. Not only does our therapy time help us understand our health in how it relates to addiction, but it gives us the opportunity to understand our relationship with food. It has been frequently observed that both prior to recovery and during the recovery processes patients may have a difficult relationship with food. This can come from many different varying circumstances. Many people struggling with addiction find it difficult to maintain a healthy diet while using dangerous substances. Alongside every other aspect of recovery we help patients build habits to take care of their body and reduce overall stress.

Alcohol Rehab

Through Freedom Recovery’s alcohol addiction recovery program patients can seek to build a life of sobriety that is filled with healthier choices to protect their mind and body. Alcohol addiction creates unhealthy patterns in our lifestyle. For anyone that is struggling with an alcohol addiction, we provide services to assist them in transitioning from a lifestyle that is dependent on dangerous substances to one that is full of positive choices, and healthy habits. From understanding your addiction through therapy, to building a plan to take care of your own physical and mental needs after recovery, we work with patients to provide them the correct care to support their needs. We care both about the experiences our patients have during treatment and how to help them create a new life that is both exciting and sustainable.

Drug Rehab

Drug addiction can have a lasting effect on one’s health. Through rehab it is our goal to help our patients curb their dependency on addictive substances, and help them create new patterns that help them thrive. Each patient receives individualized care that focuses on their journey up until recovery begins to understand the addiction cycle and how to overcome it. Drug rehab programs are designed to help anyone struggling to break their addiction to addictive prescriptions, heroin, opioids, pharmaceuticals, and more. A big part of the freedom recovery rehab program is building new, healthy coping mechanisms that will help lift us through difficult times in order to avoid falling into old habits.

Outpatient Programs

Because we understand that not everyone has the flexibility to dedicate 12 full weeks to a full-time rehabilitation program we provide outpatient programs. Outpatient patients are able to continue maintaining other responsibilities in their lives that they are unable to put on pause. Patients will attend regular meetings throughout the week, have one on one counseling sessions, group therapy, and will experience many of the same services that exist in our full-time programs. While outpatient programs are not for everyone for those that qualify, they may be a healthier or more accessible option. to learn more about our outpatient programs, reach out to Freedom Recovery and speak with one of our staff members.

Getting Help

During a 12 step treatment process patients will receive counseling, educational sessions, coping strategies, the support of other patients around them through community, aftercare planning, and a built-in community to provide help and support after treatment ends. Addiction forms in many different ways, and by building a better understanding of our addiction and tendencies to cope and unhealthy ways we are able to better remove ourselves from the situation and see clearly what we need to move forward.

Contact Our Recovery Center

Freedom Recovery offers individual treatment care in order to provide the highest quality treatment to every single patient. If you or a loved one are interested in our services and want to learn more about our recovery programs, reach out to our staff today. We can speak about treatment plans, medical insurance, and set up a consultation meeting!