The Benefits of Nutrition on Recovery
The benefit of a well-balanced diet on the body is well-documented. Rather than spending time talking about specific nutrients and dietary patterns you should follow, we’re going to focus on how nutrition helps you specifically in regards to recovery. Prescott House believes that a combination of therapy is the best form of treatment, and as such we rely on treating the body and the mind rather than only targeting symptoms of addiction or mental health.
To provide this quality of therapy, we need experts we can count on to assist us with the multi-faceted recovery approach that we take at Prescott House.
One of these professionals is our certified nutritionist, Victoria Abel, Addiction Nutritionist MA, MNT, CAN. Victoria has been practicing in the field of addiction for over a decade. She has worked as a therapist in primary chemical dependency treatment as well as mental health conditions such as the treatment of eating disorders including body dysmorphia disorder, anorexia nervosa and bulimia. She specializes in addressing addiction through nutrition and to follow through on this mission she created the Center for Addiction Nutrition, which teaches clients and professionals about the common interactions with chemicals, food and their overall effect on health, and in particular – mood.
Nutrition is an important part of recovery for many reasons. In a substance abuse sense, many addicts have a tendency to go days without eating or to eat food that isn’t all that healthy to begin with in a sporadic fashion while not supplementing the diet with the food the body actually needs to thrive. For example, while pursuing the next high or trying to score drugs, many addicts often forego food to afford their next fix. While high, or during the process of coming down, they may not even experience the feelings that each of us would normally associate with hunger. This leads to severe issues with malnutrition as well as more serious issues of the digestive system, kidneys or even the heart itself.
For some of our residents, just the practice of eating on a regular schedule is beneficial. Many of them have completely neglected their personal health while the disease of addiction has taken over their lives. Others experience problems with self-esteem, depression or eating disorders which lead to them actively refusing food, or just finding it difficult to motivate themselves to eat right, or sometimes, eat at all.
Filling the body with the healthy nutrients it needs helps to move the body and mind toward a healthier balance. This leads to improved mood, cognitive ability, and total body healing as your body begins to repair itself from the damage caused by using.
While understanding the importance of nutrition in recovery is crucial, following through with a proper dietary roadmap is even more important. As such, we make it a priority to ensure that each client in our facility not only understands the importance of eating right, but also has options and variety in order to do so.
To find out more about how Prescott House can help the man in your life, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.