Nutrition Counseling

Nutrition Counseling for Addiction Recovery

Nutrition counseling is an integral part of addiction recovery. Living an addictive lifestyle often means destructive, self-harming behaviors. Typically, these behaviors are unintentional and using drugs or alcohol becomes the sole focus of the individual. However, persistent, self-inflicting behaviors can take their toll on the body and mind of a person. Often, one of the patterns of self-harming behaviors is over or under-eating. While malnourishment is common for the individual struggling with addiction, it’s important that these behaviors be identified and addressed during Florida drug rehab. This way, healthy means nutrition so new eating habits can develop. Additionally, individuals can live lives in recovery and boost their chances of successful sobriety.

Good Nutrition Will Help Your Body Recover From Addiction

Everyone has heard the saying, “you are what you eat”. While you may not literally turn into a carrot or slice of pizza, your body does respond to what you eat. Undernourishment can affect sleep, disturb mood, and reduce the effectiveness of the immune system–leading to health issues. Typically, individuals develop unhealthy nutritional habits during their time using addictive substances and need to learn about the importance of nutrition. Once the importance of nutrition is understood, clients will be more open to learning and establishing new eating habits. Plus, implementation of nutritional habits and physical activity during treatment can help establish new and healthy lifestyles.

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Negative Effects of Addiction on Nutrition and Health

Addiction leads to multiple health problems, both short- and long-term. The National Institute on Drug Abuse has identified several below:

  • Alcohol: Alcohol damages several organs in the body. These predominantly include the liver, which flushes out toxins from the body, and the pancreas, which controls blood sugar levels and fat absorption. Alcohol addiction can cause diabetes, cirrhosis of the liver, heart disease, seizures, and malnutrition.
  • Opiates: Common opiates, such as oxycontin, codeine, morphine and heroin, damage the gastrointestinal organs. This often causes constipation during use and diarrhea, vomiting, and nausea during withdrawal.
  • Marijuana: The most common nutrition-related side effect of marijuana is an increase in appetite, making people addicted to marijuana more likely to be overweight.
  • Stimulants: Common stimulants include methamphetamine and cocaine, which decrease a person’s appetite. This makes people with stimulant addictions more likely to be underweight.
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Nutrition Counseling - Monthly Group Meals

Along with offering means to establish healthy nutritional lifestyles and fitness, we also offer group meals during treatment. Each week, we invite those enrolled in our treatment programs to share healthy and balanced meals with their peers in recovery. This helps maintain both healthy eating habits and healthy relationships with others in recovery. Moreover, we host a monthly BBQ in which current treatment residents and graduates may come to celebrate recovery accomplishments. Here at Simple Path Recovery, we know that nutrition is an important aspect of gaining true and lasting healing from addiction. So, establishing healthy routines and feelings for eating is an important part of an individual’s time spent in treatment.

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