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How Diet and Nutrition Impact Recovery
When a person has been addicted to drugs or alcohol, nutrition is one of the important elements that will help them get their lives back on track. It is a part of rehab, and should be taken very seriously by the addicted person. Usually, a person’s diet has been shot to pieces after a prolonged run with drug or alcohol abuse. Drinking for instance, causes a person to feel full, and the likelihood is that they have gotten used to the feeling. Their stomach may have even shrunk over time. At Elevate rehab San Jose Ca we are diet experts and wish to apply this knowledge to our clients.
Drugs and alcohol also prevent the body from properly absorbing needed chemicals and nutrients. The two destructive habits also prevent the body from properly expelling chemicals and harmful toxins. The result is a host of health problems brought on by their addiction.
One proven method of getting the addicted person’s nutritional life back on track is to change their attitude, and thus change their behavior. The goal is to eat well, relax, and exercise—all of which would play an important role in anyone’s life. Then, making healthy food choices can become second nature, and a positive step toward recovery.
What Nutritional Neglect Can Cause
Having neglected their diet, addicts are sure to experience diarrhea, constipation, problems digesting food, and a poor appetite. They can lose weight quickly as their life unravels in front of their face. The immune system is also weakened. Drugs and alcohol remove the pillars of stability in life, causing everything else to fall and decay.
Diets rich in protein and carbs can make the difference in bringing a person’s body back. The body is resilient, will apparently respond to rough treatment. However, some addicts are so rough on their bodies that the road back can become an almost impossible journey to endure. Anything is possible though with the right support and knowledge.
Recover consists in coming to terms with the following:
- All active drug users are malnourished. It comes with the territory. Whether it is obvious depends on where they are at on the road of addiction.
- Restoration includes helping the addict along a spiritual path.
- There is a practical recovery diet for addicts that can help them reclaim their lives.
Their systems may have been so destroyed that it will take time for their bodies to absorb and accept enriched foods. History will note that some prisoners who were released from Nazi prison campus, during WWII, were given tasty delights. Their bodies were so shocked by the enriched food that they died. It will take time, but the addict can make it back.