Nutrition Counseling in Recovery

Did you know that a healthy diet can be one of the key things to help you quit taking drugs and make progress toward recovery? It’s true. Nutrition counseling is a very important part of holistic rehab—rehab that offers complete and integrated care. Many people who use drugs or drink alcohol to excess end up with nutritional deficiencies. In order to live a full and healthy life in recovery, it’s important to address all aspects of wellness. At The Last Resort Recovery, we focus on nutrition in recovery as well as mental and spiritual health to help men make full recoveries.

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How Does Eating Healthy Help Me During Rehab?

But how does good nutrition impact my rehab? Well, food is something that’s very important for your health—which gets even more important as you enter rehab. Your diet can have huge implications for your body’s ability to handle withdrawal from drugs, to detox from the drugs in your system, or even to perform basic functions like sleeping all the way through the night.

A precise diet, such as one built on 45% carbs, 30% fat, and 25% protein, can stabilize your blood sugar and help you get past your cravings. And staying away from artificial foods is good for your liver, which can already be strained with addiction.

Alcohol’s Effects

To understand the importance of diet in a successful addiction treatment program, consider alcohol’s complex relationship with nutrition. Alcohol changes the way the brain regulates appetite by encouraging the body to drink more alcohol and eat less food. Alcohol also provides a large number of calories for the body without supporting those calories with the proper nutritional intake. Additionally, alcohol consumption leads to a drop in blood glucose levels, which results in loss of energy and even depression. This is why many in addiction treatment crave sugar in the early days of recovery to replace what the body perceives as its needs.

Alcohol and Weight

One of the biggest problems alcohol causes is weight gain. Alcohol, especially beer and mixed drinks, contain more calories than people believe. This is especially true for binge drinkers who can consume hundreds of calories in a few minutes. Those with an alcohol addiction may gain weight during the course of their addictions, especially if their drinking paired with eating out. Nutrition counseling can help a person get back down to a healthy weight and learn to maintain that weight during recovery.

Nutrition Counseling and Recovery

During treatment, your diet can have a significant impact on your body’s ability to handle withdrawal from drugs and alcohol. Proper nutrition also helps you perform basic functions throughout the day and get sufficient sleep at night. A properly balanced diet, which we believe to include 45% carbs, 30% fat and 25% protein, will stabilize your blood sugar to prevent those emotional falls and substance cravings. Avoidance of artificial foods is also good for your liver, which has likely taken a beating from your substance abuse.

Not only will our addiction wellness programs teach you how to balance the nutrients in your diet during addiction treatment, you’ll also learn how to make meals that follow these guidelines. You’ll discover foods that you enjoy and find new ways to pair them that can help you enjoy eating and cooking. More importantly, you may even find that cooking is an enjoyable hobby. Finding a hobby you love is an important part of recovery, since it helps you keep your mind off your cravings and gives you something else to fill your time. A productive hobby, like focusing on nutrition in recovery, is even better.

How Nutrition in Recovery Fits Into The Puzzle

A healthy diet is important to a successful treatment and recovery program, but it is just one piece of a more complex puzzle. Holistic recovery encompasses many different components, from exercise and addiction recovery to positive mental health. Additionally, clients need comprehensive addiction treatment to pair with their nutritional counseling. At The Last Resort Recovery, these programs may include:

At The Last Resort, we understand the importance of an integrated, comprehensive treatment program that will get clients through the early days of treatment and beyond. To learn more about why the nutrition counseling programs at The Last Resort are considered some of the most effective in Texas for your rehab experience, contact us today at (512)750-6750.