Given that recovery is the opposite of addiction, one must endeavor to do everything differently, which includes diet and exercise. Those of you who have sought the help of addiction treatment centers might have undergone a crash course on nutrition. Many rehab centers actually employ nutritionists to design client dietary plans. If that was your experience, it is likely you came away from it with a better understanding of how to take care of yourself and your recovery, in turn.
Having made a commitment to recovery, hopefully, you make a point every day to nourish your body and mind with foods conducive to wellbeing. Of course, it not always easy to eat healthy all the time. Grabbing a healthy snack isn’t always possible, but whenever you can, please, seize the opportunity. Addiction is a mental illness; what we put in our body, feeds our minds; thus, healthy eating is conducive to promoting a healthy mind.
Mental Health is Everything
It is worth mentioning that one of the byproducts of years of active addiction is poor physical health. Alcohol and drugs take a detrimental toll on vital organs; since all the organs (including the brain) work together to keep the mechanisms of life operating—eating as healthy as possible is the goal. A significant number of people who welcome recovery into their life struggle with health conditions that require monitoring; for instance, many alcoholics also have diabetes. Failing to watch what they eat can be deadly for such people. There are other examples, but you probably get the message.
At Boston Medical Center, people in recovery now have access to a culinary class called, "Cooking for Recovery,” ABC News reports. Successful outcomes are more likely to come about when the whole patient/client receives treatment; abstaining from drugs and alcohol, while important, it just one facet of recovery.
"Good health care is about more than just direct clinical services," said Michael Botticelli, executive director of the medical center's Grayken Center for Addiction and former director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. "Recovery is not just about stopping the use of alcohol and drugs, it's about how do we return people to a sense of wellness and a sense of well-being."
Dietitian and chef Tracy Burg, who leads the classes, says addiction strips people of vital nutrients, according to the article. She adds, that when people no longer have drugs and alcohol in their life, they often crave sugar. Addicts and alcoholics may not realize that sweets target some of the same neurotransmitters as mind-altering substances. People in recovery who are eating unhealthy gain weight and experience blood sugar fluctuations; they are also at risk of depression and possible relapse.
At Celebrate Hope, we stress the importance of nutrition to our clients; we understand that all the pieces matter in recovery. Please contact Celebrate Hope at Hope By The Sea, to learn more about how we can help you begin a remarkable journey of addiction recovery.