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Nutrition Therapy

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Eating a healthy diet is beneficial to everyone, especially people struggling with substance use disorder (SUD). The metabolic and nutritional changes so often seen with addiction often result in inadequate food intake and the body’s inability to absorb nutrients. As a result, the majority of our clients receiving treatment for substance use disorder also show signs of nutritional deficiency.

In our luxury addiction treatment programs, we offer nutritional coaching and dietary assistance to each of the clients in our care. If you have allergies, dietary restrictions, and other concerns, we will be happy to accommodate you. Contact our luxury Austin rehab by calling 844.413.2690 to learn about our nutritional therapy programs.

woman meets with nutrition therapistEating a healthy diet is beneficial to everyone, especially people struggling with substance use disorder (SUD). The metabolic and nutritional changes so often seen with addiction often result in inadequate food intake and the body’s inability to absorb nutrients. As a result, the majority of our clients receiving treatment for substance use disorder also show signs of nutritional deficiency.

In our luxury addiction treatment programs, we offer nutritional coaching and dietary assistance to each of the clients in our care. If you have allergies, dietary restrictions, and other concerns, we will be happy to accommodate you. Contact our luxury Austin rehab by calling 844.413.2690 to learn about our nutritional therapy programs.

Nutritional Wellness Coaching

The journey to sobriety is a journey toward good health. The effects of nutrition and a healthy diet on the body are well-known. Proper nutrition is an important part of the healing process that takes place during a residential addiction treatment program. Nutritional therapy is a holistic treatment used to help people with conditions like substance use disorder. It is a process that involves a tailored diet developed by a professional dietician to help boost mood, immunity, and energy. The disease of addiction takes its toll on the individual’s mind, spirit, relationships, and body.

Nutritional Deficits & Addiction-Related Health Problems

Substances like opioids, when used in high doses for long periods of time, substantially influence how a person’s body functions and metabolizes food. For this reason, constipation and weight fluctuations often occur with opioid use disorder. Overusing alcohol affects most of a person’s vital organs and prevents nutrients from being absorbed into the bloodstream. Common health problems associated with substance use disorder include:

  • Digestion problems
  • Urinary problems
  • Respiratory concerns
  • Insomnia
  • Heart problems

Nutrition can play a central role in the addiction treatment and recovery process. The brain and body need nutrients to heal, and replenishing them can promote better sleep, emotional regulation, and physical coordination. Nutrition influences the body at the gut level to regulate metabolism, reduce inflammation, reduce cell death, and promote brain growth. Therefore, adequate nutrition can help reverse some of the damage caused by years of substance abuse and malnutrition.

A Nutritious Diet Promotes Healing

Eating fresh, healthy, nutritious food is an important part of a holistic addiction treatment environment. We use nutrition therapy to help alleviate nutritional deficiencies and to promote healthy lifestyle habits. Many people who come to our residential rehab haven’t bought groceries in months or years. Relearning to eat healthy, nutrient-dense foods is an important part of addiction recovery. Consider the following concepts:

  • Some drugs block the absorption of nutrients even when good foods are eaten.
  • Malnutrition causes the person to have low mental and physical energy levels.
  • Addiction weakens the immune system, leaving the person at risk of frequent illness.
  • Alcohol damages the liver, the skin, and other organs.
  • A poor diet can leave the individual over- or underweight.
  • If you don’t look good, you don’t feel good.

Nutrition Therapy & Extended Care

The transition out of residential treatment can be difficult. It can take months for clients in early recovery from drug and alcohol addiction to acclimate to a new environment, particularly after being immersed in treatment through intensive, full-time residential care. As clients leave their residential recovery program, they must develop an understanding of what their challenges and goals are, begin to implement a plan for sustained change and improvement, and put into practice the life skills that were introduced in treatment — all while adjusting to a new home, new surroundings and new schedule. To begin your journey toward a healthy lifestyle, contact The Arbor’s residential rehab in Georgetown, Texas, by calling 844.413.2690.