Drug and alcohol use can have many long-term effects on health and nutrition. Substances vary in their effects on the body, but many of them disrupt physiological functioning and impair the body’s ability to receive proper nutrition. Users often have depleted levels of vitamins, minerals, essential amino acids, and fats, which can lead to a number of mental and physical health problems and can also increase the risk for relapse.
True recovery from substance use is about restoring your mind and your body as a whole. Optimal nutrition is one of the best ways to replenish a body that has been impacted by substance use and can help lay the groundwork for attaining and maintaining sobriety. It can be helpful for alleviating symptoms associated with PAWS (post acute withdrawal syndrome), reducing risk of relapse, and mitigating feelings of depression and anxiety.
Nutritional therapy addresses the negative effects that substance use creates in the body and mind. Treating the body as a whole, rather than just treating the substance use problems, can increase an individual’s chances at not only recovery, but also for a healthy life. Nutrition for Recovery is the science of diet and health directly related to helping those with substance use problems.
Through awareness, proper education, and evidence-based solutions, Nutrition for Recovery supports a holistic journey on the road to health and recovery.